When I began blogging I wrote about recovery and amusing things which happened in my day. As time as passed I’ve branched out to include products I dig, inspiration I’ve found and more. Writing has become an outlet for me as well as a way to connect with all of you fabulous folks out there!!
The day I became sober I decided to shed my per-conceived notions about people and the labels we so readily apply to ourselves and others.
I was a label-lover. Whether it was brand name clothing, titles at the office or a social group I belonged to…..I allowed the titles to define who I thought I was. It was comfy all cocooned in the safety of the box I identified with but underneath…deep inside of myself I wasn’t satisfied. In the end the titles didn’t work…..they didn’t cover my entire self.
In reality I am so much more than a label, title or in the blogging world “niche”.
~ noun, adjective, verb, niched, nich·ing.
- pertaining to or intended for a market niche; having specific appeal: niche advertising.
Sober Julie Doing Life won’t ever fit into a single niche nicely; that makes it challenging at times when working with brands. Frankly I thought I gave up caring about this the first time someone turned me down for a program because I speak openly about my faith and alcoholism….but every now and again I’m caught off-guard because I’m viewed as being in a niche which isn’t appropriate to a brand’s image.
Ultimately I knew that I was going to run into these situations when I launched Sober Julie Doing Life into the mainstream blog audience. There will always be people who are uncomfortable with how open I am (they love to announce this to me when I’m out and about in suburbia), and certainly there will be brands whose image won’t marry up well with mine.
Thankfully I have found fabulous brands, bloggers and networks I’m connected with and I’m grateful to be associated with each and every one of them.
I’m okay with the fact that I don’t always fit in. Finally at almost 40 years old I can say I’m loving where I am at in my life, with or without a niche.
Why can I hear Whitney Houston singing “I’m Every Woman” right now??
The fact that I’m a size 12 and write about healthy eating may not ever win me the Top Lifestyle Blogger award, but I promise I’ll share cookie recipe at times too.
Today I’m embracing my quirky, unique, edgy self and the blog which goes along with it. The one thing you can be certain of is that the voice you read here will always be mine….and mine alone.
How about you, are you embracing your “outside of the box” self for all that you are…..or are you finding you’ve hemmed yourself in a bit and are ready to spread your wings past the self-inflicted restrictions?