December 15

Thinking About 2014

Posted by lori . 30 Comments


I’ve been thinking a lot about my blog in 2014. 2013 was a roller coaster year. It started off with my husband employed full-time, and me happily employed part-time with the ability to easily pursue my new passion for painting. In May, my husband lost his job and although we knew we could weather the storm, we both started looking for full-time jobs. I landed my full-time job first, training to be the Store Manager of the Mishawaka Ten Thousand Villages. It is a dream job for me, but it is a big change from my previous part-time commitment. Happily, my husband also has a new job, so we enter 2014 at a good place, but very different from how we started 2013.

January 2014 Calendar

As many of my regular readers know, I post on a “schedule.” I have a topic for every day of the week, and I use that as the jumping off point for my day’s post. As my new full-time position has changed my schedule, I’ve struggled to come up with posts, so I’ve been thinking about what “schedule” I want to set for myself in 2014.

Here’s what I’m thinking about doing…

A post about “what I’m wearing.” The idea is that I will come up with some great ideas for “the woman over 50” to wear, but it may end up being my version of “What Not To Wear.” Either way, it could be fun (or funny).

A post about my pets. This is essential. I’ve been doing this since 2011 when I started my blog.

A post about creativity. I’ve been doing this since 2011 too. It will be interesting to see how I keep creativity alive in my new career-focused life.

A post about “what’s cooking.” I want to improve my relationship with food. That’s how I came up with this idea.

A post about anything I want to talk about. This is another post topic that’s been part of my blog since 2011.

A post about simplifying. This has been a desire of mine for many years. Seems like 2014 would be a good year to put some effort into this.

A post about photography. Although photography isn’t a passion of mine, I’ve come to enjoy it. I’d like to get better, so that’s what this post would help me do (hopefully…maybe).

What do you think? Any other good ideas?

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30 Responses to " Thinking About 2014"

  • We could never go with a schedule, we’re more freelance about it. So it’s hard for us to think about blogging in that way. But if you want a schedule then we think it might be fun to blog about odd things we hear it see.

    Your Pals,

    Murphy and Stanley

  • Those are all really good ideas. What’s cooking is interesting to me. I gave up gluten 1.5 years ago, am suppose to be living low dairy and am always struggling with the food aspect of life. It is just so hard!

    Can’t wait to see what you come up with.

  • The OP Pack says:

    I like all your ideas, especially the one about clothes for the over 50. We are the forgotten generation when it comes to fashion:(

  • Amy says:

    Mini me theatre!


  • Amy says:

    Yep Mini me theatre!


  • Amy says:

    Absolutely Mini me theatre!


  • Amy says:

    Twinkie needs rehab!!!!


  • jet says:

    well you will still be posting more than I am at the moment!

  • Amy says:

    Twinkie rocks!

    Hemi, Shelby, Rally, Fin, and Chessie
    Twinkie’s Fan Club – now accepting members (no dogs allowed!)

  • Amy says:

    Twinkie I just got out of prison and am on parole!
    Be good! You don’t want to be limited to the kitty pod 🙁


  • That sounds great! Maybe for each pet day give each animal their own day? So if the first week would be Nikki, the next would be Freedom, and so on.

  • Linda says:

    I love your ideas for the new year. I will be forever grateful for your introduction to Lynne from Dip-Dip and the Bridge! I adore my Pepper and Dublin mini-me’s! I definitely look forward to more Mini-me Theater, although I try to keep Pepper and Dublin from it so Twinkie doesn’t plant any seeds of dissension!

  • Daisy says:

    We’re basically dog bloggers so we’d like more about the dogs.

    XXXOOO Daisy, Bella & Roxy

  • Sue says:

    I’d have to agree with Daisy, lots more about dogs:)

    So glad 2014 will be better for you and your hubby.

  • Love them all and we hope 2014 is going to be a good one for you all. Have a marvellous Monday.
    Best wishes Molly.

  • Lori, you are the most organised person I know 🙂
    Glad you have both found new jobs. The employment situation is diabolical over here.
    Lynne x

  • genjiscorner says:

    I think most of your followers are artsy and/or doggie people. If I were more organized like you, I might post more often. I post willy-nilly as it is now 🙂

  • What about your painting? I enjoyed those. I think your ideas sound great however, and I’m looking forward to read whatever you want to write.

  • Madi and Mom says:


  • Kat says:

    Those are some great ideas for your blog. I started off my blog talking about Beamer, but realized I can only write so much about a dog and have started to branch off as well.

    I’d love to see more Mini-Me theatre. They’re a hoot and a half 🙂

  • Ruby says:

    2013 has been a roller coaster ride for our family, too. Fortunately, we both are still employed, but lots of health issues for both human and furry family members. It seems like 2013 has been bumpy for so many. Here’s hoping 2014 is an easier road for all of us!

    Kristin (Ruby and Pip’s assistant)

    P.S.: Love the what to wear/what not to wear idea!

  • retro rover says:

    Id never be able to do a schedule, but it obviously works great for you. I love the what Im wearing idea, since clearly I like clothes so much, and the food idea sounds good too (again I love food!) I hope 2014 is a calmer year for you but equally successful

    retro rover

  • Patty says:

    I love the dog posts. Also, the “what’s cooking?” sounds great. Is that a surprise? LOL

  • KB says:

    I think it sounds like a great plan. I have to echo Roxy, though – I enjoy your painting!

  • Fern Reed says:

    Good idea but way too hard to keep up with all that!!! Pick 3 and post 3 times a week— a lot easier!!!
    Food, clothes and your paintings is my suggestion…….

  • I’m so pleased you are going into 2014 happy, both with jobs. We love animals but we love seeing your work too 🙂 xxooxxx

    Mollie and Alfie

  • houndstooth says:

    I think you have some great ideas! A post about books you’re enjoying could be fun, too!

  • Penelope says:

    What great ideas! I can’t believe how much my life has changed in the last year, but did not think much about it until this post. Reaction rather than being proactive…
    Thanks for the great post!
    Nellie’s Mom

  • Martha says:

    I really admire you for such regular neat and well organized blogging. I can see that you like to take part in all sorts of blog parties and challenged which require commitment and regular blogging. I’m so hopeless with commitments. Although I tend to blog on a regular basis, sometimes I lose my blogging passion and need to take a break.

  • How about posts on time management, lol! I love all your ideas. I echo what others have said about your organisation skills, they are magnificent! Your creativity blows me away and the fact that you have the time to blog as well is the icing on the cake. My problem is I don’t have time right now to keep up with reading the blogs I love, let alone blogging myself.

    I’m so glad things have worked out for you and your husband employment wise. I wish you all a wonderful 2014 and look forward to trying to keep up with your new schedule next year:)

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