As I was heading into the new year, I started reflecting on the different things on this space and what I’d like to keep. Part of this is because as I mentioned in a previous post, I am hoping to clean out my blog a bit and make things more organized so you know what to expect. As much as I enjoyed writing currently posts, it got to a point where I felt like they were just too long and all over the place. While yes, I enjoy sharing things with you as I would with a friend over a cup of coffee, but I began to wonder if they were a bit too long and unorganized.
So, I decided I would leave “currently” posts in 2018 and replace them Friday Fives. They will essentially serve the same function, but will not be as long. Hence the name, I will limit it to five things and will seek to post them bi-weekly as a way to connect more with you all in the moment. These posts will consist of things I have been working on during the week (ahem, New Years goals), things I’ve done, and things I am planning to do.
This isn’t my original idea, however. I was inspired after seeing it on this blog and liked the way that it was organized and was straight to the point. I figured that it would be nice to do something like this on my blog as opposed to “currently” posts, which I felt I wasn’t focused enough in.
I will continue to share “Things I’ve Loved” but will shorten them as well, so that it’s mainly links of things I’ve loved.
New Newsletter Schedule: If you’re subscribed to my newsletter, I first want to start off by saying thank you. As many of you know, it’s been a place of solace for me to share my deepest thoughts and I appreciate that outlet. However, I’ve been feeling so bad because I feel my newsletter has been a bit all over the place and inconsistent. For this year, I am going to work on consistency and one of the ways that I hope to do that is through creating a monthly schedule for posts that aren’t blog updates. I did something similar before, but couldn’t stick with it because I had trouble coming up with content twice a month.
So instead, I am going to work on sending out a newsletter once a month on a schedule where one month I am sharing about myself and the next month I am focusing on you. That means every other month, I’ll include a freebie in addition to an encouraging post in hopes of being really intentional about what I share there and when.
For the other months in between, I will be doing “Coffee Chats” where I literally sit in front of my computer, record some videos or write a post sharing some life and blog updates and even share some clips from places that I haven’t shared anywhere else. I will try to reserve our coffee chats for those heartfelt personal posts and share encouraging posts on the months where I am sharing content particularly for you. I view the coffee chats as an opportunity for me to connect more with all of you and for you to hopefully be able to walk away with something. The schedule will look something like this:
- This Month: Coffee Chat
- Next Month: All About You
Bird Box: My husband and I watched this film during our break and it was really good! I know some people didn’t like it, but I don’t know a movie that Sandra Bullock has been the lead actress in that I haven’t enjoyed. She’s an incredible actress and this movie was no different.
Nemours Mansion: My husband and I visited during our winter break and it was interesting! If I am being honest, I wasn’t really into the DuPonts a whole lot outside of a few inside jokes my husband and I made after visiting the Hagley Museum in Delaware. However, I left Nemours with a bigger sense of the family, particularly Alfred Dupont and his contributions to Delaware.
Pinterest Boards: Pinterest is a social media site that I feel like I have not utilized to it’s full capabilities. Sure I’ll go on there periodically to find a recipe, but it’s rare that I’m sharing or interacting. I’ve been working on pushing myself more lately to use it not just by mindlessly scheduling pins through Tailwind, but also using it to share my favorite pins and my posts. Speaking of, if you haven’t and you’re interested in seeing what I pin, feel free to follow me on Pinterest!
I Started Using My Slow Cooker: I didn’t realize that the rice cooker we got as a wedding fit is also a slow cooker and man has it been a game changer. You can set the time as to how long you would like it to roast and everything. It’s truly one of the best gadgets we have because it’s been saving me so much time in the kitchen. Yay for overcoming my irrational fears of slow cookers!
As I mentioned in a previous post, I am planning to include some updates on the goals I am hoping to accomplish this year. It’s still a bit early, so I cannot stay I’ve fully completed any of them, but I have been working on watching what I eat more and being more intentional about preparing good – with the exception of when I was ill. I even made collard greens and black-eyed peas from scratch for New Year’s Eve, which is a tradition in my family.
What’s going on currently with you?