First of all, welcome to my first newsletter of the new year. May you all have a prosperous, healthy and amazing 2020.
With the beginning of the new year, it is also time for changes, starting with a brand-new logo and website. My blog content would also change next year with the deletion of The Travelling Mug blog. I needed to simplify my life, and this was the first step.
It is scary to think we are in a brand new year and decade already. It feels like last week when I set out my plans and goals for 2019. Now, at the beginning of 2020, I am doing the same.
Before I could do that, I had to reflect on my achievements and failures of 2019. Had I reached my goals I set in 2018? The answer is an emphatic No! By September I realized it would not happen. I felt disappointed, and not sure whether I wanted to continue this journey. I worked hard, too hard in fact, to achieve those goals and felt burnt out.
I needed to slow down and step away and find again the reasons I am writing. I had to realize that I am not a creative machine. I am just human. I had to accept that l am not just a writer. I am also a wife, a mother, a sister, a friend and a cousin. I have other interests other than writing. I love photography and I love travelling and I love painting but I have neglected these interests for the sake of writing. I missed it.
It had been liberating and I am now glad that I made changes in my life. After talking to my mentor, two writing friends and family, I stopped publishing for the year. I packed up the house and started travelling, taking a gazillion photographs and seeing beautiful places and meeting wonderful people. I caught up with family, some I haven't seen in years.
Since then, I enjoy writing again and enjoy the process as I've done in the beginning.