Happy New Year everyone!!! 2018 was a great year, most notably because of this little guy. I'm really excited about this upcoming year both personally and professionally. Making a list of resolutions is hands down my favorite part of the New Year. I read that if you share your resolutions, you're more likely to keep them. With that in mind...here are some of my personal resolutions and what I have in store for the blog this year!
Get back in shape// I have another few weeks before I get the all clear to workout again and I can't wait! I exercised all through my pregnancy, but I stuck to low impact activities like walking on the treadmill. I'm looking forward to pushing myself again. Exercise is my #1 stress reliever, plus it also helps me sleep better. I added a home gym to my basement last year, so I can squeeze in workouts when River is napping since I don't have childcare.
Be more organized// I would love to have a Marie Kondo-esque, totally organized house, but with 2 young children and a home business, it's hard! I plan on tackling one room at a time plus building some new storage solutions.
Start reading again// I was an avid reader before Indigo was born 3 ½ years ago. Since then I've read maybe...6 books. I've always been opposed to Kindle because I assumed it would strain my eyes. I was wrong! I absolutely love it and I don't have to worry about accumulating a bunch of books I probably won't read a second time. Now, instead of mindless scrolling through Instagram or Pinterest before bed, I started reading.
Take more pictures// I know this might be an odd resolution for a blogger to make. Almost all of the pictures I take are blog-related. I'd love to take more spontaneous family pictures.
What's in Store for the Blog in 2019
More video// Embarrassed to admit that I made this resolution last year and I failed pretty badly at it. I'm not nearly as comfortable shooting video as I am taking pictures so it takes much longer. I've done approximately 1,000 blog posts, but only 30 or so videos so it still feels foreign to me. I know that the more videos I create, the easier and faster they'll go. I've gotten so many requests for DIY/Knitting tutorial video, so I'd love to make that happen! I know many people (myself included) learn better from a video rather than pictures.
More DIY home renovations// I've fallen in love with power tools over the last year and I get such a thrill out of building things! The labor rates in my area are ridiculously high, so working on my home myself is a great way to stretch money since I'm only paying for materials. I've shared some of my home projects last year like this DIY Privacy Screen Planter and I can't wait to share more!
More Health & Fitness// Healthy living and exercise are a big part of my life and in 2019 I look forward to sharing more about these topics on the blog. I plan on covering my post-baby fitness journey as well as favorite self-care activities that even busy moms will have time for!
As always, thanks so much for reading and I hope you check back frequently to see what the new year at Gina Michele will bring! May 2019 be filled with laughter, love and luck!