Every year comes with its successes and failures, and 2016 was no different. However, I am happy to report there were more wins than losses.
Here’s my year in review. Let’s look back at 2016:
You’re a Gift!
Your ear, support and feedback were by far, the greatest gift to me this past year. It has been my true pleasure to get to know you better, and to help you be better at the job of nourishing your child, and parenting around food. Thanks for your feedback, ideas, and guidance!
No gaffes here.
Popular Blog Posts
As a blogger, I can tell you I have my favorite posts, but that doesn’t always translate to what the world thinks is important!
Here were my most popular articles of 2016 (some of these were written years ago, but still remain popular):
13 Signs Your Teen is in a Growth Spurt (Height Predictor Tool)
12 Reasons Your Child Won’t Eat
Your Toddler Won’t Eat: 6 Steps to Help (my 6-Step System included)
The Pros and Cons of Chocolate Milk
Slow Cooker Potato Leek Soup
3 Healthiest Microwave Popcorns in the Grocery Store
How to Say No to Food Requests (Nicely)
A Healthy ADHD Diet for Kids (Cheat Sheet included)
Teenage Weight Gain: What to Do
This year, I learned a lot about blogging: keywords, SEO, linking, and much more. Yes, I am 7 years into blogging and just learning how to blog! I’m sort of embarrassed about this, but hey, I’ve forgiven myself. 😉
Certainly, this fact has been my biggest gaffe (and now lesson) over the last decade. Oh well, I am a work in progress!
The silver lining is that many free tools and resources came out of these articles. I hope you have grabbed them and used them!
I accumulated some awesome new business tools that allowed me to stay in better contact with you and carve out more time to create and deliver more resources for you. I couldn’t do all of this without a good working system and these tools in place.
I did have a couple of “fails” in this area, too, of course. Tools I purchased that didn’t really work out or were not what I expected. That happens!
A New Training & E-Guides & Freebies
Some of the most fun (and the most headaches) I’ve had over the past year has been around creating new trainings and tools for you. Some of these were created out of an awareness of what was needed to help you be more successful at nourishing and feeding your kids.
One of these, The Nourished Child Project e-course, a step-by-step tutorial on setting up a healthy food system, adopting positive feeding strategies and techniques, and setting up a healthy lifestyle, was created because I know many of you are piecing this information together…and frustrated with the outcomes.
There’s also a new workbook on helping the picky eater called Try New Food with a system I use in my office that has been quite successful. You can find them all on my website.
All I can say about creating the e-course and e-guides is that there were a lot of gaffes. A lot of challenges: my learning curve (hello, mind-boggling stuff!) was slow, and implementing all the steps and systems required to make it all work was painful at times.
For instance, my Internet went down the day before I was conducting a live webinar (I am forever grateful to Optimum for servicing this emergency!) and I overloaded my website and practically crashed it.
My biggest gaffes of 2016 were in this area, but I think it’s because it was all new territory for me. Growth can certainly be painful, but I am on the other side now (not totally, but good enough), and ready to create more e-learning opportunities for you!
The Opportunity to Spread the Good Word…about Childhood Nutrition
Another gift came to me through the podcast interviews I did over the past year. With each interview, my interest in podcasting and my interest in starting one grew. It didn’t take long to make the decision to launch The Nourished Child podcast, and only a summer to learn how to do it. The resources on the web and the support of other podcasters were truly a gift to me.
I’ve had a few bumps along the road in podcasting, like the time I lost an entire show recording, but lessons were learned and hopefully I won’t do that again!
I also met many healthcare professionals throughout the country during my speaking tours last fall and spring. And, I had my first international speaking engagement in India, and while it was awesome on so many levels, the resulting illness when I returned to the States took me down for a month. Yes, that was a gaffe!
The Gift of My Family
My husband and children are always, always a gift to me. My husband is my biggest cheerleader and supporter. I couldn’t do any of this without him. He is truly a gift to my whole existence.
My children are growing up and some of them are adults now. THAT is hard to believe. You could say I’ve now been through all the stages of childhood as a mother and as a childhood nutritionist, and I will tell you this: nutritious food, positive feeding, encouraging food discovery, nutrition education and self-regulation of eating—everything I teach and preach—it all works.
I’ve got the proof.
I hope when you do your own year in review, you recognize that your year was FULL of gifts. And if there were gaffes (which is likely), I hope you’ll be able to focus on the abundance of your life…your gifts.
Cheers to 2017!
Written by: Jill Castle, MS, RDN
Published on: January 4, 2017
Updated on: September 21, 2019