Goals and goodbyes

Goals and Goodbyes – A Summer Life Update

We’ve almost reached the end of Summer and I am very excited for a number of reasons. Mainly because it means we are edging ever closer to cooler weather. I’m not built for this heat! But also because August and September feel like fresh start months for me, kind of what people feel like at New Year. It’s been a while since I posted a wee ramble about my life so figured there was no better time than now to give a wee update on what’s been happening.

And honestly, not a lot has been happening. 2018 has been a pretty dull year for me so far. Not that it’s been horrible in any way, it’s just been uneventful. It was inevitable really after 2017 was such a fantastic year where lots of exciting things happened. 2018 has just plodded along without much really happening. It’s pretty much been – go to work, write a blog, go to sleep with the odd visit back to Dumfries thrown in for good measure. This is my fault of course so as we move further into the second half of 2018, I will be looking for some new and exciting things to look forward to.

I did one thing at least one day as I explored the west end of Glasgow

GOALS

I set a number of goals at the start of the year for things that I wanted to achieve in 2018. Current status on this progress? Very slowly. I’ve found it incredibly difficult to concentrate on a lot of things this year and I don’t really know why. Does anyone else get like this mental block, a wall that just stops them dead in their tracks? I’ve had it in nearly every aspect of my life this year and I’m just like bleurgh, whatever.

My fitness goal where I become buff as fuck is probably the most success I’ve had this year but even then, I’m nowhere near to being buff. Although I was at a party recently and some people did comment on my body being in good shape which I was pretty chuffed about. It’s the healthy eating that messes me up! I just can’t wrap my head around cooking at all. I think I would really benefit from cooking lessons, just something that gives me the basics of cooking meat so it doesn’t taste try and flavourless. If you folks know anywhere where I could get good cooking lessons in and around Glasgow, let me know!

One thing I did tick off my bucket list was to get a tattoo. I’ve wanted to get a tattoo since I was 16 but I’ve always been terrified of needles. One of my concerns was always how a tattoo would look one me – what happened if I didn’t like it? It’s not like it’s easy to get rid of it. So I decided to order a temporary tattoo kit and see how I got on with that. The design that I wanted, a Star Wars one, looked great on my arm so I bit the bullet and made an appointment with a tattoo parlour.

When the day came, I was surprised that I wasn’t more nervous. I fully expected to be a nervous wreck. It sure did change once I was in that chair though and they started tattooing me. Ouch! Everyone told me that getting a tattoo wasn’t that bad but it was pretty painful. It’s hard to explain what it feels like but the best description would be that it’s like someone burning your skin off. I did have to take a couple of breaks initially but you kind of get used to the pain after a while. Here’s the end result:

Picture of my Star Wars tattoo

What do you think? Despite the pain, it was totally worth it. I do absolutely love it. Why Star Wars? Star Wars has always been a big part of my life. It was one of my first passions as a child and was a comfort to me whenever I felt alone. Would I get another tattoo? Absolutely. Probably something Super Mario related but wee’ll see. The thought of having to go back at any point for touch-ups on this one makes me feel physically sick so perhaps a second tattoo isn’t the best idea.

AND GOODBYES

As I mentioned earlier, August and September feel like fresh start months for me. I’ve been thinking a lot on what I want to do over the next few months and into 2019. And I’ve made some decisions.

The big decision that I’ve made is to do with this very blog. I’ve been blogging now for over 3 years and it’s been a crazy ride. Learned a lot about my writing as well as myself and have had the opportunity to work with some amazing brands as well as meet some cool people. But I feel like I’ve taken Liam’s Life as far as it can go.

There are a number of factors as to how I came to this decision. The main one is that there are other projects that I really want to focus on and that’s not something I can do while having a full time job and a blog. A lot of people don’t realise how much work goes into running a blog and I feel like this blog is holding me back. Keeping the content coming is something that’s always on my mind and I stress a bit if I have large gaps where there is no new blog. It would be good to lose that pressure and focus that energy on new projects.

Blogging is also a super saturated market and it’s incredibly difficult to get your blog noticed these days. It requires a lot of self promotion and honestly, I don’t have the time or patience for that anymore. Finally, I feel like I’ve outgrown the brand of Liam’s Life. I’m almost 31 and I kind of feel like the brand is a little childish? Plus my life isn’t that exciting. I literally spend 90% of it in pyjamas, only answering the door to the guy delivering the pizza.

Bakerdays Cake Review - Image of the cake inside the tinWorking with brands such as bakerdays.

While my plan for Liam’s Life is not completely set in stone, the current plan is to keep blogging until the end of 2018. I figure that gives me time to write blogs that I want and give me time to kind of stew as doomsday approaches. Plus it means 2019 is a new start in the new year and you guys know how much I love symmetry and meaning. Maybe I’ll change my mind, maybe tons of people will start reading my blog and give me that boost to keep on going. But as it stands, this train is out of steam and I don’t feel like putting more fuel into it.

Well this has all been a bit depressive hasn’t it? I certainly hope that things will pick up as Autumn (the best season of all) approaches and I’m re-energised.

COMMENTS

  • Kirsty says:

    Aww Liam, I love seeing your posts and will be sad to see you go! I understand that sometimes you just know that the time is right, however, and there’s no point in forcing it when it just doesn’t feel like the right thing to be doing anymore!

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