Cinnamon Soul – A Year On

This day last year at around 5 pm my Mum called me to tell me she was on the way home and asked me what I wanted for dinner. I nearly cried down the phone back at her and told her “I just shared it” and would not be eating – thanks very much!

I had just spent the weekend in a spa hotel with my best friend Sadhbh as a mark of me leaving for New York in the coming weeks. She just kept convincing me to share it, telling me I should be proud of what I had put together and that people would be delighted for me. I needed all of the reassurance I could get at that point. I think I had breakfast that morning but then didn’t eat for the following 30 hours due to being sick to the stomach with nerves.

Let’s rewind a few weeks for a bit of background… . I originally wanted to have a website, and online CV or something along those lines. My background was in digital marketing, so I wanted something showcase my abilities online in the form of a website that I could show to potential employers when I got to New York. I had no fancy work experience that I could talk about in an interview – only the ten months from my job that I had just handed in notice for. I had spent every single summer either drinking/eating my life away on a J1 or working in my part time waitressing job.

So I started tipping away at the website with my good friend Karen who really was the brains behind the operation! I learnt everything from her (thanks Karen). The more it started to come together, the more excited I started to get about the whole idea of actually starting a blog where I could document my year abroad… But I was still very unsure. Mainly because I was mortified even thinking about what people would say about me.

The week after I handed in my notice in work, on a dark and dreary Sunday night, BAM – I blended the stop of my finger off with a handheld blender in a moment of pure exhaustion whilst making mayonnaise of all things. *Do not operate hand held blenders when drowsy* Long story short, this horrific night left me with two months of (paid) sick leave from work. It wasn’t worth it, trust me! I decided to take this time off to go hell for leather with the content I wanted to build up before I shared the link to Cinnamon Soul. It was 90% recipes and the odd random post but sure look, I was one handed and trying my best.

So eventually time started catching up on me. At the end of the day, I was never going to find out what people said about me behind my back – so I just tried to not focus on that! I shared it the blog on Sunday the 4th of October and nearly fell off my couch with nerves after pressing publish. To say I was blown away with the support was an understatement, everyone was so positive and I couldn’t have been more relieved. It definitely seems so insignificant and “just another blog” to so many, but to me it was literally everything I had worked on every day for more than two months solid, and there I was begging for approval from my Facebook counterparts. It’s so ridiculous when I think about it now, but I’m just being honest.

A year on I definitely still don’t feel 100% confident in putting myself out there, but I’ve made leaps and bounds from where I began. Recalibrated Bodies

Lessons Learned…
  1. You’re never going to be everyones cup of tea, but you will be so many people’s so don’t let that stop you from doing anything.
  2. “Don’t let the haters stop you from doing yo thang” – Kevin G (Mean Girls). Seriously though, people don’t have to be fully supportive, I mean everyone is trying to run their own lives to the best of their ability. But if someone is actively trying to take you down a notch – that’s when you need to be brutal and cut them out of your life. Block, unfollow, delete – do what you gotta do. Out of sight, out of mind!
  3. When you stop caring what other people think, you really can start to enjoy yourself.
  4. You can’t control other people, only your reactions towards them.

10 Minute Stair workout

If you are thinking of starting a blog…
  • Do it! If you’re waiting for the site you made to be perfect, just know that it will never be perfect (I think I change my website every month!)
  • If you’re worried about what other people are going to say behind your back… Just remember that they’re saying it behind your back so you’re never going to know anyway!
  • If you don’t want to do it out of fear… Just remember that the longer time you spend not doing it, is wasting time that you could be spending progressing.
What I’ve Gained…
  1. I would have never gotten either of my jobs in New York without my blog. Employers really look at it as a sign of initiative and ambition.
  2. Friends! I’ve met so many great likeminded people through my blog.
  3. A hobby that I really enjoy. At the end of the day, my blog is a hobby. I really do enjoy working away on it and seeing it grow.

Happy birthday Cinnamon Soul!

I have a lot planned for the next year so make sure to keep up 🙂

Niamh x

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  1. Regina
    October 5, 2016 / 8:42 am

    Well written Niamh. Well I for one , definitely look forward to new posts and new snap chats. Keep ’em’ coming. Xx

    • cinnamonsoul
      October 5, 2016 / 7:33 pm

      Thank you Regina, will do! 🙂 xx

  2. October 5, 2016 / 3:28 pm

    Congratulations Niamh on 1 year of blogging! I’ve really enjoyed following you 🙂

    • cinnamonsoul
      October 5, 2016 / 7:33 pm

      Thank you so much Nicola!

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