Coming up in 2015 on Life Your Way

Coming up in 2015 on Life Your Way

Changes at Life Your Way in 2015

2014 brought about a lot of changes for Life Your Way, and it looks like those changes will continue right into 2015!

I had reduced our contributor base fairly significantly in 2013, and by the start of 2014 I had also reduced our number of posts from two to three a day to just one, occasionally two. But we still had contributor posts a couple of times a week about technology or green living, tips for working at home or delicious recipes.

Late last year (that would be 2014…can you believe today is the start of 2015?!), I realized that while we had an amazing group of contributors, having other voices on the blog was making it hard for me to move forward in the way I wanted to.

That led to two big changes: a few weeks ago, I let all of our contributors go—freeing them up to pursue better options as well—and I made some changes to the categories here at Life Your Way.

Oh, I might still blog about green living (I really should update you on our flu-fighting strategies) and technology (I’d love to share my transition from PC to Mac with you, since I was so reluctant to do it for so many years), but my focus at this stage of my life is more on things like organizing and home management, homeschooling and parenting adolescents, personal development and self care, so those are the topics I’ll be writing about more.

I’ll be sharing more from my own life, which means even fewer lists of 23 ways to simplify your life and more stories about the things I’m discovering that work or don’t work for our busy family.

I’ve also pretty much given up on social media. I LOVE having conversations on my personal Facebook account (and you’re invited to join me there!), but I just don’t have the energy or want-to when it comes to posting regularly on the Life Your Way Facecbook page…or Twitter (other than the links I’m saving to Tumblr)…or promoting Life Your Way posts on Pinterest. There are bloggers who have built amazing communities in those places, and every couple of months I start to panic that I’m just not doing enough on social media, but the truth is that writing good content and creating printables and ebooks and courses is just a better use of my strengths, talents and time. So my goal for 2015 is just to let go of the “shoulds” and do what comes naturally without worrying about what I might be missing. (And we are launching an exclusive Facebook group just for Live course attendees that I think is going to be really, really good!).

I’m looking forward to being able to continue partnering with companies I really do love—like King Arthur Flour, Plant Therapy, World Vision and ePantry—while continuing to reduce our dependence on sponsored posts and ads in general.

And after we get through the launch of our brand new Live course (it’s not too late to join us, and it’s going to be amazing!), I have quite a few big plans for the future…a few of which I hope to make a reality in 2015!

I’m excited about this year, and I’m so thankful for each of you—those of you who have been readers from the beginning and have now become friends and those who I’m just getting to know. Thanks so much for reading and sharing Life Your Way!

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  1. ” but the truth is that writing good content and creating printables and ebooks and courses is just a better use of my strengths, talents and time. So my goal for 2015 is just to let go of the “shoulds” and do what comes naturally without worrying about what I might be missing” – this is exactly how I feel about social media, Mandi. Thanks so much for sharing this thought with us. Somehow it makes me feel so much better about just writing and not stressing over social media. Congratulations on your successes and may 2015 be a blessed and prosperous New Year for all of us!

  2. Yay! Love this. I love hearing from you and reading about your life – and what works for you and your family at this time. I look forward to learning more from you this next year! Many blessings to you and your family in 2015!

  3. “So my goal for 2015 is just to let go of the ‘shoulds’ and do what comes
    naturally without worrying about what I might be missing.”

    Yes and amen to this! I’m all over this as well this year. *fistbump*

  4. It sounds like your 2015 is off to a wonderful start! I am excited to be able to follow along on your journey. I especially love hearing that you will be adding more personal stories! I love to hear how different things are working for other people. It is nice to read a list, but to hear how the items on the list are working (or not working) is what I want to read 🙂

  5. Hi Mandi,

    I could just hug you for being so honest about your feelings toward social media. I’m over it too, and it’s so refreshing to hear someone say it out loud.

    Wishing you all the best and I I look forward to hearing more from you on home management, parenting adolescents, and personal growth. Some of my favorite topics too!

  6. Yes! Your goal of letting go of the “shoulds”, especially related to social media is so refreshing to read. It just seems to keep that train rolling you have to spend SO much time on social media and quite frankly, it’s exhausting.

  7. Looking forward to this year…Thanks Mandi for being amazing and being you! You rock!

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