Hello, hello! And, Happy New Year!
It’s been a minute. A long minute ;). I feel like I have started way too many posts out this way! To be honest, I just let so many things fall to the wayside in 2017. I didn’t prioritize my passions, and I let fear get in the way of a lot. I absolutely love writing-blog posts, in my journal, and songwriting are some of my biggest joys. I am aiming for 2018 to be a year that I just do what I love-regardless of what other people think of it and what fears may try to get in the way. I always feel better when I take time to do things that fill my heart and soul up, when I take time to create.
To go along with that, I’m actually starting off the year with a social media detox. I found that rather than periodically checking in, I was spending almost ALL of my free time glued to my phone-scrolling Instagram, Facebook, Twitter, over and over again almost without even realizing how much I was on it. I was staying up way too late at night on my phone too in bed. And, not only that, but I also found that I was getting way too deep into the comparison game. Comparison really is the thief of joy, it’s true. And I was feeling it. I felt so silly for letting something as dumb as who did or didn’t like a post of mine affect my day and how I felt about myself. I would look at other people’s feeds and compare it to mine, and start feeling down on myself for not having the right colors or content or being funny enough or poetic enough. It started to make me feel like a failure, and so negative. I woke up on New Year’s Day and knew I was supposed to take a break from it-I don’t know how long it’ll be (it could be a few days, a few weeks, …I’m really not sure at this point), but I’m looking forward to learning to fill my time with other things. And once I do get back on, I would really like to limit my time on it. I like having photos to look back on and to share memories and joy on social media, and I love seeing what other people are up to, but I don’t want to live my life glued to my phone. My hope is to check in a few times a day and post what I want, but not get caught up in the game of it-and not let it take up so much time that I’m not allowing myself to be present and enjoy moments as they happen.
I will say that part of me would really enjoy setting up a health/fitness/blog Instagram where I can focus in on that side of myself and encourage others. I may work towards getting that started soon.
In 2018, I have a goal to create more, dream more, and do more. Here are a few of my goals for the year in that vein…
-Create more content on the blog, be consistent, and take time to write more in general.
-Get back into YouTube and filming (I LOVE putting together vlogs and filming our life…it may be super boring to others but it is seriously so fun for us to look back on, and I enjoy putting them together and making something out of it).
-Push past worrying about what other people think when it comes to my own creativity and dreams…man is this a struggle.
-Work on writing more songs, practicing both myself and with Andrew, and hopefully record more! We love doing this together, it’s such a joy that we share and so special.
-Bring some more health and fitness related content into the blog and possibly an Instagram. This is another one of my passions and I am like a little sponge that LOVES to soak information up on workouts, healthy eating, coming up with new recipes and ideas, etc. I don’t have any certifications (would love to one day!), but would still enjoy posting and writing about things in that world. I’ve been changing up my workouts in the gym lately and have been really enjoying lifting more!
That’s it for now, friends! I would love to hear your goals in the comments below 🙂 keep an eye out for some more posts coming soon and let me know if you have any ideas or things you’d like to see!
Cheers to the new year,