The year may not be quite done yet, but I’m already starting to look forward to 2015 and reflect on what 2014 has brought. Some of the ‘brand new blog’ jittery feeling has worn away a bit (it’s 17 months old today), and the blog has become something that I don’t remember ever not having as a part of my life. I love this blog dearly, and I have some lofty goals for it for 2015 and beyond. But first it’s time to take stock on the plans I shared back in January.
Dreams and Goals for 2014 (Revisited):
- Have a fun Monthly Theme for every month of this year, including some that will really challenge me (in a good way ;)) – Completed up to the end of September, when I decided to go in a new direction
- Remember to focus on celebrating the imperfections and letting laughter reign – I think I’ve done ok with this, but I’d definitely like to do more
- Have more kits, organisational tips, DIYs, and Mini Makeovers -Yes to the mini makeovers and DIYs, but I could definitely do more with the kits and organisational tips
- Share more books and fun things I come across – I didn’t do so great at this one, but it’s one I’d like to do more with
- Create digital content like e-courses or ebooks and more printables – Practical Pinning was launched and was a great success, but I will be looking to add more in the future
- Build a community of people who are creating their own happy homes (and cherish that their happy homes will all look different, just like they should) – A work in progress but something I’m looking to focus on
- Stick with Quality over Quantity and post on Tuesdays and Thursdays – A big Yes on this one! I haven’t missed a posting day yet.
- Make Pinterest Saturdays my every own 52 project and have something new for you to pin each Saturday – This has really grown into something I love doing and may even continue into 2015
- Write the Monthly Email every month – Yes! I have been sending this out on the first of every month since December 1, 2013
- Learn more about video and continue to create a video each month (and hopefully get a little bit better at it each month) – Abandoned, Video really needs a camera man and a lot of time to execute it well, and I don’t have either right now
- Build philanthropy into Style for a Happy Home – A work in progress
- Offer suggestions rather than ‘this is the only way’ and remember to share the projects that go pear shaped, or at least share how I saved them at just the last minute because what’s a good DIY without it nearly crumbling before your eyes ;) – I think this is going well, but I’d love to do more!
- Take the good opportunities that are a good fit for the blog, but not get caught up in saying yes to the wrong things because it’s polite -I feel like I’m doing this well. There’s always more to be done though
- Build this blog into a sustainable business (or make it one stream for my business) – I’m working on it, but I’m closer than I was in January :)
- Remember to have fun with the projects and the content and to just be me (yes, there will be more obscure pop culture references for you to watch out for – haha) – I think I mostly do this well. I probably need more obscure pop culture references though
- and finally, trust my gut and not my recovering-perfectionist mind – this is a definite work in progress but I’m getting there
So much has changed in the past 11 months. I’ve learnt that Winter and I are not the best of friends, that I love running more than I could have ever imagined and that this blog is something that I really want to make work for the long term. Whilst I don’t love comparing things to having a baby (because this blog isn’t a person), I do put my time and energy into this space to try to make it the best it can be. I’m not afraid of hard work, but I am cautious of running blindly in the wrong direction on a whim. It’s important to me to make sure I’m heading in the right direction before I jump in with both feet. A good foundation and vision is important to me and I feel like I have both now.
Things aren’t always as awesome as they can seem when you’re just looking at a highlights reel, but there are some really awesome things about following your dreams and I’m always thankful for that. This year I got to get up on stage at the Problogger Conference and talk about Pinterest. I launched and ran Practical Pinning with Megan Auman (twice). I secured my ticket to Alt Summit for next January, and I celebrated the blog turning one with an Instagram party! These are all highlights, as well as working with some great brands and learning so, so much.
Next year will be all about kicking it up a notch and not letting my nerves get in the way. After the crazy of Christmas is over (or maybe even before that) I’m going to sit down and write my dreams and goals for 2015 and work like hell to make them happen. I need to remember that not everything has to be ah-ma-zing to be pretty awesome. Sometimes a quiet awesome is more than enough.
Are you starting to look back on 2014? What’s one thing you’re glad you achieved (it doesn’t have to be big)?