Wednesday, 28 June 2017

Looking Back On My Failures & Achievements Of 2017 So Far

Dublin, Ireland

As we draw closer to the end of June and turn to the month of July, the fast pace at which this year continues to sneak by is not lost on me. It feels as though it was merely days ago that I sat on the bed that in less than a week's time I would seize to call my own, writing down my personal and blogger goals for the year that was to come. 2017, I looked to this year with cautioned hope. I knew I wanted to make the most of the year but 2016 had been such a sour, undesirable year that I couldn't help but be on guard for what was to come.

I set myself some personal and blogger goals that I, at the time, thought would help me ensure that I truly  make the most of the year and not stand in the way of my own happiness.

I urged myself to feed my creativity, challenge myself and get out of my comfort zone. I'd had so many projects bouncing around my head, projects I constantly kept thinking and talking about but wasn't acting on. I made excuses. I didn't have the time or I didn't feel motivated to put in the work to achieve the end goal.

For 2017 I took to these projects with a new attitude. I knew what I wanted but the fear of failure and the work I needed to do quite frankly scared me a little. I wanted to start a podcast, a business and dive into my photography so, that's what I'm doing. At least that's what I'm trying to do and not putting any more pressure than necessary on myself.

I'm working on my podcast Faking Adulthood Now which will be launching my August 2017, I'm writing my Business Plan and I recently launched my photography site Behold This, the latest project that I have been hinting at on the blog although those of you who have signed up to the Albatroz & Co. weekly newsletter already knew this. You can check out the first Behold This post here and read up about more of this project, it' conception, birth and what I plan to achieve with it in one year.

In chasing after these projects I am challenging myself in a way that I never imagined I would be. I never thought I'd be a person who struggled with motivation when working in something that brings me so much joy. The idea of work has me constantly swinging between fatigue and feeling on top of the world. One minute the work I have seems so big climbing Kilimanjaro seems easier but of course when looked at through sensible eyes, that is obviously not the case.

I am challenging my own attitudes and judgements, pushing my boundaries and putting myself out of my comfort zone. There is only so much fulfilment that can be drawn from one's comfort zone and sometimes that's just not enough.I'm saying yes to new opportunities and learning along the way, yes to a lunch date with someone to get to know them better, attending an event that interest me even when I don't know a single soul going. I took a 10 week swimming course and have now learned to swim, even going out to sea with my landlady one afternoon.

2016 was a year in which so much of my actions was influenced to satisfy the wants and needs of others at the expense of my own sense of identity and happiness. I'm giving such little fucks to this year and other people's happiness at the expense of my own. To end 2017 with those same feelings from 2016, would be devastating for me, to say the least. The same goes for this blog child of mine.

Albatroz & Co. over the years has been a part of my life, an extension of who I am and writing down my goals for 2017, I wanted them to reflect how much I care for this blog of mine and wanted to grow and improve it as I improved myself.

In the past having started Albatroz & Co. when in secondary school, it often fell on the back burner behind school work and my jobs, but in 2016 I stepped up my game and started taking it more seriously and this was something I wanted to carry on through to 2017. I would need to be more organised and blog more consistently. So if you didn't already know, I publish a new post every Sunday morning and Wednesday evening. I try to have my posts written and ready to be published at least two days before the actual day it goes out.

Because of this there can be times where what goes on the blog doesn't sync up with the timeline of the reality which is the main reason why I wanted to set the goal and start a newsletter this year. I wanted to bridge that gap between the life on the blog and the life behind the blog which doesn't move in snapshots from event to event as it does on the blog. I wanted to be able to engage with you guys on a more personal level so you can get to know me better.

In the newsletter are weekly snapshots of life behind the blog and some blogger and reader tips and recommendations (books,movies,restaurants,giveaways etc. ) and some goodies for you guys, along with being right there with me when I start projects, long before they come to life on the blog. Not to mention the travel announcements ( a major reason why I cant wait for July to roll around ), if you don't know what I'm talking about, you are missing out! Join the newsletter here poor little lost soul and nothing will go over your head ever again.

Running the newsletter has been tough but lovely to do when it brings me so much closer to you guys, it makes Albatroz & Co. feel more like a part of me. I also love that it helps me continue to use it as my creative outlet and grow my creative skills. Since January 2017 I have launched two blog series' Pretending To Be An Adult Being and Discovering Ireland.

With PTTAAB coming from moving out of the family home on my own into a house share and trying to figure out life that way and Discovering Ireland being a way to push myself to explore more of Ireland, so far 2017 has been great for pushing myself creatively with Albatroz & Co. I still have so much to do, I want to do some guest posts, collab with other bloggers, attend a blogger conference there's just so many skills to learn, Google Analytics, raising SEO, utilising various social media platforms, it's madness but a madness that calls to me and 2017 is the time to heed to that calling.

I am mostly happy with how the year is going so far but it's going by so fast I'm afraid I'll blink and not have fully achieved my goals to the best of my abilities. I'm so so scared for everything but so so excited to try it all and push myself more.

What is it they say? Everything you want is on the other side of fear? Well boy, 2017 must be the journey to the other side.

How's your 2017 going so far, what goals did you set yourself a dhow are they going? 

As always if there's anything I can help you with do let me know!

And if you're a blogger and want to do some collabs or guest posting, please by all means get in touch, let's get this ball rolling! Email me at info@albatrozandco,com or catch me on any of my social media below.

Till next time

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