It’s only the 4th of January, so it’s still relevant to talk about the past year and hopes for the upcoming year. Right? Okay, glad I’m still relevant. (Insert hair flip emoji.)
I’m sitting here thinking about what an insane year 2015 was. I did a lot of personal reflection from the past year in my post “When You’re in the Thick of It” so I’ll wait here as you go read that. The working mom struggle was so real, yo.
I was looking back at last year’s New Year’s goals, and I think I have achieved many of those goals. I’m proud of the balance I have achieved.
As you know, I began teaching part-time at a different school in August, and it truly was an answered prayer. I have been able to be all the roles I want to be without feeling stretched too thin. I get to be wife, mom, teacher, and blogger.
Speaking of which, I have been able to pursue my blog as another part-time job. I have put quite a lot of effort into it in the latter portion of this year. My blog grew tremendously and I started earning a part-time income from it. Let’s recap some of the highlights.
In 2015, this blog had:
- More than 730,000 visitors from 211 countries
- Over 1.1 million pageviews from these visitors
- 122 posts published, which gave this blog a total of 624 posts
Top 5 Popular Posts Written in 2015
- The Best Cheap Makeup Brushes
- 20 Healthy Snack Ideas for Breastfeeding Moms
- The Ultimate Makeup Capsule
- The Top 10 Best Drugstore Mascaras
- My Favorite Vlogging Tips and Tricks
Other Posts I’m Most Proud of:
- Letter to the New Big Sister
- A Letter to My Young Daughters About Makeup
- Things I Dislike in My 30s (That I Never Thought I Would)
- Drugstore Makeup Dupes
- How to Optimize Your Pins for Pinterest
My Favorite Videos:
- Princess Makeup tutorial (featuring Kennedy)
- My Current Skincare Routine – Skincare in Your 30s
- Broadway Musical Theatre Challenge with Hannah Bunker
- Would you Rather in the Bathtub with Katie
- Makeup for Photos Drugstore Tutorial
- My Letter to the New Big Sister post got published on The Huffington Post
- Got to serve as a mentor and panel moderator for the Thrive Blog Conference
- My Things I Dislike in My 30s (That I Never Thought I Would post got published on The Huffington Post
- My Tips for Second Day Hair was featured in 21 Second-Day Hairstyles on Buzzfeed
I was thinking about goals, resolutions or a “buzz word” to set my sights on to 2016. I found my balance, now I needed to know how to focus my energy. Hence, this year’s goal is FOCUS.
- Time management. Definitely not a strength of mine. At all. In fact, I am staying up past midnight to write this post. Most blog posts end up getting finished past midnight nowadays.
- Focus on my marriage. My marriage with Greg is the glue that holds this family together. 2015 was a year full of changes and I feel like I didn’t give my marriage the attention it deserves. I owe it to Greg and to myself to focus on us more this year. We’re taking a trip to Europe in July (just us!!!), and I am excited about that!
- Focus on my children. I am with the girls more, and sometimes I feel like I do not give them enough attention or focus. Kennedy is especially at an age where she needs a mom who is invested in her, even if it is silly playtime around the house.
- Focus on things that matter. That means putting away the phone or comupter. Saying “no” when my plate is full.
- Focus on healthy choices. Put good food into my body and take care of myself.
- Focus on my own growth. Don’t get distracted how others are “more popular” and “grow faster” than me. Comparison is the thief of joy.
- Focus on a service I can offer my readers. I started posting about blog tips this year and got incredible feedback from them, and readers even asked if I did blog coaching. I had no idea I would get that kind of response. I have been blogging over 6 years and have learned a lot of things along the way, and I love to mentor and teach others about blogging. I am toying around with the idea of a workshop to help other bloggers grow. If you think that’s an insane idea, let me know now….hahaha.
- Focus on my brand. Staying authentic, always. Never posting about something I think I should post about. Always being me. I think I did a pretty good job with that in 2015, and I want to even more so in 2016.
To close this post, I have a short, anonymous reader survey. I did one very similar to it last year and got some amazing feedback that helped me grow. I feel like I implemented a lot of your suggestions last year and even your constructive criticism wasn’t something I had considered before but was happy to hear.
Every question is optional, so answer what you want/can/have time for (although I’d love it if you did the whole thing.) I’m a big girl and can take constructive criticism. If you cannot get the survey to load, click here to be taken to a new tab to complete it. Thank you so much for your time!
Thank you guys so much for all of your love and support in 2015. You are the peeps that keep me going. Let’s FOCUS (aaaaahhh, see what I did there?) on making 2016 great!