Happy 6 months - The Hungry Dreamer (well a little over 6 months)
It's been about six months since I launched The Hungry Dreamer blog site and so much has happened. Not only have I grown so much as a person, but I've also seen growth on here with my blog site. I don't even know where to begin as I look back on the past six months, so let me back track to September 1st.
There's two types of people in this world when it comes to trying moments in life; you're either the type to hide away from the world and lose all motivation to do anything OR you're the type to take those emotions and turn it into something good. When I launched The Hungry Dreamer on September 1st, 2017 I didn't have the intention of having it be a business or platform for companies to get exposure. I didn't go into the creation of The Hungry Dreamer thinking that I could possibly make it into a means of income. The truth is I created The Hungry Dreamer for myself. This blog site was a way for me to focus my energy on something that I could be passionate about. I had full control on this entire project and I knew that I wanted to launch it on the first day of my birthday month. So for the whole month of August I did my research and I worked hard on putting this blog together all on my own. Looking back on it now I probably should have taken more time to work on the site and create higher quality content, but I was eager to launch The Hungry Dreamer. I was doing this for myself and I wanted it to be the beginning of a new chapter in my life, so launching it on the first day of my birthday month only seemed right.
For the first couple months it was exciting to see all the feedback that I was receiving from everyone. It felt good to see people enjoy what I had created all on my own. It was rewarding to see people interested in what I had to show and talk about. As time went by I began to really take my blog site seriously and worked to create better quality pictures and posts for the public to see. As I improved the quality of my content I began to receive emails from companies wanting to collaborate and partner up; they all loved how my blog looked! Receiving all the emails from various companies were an indication that The Hungry Dreamer had the potential to be something more than just a place for me to forget about my trying moments in life.
Not only have I seen success with my blog site, but I've also personally grown as an individual. This blog site has pushed me to do things I wouldn't have done before. I'm learning to step outside of my comfort zone more than ever which can be scary, but fulfilling at the same time. I'm meeting new people and having more experiences in life because of The Hungry Dreamer.
If you've read about me on the "ABOUT" page, you may know that my overall goal in life is to be truly happy and inspire others . I'm still working on the first part, but when it comes to inspiring others I think that launching The Hungry Dreamer has been the first steps to that. I've seen a few people in my past already be inspired by my work, which really pushes me to go even further with this site. So my little bit of inspirational words for everyone who is reading this is to do something that you are passionate about. When you do something for yourself and have a genuine intention it is only a matter of time before it becomes something more than what you had planned. You should never have the initial questions of "will this become a success" or "what if people don't like it" because you should do things for yourself and not for the approval of others; when you do this it shows in your work and people will love what you're doing even more.
After looking back at how the first six months since launching my blog site has been, I can't even imagine where The Hungry Dreamer will be in a few years! I'm excited for the future and where this blog site will take me, so I hope you all stay on this journey with me!
-Shannon (The Hungry Dreamer)
Check out my very fist blog post below
Escape rooms are something that have become pretty big in the past years and I think should be experienced at least once. I was really excited to be invited by PanIQ Room Chicago this past weekend since escape rooms are something that I've been wanting to try out!
There were three themes that I was able to choose from, which were Infection, The Mob, and The Prison. The first two were considered "family friendly" while the last theme was not. I wanted the most intense experience, so of course I chose The Prison! PanIQ Room lets you have up to 7 people in each escape room; I obviously had 3 other friends with me for this one. Although escape rooms are a group activity and can be booked for team building, this specific theme makes you split your group into two different cells. The two groups still interact with each other and have clues that are for each other, but I was hoping to fully experience the escape room in one single room.
All of the escape rooms at this PanIQ Room give you an hour to try and "escape". There's a big timer on the wall that counts down your time so you're aware of how much you have left to solve all the riddles and get out. Another thing that comes with doing the escape room is a walkie talkie where you can ask for unlimited clues. My friends and I didn't rely on this too much until towards the end. When it came to about 10 minutes left of the escape room I just wanted to be closer to getting out. A lot of the riddles seemed almost impossible to figure out and the 1 hour goes by really fast.
You can probably see from the picture that we did NOT escape from the prison cells. We were told that we did make it to about 80% of the escape room, which did make us feel better! I would definitely do this again, but probably choose a theme that's less difficult.
You can book an escape room with friends or family on the PanIQ Room Chicago website. If you're not located in Chicago PanIQ Escape Room has other locations as well! Comment below how your escape room experience was! I wanna hear all about it!