I would still would like to see myself being a stay-at-home mom by the end of this year. Right now, it is seriously all that I want to be. There is only one other time in my history of being a mother than I had been blessed enough to be one, and that was during my now 13 year old son's first year. From his second birthday on, I have been working. Well, that is until baby girl's arrival. I have now been a stay-at-home mom again since the end of December, and I am loving it. My goal is to stay home with her as long as is possible. Granted, things are a bit tight financially right now, but we are getting more creative and trying to find more ways to cut corners and save money. My whole quest to be a stay-at-home mother has inspired the recent direction my blog has been going in. ;)
I also hope to be contributing a bit financially to the household before the end of this year, and I am really hoping blogging will be my gateway to doing that. I really love and enjoy my blogging, and it would be a bonus if I could make just a little bit of money doing that. I have been investing a lot of time lately into building up and improving my blog. By the end of the month, I will have the 90 days of consistent blogging that is required to join up with sites such as SocialSpark and Blogher. Are you making money on your blog? Any pointers for a newbie like me? :)
I am also hoping that I will be more involved with my community and hometown. I am currently the local food blogger for my city's website, and that is opening up a lot of opportunities for me to do just that. In particular, I would like to be influential in nudging my fellow residents to buy and eat more locally. Hopefully through my local food blog and my own actions I can inspire more people to do just that.
Finally, I would like to see my husband and I in a better place financially. My husband lost his job last fall and he was unemployed for a few months. That was a really rough time for us, and we are still trying to rebound from that setback. While I don't expect a full financial recovery by 2013, I am hoping that we will be on the right path by then.
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