I’m a big believer in goals. I think there is something in the act of writing down your goals that sharpens the mind and focuses it on achieving them. With that in mind, I’ve written my goals for what I would like to achieve as I start my blog. I know these are fairly general but I want to explore blogging and see how it unfolds for me so I expect that my list for 2015 will be much longer as I progress along the learning curve!
Here are my initial blogging goals….
As a child, reading and writing were among my favourite pastimes. For me a result of studying English Literature at university was that reading and writing stopped being something I did purely for enjoyment and began to feel like a bit of a chore. I remember feeling so sad the day I admitted that to myself! Since university I have regained my love of reading, and I hope that by committing to blogging regularly I will also regain my love of writing. I’m not going to get any better by just thinking about it after all!
Oh I just love good organisation! Unfortunately though it really doesn’t come naturally to me. There are some majorly inspiring blogs about Home Organisation that I love to read to pick up tips but I must admit that I find a lot of these gorgeous pictures of clutter-free rooms (and lives) a little intimidating. I’m committing to improving my home life by becoming better organised, clutter-free and to achieve the old adage of ‘a place for everything and everything in its place’.
I don’t know about you but I can waste loads of time browsing through Pinterest, magazines and home decor blogs and endlessly planning how I would like to decorate my house. This hasn’t transformed itself into actual decorating though! We’ve lived in our current house for 3½ years and, apart from moving in our possessions, very little in the way of decorating has actually taken place. Now is the time for me to start! Gradually, room by room, project by project, I want to make our house feel more like home and (dare I say it) as though we’ve finally moved in!
Getting out of my comfort zone
The fact that my blog is public (even if nobody actually reads it!!) forces me out of my comfort zone as naturally I’m a private person (which may sound strange in an age where everybody seems to have a public online presence!). I’ll write as though I’m talking to a friend over coffee so that I don’t feel daunted. I think it’s good to push myself though – I suspect that better things come out of trying things you might find difficult rather than by staying within your comfort zone. Let’s see!
Career-wise, I’ve always tended to gravitate towards right-brain activities such as analysis, statistics, performance reporting and SQL database design although I feel that naturally I’m equally inclined to logical right-brained and creative left-brained activity. My adult life has consisted of being sensible and being a ‘grown up’ (whatever that means :-)) and as a result my logical/technical side has dominated over my creative side. Since having to leave my job due to ill health I have had a lot more time (although markedly less energy!) on my hands without being dominated by right-brain activities. This has allowed me to regain some balance, but I believe that I have much more creativity to uncover. I hope that blogging about home decor projects and the inspiration to be found in day to day life I can uncover more of my creativity.
With all this in mind, off I go into the world of blogging… wish me luck!