Sunny Journeys is one year old! First blog anniversary

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Salento Colombia

Today, one year ago, I posted on this blog for the first time. I can’t believe it’s been a year already, time is going so fast. So much has happened over the past year. I’ve travelled to many places, like Colombia, Turkey, and several cities within Europe. Plus, I’m writing this from Scotland right now 🙂 This summer’s Interrail trip was also my first experience of solo travel, and I loved it! In the summer of 2016 I made up my mind about starting a blog. I was in a position where I could afford to travel more often and I wanted to document my travel somehow. I love the idea of having lots of travel photo albums, but I never really take the time to make them. Then I decided that a blog would be a great idea instead. Having other people read it is a little extra motivation for me 🙂 Visiting my own website and being able to see what I’ve achieved gives me great satisfaction, though I do also have regrets. But don’t worry, I’m not the kind of person to cry about regrets. –OK, I do occasionally. And I tell myself ‘what ifs’ way too often– Instead, I’m going to write them down as a way of reflection and try to learn my lessons for the coming year!

Ljubljana Slovenia selfie
Taking selfies on my solo trip
  • I’ve been wasting too much time. Seriously, I don’t know why, but I waste so much time. I’ve done it for as long as I remember and I’ve always wanted to cut it! For some reason, I often really struggle to motivate myself, or I don’t feel in the mood to do the things I need to do. Then I end up wasting time, just sitting around doing nothing, scrolling down my social media feed, reading the news or reading useless stuff on the internet. Sometimes I literally just sit down and do nothing, because I don’t feel like doing whatever task I had planned for myself. Perhaps it’s normal that people waste a bit of time, but this is something I want to try to improve so I will get more productive.

 

  • I’ve not posted on this blog as often as I would have liked to. Throughout the year I’ve only posted 13 times. The reason for this is that I’m always afraid to run out of things to write. So I think of an idea, write down a few sentences, and then save it for later. It gives me a secure feeling that I will always have something to publish in the future. But the thing is, I keep getting more new ideas, so by now I have so much stuff to write that I am over 6 months behind, getting new ideas all the time and only posting once or twice a month! Therefore, I’m planning not to give into this fear anymore, and post on this blog more often. I need to have faith in my ability to be able to come up with more stuff to write all the time 😊 –I mean seriously, how is this even a fear of mine? I’m like the most talkative person in the world!- I tried to think of a way to compare this to a different situation to make me realise how ridiculous this fear seems for me. So imagine the following; you have a good friend and when you spend time together both of you always have so much to say that you keep interrupting each other and it is never ever quiet. -Haha, I’m like this with my friends- Imagine if in that case you start being afraid you won’t know what to say in the future, so you stop speaking… Yes, it is THAT unlikely that I’ll ever run out of words… Ask my husband, he’ll agree.

 

  • I’ve not been very consistent posting on my blog and social media. My activity comes in spikes. Very high spikes and then periods of quiet. Sometimes I don’t do anything, and then all of a sudden, I work super hard for a while. And then after that I suddenly have all sorts of different things on my mind, getting easily distracted. So I think my point here is that I struggle to stay focused sometimes. I’m not sure I want to commit to a schedule of posting things on a standard time or day every week, because I hate that kind of rigid structure. I’m all about spontaneity, but I need learn what actually works for me.
Delft, the Netherlands
Lovely Delft, close to my home town in the Netherlands
  • I’ve been feeling scared to share my personal stories. My intention is for this blog to be about my travels, but also about my personal journey. I want to share my story of self-development, but I’ve been afraid to do so. I guess it’s a scary prospect to show my vulnerabilities. The reason I want to share my personal story is that I believe we should be keeping it real. I want to share my fears, thoughts and challenges, and hopefully I will be able to share how I might overcome them. There are so many people out there pretending to be living a perfect life. I don’t want my blog to seem like it is about this girl who travels all the time and lives a dream life or something. –Not that I think people think that about me, but this does seem to be the image many people have of female travel bloggers in general- I am very grateful that I am able to travel a lot more than many other people, but this hasn’t just been a case of getting lucky. In the past, I didn’t travel a lot at all, until at one point I made the decision that travel is important to me and I would start making it a priority in my life. I now try to save my money so I can afford to travel, and I try to make the most of my days off work and studies.

 

I do feel like I’m on a good path, as lately I’ve been learning a lot about blogging and I’m always trying to improve my skills for this blog. One thing that has probably helped me the most this year has been to join blogging Facebook groups, and in particular Female Travel Bloggers. This group has been of such great help, all the girls have so much knowledge about running blogs and they answer so many questions. I learned about things I didn’t even know existed before reading about it in the group. I’m so grateful I’ve been able to be part of this amazing group of women and I’m hoping to put more of the knowledge into practise in the year to come. I hope you will follow me on my way Sunny Journey’s next birthday, and I want to thank you so much for reading!

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