My Personal Theme for 2018: Have More Fun

Hi all, Happy New Year! I realized it’s been a while since I’ve done a personal blog post where I just speak what’s on my mind. I love all the features, collaborations, and tips I’ve shared in my previous blog posts (like this feature on Silk + Sonder, or this post how to start a blog) but sometimes it’s nice to be a little old school with the blogging.

I do think readers like you gravitate towards blogs over online magazines for one very special reason: you get to know the person behind the screen. You know their likes, dislikes, quirks, and strengths. Bloggers essentially become online friends so I think it’s important to take a step back and talk to you as if we were catching up over a cup of coffee.

Today is the 3rd day of 2018 and my mind is already rushing with thoughts and ideas of what I want to accomplish this year. Though instead of creating New Year’s Resolutions (because let’s be honest, who actually sticks to resolutions for a full year?) I am focusing on a theme of for the year, similar to how some choose a word for the year. My theme for the year? To have more fun.

I’m an over-thinker, a worrier, a person inflicted with anxiety quite often. Heck I even remember feeling anxiety when I was four years old! I let myself get overwhelmed and stressed out too easily by my own mind that I forget to have fun in the moment.

For example, my mom and I are working on a healthy Indian food cookbook together as a passion project. Yet as soon as it started getting hard, I began to dread it, fear it even. How am I going to take good quality photos? Will the recipes be good enough? Will I know how to market it? All these fears and self-doubt talk take away the excitement from this fun passion project.

I try to tell myself now “look no one is forcing you to create this book. You are doing this because you want to. And when you want to do something you should do it because it brings happiness in your life.”

Our emotional state isn’t always that simple but I’m working on creating my fear into excitement. Now instead of dreading the sales and marketing of this book, I am feeling excited to learn and try something new!

I want to have fun growing my business, taking care of my health, spending time with people I love. I don’t want to worry too much about how everything is going to manifest because in the end, things have a way of working out.

Cheers to more laughs, jokes, and happiness in 2018!

Author: Akansha