Happy New Year everyone!

Not sure how it has already come around, but here we are.

2021 was a rollercoaster of a year.

I’ve changed jobs, grown my cliental base for freelance writing, and got my own car which for me are huge milestones and victories.

And yet, it has also been a year when I’ve struggled mentally, put insane pressure and expectations on myself and, more times than I’d like to admit, I’ve felt like a failure. Not to mention the physical and mental struggles of everyday life in a seemingly never-ending pandemic.

Despite the struggles, and almost really thanks to them, I’ve grown a lot this year. I’ve begun to prioritise my own wellbeing and say no to things, I’ve started listening to my body more about when I need to rest, and I’m starting to believe in myself more.

I touched a small bit on how imposter syndrome is a huge vice of mine in an Instagram post recently, but opening up and to fellow bloggers and followers helped immensely. Not only was the problem shared a problem halved, but it felt great to know I wasn’t alone in suffering with self-doubt and it helped me realise that I have come a long way.

It’s easy to get stuck in the future. Thinking about things we want, and everything we want to achieve. When you don’t have these, you can begin to feel like a failure. But, when you take a moment to look back on your past, pay witness to your own journey and your own growth it can help you realise you’re on the right path and you’re doing so well.

Particularly with New Year’s resolutions we can get stuck in this forward-thinking mindset. Yes, it’s great to plan and to have goals, but if you only think about those, what good are you doing to your mental health.

As individuals we really need to celebrate our own victories more rather than brushing past them and aiming for the next thing.

This unattainable perfection only puts us down, so why not celebrate what we have achieved and be happy about it?

To help me do this I’m going to get a jar and fill it with strips of paper that detail things that have made me happy that week so that at the end of the year I really can enjoy looking back on memories and successes.

I do have goals for myself for 2022 but I’ve made sure that they are pressure free. This is so I can focus on my happiness, but avoid any pressure to attain said unattainable perfection.

Last year I set the goal of reading 50 books, I only reached 39 but I loved every novel I read and wouldn’t have wanted to rush through them or switch them for smaller books to hit a numbered target.

I don’t want to number that target this year, and instead set myself the goal of taking time to feed my brain and enjoy some escapism in everyday life through both reading and embroidery.

Another goal is to spend more time outdoors. The fresh air does wonders for my mental wellbeing and makes me feel healthy.

My third goal is to keep making choices for myself, not for anyone else. As a people pleaser this is hard, but something I’ve already been working on in 2021.

Vague goals for my future, and a promise to remind myself to look back at my past– what are your resolutions for a pressure free 2022?

I just want to take a quick moment at the end of this blog and thank you all for your endless support this last year. It’s so flattering to see your comments and follows and know that my blogs are even just being read!

It’s also been a proud achievement for me to switch from being lifestyle blog focused to focusing on my freelance writing services with a blog intertwined. I’m so thankful for all the love on the copywriter Tuesday series which I hope to continue into 2022.

All the best to you all x