Thanks for reading our site. Thanks for sharing our work. Thanks for supporting what we do.
Just the fact that you’re here reading this is incredibly humbling. We are wildly thankful for you. We feel well loved and supported and we hope there is some way to repay you.
Today, we wanted to take some time for reflection on the year past, offer a note of encouragement, and challenge ourselves and you to make 2014 absolutely wonderful.
This year was ridiculous. I’m serious. Reflecting on the past year provides unqualified evidence that we are insane.
Yet, we noticed something else. Something magnificent. All of this wonderfulness is due to a time where we realized we weren’t doing what we loved. Rather than regretting our choices, we decided to change. Proving my point, let’s start with the highlights of 2013.
Minimalist Baker in 2013
- We started the year by launching the Detox Guide, which continues to be a popular seller from our store.
- In March, we launched the Food Photography E-Course as an affordable way to help those desiring to improve their food photography.
- In May, we had major personal life changes. Dana quit her part-time job to devote her full attention to Minimalist Baker and John graduated law school (which we are now fondly referring to as “the dark ages”)!
- In June, we celebrated our 1-year blogiversary (with Ice Cream Cupcakes!)
- In September, we launched Blogger University to offer video courses on some of the most tricky aspects of running a great website.
- In October, we launched our new blog design, including our top 8 recipes on the Recipes Page.
- In November, we moved to Kansas City.
Traveling in 2013
One of the best ways to display a phenomenal change in our lives is to consider our travels this year.
See, we had dreams of traveling for years, but we never really traveled.
When we reflected on this a couple years ago, we knew that traveling would be a new priority for our lives. Thankfully, that dream was realized this year.
We met up with Love & Lemons, Cookie & Kate, Gimme Some Oven, Fit Foodie Finds, Corbett Barr, and Leo Babauta (it was like a handshake/back-pat thing, but I’m still thrilled). Despite all those warnings we received about the scary people you can meet from internet, we’ve had a tremendously positive experience thus far.
New Year’s Eve 2011
If I can beg you to do anything, read this post by Dana. It’s an amazing description of where we were last year and how we decided to actively start doing more of what we love and less of what we don’t.
It’s humorous now, but the life we once lived now seems like one lived by aliens. We are not at all who we once were. New Year’s Eve was the point where we decided to start changing our lives. To start doing more of what we love. To stop wasting our short time here on things that don’t matter.
What about you? Do you think you can commit to doing more of what you love and less of what you hate?
I fully believe you can. I’m not kidding. I unequivocally believe in you.
Why not wake up tomorrow and resolve to do one thing you love?
How can we help you? Seriously. Leave us a comment. Write an email. (john [at] minimalistbaker.com)
We can’t promise or commit to everything, but we are determined to repay our wonderful community for all the ways you’ve helped us. We have some fun ideas, but we would love to hear yours.
Thanks again for making 2013 so great. We are excited about 2014 and hope you’re ready to make it an incredible year, too.
(Final note: If creating your own blog is your cup of tea, check out our 5-minute guide to starting an incredible website.)