What went well in 2015?
2015 was the year of new beginnings for me: I birthed my baby-girl and my business. My baby-girl is growing fast. She is crawling and a proud owner of three sharp teeth. Her dazzling smile melts my heart, and she jigs to every beat.
My business is growing too. This year, I’ve created a 1:1 offering to help women-writers to unblock their creative flow. The feedback and testimonials have been amazing. After our sessions, people start writing with more ease and joy, and unexpected breakthroughs (including money) show up in their writing careers. Check out some glowing testimonials here, and if you are drawn to experience this work, drop me a line.
My book proposal won a prestigious prize in the Christine Kloser’s Transformational Author Experience writing contest. It was in the top 10 to be considered for a traditional publishing deal with New World Library. I just heard back from the contest organisers that the publisher liked my proposal enough to send it to the editorial and marketing departments for further consideration. The final decision is due at the end of January. There are no guarantees of course, but this news boosted my confidence further.
2015 has been the first full year of blogging for me. I’ve started a series ‘The Story Behind The Story’. What’s been amazing is how international this series has been, and will continue to be in 2016. I’ve got an amazing line-up of writers in January with inspiring posts. If you’d like to contribute, please get in touch. Here are a few examples to give you an idea of what I’m looking for:
I also thoroughly enjoyed contributing to other blogs this year. They stretched me, helped my growth and getting comfortable to share my story with a wider audience. If you missed my guest posts, here are a few of my favourites:
Another blogging highlight this year was taking part in the April A to Z blogging challenge. Here is my favourite post from those series: F is for Family.
And speaking of family: this year I visited my family in Azerbaijan, which was heart-warming. Seeing my grandma again is a highlight of any year for me. I’ve been deepening my connection with my own family of four by spending time in Embercombe and attending a family camp, which is a huge resource in helping us to parent our children more consciously. Interestingly, ‘How Do You Speak to Your Child’ was amongst the most viewed posts I’ve published this year.
What didn’t go well in 2015?
Despite a beautiful labour in a birthing pool in my dining room, my baby girl ended up arriving via an emergency C-section. I still feel a tinge of sadness for not experiencing a natural birth.
Technology made me despair in 2015. My Premium WordPress account turned out to be a liability and not an asset. So, I’ll need to move my website to a self-hosted one in September 2016 when my current subscription with WordPress expires.
Overall, automation was slow in 2015. I’ve prepared a PDF file with a list of ideas which may help your creative juices flow. You can get it when you sign up to my newsletter. There haven’t been many subscriptions yet, partly because I haven’t told many people about it. And, I’m yet to publish a newsletter. I’m still building this particular muscle…. Here is the link to the PDF file in case you’d like to sign up. I’ll be sending newsletters once a month soon.
I’ve managed to make a start on some clutter-clearing activities. It already feels good to have the extra space in the bedroom, but I still have some way to go.
How was your year, dear reader?
A very happy New Year to you all! Thank you very much for reading.
P.S. The questions for review in this post (What went well this year? and What did not go well this year?) come from Chris Guillebeau’s annual review post. http://chrisguillebeau.com/2015-annual-review/