I’m not one to make new year resolutions; I have a very poor record of adhering to them you see. I prefer to go with the flow, praying and hoping as I engage with life’s challenges and joys.
- Our family got more involved in our church community.
- I went through a real labour of love to have my lovely bundle of joy and started my motherhood journey.
- We knew the support of our church and local communities in ways beyond our expectations (it truly takes a village to raise a child)!
- I took a maternity leave break from full-time paid employment after working and studying non-stop all my life.
- I learnt to nurture a newborn through a very difficult breastfeeding journey (which I can’t wait to write about soon), and I achieved my breastfeeding goals against all odds.
- I got involved with the La Leche League and met a very kind NCT lactation consultant who helped me with my breastfeeding challenges.
- I read and read and read about breastfeeding on the net to develop my knowledge and understanding of this natural act which doesn’t come naturally to everyone.
- I watched videos about bathing newborns, dealing with baby sleep etc on YouTube, Tesco Loves Baby and the NHS; I never thought I’d learn such things from the net.
- I felt the most vulnerable and responsible I’ve ever felt in my life.
- I discovered mummy blogs and started engaging with them.
- I discovered Mumsnet and participated in some of their insight program opportunities (so much fun!).
- Competitions on mummy blogs opened the world of social media to me which I’d been indifferent to until now. 🙂
- I entered many competitions especially on Facebook, and I won some really good ones. 🙂
- I spent months thinking about blogging.
- I went to the La Leche League National Conference with my Precious Sparkle; what an amazing group of breastfeeding advocates and so thankful I didn’t have to do any baby food planning.
- I went to the Baby show with my little one, friends and family; what a lovely experience listening to experts talk, seeing new products, meeting familiar and new brands, and experiencing my baby sleep for 4 hours during the day!
- I went to Mumsnet BlogFest with my Precious Sparkle, courtesy of Skimlinks; I’m so glad I went. I didn’t know I was going until I learnt that I’d won a ticket the day before!
- I delayed my return to work; I’m so very thankful to have had more time with my family, growing as a wife, mum, and blogger.
- I finally ‘womaned’ up, shifted my focus from Facebook competitions and actually started my blog at the end of November (so so exciting!!!).
- I created a Facebook page, Google+ profile and Instagram (I still haven’t posted anything on it, wish it was fully available on desktops like my other social media links) for my blog.
- I converted my Pinterest and Twitter accounts to support my blog and started learning about Twitter blog posts RT handles, Twitter chats, Twitter parties, hashtags, follows, unfollows, favouriting etc.
- I wrote my first post to support Unilever’s #ClearAPlate campaign.
- I started participating in blog linking partings and ‘met’ more bloggers; I discovered dads also blog!
- I attended an NCT Q&A session with an MP about Shared Parental Leave (I’m keen to understand all its ins and outs for next time round :-))
- I’ve read so many blog posts, discovered so many new blogs and I’m learning so much about blogging.
- I’m coming to terms with returning to my paid job.
- I’ve grown so much in so many areas of my life though I could do with some baby sleeping magic formula and house cleaning tricks.
My, what a year! So many blessings to count, so much to be grateful for; and not enough time to write about them all. I can’t wait to write about more of these key 2014 moments in the new year.
So, with a heart filled with gratitude, I gaze into next year. I’m tempted to make resolutions but I prefer to have hopes and set some goals.
I hope to:
- continue to grow in my faith.
- continue to grow as a mum, wife, sister, friend, blogger, and teacher.
- continue to work on helping to make our home cosy.
- continue to develop my blog.
- write more regularly.
- attend some blogging conferences; hopefully Mumsnet’s BlogFest, Britmums Live, and a Tots100 blog camp.
- win a few more competitions (if I have time to enter them :-)).
- have a better paid work / life balance (unlike before my maternity leave).
- waste less and live a lighter and healthier lifestyle.
My main goals are to:
- spend more time reading my Bible, praying and listening.
- spend more time planning family meals that my Precious Sparkle can have.
- make daily quality and meaningful moments with my family and friends.
- write more and write better.
- participate in more blogging social media groups, blogging networks, blog linking parties, guest posting etc.
- develop my social media blog following (not exactly sure how I’ll do this yet).
- spend all paid work time working, and avoid bringing work home in the evenings and on weekends.
- sort through the rest of my paper piles and avoid creating more around our house.
- stress less and enjoy life more.
There you have it, my longest post so far: 2014 Rewind 2015 Hopes! I hope I’ll come back to this post again and again to review my 2015 hopes and goals, and link in posts I plan to write to my 2014 highlights.
What blessings are you counting from 2014? What are you looking forward to in 2015?
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