Hello there! Happy Thursday! Today I’m popping in to share some thoughts and goals for 2018, and share a blogging update with you.
I’m not the kind of person who makes official New Year’s resolutions (except for the year I vowed to start flossing my teeth every day, which is a habit I’ve continued with years later), but I do like to take the opportunity of the new year to evaluate what’s going on in my life and think about where I want to focus my energy. Here are some of the things I’m going to work toward this year!
This year Fabio and I have two big things planned: 1) to redo the kitchen and 2) to travel to Spain and Portugal over the summer. These aren’t goals necessarily, but they are events on our calendar that will require considerable planning when it comes to both our finances and logistics.
Kitchen renovations are slated to start in the next month or two (we just started interviewing potential contractors!) and we’re realizing that the cost will be a bit more than we had originally saved for. (As you may remember, Fabio’s super into managing our finances, and he’s we’ve decided we’d like to pay for everything in full vs. taking out a loan.)
That means we’re going to have to hold the purse strings a bit tighter, and aside from a ski trip we already committed to, we’re planning to use the month of February as a “no spending” month. This means we will cook at home instead of eating out, and try to avoid spending money over the weekends. It’s only for a few weeks and we generally like doing that stuff anyway (i.e., we like cooking), so hopefully it will be doable and will help us get where we need to be financially for the kitchen. If not, we always have our back-up savings accounts, though we’d rather not have to tap into those. Fingers crossed!
Of course a project like this takes a lot of planning coordination too, which I’m having fun with in my free time. 😊 Here are some of the inspo pictures, as well as what we’re dealing with now. Yikes.
(Sorry I don’t have sources for these – I’ve had them saved on my phone for a while!)
Pretty, right? I can’t wait to see how it all turns out!
I’m also starting to plan for our Eurotrip later this year, and I’m sure we’ll start looking at flights soon. Yay!
This year will also be super busy with weddings – I think we have 8 on the calendar so far – so I’m noting that here as something else that’s on my mind for the year ahead. Yep, we’re really going to need to watch our finances in 2018. Eek.
*And for anyone wondering/if my grandma reads this, no, there is no baby planned for 2018! There’s plenty of time for that in the next few years or so. 😉*
Work is still going really well, and I love my coworkers and the work that I do on a day-to-day basis. I feel fulfilled by my job and I don’t wake up in the morning and dread going into the office (which is something I think a lot of people experience, and something I’ve experienced before).
That being said, I do have some personal goals I want to work on to help me progress in my career, including becoming a more creative writer. Over the last year and a half or so that I’ve been at my current job, I’ve noticed that I’m pretty decent at long-form writing (talking points, press releases, emails, newsletters, etc.) but writing shorter, pithy content (like ad copy or catchy headlines) is harder for me. So, in addition to focusing on advancing my career, working with my team, etc., I want to make more of an effort to take some classes or trainings on the side to improve this skillset. I’ve already flagged a few courses on Lynda.com for creative writing and marketing strategy, and now I just have to make the time to do them!
When it comes to health and fitness this year, I actually don’t have too many goals. Mostly I’m just excited to be back in a routine after the holidays, and I’m enjoying the feeling of filling my body with good-for-me foods and getting my sweat on. I know I gained a couple of pounds in December – likely due to the 1,000 cookies I ate and #allthecheese – but I’m not worried about losing it; I know my weight will even back out after a couple of weeks back in my routine.
I’m not sure if I’ll run any races this year or not; I’m just planning to go where my body and my plans takes me. For now I’m still loving Orange Theory, bootcamps, spin, and yoga, plus some very short runs with Jack when it’s not negative degrees outside.
I did recently make an appointment with my PCP for a physical since it’s been a couple of years since I’ve had one. Preventive care is so important!
Blog & An Update
As you can see, I have quite a few goals for 2018. Unfortunately, none of them revolve around growing the blog. You know, I started this blog back in 2012 and back then it was so exciting and something I couldn’t wait to do when I got home from work. I had all these ideas and all this passion to get my message out there to the world, and I just don’t feel that spark anymore.
I think a big part of the shift has been because of my career – when I started CET I was right out of college and doing unfulfilling work like compiling media monitoring reports and taking minutes during client calls. I needed the blog as my outlet to make a small difference in the world. And now, 6 years later, I have a job where I actually do get to write about important health topics and I do get to share them with the world.
Working in a health-focused nonprofit where I get to coordinate campaigns like “Get Fit Don’t Sit Day” and “National Healthy Lunch Day” has filled that void that I had before. Work is also much more stressful, and sitting down to stare at the computer for an extra hour at the end of the day isn’t something I enjoy much anymore. I’ve come to realize that unwinding at home with my family – and unplugging – is something I enjoy much more.
I’m sure you’ve noticed that I rarely share my food or my fitness on the blog anymore, and while part of that is because I’ve finally found a routine that works for me and there’s only so many pictures of cottage cheese and blueberries that a person would ever be interested in seeing, a bigger part of it is because I don’t feel called to share that stuff all the time anymore.
I still enjoy sharing what I’m up to on the weekends, and I’m sure I’ll still post about food and fitness every now and then, but here’s my plan for blogging in 2018: I’m freeing myself from the pressure to post. I’m taking away that obligation that I set for myself. I want to shift my feeling of “I have to blog” to “I get to blog.”
If I want to post, I will. If I had a really fun weekend or took a really awesome class and I feel excited to sit down at the computer and share about it, then I will. I won’t worry about what day it is, I’ll just post it. And on the other hand, if I feel like I don’t have anything particularly interesting to share or the thought of looking at a computer screen for one more minute makes me want to tear my eyeballs out, then I won’t. Simple.
I know this will be a change and I’ll probably lose a lot of readers, but I feel like it’s something that’s been a long-time coming for me. There are so many blogs out there these days that share content much better than mine, and no one likes reading content from a burnt-out blogger anyway. I can always reevaluate this plan a little later on in 2018 and see how I’m doing, but for now, I think this is the way I need to go.
I hope you all can understand my thinking behind this change, and that you’ll be there for me when I do decide to drop in with a post, be it twice a week, once a week, or once a month.
And, if you’re missing hearing from me, you can always catch me over on Instagram @ChelseaEatsTreats.
Over and out!
Question of the day: What are some of your goals for 2018? Do you make actual resolutions? What do you think of the shift in the blogging schedule?