Last year I did something new.
Rather than make a New Year’s Resolution, I decided to jump on the “one word” bandwagon and pick a word. This word was going to be my inspiration for the year. It would help me focus and guide me through the year. I thought long and hard about what my word would be and after a few days, it finally came to me.
My word for 2017 was GROW.
Well, the year is almost over and I can say “Grow” was the perfect word for 2017. Pretty much everything in my life grew.
Our family grew.
We welcomed our new baby girl, Zoé Brielle at the end of May. It’s been such a joy watching her little personality emerge over the last several months. She’s a very particular and intense little girl who is inamoured with her big sister. Alexie took to her role as a big sister incredibly well and 9 times out of 10 she can get Zoé to stop crying in a matter of seconds. Sometimes they love each other a little too much. I spend most of my days saying “Don’t squish your sister!” or “Don’t wake her up! Let her sleep!”. They are two peas in a pod and I just loved watching the two of them grow up together.
Even our extended family grew. I got a new niece in March and she’s a little cutie. And we are excitedly waiting for another new niece, who is due to arrive mid-February. Oh, and my little sister got married so I welcomed a new brother to the family too. Yep, a brother-in-law and 2 new babies with another on the way! That’s 4 new family members in the space of 1 year. Our family really did grow a lot this year.
My blog grew.
In December 2016, Hide the Cookie Jar was getting about 1000 views a month. I put some serious work in and I’m happy to say that I get more than twice that in a week. All of my numbers have grown, from Instagram followers to email subscribers. I still can’t believe that people like my content enough to sign up to get it sent right to their inbox. I’m so grateful but it’s also kinda mind boggling for me.
My whole business grew in ways I never expected. If you would have told me last year that I would be designing a line of t-shirts for kids and parents, I would have laughed out loud. But here I am, three months into this crazy adventure and I’m loving it. I love creating the t-shirt designs and then seeing people wear them! It’s so crazy awesome to see other people love what you’ve made. I”m just so thankful that I have a great husband who knows all that eCommerce stuff and has great contacts!
In the last year, I’ve become more confident in what I do and who I am. If someone asked me what I do, my first answer was always hesitant. Am I a stay-at-home mom? A work-from-home mom? Is blogging really a legitimate job? I’d usually just say I was home with my kids. But over this past year, I’ve really grown more confident in what I’m doing and who I am. I honestly started to identify as a blogger maybe 4 months ago and it’s been a whole paradigm shift for me. Now when people ask what I do, I confidently say “I’m a blogger.” Now in our smaller town, that’s met with some strange looks but I’m okay with that now.
I’ve learned to hustle this year. I remembered when Alexie was a baby and I was just starting this blog, I felt like I had so much time because she was always sleeping in those first few months. Now I’ve got 2 kids under 2 and I’ve learned to sit down, focus and get stuff done when I get the chance.
I was able to do this before (you know for that term paper that was due the next day) but now it’s a conscious decision almost every day. When I get a chance, I get to work, whether that’s cleaning, folding laundry, writing posts or designing t-shirts. Yes, there are days when I find myself looking at a to-do list that doesn’t have a single thing checked off, but it’s okay. I just really get the concept of being a good steward of my time. I watch a lot less TV now (unless it’s Paw Patrols) and I’m really focused on reaching my goals, whether that’s cleaning the house or blogging. And man do I have goals!
I’m so happy with the way my one-word inspiration worked out, I’m going to do it again!
This year my word will be…
Check in next week to find out!