Often times people reflect, acknowledge and share their accomplishments at the end of the year. While I love doing all that too, I also really enjoy reflecting on, acknowledging, and (this time on my blog) sharing things I failed at. I mean c'mon... failures/mistakes are made every year.
Though I purposefully chose a dramatic photo of me seemingly reflecting on my failures into the abyss to accompany this post (and yes, that is I in the photo), failures are really what help us grow, learn, and ultimately realize our stamina. So our failures deserve some real cred and appreciation.
In fact... so much cred and appreciation that we hope to make new mistakes each year. I mean, I'm honestly eager and (as much as failures/mistakes can suck) excited to see what new mistakes I make in 2018. Hopefully, it's along the lines of creating new projects and pushing my own boundaries as a creative.
There's this quote by Neil Galman that reads, "I hope that in this year to come, you make mistakes. Because if you are making mistakes, then you are making new things, trying new things, learning, living, pushing yourself, changing yourself, changing your world. You're doing things you've never done before, and more importantly, you're doing something."
All that being said - here's the awesome, vulnerable, incomplete list (in no particular order) of twelve of my 2017 failures/mistakes:
- Completely lowballing myself in money and amount of time I could complete a freelance gig (building a website in three hours - *insert face palm here)
- Not keeping the consistency of publishing an interview every single Monday on my blog (this was disrupted mid-year)
- Also not keeping the consistency of my weekly Sunday newsletter... (I've missed about 5 Sundays this year, could be more)
- Oh yeah... my monthly blogger meet-up lasted three months (successful but too much on my plate) *to note: this will make a comeback
- Wanted to host another self-care session for The Bloom Freely Co. after my first one in August and before the end of the year... didn't
- Not profiting (in other words, taking a loss) from my first The Bloom Freely Co. self-care session
- Read more Instagram profiles than I did actual books
- Not writing and sending letters to friends like I said I would
- Told myself I wouldn't let a boy make me cry... and I did
- Announcing in the local paper that I'd be releasing a women's streetwear brand in December, and didn't
- Compared my journey to others way too much
- Definitely could've been more patient, calm and collected in certain situations where my emotions took over