Hey Everyone! I can not believe that 2017 has come and gone and the first month of 2018 is pretty much over. As many of you know I stepped away from blogging recently, so this is why this post is just now being shared. I am ready to kick off STH for 2018 and make my blog the best it has ever been (compared to previous years). I have a lot of new and exciting things in the works for STH. Stay tuned! For now, let’s take a look back at 2017, then I’ll share my 2018 goals.
2017 Recap & Reflections
Personal: 2017 was a very hectic year for me, There were a lot of ups and downs, but I am very grateful for those experiences because it taught me a lot about myself.
January took off without any hesitation when it came to my work life. I’m not going to lie work kicked my butt because there was absolutely no down time throughout the year. I am extremely proud of myself because I stayed positive even when curve balls were thrown my way (which is typically hard for me to do).
Despite all of the craziness from work I did have some amazing moments in 2017. One of the most exciting moments for me was in May when I got in engaged. I was kind of expecting it but told myself to not get my hopes up, in case it did not happen. Of course with being newly engaged, came wedding planning, which has been in full force since the week after we got engaged (I was not wasting any time).
In between the craziness of work and wedding planning, I made sure to have some fun. I made it a goal to spend more time with my family and friends. I’m so grateful for all of the moments I got to make and I wish some of them did not have to end.
With all of those great moments, came sadness starting in October. Those of you who read my blog frequently, know the situation that occurred with my grandparents. Those situations hit me hard and made the rest of 2017 literally a living hell for me. The pain has slowly gotten easier to deal with but it’s still there. I will say that the pain and sadness taught me to cherish the time you have with the ones you love. Tomorrow is never promised, so make the best of your time. The only positive that came out of these situations is that it taught me that I am stronger than I give myself credit for.
Blog: 2017 brought a lot of growth for STH and I could not be more grateful for that. I was blessed with so many opportunities and learned so much about blogging.
One of my main goals for STH was to start pitching myself to brands. It was so nerve wrecking at first to put myself out there but I’m so glad I did (never give up on yourself or your dreams). I got to work with some amazing brands that I loved and got introduced to some new ones as well.
With the growth of STH came a lot of learning and pushing myself outside of my comfort zone. Of course there was a lot of trail and error, which is expected. I know that I still have a lot to learn, which I am taking day by day.
I want to thank each of you for supporting me along my blogging journey. All of your comments, love and encouragement does not go unnoticed. I am so very thankful for all of you and I hope to continue to build relationships with y’all.
New Year Goals
Build Relationships With Fellow Bloggers// I really want to start connecting with bloggers more this year. I feel that building a tribe is so important when it comes to blogging. Without other bloggers support I would have given up on blogging a long time ago. Thankfully my blogging friends always pushed me to keep going. I’m so grateful for them! So here’s to making new blogging friends and continuing the relationships I have already made.
Grow On Social Media// Last year I was able to grow my social media but it took a lot of work and time. I changed my strategies on how I posted, when I posted, etc and it really worked for me.
Instagram Currently: 1,232 Goal: 2,500 This is probably a huge stretch for me because Instagram is either really great at times or really horrible.
Twitter Currently: 557 Goal: 650 Not going to lie I do not use Twitter as much as I should, so I really want to work on that this year.
Pinterest Currently: 2,186 Goal: 4,000 I love Pinterest a lot and it is a huge source of traffic for me. I plan on working a lot more on my Pinterest strategy this year.
Change the look of STH// This is something that is currently in the works. I am so excited about it because it’s been long overdue. I hope that the new look pays off. I will be sticking with the same color scheme for the most part.
Get STH facebook page up and going// I’ve been wanting to do this for awhile but honestly I’ve focused so much energy on Instagram, that making a fb page has not been on the top of my list.
Focus on self care// I love being able to pamper myself, even if it’s just sitting around reading a book. I feel that this is really going to help me feel more energized again. I’ll be having a self care challenge coming soon to the blog!
Work out regularly// I want to be in the best shape that I can be this year. I slacked a good bit last year and really want to get my butt into gear. I know that working out will not only help me lose weight but will help me feel better altogether.
Start saving more money// I need to stop spending money on things I truly don’t need (let’s hope I can stop myself from impulse buys). As much as I love shopping, I tend to buy so many things that I already have.
Spend more time with family & friends// With everything that happened towards the end of the year, I feel that time is too short. I want to spend as much time as I can with the one’s I love.
Thanks so much for stopping by and catching up with me today. I can’t tell you how much I appreciate all of your support! Here’s to making 2018 the best year ever!
What are some of your reflections from last year? What are your goals for this year?
I’d love to know in the comments below.