5 Ways Blogging Literally Saved My Life

5 ways blogging saved my life

Nobody tells you that graduating from college will be one of the most anti-climactic moments of your entire life. 

I’d been so focused for the last 16 years of my life pushing for the degree, to get the illustrious job, to get the girl, start a family, and live happily ever after.

Except when I finished, it was completely the opposite:

  • I’d just gotten dumped by my girlfriend 2 weeks before graduation
  • The only job waiting for me was at my dad’s dry cleaner
  • I had to move back home with my parents and away from all my friends

During the summer of 2009 I struggled with the reality that everything I’d been planning for was not what it seemed… I sank further and further into a quasi drug-induced depression as a fell deeper and deeper into my own solitude – staring down the end of a glass pipe filled with my next high.

It scares me to think of what would have happened had I continued down that nasty spiral. I’d successfully pushed my best friends out of my life and was just so stuck in my own crap I honestly didn’t feel like there was a way out.

How Blogging Literally Saved My Life

Anyone that’s been courageous enough to share themselves on a blog will totally get this.

This story isn’t for you as much as it is for the new person who’s reading this right now and is looking for a MASSIVE change in their life. It’s for the person who has thought about blogging before, but perhaps didn’t totally see the point.

In this blog post I’m going to SHOW YOU how blogging can save you from depression, drug addiction, get you the girl (or guy), and introduce you to a world of magical and often unexplainable opportunities.

The second I made a decision to start blogging, the magic began showing up immediately.

Within just a few days of picking up my video camera, a random dude named John Razmus showed up and helped me build my first blog from scratch, completely for free.

That was the first of many unexpected miracles.

Overcoming Addiction and Feeling Stuck

When I moved back in with my parents after 4 years of college at Colorado State University in Fort Collins, I left behind almost all the friends I’d met there.

Except for one.mary jane green

Mary Jane.

We had an intimate connection… we’d hang out 3… 4… sometimes even 7 or 8 times in a single day. We were always together.

But it was a relationship that was tearing apart my family, and eating away at my soul.

Every time I tried to leave her I’d get sucked back in again.

I think, mostly because whenever I created the space in my life for something new to show up – there was nothing there to take her place.

I had to ask myself, “What changed between being in college, and right now?

And what I discovered was this:

Because I wasn’t growing anymore, I was actually dying.

It’s the reason I was feeling stuck, and I was feeling stagnant.

In school I was always meeting new people, learning new things, and engaging in new experiences. I was actively engaged in stretching my comfort zone.

That part of my life had completely disappeared.

There was a gaping void in my life where I had nothing to look forward to; and subsequently not much to really live for.

It was that moment I decided that I would never live like this again. And I was re-committing myself to ALWAYS growing and stepping beyond the bounds of my reality.

And so I created my first video blog, InspirACTION. Beginning January 1st of 2010, I began my journey of doing something brand new, every single day that I’d never done before – for an entire year. I put all of it on my YouTube channel and started sharing it on social media.

My life has never been the same since.

That blog was the jumping off point for me.

I Met My Dream Girl!

One day, I put the video below up on Facebook and I tagged a few friends in it to share in the hilarity of what I’d just filmed.

In the video I Skyped a girl I’d met in Argentina, who I danced all night with and almost missed my flight back home. I’d lost her number and through the power of the internet… I’d found her!

But guess who found me? Nikki!

She was friends with someone I’d tagged in the video on Facebook and it popped up in her newsfeed. She thought it was cute, friended me up, and we started to chat.

What can I say? We live in a new age of romance…

For Nikki and I, it was love at first click 😉

Not long after that we met up in person to go to a networking event together (see pic below). Our friendship began, and within just a few short months we began dating.


avram and nikki first time meeting 2

It’s been an incredible three years we’ve had (so far) and I’m looking forward to spending the rest of my life with her!

Can you believe it started with a silly little video on my blog?

Finding My Purpose

Coming out of college I’d only seen myself as a ‘marketing dude’ who was going to join the workforce and work for ‘the man.’

Apparently, that’s not what the Universe had in store for me.

After publishing hundreds upon hundreds of videos on the internet, I’d developed a pretty ridiculous following that was super stoked on my daily adventures of doing something new every single day.

I would get crazy long letters of gratitude on Facebook and in my email multiple times per week on how my videos where impacting people in a huge way.

I had no idea that was going to happen when I started.

To make a long story short I was asked to speak at a local TEDx event to talk about InspirACTION and my crazy adventures.

Big shout out to Dafna Michaelson Jenet and her husband Michael Jenet for putting on so many awesome TEDx events. To Rebecca Saltman for making the connection, and Mike Baltus for championing my story through the selection process. You all rock my socks 🙂

This event single-handedly altered the direction of my entire life. It gave me permission to be myself, and to acknowledge that what I have to say is important. It is valuable. And it is worth saying.

Transforming a Horrible Living Situation

How many people do you know that are living somewhere they don’t like? Are you one of them?

Like, if money were not an issue, would you live where you’re living now… or would you be somewhere else?

We had it BAD a little over a year ago.

Nikki and I were living in a dinky little house with busted out windows and mold growing up the walls. But it was home, and it was all we could afford at the time. We felt trapped by our finances.

Things got crazy though when we caught our landlord snooping through our personal belongings while we were out of town.

Thankfully, I’d really started to get the hang of this blogging thing, and it was proving us a livable income – it just wasn’t enough to help us move out.

Tell you what though, that changed real fast when our personal privacy was threatened.

Our blog paid for us to get out of that house and into safety. You can read the whole story here.

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Escaping Modern Day Slavery

I didn’t question the way this world is set up until I officially joined the workforce at my father’s dry cleaner after college.

Because every day I found myself doing the same thing.

I would wake up, go to work, come home exhausted, watch something on Netflix and go to bed.

Occasionally I’d go hang out with a few friends… the same people I’d known for years.

Rinse and repeat.

It was like that all summer.

And I realized that no matter what job I got – it was going to be the same exact thing but in a different costume.

When I started blogging I had no idea where it would lead me.

I had no idea it would help me to end my addiction to pot, get the girl of my dreams, become a public speaker, start my first business, and provide a sustainable income.

But it did.

Blogging saved me from the modern day slave system.

The one where you are always on someone else’s terms, doing what someone else tells you to do, on their time, building their dream.

And in return, you get a paycheck that, if you’re lucky, will barely allow you to do what you want (in the 2 weeks of vacation you get per year… barf)

“The Blog Life” is a VERY different lifestyle than what most people are used to living.

It’s not glamorous, but it’s simple. And I like that.

I get to wake up without an alarm clock, work a few hours a day, and the rest is mine to choose!

Oh, and I don’t have to cut my hair and shave my beard! Score!

So yea, blogging saved me from the modern day slave system.

It All Started with a Challenge

I blogged for an entire year because I knew that no matter what I did, my life would change dramatically. And as you’ve seen here, it certainly did!

The video below presents my challenge to you. I created this video when I began using this system to generate an income from home. (NB: my results are not typical – see average earnings here

It’s made the technical aspects of blogging so much easier, and streamlined the process on how to actually earn an income doing it.

If you’re interested in participating in our 90 Day Blogging Challenge, just click here to check out our Beginner Bloggers Bootcamp, get registered – and join the party!

Beginner Bloggers Bootcamp with Sandy Leveque

That being said, THANK YOU for reading my blog! I hope that it has inspired you in some way… whether you join our 90 Day Blogging Challenge or you walk away with a greater belief in yourself and what’s possible – I see that as a victory 🙂

Cheers,
Avram Gonzales

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How Has Blogging Changed Your Life? Comment Below!

 

Avram Gonzales

Avram Gonzales

Boss Man at InspirAction Inc.
I like pizza. I like burritos. Everything else is just details.

Social media marketing pro gone conscious revolutionary blogger.

Avram Gonzales
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Avram Gonzales

I like pizza. I like burritos. Everything else is just details. Social media marketing pro gone conscious revolutionary blogger.

18 comments
Ryan Biddulph
Ryan Biddulph

Avram, Love it dude! I hear you bro....I went from having 4 cents and being 60,000 dollars in debt to traveling the world for 3 years running. In Phuket now, Fiji next month, where we'll be living in a beach front home for FOUR months. Crazy man, how when you decide to change your life, where blogging can take ya. Congrats man, keep on inspiring the masses!!!

Sunnie Skillman
Sunnie Skillman

Avram, you have inspired me to start shooting videos. I used to be scared to shoot a video, and thought I would never keep coming up with things to shoot videos about. Now I have shot a bunch of them, and am surprised to find out I really enjoy it! I love the videos I shot and find it empowering, and a great outlet for my creativity. Thank you so much! Sunnie

Susan Youshock Pruyn
Susan Youshock Pruyn

I have heard snippets of each of these stories, but to see them all laid out like this is inspirational... and really fantastic blogging ;) Thx for always inspiring and encouraging!*!*

Deanna Baldwin
Deanna Baldwin

Very inspiring post on so many levels! Thank you for sharing your story, I personally got a lot of value from this.

Paul Hutchings
Paul Hutchings

Mr. Avram Gonzales... You've done it again... You've inspired yet another soul in the world. LOVE your story. Isn't it amazing what a new decision and a little persistence can do in life? Thanks for the great post and inspiration today. Appreciate you!

Peter Lew
Peter Lew

So very cool!! This has gotten me jazzed to challenge myself and share what i learn from all the awesomeness that comes my way living life in an open way. Great friends like you who show me new things and new inspirations!! Thanks for sharing this, Avram!!!

Mark Baker
Mark Baker

Awesome Post Very Inspirational and Educational, Thank you for sharing You guys Rock!

Lawrence Tam
Lawrence Tam

blogging has changed my life since trying my hand at it years ago in 2008. love the "For Nikki and I, it was love at first click"

Ia Gustafsson
Ia Gustafsson

:) Avram, I remember being curious about your initial challenge and it is so inspiring to follow you along the journey since then. it has inspired me not only to take action with my own blogging, but also in making much more present and challenging choices in both business and living. Thank you!

Sandy Lêveque
Sandy Lêveque

Blogging is a total game-changer! So awesome how all the pieces began moving together for you once you did. AND How many people you've inspired with your story since then ....including ME! I remember being curious about inspirACTION on Facebook but it wasn't until I got into a blogging challenge myself (that you laid down on a webinar!) that I REALLY got it and started seeing changes too. So grateful!

Alecia Stringer
Alecia Stringer

Love says it all.. Very inspirational story! Thanks for sharing.

Avram
Avram

Thank you Paul! It's that 'Slight Edge' deal to a great effect ;-)

Avram
Avram

Can't wait to see what you share in the coming months Peter!

Avram
Avram

My pleasure Mark, thank you for your kind words!

Avram
Avram

It's amazing how time flies and how powerful a seemingly insignificant blog can be!

Avram
Avram

You're awesome Ia :)

Avram
Avram

And then you went and took it and created SO MUCH last year Sandy (and even more nowadays!) Can't wait to see what happens in the years to come just from what you're creating now :)

Avram
Avram

You're welcome Alecia - thanks for dropping by my friend!