Hello, my beans!
(You guys like the new greeting? Perfect for 2020.)
Last week I woke to a horrifying and utterly confusing realization.
2019 is almost over.
It went by in a blur.
I know. I’m beginning to sound very much like an……adult now. Kids aren’t supposed to say, “Wow, the year has flown by!”
But I just did.
I guess there’s not much I can say. I am getting older. Next year I will be the terrifying 2.0, never to return.
I don’t feel like I’m going to be an “adult” next year. I still feel like a kid at heart.
But I am older than most of my friends.
Which is almost as frightening as 2019 being almost over.
It……does feel strange to be one of the “older” young bloggers on WordPress. I still feel absolutely accepted by the community, but I also feel like Gandalf chasing around all those spritely hobbits.
But I suppose I went off on a tangent.
2019 has been a year to behold.
Running the risk of acting old again, it really did feel like I was making New Year’s Resolutions for 2019 just a few months ago.
But that brought another thought into my mind.
How did my 2019 resolutions go?
Honestly? I have no idea.
I can’t remember what they even were.
But I felt like 2019 was better than the year before that was. So maybe something went right?
2019 had a lot of downs. But it also had a lot of victories. For every area of my life.
I had so many friends pray for me this year, and I could definitely feel it working in my life.
I made so many new friends.
I reached my one year anniversary on my blog in April.
I made a big breakthrough with my writing.
I grew closer to God.
And God gave me so many victories with the anxiousness that has been attacking me.
To be perfectly honest, I am not 100% I know what happened in 2019. But I had fun.
But enough reflection on the past. Let’s move onto 2020!
(Important to note: So far in this post, I have not written 2020 correctly on the first try. *sigh* So it begins.)
2020 at Jane Austen’s Lightsaber is going to be fun.
I have some blog/social media related resolutions to share with you guys, since I believe they will make everyone very excited.
I wasn’t crazy about sharing my personal resolutions because I am in general rather dull and they don’t really effect you beans in particular.
However, the following changes/resolutions you’ll see listed here will apply directly to you if you’re a follower of Jane Austen’s Lightsaber! And don’t worry – every thing we’re going to discuss is going to be exciting.
I’m Going To Post More!
I am personally very excited to get more connected on WordPress. I posted so much more earlier this year, and I really slacked as it went on. My views fell tremendously (not that it matters *eye twitch*), but my followers who faithfully interacted with me still liked every meager post I happened to put up the latter half of the year.
But I am determined to get on the laptop and smash out some more posts. Perhaps once every other week at first, then maybe once a week as things continue to get better.
And I have some really exciting post ideas I can’t wait to share with you beans. I wanted to speak on a little bit of everything this year. So perhaps some lifestyle posts (handling guests/holidays as an introvert, overcoming travel anxiety), definitely more writing posts (thoughts on diversity on fiction, navigating feedback on your writing as a sensitive person) and some bookish posts as well (book reviews, analyzing books as a writer).
I also have some fun ideas for blog series too! (What Writers Can Learn From Keeper Of The Lost Cities, my beans?)
In short, this year will be all about helping people with my blog and making it a fun, anger-free place to hang around.
I’m Organizing Something Really Special
Hopefully in January, I plan to release the announcement of the special thing I have been planning.
I’m really excited about this. And I hope you beans are too. Because this is not only something special for me, but you guys get to become a part of this fun opportunity as well!
It’s really fun to keep it a secret. But it’s also hurting me very much. But I hope I’ve left you on adequate suspense. (I’m sorry Diamond – I just really love building up hype.)
So in short, something important is coming.
I Want To Be More Connected With My Friends
Ah, being an introvert. This is uncomfortably true.
BUT, I have met some many precious people on WordPress, and they make me smile and laugh. A lot. And I want to spend more time with them!
I’m still trying to find the time between not overdoing it and burning myself out (which is what happened this year) and not turning into a hermit who says hello to two friends three times a year.
I still do not know what that balance is. BUT I SHALL FIND IT ONE DAY! And if any of you heavily introverted peeps out there would comment below and tell me how you balance time away from friends yet staying connected, let me know in the comments. It would be appreciated.
I feel like there’s more. But I also felt like I came up with a few of these resolutions right in on the spot as I was typing.
But it all feels good. And like a flying dumpster on fire. (But it shoots across the sky like a falling star. It’s really pretty.)
It feels strange to type this down, because it almost feels like I’m lying. Because the year never goes as planned and I’m not very good at remembering my resolutions past February. (I guess I’m saying don’t get your hopes up.)
The biggest thing is, this is a new year. Like when you wake up in the morning and get a fresh start.
And this year, I want you beans to come along with me for the ride.
And we should clap ourselves on the back. We survived 2019!
We really did survive the meme trends and another year of Tik Toc. That’s something to celebrate.
Are you excited for the new year? What are your New Year’s Resolutions? Are you excited for the new changes coming to Jane Austen’s Lightsaber? How will you ring in the New Year?