Year end is always a little bit of a nostalgic time for me. It's when I look back on everything I've done in a year, and it makes me a bit sad to realize that special moments have passed and will never return.
At the same time, the New Year is the best time to feel like you're starting clean. You've made mistakes in the past year; now's the time to a) learn from them and b) move on from them. Don't let things that you've messed up get in the way of all the incredible things you're going to do in the coming year.
2015 was a pretty crazy year for me, but I think the biggest highlight was that I started this blog. I have already learned so, so much from keeping it...that's the topic of an upcoming post. This past year, I realized that I need to make sure I treasure each special moment so that I don't lose it forever. 2015 was a year of savoring.
I've always been that person who make tiny, manageable goals that I'm sure to fulfill, because I don't like failure. After reading this post by Gina, I've decided that this year, I'm not going to play it safe. In 2016, I want to dream big. I want to take more risks, be more daring. I want to be willing to fail so that I can succeed. I want to escape my shyness and introvert-ness and become a friendlier person. I want to be able to not get discouraged by every critique and failure that comes my way. I want to learn to adapt to and embrace change. Yes, I want to remember the little things, but I also don't want to lose sight of the big picture.
All this in mind, I'm going to share my blog resolutions with you guys. These are my personal attempts to force myself a little out of the shell I tend to hide in.
At the moment, this seems like an absolutely impossible goal. But I'm going to write it down anyway. By 2017, I want to start making money on my blog. I realize that this doesn't come easily, but if I could have made 50¢ by the end of the year, I would be very happy indeed. As a matter of fact, blog monetization and making money online is a dream that I have had for several years, and if it could come true this year then that would be absolutely thrilling.
I've decided that I'm going to redesign my blog. I might change my name (any suggestions about that would be soooooo greatly appreciated) and I've resolved to move from Weebly to Wordpress. I think this topic deserves an entire different post and I won't go into much detail here, so let it suffice to say that this decision was a very hard one to make. Being bold ain't easy folks.
I want to be less timid when it comes to my relationships with other bloggers. I want to contribute to other people's blogs by leaving helpful, well-written comments, and maybe even guest posting a couple times. I want to approach the bloggers I admire and ask them to visit my blog, and not be ashamed of the fact that I have only 20 followers. Because I'm determined that it's not staying at 20 for long.
Gina is starting a linkup called "Be Bold in 2016", and I hope that I will be able to participate. Everybody could play it a little less safe, so I definitely encourage you to go and join the linkup as well.
So, to miniature little me, these seem like vastly unattainable goals. They're the kind of things that I daydream about, not the ones that I resolve to do. But I'm taking a chance this year - I'm gonna be bold. I'm going to reach for the moon, because even if I fail I'll land among the stars.
If you made it through that entire post, you deserve a belated Christmas gift. You are amazing and I love you very much for reading these words. Now it's you turn! What's your big resolution for the year? Are you joining the "Be Bold" linkup?