Hi everyone and a very very happy 2016 to you! I went a bit m.i.a at the end of 2015 and if I am being brutally honest it’s because I fell out of love with blogging. Now I had a bit of time off, I recharged and have had a bit of time to think about what I want for myself in the coming year, because of that I thought it was a great time to talk about my 2016 goals! I don’t like saying resolutions because I always used to do that and found that if I ‘failed’ I felt so crap and goals seems more positive to me anyway!
Find my blogging mojo do people still say mojo? Well I definitely lost mine last year and I know exactly how it happened. I became a bit obsessed with comparing myself to other bloggers and it’s such an easy trap to fall into but it really affected me in 2015. Lets be real for a minute, I got quite into judging other bloggers which is purely because I was feeling bitter about having time out and being left behind (or that’s at least how I felt!) I was waaaay too invested in other peoples business and it’s so toxic and pointless, especially as someone who hasn’t ever been envious or worried about other peoples opinions before. side note I am really nervous writing this because I’ve never admitted that before which is pretty scary!
I haven’t made any big decisions about Ever in May, I don’t plan on overhauling everything drastically or changing my content a lot, but I am going to put out better quality content, lots more reviews and tutorials and share a bit more of my life too. My Dad and I have a cheesy saying we always reach for when we feel a bit put out and it’s ‘don’t be bitter, be better’ and that’s something I am really going to focus on this year. Oh and I think I might give the layout a bit of a refresh and lose the sidebar- let me know what you think about that!
Growing my business if you didn’t already know I have a little Etsy store called Charles and Wynn (shameless plug here) where I sell iPhone cases that are a bit quirky and different to the usual styles. I set it up because when I got my iPhone 6 I couldn’t find any cases I liked and it took off pretty quickly (I recently hit 1000 sales!) I worked with other etsy artists at first to reproduce actual physical art onto cases and we decided to use matte textured cases to make them feel more like paint from a canvas as opposed to the normal shiny flat cases you can buy.
As my confidence has grown I’ve started to design my own cases which are digital prints and I’ve absolutely loved doing it, in 2016 I’d love to incorporate it more into my blog, I was thinking about doing things like ‘free phone case wallpapers’ each month and giveaways to win cases throughout the year? I am also moving into other phones too as I am aware not everyone is on the Apple bandwagon so that will be fun! Let me know what you think!
Being more organised I am one of those people who when I get overwhelmed I just do nothing. I definitely work well under pressure but when I feel truly overwhelmed I definitely find it hard to switch off. I am not talking about a bit stressed, this year I have suffered with stress related hair loss which was NOT fun, I had actual clumps of hair falling out and as a beauty blogger that’s not the best way to make you feel comfortable on camera(!)
I also started getting really inflammed gums and toothaches, I was sure I had some sort of tooth problem but I went and had x-rays and a full checkup at the dentist and they couldn’t find anything but the dentist told me it sounded like I was clenching my jaw and grinding my teeth which is a big sign of too much stress, (f you have any tips on how to stop that I’d be so grateful) I have picked up a few planners which are the ones in the picture on this post and I am slowly starting to plan out my days to section off ‘photo days/blog post writing days/store design days’ which I’m hoping will take some pressure off of me!
Be more social Now this is both in life and online so I’ll mention both! I can be pretty bad for engaging with people online on twitter/instagram/facebook and when you run a blog that’s not the best! I also find I tell myself I will reply to comments on here and then I get distracted and a week goes by and then I feel like it’s been to long to reply now so I don’t! I have started to engage more on twitter with other bloggers but if I’m honest bloggers can be a bit cliquey and it’s not always easy to chat with people who have quite defined blogger friend groups, either way I am really enjoying it and it’s making me more confident online!
In life I obviously suffer with PTSD (well that’s not obvious but I have mentioned it before!) and it has really affected my ability to do things on my own or go places on my own. Up until my breakdown I was really independent, I lived in other countries, went travelling for months and moved away from home at 15 so it’s been a big adjustment for me to being dependent on other people. I’ve made a plan with my Dad to help me start being more confident being alone in public and I am really hoping by the end of this year I will be able to attend more events and just spend time doing silly little things outside on my own!
The Diet and Exercise one I came off my medication about 4 months ago and since then I have lost a lot of weight, the tablets I was taking had one major side effect and that was major weight gain. I was overweight, bloated and felt like crap, no exactly the best way to combat depression! Losing weight has been fantastic and I can now fit in all my clothes again which has give me lots of confidence, the only thing is I haven’t actually tried to lose weight and the only weight I’ve lost is the artificial tablet weight. To be fair I needed to lose a little bit before the tablets anyway so that’s something I am going to address in 2016, I don’t want to be Instagram perfect but feeling less bloated in the tummy area, confident to do outfit shots and videos and just feeling a bit more energised would be amazing!
So those are my 2016 goals, I guess I should add in ‘try not to waffle too much in 2016’ but hey ho! I’d love to know your new year goals and if you’ve posted them on your own blog make sure to leave me a link!