New Year’s Day is normally a right off for me. Over tired and hungover is not a good way to start a year… However it is, as always, how it is today. Hopefully this will be our last new year as a twosome and by next year we will be parents, or at least expecting parents, so I spose it’s ok for one last time, and we have at least had friends over today.
So as I sit here on my sofa, in my slippers, cuddled up with my sleeping dog, waiting for my take away pizza I’m thinking about my blog. Why I started it and what I want to achieve from it in 2017.
I started writing a blog for a couple of reasons really. I have a really good life but I felt it was getting a bit stale. I love working in the arts but my job was offering no fulfilment and I was actually being bullied and limited by my boss. I was finding it increasingly frustrating to work in such a creative environment but have someone actively stifle my creativity. I have always loved writing and kept a journal all through my teens but really didn’t have much reason to write anymore and so starting a blog appealed to my love of writing and meant that I was doing something that helped my need for creativity. My confidence was at an all time low and I was actively looking at ways to be brave, let stuff go and live a more meaningful and free life, and wanted to document the journey to help me work everything out in my own head, and putting myself out there, in a tiny slice of the Internet seemed like a good way to be brave. I thought about it for a long time before I wrote my first post and found the idea of exposing myself hugely challenging. I was writing more for myself but felt that if people related to my blog of my journey helped anyone else then even better.
That was in July and I’m along way along my journey now. Feeling much more fulfilled and confident in life, and about to change my career.There’s been some unexpected and difficult changes in my life but I feel that I have been able to face them with strength and dignity thanks to the things I’ve learned over the last 6 months, and writing about it all has been part of the process.
I love writing my blog more than I ever thought I would. I still find it scary that people might read my writing but I’m getting there! Here’s a list of the things I want to do next…
I have loved connecting with other bloggers, reading snippets of people’s life and relating to people’s stories. I love people commenting on my blog and perhaps relating to my stories. I love the community of it and want to reach out to people more with my writing.
I had thought that my blog needed a theme, but I actually want to write about a lot of things. So I’m keen not to try to theme it and let that happen organically. I want to continue to write a hotchpotch of stories about my life. I will keep writing about my journey to self love and my journey to try and become a parent. I will keep writing about my love of the arts and I will keep writing about the things that make me happy. I want to write about my holidays and adjusting to a new career and the highs and lows of life.
I love writing about wellbeing. I am learning loads about self care, mindfulness and wellbeing. I would love to be able to use the stuff I’m learning to be able to help others. I hope my little blog about my adventures will occasionally move, touch, help other people, or at very least give people a giggle at some of the more silly moments in my little life, and maybe help people remember not to take life so seriously.
I blog for fun but I want to learn to be more disciplined with my writing, develop my own style, post much more regularly and challenge myself to write more varied posts.
I’m really excited to see where my journey takes me in 2017 and can’t wait to tell you all about it.
What are your blogging aspirations for this year?