Wow. It’s over.
I never cease to be amazed when another year ends, marveling at how fast it went by, how many things were accomplished, left undone, and how a whole new year lies before us just waiting to be consumed.
Before we hurl head first in 2015, we want to take a moment to stop, reflect, be thankful, and perhaps most importantly, to dream.
Let’s take a look back at what we accomplished in 2014.
Minimalist Baker in 2014
- In January we released 31 Meals Ebook – a month of Healthy Simple Meals.
- In July we released a Food Blogging Course with Fizzle – 16 video lessons covering the essentials of a great food blog.
- In October we released Food Photography School – 130+ videos to help you visually learn food photography.
Traveling in 2014
- In May we went to San Francisco to film our Food Blogging Course, followed by a tour through wine country.
- In late May John went to Japan to party with sumo wrestlers and eat way too much sushi.
- In July we went to Portland where John attended a conference while I wandered the city, falling a little bit more in love with the West Coast.
- In late July we went to DC to visit friends and embark on what we called a “brunch extravaganza.” Mission accomplished.
- In November we moved to Portland, Oregon to fulfill our dream of being West Coasters. Mission double accomplished.
Our Turning Point
Four years ago, our lives looked drastically different than they do today.
If you remember this post, it was New Year’s Eve 2011 that John and I sat in our 1-bedroom apartment in a city and circumstance we loathed, and had a talk that changed our lives. That night we decided to stop making excuses for why our lives weren’t lining up the way we’d hoped, and take charge of our own happiness. Somehow, it worked.
A year and a half after that conversation, Minimalist Baker came into existence and since then our lives haven’t been the same.
A New Year brings opportunity for review and change. We challenge you to take intentional time to reflect so you can make 2015 your best year yet.
If you feel some itch, some desire in your gut to start something of your own, do it. Whether it’s a blog, taking a blog more seriously, or even finally traveling somewhere, 2015 is your year.
We try to not push people into starting a blog if it isn’t want you want to do, but it’s definitely our default as it is something that’s remarkably changed our lives.
If starting your own blog is a dream you’re hoping to explore next year, now’s the time. In fact, we created a 5-minute guide to starting an incredible website so you’ll quit worrying about the technical aspects and get to making your dream work.
Furthermore, our Blogger Resources has a full spectrum of free tools for the novice and pro blogger alike.
Our biggest news for 2015? A self-published print cookbook! (more details to come soon)
So thank you, thank you, thank you for following Minimalist Baker and supporting what we do.
If you have ever left a comment on this blog, tweeted, facebooked, pinned, instagrammed, emailed a recipe to a friend, smiled at our inside jokes (Rhonda), or just gave us your time, thank you. Thank you from the core of our beings for helping us make this little dream of ours come true.
We are extremely grateful for you guys and can’t wait to create more amazing, delicious, crazy awesome, simple things for you in 2015.
-John and Danabottom image and Dana’s portrait by Allison Wonderland Photographie
John’s portrait by Whitney Knutson Photography