I can’t believe the year is almost over in TWO DAYS. 2018 was definitely better than 2017. I spent a lot of time in 2017 doubting myself, caring too much about what others thought of me, and not enough time taking care of myself. In 2018 I put myself out there and I am slowly starting to find myself again.
With the year ending, a time of reflection is necessary to see how I’ve changed because we all deserve to look back at all our accomplishments, be proud, and plan for what we want to achieve for 2019.
2018 was a year of finding my confidence.
I have this blog to thank for helping me gain confidence in my creative abilities. At the beginning of the year, I still let my perfectionism get the best of me. I feared I couldn’t get that first draft to be perfect so I would procrastinate until the very last minute. Time and again, Juliet would remind me that the first draft didn’t have to be good and I should just write whatever was on my mind. It was all about pushing past how I felt and just getting it done. The more I wrote, the more confident I got in my writing abilities. I still get stuck in my mind once in a while and procrastinate (like this blog post) but I feel a lot better about writing that first draft now than I did at the beginning of the year.
This confidence spread out through other parts of my creative endeavors. I started up film photography again – something that I haven’t picked up since coming back to Taiwan almost three years ago. It’s something I’ve been wanting to play with, but always put off for fear that I wasn’t good enough anymore. But with everything, things takes patience and practice. I’m learning to let go of the idea that I have to be talented at something, or else it’s not worth exploring.
Check out my photography Instagram account and follow me if you want to see more! My account is: annie.chiang10
I’m proud of the progress we’ve made with the blog.
This year was all about finding our voice and getting better at writing. We had our ups and downs this year and there were many times I felt uninspired. But I’m glad both of us didn’t completely give up on the blog.
We tried out new things to figure what we liked and didn’t like. I took charge of our Instagram account because I wanted to challenge myself to create a consistent feed, which is HARD. I learned a lot and we have new ideas for our Instagram that I can’t wait to play around with.
As the new year approaches, I am more excited than ever for what is to come for our blog.
Looking Forward into 2019.
Towards the end of this year, I stepped out of my comfort zone and attended a YouTuber meet up where I met some really cool gals that enjoy deep conversations like me. I realized how little I’ve interacted with new people. I missed being curious and getting to know someone. What are their interests? What are their struggles? How did they get to this point in their life? This is something I want to work on for the next year. Meeting and connecting with more people will allow me to open myself up to new ideas and new perspectives.
I’m ready for you 2019!!!