So I’ve finally got through all of this weeks IBOT posts, and the theme was defintiely the new year. So many people have goals and resolutions and plans, and I’ve got nothing.
In fact it got kind of sad the amount of times I wrote in the comment section “I actually haven’t made any plans….’ Like some kind of seriously misguided person.
Seeing as though I am anything but, I have decided to rectify this situation immediately, by first assesing what actually happened last year, with the idea that it’s impossible to go forward unless you know where you have been.
January saw me celebrate my first blogoversary with a fun giveaway, chasing down a spider that refused to be found, and revealing to the world my secret struggles with body images. This resulted in a wonderful bloggy collective vlog, where we all celebrated the awesomeness of our bodies.
I also wrapped in a cheerleader outfit for a review.
As you do.
IBOT hit 50 posts for the first time, I survived a cyclone, and began to move out of my public speaking comfort zone. I also hit the streets of Darwin to practice hugging before DPCON12, where I used all my social skills to ambush people in the toilets.
April saw me hit my stride. I realised it was ok to Shine, determined to make life count, and also told the world that I‘m not religious. It was also the month that #teanIBOT first made an appearance.
May was the month I proved my commitment to Tuesday blogging by breaking my toe to bring great content. I spent time chasing rabbits and Mojo and four year old AusKickers. I also decided that I was not the best craft blogger, despite my best intentions.
June was about realising the value of one; the power of them, and also the band (One Direction). I handed out dating advice as evidenced by the animal kingdom, and made the declarative statement, that I am Jess. Easing off my Antedepressents didnt go so well, and people also succeeded in really ticking me off.
I may have also unsuccessfully attempted to poison my husband.
August saw me publish my first sponsored posts, whilst also espousing the truth about making money from blogging. I was a little down and quiet, and spent a fair amount of time just sitting on the couch.
In September I began to join in the fun of My Week According to Instagram, documenting my randomness. Boatman and I celebrated our 7th Wedding Anniversary, and I launched my Countdown to Awesome. I got real and authentic about my faith, and then showed all the different ways to eat pizza.
I also dreamed of a slumber paradise.
October saw me embracing the big issues; Mercy, the opposite of Man-Flu and how to get rid of your in laws. I realised the importance of just keeping on trying, and decided that I would not be anybody’s slave. I proved you can actually write about nothing, and unveiled some big news.
I also spent some time stalking doctors at the hospital….
November saw the launch of the new rebranded Essentially Jess, with an awesome Launch Party to commemorate the day. I revealed some secrets that would not only help women, but the whole world be a better place. Working on my book had me feeling a bit low, but I managed to move past that, and then wrote a post that would clearly solve all the problems in the middle east if they would bother to read it. And then I espoused the importance of blogging cause that is clearly up there with the Israeli crisis.
Finally came December. After sending Santa my Christmas list, I claimed my space on the internet, knowing that I’m on the cusp of something awesome. I wore fancy new shoes, and made my dream of a summer holiday a reality, though not a secretive one. There was the annual Christmas IBOT vlog, and then a pre new years reflection of how much can change in 2 years.
At the end of all this, I can see that last year was a year of huge personal and blog growth, and I’m perfectly positioned coming into 2013. What’s in store I don’t know, and I know it won’t all be easy, but I’m sure it will be good, exciting, and worth it.
I’m still thinking of the words I want to define this year, and the direction I want it to take, but honestly, if it’s even half of last year, I can not wait.
Bring it on, I say. I’m ready for it. 🙂