It might be too soon to call it "the year that was" but here I'm looking back at the year and smiling.
Its past 3 AM and I'm up! Let me tell you I shouldn't be up at this hour at all, but I guess, courtesy the awesome cappuccino I had post dinner, I'm unable to sleep. I don't know if its just coffee or also the realisation that very few days are left in 2018 and I don't want my blog to feel abandoned on New Years.
2018 has been an year of trying new things for me, it was indeed an year of self discovery as I tried my hand at so many things. I was constantly trying one thing or the other and ended up enjoying all of them. I never realised that having this feeling of "you can do anything" can be so liberating. It is this will to try new things which made me look back and feel so fulfilled (without actually earning money :D)
I started off with very vague plans of writing which needed space so before actually writing, I had to work on how my blog, my space, would look like, its aesthetics, the colour scheme, and I realised I needed photos to make it more presentable. I like my things on point, they can't be just some text or just a picture, they have to have a feeling to it.
The vacation to the beautiful The Oberoi Udaivilas, planned for my son's second birthday came handy for that, I clicked and clicked. Frankly I was in pain and the heat was a tad uncomfortable, but you got to do what you got to do and so did I. Every flower, pond, lake, architecture, interior, trees, leaves, basically anything that I could lay my hands on (I did miss clicking the beautiful peacocks there but the place is mesmerising itself). So here I was trying to click as much as possible for my blog and for my son's second birthday of course. The pictures came out nice and my blog was rendered serene by Udaipur.
Now came the writing part, I started and my beginners luck came handy. Somehow everything that I do for the first time turns out best and I'm never able to replicate it to that perfection again (well more on that later). I had prepared myself for writing by reading books and I was full of ideas. I loved writing and I loved everyone's response to it. I'm proud of what I wrote and I realised it should reach more people.
And so, my blog appointed Facebook and Instagram to be its marketing partners, if I may say so. Facebook stuck loyal to just being friends but Instagram (IG), the mischievous one, the attention seeker, the loudest crier and everything else it could be, took on its own route. My next 2-3 months were spent in getting IG into shape. I did everything there, follow for follow back, giveaways, hashtags, follow loops and groups. I don't particularly write about parenting but since I am a mom and I was posting my son's pics the most I fell into a different world altogether. I became a Insta-'Mom'-Blogger. IG is like the business manager to your blog. The grid has to look decent, every single post that you put on your grid should be well thought of, well edited (if required) and well expressed too. It is not just clicking a selfie and posting with caption '#selfie', It means so much more.
A few fellow mom bloggers liked my posts and there started a different chain of work. Before I knew, I was designing logos and grids. Heck, I might even get paid for doing so ( thats a question mark for me still as I'm still not sure if I want to pursue graphic design as a career or not) Designing has been my passion for so long that I can't even remember now. My love for various fonts, colours and everything that it entails brings out the best in me. It is a form of art and I love painting on that canvas.
But all of it is a lot!
I tried one and err-ed on the other, I made mistakes and moved on. I set challenges for myself and failed over and over again. But I was constantly at it. I was constantly trying, even now, I am not losing hope. I started a fitness challenge few days back and I hope, really do, to achieve my goal and I'm not buying clothes till I lose, okay may be a few for my next vacation but thats about it!
I read the below words and I couldn't agree more. So this is for you guys!! Sorry for a long long post but it was long overdue too and that kind of make up for it.
“I hope that in this year to come, you make mistakes.
Because if you are making mistakes, then you are making new things, trying new things, learning, living, pushing yourself, changing yourself, changing your world. You're doing things you've never done before, and more importantly, you're Doing Something.
So that's my wish for you, and all of us, and my wish for myself. Make New Mistakes. Make glorious, amazing mistakes. Make mistakes nobody's ever made before. Don't freeze, don't stop, don't worry that it isn't good enough, or it isn't perfect, whatever it is: art, or love, or work or family or life.
Whatever it is you're scared of doing, Do it. Make your mistakes, next year and forever.” ― Neil Gaiman
Thats my takeaway for the day and thats something I'd pin up on my board and read on my bad days. I'm so happy I did all that I did this year and that makes 2018 indeed a very fulfilling year for me.
I guess that was my bye bye 2018 post, and I hope to come back soon with another one before we actually bid 2018 good bye!