Happy New Year & A Recap of Growth

A wish for everyone to have a Happy 2014, and going into a Recap of Growth of myself as a blogger and Vegan Yack Attack as a blog. :)

A wish for everyone to have a Happy 2014, and going into a Recap of Growth of myself as a blogger and Vegan Yack Attack as a blog. :)

This post, doesn’t necessarily involve food, but more personal tidbits about my life and the progress of this blog. We are definitely in the year 2014 now, and what a trip! 2013 was so interesting, to say the least. I had some very low moments in my personal life and very awesome moments professionally. I’ve made many new friends, solidified existing relationships, and stepped away from those who drag me down (luckily those were few and far between!).


I accomplished some of the goals that I wrote out for myself earlier this year, such as:

  • Writing an eBook– except that I ended up doing 3! (Two for Vegan Cuts)
  • I may not have had a spread in VegNews, but I did have a Brunch Special on their site!
  • I launched my Portfolio Site (although still updating it)
  • Still haven’t started on my own cookbook, but I did do the photos for Happy Herbivore Light & Lean and am working on her next cookbook, currently.
  • It wasn’t a goal, but I made it onto the list of Nominees for VegNew’s Best Vegan Blog award (which was huge for me!)
  • Another non-goal but awesome thing, was the fair amount of traveling I did this year. It wasn’t anything crazy, but it was fantastic for me!

So, for this year my plan is to accomplish some, if not all, of the following goals!

  • Start working on my own cookbook.
  • Re-design/re-brand Vegan Yack Attack (I’m looking for web designers, so let me know if you have any suggestions!)
  • Speak at the next Vida Vegan Blogger Conference
  • Possibly speak at a Veg Fest or two!
  • Participate in hosting a Pop-up dinner in Los Angeles and/or New York.
  • and as an actual resolution (shudder), practice being more disciplined.

Of course, there are other goals that I have that are personal, but I will keep those to myself for now. 🙂 As for Vegan Yack Attack, the blog, here are some of the milestones that we hit in 2013!

  • Gained 3,000 Twitter Followers, Currently at 6,392
  • Got to nearly 10,000 likes on Facebook
  • VYA’s Pinterest Page is closing in on 11,000 Followers
  • My Instagram gained around 4,000 Followers in the last year
  • And December was my highest month for page views EVER, coming in at 130,000. O_O

I can’t believe how much this blog has grown over the years and I don’t list these to brag, but to let you know that I am so incredibly appreciative for the support that you have given me during my time as a food blogger. I hope that 2014 is incredible for each and every one of you and that you continue to inspire me to create things for your viewing/cooking pleasure!

The Giving Key

Last but not least, I wanted to share a necklace that my younger sister got for me for Christmas. It’s a simple chain with a hanging key, on one side it says INSPIRE and the other COURAGE. This is a Giving Key and it means so much to me. I am so lucky to have the sisters that I do, that make sure to let me know that they believe in me and tell me to follow my dreams. Please check out The Giving Keys and pass it on.

Also, I promise that the next post you see will be a fabulous, healthy recipe for the New Year. 🙂

29 Comments on “Happy New Year & A Recap of Growth

    • Thank you, Richa! I should have put meeting you as a goal for 2014, as well! This needs to happen eventually! ha ha 🙂

    • Thank you, JL! I can’t wait until yours comes out. I ended up getting a pressure cooker the day after we talked about it! 😉

  1. So proud of you for all the accomplishments you’ve had and excited for what the future holds! One of my goals this year is to finally have a cooking date with you! Seriously, girl. It needs to happen. 😛

    • Let’s make that happen!! Maybe February? January and early Feb are kind of rough for me right now. 🙂

  2. What a blessing year this has been for you! You truly deserve everything that has come your way and is yet to come! Pretty list you’ve got for 2014! I’d love to test that recipe book of yours 😉 You never fail! 😉
    I would love to meet you this coming year and even throw down in the kitchen with the gals! You’re one of the best blogs out there, never lose focus. You bring a shining light to us all, and I can’t wait to see what you’ll be whipping this year! Many wishes! <3


    • You are so incredibly sweet, Holly! Thank you so much for the encouragement and I too wish to meet you this year! Maybe at the next Vida Vegan Con?? <3

  3. Congrats Jackie! I’m so excited and happy that good things are happening for you. You more than deserve it, awesome lady! 🙂

    • Thank you, Kristy! I’m so excited to see your book when it’s done, I know that you will have a tremendous year! 🙂

    • I appreciate the sentiment, Janet! I hope that 2014 is spectacular for you, as well! 🙂

    • Cheers, indeed, wonderful woman! Thank you so much for the kind words! I can’t wait to see what more you bring to the table in 2014. <3

    • Thank you!! We seriously need to get together soon. It’s been way too long!

  4. Wow! It truly has been an amazing year for Vegan Yack Attack! Congrats on making this all happen 😀 I had no idea you did the photography for Lindsay either.
    Wishing you a wonderful 2014.

    • Thanks, Emma! Yes, I really only briefly mentioned it, and I think it was before you started blogging. I’m not super vocal about most things, oddly enough. But, I’ll make sure to share more in the future! <3

  5. Congrats on all that you accomplished in 2013! That’s amazing! And thanks for sharing The Giving Keys. I hadn’t heard of them before but I love what they’re doing. Happy New Year! xo

    • Aren’t they awesome! I have to admit though, I probably won’t give this one away, I may buy another one for someone else. 😉 Happy New Year to you, as well! 🙂

  6. As someone who has just recently began searching for sources of vegan recipes and ideas, I think your site is INCREDIBLE! There is so much here and I love reading about how you come up with your ideas. I can certainly see why you were mentioned by VegNews (you have my vote!)You are such an inspiration and I will be here with you through all of 2014. Thank you for all you do!!

    • Amanda! Thank you so much for your wonderful words! Your support means the world, seriously. You’ve certainly made my week with that one! Happy New Year and have a fabulous 2014! <3

  7. Congratulations on everything, Jackie! You are so talented and a huge inspiration to me! I’m honored to be able to call you a friend. 🙂

  8. Congratulations on all of your accomplishments in 2013! I hope 2014 is just as great 🙂

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