I cannot believe that 2014 is almost over! I can remember last NYE so clearly, probably because it was mellow…I spent it doing yoga & chanting into the midnight hour with one of my beloved teachers. It was actually a really beautiful way to ring in the new year & I was hoping that it would set the tone for a wonderful year.
In all honesty, 2014 was met with lots of ups & downs. For as much as I’ve accomplished, I’ve really struggled on a deeply personal level. I share this not to take the sparkle out of NYE, but to be authentic. I used to share a lot more of my personal life on my original blog, but since moving to more of a “food blog” format, I feel like I’ve lost a bit of my voice. I’ve realized that I really miss writing, sharing & connecting. I’d like to get that back! I thought about changing the focus of my blog again, & to start infusing more of myself in my posts. But it’s scary to really put yourself out there, to truly let yourself be seen, so ver the past few weeks, I questioned whether or not it was time to retire the blog, or at least take a hiatus for a while. But after 5 years, 500 some-odd posts & close to 10,000 tumblr followers, it makes me sad to think of throwing in the towel…especially after reviewing my posts for this year. I started out so focused, ambitious, & encouraged by having some recipes featured in a local publication. I was so inspired that I created a blogging schedule, thought up new feature posts, reached out to guest bloggers, & transitioned from my original tumblr blog to a self-hosted site here. Then I moved house, again, took back-to-back yoga teacher trainings, had a big change to my work schedule, & a few personal challenges, & struggled to find balance, focus & connection. But somehow, amidst all that change, transition & training, I still managed to keep up with the blog…though inconsistently at times.
I found myself very inspired & nostalgic while putting this 2014 recap together. I am very proud of the content I have created here, the many friendships I have made through blogging, & unique opportunities that have come my way. I am also very, very humbled every time someone makes a comment, asks a question, or subscribes. So, thank you so much for reading & encouraging me to keep Vegenista & Vegenista’s Kitchen alive!
With that here are some of my favorite food blogging moments of 2014…
So what is ahead for 2015? Well, it is looking like it will be an even busier year. In addition to the work I already do, in January I will begin teaching afterschool & weekend children’s yoga classes. It is s absolutely awesome & a dream come true – but one more thing to add to an overflowing plate. And in big news…I’ve applied to graduate school, which is looking very promising, & come next September, I will likely be a full-time student again…going to night school, of course, as I can’t afford to quit my day jobs. Exciting somewhat, & very, very daunting. I am not exactly sure how I will make it all work, or what to promise for the blog this next year, but I hope to find a way to balance it all.
Outside of blogging, working & schooling, one thing is for certain, I need to continue to focus on my personal growth & well-being. I came across a journal entry from last year where I wrote about my goals & intentions for the new year. While I made tremendous growth in many ways, there are a few areas where I really fell short. For as much as I push myself to grow & move forward, I have a very bad habit of standing in my own way. In 2015, it’s time to clear the path, let go of excuses, distractions, & negative habits, & invite more wellness, balance, & peace. I love a clean slate.
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This is going to be your year. So dust off your sh*tkickers & lets get started.
Let’s do this! Happy New Year’s Eve. Be safe out there!