I am late to the party, but Happy New Year! It still feels surreal that it is now 2022; for some reason, it doesn’t feel like a typical new year. That sounds strange, doesn’t it? Well, I thought I would do a quick recap of 2021 and share my plans for 2022. It would feel wrong if my first blog post of the year wasn’t a recap.
Let me know what your goals are for 2022 in the comments.
For many, 2021 wasn’t a great year, and I wouldn’t class 2021 as a productive year for myself either. There were memorable moments, such as my trip to Cornwall, celebrating one year of blogging and celebrating my 25th birthday. While there were moments of joy, for most of it, I felt like I was just existing instead of living, if that makes sense.
When I reflected on 2021, I tried not to be hard on myself, as I did accomplish some goals, but I felt like I had accomplished nothing at the same time. It makes sense as we were all struggling in some ways, but I found myself putting a lot of pressure on 2022.
Overall, I realised I am not where I want to be in terms of my career or well-being. In 2022, I want to achieve more without putting too much pressure on myself to be ‘perfect’.
The year started slow; after a disappointing 2020 Christmas, motivation was in short supply. Board games at home were the main order of the day, with snow falling in Yorkshire around January 14th.
I created many cross-stitch cards around February, but we also ventured outside in March, specifically Roundhay Park. Snails were painted in April, while homemade hot sauce was on the menu for May. I also hit 5,000 all-time views in May 2021 on my blog, which was an exciting moment.
In June, we cautiously ventured out to see friends, while I turned 25 in July 2021! July 2021 had everything from axe throwing to giant cookies and even a trip to Jorvik Viking Centre in York.
August felt more normal, as I attended a wedding and went to Cornwall. Towards the end of August, my partner and I tried out HelloFresh, as our diet was horrendous.
I attended my first ballet show in September, and I’ve never been so thankful for masks, as my mouth was agape with awe at the performance. I also tried my hand at jewellery making in September 2021.
November was a slow month, as I had to venture back to my parents home, as the family dog required surgery and aftercare. He is a bundle of energy and joy now, thankfully.
Finally, in December 2021, many festive activities happened, from the Temple Newsam Christmas light trail to various homemade festive treats.
As for my blog, here is a snippet into my 2021 statistics:
- WordPress followers: 476
- WordPress 2021 views: 6,284
- Twitter: 1,053 followers
- Instagram: 280 followers
- Pinterest total impressions: 68.2k
Not as grand as other bloggers, but they are my stats, and I am proud of them so much!
I previously broke down my goals for this year in the ‘this time next year’ tag. As mentioned, I want to focus on three main areas: blogging, career and well-being.
I had a slow start to 2022, but I feel like I am on track now. I have a calendar I can see every day with my goals and the steps I need to take to achieve those goals. I will be working harder to plan out my blog content in advance, including scheduling social media posts.
For my career, I need to keep shaking off the feeling of imposter syndrome that stops me from applying to specific jobs. I have a few online courses and books to go through to help with my knowledge and skillset that apply to the job I want. Hopefully, they will help with the feeling of imposter syndrome as well.
As for my well-being, I am starting slow with the beginners Blogilates calendar. It is a small step, but I know it will help a great deal.
While I have a lot of plans for 2022, I have to remember not to be too hard on myself if things aren’t perfect. I am one of those people that needs everything thought out before starting everything, but there will never be an ideal time to start anything; you just have to go for it. Easier said than done, of course.
Well, I might be late to it with this blog post, I still wanted to wish everyone a Happy New Year. I wish you a better year than the last and more happy moments than not.
Pop a comment below about something you want to accomplish in 2022 or what you achieved in 2021.