Happy New Year! Guess What’s Coming in 2019?!
Hey Friends!! Happy New Year!!
Don’t you just love a clean slate? A fresh calendar…a blank journal? Do-overs and fresh starts are my absolute favorite. I hope you’re as excited for 2019 as I am.
New Years is extra special around here, because it also marks this blog’s BIRTHDAY! We’re 8 years old today!! For those of you who have been around since the beginning, you know how far we’ve come. (If you haven’t, trust me — we’ve had our fair share of awkward stages along the way.) But now we’re 8! So grown up. And that just makes me want to celebrate!…
(If you don’t see my little happy dance below, hit refresh ;))
And after all these years, I am quite sure 2019 will have the most growth and change ever. I’ve been so excited to tell you about some of the new things coming your way!!
What to Expect in the New Year here?
(I’ll go in order!)
1. Is 2019 Your Year to get healthy/lose weight/get fit?
If so , then you don’t want to miss Next Week’s post! I’ll be announcing a couple NEW THINGS that will encourage, inspire and motivate you to reach your goals. Sorry to make you wait, but there are 2 things you can do in the meantime:
1. (If you haven’t already) Be sure to get your hands on my book! You can get it on Amazon here: The Secret of Your Naturally Skinny Friends: a simple path to your best body and a healthy mind or hop over to my Book Page to find out more about it. Now, I’m not going to tell you not to go on that
miserable New Years’ diet you might be planning, or not to sign up for that gym membership …but I will suggest you at least...Read my book first! (you can thank me later!)
2. Click over to my new Health and Fitness Page and leave your name and email so I can let you know when I have an update or post related to health and fitness.
2. Want some one-on-one time with me in the New Year? I’m Coaching!
If you’ve read my posts and have wondered what I might have to say to your particular challenge/predicament/life situation, then I’m so excited to announce that I will be doing some coaching calls this year! Last fall I offered a few sessions of coaching calls to my subscribers, and the response was awesome. I spent November and December talking to women about family life and/or their health and weight loss challenges, and I enjoyed it so much. Almost everyone I spoke to asked for another session (or two) which led me to believe we were on to something good. So I’ve decided to do more!
Click HERE to read more about my coaching and fill out the form if you are interested in getting started!
3. Did someone say PODCAST!?
Ahhhh! Yes! I’ve been wanting to start a podcast for SO, SO long, but finally decided 2019 is the year. Because it’s all new territory for me, I am currently taking a course on podcasting, so I hope to be all set up and ready by late spring. But I could really use your feedback on a few things to help me get started...
1. A Podcast Name! At this point I plan to just call it simply: The Monica Swanson Podcast. However, experts suggest that it is really helpful to have some “keywords” in the name so that people can find you more easily. This is hard because over time I’d really like my podcast to be (like my blog) about many things…from parenting to health and wellness, to faith, marriage, travel, women’s health issues, to…who knows!? (Perhaps one day I will have more than one podcast, but let me start slowly…) So help me choose a name!? Something that represents the main stuff I cover, or just something creative and fun. If you’ve got an idea, send it my way!
2. Format, topics, guests….Give me your thoughts! Of course I want you guys to love this podcast, so tell me what you’d most enjoy on it! I have so many topics already on my mind, but let me know if you have a special request. Guest interview ideas? Special features?
**Side note: My husband is taking the Podcast course with me because I know I’ll need his technical help, but (shh!) what he doesn’t know yet is that I’m planning to have him co-host at least some of my shows. And you guys! — Dave is the secret sauce behind much of the wisdom I pass along your way, so this would be a huge gift.
4. Finally: THE BOOK!
After talking about it FOR (what seems like) EVER, this is finally the year that my Boy Mom book will be alive and real! I am beyond excited. Mark your calendars for August 6th, 2019, and be sure to sign up on the BOOK INTEREST PAGE if you want to be in the loop as the book comes together, as well as first to know when the Launch Team opens. Thank you so much!!
I have some speaking events coming up in 2019 and there’s still time to add a few more. I have a couple trips to the mainland planned, so if you have a a MOPS group, women’s ministry, or any other group that I’d be a good fit for, please pass on this Speaking Page to your people.
**Who knows, maybe we can meet in person in 2019~? 🙂
6. Wait, what about the blog?
There’s no denying, this place will always be HOME…Though I cannot publish blog posts as often I used to,I will always keep coming back with occasional posts, recipes and updates. Please note that I have begun keeping up with my subscriber crew by sending occasional emails with a word of encouragement, links or news — directly to their inbox. If you haven’t yet, become a subscriber HERE.
OK, enough from ME…What’s on your 2019 agenda? Goals? Dreams? Travel? A new job, or maybe you’re own podcast, blog or book? Share with me please!
And also please do comment with your thoughts on any of the news or questions from above! I adore you all and please know that I am fully aware that NONE of this would be remotely possible without all of you who faithfully visit my blog and share my posts. I thank God for you and I hope we can be friends forever!
And…Happy New Year from my Ohana to Yours!!
Happy New year to you Monica! I had not read your blog in a while but I realized I needed to catch up! Life is super busy lately, and sometimes one just needs some time for being quiet and focusing on god. We had a wonderful Christmas, and it sounds like yours was a blast!
Happy new year Monica and congratulations on the wonderful things you have coming up! I’m excited about your podcast. Couple of name suggestions: Aloha Life with Monica Swanson…or…Finding Your Aloha with Monica Swanson. Aloha referencing “love” in these ideas. Love is what you stand for – love for self (in terms of self-care), for family, for God, for nature and beauty, etc. And the Aloha tags the uniquely Hawaiian flavor you bring to the online women’s space. Hope these help! God bless!
Oh I love all of those Jen, thank you so much! I hesitated to consider “Aloha” in the name b/c not sure how many people are searching for “Aloha” but truthfully I love it and I think it’s more important I love the name so thank you for the vote!! 🙂 Blessings and Happy New year!
Thank you for your encouraging words. I love reading how your faith and family are present in all the joys and messiness of life. 2019 is the year of Brave for me. Bravely making changes for my personal health and fitness and trying new things that God has shown me. It is bravely loving my family and friends and it is being more authentic than I have previously allowed myself to be.
Thank you for your encouraging email after oldest son went to college this fall. I know you feel all the feels with this one. It is a joy to have him home for break and it fills my heart with joy to know he is doing SO WELL and loving college life in all the good ways.
Here is to new things in the new year!
Hi Monica – this sounds like a busy exciting year ahead.
Idea for your Podcast Name:
In the meantime, if you’re interested have a look at my husbands podcast „Leitwolf“ wish gives a lot of insights about leadership. Most of them are in german, but a few also in english. https://itunes.apple.com/ch/podcast/leitwolf-leadership-f%C3%BChrung-management/id1201306247?mt=2&i=1000391778842
We also do interviews and Leadership in a family – why not!!
Best regards from Switzerland
Congratulations on your Boy Mom book and endeavors. 2019……a new slate, a much needed reboot. Have not set goals yet but will work toward this before heading back to work next week. Thank you Monica for always “keeping it real”.
Aw, thank you Laura!! Yes, I love these few days after the 1st…I never feel totally ready so I appreciate some time to consider goals and all that lies ahead. Blessings to you as you head back to work and a great New Year ahead! Aloha-
Hey congrats on your accomplishments! I hope you continue to keep us posted. A question I have been thinking of asking you— do you/your family ever do a 21 day prayer and fasting for the new year? Hubsie and I are going to start the Daniel fast in January 6. A bit daunting for me. As for podcasting— I am so excited to hopefully add you to my rotation of Christian speakers!!
Hey Tracy– Oh I love the idea of 21 days of prayer and fasting as a family. And the Daniel fast would be a good one. Please keep me posted on how it goes! Maybe we’ll follow… 😉 I would be honored to be on your list, so pray for me that my podcast would be worthy! 🙂 Big blessings to you in the new year!
2019 is going to include, running faster, losing more weight, and getting rid of all the things that dont fit me anymore (literally and figuratively).
Way to go Sandy! Love that attitude! Happy new Year! XO