Here's what actually happened: I didn't take it easy. It was a crazy year for us. I was having a baby. My hubby was working as a half-time school teacher...and supporting a family of six with one more on the way isn't easy.
At the beginning of last year I decided that I would try a little experiment. I buckled down and made blogging a priority. I posted at least three times a week. I linked up and networked with other sites. I interacted and commented. And guess what? It worked. Big time.
My blog and business grew! I went from 45 followers to 865 and from just 1000 page views to over 300,000. I went from just 60 orders in 2010 to over 260 in 2011...CRAZY! Seriously. I know. My mind is a little boggled by it, too!
I was VERY busy. Yes, I loved doing it! But, it didn't come without some HARD work and a lot of persistence. I completely re-designed my blog FOUR TIMES! I edited thousands of pictures. I wrote, tested and re-wrote several patterns. I hosted giveaways, sales, and guest posted on other blogs.
Not that this busy year hasn't been a HUGE blessing for our family! I feel so blessed that I've been able to stay at home with my children AND that my business was able to help support our family!I have also loved getting to know so many wonderful and creative crafters, crocheters, and people! Thanks so much for making this journey so much fun!! I wouldn't be here without YOU!
However...I hate to admit it, but sometimes I worked on these things at the cost/neglect of other things that are important to me...like housework...and meal preparation...and showering...and my family.
So...my biggest dilemma in making goals for this coming year has been...where do I go from here?
After a lot of prayer and thought, I've realized something:
I've discovered that blogging and running my business really do matter to me, and I want to continue the relationships I have formed this past year! I'm just not going to be as structured in my approach to things...I'm going to take a break if I need it...and not worry about pushing so hard for success...don't worry...I'm sure I'll still be here OFTEN...but...
This year I really want to just SIMPLIFY, AND FOCUS ON THE THINGS THAT MATTER MOST.
I'm going to enjoy the little successes I have everyday; whether it's finishing a new pattern, making a great sale, or watching my baby crawl for the first time.
And I feel peace about that.
I loved this message, from LDS.org, about slowing down and paying attention to the Moments that Matter Most...I hope you will, too!
I look forward to this year, and all of the unexpected joys and trials that this year will surely bring. Thanks for being a part of my life!
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