2021 is rapidly coming to a close. You know what that means? I think we all know what it means. New Year, New Goals.

Let’s face it. When the end of the year comes around, we all think “Wow. How did the year go by so fast?” I know. I am one of them. I’m also one that that thinks: “Wow. I didn’t accomplish anything that I wanted to this year.”

2021 was a alright to me. I really don’t have too many complaints.

The Good In 2021

I started my food blog, Chow With Melody, in May. Chow With Melody launched on my sister’s birthday because I wanted to launch on a special day. I use my food blog to post recipes that I also mirror on Instagram. However, my food blog has all of the measurements and special notes and some background information etc.

My Instagram @chowwithmelody has grown significantly. I remember going from 400 or so followers and in a few months to 2k. It definitely wasn’t easy. As much as I gained followers, I also lost some, which was the most frustrating part. You win some, you lose some right? I’m happy with how much I’ve grown in just a few months. In fact, I’m so thankful for it.

New Year, New Goals

I started selling my food on Shef. I don’t know what made me change my mind, but I took the leap and applied to Shef. My husband, family, and friends has always been supportive of my food. I’ve gotten positive reviews and feedback on my food and nothing makes me happier to know that even strangers enjoy my food.

New Year, New Goals

My husband and I took a mini vacation to Palm Springs. It was for a night but there was so much delicious food, and there was even a mineral pool in the hotel where we stayed. It was so nice to have a nice soak in there until I was nice and wrinkly. Haha.

As always, all the birthdays, family get togethers, and Holidays are always a positive in my book. Any time that I get to see my friends or family, where we just enjoy each others company is always a plus in my book.

The Bad & the Ugly

While I had a lot of good moments, I also had just as many dark times.

I’ve given up on myself more times that I can count. There were days where I didn’t have the energy to get out of bed. I’ve had days where I didn’t want to talk to anyone. It may have been because of the pandemic or maybe I was just in a dark and twisty place.

I think the toughest thing I went through this year was the loss of my Uncle Chris. I still think back to that day my aunt called me with the news and I’m still in disbelief. He was someone that I could talk to about anything and he would always listen and then offer solutions. Whenever I saw him, he would always greet me with a smile and a nice tight hug.

I hate that he isn’t here to talk to me or try the food that I cook. I still message his Instagram every once in a while, which in all honesty hurts since there is no response on his end. When I’m really missing him, I re-read all our messages on text or Instagram, which almost always brings a smile to my face.

New Year, New Goals – Bye 2021!

Overall, 2021 has had more good moments than bad and that’s what I try to focus on. I welcome the New Year, even though I’m scared what it will bring. I welcome the new challenges and hope for the strength to get me through them.

I’m so thankful to have the never-ending support of my family, friends, and all the foodies I’ve met so far. I wouldn’t have gotten as far as I have so far without all of your support and good vibes.

Wishing my family, friends, and everyone a very Happy New Year. I hope that everyone kicks off 2022 in a positive way. Leave all your negative crap in 2021, because 2022 is a New Year!

HAPPY NEW YEAR, EVERYONE!

New Year, New Goals

Other Links To Check Out

The Very First Post – This is my very first blog post that doesn’t feature any recipes. I discuss a little about myself and some expectations of the blog.

Let’s Talk About Comfort Food – This is a fun post where I talk about what foods bring me joy and comfort.

The Very First Recipe – This is the very first recipe I posted on my blog. It is also one of the very first things I learned to make for my husband.