As I look back at 2014 I feel that it was a really good year both personally and for Fry Sauce & Grits. I know having a New Year’s Resolution list is so cliche and it almost becomes annoying, but for me I’m all about writing down my goals and checking up on them frequently to see how I’m doing. That’s the only way I keep myself accountable.
First, I want to share with you the top ten posts for 2014:
2014 was a big year for Fry Sauce & Grits. We saw a lot of growth from our new website design, we starting to experiment with YouTube videos, growing our social media following, had a couple tv show appearances, created an inspirational video campaign for Breast Cancer Awareness Month, and was featured on some times like HomeTalk.com, and Glam.
We experienced some setbacks this year. We made it a goal to make a certain amount every month so we can start paying ourselves for all the work we do on here, we came up shy and we didn’t achieve the monthly traffic goal we set for ourselves. My Love Your Boobs, Love Yourself campaign turned out beautiful but didn’t get the hype buzz I hoped and wished it would have. We’ll try to achieve those goals in 2015.
I feel like 2015 for me is the year I’m going to really remind myself of what my priorities are. With baby #2 coming in the spring, having my husband finish his last year of school, I know I’m going to have to really prioritize my time and energy. Blogging, which I love, will have to take a back seat for a bit, and I’m ok with that.
So I’m sharing with you some of my personal goals for 2015 and I’ve decided that this year I want to focus more on how I want to feel more than what I want to achieve. There’s a lot of goals out there that are great–like losing weight for instance. But, for me it’s not about what I want to achieve, it’s about how I want to feel during that journey instead of focusing on just achieving that goal. I want to feel more happy, peaceful, calm, and I want to feel like no matter what I do it’s enough. Hopefully my goal will inspire you to set some goals for yourself, so you can keep yourself accountable.
1. Stay active
In the beginning of 2014 I was getting tired of my going to the gym workout, and decided I need to make a change. I reached out to one of my local CrossFit gyms and was able to get a part time job doing their social media. I’ve been doing CrossFit for almost 10 months now and I’ve really liked it because everyday is new and different, it’s hard, I never knew what it was like to really push myself physically, and I feel stronger and have been able to do things. After doing CrossFit I really know what high intensity is.
I’m five months pregnant and am still doing CrossFit. I’ve had to scale it down and I can’t do all of the moves, and I know I’m not competing for time, I’m just trying to finish the workout and stay alive. I have four more months left until this pregnancy is over and I really want to continue to be active by going 3-4 times a week. I know this will make recovery for me a lot easier. I’m happy to say because of CrossFit I haven’t gained as much weight because I’ve gained a lot more muscle weight which in turns burns more fat and calories, even though I haven’t been eating the most “clean” this pregnancy.
2. Spend better
I have a fabulous cousin who is the couponing and a deal queen, I look up to her so much because of how smart she is when it comes to spending her money. I used to be more like this before I had Amelia and started blogging but found myself not being able to dedicate the time to do it. I know it can save you a lot of money and it’s fun getting really good deals, and it’s kind of a rush. I want to be better at couponing and spend our money more wisely. I’m not awful at spending money and am actually really frugal but know that all of those last minute trips to the grocery store really add up. I’ve been lacking in stocking up a food storage, so I want to focus on doing that better this year.
3. Don’t be afraid of nursing and give it another try
I want to give nursing another try. I didn’t have a great experience with Amelia and am kind of terrified of it. I want to give it another go and my attitude this time around is a lot different. If it works out great, if not that’s ok. I’m not going to beat myself up about it and think that I’m the most awful mom if I decide that it’s not right for me or my baby.
4. Be better with my time
I always feel like I don’t have enough time and my husband is kindly reminding me to keep my priorities in check. Yes, I’m bad at both of these. I’m planning on taking this time management class from Momentity where my friend Nicole helps moms prioritize their time so they always have their priorities at the top and how to manage your time to accomplish all of those things you want to.
5. Focus on and more time on my spiritual health
This year has been a doozy when it has come to my spirituality. I’ve experienced some hard blows that have made me really rely on the concepts of forgiveness, finding peace, comfort, and growing my spiritual strength. I feel like I could be a lot better at becoming more spiritually connected to my Heavenly Father. I’m making it a goal to serve others more.
6. Be a more engaged mom
I’ve noticed that I’m not very good about getting down on the ground and playing with my daughter. I’m with her all day and make sure she’s dressed, clean, has food, and has things to do, but often find I could use the time I have with her better. By teaching her things, playing, making messes, and spending quality time without the tv on. My husband is really great at this, but I feel like I could do a lot better in this area.
7. Limit tv time
I don’t want much tv other than Downton Abbey and The Bachelor and maybe some other shows on Netflix. I find that I don’t have the time. But I find the tv is always on during the day and I really want to be better at limiting how much my daughter and family watches. I want to limit tv watching to two hours a day.
I hope you’re having a wonderful new year. Remember, you can change your life any day not just in January! Get going!