2017 Goals in Review

Every year I review my goals. Normally, I do it twice and this year I didn’t want to do a mid-year review. Mostly because honestly, this is the first time I’ve looked at my goals since last January. L O L. 2017 has been a little rough- some really cool stuff happened and I might do a reflection piece all about that, but at the same time I’ve been creatively bogged down, exhausted, and often generally defeated. However, let’s dive into that as I reflect on my 2017 goals.

  1. Blog at LEAST three times a week. This did not happen. Obviously. I’ve found extremely difficult to manage my work writing and then staying motivated enough to come home and write more often. I did, however, write far more than I did last year, finally broke 500 followers (thank you everyone) and was proud of every piece I published. 
  2. Go self-hosted, break out of .wordpress (eek!!) Done! I thought it would be scarier because that yearly $100 price tag seemed high, but I renewed it this month with no hesitation. I’m content with my domain name and look of my blog (generally). 
  3. Get my first real adult job doing something I love. I’m working in my field- which I love that I’m using my degree. There are parts of my job that I really do love, however, this isn’t my dream job and my boss reassures me that it’s a stepping stone to doing what I really want to do- freelancing. 
  4. Move out of my parent’s house. I did! I *officially* moved to Frederick where I had semi-permanently lived over the four years of college. Now, it’s my home. 
  5. Travel somewhere cool. I didn’t go anywhere super cool and exciting- at least to most people. However, for me, I had a lot of fun going to BloggyCon and spending time with people who love the same things as me. Mostly, having people understand me when I talked was really cool too. After I went there, I took the long way home and visited a friend who is in Kentucky (hi Kellianne) which was just super nice. 
  6. Grow in my relationships with God and Jesus. That’s a personal question goal that I don’t need to delve into on the internet :) One day there will be a whole post on my religious views. 
  7. Learn something new I learned to embroider and knit this year! I’m not advanced at either but I’d say I’m a novice in both. 
  8. Eat better– i.e. eventually no more dairy or soy, the crux of all of my stomach issues I did- it didn’t work. 
  9. Find a therapist wherever I end up post-graduation to continue positively growing with my mental health. I didn’t do this. It turned out I dreading going to therapy. I’m still on medication and one day I hope to find a therapist that I connect with better but overall I’m okay(ish) where I am now anxiety wise. 
  10. Be creative all the time, in thinking, in daily life, constantly expanding my mind in creativity. Obviously, from the first paragraph of this post- this was trying for me. I’ve had creativity-block like others have writer’s block. It has impacted nearly every aspect of my life and has been incredibly annoying. However, this is something to work on again for 2018.

How did you do on your 2017 goals? As you can guess, my 2018 goals are around the corner!


The Biggest New Year Goal

The loom of failed 2014 goals have been over my head since about January 2nd. I’m very hard on myself when it comes to goals, I hate to think that I could fail. I don’t like to fail. I don’t like to think that failure is in my horizon but it is always there just waiting for me. The number one goal on my list was to blog everyday and get 300 followers and guess what I HAVE 300 FOLLOWERS! This made me cry last night and it’s making me cry again.

I’ve been doing the count with my emails when I’m not on my computer because I’ve been in single digits all week. I must have miscounted because when I hopped on the computer last night I saw the number 300 and it didn’t really register for a few hours. Like I saw it, assumed it was wrong, worked on some Christmas presents, came back to respond to a comment and then it hit me, I accomplished something I didn’t think would happen.

I assumed that I would maybe get 200 by the end of the year, I hit 100 in March and I had already been blogging for about six months. I can’t quite remember when I hit 200, I want to say July, and another 100 just seemed like it was becoming impractical. I guess not because it happened last night, so thank you. Thank you to all of you who follow me and comment and like. Thank you to those of you who silently read and enjoy. Thank you to my friends and family for endless support and compliments on my blog, even the quoting of me to me, I love it. I love everyone and I’ve been crying happiness tears since last night.

So I’m going to celebrate on Friday with IHOP and I invite you to join me at your perspective IHOPs or I mean if you’re local and I like you why not? Just kidding please don’t be creepy and find my IHOP unless I know you in real life or we’ve talked before.

You’re the best. Thank you for helping me reach my goals.