The Year in Review – 2021

Hi all! So it seems it’s that time of year again! Time for us to reflect on our year past and on the ups and downs and everything inbetween. I’ve decided to make this a mandatory post every year on the last day of the year in Aotearoa (due to time zones, this post may come to you a day earlier than intended).

I’m going to be using my journal to revisit things that happened this year. I never thought I’d get to use my journal for such a thing but it turns out it’s just perfect for remembering things.

COVID ruled 2021 again. I guess a lot of people will be writing about that. It touches everyone everywhere and some so much worse than others. This makes me thankful for the fact that I live where I do and we haven’t experienced anything even close to some countries. This makes me feel very blessed.

I can see entries about work focusing on being made redundant way back in April! It was there all along but I guess most of the people in my team chose to ignore the signs until it was too late. As it turns out, most of us got relocated this year, some had to leave. I guess the question to ask is are any of us any happier than we were?

I wrote a lot about writing for other websites and how exciting it was at the time. After getting turned down for accreditation for Sundance this year, I’ve reached a huge block in the road in terms of my writing.

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I want to believe in positivity but failure is always so close. When some people strive to do better, somewhere deep inside, imposter’s syndrome is just waiting to get the jump on them. My problem is I always give up and end up failing the goals I’ve set myself.

Will I be goal setting for next year? Yes! I didn’t expect to fail when I did. I really wanted to make it to Sundance this year. I was hoping to use that as a foundation to grow my freelance business again. But I didn’t. Now I don’t know where to start again or even if I want to.

Star Wars continued to be a constant light in my life this year but I did get distracted with many other things and kinda stopped collecting and buying. I do have one amazing Star Wars figure coming next year (assuming they don’t push the date back). It will be a thing to celebrate.

What was your 2021 like? What were your highlights or your lows? What did you overcome? Where did you fail? Life is a mixed bag of all of these things, but it’s important to do your best and be your best for the people that matter.

My final thoughts for 2021 – I survived some difficult situations. I feel good about that. Let me know what you’re hoping for in the year to come. I’ll be writing a new year post as well!

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How is 2021 Going So Far?

Hello everyone. I thought I’d do a “catch-up” post which isn’t about anything other than the community – which is you, dear reader. It is always so easy to get caught up in a blog post and the next thing you know you’re off on a tangent nobody can keep up with!

So I am going to try and dedicate some of my blogging time to these types of posts where I invite my readers to talk about their troubles or triumphs, woes or concerns (if you want, totally up to you) and everything else in-between.

One thing I learned last year was that reaching out was merely a blog post away. That’s it. So if you feel the need to vent, cry, shout, scream or do whatever you need to do, my blog comments section WILL always be open – always. My blog may not be large but the number is unimportant. I would rather have five bloggers who genuinely care than a blog of five million who don’t.

And that’s it so if you feel like you need to talk about something and you’re okay with that happening in a blog post comment, fire away!

I also wanted to say that I am extremely proud of this blog and its readers. My blog has come a long way since I first started it and it would be nothing without the lovely people that read it and comment.

It’s early days as far as 2021 goes but if you need I am only a blog comment away 😁

Catch you in tomorrow’s post or in the comments – stay safe and I’ll talk to you soon!

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