A Cup of Jo
“Jo when was the last time you updated your blog? I went on there looking for brunch spots for a friend and realized you haven’t written in a while”. A few months ago, I received a phone call from the creator and owner of Brunch & Grind, which came as a shock and sort of a wakeup call that the curator of pop up brunches, looks to my website for guidance on where to celebrate a friend’s party. My takeaway? You never know who is watching, rooting for you, & in this case reading lol.
So why did I stop writing? Life happened. Excuses happened. I started a demanding job as a recruiter for a fortune 500 company, I began battling health issues, and lastly, I simply wasn’t happy with my website. I lost focus, passion, and started asking myself questions like ‘who is reading’ and/or ‘paying attention’ anyway? There is no worse distraction than self-doubt.
After months of meditating, healing, and some much-needed self-preservation, I want to share with you how I got here; how I got back to slowly finding my voice and passion. I had to remind myself why I started this journey in the first place and the purpose of #TheJoeXperience. I started the blog to act as a liaison between what’s out there, be it travel, brunch, or even fashion and share it with any and everybody interested in experiencing the same captivating moments and not knowing where to start. In the months that I was not writing, I traveled to Barbados, Bali, Madrid, & Barcelona. I attended eye-catching events such as PinkNic and Pop-Up Brooklyn both on the iconic Governors Island. These are experiences I should have been sharing with my audience and it was selfish on my part to let fear hold me back from doing just that.
Before I lose your attention, I say all of that to say this. You are allowed to have your days off to regroup and refocus because every day isn’t a creative day and your journey is just that. YOUR JOURNEY. Take some time off to get inspired as this is a goal and NOT a race. The last thing you want to do is force something that is supposed to come organically. Whatever it is that you are working on, towards, or whatever your passion may be, please find comfort that it is yours and no one else’s. Move at your own pace; everyone’s journey is different because slow progress is STILL progress. You got this far.
I want to end by saying THANK YOU again for your continued support and please keep an eye out while I share past and future experiences.