5 things I’ve learned about myself through blogging

A lot of my posts recently have been self-reflections of my blogging journey, and this one was one I’ve wanted to do, because I love writing personal posts and writing with feeling.

I’ve learned I’m stronger than I thought

I’ve shared some pretty personal things on the blog. The one readers speak about the most is my suicide story. I don’t know if I would have opened up about my dark teenager years if the blog wasn’t there.

The blog taught me to learn from my feelings and to share them.


Someone else might be feeling something similar and words speak a lot. I’ve learned a lot from the words I’ve shared. I now openly speak up about my mental health story. I also speak a lot more about my past.

That’s just who I am. I’m stronger for talking. I’m stronger for opening up. I see strength in the words and actions I take.

My emotions are worth listening to

When I’m sad…I need to know why.

When I’m happy…why am I smiling?

Blogging, my past or my future, whatever it may be, my emotions are worth listening to. I am worthy. I don’t need to ‘man up’ and not listen to my feelings. I need to react. Emotions are powerful indicators.


Part of the reason I’ve opened up more and more overtime is because it helps. It helps me to understand the feelings. It helps me to grow. I understand the feelings and I grow.

I can grow the way I want to grow

When people have doubted my beliefs and actions, I’ve stayed strong and carried on. I’ve learnt that I’m the only person who can help me grow. I need to believe in myself. I need to want to action my feelings.

Just because someone else is doing something amazing, it doesn’t meant I have to follow the same path. I don’t need to copy someone else’s actions.

I make my own path. I decide what’s best for me. My future is my future. The way I grow has to be the way I want.


I’m an individual. I’m unique. I’m John Sennett. John Sennett grows the way John Sennett wants to grow.

I’m glad I didn’t listen to anyone else. Following my heart and head has meant this journey has been mine. I’ve developed the way I’ve wanted.

I’m amazing!

Self-care has been something I’ve always struggled with. Being bullied and having a destructive childhood, I never took care of myself. The older I’ve got, the more self-care becomes a priority.

I love who I am! I love the way I look! I love the person I see in the mirror!


I’ve helped others. I’ve helped myself. When someone has needed support, I’ve been there. Just because my volunteering days are over, doesn’t mean I’m not helping. I’m just helping in different ways.

I’m the person I once looked up to as a child. I’m confident. I’m a talker. I’m more than happy to stick up for what I believe in. I have a voice. I have a purpose. I know my path. I know where I want to go next. I know I’ll put the work to get there. I’m a grafter. A believer. An achiever.

I hate the word ‘potential’

Just because I’ve set a Guinness World Record and turned an unknown story into one of the most read and popular volunteering stories in the world, doesn’t mean that’s my potential achieved.

Why put a limit to what we can achieve? Why don’t we keep pushing for greatness until the day we can no longer do this?


‘Potential’ is just a word. A benchmark. John Sennett doesn’t hit benchmarks, he runs passed them and continues to do the work he’s doing.

I have a limitless journey. I can achieve what I set my mind to. The word ‘potential’ just barricades you and the perceptions people have about you.


I’m the only person who can say what I can achieve. I have plenty more things I want to do. I have loads more I want to achieve. I’ll achieve them.

This blog has taught me who I am and the person I’ve become from the actions I’ve taken over the years.




35 thoughts on “5 things I’ve learned about myself through blogging

  1. This post was very passionate and touching John. Self-awareness and emotional intelligence is so key for personal development and it’s so good and empowering to others like myself that blogging and expressing yourself to like-minded people lifts you to another level.

    Here’s to 5 + things you’re gonna discover about blogging in the future!

    Johnny | Johnny’s Traventures

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    1. I can definitely see this as a blog post in the future. Self-awareness is so important for ourselves and like you say to empower others! Setting an example can really inspire others to take action.


  2. Such a great post! You truly are amazing. I also think that potential is such a limiting idea. Why stop when you have reached a certain point, why not keep going? I was also bullied a lot and have put self-care on the back burner for too long, but this year I made a point of doing some self-care and it is amazing how much it has helped.


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