Well, 2015 ended up being a bigger year than I could have ever anticipated.
Firstly, New Year’s Eve is my “bloggaversary”. Happy 1 year bloggaversary. To celebrate I will be having some giveaways on both Instagram and Facebook, so keep an eye out.
I started the year with a plan of sharing one post per week, however, it’s changed as I’ve grown into my blog. By all means, I have a long way to go and a lot more to learn, but I’m getting there. It’s been a big learning curve, but I’m proud of my achievements. It’s one thing to cook and bake but another thing to create a website and maintain it.
As the year progressed I realised how many recipes I have to share. I realised that I just have far too many to share just once a week hence I introduced Ice Cream Sundays and Thirsty Thursdays, as well as my usual Tuesday posts. I’m hoping it will give a little bit of variety and attract interest to the blog.
I have especially enjoyed the support via social media and love the fact that I hear my mum, mother-in-law and my husband’s aunt, friends and other family members cooking recipes using the blog as an online cookbook.
Overall, I have been humbled by the whole experience. I have rejoiced in the responses I have received – good and constructive, and have tried to take on board a lot of feedback. I still have a long way to go, but there will be bigger changes in the 2016 year ahead.
Other than the blog, there have been big changes this year in my life. I went back to working part time in the Corporate world, which has presented it’s own challenges in juggling quality family time, running a house, spending time on my blog perfecting recipes and posting, our youngest daughter starting primary school. It’s been hard. I also suffer from chronic fatigue, so it has literally been exhausting some days so much so that I just can’t post or take another photo. I have to take my hat off for my retired parents who travel every week over an hour to stay here to help me manage it all. I’m eternally grateful to them.
I have become a little more accustomed to taking photo’s of food before we eat it, although sometimes I’m so hungry I do forget. I was also officially diagnosed with coeliacs disease after many many years…something my whole family always knew I had given my family history of coeliac disease and everything I have been through. I have gone through a 2 month treatment in rebooting my gut bacteria, as an MRE showed that I had vili damage in my small intestine, which we believe occurred as a result of being ‘glutened’ in September 2013 (and never fully recovered). Our youngest daughter had a reaction after Halloween, and we discovered that we need to avoid artificial colours, food enhancers and sulphites. I’m thankful that it wasn’t serious and we can easily manage it.
We also had our first family holiday overseas, and my first holiday overseas since being gluten free. It was a challenge, but a big learning experience for future holidays.
There will be a lot happening in 2016, I will be discussing more about doTERRA essential oils, as they play such a big part in mine and my family life. A few exciting things will be in the pipeline for the blog as well, but all in good time.
To finish off my 2015 year in review post, I want to thank you for your support and to wish you a happy and prosperous New Year.