We’re already 8 days into the new year but I finally know what I want to do differently this year:

I want to be visible.

I want to stop worrying about what other people think of me, to the point where I don’t raise my head above the parapet.

I want to share my knowledge and experiences with people without feeling self conscious.

I want to get rid of my imposter syndrome. I want to like myself. I want to enjoy the achievement and successes of my work and creativity. I want to not care if no one else likes me or my work.

I want to learn a new hobby to give me something to do other than wasting time on social media.

I want to widen my tech skills. I know I can learn and understand pretty much any software or hardware that I’m presented with, but I want to learn to code things from scratch. Coding could be a fall back option should I ever find myself seeking employment.

I want to talk more. Do assemblies, talks, presentations etc so that I get more comfortable speaking in public and improve my confidence generally in myself, my skills and my business.

I want to use my voice, my writing and any other skills I have to speak up for those who can’t speak up for themselves.

I want to talk about the things that rile me, I want to do something to make the bit of the world I live in better for those of us that live in it. I want to make a stand.

I want to get more politically active. I’ve been a member or the Labour Party for a few years now but I’ve never been actively involved. I live and work in the same CLP and if I want to start trying to make things better this seems like a good place to start.

I can’t make a difference in my community if I can’t be heard or if no one knows I exist.
So this year, I’m going to change my ways. No more hiding behind my computer and hoping for the best.

And if I remember, I’ll even try to document my progress!