New Year, New Me


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.

refineThird times the charm right?

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?


About Andi Fisher

I'm a lifestyle blogger focused on travel and food. A marketing gal who gave up my job to travel around the United States in an RV with my hubby. I'm now settling into the Portland area where I'm looking for my next career adventure! I love to travel via my stomach. Eating, seeking out local artisans and features to share. I've got more than 26 years of experience in marketing focused on content, social media, and direct marketing and I've mentored many bloggers, old and new.


  1. I’m tracking with you, Andi. I’m saying no to a lot of post topics this year, too. And, I’m refining. I love that word. It’s so perfect for the 7-year itch we’re in with blogging. You do a tremendous job. You have so much energy, but manage to stay healthy and not obsessed. It is both encouragement and inspiration for me. My word for 2015 is listen.
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    • Andi Fisher says:

      @Jen, that is a great word! Professionally when I am speaking about social media I tell people about how it important the listening aspect of social media is. You learn so much from doing that! I see you are also having fun with your blog design again! That is where your itch shows itself!

  2. You’re doing wonderful things with your blog Andi. Congratulations on all your hard work. I’m going to stay committed to being self-motivated and inspired this year too.
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  3. I have also reaffirmed my pursuit of health in the last year, which has meant changing my diet completely and taking more careful care (if that makes sense!) of my skin. Regular exercise, but also mental health exercises – mindfulness and being nicer to myself, which is weirdly difficult. I’m behind your goals 100%, you can do it!
    Colleen Brynn recently posted…Three Things I Love About Madrid

    • Andi Fisher says:

      @Colleen, thanks, I think health is something a lot of women shove into the background and I am putting it forward in 2015.

  4. I know you will accomplish all your goals, and I’m looking forward to following your journey 🙂
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  5. I made a commitment to visit home more often this year. When all is temporarily alright in life for a while, I suddenly realized I’d been too far adrift from family.

  6. Health is a big one and a goal we all tend to forget during the year.. Congratulations!
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  7. Health is a big thing for me. To really eat healthy and if I could lose 20-30 pounds I will be happy. Also I am committing to spend a lot more quality time with those I love.
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  8. My commitment is to be an awesome mom to my baby on the way 🙂

    Lee Anne
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  9. Refine is a great word! I chose inspire, which is my first time choosing a word. My commitment this year is to my blog. I need to grow it lots!
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    • Andi Fisher says:

      @Jeanine, I like inspire! You are already inspiring to me. Everytime I visit your blog I am amazed at all the wonderful things you do and create to keep your children occupied and learning!

  10. I am more committed this year to growth and organization. I am very random in what I do, when I do it, so I am trying to establish some sort of schedule (it’s starting to get there) but I also watch my 2 year old grandson full-time while my daughter works so my schedule has to have a lot of flex! LOL One day at a time and it sounds like you have everything right on track for yourself! Congrats!
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  11. my focus is “freedom”, inner freedom from limitations! =)
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  12. I’m right there with you on committing to taking care of myself more this year!
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  13. Happy New Year and best of luck!

  14. I have a full-time job outside of blogging too. Makes life interesting. It’s good to step back every now & then and reflect on what’s important in life.

  15. I am so into refining and committing. I think they are some great words and I really enjoy reading your blog. Full time job and then blogging on top of that is so challenging and I think it is so important to look after number one. If you want any healthy eating tip head to my blog as I have lots of great recipes.

  16. Go for it Andi! You’ll do amazingly! I think refine is a fab word and incredibly approporiate! Also, can’t believe you’ve been doing this 6 years! I thought I had been doing it a long time!

    Katie <3
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  17. Refine! That is a wonderful word. I really like it!
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  18. I really like your word. It keeps everything in check. I also like mindful because there are a lot of times that I need to practice what I preach 🙂 Happy new year!
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  19. I get restless as well sometimes, so I get it. Blogging 6 years is a long time. I like the word refine. Good luck with losing the 20pounds, I need to do the same.
    Karissa recently posted…Simple organization idea, less toys= a happier family

  20. It can take years to finish a goal! I am glad you’re refining your mission! Go 2015!!!!!!
    Chelley @ A is For Adelaide recently posted…* Marriage * 52 Week Challenge

    • Andi Fisher says:

      @Chelley, you’re right! Thanks for bringing that into perspective – who says a word just has to be for one year? It is up to me to define! Maybe it will be my word for the decade!

  21. I’m committing to me. I really need to take care of myself a bit more this year.
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  22. Awesome!! Blogging breaks are always important 🙂 I am committed to fixing my debt and building my blog/brand 🙂

  23. I think refine is a wonderful word, I’ve chosen the word “thrive.”
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  24. I love this post! My mom has been on WW my whole life and has been very successful. I think you have to think of it as not a diet but a lifestyle change. Also I love the Tone It Up program, so check that out!

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