Happy Sunday loves!! Hope everyone is having a great weekend so far. I am officially on vacation so I am free as a bird until the New Year. I am going to be spending my days catching up on blogging and I can't wait!
So I think it's always important to have goals and challenge yourself. You need to strive for something. As you know, I have a wedding blog as well and after many years focusing on weddings, I decided to expand into the lifestyle world. I am so happy I did! As much as I still love weddings, I have met some really awesome people in different areas of the blogging world and different readers. I am loving every minute of it.
When I started this new blog, I really thought long and hard about my goals and what I wanted to accomplish. With my wedding blog, I was so hard on myself about stats and numbers. Stats regarding daily readers, social media, how many posts I was publishing a week (3x per day), and blah blah blah. Admittedly, it took the fun out of blogging. With a full-time and part-time job on the side, blogging was supposed to be my release and a way to express myself and instead it became a chore. I vowed to not make the same mistakes with this blog. I wanted it to be more personal. No pressure. Just me being me and like I'm chatting with my girlfriends. (Check out my post here about what I won't be doing with this blog.)
In the spirit of sharing my personal journey and being my authentic self, my 2016 goals are not focused on stats, monetary gains, or how many people I am collaborating with. (Not 100% saying I won't be doing any of these things but it won't be my focus. Hey, I'm not perfect!) It's more about me growing as a person and blogger. Here are my 2016 goals...
- Even though I won't beat myself up about this and as I said, I am not worried about stats but I do want to post more. My goal is to publish new content 3x per week. Not because I am striving to be the best blogger in the World (I wish!), it's because I truly love blogging and due to outside factors, sometimes I can't blog as much as I want to. This is my way of journaling and I feel good about sitting down in front of my computer and writing. But most days when I get home, I am so exhausted that I just plop of the sofa and pass out. I'm trying to take my good friend Jules Bennett's advice and I'm going to do one thing a day for myself. One thing that I really enjoy. So the one thing a day I want to do for myself is blogging!
- I would like to make a difference in one person's life. I know this is a hard goal but I am going for it. I read loads of blogs myself and many bloggers have made a difference in my life. It helps reading the journey of others whether they are trying to become debt-free, losing weight, mental health, nutrition, or even trying a new product. I feel like I know these bloggers and I trust them to steer me in the right direction. I am trying to learn from their mistakes, take their advice, and hopefully get the end result that I am looking for. So I hope you all learn from my blogging mistakes, beauty errors, my path of becoming debt-free, and my desires to become more healthy and balanced. I hope you can relate to my journey and join me.
- I want to step outside of my comfort zone. I want to do so much more with this little blog of mine but sometimes I want to be so "perfect" that I end up not doing something. I want to do beauty tutorials. Should I not film them because I am afraid of what I'll look like on camera? Or should I not do them because I am worried about the wrong lighting or not having an awesome video like these major bloggers. My fears shouldn't stop me. I should do it no matter what and guess what? If it doesn't come out exactly right, I'll learn from it and do better next time.
- Growth. I hope to grow as a person in 2016 as well as a blogger. I hope I learn from the lessons I am going to experience. I hope I handle rejection better. I hope I don't take every small thing to heart. I hope I come back stronger than when I entered. I hope I am happier. I can guarantee one thing....I will be trying my absolute best in 2016. The best is all you can ask for.
What are your goals for 2016?