If you’ve been around the blog for any amount of time, you know that I pretty faithfully post on Tuesday mornings, which means you might have noticed that I took a week off about a month ago (and that this is coming a day late…). I considered it a birthday present to myself. (I’ve also been taking it easy on posting to social media in general.)
Well, I’ve mentioned that even after a few years of this blogging thing, I’m not 100% sure it’s for me. I love writing and editing pictures, but the hustle of it just leaves me exhausted, in not a good way. I decided to take a few days off to really think about what I’m doing and what my goals are, both for this blog and for my life in general.
So, what did I come up with?
(1) I want to travel more.
Who doesn’t, right? You’ll be hard-pressed to find someone who doesn’t have traveling on their dream life wish list, but it doesn’t have to be a dream. Not every trip has to be a week-long sojourn to Paris, and not every beach vacation has to involve an over-water bungalow in the South Pacific. Those things are both awesome, but I’m not quite there yet.
Just because I can’t afford luxurious travels at this point in my life, doesn’t mean I have to be home-ridden either. A girl’s gotta get away! I love New York, but this city can really take it out of you. Even if just a stay-cation, it’s important to take the breaks and rest you need.
By the end of this year, I will have completed smaller trips to Miami, Orlando, Boston/Martha’s Vineyard, and Portland (Maine). Throw in a trip to the beach and a few picnics in the park, and I’d say that’s not too shabby.
(2) I want to invest in relationships.
Any (outside-the-home) working moms out there can back me up here: making/keeping friends is really hard after having a baby. Unless you happen to be lucky and all your pre-baby friends start growing their families at the same time, it’s really hard to meet like-minded moms.
It’s only now that Miles is a little older that I have finally begun to reclaim some time for myself and my relationships. And it’s so important!
I love my family (obviously), but my friends have been such an important part of my life this year. I honestly don’t know what I would have done without them. But it’s now, when things are all good, that it’s important to invest in those relationships. You don’t want to be known as the friend who only calls when they need something, do you?
My goal is to hang out with friends (whether that be a leisurely weekend brunch or a quick cup of coffee) at least once a month. It might not sound like much, but everyone in this town seems to have such a crazy schedule, it’s a place to start.
(3) I want to pursue my side hustle.
Ah, the side hustle – you know, that thing you do for a little extra income outside your usual gig. I have one, and I want to really go for it.
Personal Producer is a little something I came up with that will hopefully help me do something I love (helping other women realize some dreams), while also earning me a little extra money. Win, win!
I actually spent some money, built a nice web site, created a mailing list, all of it. And I’m really proud…but now what? Now the actual work begins. I’ve been working on a social media plan and thinking up blog posts, and I need to get cracking on some marketing.
This is an idea that I’ve been toying with for a few years, and I’m ready to see if there’s something there.
(4) I want to keep this blog.
And last, but not least: The Littlest Fowler. I like it here! I may never be a famous blogger (that’s a thing, right?), but I like having somewhere to just share about my life and family and whatever else comes up.
So, don’t you worry; I’m not going anywhere.
Where are you at right now? Are there goals you can make a reality? Need my help? Wink, wink.