Setting yourself a word of the year can be a great alternative or addition to your new year’s resolutions. It can be your guide when you’re setting goals and help you to determine what is really important to you.
I have quite a few goals that I want to work on through 2022, but I noticed that all of them centre around the same theme.
Starting a new month has always been a pretty exciting time for me. I love the idea that a new start is here and I get to reevaluate my life and my goals. Am I making progress on my goals? Are the goals I’ve set still relevant? If the answer is no, then I get to rethink the goals and see how I can keep improving myself and my life.
For those of you who read my last blog post, you’ll know that my life has been changing a lot. Since those changes, I’ve been thinking about my goals even more. So I figured that this would be a perfect time to write a post here all about my July goals.
In my endeavour to be organised each day, week, month and year, I have been writing up plans for each month.
I had drafted Aprils’s plans and goals but I didn’t share them because I was apprehensive of whether or not I would actually complete them. I am the queen of making plans and giving up on them only a few hours later.
Even though I didn’t share my April plans with you all, I did decide to keep them all on a little note on my laptop, just to test myself.
In the end, I had managed to complete a couple of them including Instagram growth and drinking water.
This month, I am throwing caution to the wind and I am sharing my plans with you all. I don’t want to be held back by the fear of not being good enough anymore.
I think we all have an inbuilt desire to be productive. We have goals and we hope to reach them as quickly as possible. Unfortunately, if you’re not born into a super rich family or you don’t have all the luck in the world, then you’ll probably have to work for your goals.
If you’re anything like me, then as soon as you’ve found a new goal or dream and you’ve settled on it, then you’ll want to get working on it right away. You’ll be making a list of everything that needs to get done. You’ll be thinking of ways to make it all perfect. Sound familiar? It probably does and that’s because we have all been there.
I think the problem is that we all want to be seen as ‘being productive’. We want to be known as the one who ‘get’s stuff done’. There’s a problem with this mindset though; When do we rest and reset if we are always being productive?!
“It’s not a bad idea to occasionally spend a little time thinking about things you take for granted. Plain everyday things.” – Evan Davis
Teenage years are hard. If I think back to my teenage years, I wince a little at the thought of it all. There’s the difficulty of learning who you are, making friends and dealing with school. Plus, it’s the time in life where your hormones are going crazy, but I won’t even get started on that.
However, there’s parts I miss about my teenage years too and some of those things make me wish that I appreciated those moments so much more while I had the chance.
Time is something that you can never get back. I’ll never be able to go back to my teenage years and experience those moments and things again, but that doesn’t mean I can’t take the life lessons and incorporate them into my daily life now. It also doesn’t mean that I can’t share my thought for current teens to read in the hopes that it helps them appreciate things things now.
Is your phone the first thing you reach for in the morning and the last thing you touch before bed? Do you frequently pick it up “just to check”, only to look up forty-five minutes later wondering where the time has gone?
If you do, then you’re like the 99% (this is not a fact, don’t quote me, I could be exaggerating) of people who are also addicted to their phones. They are our life these days. They are full of all our details, plans and even banking so we would be pretty messed up without them really.
Even though we love our phones a lot, and I mean a lot, a lot. We all still need a little bit of phone-free time in our lives.
Life is full of experiences, lessons, mistakes and journeys. Sometimes we encounter things that amaze us, other times they destroy us. Since I turned 23 today, I thought that I would tell you some of the lessons that I have learnt through my 23 years of life.
♡ What people think about you is their problem, not yours. ♡ Not everything that you do needs to be considered as productive. Do things for fun. ♡ Inspiration is everywhere. ♡ Your instincts are there for a reason. Trust them. ♡ Love is having someone you want to take care of. Not just someone to take care of you. ♡ You’ll never regret chasing your dreams. ♡ Choose who to forgive and accept back into your life and who you should let go of. ♡ Living your life your way is important. ♡ Failure is the best teacher. ♡ Don’t wait until a new year to start something new. ♡ In loss and failure there’s opportunity for growth. ♡ It’s not your job to change people. ♡ Practising self care habits is more important that you would think. ♡ Believe in your capabilities. ♡ Avoiding impulse buying is hard but it needs to be done. ♡ Love at first sight is bullshit. It’s just sexual attraction, not love. ♡ You need to work hard to achieve your dreams. ♡ Stay humble. ♡ The kind of people that you surround yourself with will change your view on life. ♡ Don’t worry about something that can’t be changed. ♡ Choose your battles wisely. ♡ You won’t always get what you wished for that doesn’t mean you should give up. ♡ If they want to leave, let them. ♡ Take more photographs. You’ll be happy you did one day. ♡ Change can set you free. ♡ Stop trying to explain yourself to people who don’t want to listen. ♡ Kindness is free. ♡ Some people are just passing through to teach you lessons in life. ♡ Make life count and do what makes you happy.
Remember, it is within your power to live the life that you want. The people who are with you can only support you and encourage you as you reach for your goals. So, go and live the life you want.
I can’t tell if it’s just me or if the world of blogging seems to be turning more and more selfish. People only tend to be commenting on other people’s posts if they will get a comment back. People only tend to retweet someone’s promo tweet if they think you’ll retweet theirs. It’s as if everyone is just out for themselves and they will only help you if it will also help them.
Don’t get me wrong, there are nice people out there who just want to help you. Some of the people in the blogosphere are so so so kind that I just want to hug them and never let them go!
There are two things that I just wish people would start doing in the world of blogging..
Actually Read Blogger’s Posts
I feel like this is the one thing that people aren’t doing anymore. When people are taking part in a comment swap, they scan the post and leave a very generic comment. It kind of annoys me though because people spend a lot of time writing there posts. Sure, we love getting comments but if you’re anything like me, I am pretty sure that you would would way prefer people to actually read the post.
More writing instead of 100 photos per post
Something that I noticed recently is that people are hardly writing things on their blog anymore. They are becoming more and more like photo diaries. Don’t get me wrong, I do love looking at photos but if I want to do that then I will head over to Instagram. If I’m reading your blog then I mostly want to hear what you have to see and maybe see the odd photo or two throughout the post. Maybe that’s just my personal preference but that’s just what I want to see.
I hope that the world of blogging in 2020 brings you lots of joy no matter what you choose to do with your blog. What would you like to see more of in the blogosphere?