Thursday, 2 January 2020

NEW YEAR NEW ME (LITERALLY): LESSONS I LEARNT FROM 2019: RE-BRANDING,INSTAGRAM DETOX,IDENTITY CRISIS..LETS TALK





So we've officially hit 2020 where 2 days in and I wake up ready to do my to do list based on my plans for this year and I am so apprehensive and nervous. 2019 was brutal for me I learnt the hard way that actual reality will always trump a false reality of what life is meant to be. Trying not to sound to ominous I will tell you exactly what I mean. This year I fell out of love with blogging because I got distracted by social media.I suddenly realised I can make an income from social media which was a surprise to me because I thought for such a long time you could only make money from blogging until I realised you can make money from IG with less effort on writing and finally I was getting paid for my effort in photography  so win win.

I soon felt so consumed in social media it became almost toxic and I will be honest I forgot the reasons why I started in the first place I love being creative I love taking a photo editing it planning content this is the essence of my joy in creativity.Another aspect of that creativity is writing I have always loved writing and it was the main reason for starting my blog because I can struggle to articulate myself in person but on paper I can write forever.So a few months ago I got approached to do some copy writing, to be honest I wasn't keen but I could do with the extra income so I said yes.After doing bits of copy writing for this person I started getting really good feedback and I started looking forward to it and I began to realise I needed to get back to basics.So here we are I've changed my logo did a slight blog refresh with images and I am back to writing what I am passionate about.

So its 2020 the 2nd of January and I checked my blog analytics and I realised I had nearly 4000 readers last month 2000 was from a total different country and it was like confirmation that I needed to get back on track because I have a voice that the world wants to hear and you do to and whether that voice is verbal or written nothing should silence that.

MY INSTAGRAM DETOX

I think it was around the summer time I took like a few months away from Instagram the analytics was driving me mad and I felt it was making me doubt everything my creativity,who I was,everything. And I had someone say something extremely nasty to me and I was like I'm done for my mental health sake I am done. 

Taking that break or detox did a world of good I started reconnecting with friends and family I started having deeper friendships with real people they call it social media but it was making me incredibly unsocial and socially awkward. I am an EXTROVERT hear me roar and I suddenly was classed as an introvert,distant or cold I have realised it's easier for someone to criticise rather than simply ask are you ok?..luckily I have learnt a long time ago not to let anyone label me ANYONE! .In hind sight I guess I kind of retreated in my thoughts like I would do on Instagram I was taking in my surroundings but I lost my voice.

I am in no way an activist against social media I love social media especially instagram and pinterest but there is life outside of your phone,people that love you,dreams your yet to accomplish.And to be honest taking that break is one of the reasons why I am launching my business cause now I have focus.I still wake up in the morning from time tto time and go down that never ending bunny hole called instagram but I feel I have more limit and control now. Even I am currently planning a set time to spend on social media daily to stay sane a bit dramatic but needed.

SO WHAT NOW...

Well for starters I am going to write about and video about what I am passionate about a big part of that is beauty and blogging and lifestyle are other aspects. I've got some skincare tips post coming and some series I have been working on so leave your skin concerns in the comments wink wink.

I also have some styling post coming when it comes to my blog. This year I will focus a lot on Youtube  just as equally as my blog bare with me I am still getting comfortable talking to myself i.e the camera but I plan on being consistent when it comes to posting from next week so subscribe click the link in my bio on my IG.. I'm working on a post that will be helpful if your a small blog so you don't want to miss that.

I can proudly say as tough and hard as 2019 was it has moulded me to a better human being and a stronger one I use to shrink under the opinion of others now I frankly don't give a dam now.Criticism is meant to build you not to break you if its breaking you it's time for a friends declutter literally. I love the people in my circle family,friends and I have made some lovely influencer friends near the end of this year.  


        Happy New Year,Happy 2020,
A big welcome to all my new readers! And to my old ones thanks for being patient with me.

Thank you for reading!

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