A Bit of Honesty

Happy Tuesday! Yes, New Amsterdam will be on tonight. Episode Title: Croaklahoma. I’m sure many are curious about the title. I know I am. 🙂

I’ve been blogging for almost three months now, so I thought I’d reflect on it. I adoringly call this post A Bit of Honesty aka Lessons from Abbi. Subtitle: 24 hours away from Instagram does get your brain back on track. Well, it’s only been about 14 hours as I write this post but it worked.

Lesson #1: If you come up with the grand idea to start blogging, be honest about what you have to say. It’s scary but worth it. But, also, before you start, make a list of why you’re doing it. Then also make a list of things that could possibly go wrong.

And then check each crazy event off as it occurs. Embrace them no matter how crazy.

Lesson #2: Know how your programs work. For example, if you put a Word Press post in the trash but decide to pull it back out because, hey, there’s some text you don’t want to start from scratch to create – it gets published. Right away. On the spot. 

Yes, I did this. There was a small number who received the post. I felt like it was hundreds. It wasn’t a bad post, I just wasn’t ready to publish it. I was still working on a few things. I think I added ‘recovering Type A’ somewhere in that post.

There was also one little line in the whole document that bothered me.

One line. Next time, just delete the line and move on.

In all honesty, my holding back the post diverted recognition to New Amsterdam. The show, cast and crew deserve the recognition. Mea culpa.

Lesson #3: If you decide to go on Instagram for promo or just to have fun, enjoy. Do have fun. Post lovely pictures and videos like everyone else. Even check out those little red circles at the top and discover what happens when you touch them. (And if you pick the right ones, your day gets better.)

Just don’t, don’t under any circumstances try to figure out how Instagram works. Yes, learn the basics. But, beyond that: Let it go. Trying to figure out Instagram will only cause a lot of frustration and dig you deeper and deeper into a hole. And the deeper you dig, the more frustrated you’ll get and the more trouble it will cause.

And, yes, I’m speaking from experience. I know I’m going to have to refer myself back to #3 many times for awhile. Or someone will remind me. Not sure we need another tunnel to Canada.

Lent starts tomorrow. Not sure what I’m going to attempt to give up but I am going to make a point each day to give back to others each day. I already have Thursday covered. I sent a nice basket of Zingerman’s to a friend who probably needs a peace offering from me. 

Enjoy the day, world. Abbi has a couple of opportunities to work on. Not nursing-related so I’ll be busy. Will post again soon.

Embrace Hope
Abbi 🙂

Be proud of your mistakes. Well, proud may not be exactly the right word, but respect them, treasure them, be kind to them, learn from them. And, more than that, and more important than that, make them. Make mistakes. Make great mistakes, make wonderful mistakes, make glorious mistakes. Better to make a hundred mistakes than to stare at a blank piece of paper too scared to do anything wrong.

New York Times Bestselling Author Neil Gaiman

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