We have two weeks left in the year, and I know that everyone is focused on the holidays and time with family, so I thought it would be good to keep the next few weeks a bit more personal and light. I’ll save the rest of my health and wellness posts for January. 🙂
I started setting yearly goals for myself many years ago, and have really enjoyed reviewing them each year.
This year my life changed drastically after setting my goals for the year, so I probably should have done a mid-year reevaluation. But I didn’t. So let’s just see how I did with all the craziness that was 2017.
I want to be more focused and deliberate with my time.
Most of the year I kicked ass at this. I had my set days I worked in the evenings and stayed on task while I was working. But once we moved, I lost it. I think it has a lot to do with not seeing Kellen most of the year. I wanted to spend a lot of time making up for that, so in the evenings we would watch more shows than normal, and just enjoy each other’s company.
Focus on the business side of blogging.
2017 is ending much better than 2016. Although still not what I’d hoped for. Here’s the thing: Being a single parent is no joke. And that’s what I was the majority of the year. My kids come first, before my blog, which means so do their activities. When A was younger it was easier to work because she had one activity. Now that she’s older, it’s much more difficult. We do a lot, and I love it. So if my daughter wants to do 4 dance classes, I will let her, knowing that I may not get as much work done in the evenings as I’d hoped.
I’ve been really thinking about this space and what I want to do in 2018. I’m sure I’ll share more soon, but it’s been on my mind a lot lately.
Grow my Pinterest again. Specifically double my followers.
Pinterest was good to me again this year. It is my number one traffic source and always has been. Why on earth I do not devote more time to it is beyond me. But I do enough to continue to grow, so maybe in 2018 I’ll finally give it the attention it deserves.
Grow my Instagram.
Meh. I think almost all bloggers have a love/hate relationship with Instagram. And while I still don’t believe in f/uf, I’m finally growing again after months of ups and downs.
Launch a new free resource.
Not only did I launch 2 new FREE resources (my 7 day health & fitness e-course and a free 4-week de-clutter challenge), I launched my health and fitness course for moms!
Pay off a big portion of our debt.
Success! We are so close to having it all paid off. It will feel so good to finally have it gone.
Set a new morning routine.
Success, until the move. I feel like a broken record with this move. It will be so nice to get back home. Anyways, I got up at 5:45 every day and spent 45 minutes to an hour alone reading, stretching and sometimes working out. I’m looking forward to getting back to that again in 2018.
Read for pleasure.
I finished 7 books this year, which is better than I originally thought. Here’s what I finished this year: “The Subtle Art of Not Giving A F*ck” by Mark Manson, “The First Husband” by Laura Dave, “My Not So Perfect Life” by Sophie Kinsella, “Effortless Healing” by Dr. Joseph Mercola, “The Magnolia Story” by Chip & Joanna Gaines, “Awaken the Giant Within” by Tony Robbins, and “Truly Madly Guilty” by Liane Moriarty.
Spend more quality time with my hubby.
HAHA! This is obviously a fail, except the last few months. 6 months apart doesn’t really allow for quality time, but we have tried to make up for it since September. We’ve worked quality time into our evening routine.
It’s funny, I set these yearly goals, but by the time December rolls around, so much has happened that my focus has been taken away from these goals. Although I guess many of my monthly goals feed into these larger goals so I can’t complain too much.
One thing Kellen and I did was set 13 week goals using the Self Journal. It is a great journal for making serious goals and tracking them using daily and weekly tasks. I was able to accomplish my biggest goals of the year using this journal, and I plan to use it again next year.
What is one big goal you accomplished in 2017?
How did you like “Truly Madly Guilty” and “The Magnolia Story”? I thought about reading both of those. I think it’s great that you and Kellen have gotten more time together since the move! Hopefully it continues in Seattle!
Girl, you have killed it this year! You launched a product, did a cross country move, single parented and are killing it with your blog content and your IG photos!
I might have to check out the Self Journal, and I also read The Magnolia Story! Pinterest is my main source of traffic, too. And I hate the f/uf method on Instagram. Sometimes I block people who do it to me multiple times!! Sounds like 2018 is going to be your best year yet!
I have this post coming tomorrow! So excited to take some time off for the holidays…. Anyway, I’m totally with you on Pinterest – it’s so good to me, why do I ignore it? And IG is the worst. I lost followers the second half of the year. Oh well. So happy you get to go back to Seattle and get back to your routines!