Well, it's that time of the year again. The year is coming to a close and it's time to reflect on what we leave behind and make new goals (or fantasize) about the future. At the moment, I'm looking to reflect. Although I'm sure that countless other bloggers are doing these types of posts, I believe that reflecting on your accomplishments is crucial. When time goes by so fast, sometimes you forget to pat yourself on the back for things that you achieved and/or really understand how you've grown.

Related: Why You Should Reflect on Your Accomplishments from 2017 (Regardless of if you're a blogger!)

Because of that, I'm reflecting on what I did personally in 2017.

WHAT I DID ON THE BLOG

I rebranded! 

This is probably one of the bigger things that changed during the year in terms of my blog, but in July, I had this crazy sporadic idea that I wanted to rebrand. While you can learn about the story of what my rebranding meant to me in my "Hello Bloomly" post, the main reason that I decided to rebrand was because I felt that my old blog name of Sunny Rebecca was not necessarily representative of what I wanted my blog to be and/or what it was becoming.

I got my first payment from a sponsored post.

This is one of the more exciting moments to a blogger, being able to actually turn the hobby of blogging into something more. While I had already worked with companies in the past, I had always accepted items rather than monetary payment. However, during this year, I finally got my first monetary payment.

I started scheduling posts and using an editorial calendar. 

Following the rebranding, I think that I really started to pull things together and get serious about my blog. In the past, I would often miss my two post per week goal. Instead of having ideas and scheduled posts, I would write the post a day or two before it was to go up, causing me to be stressed about getting a post up and/or feeling stressed about coming up with an idea.

With the rebranding, I decided that it was time that I started getting organized with my posts. I created an editorial calendar that plans out possible post ideas and when they would be scheduled, which has made an enormous difference. That stress is now diminished and I feel that I can really take my time to come up with quality content. Bloggers, if you don't have an editorial calendar, get one, because it has greatly helped me improve my blogging as well as better balance my personal life with blogging.

Started the Hindsight series

The Hindsight series had been an idea for a while, but I never really put it into action until just this year. If you don't know about the Hindsight series yet, it's basically a mini-series on the Bloomly featuring guest bloggers that are sharing their stories of personal growth. It has been incredible to be able to work with so many lovely bloggers that are willing to share their (sometimes vulnerable + personal) stories. Reading the posts, I am so inspired by all of them and some of them even surprised me. I'm glad that I'm able to broadcast their stories on the Bloomly because I think that they're sooo important and really inspirational.

Learn more: About the Hindsight Series 
Hindsight posts: Read the Series

If you haven't read any of the Hindsight series posts, I highly suggest that you do. From toxic relationships to feeling lost after high school to eating disorders to even failing classes, I hope that you are able to connect to these stories and hopefully find some good in your own personal struggles like these guest bloggers have.


Got featured by Gretchen Rubin

Relatively recently, I wrote a post about how I tried using Gretchen Rubin's advice to take five minutes before bed to tidy up and how it worked for me. Thanks to Gretchen Rubin's sharing of my post on Twitter, Facebook, and LinkedIn, my traffic reached its all time high and lots of new readers found my blog, maybe you're even one of them. This was incredibly rewarding for me to be recognized by her, especially considering that I had just read her book, and it also immensely helped me with my blogging, so definitely a win!


WHAT I DID IN MY PERSONAL LIFE

Went on a trip with my friends.

You know how people always say that they're going to do something and then just never do? Yeah, this was one of those things that I was expecting to never actually happen, but somehow we pulled it together and organized a trip together! It wasn't anything special, but we all piled into a car and drove to a friend's cabin for Labor Day weekend. It felt like a total escape from reality where we could forget about all of our responsibilities and live more spontaneously. We unplugged, went for hikes in the woods, played taboo, and made memories. And yeah, it was pretty fun and an unforgettable moment.

Finished a huge research paper.

Ever seen a mountain of work just sitting in front of you that you just don't want to deal with? Yeah, that was this research paper. Looking back on it, it was not the most difficult thing that I ever had to do, but it was something that I was dreading for a long time. However, I pulled it together and produced the longest research paper that I had ever written. While it's not like it was a novel, it was a personal achievement, so that's all that matters to me. 

I tried new things + revisited old hobbies.

One of the things that I always shy away from is trying new things. I love staying within my comfort zone even though I know that I absolutely should not. However, this year I tried a few new things. I joined some friends in creating a tutoring service in our community, I tried out Indian dancing, got contact lenses, highlighted my hair, and lots more. In addition, I revisited an old hobby that I put aside for a while: cake decorating. I don't really know why I neglected it because I remembered how much I loved it and have explored that further recently. Throughout this year, it has been fantastic to push myself out of my comfort zone and try all of those new things, but it has also been nice to further enjoy the things that I have already loved.


Traveled to Quebec City in Canada and Cabo San Lucas in Mexico.

I always love traveling and this year I was able to check off two more places that I had never been to. Although I had been to Canada and Mexico both before, I had never been to those specific places. In both places, I ate a lot of fantastic food and got to explore a new place. If you want to know what I did in Quebec City, you can see my 24 Hours in Quebec City travel guide, which includes some of the places that I saw and ate at. As for Cabo, I got to spend some time relaxing on the beach and went whale watching (for the first time). 



To sum it all up, one year has felt like it has gone by in a flash, but at the same time, 2016 feels like forever ago. However, within the year, I have accomplished a lot academically, on my blog, and in terms of my own personal growth.

Looking back on it, I do feel that I have grown and am proud of what I have done. 

And to me, that's what matters: being able to see all of that hard work come together and to really see the progress as well as remember all of the amazing memories that I have made. It's not about the bad moments, it's about how I've grown from them and moved on from them. And for that, I am grateful.

What did you do in 2017?


4 comments:

  1. I've loved following along this year! Happy 2018!

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    1. Happy New Year to you as well! Thanks for reading :)

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  2. Enjoy reading your posts. Hope to read more in 2018. Happy New Year 😊

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    1. So glad that you did! Happy New Year to you too! :)

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