Have you heard about the One Word trend? It’s kind of amazing. Instead of making a resolution (which is easily broken) you pick one word that becomes your guiding word for the year. When making decisions, life changes and just living your daily life, this word helps you focus on where you want to go and who you want to be. How cool is that!
Yes, I know that I’m a little late on the trend (it is mid-January) but it took me some time to really find my word and focus for this year.
After hearing, and falling in love with this New Year trend, I thought for a while about what my one word would be. I played around with a few but nothing felt right. I decided to look at my calendar and see what was happening in my life this year, you know, major events and such. And I’ve got a few on the list. I also took a serious look at my goals for 2017, especially with this blog. I made goals for where I want to be over the next year. And I’ve got some big goals. As I looked over these goals and the calendar, a word came to me.
That’s exactly what I want to do this year. I want a year of growth. On Dec 31st, 2017, I want to look back and see just how much I’ve grown this past year. I want to see how much I’ve grown as a mother, blogger, baker and as a person. I want to grow!
Grow my Family
This next year is packed with growth in my family. My brother and his wife will welcome their second baby in late February/early March. I myself will be having another little girl in early June. And my younger sister is getting married in July, welcoming a new brother-in-law into the family. That alone counts as growth and I haven’t even touched on how these will affect our family. There will be hard moments
There will be hard moments like when my sister moves away and when our new baby and Alexie are both screaming and not sleeping. But I have faith that by the end of it all, our family will come out stronger and more unified than ever.
Grow my Business
This year, I want to focus on really growing my business. I took the first steps of launching my bake shop in December but this year, I’ll be focusing on building a client base and doing more cakes, more cupcakes and more cookies. It’ll mean putting myself out there, trying new recipes and techniques and really growing my skills as a baker.
I’m also looking to grow my blog this year. I have written down my goals, and hopefully, I’ll be able to reach them. But it’ll involve me pushing myself in a way that I don’t think I ever have. I’ll have to try new things (hello twitter) and maybe even things I never imagined myself doing (vlogging anyone?). But it’s all in an effort to make this the best blog possible.
And I’m not just talking about my ever-growing baby bump!
In 2016, I started my blog and I can say that there has been a serious learning curve with blogging. But this year, I want to do even more and that means I’ve got to learn some new skills. It’s going to be a year where I do things I never thought I wanted to or thought I could. I want to look back and see all the incredible things I’ve learned to do this year and how they have made me a better, more well-rounded person.
So I’m declaring it now! 2017 is going to be a year of growth! It is not going to be easy, but nothing in life worth doing ever is. There are going to be growing pains and I’m going to be stretched to my max. But in the end, I’m going to love the person I’ve grown into over those 12 months.