I got a notification on Facebook the other day that it’s been 6 years since I started Wilderness, Found. One thing I’ve discovered is that, in those 6 years, working in this space has never been a priority for me. I’ve published erratically, and on a wide variety of topics. I nuked my blog last year and completely restarted this year. I’ve been all over the map.
You know what? I’m OK with that.
Writing here has been, and continues to be, a place where I return to again and again. It is a touchstone for me to realize how busy or not busy I have been. This fall, for instance, has been VERY busy. I organized and ran the first Wild Woman Summit (which was fabulous!). I’ve made amazing strides on my weight loss journey (nearly 30lbs so far!) and am now working on becoming a Health Coach to help others do the same thing. I took up rock climbing again (more about that in the weeks to come) and learned to forgive myself for not liking running (yet). I’ve continued to grow in my role at work, and I’m excited to see where that goes in the New Year.
It’s been a long, busy year but a very good one overall.
This is the time of year when a lot of bloggers leave blogging or re-commit themselves to the process. Many of my favorite bloggers and newsletter writers are in the limbo state of changing what they are doing and moving away from blogging. Almost none of the blogs I followed 6 years ago (or even 15 years ago when I started reading blogs) are still writing in the same way that they were back then.
I thought about walking away again. Blogging isn’t particularly a business I want to build, to be successful you have to post on a very consistent basis and format articles that will draw a particular crowd. That’s not really my writing style or where I want to put my energy. I want to focus on building my health coaching business, going on more adventures, running my online events and thriving at work in 2018.
And yet, I anted up for another year.
Why? For me, writing about the process is part of the process. I’m working hard on growing into the person I want to become in 2018, and writing here is going to continue to be a big part of keeping myself accountable for what is to come.
What is coming?
If you attended the Wild Woman Summit in 2017, you know that I invited my presenters to dare me to do something in 2018. I’ve never been a big ‘dare’ kind of person, but I want to push myself to conquer all of them in this coming year. They are, one and all, very adventurous. Also: fun! First off the starting block: Karla and Phillip of The 52 Hike Challenge dared me to complete my first one of those challenges this year, and The Sailor and I are starting it off with our annual New Year’s Hike down in South San Diego county this year.
I’m excited that I will be hosting the 2nd annual Wild Woman Summit in 2018, and another smaller (and still in the works) project for adventure-lovers in the spring. I’m also toying with doing some community organizing work for outdoors women this year, I’m not quite sure what that will look like but it’s something that is on my heart and which seems to be resonating with these other endeavors. More about these in the months ahead!
Amidst these more exciting posts, I’m going to be continuing my weight loss and health coaching journey in 2018 (if your goal is to lose weight as well, let me know- I’d love to chat about how I can help!). It’s a great opportunity to make a difference directly in people’s lives, which helps me find better balance my 9-5 job which is focused on computer work. In alignment with that I’m planning on doing a recipe series for some of my more popular healthy eating dishes I make, but I’m not about to become a food blogger (especially not a health-food blogger! I love to bake too much!).
Generally, I’m really looking forward to 2018. 2017 was consumed with a lot of dealing with only things in front of my face, and I’m looking forward to building towards longer term goals. I’ve been doing a lot of work with my enneagram type (I’m a 9) and the more work I do with it the more I realize how important stability and consistency are to me in crafting my healthiest and highest functioning life. Learning to look and act beyond the immediate crisis and build a life of stability and consistency within which I can take actions for positive change and create success is totally my theme for the coming year.
Oh, and my “one word” for this year? Consistency of course!