October 2018 Goals – Goal Setting Using Lara Casey Powersheets – Setting and working towards goals for October and checking in on September’s goals.
Hello! Notice anything different? Baked Bree got a makeover! (If you are reading this via RSS, hop on over to check it out.)
It was time to give Baked Bree a facelift. I haven’t made any cosmetic changes to the website in a few years. And while I loved the old design, my host went out of business and it was a good time to make some much-needed updates.
Not only is the outside a little different, but there will be some changes on the inside too. A few months ago, I asked readers to take a survey and I got so many thoughtful responses. (Thank you so much for taking the time to answer my questions.) And when you ask the public for their opinion, well, some were not so thoughtful. Did you know that the Internet has opinions? Ha!
The truth – it stung for a few weeks and made me not really want to spend a lot of time here. I won’t get into details, but the gist was “stop talking and just post recipes”.
Then, I got a particularly unkind email recently from someone that subscribed to my newsletter and was offended that there were posts in her inbox that did not include a recipe. “If you want people to subscribe, you need to remember that you are not interesting. I just want recipes.”
After that exchange, it was confirmed to me that it was time for a change. I can’t make everyone happy, but I can make myself happy.
I love my little space on the Internet and I feel like it is a privilege that you – or anyone – for that matter comes here to read what I have to say.
I started this blog in 2010 as a way to share the story of my family and what I was eating and cooking. I was a young-ish mom with three little ones and it was a creative outlet that I really needed at the time.
It was never just about the food and recipes for me. It was about the people around my table.
I’ve shared our ups and downs, good times and bad. And a glimpse into what life is really like when you move every couple of years. It is personal, and my intention was for my kids to have something to look back on years from now.
If no one ever came here to read it, I would still write and share here because it is for them.
My life is looking a lot different than it did when I first started Baked Bree almost 9 years ago. I am a 40-something mom to teens and tweens. I’ve been married for 15 years. I have lived in 5 houses, 3 states, and 1 country since then. We’ve traveled a ton. I’ve changed careers. I’ve grown up a lot.
Travel has become a big part of my life. I love exploring new places, meeting new people, having that special time with my family. Travel has opened up something in me. When we are gone, I love being gone, but when we are home, I also love being home. I love cooking for my people, making my house cozy and cute, and the little things we do as a family year after year.
All this to say, I’m not going to focus solely on food. There will still be recipes, lots of them, but also posts about parenting, travel, military life, books – Baked Bree is going to be more of a lifestyle blog than a food blog. I’m really excited about it and hope that you will stick around.
Some additional housekeeping things:
One thing that I have never loved about blogging is the need to be on every social media channel. If I had a team to manage it, that would be one thing, but it’s just me. I’m only focusing on Instagram and Pinterest these days. They are the two that I enjoy the most and use. Pinterest is where most of my traffic comes from, I use it every day myself, so that is where I am going to spend my time.
I love my Happy Friday email and will continue to write them every (*almost*) week. Instead of only having them in email form, I’m going to post them here too. I often want to reference them or go back to read through them. I get a lot of replies that you do too. They will still come to your inbox, but now you will also be able to find them right here.
If you are wondering what I am even talking about, I send an email every Friday with cool things that I found around the Internet that week, books I’ve read, and other tidbits and news. You can sign up for it right here. It is my favorite thing to write each week.
If you do in fact sign up to get the newsletter, you will also get access to my subscriber-only resource library. You will receive a link and password to get printables, prints, and newsletter-only recipes. I’ll add it to a few times a month and it’s my gift to you.
SEPTEMBER 2018 GOALS //
Finish the revamp of Baked Bree. It’s a big project and I’m getting there. – DONE! Still fixing some little things here and there, but it’s a huge project crossed off. Plan our Christmas Market trips. We went to a few last year and loved them. We want to visit some new ones. – Almost done. Have a couple more dates to figure out. We’ve already booked Ireland, but I need to book some things before we get there. – Planned.
Print some new pictures for the walls. I have a few frames in my bedroom that need new pictures and to be hung up. – I still need to do this one. I did hang up some older ones that have been sitting in frames in my bedroom since we moved in over a year ago.
Clean out my camera roll. I keep running out of space on my phone. (It’s the apps that I use, not really the pictures, but I still need to cull and clean.) – Yes. I cleaned out my phone and it felt good to see the storage bar thing-y go down.
OCTOBER 2018 GOALS //
Clean out the hall closet. I’m scared to open it right now. And it’s getting cold, so we are gonna need our coats.
Clean out the kids clothes and donate what they have outgrown.
Plan a trip to Vienna in January.
Take the kids Christmas card photos.
Go on a Sunday family adventure.
TO READ MY GOALS FROM OTHER MONTHS //
- January 2018 Goals
- February 2018 Goals
- March 2018 Goals
- April 2018 Goals
- May 2018 Goals
- June 2018 Goals
- July 2018 Goals
- August 2018 Goals
- September 2018 Goals
If you see anything that isn’t working correctly or any feedback, I’m all ears. Leave me a comment below and I’ll take care of it ASAP.
Also, a big thank you to Darryon of From the Daughter for helping me customize and get this website up and running. I could never have done it without her. Thank you Darryon!