Ready to Cha-Cha in 2014?

If you read many blogs, you’ve likely been inundated with all manner of goal setting, theme words, motivation, and inspiration for changing to a new and better you in 2014.

That’s all good. Nothing wrong with starting the year strong. Striving for better is a fantastic thing, and I hope to do some of that this year myself. But also?

cha cha

I’m learning to dance.

It’s taken 10+ years of raising babes, keeping home, teaching, blogging, volunteering, learning, and surviving it all to be okay with my backwards steps. Sometimes I still look longingly at friends who are moving onward and upward (without diaper-clad little ones, I might add) to bigger and better things, and then I remember my focus. My own Finer Things. Which challenges would I trade? Which little people would I wish away?

None of them.

I may be spinning my wheels around here in 2014. Again. Trying new things in fits and starts. Getting back to my Finer Things roots. Posting regular weekly features, and then not. Starting (or continuing!) series, and then pausing.

One thing I can promise. You get the real me. My real life. The good. The bad. The Cha-Cha.

Thank you for being here!  Happy New Year!


  1. Happy New Year! You are not the only one spinning your wheels. I feel the same way with where we are all at in life right now. But the kids grow up too fast, college is looming and we are not ready. I am going to push for a gap year and try to gain an extra year with my oldest. As it stands we have just 2.5 years left with him at home. I will take spinning my wheels if it buys me more time.

  2. Wow- well said, Amy! I HAVE gotten a LOT of emails of the type you mentioned, and it got to where I didn’t want to even open them; too much pressure! But your subject line intrigued me and I’m SO glad I read it 🙂 what a great perspective! (And I ❤️ to cha-cha!!) 😉 Wishing you many blessings this year and thanks for keepin it real 🙂

  3. Thanks so much for keeping it real, Amy. It’s so refreshing.

  4. Thanks for keeping it real! I have to remind myself almost daily not to compare my situation with that of others. You know that Ecard that says “All these other moms are on Pinterest making reindeer-shaped treats, and I’m all like “I took a shower and kept the kids alive.” Um, that’s kinda my life most days. 🙂 Then, I remind myself that I’m a single mama of 4, and I try to give myself some credit for the things I DO get done, rather than dwelling on all the things I DON’T. Happy New Year to you and your beautiful family!

  5. Thank you for sharing this perspective. Looking forward to watching you and myself cha-chaing this coming year.

  6. Amy
    Thank you for always keeping it real I’m right here with you diaper clad babies and all!! No I would not wish it away, but big goals and dreams….well there’s always next year right 🙂

  7. I love it! I have my set of “goals” for my blog posted, and I already mentioned in it that I may not succeed all the time.

    Calling it the “cha-cha” is a great, positive spin to put on it! 🙂

    Happy New Year Amy!

  8. I am dancing right along side you! The real is what keeps me coming back. I love your blog! Happy 2014. God’s Blessings!

  9. What a great idea to use that term “Cha Cha” it puts a more positive spin on

  10. AMY! A-MEN!!

    I love this post. Love love love love!

    Cha-cha is a perfect word to describe this life and these sweet little responsibilities that we’ve been given. Wouldn’t trade them for anything… even if it means taking some backwards steps in business.

  11. Love you! Happy 2014!

  12. I was so exhausted and feeling inadequate at the end of 2013, I made a conscious decision NOT to make any resolutions. My motto is “progress, not perfection!” that’s all I can handle at this point, with a two-year-old and four-year-old and one on the way. I like the cha-cha idea even better. 🙂

  13. Thanks for always keeping it real. Your posts are always timely in reminding me what is important. Thanks for reminding me to enjoy the kids God has blessed me with.

  14. I love the fact that you keep it real…I will NEVER forget the picture you put on Facebook holding your little one with spit up down shirt labeled “my life is glamorous” Its real, its true…and its what I love!!!


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