Last year was a bit of an unintentional break from blogging. Not intentional but being a working mama, I find my time precious and well, blogging just fell to the wayside. Especially when I was working 50+ hour workweeks the middle half of the year.
Overall though, 2018 was a great year
+ I ran a bunch of races,
+ I made an amazing group of gal pals through my MRTT group.
+ I started coaching for Fit4Mom Severn as a run coach.
+I biked further than I had ever biked before.
– Then I Crashed.
– Then, I racked up stupid medical bills because of said crash (honestly, if you ever need to stop to fix a bike tire, get the eff off the road and don’t block the shoulder. Rain or shine.)
+ Friends and family helped me raise nearly $900 for Autism thanks to said bike ride. You all are amazing and so generous and I am eternally grateful for you all.
+ Ran in my second Ragnar Relay, and our team came in third in the women’s open division (I have fast friends).
+ Started a pretty fantastic job, entirely remote with an awesome team.
– I got ghosted. But life moved on. I survived.
+ Little man started kindergarten.
+ Before Christmas, he was discharged after 4+ years of speech therapy.
+ We made a trip to Vermont over Christmas break to see my family <3
+ Family visited us and we had some lovely weekends with them throughout the year.
+ We visited a few farms on the Maryland Ice Cream Trail over the summer.
+ We went to a few concerts – a friend of mine took me to see T.Swift and it was amazing.
+ Hubs and I also got to see a live taping of the NPR Politics podcast taping which was pretty flipping amazing also.
All in all, a decent year, indeed.
2019 GOALS & INTENTIONS
I want to be intentional about my goals and really focus on not having ALL the goals but realistic goals. I thought about fitness goals, financial goals and everything in between. Here’s a list:
+ Run a sub 1:50 ten mile race.
+ Complete a Yoga with Adrienne 30 day Challenge
+ Run 10 races this year.
+ Pay down 10% of credit card debt & all medical bills.
+ Take one professional development course per quarter to enhance my marketing skills.
+ Tackle three house projects.
+ Go on a 10 year anniversary trip with the hubs.
+ Blog regularly (at least 2x per week)
What About the Blog?
- The comparison trap. I often feel like nothing I write is original enough. The pictures aren’t good enough. I don’t have the resources to drop $2k on the Nordstrom sale to blog about it all. Nor do I have enough followers for Nordstrom to sponsor me (but really, I’d love to work with Nordstrom).
- I don’t WANT to be a full-time blogger. But the influencer/blogger space has become full of bloggers who ARE full-time bloggers, who have more resources, and who have thousands of followers. While I don’t want to be THAT, I want to feel like my efforts in blogging are not for
noughtand it makes me feel like “ wellp, why do I bother if I feel like I’m just going to have a bad case of imposter syndrome?”
- The time. Seriously, I have so many other things, as it is it took me about two weeks to finally finish up this post. If I want to continue blogging, I need to MAKE the time.
So what’s my solution?
- Maintain MY voice. My POV. Remind myself regularly of my WHY. I love producing content. I love writing and having my voice heard. I am passionate about sharing my style, and hacks for women/moms to find balance in happiness and healthiness.
- Live MY Life. In the podcast I listened to by YHL, it mentioned that blogging should never take over living your life. I will always live my life first and foremost. I have a son, and a husband (and two cats. One of which is a bit needy for affection and love 🙂 ) The past few months where I had roughly TEN drafts in
wordpress, I never finished them because I was living my life. Cuddling my boy and listening to him learn to read and teaching him to write, running all the miles with the group of women who make me laugh, and spending time with hubs sipping pink moscatoand binging on Jeopardy. We’re that couple.
- Set goals. What is this work for, if not for something? I would LOVE to make some $$$$. I would love to grow my audience. But those don’t happen on their own. They take work. So, again, while I’m never going to be a full-time blogger (don’t want to be), I wouldn’t mind this being a solid side-hustle so long as I don’t become all sponsored-all-the-time. I do NOT want to become that type of blogger and I know it’s a fine line. But, I am going to set goals for myself, and I am going to follow the best practices I preach to my clients and my colleagues.