It’s a new year and with new years come new goals. I am a very goal-oriented person, so I really look forward to making new goals and evaluating old goals. When I started this blog in June I really had no idea what to expect. In fact, I really debated with myself whether I should start a blog or not. I tend to be a people-pleaser and I see how mean people can be online and a part of me did not want to open myself up to that criticism. However, I really felt like it was something that God wanted me to do. So I did it. And what a journey it has been.
Right in the very beginning I had a blog post go viral. It was so strange to go to bed one night and wake up the next morning to see a post I wrote all over my Facebook newsfeed and Pinterest. Bloggers I had been following for years were sharing it and I just sat there with my jaw dropped open. I think that’s when I got an inkling that God really does want to use this little blog to be a blessing and encouragement for others. (Here’s the post in case anyone was wondering.)
It’s scary. And exciting. And humbling. I erase just as many blog entries as I publish because I don’t ever want to write something that could come across as discouraging or untrue. So if you don’t see blog posts from me for awhile it’s not because I’m not writing them, I just end up choosing not to publish them. Which leads me to my goals for this blog:
1 – I truly want to encourage people to live life abundantly. However, sometimes all the research and time it takes into writing these blog posts make me feel like I’m not living life abundantly (LOL). Therefore, my first goal for this blog is to find a happy balance between family-time and blogging. My husband suggested I come up with ‘office hours’ for blogging which I think is a good idea. Right now I’m trying to squeeze it into nap time and bed time, and it’s been working, but that used to be when I cleaned the house and prepped things in the kitchen. I definitely need to work on finding balance.
2- For some reason, I had no idea that being a blogger cost money. It turns out you have to pay hosting fees. And if you want a really functional website you have to pay for the Genesis framework (I haven’t even done that yet). And if you want a pretty website, you can pay for someone to design it and help with your ‘branding’ (obviously haven’t done that one yet either!). And if you are developing recipes, you have to buy more ingredients (don’t even get me started on how many times it took to make my first recipe Soaked Zucchini Bread Pancakes – I went through nearly a whole bag of flour. I’ve gotten a little better since then. 😉 ) And if a company donates a product for you to review, you have to pay taxes on it! Therefore my second goal for this blog is that it will support itself. Whenever someone purchases our book, or buys something through an affiliate link, I make a small income which will hopefully all add up enough, after tithing and taxes, to pay for itself.
3- Blog consistently. My goal is to publish blogs twice a week – at least. I have a series on GMOs I’m starting this week which will be exciting, and some really exciting blog posts coming a couple months from now. I am always looking for inspiration though, so if you ever have an idea for a blog post, let me know!
That’s all, I’m keeping it simple this year. I am so grateful for all of you that have chosen to stop by and join us on this little journey called life. I pray that you are blessed by what you find here. Thank you for your kind comments, your Facebook shares, and your pins on Pinterest. It’s because of you that this blog has grown to be what it is! I hope you are excited for what 2014 holds for Simple Life Abundant Life, I certainly am!
Happy new year and many blessings!