Happy New Year: Looking Back At The Clarity 2021 Gave Me

It's really hard for me to put into words what 2021 meant to me. I know it was a mixed bag of emotions. I went into the year so excited as the hard work and sacrifices I made at work finally paid off and I got my own store.

While that didn't work out the way I wanted, I will carry that experience as a badge for the rest of my days. It showed me what I truly wanted out of life, well maybe at least what I didn't want.

For the first time in my life, I decided to look after my mental health before it was too late and once again it paid off for me.

What started out as a simple comment on a podcast turned into a new friendship which was followed by a few guest appearances on said podcast before it fully turned into a platform to share my thoughts on the game I love with one of my closest friends.

It also helped me take a step out of my comfort zone, and now not only do I get to talk some of the people involved in baseball, I write for the website where it all began.

For almost six years I was going, going, going all the time, never stopping to evaluate how things were truly going. I stopped writing, multiple times, willing to give up one of the few things that gave me joy because I felt like I had to so that I could do my job the way I needed to do it.

I never once thought I could have it both.

So finally I decided to stop, and take a step back, and see what I wanted to do with my life. While I'm not sure I have all the answers, for the first time in the a long time I think I can finally see clear enough to see the path that will take me down that way.

I have a lot of things planned for 2022, and if your reading this I can't thank you enough. Seeing the love and support I get from everyone keeps me going.

It isn't always easy to work 10-12 hours, rush home, watch a game, do research and then write all in one day. It's tiring, and there were times I would wonder if it was all worth it.

But then you guys would comment, start dialogue, everything that let me know you were taking time out your day to read and digest what I spent hours on.

I think there was some point where my end goal was always to get paid full time for this. I don't know what kind of possibility that still is, but I will say that the validation I get on the work I put out has become more than worthwhile

If there's one thing I've learned about myself while working in sales is my self-drive. When I find something I'm passionate about, I don't need any motivation from the outside, because when I want it, I go get it. I'm probably lazy a good 90% of the time, but that 10% is where I make it back because I won't let anyone out hustle me.

So as I've been able to think about the bigger picture, I am so excited to continue the hustle and show you guys what I have planned and am ready for an awesome, amazing 2022.

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