New Year. New me.
But first to get it started.
I have been procrastinating even to write this post.
I took the holiday off from blogging. It wasn’t a planned sabbatical, but it was very nice. Once I stopped blogging, it just really felt good not blogging for a short period of time so I just went with it.
[I think I am going to do that again, but when I do I will have some planned posts or guest posts so that people don’t feel like I fell off the face of the Earth.]
I am seeking clarity. In everything I do. Which is why for the third year in a row I am selecting REFINE as my word for the year.
I read a post from my friend Lindsey of Lost in Cheeseland, and it wasn’t until she named her ailment as being restless, that I myself said, “bingo!”
I think I have been restless. I know some of it is literal. With Jessica’s injury the hubby and I were unable to travel for the last six months (although I did a super quick trip to Hawaii for a weekend) and that makes me…well, restless.
But I have also been restless with the blog, I have been doing this for over six years, I am proud of what I have built but it gets harder and harder to gain momentum and that can be exhausting. I have a full-time job and a home life, I can’t be blogging or thinking about blogging 24/7.
I need clarity and that is where REFINEment comes in.
Thankfully I have actually begun the process of moving in that direction. I hired virtual assistants to help with a few projects. I am saying no to posts and projects that either don’t make sense or I just don’t have time for. Instead I will be focusing on some larger projects (like this one, more on that soon) and revamping six years of content, a lot of it evergreen. I am leveraging my blogging network and strengthening relationships with other bloggers which act as an incredible support group.
I am not making any resolutions, but I am making some commitments.
One of them is health. I can’t avoid it any longer. This past weekend I turned 45 and I am in the worst shape I have ever been. In the past, I would just get myself back on Weight Watchers moderate my food and portions and lose those 10 or so pounds without much effort. Something happened to this forty-year old body over the last 2 years and that program just doesn’t work. I have never had to exercise to lose weight and have scoffed at doing physical activity my whole life. But now it is time to face facts. The party is over and I am going to have to exercise. A choice I have finally accepted.
I do not resolve to lose the 20 pounds that will put me back into my favorite wardrobe pieces from Paris, from Italy, from Spain. No. I commit to it. It will happen.
I commit to losing 20 pounds.
I commit to taking care of myself (I am not really good at that).
I commit to being intentional about everything I do this year. I like Melanie Biehl’s word: mindful.
I commit to my blog goals which I won’t share here (except for one). I have shared them with my closest blog friends who will encourage me and hold me accountable.
The one blog goal I will share is that I will [finally] be sending out a monthly newsletter! It will be exclusive content not on the blog, so if you haven’t signed up yet, please do so!
How about you? What are you committing to this year?