Hello, 2018!

Hello, 2018! Happy New Year, and happy fourth birthday to Feast + West! 

Hello, 2018! A look at the year ahead on feastandwest.com.

As is my annual tradition, I’m coming at you live and unscheduled on New Year’s Day. One of my favorite days, and one of my favorite posts to write.

I was perusing Instagram this morning and read lots of posts about resolutions. Some folks don’t believe in resolutions, some don’t make them, and others make them and then fall off the wagon after a while. All of that makes me sad.

Usually resolutions are goal-based, but a lot of times, there isn’t really a “reward” for achieving the goal.

For example, if you resolve to get more sleep every night, you don’t exactly get a trophy for it at the end of the year. Without something tangible in mind, I can relate to how easy it is to get discouraged or just stop.

The reality? You’re not going to sleep great every night. There’ll be the night you have to work later, the night you don’t feel well, the night you can’t sleep, the night you stay out late or the morning you have to get up super early. Or a combination of all those!

Life always gets in the way.

But none of that is reason enough to stop trying. There’s satisfaction to be had each time you meet your goal.

Like others, a lot of years I make the same resolutions I did the year before — sleep more, eat better, be less busy, et cetera. They’re vague, intangible and it’s easy to fall off the wagon.

What I’ve learned is that resolutions have to be a practice.

It’s always good to have goals, but you have to give yourself grace and know that you won’t hit the mark each time. There will be days you won’t meet your goal. But a little at a time, practice makes perfect.

And if you do fall off the wagon? Brush yourself off and get back on. You don’t have to wait until January to begin again.

This website is proof of that. Four years ago today, to be exact, I wrote my first post here on Feast + West. In the first couple of years, I wrote here way more than I do now. Sometimes even five or six times a week!

Being completely real? 2017 was busy and hard, mostly in a good way. A new house, a new job, a new cat (and kittens!). More travel. More commitments. Someone close to me who got very sick. And that’s just a little bit.

All of it made it harder to be here each week with new recipes and travel inspiration.

As I begin the fifth year of Feast + West, I’ve been reflecting a lot on my resolutions for 201420152016 and 2017.

I want 2018 to be different.

I want to find more ‘me’ time and more blog time. To do that, I need to work on my own time management, all the while being realistic about my own expectations of myself. (I’m the worst at beating myself up for not getting done something I wanted to do.)

My plans for this year are loose, and I’m giving myself grace, the opportunity and the resolve to just focus on practicing the things I want to get out of this year.

Most of all, I can’t wait to create new things to share with you. 

I am so grateful to you for being along for this ride, and I hope you’ll join me in wishing Feast + West a very happy fourth birthday. Let’s get out the birthday cake popcorn and celebrate! Cheers! // susannah

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