I've been following along with The Nerdy Girlie's Five Fandom Friday blog series for a little while, and I decided 2016 would be the year I finally jump in. It'll be a fun excuse for me to nerd out on something every Friday and (for better or worse) share a little more about myself each week. This week I'm sharing 5 ways I changed in 2015.
1) I took Jordandené from a hobby to a business.
I never intended to run a business. I studied elementary education in college and always assumed I'd spend most of my life hanging out with kids. Jordandené started as a creative outlet to give me something interesting to do between jobs, and I never thought it would become a full time gig. Thankfully, I'm not always right, and I realized last year that this business is here to stay so I should probably learn how to run it properly. I took my first business class, redid the website, got real photographers on board, and am working on moving to a much more suitable studio this spring.
2) I realized just how extroverted I am.
I've always really enjoyed being around people, but last year I realized just how much energy I draw from it. I also don't think it's a coincidence that this realization happened in the same year that I got to meet and hang out with so many cool nerds and girl bosses. I'm so thankful for all the wonderful people I get to interact with online and thrilled that I've been able to hang out with so many of you in real life too! My bucket list now includes a road trip around the country where I travel around to visit all of my favorite internet friends. <3
3) I decided that I really love New York.
I moved to the Big Apple from a small town, and I definitely wasn't sold on the idea of settling down here forever. Something about this city is really growing on me, though, and I'm realizing how many of the opportunities that I've had wouldn't have been possible if I wasn't living here. Cockroaches and pizza rats aside, I'm starting to think this is the place for me.
4) I rediscovered snail mail.
I love getting mail (pen pals ftw), but I think broke college me decided that writing letters and sending cards was no longer an effective way to communicate. I was wrong. I look forward to Christmas Card season every year, but last year I started branching out to other occasions as well. Watch out, everyone in my address book!
5) I started seeing myself as an expert.
Throughout the past year, I've been able to focus less on how much I don't know in favor of taking advantage of the skills I already have. There will always be more to learn, but I'm trying to play to my strengths and even share my experience with other people.
It's been real, 2015. I can't wait to see what we get into in 2016.