I thought that I should probably get a Blog post in before we bid farewell to 2012.
I had this wonderful idea that 1012 was going to be the 'year of the blog' for me, and that I was going to become one of those really cool 'mummy bloggers' that we've all been hearing so much about. I was becoming obsessed with increasing hits on my little blog, and search engine optimisation, and earning money off it..........what a load of shit! I started my blog to write my thoughts and let my friends and family interstate keep track of our lives. And that's what I will continue to do with it.
In October I tried to participate in Blogtober, where the goal was to blog every day for the month of October. I tried to do that thing that professional bloggers do and plan my posts, prewrite them for publication at a later time. I found that's just not me. My blogging is spontaneous, and not that structured.
I tried to think about getting some structure to my blog by making sure I make a particular type of post on a particular day of the week......BUST!!!!!
For 2013, I have taken the pressure off. Not just my blog, but my life in general. I had a friend mention recently that I seem a lot calmer and less stressed. I am. I honestly feel awesome! I mean of course I still get some of the usual day to day cerebral implosions that I'm sure we all have every now and again, but considering how I have felt over the past few years, I can honestly say I feel great.
I have taken the pressure off.
No need to impress anyone but me.
Time to put some time back into me.
If I am not happy, the world around me will be a dark and gloomy place to be around (I make sure of that), so I need to be happy.
What makes me happy???
My family and spending quality time with them.
Typing away here for a bit of R&R.
Online communities - yes, I may sound like a computer hobbit, but I have met some wonderful people online from all corners of the world, and I am happy to put some time into those relationships even though they are not 'here'.
Being creative. Again, I have connected with some wonderful creative people recently, and look forward to doing more with them in the months to come.
Friends who are willing to put the time in to me, as much as I am willing to put the time into them. I have this on my wall:
So my word for 2013 (for those people who do the 'word of the year' thing) is "ME". It's time to put some time back into me. And that's not being selfish, I think it's just being smart.
I hope that you can look back on 2012 and take some lessons from it that will make 2013 as happy and fulfilling as I hope it will be.