My 2017 Goals & 2016 in Review

It’s a new year and that means I’ve got a brand new list of things I want to accomplish.  This year hasn’t started off the way I wanted to with being sick and experiencing some major problems on my blog but I’m still feeling optimistic about 2017!


In addition to setting new goals for myself each year I also like to look back on what I planned to accomplish the previous year and see what progress I made.

Every year I like to try at least one new thing – and if I try more than, bonus!  So far I’ve decided I’d like to take a barre fitness class (there’s a studio a few blocks from my house) and a graphic design class.

How I did: Unfortunately I didn’t try a barre fitness class last year but I did take a graphic design class – in fact I completed an entire Graphic Design certificate!  Bonus – I also like to try a new food each year – I’m a picky eater so it forces me to try new things.  My 2016 Food Item was….hold on to your hats – CANNED TUNA.  Don’t judge me.  Okay, judge me.   I deserve it.  I know it sounds lame but it always smelled so fishy and it just never appealed to me.  I tried it and now I LOVE it – especially on crackers.  #yayme   So overall I consider this one a success!

I’m a bit of a shopaholic and I love a good deal – which has resulted in me buying things that I really don’t like and never use.  About halfway through last year, I was going through my closet and finding a lot of things I had only worn once or not at all; I decided then and there that I needed to be more mindful of my purchases.  I think I did okay last year, but it’s something I want to improve on even more this year.  One question I like to ask myself is, “If I don’t buy this, will I still be thinking about this a week from now?” and “Do I really LOVE this?”.  The last one is really important – if I don’t love it, it’s not coming home with me.

How I did: I definitely made some progress on this goal last year – I scaled back on my purchases in a major way and for the most part, I only purchased things that I really loved and needed or wanted.  Asking myself those questions above really helped and this is something I’m going to continue doing going forward.

This is definitely something I need to improve on.  I’m guilty of doing multiple things at once and I end up doing none of them well.  Obviously there’s times where multi-tasking is required – but sitting down at dinner isn’t one of them.  I need to learn to put my phone/iPad/laptop away more often and just enjoy watching a movie, having a conversation or playing with Maggie.  This is going to be a hard habit to break but I’m determined to make some progress on it this year.

How I did: This is one that I feel I kind of failed at.  I think I started out okay but I fell back into my old routine of constantly being on my phone all.the.time.  It’s pretty much the first thing I reach for when I wake up and the last thing I see before I go to bed at night and that’s wrong.  So I’m going to add this to my list of goals for 2017 and actually create some guidelines around it.

I’m dreading this one because it’s going to be A LOT of work but I know I’ll be relieved once it’s done.  We moved 2 years ago but we still have a bunch of stuff that wasn’t unpacked/organized properly after we moved.  It’s taking up a lot of space in our basement, so my goal this year is to get it all organized – whether it be given away, thrown away or designated its own place.  It just needs to be dealt with and I refuse to push it forward another year!

How I did: I did this!  I spent a big chunk of the summer going through bins in our basement, closet and garage, shredding old documents, cleaning out my closet and hosting a garage sale that I made $600 at!  It felt so good to declutter – now I just need to make sure I maintain it!

As I mentioned above, I’m really enjoying blogging so I want to focus some effort on improving Classic Maggie this year.  Right off the bat, one of the first things I’m working on is a new header (one that isn’t blurry!).  I also want to ensure I stick as close as I can to a consistent posting schedule – I know how important this is but it’s so easy to let this slide!  Lastly, I also want to improve my photography!  As the year goes on I expect there will be other improvements as well but I’ll start with those 3.

How I did:  I made quite a bit of progress on this goal – I did end up creating a new header but even bigger than that I changed my blog’s name to Pretty Ruff Life (from Classic Maggie) and moved to self-hosting.  I also feel I improved my photography but it could still be a lot better.  Unfortunately I failed miserably in regards to a consistent posting schedule so that’s going to be transferred over to 2017.  I really need to figure this one out.

2017 GOALS


  • Golf
  • Learn web development
  • Food: TBD


  • Get rid of beauty products that I’m hanging on to that I no longer use
  • Focus on using the products that I own instead of purchasing more


  • Determine what my ideal posting schedule is and stick to it
  • Determine and stick with a schedule for engagement with other blogs
  • Determine and stick with a schedule for social media
  • Follow and engage with one new blog a week
  • Create and develop my blog’s brand
  • Create a customized blog template


  • Work my way up to strength training 3 times a week
  • Drink more water
  • Eat less junk

GOAL: BE MORE PRESENT (continued from 2016)

  • No cell phones at the dinner table
  • Read a book or colour before I go to bed instead of spending time on my phone
  • Keep my phone in my purse when out for dinner/coffee/in the car

This seems like a lot to accomplish in one year but I’m ready and excited for it all.  What goals have you set for yourself in 2017?

Thanks for reading!


  1. Polished and Inspired says

    How great that you were able to accomplish a good number of your 2016 goals! Not weird that you’ve never eaten canned tuna…the idea is kinda gross when I think about it. I used to love tuna fish sandwiches with canned tuna, although it’s been a really long time since I’ve had one! It’s a wonderful thing that you were able to control your purchases – you probably saved tons of money, not to mention it cuts down your clothing/handbag/accessory stash! LOL, I can’t believe you made $600 in your garage sale. That’s amazing! There have been times when we’ve just ended up giving stuff away for free because we don’t want to keep junk in our house anymore.

    I like your goals for 2017. They are very doable! I also struggle with posting regularly and hope to get better this year. I think part of the secret is to have many finished drafts that can be posted whenever you get too busy to post on your blog.

    • prettyrufflife says

      We sold quite a bit of furniture, some game consoles and I even had clothes! The clothes didn’t sell as well as I had hoped so I ended up giving most of them away – but some of them still had tags on them and had never been worn. It was so painful to go through all that stuff and see how much money I wasted. But nice that I was able to make a sliver of it back! 🙂

      Totally agree that having blog posts prepared beforehand is key…I’ve done that a few times and it’s so much easier. I think I need to learn that I don’t need to write a novel for every blog post too.

      Thanks for reading! 🙂

  2. Chris says

    I can relate to so many of your goals! Especially the organization thing – I got you beat. We moved over 3 yrs ago and still have crap to organize!!!

    I do think your new blog looks great, though. And I also love canned tuna. I just try not to eat it too often because of the mercury thing…and always the light flaked over the albacore. But mmmm tuna sammich…

    • prettyrufflife says

      lol tuna sammich….

      It is so easy to accumulate so much junk, isn’t it? The good thing about moving is it makes your realize that. Previous to that we lived in our house for 8 years and we had held on to so much crap it was ridiculous. I’m determined not to get to that state again!

      Thanks for reading! 🙂

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