Hello. Happy New Year! Are you still there? I hope so! After taking off for a bit to give my full attention to my family at Christmas, I have been wondering if you’d still be here? I have to say that taking some time off has been really good for me. It was wonderful to take a break from online anything and just enjoy family time….and to dream a little about the new year!
While I can’t say that I am ready to hit the ground running, I can say that I am working on making plans and making goals for this year. If you look at social media at all you have no doubt noticed all the pics and posts of people making and stating their goals for 2018. It seems that on January 1st, people pulled out their planners, journals, and notebooks and got busy. Not me. I was recovering on January 1st from all the holiday festivities. This included sleeping in, taking a nap, and staying in my PJs all day. Anyone else?
I recently read a blog post about the importance of taking a look back before you can plan for the year ahead. That is something I’ve never really done, but it makes sense to me. So, when I look back at 2017, I realize it was FULL of changes for me ~ highs and lows. Lots of wonderful memories and things for which to be grateful.
One of the biggest challenges of the year for me was starting this blog. It’s funny. It was one of those things rolling around in my head for a while, and I just decided to take the plunge. I had no knowledge of how to do it, what to write, how much work was involved, or if anyone would even read it. But for some reason, I just wanted to try it. Maybe it was reading other people’s blogs that inspired me or made me feel like I could do it. And, after publishing 181 posts this year, I guess I can do it. 🙂
This year (almost) of blogging has been a surprise to me. I am surprised that I have been able to build a growing number of readers. Who knew that I would find my own little community. It is surprising how much time it takes to do this. How in the world have I been able to fit this in? I have been surprised at how much is involved beyond writing. Social media alone is overwhelming and learning to take better pictures is still on my to-do list. I have also been surprised at how writing this blog has motivated me to try new things and to step out of my comfort zone, a little.
Still, this little blog of mine is not yet where I want it to be. It’s not yet a real reflection of “me.” I continue to work at it and have some ideas of new content for the coming year. For instance, can we agree that marriage is no walk in the park? I love Mr. LouiseMarie, but staying married for any length of time is not easy. I have learned some hard lessons along the way. This is perhaps an area I want to dip my toe in this year. How we all can work and improve our relationships.
Also, I have re-discovered my love of entertaining. I hosted five events at our home the month of December. That was a lot of work, and by Jan. 1, I was exhausted. However, I love doing it. I love preparing for family and friends to gather in my home and celebrate for any occasion. So, I have new ideas along those lines for this year to.
And, dare I admit this? I am hoping that 2018 brings the start of a new business as well. More on that to come.
SO, even though I don’t have all my goals and plans in place, I am looking forward to 2018 and a lot of exciting changes. I sure hope you’ll join me for this year’s adventure!
Until next time~