Since starting this blog back in 2012, I've embraced reasonable goal setting habits, which would surprise the heck out of my teenage self, who back then thrived on procrastination.
How did I overcome those habits?
I abandoned lofty goal setting and focused instead on smaller daily, weekly, and monthly tasks. The"dream" goals I clung to were so huge and abstract that I easily rationalized them away without taking responsibility for what I wanted to achieve.
In contrast, the smaller tasks were finite and do-able, so I could chip away at the list, feel great about accomplishing things and then keep chugging away.
If you're the type to make yearly goals, I definitely recommend dividing them up into monthly or weekly tasks instead. This method DOES work!
And even better, create a daily list and add things you know you'll accomplish to the list. Like brewing or drinking coffee, for example. It might seem silly at the beginning, but the act of crossing little things off the list really motivates!
For the year ahead, one of my goals is to work on my first e-book, which will be an extension of the recipes I post here and my own food philosophy. Another is to eat more fermented foods so I can strengthen my gut, along with types of foods and supplements that will heal my body.
Feel free to add your goals in the comment section below. Putting them out there in the open could inadvertently inspire another person. :)
In the meantime, I'd like to take a look back at my top five most popular posts from 2013 based on traffic (page views) alone, plus five more that I hand picked as my favorites.
TOP FIVE MOST POPULAR RECIPE POSTS FROM 2013
As much as I love creating random foodie recipes, I know the posts that do the best are ones that are helping people either by teaching them a new skill or solving a problem. One of my goals in creating this blog was to share basic cooking skills or techniques, so I'm not surprised these posts were the most popular (for my little food blog) in 2013.
1. How to Cook the Perfect Steak in a Cast-Iron Skillet
3. How to Make Whipped Cream From Scratch
4. How to Make Homemade Pizza with Whole Foods Pizza Dough
5. How to Make Hot Cocoa with Cacao Powder
MY FIVE FAVORITE RECIPES FROM 2013
Just like last year, it was difficult for me to narrow down my favorite recipes from 2013, but I managed to do it. ;) I chose recipes that I use time and time again (like preparing homemade dried beans and breakfast egg muffins) and a few others that my taste buds fell in love with (pan-fried peaches, pumpkin butter and beer floats).
1. How to Prepare & Cook Dried Beans For Optimal Nutrition & Taste
2. Bacon, Egg, Cheddar & Kale Breakfast Muffins
3. Creamy Pan-Fried Peaches with Cinnamon & Honey
5. The Drunken Porter: A Vanilla Bean & Bourbon Beer Float
And there you have it. Feel free to peruse my most popular recipes from 2013, plus a few handpicked recipes I've personally enjoyed sharing with you all this past year.
I wish you all health, wealth and happiness in the coming year. :)
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