Joyfully Thriving: Past, Present and Future

Joyfully Thriving: Past, Present and Future of this Blog. Read about the changes coming to Joyfully Thriving this year! I hope you'll join me on this frugal journey!

Have you played around with Wordle before? I learned about it several years ago and used it with my third and fourth graders. They loved creating poetry with this online site. I always liked it too. I plugged in my website address at Wordle and the above words are the ones they picked as popular words from my website. I don’t know how scientific it is, but I enjoyed seeing what Wordle said about my blog.

I’ve hinted at it several times over the past weeks and now it’s time to share. I’ve been doing a lot of reflecting about my website over the past month. I started blogging her at Joyfully Thriving over 4 years ago in the summer of 2010. Wow. That’s hard for me to believe! You can read my very first post here, if you’re curious, because I know many of you weren’t around then.  A lot has changed since then and a lot has stayed the same.

Then, I was newly married and teaching 3rd and 4th grade at Ascension Lutheran School. Now, I’m still happily married and a new Mom to Nathan. I stay-at-home now. Have you seen my pictures that tell my story? Our grocery budget has slightly increased but we still live frugally.

I love sharing deals and encouraging others to live frugally. When I started this site, it was to reach out to other Lutherans – especially church workers. I still want to do that but I also want to reach out to other Moms and provide them frugal encouragement. I spend a lot of time focusing on deals but some days, I simply want to write about life. My blog has grown but I would like it to grow more. I make a bit of money off this site (enough to pay for my hosting yearly and just a little bit more) but my dream would be to turn this hobby of mine into another supplemental source of income for our family. I’m being bold and stating it here and now. That is one of my goals for this blog of mine.

For these reasons and more, I hope that you will like the changes at Joyfully Thriving this year! The deals and coupons will continue because we can all use those! I’ll be continuing my “Becoming a SAHM” series this year, as well as sharing more about my daily life like I did here. Shopping in Pictures isn’t going anywhere because that holds me accountable to my grocery budget. I also want to share more recipes because baking makes me happy! With all these things, I’ll be working on my photography and images so that all my posts can be shared easily on Facebook and Pinterest. (If you aren’t already, find me on Pinterest to see what I’m pinning. I do so love Pinterest!) I appreciate all of you who take the time to read – and share – what I write here.

Those are just some of the things I’ve been pondering and planning. Will you chime in below? Is there anything of which you’d like to see more or less? Any topics that you’d like me to address in the upcoming year? Thank you all for being faithful readers and friends of Joyfully Thriving! It makes my heart smile to know you are all out there – somewhere – reading what I so humbly blog!

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  1. I’ve never heard of Wordle before, but that is really neat. I’ve enjoyed reading your blog these past several months and hope it becomes all you want it to be! P.S. I’m going to follow you on Pinterest. I love it too. 🙂

    1. Thanks SO much, Emily! It feels risky to dream so big – and state it so boldly – but I think it’s time. I’ve greatly enjoyed getting to know you via your blog, too! It’s nice to have another new SAHM friend! And yay for Pinterest. Looking forward to pinning with you! 🙂

  2. This is awesome! I’ve seen Wordle, but haven’t actually played around with it yet. And I’m so excited to see where you’re headed in 2015 with Joyfully Thriving!

    1. Wordle is simple but quite fun! Thanks, Kalyn, for the vote of confidence! You’ve done such a great job growing Creative Savings, I only hope I can emulate a portion of that wonderful growth! 🙂 Lots of work (and exciting opportunities) in store for this year!

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