I'm following Bohoberry's journaling prompts to review my year. You can read the first part here.
9 COULD HAVE GONE BETTER – What could have gone better this year? Were there any mistakes that you can avoid in the future? I'm not happy about the amount of time - and the quality of it - I spent online. I have tried to get offline completely for a while, but found myself mindlessly browsing pinterest or blogs that I'm not really interested in. I think quitting completely was a mistake. Next year I want to be mindful about my time online and use this time to connect (I really missed that when I quit blogging and social media) and to be inspired. I do want to stay informed about what's going on in the world, but I think moderation is key.
10 MONEY WELL SPENT – What was money well spent this year? We spent a big amount of money on something I can't talk about (not my story). But it was worth every cent. And then there was the money we spent on upgrading our house. We're still far from done with this renovation, but it was money well spent since it will either mean having a better house or - eventually - selling it for a higher price.
11 PROGRESS TOWARDS GOALS – Did you make any progress towards your big goals? Were you able to check any off your list? I'm not sure if I had big goals for 2017. I had some writing career plans that fell short because of my burnout (I've had writer's block the whole year), so that didn't work out. But I also decided to rest and take better care of myself and I did make progress in that. I didn't gain weight and I am working through some mental issues. It's just going very slow.
12 NEW SKILLS LEARNED – What new skills did you learn this year? These could be business skills, something in your education, or even new creative techniques. Oh, that's a hard one. I don't feel like I learned anything new. I tried to learn about website monetizing and marketing, but I didn't have time to focus, so I don't think I could call that learning new skills. Wait! I know something! I learned to read crochet patterns. Or at least I learned enough to understand the one that I made the wavy scarf from. Branching out from granny squares is a big thing for me ;-)
13 BREAK-THROUGH MOMENT – Was there a moment this year where you felt like you broke through a barrier or mental block? I'm close to a break-through. Or at least it feels like I am. Since I started answering these questions and even putting it all out there (that is scary), I'm noticing a shift in the way I think about things that have been stuck in my mind for a while. Examples? Well, I just realized recently that even though I had good reasons to quit personal blogging (I did quit and start a few times, more than ever since 2014), I also need the connections, the friendships, the opportunity to talk about simple things like knitting and home-making and things like that. I'm feeling lonely if I don't have that. So now I'm trying to find a way to make it work.
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If you decide to follow my lead and blog about it, let me know. I’d love to read your answers to the prompts.