Hey guys! Welcome back. I can’t believe it’s been four years since I started this. Four years seems like such a long time, but at the same time so much growth and change has happened since then. I started this in 2017 while I was in college and some of you have been with me from those beginning days. I have learned a lot in these past four years about myself and creating content. I have found so much joy and built such an amazing platform here. I love getting to share this journey with all of you. So many things happened this year, the biggest being we hit 2,000 followers and we continue to grow!
When I started this blog it was just for me. I had been writing for a couple of websites prior but I didn’t love that I didn’t really have control of what got posted and when it was posted. So I decided that maybe I could make my own website and just write what felt right to me. I expected to have a few followers, but never over 2,000. Blogging is in a weird time now because it doesn’t get quite the same traction that YouTube and other social media platforms get. But it’s still a space that people are still very much loving and it’s been amazing.
A lot has happened this year. I moved to a new city and so many of you got to go on that journey with me. I started a new job (which I still have). I started graduate school earlier this year. I started posting so many different kinds of blog posts that were more personal and had more of a connection. I built some really great friendships and relationships with people in my life. Overall, it’s been a pretty great year. I couldn’t have asked for a better way to spend this past year and I honestly can’t wait to see what this next year has in store for us.
This year I definitely want to grow my Instagram. The goal right now is to post at least three times a week. That seems like it’s high enough to be interactive but low enough to where I’m not overwhelming myself. I have always struggled with Instagram and just keeping up with posting, but I’m really trying to get better. It’s been a struggle, but hopefully we will get there. I also want to share more on my Instagram stories because I know you guys want more content about my daily life and what I’m up to. So I really want to be better about that as well.
I’m not sure what this next year has in store for us here, but I am so excited to see how much we grow. You guys continue to make this one of the best parts of my life and I can’t thank you enough for that. It brings me so much joy and I love getting to chat with all of you. This next year is going to be really big for me in my personal life and I am so excited to bring you all along on that journey! But before we move forward into a brand new chapter, I wanted to share with you a few lessons I have learned in this past year especially.
1. I am far more capable than I thought I was.
At this time last year my life was filled with uncertainty and darkness. Even though most things were being worked out, I was still unsure about so much. I would often catch myself worrying about the future and where I would end up. Thankfully everything worked out in the end, but the biggest thing I learned from all of it was despite what other people and myself thought, I was far more capable than I thought I was of making it all happen. And now I am in a better place and position than I ever thought imaginable and I am so grateful for all of it.
2. Unconditional love is a powerful thing.
You don’t really know what unconditional love is until you have it. For most of us we grow up with unconditional love so we always know what it is. Some of us don’t feel that. And I read a quote the other day that said, “You may love me, but I don’t feel it” and that really resonated with me. There are so many times when people would tell me they loved me but I didn’t really feel it. But I learned this year that unconditional love does exist and I can feel loved by people. It truly changed my life and my perspective on myself. I learned to be open and vulnerable all over again.
3. I know what I want and don’t have to compromise.
I don’t have to settle for anything that doesn’t make me happy. I can chase my dreams and do the things I want, even if other people don’t understand or don’t think I can. I know the things I want out of life and I don’t have to compromise those to make other people feel better or more comfortable. My life was in shambles for a long time because I was making decisions based on what I thought others would approve of. This was the first year that I was really making decisions based on what felt right for me and I ended up exactly where I have always wanted to be.
4. Change doesn’t have to be bad.
I think we often view change as bad because it’s difficult and difficult is often seen as a negative. But I have learned this year that not all change is bad. It’s not all good by any means, but it’s not all bad. I went through a lot of changes in this past year and I would say most of them ended up being for the better. I learned not to fear change, rather to view it as an opportunity to learn new things and grow as a person. Some things don’t always work out, but I am learning more to go with the flow and let things work out as they are meant to.
5. It’s okay to change your mind.
Speaking of change, it’s okay to change your mind. What I once thought I wanted and was pursuing ended up not being what I really wanted. As my life changed and I went through new things, my goals and desires and passions also changed. I think that’s not only a good thing, but necessary. As we grow and evolve as humans what we want out of life should also change. It’s not always easy to let go of our dreams that we once held on to so tightly, but it necessary. We deserve to live our lives to their absolute fullest and that’s kind of hard if we aren’t willing to grow.
It has been an incredible year and an incredible four years. I can’t wait to see what this next year has in store for all of us. And I want to know from you! What was your favorite thing I posted this year? It can be a specific post or just a kind of post. Let me know so I know to do more like it in the future. Also be sure to leave your questions in the comments for tomorrow’s Q&A. I am so excited! Thank you so much for stopping by! I really hope you enjoyed this. Please like it if you did. Don’t forget to follow before you leave if you have not already and I hope to see you next time!