My Year in Review, Part 2: Personal and Business Life
Last Thursday I shared my fitness goals. It was going to be a post about about my plans in general for 2017, but there was a lot to go along with my fitness goals/plans so I decided to split it into a couple of posts. Today’s post will be personal and business goals, a review of last year and what’s on tap for this year.
Last year was my first full year of blogging. I had a lot to learn….and still do, but I’m making progress! I signed up with a business coach for monthly business guidance and learned a lot about website, email lists, creating content, etc.
A review of my personal and business goals. My first full year in this space. #runmyrace Click To Tweet
One goal last year was to grow my reach. I doubled my email list over the course of the year and conducted several closed Facebook coaching groups. I also had the opportunity to work one on one with women and spoke to a group of women back in November.
Sharing faith and fitness with other women is what I love to do! It is truly my passion to help women learn how to live in a way that honors how she has been “fearfully and wonderfully made” (Psalm 139:14). No more diets or quick fixes!
Last year my verse was Hebrews 12:1, and I was committed to throwing off all the things that had been hindering me (comparison, competition, self-doubt) and run the race that the Lord had set before me.
I will continue to #runmyrace this year. But I also want to build on that. I want to get laser focused in not only my ministry with women but also in my home as well.
What's on tap for this year with my business and some personal things too. #focus Click To Tweet
Last year I spent a lot of time learning the online space, navigating it, checking in on social media, posting to my blog, etc. I poured a lot of myself into learning and growing. But in the process, I had little left for my family. My phone and the computer got a lot more of my attention. To change that I am getting more focused on my work time while Kent is at work and Ethan is at school.
- I’m setting hours during my day when I will work on my blog and connect on social media. In the evenings, I am going to devote more time to being present with my guys.
For a period of time last year, Kent and I made a point to get together for lunch about once a week. We did okay until summer came along.
- I want to get back to regular lunches with my husband and give priority for one-on-one time whether it’s a lunch or date night every week or so.
Back in November I did a digital detox with She Works His Way. I got in the habit of being finished with my phone an hour before bedtime. I also learned that it doesn’t always have to be within reach, and I don’t need to reply to every text ASAP.
- I’m committing to put my phone down more often.
- I will focus on being more present right where I am.
Year in review and what I'm excited about in 2017. #focus #runmyrace Click To Tweet
I’m excited about a faith and fitness devotional series that I’ve been working on for Lent. That will get a lot of my work focus for the first couple of months of 2017. This has been something that’s been on my heart for some time.
I talk a lot about “keeping your eyes on your own paper”. That will continue to be my message to women as they navigate their journey of healthy living. I will be doing that as well. My eyes will be on where the Lord is leading me and share the message He is giving me to share.
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You are so right to set certain hours for social media because it really can suck up so much of our time.
Can’t it, though???
In my personal life, I’m working on more discipline with the chores so I don’t spend my major clean-up day stressed out when my toddler wants to play. As for social media, I multi-task as much as possible. I use quote images in my blog post in place of fancier pictures. I then use those same images across Facebook, Pinterest, and Instagram.
Great tips Lauren! Thanks for sharing!
Yes it is so easy to get lost on our phones! I’m so guilty of this… Such exciting things ahead for you Marsha, can’t wait to follow along your journey. 🙂
Thanks Sarah! I really appreciate your support!
Social media can be such a black hole! It’s like you can never invest enough energy to satisfy, so it just keeps taking and taking. I applaud you so much for setting boundaries there and keeping your family time sacred!
Thanks Becky! It will definitely require prayer and discipline because when you’re doing online business, it feels like you might miss something big if you’re not on it all the time, but we know that there’s nothing as big as missing out on your family 🙂