Happy New Year 2014 and 2013 in Review

Happy New Year 2014Happy 2014 everyone! I have big expectations for this year.  Probably not fair to the Universe, but I am saying it any way.  I am ready to turn the page on 2013.  I’ve had better years. Lots better.  I am not big on traditions, I create my own, but there is something about turning the page on the calendar that gives me hope.

Last year when I shared my 2013 plans, I selected the word REFINE to represent what I wanted: to channel my energy and efforts into for the year.  I said I wanted to be intentional about everything I did and to make sure that I am optimizing all my efforts. That I needed to do everything I am doing that much better so that I could gain efficiencies and maximize the energy I expended.

I failed.

I am stubborn.

refineI am not changing my word for 2014.

Refine.

And this time I mean it!  There have been so many great posts recently about approaching the new year.  I particularly like the post written by Stacey Roberts on Problogger.  The post is about blogging (which I need a giant kick in the butt on) but I think many of the words of advice can apply to every aspect of my life, for me it is definitely a mixture.

Do a design refresh

I am a dozen pounds over-weight.  I like to eat.  I hate to exercise.  Something has to give!  The holidays have killed me this year.  I used being unhappy about certain things in my life as an excuse to indulge.  I didn’t invent this, it happens to people all the time.  But it can’t go on any longer.  Being petite, ten plus pounds has adverse affects on my health as well as my wardrobe!  For the first time ever I will be doing a cleanse.  Next week myself and a few others from my office will be doing a 3-day juice cleanse (from The Juice Shop – love those guys!).  I need to detox my body and my mind and this is the first step.

As for the blog, I did a refresh last year, there are a few tweaks I want to make, but I am pretty happy with the design.  I will be focusing on content improvements.

Narrow your focus

My tree continues to guide me, but I need to have a tighter focus and work on refinement.  I have so many ideas but so little time, something I am going to change.

throw off the chains

Take off the chains

For many years I was a daily blogger, but at some point in time, it was more about filling a slot in my editorial calendar rather than posting because I was dying to share something.  Blogging is my creative outlet, but you can’t force passion and when you mix life in sometimes you have to give up a piece of the puzzle so that you don’t sacrifice quality.  I believe quality has been sacrificed for a good portion of this past year.  That ends now.

I am also going to throw a bit of virtual chains off as well and maybe begin to share a bit more about my life.  It is very difficult when you work in social media, particularly when you work for a brand.  You are representing the brand 24×7 and must be careful what you do and say.  There is a responsibility that goes along with this professional.

For five years while working at Dolby I could not really share opinions about movies (something I am extremely passionate about) because movie studios are big clients of Dolby.  Point being, anyone watching the Justine Sacco events can see the impact of your personal opinion on your work when you express them publicly.  And while I would never do anything like that, I could share a little more of myself here without impacting my professional life, there is a balance.  I so enjoy when other bloggers share about their life, and I want to do more.

Ship something

I have ideas for projects that could bring in a little bit of income, but I have been focusing on helping Mr. Misadventures get his website up.  If you have been around here for awhile, you’ll know he is a fantastic photographer and I look forward to pointing you over to his site to see more when it launches.

Changes ahead

Change your routine AND Change how and where you write

Mr. Misadventures and I are experimenting with this and I think I have a plan to change how I manage my day.  The intent is to give me more time to write for the blog and other projects that I have on my plate and I am super excited to see if it will work.  There are bigger adjustments that I intend to make this year, but I am not going to bite off more than I can chew and am going to take baby steps on this.

Read new, not more

I have been working on this, weeding out blogs I am not so interested in that just sit in my RSS.  Making sure I read the blogs I love more frequently as well as seeking out new blogs that will continue to inspire me.

Who’s your muse?

I am inspired by three bloggers at the moment.  Three super smart women who make me want to be a better blogger and a better person.  Jennifer James of JenX67.  Lindsey Tramuta of Lost in Cheeseland. And Katie Gard of Domestiphobia.

Declare victory of failure

I failed last year.  I will not fail again, I am determined! I know it is silly, but I feel like I need a talisman to remind me of my goals for this year.  I found a really great necklace on Etsy from a designer named rainnua…well actually I found about 20 necklaces from her I wanted, but I narrowed down to this one, that I am going to customize with the word refine:

rainnua-necklaceThis year is also the Year of the Horse (Jan 31) and the spirit of the horse is said to represent unremitting efforts to improve oneself.  I think that fits in perfectly with what my intentions are for 2014.

How about you? What would your theme word be?

Comments

  1. Oh Andi, 2013 wasn’t a fail! You accomplished so many things, traveled to so many wonderful places! We can all make improvements in various areas of our lives but if we write off what we’ve experienced as a complete loss, we have a harrowing uphill climb to make up for it. I’m beyond humbled that you look to me as inspiration – in so many ways YOU are my inspiration! How about we just agree to keep supporting each other? :)

    Here’s to a REFINED and beautiful 2014, no matter what happens.

  2. Andi Fisher says:

    @Lindsey, you are the best!

  3. What Lindsey said! Every word of it. Though I understand your desire to refine – a classier word than my “prioritize,” but essentially we have the same goal: to focus on what really matters to us. I definitely get that. :) Again, like Lindsey said, let’s support each other on that in 2014!

  4. Happy new year Andi! I too like to have a theme for the new year rather than a bunch of resolutions that are impossible or difficult to live up to. My theme is “Yes” and “local” even to new sports and activities to get rid of my blogger belly. Too often I refuse to try new things within my own home town and glorify experiences abroad which keeps me sitting around waiting for travels to happen. After the BlogHouse I was encouraged to seek out the unique within my own home. This year I am looking to my own backyard which is still relatively unexplored to me. I’ve only lived here for 7 years and I want to know it more deeply. I also just adopted a dog this week so this will require me to stay put a bit more and I look forward to more road trips within my wine valley (although I am looking forward to that France trip this summer!)
    I can’t wait to check out your husband’s website!
    I’m intrigued and inspired by your idea to change how and where you write. I usually do it at home which means I stay in more often. Maybe I should get out to a local cafe and experience something new while getting stuff done! There are so many beautiful places to sit and relax during the summer.

    Thanks for the inspiring read Andi and happy 2014 to you and Mr. Adventures both!

  5. Andi Fisher says:

    @Murissa, I think your plans sound fantastic and I actually am planning to do the same. There is so much of San Francisco I have yet to explore because my vision is always further out. The hubby and I dream of having a dog someday but for now we just don’t have the lifestyle that would make a dog happy, it is a brilliant idea for you to have a dog to keep you more home-bound. You can meet some very interesting people at a coffee shop, it can be inspiring. I am right there with you in terms of being a homebody, but sometimes we have to force ourselves out of our element, it is in the pushing our boundaries and/or limits that bring interesting experiences into our lives!

  6. Hey, it’s ok! Sometimes it takes a little longer to get some things right!

  7. I’m keeping my word from 2013 too. It was FINISHING. My goal was to finish more of what I start. I got a couple of big things done, but others not so much. I’m changing the focus a bit for 2014, but FINISHING is still the end goal! Otherwise, I leave so many ideas, projects, and what-ifs in my wake! And, I’m also in the same department on losing 10-12 of those food-loving, desk-working pounds! Since we discovered we both work in the Financial District, let me know if you ever want to join me for yoga. (I go to Satori in the FiDi and am a very recent convert!) Best wishes for 2014!

  8. Andi Fisher says:

    @Angela, screw yoga…let’s do lunch!

  9. Lunch sounds even better!

  10. Happy New Year to you too!

  11. Wishing you the very best this year in your goals for 2014. :)

  12. i hope this year is great

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