Sunday, 3 January 2016

NEW YEAR, NEW ADVENTURES

I ummed and ahhed about writing a blog post like this as I don't know if people find them a bit cliche but I wanted to reflect on 2015 and look to 2016, and I thought what better way to do it than on my little space on the internet, with you.

2015 saw a few ups and downs for me, like everyone I'm sure. I feel like 2015 was the year I began to feel a bit more grown up as Dan and I settled into our first home together in January and we've made it a whole year without killing each other! I have loved having our own place and being able to make it our personal space, although I think I may have got a bit obsessed with tidying! 2015 was filled with lots of special family moments with holidaying with Dan's family, my nephew Harry turning 1 and having a short break with my family near the end of the year. Spending time with my loved ones has continued to be my top priority. Things can change so quickly, so I like to value what I have as much as I can. I also had some great times with my closest friends and I made a friend for life this year, which has been such a special friendship to cherish.


Last year was definitely not the year for my blog or YouTube channel. 2013-2014 saw my best growth and amazing opportunities arose from my YouTube channel, but 2015 was a little harder. In previous years I had more time to spend on planning and executing content for my blog and YouTube, but with a busy full time job I started to struggle last year. I put a lot of pressure on myself as I was constantly comparing my content to all my favourite YouTubers and bloggers. Being in this little world of creativity can be so amazing and inspiring, yet it can also be very intense and intimidating. It can be so easy to see people as having the perfect life online because people only show the best bits. No ones going to Instagram that day when they sat in their PJs all day, with greasy hair and ate baked beans for dinner! 2016 will definitely be the year that I try to stop comparing my worst self with everyone's best selves.

Last year was not all bad on the YouTubing front as I got to meet new people and attend some cool events which is what really helped put everything into perspective. If I'm honest, I got very close to drawing a line under my blog and YouTube channel in 2015 as I struggled to see where it was taking me, but after having small breaks, I came to realise that it was the little community I had grown that was the most important and I still really enjoyed making videos and it's still a rewarding hobby for me. I also forget quite often how much having a blog and YouTube channel has taught me and how it has aided me build my career so 2016 will be the year that I try to push my content further to teach myself more and more.


At the end of last year I decided I needed a change and I was extremely proud that I bagged myself a new job, which I am starting the first week of January so I really feel like this new year really is a brand new start for me! I'm not going to pretend that I'm not anxious about the change as change does terrify me, but I also know that it's a good challenge for me and I think it's important to step out of your comfort zone when you get the opportunity to.

2016 will be the year that I enjoy my blog and YouTube for what it is and don't pressure myself if I struggle sometimes. It will also be another year filled with little trips, whether that be in the UK and/or abroad and I can't wait. I think it's so important to take breaks and visit new places, even if that is just in the UK. 2016 marks Dan and I's 10th anniversary which I can't quite believe so I cannot wait to celebrate that in August and spend another year living with him. I hope that I can worry a bit less in 2016, but that's just built within me so who knows if that will be achievable! Most of all in 2016 I need to remember it's important to live each day, and each week as it comes because you never know what's round the corner. 

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