2013: The Year End Review

hello 2014!What did you want to do in 2013? It’s the end of the year and I honestly don’t remember what I wanted to achieve this year. I’m going to revisit my words and see where I fell, but I don’t create resolutions any more and my words are a direction, a theme, more than actual goals. I’m not sure I had actual goals this year.

The things I did accomplish this year fall into a few categories, based on activities. Here’s what happened:

I became a lifestyle blogger. In all the time I’ve been online, I’ve never been a lifestyle blogger. When I launched HispanicHouston.com I jumped the line on the type of blogging I do. Even with the mini-blogs, what I write was always mostly communications, business and social media. With HH I delved into reviews, recommendations and opinions. I didn’t think it through, didn’t realize that by doing this I’d get great insights into blogger relations, from the angle of the blogger. It’s been a great learning experience.

I stopped teaching. One of the things that rolled over from 2012 into 2013 is that I never went back to teaching. Once upon a time I used to teach social media classes at the local Small Business Development Center. I took a break for health reasons (in 2012). I didn’t return in 2013 because I’d made the decision to reduce my commitments and start to focus on specific areas of business. I miss it. I may have to look into re-adding a teaching element to my activities in 2014.

I stopped using other people’s metrics. I found myself making this mistake when looking at my career, my business, and my life. I kept using milestones and levels of achievement chosen by others as a measure of success. Realizing that I was imposing others into my view of my accomplishments was liberating. It’s allowed me to break the mold I was using and make decisions based on what I want for myself, now and in the future.

I found my voice. I actually should state that I’m finding my voice. Years of writing about professional topics, as well as for and about client projects, had forced me to suppress my personality when I write. I know that this doesn’t happen to all communicators, but it’s what happened to me. This year I began to push my boundaries, my comfort levels, and the result has been that I’m seeing more of myself in what I produce. I’m happier with it. I expect to continue with this in 2014.

I celebrated small milestones. I had a quiet year personally and a packed year professionally. I attended Hispanicize for the first time and worked on a committee to create TechStreet Houston. I revived my mini-blogs, and to an extent this one as well. I retired my netbook, moving fully to my iPad for all my mobile computing needs. I did my first requested review. I participated in my first sponsored event as a blogger. I started to end commitments that were distracting me. I practiced my craft.

I’m looking forward to 2014.

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About Sandra Fernandez

Sandra Fernandez is a former Library communicator, tech enthusiast, book lover, and blogger. In addition to her main blog at SandraSays.com, you can find more of her writing at HispanicHouston.com. Follow her on Twitter, subscribe to her Facebook posts, or circle her on Google+.

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#1 Michele Price on 01.02.14 at 6:42 am

It’s been fun watching you use make different choices and how it has brought you more peace and pleasure.

#2 This Week in Blogs, January 5th — Sandra Says on 01.05.14 at 7:12 am

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