A New Years Post with what I’ve got planned for 2020 AND a BOOK GIVEAWAY!
I’m coming off a few solids weeks of sabbatical from all things online (social media included!) and it was such a sweet time with my family. There was lots of surfing and celebrating (and my parents are here so lots of great meals and laughter.) But we also had some stormy days with time to just hang out and be together. My very favorite thing.
It also meant an outdoor photo shoot turned into a bunch of family photos on the couch! 🙂
But honestly, by the end of the break I was itching to get back on. Apparently I love what I do. 🙂 Now I feel refreshed and so excited about all that is ahead!
SO….first: Happy New Year! Oh, and I also get to add:
Happy Blogiversary!! 9 years, baby!! woot woot!
So — how are you feeling coming into 2020~? I’ve been so excited to dive into this new year! I love a fresh start, a new calendar, a blank slate…I love to look back over God’s faithfulness and kindness over the past 12 months, and to dream and plan and wonder about the 12 in front of us!
But, isn’t it funny how we could never ever guess or even imagine what a new year will really bring? Oh sure, we can plan and strategize, we can hope and dream…but one thing I’ve discovered to be so very true is the verse from Proverbs, “The mind of man plans his way, But the LORD directs his steps.” (Proverbs 16:9) So true, right?
Well, if you’ve been around this blog for a few years, you probably remember how I love to share New Years posts with some of the things I’m hoping to tackle in the next year! (it’s actually fun for me to look back on years like this one from 2015 and this one from 2017.) It’s a way for me to give you a sneak peak at what I’m working on, get some feedback from you, and — let’s be honest: it’s a way for me to be held accountable to everything I want to do!
I love hearing from you, too, so if you leave a comment at the end I’ll enter you to win one of TWO COPIES OF BOY MOM!!
So, let’s dive in to my list of what’s coming in 2020!
The State of the Blog Address, 2020:
1. Actual Blog posts!? YES! Over the past year I’ve been blogging (writing actual articles on this website) way less. This was mostly due to the launch of both The Boy Mom Book, and The Boy Mom Podcast. It’s been a busy year, and something had to give. But here’s the thing: I missed it here! I miss writing shorter posts and the instant gratification of sharing them right away (instead of the two + years it takes to get a book out into the world!) I also miss writing about a variety of things (not just boy mom related!) And, let’s be real: I miss the the community vibe of hearing from you in comments! SO…in 2020, I look forward to more blog posts.
Annnnd, I am kicking things off with a super FUN NEW BLOG SERIES beginning in just a few days. It’s a topic you won’t want to miss! I’ll be sharing the INTRO to the series soon, so if you haven’t yet become a blog SUBSCRIBER click over and do that now so you won’t miss a thing!
2. THE PODCAST!
Last year was such an adventure of just learning how to (technically, practically) start a podcast, but it was so much fun and we ended the year with over 100,000 downloads! Listeners are asking for more, and I can’t wait to keep going! I have a list of topics and guests I cannot wait to share with you all. I also hope to do a few more solo shows — sharing some content from past blog posts and some episodes straight from my heart. (so fun. And scary.)
A few things I hope to cover on the podcast this year: Interviews with experts and seasoned boy moms to talk about learning challenges, ADHD, boys and technology, when kids rebel, boys and competitive sports, self-care for moms, single parenting, and on and on and on…
Got any requests? Please speak up in comments!
**and if you haven’t tuned in yet, find the Boy Mom Podcast everywhere you listen to podcasts or just listen directly on my podcast page. 🙂
3. A next book? Publishing Boy Mom was such a great experience. It was hard and fun and really all-consuming. And yes, I do want to write more books, but I just want the timing to be right: Right for my family, and right for the topic that serves you best. I have a few book ideas I’d love to work on, but for now…I am praying and waiting. (not the most comfortable thing for this Enneagram 3 girl!) I would greatly appreciate your prayers as well. (Back to the Proverbs 16:9 thing, above…)
4. SKINNY IN 2020? I’m so excited! I’ll be hosting a FREE group to go through my book, The Secret of Your Naturally Skinny Friends in February, (with help from my friend Cassie.) We’ll be adding bonus resources, support, and live videos, all in an awesome community environment. So, may I suggest you skip the New Years’ diets and overly ambitious fitness plans, and just order MY BOOK, then SIGN UP HERE TO BE NOTIFIED WHEN THE GROUP OPENS! It could be a life-changing month and guaranteed it’ll be more fun than a DIET!
5. ON KIDS AND CHARACTER (and other projects you’ve asked for): I’ve heard from a lot of you who want to get your hands on the list of character resources that I mentioned in Chapter 6 of Boy Mom. I promise I’m not ignoring you! I am working on something (the list that you want, but even better) so hang tight.
I’ve got a number of other projects I hope to launch here on the blog, and more speaking events coming up as well, but I’ll keep you posted on everything as we go.
QUESTION: Do you chose a Word of the year?
I often have a theme verse or some fresh goals for the New Year, but I’ve never really chosen a word. But as 2019 came to a close I had so many ideas, but I one thing I want is for this to be a year of ACTION. I want to run with things and not just ponder them. I want to call the friend who comes to mind, stop and pray for the person who has a need (or figure out how to meet their need.) (Thinking James 1:22) I want to share the facebook post or record the podcast episode I feel inspired to share, (even if it makes me squirm.) I want to grab spontaneous hugs from my kids, to be generous with grace and love to my husband, and not shrink back from ideas that feel uncomfortably big. I want to DO THINGS this year and I’m asking God to show me the right things to do. I can’t wait.
Before I sign off — Have you signed up for my friend Wendy’s 40 DAY SUGAR FAST” group !? It kicks off on Monday, January 6th! Wendy has been hosting this group online for YEARS, and last fall Wendy turned the 40 days of sugar-fast devotions into an actual book. Spoiler alert: This is way more than a sugar fast; It’s a deep-dive devotional that is likely to impact you on many levels. (40 days off sugar won’t hurt you either!) So, grab a copy of the book: The 40-Day Sugar Fast: Where Physical Detox Meets Spiritual Transformation. Then, join the group to START THE SUGAR FAST Monday! Hope to see you in there!
Comment on anything here and I will enter your name to win a copy of BOY MOM! I’d love to hear about the podcast topics you’re most interested in, and anything you would love for me to write about here. Tell me your word of the year (or a goal or New Year’s resolution, if you have one!) Comment now, and next Friday — January 10th, I’ll contact the two winners!
Thank you so much for being here — this community makes me so happy and I thank God for all of you!
Monica, and family
*** Photos in this post, thanks to Emily Turner.