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I can’t believe it’s yearly round-up time already. Another year is coming to an end and I’m not even sure if I want to go on and on about all the great things I accomplished this year. Are you even interested in that? It always sounds like bragging.
And I’m also not sure I want to make too many resolutions and goals for next year. Do you feel the same?
The blogging community has changed. I feel the change in a big way. There are so many great blogs cranking out phenomenal content in a relentless way. More and more blogs keep popping up and I feel like I am drowning at times. I know that I want to keep going but I have to be ok with drowning in a sea of blogs. I have to be ok with not sticking out because once I start to compare myself to others, that’s the time I get burnt out and frustrated.
My blog pageviews have been lower. Why is it important to grow them? Because the number of pageviews gets me an income through ads which again pays for my website hosting fees. I have always thought they would grow more but with all the exhausting social media changing non-stop it has become so difficult to grow. Especially Pinterest has made an impact which has previously been a large source for my pageviews. Pinterest wants you to pay, Facebook wants you to pay… and so on. It’s not even that important anymore to have a lot of followers because they mostly don’t see what you do anymore anyways unless you pay. Everywhere it’s pay here, pay there….
It’s exhausting and drains the creative mind.
So one of my New Year’s resolutions is that I will try to be ok with all of this. That I will try to keep doing my own thing and not worry about other blogs and comparing myself to them or keeping up with social media and growing all those numbers.
Some of you have also wondered why I haven’t redone any furniture and the reason is because my husband has a motorcycle now that takes up the majority of our garage. I can’t just take it out whenever I feel like it so I can paint. He gets mad when it’s in the yard for too long and I don’t have the room to store numerous pieces of unfinished and refinished pieces that might take weeks/months to sell.
Another resolution I’m making for myself is to work on getting healthier. 40 has actually kicked my behind and I can’t let it. I need to get back on track and I need to say it publicly.
As far as my favorite project of 2015, I have to pick the new curtains that I made (click HERE). I love them and I’ve had several readers that have made them too and send me a photo which is always so nice to see. They said it actually wasn’t bad to make them.
It was a really awesome experience to be published in a national magazine (click HERE) with a big spread and to make it on a front cover of a magazine (click HERE). I do have to say it was a dream come true and I don’t think I can top that.
The year ended on a sad note with our poor Monkey dying (click HERE if you missed the post) and I will be picking up her ashes tomorrow.
I am so so grateful for all your heartfelt messages and I hope you received my personal email responses to each and every one of you. Those types of comments really mean the world to me and I loved hearing from so many of you. Keep them coming. It makes me feel like I’m not talking to myself.
Our daughter is doing ok right now and is able to wear clothing, going to therapy and learning how to deal with her emotions at times. I’m proud of her. She’s become quite the fashionista.
Her Christmas present was this card from her which I loved and gift certificates for foot and back massages from her which made me chuckle. Love her and my son. His card was great too where he thanked me that we didn’t have to go anywhere for Christmas and could stay home. I’m right with you there buddy.
I became an American citizen (click HERE):
One of the weirdest and funniest photos was when I tried to take a picture with my cats for my pet post. You can see all the other Living Pretty With Your Pets Posts by clicking HERE by the way.
Love the doily around the toilet paper in the background, the curtains, the dirty toilet bottom and the pink toilet paper. “Baby Beratung” means baby advice by the way. How fitting right?
Hope you all had a wonderful year and I wish you the best for 2016.
Talk to you soon.