Hello there, 2016

I hope any of you still out there reading, have had a wonderful start to the New Year!

I did something out of the ordinary for me this holiday season. I closed up shop for about 2 weeks and completely stayed off of social media as well. At times, I will confess, I got very nervous and wondered if I was crazy. Closing up the shop during such a busy time of year?

Other times, when I settled in with my boys or hung out with my husband, I felt, "I should be able to do this and not feel guilty, isn't that what all of this is for?"

The truth is, I enjoyed my time off and I had lots of time to think about what I'd like to do for 2016. I'm not one for resolutions, I actually don't like them at all. Could be my secret fear of failure or the fact that it seems once you make a resolution you're more likely not to follow through, but I prefer to set goals, and plan for them.

My husband makes fun of me for my rather thick Traveler's Notebook, but secretly loves that it's "lived in" and that's where I write down all these goals. I don't like to be generic in my goal setting, which is what I feel a resolution is. I like to be very specific and if we're getting specific, I love lists! Lists make me happy, they give me a sense of purpose and accomplishment all at the same time.

The only thing that's better than writing a long list that organizes and breaks down all the mess you have ahead of you for the day, is the act of checking those list items off one by one!

Speaking of goals, accomplishments and failure, one of my "un-resolutions" for this year is more focus on my blog. I have a weird relationship with my blog. I don't feel like many people read it but I seem to keep wanting to put myself out there. Obviously not often enough if you see how often I post.

The truth is, sometimes I feel like I don't have anything interesting to say, so many people seem to lead these wonderful lives full of direction, organization and beauty. Mine is full of chaotic little boys, anxiety over dinners I hate planning for and long nights printing and playing with paper.

That doesn't sound very glamorous or post-inspiring to me so I often get stuck when I think of topics to write about. What can you learn from me? What am I going to tell you? Are you going to care?

Perhaps this is why I've taken to Instagram more often, because it's easy for me to post a quick update. Nothing fancy, just a snapshot of what I'm currently doing. It's always easier this way because I never really have time to sit and do anything for an extended period of time while the boys are awake.

The other reason my relationship with my blog is weird is because I've been blogging longer than it seems. I've switched my blog twice now and both times, I didn't really bother to transfer my content. This last time was very scary because I had nicer posts with helpful content that people actually engaged with. To most, I think it would seem like a bad move to leave that behind, all that SEO (gasp) and engagement, but I just wanted a fresh start. So far, I haven't been posting all that often and no matter how much I want to commit, it's hard to find the time to write and I find myself still trying to find a way that works for me so I can post more regularly. 

For those of you out there that blog, how do you do it?

Do you write your post on the spot like I'm doing now? Do you plan months worth of content and then schedule it? That actually seems like such a great idea except for the fact that you have to take one day and spend all of it writing. I don't know if I have the attention span for that. Same reason why I don't plan out meals and cook them all in one day as I've seen so many advise.

So yes, I'm trying to figure out how to work it all out. I love Instagram, it's my favorite platform, but there's something nice about having a place to go when you want to say a little more and there's something nice about having someone who wants to listen. I love reading about people, what their lives are like and what inspires them.

Although my life isn't that glamorous, I assure you, it's full of inspiration. Maybe this year, I'll have to just share more of it, even if it isn't Pinterest worthy.

So here's to 2016, being less afraid to share and being more comfortable in my own skin so that I can tell you more about my adventures, if you like that sort of thing. :)

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