First, I want to start off with a huge THANK YOU!!
It’s been just over ONE full month since I started blogging. THANK YOU for any way you’ve supported me in this blog:
- Reading my posts
- Commenting on the blog
- Following me on social media (Follow me! Facebook, Instagram, Twitter, Pinterest)
- Giving me feedback, both face-to-face and through emails
I’ve loved writing to you more than I can express. It’s been a great outlet for me to do something other than childrearing. I hope my words are uplifting and positive, especially considering how much negativity the world bombards at us daily.
Anyone who knows me in real life knows that I love talking to people. I love for people to laugh. I especially love one-on-one social interactions. Writing this blog to you as a reader has given me a similar sort of satisfaction. The more you interact with me and the blog, the more I love it!
How this blog came to be
A good friend mentioned once that she thought I should be blogging and that she would read it. Ever since that moment many years ago, I have been thinking of this blog.
My biggest problem in getting started was that I have a lot to share. In general, I knew I wanted to focus on inspiring health, making wholesome meals, and encouraging positive life changes. I knew I wanted to foster a greater happiness and a higher self-esteem for anyone reading.
However, I was having trouble figuring out how to share so many different facets of information. How could I organize all the random thoughts, developing in my head and half-written out on paper?
I had an aha! moment as the new year was approaching. I decided to focus each month on a particular topic. Each topic is one I find to be useful in inspiring small changes that help to keep the sparkle in life.
What exactly is this sparkle?
The sparkle is …
That inner light that we are all born with.
That feeling of contentment with yourself.
That feeling of being true to yourself and peaceful with your decisions.
A light-hearted joy and happiness that is often dulled with the drudgery of everyday life.
I chose the monthly topics to help us find our sparkles. I want us to hold them tight, letting them grow to fill this dark world with joy, love, laughter, and happiness.
What I’ve learned this first month of blogging
When I first decided to have different topics each month, I thought I’d make up challenges that correspond to each month’s particular topic. I had never blogged before nor had I ever planned any sort of challenges for myself.
I was overly ambitious. The January challenge* was planned in advance of my writing all the actual posts. This was a problem. I felt obligated to quickly cover certain topics because they were part of the challenge for that week.
In addition to the self-imposed issues I faced with the challenge*, I wanted to touch on way too many important aspects of healthy eating. I want to adjust my methods for the future!
*Note: I updated all my old posts to remove the challenge aspect.
Adjusting for the future
I want to blog about the topic of focus for each month without the challenge* aspect. At some point, I want to create some exciting, well-thought out challenges. However since I am still learning so much, simply blogging about my focus for the month is best for me.
Part of the beauty of having my own blog is that I can try something and if I don’t think it’s working out the way I intended, I can regroup and try a different approach. <–Regrouping and trying an alternative approach is almost always a better solution than giving up! It’s not the end of the world. 🙂
Let me point out that focusing my energy on a single topic does not mean I plan to neglect all the previous topics throughout the year. I hope to carry forward positive attributes of each previous month as the year goes on, which brings me to…
What I want to carry forward from January’s Healthy Eating focus
I’ll continue menu planning my entire day’s meals instead of just my dinners. This might sound strange, but having the plan keeps me from wasting unnecessary mental energy during the day. No more idle peering into the fridge, wondering what to have for breakfast or lunch.
Also planning my children’s lunches and snacks has been extremely helpful in my morning routines. It’s actually cut down on whining at meals. I work with my 6 year old to make sure we are both happy with the menu.
I didn’t realize how much my daughter enjoyed having the set menu until she came home from school one day with tears in her eyes. She was upset because I didn’t put olives in her lunch even though it was on the menu for that day! I had no clue she actually looked at her lunch menu before going to school. Needless to say, I now follow her menu exactly, making sure to tell her any deviations for the day. 🙂
I’ve gotten great feedback on my weekly menu, so I plan to have a Monday Menu post weekly. 🙂 At some point, I want to include a recipe every Monday, but I’m not quite ready to commit to that just yet.
Looking forward to next month
February… the month of love. <3 What better month to channel all my energy into creating habits that help make my marriage the best it can be?! I’m going to encourage you to do the same.
Even if you aren’t married, the ideas I’m going to share throughout the month can strengthen your current relationship. Quite honestly, a lot of these ideas are beneficial across the board in all relationships, not just romantic ones. So let’s get focused on spending the month enjoying our loves! 🙂