Kemi Odesola12 Comments

Feel like quitting? Don't!

Kemi Odesola12 Comments
Feel like quitting? Don't!

I had the idea of creating my blog in January 2016. By April, I had decided on a name, written some blog posts, created a website (which was a huge learning curve) and I just posted it on Facebook. All of a sudden, everything I had been working on secretly, was now out for the world to see.

And then the doubts started...what if no-one wants to read this; the website doesn't look good... the pictures look terrible and so many more. After 3 weeks of launching, I shut it down and went back to the drawing board to get the website redesigned.

I got a number of messages from people asking if I was aware that my website was down. This was shocking and exciting to me at the same time. It meant people were actually interested in reading what I had to say.


But this excitement didn't last very long. I felt like I was constantly hitting road blocks in getting my blog re-launched. I look back now and every road block was a chance for me to do some research, think outside the box, talk to seasoned bloggers and find solutions.

A forest starts with a tree and a tree starts as a seed.
— The Brazen Closet

This sounds all nice and dandy now, but it definitely did not feel like that going through it. At some point I thought why am I even doing this??

Just go to work and do your job and don't complain. But the longer my blog was down the more I felt like I was wasting time in reaching out to someone.

I used the tough love approach but that didn't really work. I put so much pressure on myself that, I couldn't focus long enough to get anything done. I won't lie at some point I wanted to quit.

How where all these bloggers out there getting their blogs to look so beautiful, with so many followers. I started to compare myself to other bloggers that had been blogging for years. It was not good. 

I completely forgot my own advice. I was comparing myself to others. Comparing my starting point to their 2-4 years of hard work.

That week a friend posted this poem on Facebook and the timing could not have been better.

When things go wrong, as they sometimes will; 

When the road you’re trudging seems all uphill; 

When the funds are low and the debts are high; 

And you want to smile but you have to sigh. 

When all is pressing you down a bit 

Rest if you must, but don’t you quit 

Success is failure turned inside out; 

The silver tint on the clouds of doubt; 

And you can never tell how close you are; 

It may be near when it seems far. 

So stick to the fight when you’re hardest hit 

It’s when things go wrong that you must not quit 

- John Greenleaf Whittier

After reading this, I took some time off and did not look at the website or even try to write. I did nothing for about a month.

After my hiatus, I saw things from a different perspective and I was able to refocus. Taking time off helped me realize I had lost sight of my original intentions.

With the new focus and realignment, I stopped over analyzing everything and stopped the comparison. I took the "done is better than perfect" saying to heart.

Done is better than perfect
— Sheryl Sandberg

In the short time my blog has been back up, I have collaborated with Woezo Africa Dance Theatre and designed costumes and dresses, which is my passion. 

I recently did this guest post and have more in the works with some amazing bloggers to bring value and inspire more people.

I know this is only the beginning. The more I keep at it, the better I will get; the more opportunities will come and the more I can help inspire more people.

Never despise the days of small beginnings. A forest starts with a tree and a tree starts as a seed. With continuous nutrition the seed grows a little bit everyday even when it doesn't look like it has changed.

Wherever you are on your journey, I just want to encourage you and say don't quit! Life is a marathon not a sprint. I hope this has inspired you today.

Life is a marathon, not a sprint.
— Phillip C. McGraw

Please comment below and let me know if this has inspired or helped you in any way so we can keep motivating each other to keep going!