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My 2023 Blogging Goals | Mind Beauty Simplicity

Hello everyone! It feels good to be back typing away on my laptop. I decided to take a slight posting break during the holidays to spend time with family & friends. I’m excited to announce I have renewed Mind Beauty Simplicity for another 2 years which means tons of content coming your way! If I’m being completely honest, I was debating on letting go of the blog because the blogging world isn’t quite the same as it was when I started this site in 2020. The pandemic allowed a lot of us to forgo our usual routines & views were up. But I decided blogging has been around for many years & it’s always evolving. I shouldn’t let changes in analytics get me down. My love for writing & creating remains so for now, I’m not going anywhere.

In typical new years fashion, I wanted to start with a blog post discussing my blogging goals for this year & possibly share a few life goals as well. I find reinventing yourself & your blog to be so important & I felt like as I’m nearing my 3rd year of blogging, it was time to make a few changes.

Digital Declutters

During the month of December, I cleaned up my desktop & blogging files & let go of pins & documents I was no longer using. I wanted to clear some space & make room for new content. I also decided to focus my attention on a select few of social media platforms including Twitter , Goodreads & Pinterest. I have came to the conclusion that these specific platforms are the most helpful overall. I don’t need to stress over algorithms & simply focus on sharing my writing. I think some platforms prioritize video & photos while as a writer, I want people to focus on my words. It doesn’t mean I won’t ever venture to other platforms later [ because there is creative growth within those]. I just find myself needing to take a step back & downsize how much energy & time I place on the internet. So, to keep up with my updates & posts – be sure you are following me on Twitter & Pinterest. And if you are a book lover like me, my Goodreads shares what I’m reading in real time.


I hope to post at least once a week on the blog, but I’m also allowing myself needed breaks as I see fit. I believe in the concept of balance. I don’t want creative burn out to get the best of me. And I want to be sharing my best work. I don’t want to be posting just to post. So, to combat that – I want to share more guest posts & collaborations this year. So, if you are a blogger reading this & are interested in working with me, feel free to message me on social media. I’ve discovered daily post challenges like Blogtober or Blogmas aren’t for me. Instead, I like to still share festive content. Just not every single day for a month.

Views & Subscribers

I do hope to reach over 10k subscribers on my blog. Currently I’m sitting at close to 8k email / wordpress followers combined. And I would love to see my views increase slightly. But I also realize there are times in the year that are more popular than others. So, I don’t read into it too hard. I also like to see what my audience enjoys reading. Most of the time my intentional living & decluttering posts get the most attention. But I love that there are some of you who really enjoy my book content & reading wrap ups as well. Although my niche is very minimalistic living – I also love that I’ve been able to expand on topics of self growth, health & general lifestyle as well. It makes brainstorming content more fun!

Being More Authentic

I’ve struggled with authenticity some on the blog because I am hesitant to share too many personal details with my readers. But I do feel like there are times where certain topics like grief, marriage & other milestones to be very enlightening to some. So, I want to find ways I can be helpful with those discussions without being to specifically personal. I do have a few slightly more vulnerable topic ideas for this year so get excited!

Specific Goals For The Blog

Reach 10k followers on Twitter [ I’m currently at 6k ] by the end of the year

Hit 5k monthly views on Pinterest & gain 1k followers [ I’ve neglected that platform for a while ]

Gain more of a following on my Goodreads & share more book content on the blog

Life Goals for 2023

move into a new home

adopt a golden retriever puppy

get back into a workout routine / yoga

travel out of the country [ Europe ]

travel more in general [ other states, local towns etc ] experiences > things

Most importantly, I want to keep blogging fun! I’m excited to share even more content on intentional living, books & everything in between. I’m so grateful for my loyal readers & connecting with other creative souls. Here’s to another successful blogging year! Let me know in the comments your blogging / life goals.



A Memorable Precious Christmas Moment: guest post by Examine This Moment

Hello everyone! Hope you are enjoying the holiday season. Today, I have a guest post from Natalie of Examine This Moment where she will be sharing one of her favorite Christmas memories – her proposal story! I love hearing these stories & it takes me back to my own proposal & wedding which you can read about in my wedding series. I will be returning to the blog with my own original content in the new year. In the meantime, I hope you enjoy this guest post & please catch up on any of my previous posts if you are missing me. Without further ado – here is A Memorable Precious Christmas Moment by Examine This Moment…

I can remember it as if it just happened yesterday. The day I was asked to marry my
now husband. Take a moment with me as I want to share with you, “A Memorable
Precious Christmas Moment.”

We started the special date by going to see the NYC Christmas Spectacular with the
Rockettes at Radio City Music Hall. This alone was such an incredible Christmas gift for
me to experience. I wanted to see the show so much at that time and was really excited
and surprised.

Next, we went to eat at a sweet diner in the city. I loved it so much. The memorabilia
and feel of the place gave you a sense that you were sitting in a ‘70s diner. Perhaps
“Fonzie” from “Happy Days” would be there. What a great time it was together as we
just enjoyed each other’s company and reflected on the beautiful NYC Christmas
Spectacular at Radio City Music Hall.

The funny thing about the day was that it happened to be a little warmer while we were
out and that only made us want to walk a little more in Central Park. We went over
where there is a beautiful ice-skating rink and a lovely bridge. There were lots of people
out walking and enjoying the day too.

Then as we approached the bridge and began to cross over, my now husband stopped
and just wanted to talk with me as we looked at the ice skaters in the distance. The next
thing I knew, he was on one knee asking me to marry him. I was so in awe and excited
that I immediately said enthusiastically, “Yesss!” I also said, please now stand up I do
not want you to mess up your nice pants. LOL, that just makes me laugh as I remember
this precious moment. We kissed and hugged and saw that there was an audience of
people celebrating with us. Clapping and congratulating us.

This precious moment is a Christmas moment I will not forget as it took place just a few
days before we celebrated Christmas. As I looked at the beautiful engagement ring, I
just received I was speechless. I could not believe this had just happened. I could not
wait to tell all my loved ones and friends.

To this day, as we prepare for Christmas, we both remember that day when we made a
commitment to one another and what that meant as we would prepare to say “I do” in
the near future from that day forward. I think it is important that we remember precious
moments that impacted our lives for good. This turning point in my life has remained
something I will remember for the rest of my days.

Tell me, do you have a memorable precious Christmas moment too? Sharing your
stories can bring encouragement to others. I am very honored to have written this guest
post for “B.” Thank you for the opportunity. I hope you all enjoyed reading one of my
memorable precious Christmas moments. I look forward to hearing about your precious
memories too whether it is from childhood or more current.

About me: Over time, I have come to realize that we must take
pauses, or we are just experiencing life passing us by quickly!
Every day there are several moments we can perhaps all talk
about and be an encouragement to someone else with.
I have enjoyed the opportunities to collaborate with other
writers. I have been interviewed on podcasts and by others
in the writing community. I have also appreciated writing
book reviews.
~Blessings Pastor Natalie
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50 Clutter Free Gifts Ideas For The Holiday Season

“That’s what it’s all about, isn’t it? That’s what it’s always been about. Gifts, gifts… gifts, gifts, gifts, gifts, gifts! You wanna know what happens to your gifts? They all come to me. In your garbage. You see what I’m saying? In your garbage. I could hang myself with all the bad Christmas neckties I found at the dump. And the avarice. The avarice never ends! ‘I want golf clubs. I want diamonds. I want a pony so I can ride it twice, get bored and sell it to make glue.’ Look, I don’t wanna make waves, but this whole Christmas season is…stupid , stupid stupid.” – The Grinch

I don’t know about you – but the Grinch has a point. Over the years, I’ve realized the art of gift giving needs reevaluated. I’d much rather find something that is useful & won’t go to waste. Not only do people run into spending hundreds of dollars during the holiday season, but our homes become bombarded with items that may or may not be useful to us. As I’m learning more about intentional living, I’ve been understanding my priorities & what holds more value. For me, I find so much joy in gifting experiences & spending time with others. Material possessions although are appreciated – tend to find themselves at donation centers more often than not. So, with that realization – I wanted to put together a list of Clutter Free Gift Options for this year.

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Feel free to comment down below any clutter free gift ideas that aren’t listed above. The more ideas the better! Hope you all have a wonderful holiday season & new year!