Hey friends! Today is a special day for me, I’m launching a new project on Inspired by Nick to help spread happiness, self-reflection and of course, inspiration with all of you!
I’m calling it, The Peach Project! And I’ll get to what it means further on in this post.
As part of a community of bloggers, I have to say that we wear many hats. From writer, to photographer, to photo stager, model, stylist, recipe developer, creative director, administrator… seriously, you name it. Something that I think a lot of bloggers struggle with is, keeping their blog’s main goal, present, strong and unfaltering at all times.
What I’ve found in my time as a blogger, is the more we get caught up with wearing the many hats that come with the role, the more our blog’s objectives can become diluted. We try to master everything at once, this is something that I think resonates with a lot of folks. I know that I personally dabbled in everything from home décor inspiration, to menswear, to food & recipes, to lifestyle, travel and more. But ultimately, the more I blogged about a wide range of topics, the less inspirational I was feeling. What was my main message?
Why had I started Inspired by Nick in the first place?
The answer is, to share inspiration from my daily life. I started blogging because I knew I wanted to inspire other people. I knew I had something worth sharing.
Ultimately, “Inspired by Nick” IS a personal blog, like most blogs are. I’m not a “public figure” and I don’t consider myself to be an “influencer” despite the flattery I feel when brands tell me that I am in fact one. To me, I’m just a guy who decided to start a blog as a creative outlet to share inspiration with the world.
My key areas of inspiration? Well let’s see, my passions are in writing, travelling and eating. Yes, I’m passionate about eating, by now you must know that I LOVE FOOD!
So, writing, check. Travel, check. Food, check. But where was the inspiration from my daily life? Where was the personal touch?
The Peach Project
From a young age, I can recall coming home from school every day and having my parents ask me what the peach and the pit of my day was. The peach being the high, and the pit being the low. And I whole heartedly attribute my maturity for my age to this exercise. The self-reflection of what went well in my day and what didn’t has led me to be the “bigger picture” thinker I am today.
- I would start with the peach: My English teacher told me she loved my essay and wanted me to read it out loud to the class!
- Then I would move on the pit: I was picked last in gym and made fun of because of my gym socks.
I loved this exercise, because with every mention of a peach, we would celebrate! With every mention of a pit, we would reflect on why it made us feel bad, and what we could do differently, not to let it happen again.
What I’ve come to note in recent years is people’s interest (re: obsession) with being happy. Our personal journeys or pursuits of happiness. I’ve read books on the matter like Shawn Achor’s “The Happiness Advantage” and Neil Pasricha’s “The Happiness Equation”. I’ve seen TED Talks and documentaries on the lengths people will go through to find inner happiness. Hell, I’ve even seen children’s movies like Inside Out or Trolls where the theme of the movie is in fact man’s pursuit of happiness.
So what are the Seven Peaches to be Grateful for? The goal of The Peach Project.
The idea is to share seven peaches from my week (or seven things I’ve learned and reflected on) in a weekly blog post. They could be big wins to celebrate, or little things that reminded me to be grateful. In this exercise of only sharing the peaches, the goal is to look back on a year of happy times and gratitude to see if I will in fact be a happier person. To see if it will make the people in my network happier!
I’m of the school that good thoughts bring good things, and focusing on the negativity will only bring negative things.
Give it a shot yourself! A close friend of mine just recently shared that she keeps a gratitude journal, and every day she reflects on what she was most grateful for that day. You don’t have to have a blog to reflect on the things that made you happy!
Focus on the good, once a day and see what it brings you, see how it makes you feel to reflect on what went well and what didn’t. What I find helps is physically writing it down, it’s therapeutic for me. It’s a literal translation of letting it out of your system!
What were some of the peaches from YOUR week?! Share one with me in the comment section below!