I've been journaling a lot lately on the direction, vision, goals, etc. I have with Wholehearted Woman - and wanted to give you an update on things! Because I'm changing things up a bit in 2018.
To give you a bit of background / context, the idea to start WW came to me around October 2016 and launched on January 1st, 2017 as an online publication and digital magazine. It was built on the idea of wanting to create a community for women to share their stories and hearts.
Over the course of 2017, it's shifted and reshifted.
Honestly, most of this year was me trying to figure out what I was doing ...or even wanted to do. (Thank you for your patience on that.)
Recently, I went on a Europe trip which gave me a lot of insight and reminded me of my why, which to be honest, I kind of forgot about and often pushed to the side in 2017. You can read more about that Europe trip here.
Once I started journaling and brainstorming again, I realized just how important it is for me to share my story. The whole story, because at the end of the day, I truly believe that stories connect us to each other.
We all have the potential to inspire, encourage, and help one another.
What's Coming In 2018
Side note: It makes me a bit nervous to write this post, because I've been so flaky with you this year and I don't want to over-promise and under-deliver. But I also feel like it's really important to share some of these things with you. To make sense of things.
1. More vulnerability + personal stories.
Lately, I've been asking myself who exactly it is that I want to help - and it's past me.
This is something that's been on my mind and heart for a while now, but I didn't want to do it because it's terrifying.
Growing up, I struggled with body image, low self-esteem, and depression.
For most of my life, I didn't want to live. In fact, I couldn't see my life past 18. Until I actually turned 18. But here I am at 24 - learning to navigate life and staying sane. Choosing to see the possibility and potential in myself and life.
As much as I preached vulnerability and storytelling this year, I wasn't being very vulnerable and I skipped out on my major parts of my life.
So why the change? Why now?
Because I'm not perfect, and I don't want to contribute to this idea that you have to be perfect and have it all figured out.
And because I want to show people that it's possible to change your life around, even if you feel absolutely hopeless and helpful (you're not), even if you have no idea what you're doing with your life, even if you have a bad track record of staying consistent, even if nothing in your past suggests you'll be successful with your life.
Because I get it, and I've been there.
I went to community college for 3 whole years, only to decide I wasn't going to get my Bachelor's. And then I went on to spend another 3 years of my life feeling bad about it.
There's a common stereotype that "all Asians are suppose to go to college" - and well, I didn't.
But guess what? Every year since then has gotten better, and 2017 really gave me the reality check I needed and I gave myself some much need tough love and self-awareness this year.
So by me sharing my story - the whole story, my goal is to inspire and encourage others to keep going in their journey. To get back up again after they've fallen down. To learn to take a break instead of giving up (I've given up many times in this lifetime and trust me when I say it's easier to just keep going). To share their story and heart with others with love, kindness, and empathy.
Because we all have stories - and I think we all have parts of us that need healing and space - and so when we step outside of our comfort zone and share the messy stuff, that's when the healing and love can begin.
2. More freebies + resources.
If you haven't signed up for my resource library and weekly email encouragement yet, you can do so here.
I don't want to overpromise and overcommit myself, but my goal is to create at least one freebie resource for you each month. Because I know giving your email to someone is a big deal and I don't take it lightly, so as a thank you and sign of appreciation, I want to send you something that you can use to improve the quality of your life.
If you have any suggestions or ideas, feel free to send me a note at firstname.lastname@example.org.
3. Courses, workbooks, + other goodies!
It's finally happening! And I'm so excited.
I'm finally opening shop and sharing what I've learned so far with you.
Because knowledge is power, but when you actually apply that knowledge? It's even better.
For a long time, creating things to sell felt scary. I mean - who was I to think I could create something to sell to others?
Like with everything else, you don't have to have it all figured out or have all the answers before you start.
Because if we wait until we're ready, we'll be waiting for the rest of our lives.
So what are these courses, workbooks, and other goodies going to be about?
I'm still working on this, and I'd love to hear some ideas, but so far, I have things on personal growth, self-discovery and awareness, content creation, and visual design.
But my main goal is to help you be yourself in whatever capacity that means to you - because you are the soul of your own business, life, and creative endeavors.
I'm learning to be a "show, don't tell" kind of person, because it's easy to say you'll do something and not follow through - and I know I have a past history of overcommitting myself and/or getting shiny object syndrome.
I definitely want to keep you in the loop of things of course - but at the same time, I don't want to release my whole 2018 game plan yet just in case I need to shift and refocus along the way.
So yeah, that's it. I'd love to know what you think - leave me a comment down below! :)
Thank you for being here!
I just want to say that I appreciate you and that I think you're amazing.
And if there's anything I can ever do to help you, please don't hesitate to ask.
Happy almost new year!