Happy New Year Everyone!!! I can not believe that 2016 is already here! I have a lot of things I want to accomplish this year, both personally and for the blog. So of course I am making monthly goals once again! Hopefully I can accomplish all if not most of them.
Here’s a recap of my December goals:
Grow My Instagram. I am happy to say that I grew my instagram somewhat last month.
-Write beauty posts. Failed at this once again.
Get to know more bloggers. I joined two swaps last month and was able to meet some new bloggers. I also signed up for Solidarity Sisters and meet another blogger. So this was a win for me!
-Collaborate with other bloggers. This did not happen last month because things were a little too crazy but I will be working on this.
Continue to work out. I didn’t completely accomplish this nor did I fail at it. Let’s just say that I did not work out as much as I should have.
Eat healthier. I did fairly well with not overindulging during the holidays. So that made me happy.
-Finish Christmas shopping in the next two weeks. After writing this post I finished my Christmas shopping within the next week. -Figure out what I want to bring with me on my trip to New York Christmas week. I was shocked that I actually did not over pack for my short trip to NYC. I packed less than my mom. Which was shocking. -Continue to save money to pay off bills. I did very well with saving money to pay some of my bills. I may not have paid off any just yet but I was able to make the amount smaller. So that is better than nothing.
Here are my goals for this month:
-Lose 5 lbs. I feel this goal is attainable or at least I hope it is.
-Eat healthier. I really want to start meal prepping and doing more clean eating.
-Work out 3 x’s a week. I just signed up for Crossfit, so seeing that I am paying a good amount for it, I’ll won’t be sitting on the couch wasting away.
-Read one book. I have been trying to read more over the last few months and have seriously failed at this. I feel that I can read at least one book this month. If you have any good book suggestions leave them in the comments below.
-Get accepted into grad school. I am currently in the process of applying for my Masters in Social Work. All of my paperwork,etc has to be turned in my January 11th. I have most of it already submitted. Now to just do my letter of intent. Not gonna lie, I’m dreading completing this only because I’m afraid I will sound stupid/they will hate what I have to say.
-Get more massages. I have a membership to a massage place and have not been in forever. Can I say wasting money? Thank god they roll over if you do not use them. Which brings me to my next goal…
-Have more me time. I feel that I never have enough time for just myself. Things always seem so busy that I never sit back and just have time to myself. I also think that this will help me not be as tired all the time.
-Grow my Mary Kay business. I’ve done this slowly but surely but still have a lot more I want to accomplish.
-Become more organized. My organization skills have slacked for awhile now. I’m not really disorganized but I have some room for improvement.
-Start my money saving challenge. I have a few that I want to try. I haven’t exactly narrowed it down just yet on which one I want to do exactly. I am thinking of doing these two here and here I think both of these are great ways to save money (though I don’t plan on saving for a house).
-Stop buying things I do not need. I am a sucker at buying things I really don’t need just for the sake of it. So stopping this, will help me save more money.
-Grow my followers on social media (I currently only have instagram but I am working on other platforms).
-Increase my traffic. I have slowly but surely done this over the past few months but I really want to improve on this.
-Post more consistently. I have failed at this a lot recently. I want to post on M,W & F.
-Invest in more blogging courses. If you know if any great blogging courses that do not cost an arm and a leg, let me know!
-Become a better photographer. I feel that this will always be something that I want for the blog. I have been experimenting with flat lays,etc recently in hopes to become better. I also have been reading some photo taking tips.
-Collaborate with other bloggers/make more blogger friends. I would love to do this! Rather it be a get to know this blogger series or something along that lines. I really feel that making blogging friends only helps you grow and who doesn’t like making new friends? If you would like to collaborate please let me know. I’d love to make more blogging friends.
-Have better quality photo’s. I know this kind of goes hand in hand with becoming a better photographer. But I want to learn how to make my pictures better as far as learning how to do overlays, transparent pictures,etc. If you have any tips on how you make your images better please leave me some advice in the comments below. I would greatly appreciate it!
So these are my goals for this month. Yes I know there are a lot! I really hope that I can hold myself accountable and reach them all or at least most of them.
What are your goals for this month? Is there anything on Sweet Tea & Hydrangeas you would like to see this month?