Usually, I write about something inspiring and give some helpful advice.
Well… today is a bit different.
I want to pull back the curtain a little bit and sharing something more personal.
I was recently out with some friends and we were just chilling and having some drinks. As it is already November, the topic on how fast 2012 has gone by came up. One of them went around asking, “So what have you achieved this year so far?”. That question hit me… real hard.
This group of friends doesn’t know about the strong feelings I have about this particular year. And this got me thinking about how I should share some of this with you. You will see why as you read further.
All my closest friends know that I’ve been working really hard on my blog this year. As much as I’m always on my “live life to the fullest” mode and believing that working my life away isn’t the way to go, I still have a lot I want to achieve this year.
I think of 2012 as a time of big change for me, where I move forward with my blog and my life.
I think of my past year, of what I’ve started, what I want to change, do and accomplish this year…. both personally and professionally. My friends laughed with me and at me. They may not have admitted it, but I think I got them thinking about their lives too.
Here are just a few examples of past years for me. I’ve made goals for:
– Travel more and expose myself to other cultures
– Bboy harder by taking part in more competitions (which I did. I lost many times)
– Workout harder to get a six-pack (Still on the way!)
– Try to be a more positive person (hence, I took up meditation)
– Grow a loyal reader fanbase (Hitting 3,000 subscribers already!)
– Start a business and earn money off the blog
– Create a new product for my blog
– Spend more time with my mom…
… and it goes on.
Some big goals, some small.
Anyway, 2012 may be just another year, but it felt extremely different.
I found myself being very determined in changing my life altogether. I wanted to make big changes in myself and my blog, all for the purpose of moving forward and realizing dreams. No I don’t think this is some paradigm shift I experienced, as if my whole world turned inside out (I already went through that when my dad died).
Maybe it’s just the fact that 2012 is coming to an end, or that I’m suddenly starting to feel old after my 27th birthday. Who knows!
You may be thinking, “Alden, the year is already coming to an end, why are you telling us this now?”
What I didn’t tell you is that I made this year about you!!!
As many of you have noticed, my writing style has evolved since I started my blog. I’ve gone from blogging about random nonsense to blogging with impact, where I want to write on personal development ONLY to help YOU.
Hence, all the questions I’ve been asking you guys, like what you’re struggling with, what pain you’re going through and how I can help you. I also have a new “Written for you” series where readers tell me what me to write for them.
Now, there’s way more to come. I’m always interested to know what you guys have in mind, so keep the ideas coming!
BUT… (yes, there’s a “but”)
There is REALLY ONE BIG request I’ve been holding back on for a long time now. It’s a piece of advice told to me long ago, but I came up with a bunch of excuses to why I wasn’t good enough for it yet. I held back on it despite MANY, and I mean many people telling me about it.
I’m contemplating changing my mind right now and giving you what you’ve been asking for.
But I’m really nervous because it means sharing more about myself, more so than I’ve in the past. It’s also about making that huge step in my blog.
And I’m also going to need your help.
Anyway, the REALLY BIG request is… (stay tuned until next time).