WERE THESE BLOGGING GRANDMOTHERS SUCCESSFUL WITH THEIR 2018 RESOLUTIONS AND GOALS?
Last year I asked the women in our private group (exclusively for blogging grandmothers) about their resolutions for the 2018 new year. I wondered if their resolutions and goals would be successful. Here’s a follow up to see if they were:
Nancy from Nancy On the Home Front – Last Year: To monetize my blog! Her Results: I have started and realize it’s an ongoing process but last week I actually received my first payment. It’s a small step in the right direction. Considering we sold our house and made a cross country move in the same year, I am pleased.
Christie from So What? Now What? – Last Year: I’ve given up New Year’s resolutions as well. I’ve replaced them with seasonal bucket lists. My four areas of focus are health & fitness, joy, growth & learning, and relationships. Her Results: I created 3 seasonal bucket lists during 2018, setting 36 goals, and completing 30 of those. Some of the more notable things I achieved were working with a life coach, running a 10k, transitioning my blog to https, attending my first sangha gathering, and going on a family trip to Bear Lake, Idaho. All in all, it was an eventful year!
Pat from Mille Fiori Favoriti – Last Year: I’m not much of a resolution maker, but one thing I want to accomplish more in 2018 is to hike more trails and see more of my beautiful new state of Colorado. Crested Butte, Colorado National Monument, and Grand Junction are on my list. Her Results: We did hike more in 2018 and we did get to visit a place in our new state of Colorado this autumn , which I wrote about hoping to see last New Year–the beautiful town of Crested Butte that is in a valley between two mountain ranges.
Marci from Stone Cottage Adventures – Last Year: For this year, my resolution is to find a fitness schedule that I can work consistently. Her Results: The first six months were a struggle as my regular job was very busy. The second half though, I would call a success. After two surgeries in 2016, finding what is realistic now has been difficult, but I am getting it figured out.
Marisa from All Our Way – Last Year: Make up a media kit and start going after the brands that I use. I would like an ambassadorship with at least 2. Her Results: I wasn’t successful in the direction I’d planned. Instead I grew in readership and I’ve been learning as much as I can about SEO. Also changes in our living arrangements all for the better.
Kimberly from Passing Down the Love – Last Year: I’m terrible at sticking to resolutions so planning just some simple changes… As I’m getting older, I’m noticing my body aches and limitations more than ever. My goal is to make healthier choices more often. I’ve always enjoyed yoga but haven’t participated recently so my starting point is yoga again and more water… I think both can help with my achy body and sometimes foggy brain. Her Results: Yoga lasted about 3 weeks, but I’ve done pretty well with the water and I’m eating better. Quit diet sodas totally (I was really hooked) and significantly cut back on bad carbs and sugar. Feeling better and have dropped a few pounds, so semi-successful, it appears. Still need to exercise… Maybe in 2019.
Beverly from Across the Boulevard – Last Year: My resolution for blogging is to stick to a posting schedule through better organization and scheduling posts in advance more often. Personally I would like to finish a few home improvement projects. Her Results: I’m happy to say I managed to do that! Being prepared in advance was key to being able to really enjoy seasonal posts this year. At home, I wanted to finish some home improvement projects. I completed my office/craft room makeover and our upstairs den makeover, too! Yay!
Marilyn from Marilyn’s Treats – Last Year: My resolution for 2018 is to be more giving. I intend to donate my advertising revenue from my blog to charities chosen by my readers. I will be vetting the charities to make sure the money is actually used for the charity and not operating expenses. Her Results: Well I guess I did well. I didn’t have ads very long. But I have tried to support bloggers and use their affiliate links. And for 11 months was part of giveaways that allowed bloggers and readers a chance to win $$ and items.
Donna from Retirement Reflections – Last Year: For 2016 my New Year’s Resolution was to begin a blog. That may be the only NY resolution that I’ve ever kept. For 2017, I planned to keep a food diary focusing on Healthy Eating. That resolution was a big bust! For 2018, I am resolving to strive for balance between computer time and exercise. No details worked out yet — so I am very open to suggestions from all readers. Her Results: My resolution prompted me to analyze the exact amounts of time I spent on my computer, physical exercise, and other activities. From there, I more thoughtfully scheduled the timing of my blog posts, took blogging breaks, and signed up for regular exercise classes (along with my non-scheduled drop-in workouts). This all quickly switched from a New Year’s goal to a way of life which remains today. I’ve been delighted with the results. Fingers crossed for 2019!!
Renee from Grandmommim – Last Year: My resolution is to truly be present. When I’m with the grand babies and my family I want them to get all of me – not a distracted version of me. Her Results: I guess my resolution was successful on a hit or miss basis. I genuinely made more of an effort to be present without distractions, but truthfully life just gets in the way. I am definitely much more aware when I’m spreading myself too thin.
Me, Dee from Grammy’s Grid – Last Year: I no longer make resolutions. For 2018, I am hoping and praying that my life is filled with joy and positivity! My Results: Life isn’t always sunshine and roses (uh, I mean sunflowers) but there was joy and positivity!
So there you go, how did we do?
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