Hi guys! I hope you had a wonderful last few weeks of 2015. This time of the year is one of my favorites because everyone gets so retrospective and inner-directed. As an introvert, I relish any opportunity I get to peer into my life and analyze my goals while everyone around me is doing the same thing.
This two-week blogging break was exactly what I needed to reevaluate my values and plan for 2016. I woke up early on January 1st, started writing this blog post and went for a nice, long swim. I’ve been feeling very introspective lately, which is mostly just my nature combined with a variety of other factors I’ll touch on in Part II.
In my two-week break from blogging, I worked a lot on Drifter Organics. Yes, I know my blogging break was supposed to be a break from work in general, but my mom and I are launching a Kickstarter campaign early this year and there’s a lot of work we need to do to prepare. Being away from the blog allowed me more time to devote to the new business. We finished our press kit over the weekend. We’re also writing an ebook on natural beauty and I drew an illustration of medicinal flowers which will both be Kickstarter campaign rewards for backers.
In my two-week break from blogging, I made sure to prioritize downtime. I got offline. I read more. I read Breaking Vegan by my friend Jordan whom I’ve known ever since she first started blogging! Right now I’m reading The Life Changing Magic of Tidying Up (which, by the way, is an amazing book but it’s kind of giving me a nervous twitch thinking about all the junk I need to clean up in my own home) and next on my list is Yes Please, which is purely a guilty pleasure mixed with some very profound advice—I love memoirs.
When I was little, I used to practically inhale books. If I were really engrossed in a book, finishing it in one day was a no-brainer. I remember doing that with every single book from The Series of Unfortunate Events. Goodness I loved those books. Although I distinctly remember telling my teacher they were bad when doing an oral report about what I read over the summer. I meant bad in the sense it wasn’t a happy book, but she took it to mean I didn’t like it. I was too shy of a child to clear up the misunderstanding.
You know how in elementary and middle school, you were required to read 10 books in a year, 15 if your teacher was really ambitious? I usually read five times that at least. Which makes me sad at how much reading has slid off my radar. Before my reading fest these past few weeks, the last book I read was in July (It Was Me All Along in case you were wondering) and before that it was The Book Thief, which I’ve been working on for the past three years and am still not even halfway done with.
I say I’m going to read more every. single. year. but then I waste time browsing YouTube like a loser and burn three hours in one sitting. This year I’m making reading a priority, even if I read just for 20 minutes in a day.
Speaking of YouTube, I’ve recently discovered Casey Neistat‘s channel. Sometimes YouTube is a total time sucker but occasionally you come across a gem that isn’t a dancing turtle or a fish walking across a tightrope or whatnot. Casey Neistat is a videographer who makes daily vlogs which are essentially bits and pieces of his day. I love his philosophy on life and every once in a while, he says something very insightful which makes me think. I have a lot of respect for Casey because he overcame mountains of adversity when he was just starting out. Needless to say, YouTube isn’t entirely a waste of time and although I’m now limiting my YouTube watching, I’m still going to watching Casey’s videos.
Back to me being introspective, I’ve been thinking about myself and my life. What makes me happy, what frustrates me and what do I want to do more of? What frustrates me is not having enough time to complete everything I want to accomplish. I hate feeling rushed all the time. I know I tend to be a perfectionist and take on too much. I want to maintain this blog, run a successful business, be a good friend, be a good daughter, be a good student, regularly post on social media, read, exercise regularly, write in a daily journal and have enough time while doing all that to enjoy life and take care of myself. I know that’s a lot, but I don’t think that’s asking for too much, not if you slow down the pace at which you do it all and don’t expect perfection for everything.
Stay tuned Wednesday for Part II to find out what to expect from me and the blog this year.