In case you have not heard, I have uploaded my first vlog on my new YouTube Channel yesterday, May 23, 2020. It feels amazing to finally be able to do that after mulling over the idea for about two years. I have had very little expectations for it, so what is happening so far, just 24 hours after the upload, really blows my mind.
The plan to change my website from being about fashion, wellness, and lifestyle started when I found that my online writing job, which only led me to write three articles, was not fulfilling for me. I only did it for the extra money, which was not much but still money all the same, so I knew that it was not something I would have been able to sustain. I struggled to find it in my heart to continue writing about those things, although I wanted to do so, quite badly, because I already started. I eventually realized that I had to let go of them, and find a niche that would be easier for me to follow through. The site went in and out of my mind after that. I thought about it only when I was not busy with work, church, or what other things I busy myself over. By the end of 2019, I made a promise to myself that I will be more intentional about my life this 2020, and building my site is a part of that.
The leap year came, and the idea for my website and a YouTube channel came with it. I realized during one of those in-the-shower-lost-in-thought moments how I am a teacher. I know it seems quite obvious, but during that time I was in the shower, I thought about how much of me is influenced by my being a teacher. I recalled people telling me I have a “teacher personality”, although I still do not know exactly what that means, people from church looking to me for some advice or direction for events and other things because I am a teacher and I should know what to do, and people on the streets or at the market stopping to greet me because I was wearing a teacher’s uniform. I remembered how I had dreamed of being a teacher when I was a child, how I decided when I was in high school that it was something I really wanted to become, and how I worked quite hard to achieve that dream in college and the year after I graduated. It was decided before I even came out of the shower that day what my website and vlog’s center will be.
The coming of the COVID pandemic gave me time to finally work on the project. It also gave me a greater sense of urgency and purpose for what I was about to do. I had students (whether they were mine or not) and teachers (whether I knew them or not) in mind, as well as the hope that I might be able to help them in my little way.
On the day I uploaded the video and shared the link through a post on Facebook, I was shocked by the amount of support and encouragement I received from family, friends, students, and even mere acquaintances. I did not think it was an achievement to have a video on YouTube, but the fact that people congratulated me for it made me think otherwise. People took the time to watch and like my video, subscribe to my channel, share and promote it on their social media feeds, and even went out of their way to send me private messages for support and suggestions for my future entries. It made my heart so happy. I am grateful to God and I feel so blessed that He gave me these people in my life.
At the time of writing this article, I already have 104 subscribers on my channel and 528 views on my first vlog. I know I still have a lot of things to learn and improve on, but with the kind of support I have, I am sure that things can only get better. To everyone who made this possible, thank you very much!