This is my 2017 review post! I debated on how to present my thoughts. Ultimately, I decided to focus on the highlights, including some of my goals for 2018.
- I re-branded this blog in April, moving from Carrie on Living to Clean Eating Kitchen. I’m happy with the change since the new name reflects better that this is a food and health blog. I share gluten- and dairy-free recipes, but I also like to weave in health information and some of my personal journey too. I’m happy you stuck with me!
- I created two e-books, one for free and one for sale. The free one is No-Bake Energy Bites and you can get it when you sign up for my weekly newsletter here. The one for sale is professionally designed and I’m super proud of how it turned out. It might be the closest I come to a “real” cookbook. It’s called Clean Eating Every Day and you can purchase it with a discount using the code CLEANEATING here.
- I shared my clean eating journey story here and my experience with eating disorders on Mark’s Daily Apple here. It was scary to be vulnerable, but I think my story resonated with readers and it’s been very rewarding to expand my readership. This experience also inspired one of my big goals for 2018 (see below).
- I launched my podcast!!! This is a super big deal for me for so many reasons. It has pushed me out of my comfort zone so far it’s not even funny. Let me explain. I’ve been a food blogger now going on 9 years. That means 9 years of mostly sitting behind a screen and sharing my thoughts in carefully constructed sentences. Putting myself behind a microphone is terrifying, but I knew it was something I really wanted to do. I love podcasts and podcasting. I’m already on episode #13, and I still sweat with anticipation/terror when I turn on the microphone. It’s getting easier, little by little, but it’s been more fun and challenging and exciting than I ever imagined. See my episode index here.
- 2017 started off with my heart broken after my kitty Xena died in December, 2016. My sweet husband got worried about me when my grief seemed to get stuck even after about a month after she died. Looking back on it, I was stuck. It was hard to get over the shock of how fast we lost her and how much I missed her. We went to Hawaii for a week and the sun and sand and time away helped move me forward. I then got it in my head that kittens could fill the giant hole in my heart that Xena left. We adopted Dottie and Dash in late January. They ended up being such different cats that they didn’t necessarily fill the space that Xena left, but they created a new type of love. They aren’t snuggly which can be frustrating, but they are ours and caring for them this past year has been rewarding and challenging and worthwhile.
- My health isn’t perfect by any stretch of the imagination, but I’ve worked with my new functional medicine physician for over a year now and I’ve had the greatest improvements with his support. He helped me get my thyroid hormone optimized and identified some underlying food sensitivities that have been causing inflammation. I can’t overemphasize enough how important it has been to find a doctor who listens and is open-minded/informed/forward-thinking. He is truly a partner in my health and that means so much after a lifetime of dealing with condescending or uninformed doctors (thanks for letting me rant).
- I went to Iceland! And Britain and Greenland and Ireland and the Faroe Islands this summer. It was cold and the trip wasn’t a dream vacation due to some issues with the cruise line, but it was an adventure and it was pretty awesome to see so many new places. I even got a certificate that said I crossed the Arctic Circle! It was cold and I have pictures of icebergs to prove it, ha!
- Well, I teased this above, but I have a big, big goal for 2018 and it is to finally write a book. A real book. It won’t be a traditional cookbook, but more of a memoir with recipes. It’s another project that absolutely terrifies me because it plays to all my fears of not being good enough, but there’s no time like the present to face these fears, eh? I hired a writing coach to help and to keep me accountable. I also created a calendar similar to the one I did when I wrote my masters degree thesis. The calendar has me finished writing in September of 2018, so these are early days. I also discussed how I identified my fears in the podcast coming up on New Year’s Day. I hope you listen and get inspired to identify the limiting beliefs that you have that are holding you back from achieving your life’s goals. Or, maybe you have already done this work. Please share any tips!
- Events! It’s been a few years since I’ve attended events to meet like-minded people in person, and I already have 2 lined up. I’ll be at the GoodFest in Los Angeles on February 3rd. Will I see you there? I will also likely be at the Bulletproof Conference in October in Pasadena (I went in 2015 and it was awesome). There are two others I’m thinking about, so it’s going to be fun to meet more friends in person.
- Stress management and balance. With everything I am doing and want to do, it’s a big challenge to be productive, but stay balanced and enjoy life at the same time. My propensity to getting migraines keeps me honest. I’m setting the goal to have fewer migraines (NO migraines!!!) in 2018 which means that I have to practice more balance and self-care.
- Other random goals I have for 2018 include: doing more live food videos on my Facebook page, doing more sponsored content on my blog, doing more yoga, doing 1-3 more e-books, creating more pressure cooker recipes, and continuing to grow my reach with my blog, podcast, and social media.
Finally, I’m doing a Reader Survey! This is your chance to tell me what you like and want to see more of. The survey only has 6 questions, so if you have a minute, please fill it out. Thank you in advance and happy, happy New Year!!!
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