2014 – My Blogging Year in Review

“Start where you are. Use what you have. Do what you can.” ~ Arthur Ashe

 

At the end of each year, WordPress offers you an informative little review to celebrate the progress of your blog.

Click on a button on your stats page (a page on the WordPress dashboard that all bloggers can access) and this appears:

The WordPress.com stats helper monkeys prepared a 2014 annual report for this blog.

Here’s an excerpt:

The Louvre Museum has 8.5 million visitors per year. This blog was viewed about 690,000 times in 2014. If it were an exhibit at the Louvre Museum, it would take about 30 days for that many people to see it.

Click here to see the complete report.

Why am I sharing this with you?

Well, seeing the progress of my blog broken down into sections, statistics and accomplishments really helps me to appreciate what is working, what isn’t, who to thank, and what I might like to do more of, or better, in 2015.

Yay for my most popular post in 2014 being Magic – Byron Bay Style

Hooray for old staples like my Nana’s Curried Sausages Recipe which I wrote back in August 2013 and which is still going strong.

And hugs and cupcakes all round to my top five comment posters for 2014: Joanne Rambling, Paula, Sara, chelharris and pamelaredhead. Thank you SO much for being such an important part of my community! Love you!!!

These gorgeous cupcakes by littledelightscupcakes.blogspot.com

These gorgeous cupcakes by littledelightscupcakes.blogspot.com

Whether you are a blogger or not, WordPress’s Year In Review concept will work for you!

This process of review is so important to me that I spent the last week of 2014 looking at the year that was – creating an overview of my psychic business, my health, my writing and my personal life. Doing that review gave me a very clear picture of where I am right now, and how far I’ve come over the past twelve months.

Based on that review, and on my 2015 Power Word, which is BUILD, I am now going into a 5 Day ‘Planning Summit’ here at my farm. This week I’ll be planning my year ahead so that I can make the most of these energies of 2015.

Sounds so impressive, doesn’t it – a whole week of planning?

Tools at the ready. Plus tea, of course!

Tools at the ready. Plus tea, of course!

LOL! In truth it will be me, the kitchen table, a mad amount of coloured pens and butcher’s paper, notebooks, endless tea, and brainstorming – overseen by the ever-patient Ben, Cafe Dog and Nurse Bert. Dana, my awesome PA, will be joining me for part of the summit, and I’ll also be skyping some of my key people (*waves to Bek, Anna and Milene*) who’ll be helping me get things done this year.

All of our hard work will be punctuated by naps, swims in the pool or the ocean, long walks down to the river, and time sitting under the big trees, contemplating life.

There may also be cupcakes.

I urge you to do a Year In Review for yourself for 2014, and then to create space for your own little 2015 Planning Summit for this bright new year ahead.

I’ll be blogging more over the next little while about some useful techniques and resources for making your plans, and then (and most importantly!) turning them into action.

Goodness, I’m so grateful for all of your friendship and support over the past year.

I do hope you stick around – I’ve got all sorts of lovely things planned for us in 2015.

And I’d love to support you in reaching some of your own goals, and sharing this glorious and expansive journey called life.

Big hugs and love, Nicole xx

The Terrible Dream

Bad Dreams by Wario Girl - deviantart

Bad Dreams by Wario Girl – deviantart

I’m not usually one for bad dreams. Weird dreams?  Sure. And I’ve had more than my fair share of prophetic dreams.  But outright scary and disturbing dreams are usually thin on the ground at my house.

So what form did last night’s dream take?

Well, no-one I loved died, the world didn’t end, aliens didn’t invade and there wasn’t even a hint of violence.

In fact, all I dreamt about was blogging…

I’ve been a little unwell, and missed posting something yesterday. And in the depths of last night, in a waking moment, I worried about being able to write something this morning.

I drifted back to sleep thinking I was awake and blogging from my laptop in bed.  I was tired and a little confused (actually read that as rambling and incoherent) and somehow in the midst of this mad blogging frenzy I pushed the button.

It wasn’t a button I’d noticed before, but in WordPress’s latest upgrades they had helpfully added a DELETE ALL handily positioned right under the PUBLISH button. In my state of foggy exhaustion I pushed the wrong button.

Right before me my entire blog began to disappear.  Post after post dissolved into the ether. Before I could react it was all gone…

The rest of my night I dreamed variations on a theme.

This morning I had to check.  Was my blog still here?

Happily the answer is yes.  But one thing’s for sure. I’m going to download my posts somewhere safe.

Just in case WordPress does ever add that button!

* And as an afterthought I am going to use my dream interpretation technique to pick up any underlying messages.  This is a very cool way to interpret your dreams – I thoroughly recommend it!  Click the link below to visit:

How to Interpret Your Dreams

2012 in review – Thanks WordPress!

So much can happen in a year. I feel humbled and honoured to have shared my journey with you over the last twelve months, and I look forward to many more shared adventures together in 2013. Thanks for your friendship and support. Wishing you all things fabulous for the year ahead. Bless ♥ Nicole xx

The WordPress.com stats helper monkeys prepared a 2012 annual report for this blog:

Here’s an excerpt:

About 55,000 tourists visit Liechtenstein every year. This blog was viewed about 330,000 times in 2012. If it were Liechtenstein, it would take about 6 years for that many people to see it. Your blog had more visits than a small country in Europe!

Click here to see the complete report.

And the Winner is…

“Gratitude unlocks the fullness of life. It turns what we have into enough, and more. It turns denial into acceptance, chaos to order, confusion to clarity. It can turn a meal into a feast, a house into a home, a stranger into a friend.”
~ Melody Beattie

As my final November gesture to celebrate all of the support that has been shown to my fledgling blog, I offered a custom-designed healing necklace to one lucky reader.

Today I’m proud to announce that the winner is Julie Goyder.  Julie has a beautiful blog over at jmgoyder.com, and it’s really worth a visit. Julie, I’ll be contacting you shortly so that we can work out the details but for now, here’s my heartfelt congratulations!

For all of you who didn’t win, I’m sending Love, Light and Hugs.  Thank you for your encouragement and support for Cauldrons and Cupcakes. I’m honoured to share the journey with you.

And now, something to uplift you, and to help you cultivate that feeling of gratitude in your own life.  You’ll need about ten minutes – consider it a meditation!

Bless, Nicole ♥ xoxo