I just wanted to take a little time to share why I blog. I know that the blogging sphere is pretty saturated but I don’t do it to become some huge personality. I honestly want to do what I enjoy — writing — and collaborate, as well as share ideas with others. And if I’m able to help support my family from blogging, I welcome it.
Let’s go waaaay back for a moment. I started blogging in 2008 while I was a staff writer at the community college I attended. I really wanted to just give my input on pop culture and current events that I couldn’t contribute to the school paper. I used the platform Blogger and to be real, it hasn’t changed much since I last used it – LOL. Then, I switched over to WordPress and never looked back.
I’ve returned! I can’t believe I haven’t posted in almost a year. Life comes at you fast! I was so busy with work, our toddler, and just existing. Since the last time I posted we’ve gone on a few vacations, had a couple of deaths in our family, and I left my old employer. The latter felt AMAZING! I’ll get into that with a later post.
The purpose of this post is so I have goals for my blog in writing. I’ve never really set goals for my blog and I believe that’s where the problem was: I haven’t worked toward anything. Really, I started my blog to have an avenue in which to vent or pop out ideas. However, when I saw that people were interested in what I had to say, I started promoting it on my social media profiles. Now, I’m at a point where I want to feel a sense of accomplishment with this project. Below are just a few of my blogging goals that I feel will help it grow. These are just MY goals. You have to figure out what you want out of your experience and be realistic about how to get there.
I found a really cool website called Undebt.it. As you know, Scott and I are working to get rid of our debt (you can read about that here). According to The Simple Dollar the average American household carries about $7k in credit card debt alone. You guys, think about auto loans, student loans, and other miscellaneous debts on top of $7k in credit card debt — that’s absolutely crazy!
I’ve seriously been M.I.A. lately. We’ve had so much going on. Scott’s been on the job hunt and I’ve been working super hard. My responsibilities have changed at work, so I have a lot more on my plate than before. It’s cool, though because I hate being bored. More after the jump.
I was at it again this week at work. We had a little sweet craving and I decided to get into the kitchen and put something together. I got the idea from CakesCottage. Dan’s cake inspired me to make one of my own and tweak it a little bit to my taste.
It’s Saturday I have a little more time to put dinner together. I was a little nervous because it’s my first time making Jambalaya. My mom’s is AMAZING which means I’m pretty much measuring mine against hers. Scott and I are both in for the night and I figured it makes a great date night meal — just an idea 😉
Since I’ve been planning our meals a week in advance I’ve been happier with what we’ve been eating. It’s amazing how many different dishes you can think up when you’re actually creating a menu! This has also eliminated the need to grab something quick from a fast food chain or repeating the same go-to dishes; it gets expensive and BORING. I tweaked a recipe from Chungah’s blog. I love her ideas so much.
It’s been a rough few days because my family’s been sick 🙁 Baby Girl and Scott are still sick, while I’m recovering. We spent the weekend in bed watching movies and keeping Baby Girl’s fever at bay. I had to drive around the block a few times to get her to fall asleep, tonight.
While the baby was asleep I got the idea to create envelopes for each of our expenses. I don’t know about you but I’m a visual person and thought it would be a great idea for me to see and physically place checks or cash in the envelopes. It’s so easy to make payments online with a card but how often do you go and look at your online banking? I used to be an avid user of online banking; I’m not quite sure when I fell off of the wagon. And I’m so not a check registrar kind of girl (even though I should be). For me, seeing everything in Numbers is a lot easier. I see where we begin the month and where we end it.
The baby’s down for the night so I’ve finally got some time to post my easy recipe for Crock-Pot or slow cooker chicken and dumplings. I hadn’t made it in a while so I wasn’t sure if it would turn out well but Scott LOVED it! I hope you enjoy it as well.