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!
2016 YEAR IN REVIEW
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.
GOAL: TRY NEW THINGS
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!
GOAL: ONLY BUY WHAT I LOVE
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.
GOAL: BEING PRESENT
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.
GOAL: GET ORGANIZED
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!
GOAL: BETTER MY BLOG
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.
GOAL: TRY NEW THINGS
- Learn web development
- Food: TBD
GOAL: DECLUTTER & UTILIZE MY STASH
- 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
GOAL: BETTER MY BLOG
- 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
GOAL: LIVE HEALTHIER
- 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!