I am reviewing this piece for: This review is part of the gift basket you bought with your gift voucher. Enjoy!
I do not claim to be an expert in writing or reviewing. Therefore, these are just my opinions and you may feel free to use or discard them.
The best bits and my overall thoughts:
Now, I realise that this item has been reviewed a number of times and that when you got your email to tell you it had been reviewed again you probably thought "that's lovely but I do have other items in my port: stop it!" - Or perhaps that is just me?
But I apologise because I simply find it impossible to resist reading a 'Dear Me' letter. It was at the top of your port, so until I read it I'm afraid I wasn't going to get very far!
I personally think this is a brilliant letter to yourself. There is praise, disappointment, self-doubt, confidence, hopes, desires, goals and dreams. It describes all the things one would need to give themselves a pep talk, which is great. But, the difference is, it doesn't focus too heavily on either the positives or the negatives. It is a very well rounded assessment of the previous year and what you are looking forward to achieving in the coming year.
Sometimes, when we undertake this kind of activity or exercise, we can have a tendency to beat ourselves up and forget what we have done by focusing in on what we haven't done. This, realistically, makes the exercise null and void. I was really pleased to see that you hadn't done this.
I don't always have a favourite part of all the things I review. However, this time, I definitely do. I absolutely love that you have said this:
Don't be afraid to be judged by anyone. I want to be myself, always. I want to dress how I want to dress, do what I want to do and enjoy my life without worrying about what other people think.
This is something I have struggled with on and off throughout my life. And you are absolutely right: why should we? And why do we care? Why do we need to blend in? You know, if you are going for that job interview, make sure you stand out. If you are different, you are more likely to get a job.
Given that you released your first novel just a few days ago, I am pretty sure you will be happy with how this year has gone. You should be proud. However if there is more that you wanted to do - there is always next year!
Improvements or corrections:
I do not have many things to point out here. The things I do point out are just my opinion so not to be taken as gospel.
The words “self doubt” ought to be hyphenated: “self-doubt”
The word “incoporate” - slight typo here. It should read: “incorporate”.
Those are the only two real errors I found, so well done!
I really enjoyed reading this item and I hope my comments have helped a little; at least. Thank you very much for the read. I hope I get the opportunity to read more of your work at some point soon ☺ xx
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