A Tale of Accidental Conception – and a Small Request
Did you know that when my ‘Commitment to Start a Blog‘ test proved positive, I have to admit, it was a bit of an unexpected surprise.
I had never planned on having a blog. It was just a bit of fun, a bit of banter on a Friday night, which in the end carried with it some serious repercussions.
I knew this sort of thing happened to other people, but naively, I didn’t think it could happen to me. I wasn’t in a serious relationship with social media or HTML anything remotely internet related. It was just an impassioned conversation I’d never be able to forget.
At first, I didn’t tell anyone, worried about the reactions I might get and the judgements people might make. I kept it hidden as anxieties about narcissism, self indulgence and vanity swirled.
What would society think of me? How would my life change? Could I even AFFORD a blog?
I had never thought of myself as someone capable of caring for a blog. After all, I’d never taken a selfie or shared an article in my life. I wasn’t sure if I knew who I was anymore.
The day I decided to keep my blog was January 22nd, 2015.
There I was, sitting in a meeting room eating my lunch when all of a sudden I was overcome with creativity, excitement and positivity, and I began to create a plan.
I started to brainstorm names, concepts, designs.
Initially, my blog was going to be entirely style related. I was going to demonstrate how awesome opshopping could be, and how one could re-purpose their existing wardrobe to keep it fresh without having to purchase more. My greater purpose with this was to help op-shops and charity stores get discovered so they could stay up and running.
The ideas continued to develop.
As well as style stuff, I decided that I could create video content to help people laugh at life. Sometimes, the weight of it all can get so heavy, so if I could find relatable situations to take the mickey out of, maybe I’d be able to make someone smile.
Then I decided that I wanted to tell stories about people discovering their passions. In the process, perhaps others may become inspired to pursue a passion of their own. And in the process, perhaps I’d discover a passion of my own.
I never wanted the blog to be attached to my name. I wanted it to be an alter ego so I could remain slightly anonymous.
Some of the first names I came up with for blog were:
- ‘State of Lux’ (Lux being my Latin name meaning ‘light’)
- ‘It’s Only Fear’ (don’t even worry about it!)
- Lucy Faux (fake Lucy.. Only it wasn’t going to be fake)
The name, ‘Monday Hustle’, resonated with me the most for a few reasons.
Working at my old 9-5, I noticed that Monday’s sucked. Not just for me. For everybody. Why? Because everyone would lament the fact that the weekend was over. And it finally clicked that this was no way to live, that Monday’s should be full of optimism and excitement, the first day of a fresh week! Monday was also the day I resigned – thus it’s a day that changed my life forever.
This was simple. I knew that with this new venture, I was gonna have to hustle. And that there was no two ways about it.
Monday Hustle was officially born on June 29th, 2015.
Since then, I have been trying to nurture this space, and incorporate everything Monday Hustle initially set out to achieve.
However, every day since Monday Hustle was born thanks to your comments and feedback, it’s a space that’s always being refined and clarified – because this is a blog that, at the end of the day, is as much about you as it is about me.
So in order to continue to raise Monday Hustle to be the best blog it can be, I’m going to ask for your feedback.
I think Monday Hustle has reached another natural pivot point. It’s not that I don’t like what I’m doing, it’s just that I can’t shake the thought that it could be better. It could be more helpful. It could be more awesome. But I need to know how you feel!
I want to know what your favourite bits about Monday Hustle are, and what bits you find the most valuable. I also want to know if there are any bits you don’t like, any bits you feel indifferent about or if there are any bits you ABSOLUTELY HATE! Don’t worry. I’ll be able to handle it. There’s no way I can be any more offended than the time someone put worms in my tote-tray on Valentine’s Day.
Here’s my list of Monday Hustle’s current main features just to jog your memory, but feel free to get as specific as you like with your feedback – in fact, the more specific the better!
Do you love/like/dislike/hate:
- The interviews (written, visual, audio?)
- The advice (Hustle Hacks)
- The videos
- The style stuff
- My personal journey
- The real talk
You can get in touch with me by leaving a comment at the bottom of this article, via Facebook or email me – email@example.com
I think one of the biggest thing I’ve learnt from this unanticipated conception is the fact that your life can change at any time. That in order for something to grow, you can’t have any preconceived notion of how it should be. That you need to be ok with adapting to new conditions. That you can’t be afraid of change, especially when something isn’t working.
Who knows. Maybe Monday Hustle has reached puberty.
Can’t wait to hear from you soon!