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  1. 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!
    love, Emma

  2. Jen Johnson says:

    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!

    1. 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!

  3. 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!

  4. Hi Monica – this sounds like a busy exciting year ahead.

    Idea for your Podcast Name:
    Monicas Lifestyle.

    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

  5. 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”.

    1. 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-

  6. 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!!

    1. 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!

  7. 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).

    1. Way to go Sandy! Love that attitude! Happy new Year! XO