It’s that time of the year again, New Years! We are in the first week of the new year and like clockwork, you see two major kinds of posts: “Resolutions, hell yeah!!!!” or “Resolutions are stupid!!!!” And everyone can agree that resolutions usually don’t go to plan. If it even makes it to the end of the month. Frankly, there’s already a lot of content out there about why resolutions fail, so I’m going to leave that alone.
The other day I posted my my 2017 year in review, all about this last year. And while it wasn’t the year I thought it would be, it was the one that needed to happen. Being able to look back on the last year has really shown me where I want to go for this next year.
I think we can all agree that 2017 was a weird freaking year. In some ways it felt like the world was falling apart, honestly. I can frankly say that this year wasn’t what i was expecting, in any way, shape, or form. I’ve grown a lot, but I’ve also fumbled more than I would care to admit. This isn’t the year I wanted so much, but it was the year I needed.
There was so much going on in my life, in terms of trying to manage everything, and it felt like I didn’t have a handle on everything that I wanted to. In some ways I really succeeded, but in others there’s still a lot of room for improvement.
One of the hardest parts of going into blogging was deciding how I wanted to brand myself. How I wanted to tell my story and how I wanted to present myself and my content. We hear a lot about originality, about authenticity, about standing out. The first piece of advice, or one of the first pieces, we’re ever given is: come up with a name that is you. And to be honest, how I previously named this blog and presented this blog didn’t feel like me. Yes it had my name and had the general idea of what I wanted to do, but it didn’t feel like me.