Sharing an update on my 2018 goals.
When I set my goals for 2018, my life looked completely different. I had no plans of leaving Louisiana or switching careers, and my goals reflected that. Ever since I made the decision to move to Ohio with Kyle, my priorities have shifted. Time that was usually allotted for blogging has turned into time where I’m job searching and making resumes. Money that would have been spent for travel is now being saved to make sure I can cover my bills when we move. Weekends that I would have spent in bed are now filled with doing (and eating) things that I’ll miss and spending time with people I’m sad to leave.
A lot has changed, and I’m so excited about it, but it also means that my goals need to be reevaluated and adjusted to fit with all of the transitions coming my way.
JOURNAL AT LEAST ONCE A WEEK
I’m embarrassed by how much I’ve failed at this. I wrote maybe two or three legitimate journal entries at the beginning of the year, and then I abandoned it altogether. I do, however, write down something positive about every day in my Happiness Project Journal.
KEEP: I plan to keep this as a goal in the hopes that I start recording the major things that happen that I want to remember. My new goal is to incorporate it into my Sunday night routine.
SEND AT LEAST 5 CARDS/LETTERS A MONTH
I have not been sending five cards or letters every single month, but I have been sending out more cards this year than I have in years prior. I’ve been trying to send them out for birthdays and major holidays. I haven’t been keeping track of how many I’ve been sending out each month, but I love getting responses from the people I do send cards and letters to.
KEEP: Since I’m moving to Ohio, sending out cards and letters will be the perfect way to give people my new address. My plan is to hold off sending anything until I move so I don’t get any responses to my current address. If you’d like to receive some love in the mail from me, add your info to my address book!
TALK TO SOMEONE ON THE PHONE AT LEAST ONCE A MONTH
I’ve actually been pretty consistent with this goal. It’s nice being able to catch up with friends and family over the phone rather than through texts and social media comments.
KEEP: I definitely want to keep this up, especially after the move. I’m sure I’ll be missing everyone a lot.
READ 12 BOOKS
My original reasoning behind wanting to read 12 books was so that I’d read one book every month. Instead of doing that, I ended up reading two books in January and then re-reading the Harry Potter series the following months, so while I have read nine books this year, I haven’t been reading one book per month.
KEEP: Once all the chaos from moving wears down, I would like to get back on track for reading at least one book a month. It’s been so long since I’ve been able to regularly read for fun, and I want to get back to that.
ABANDON: I know I’m the worst, but working out is not a priority for me. I go to taco Tuesday runs with my friends once a week, and I walk while the majority of them run, but other than that, working out is not something I think I’ll be able to prioritize at the moment.
ADD – GET A JOB
It’s been a long time since I’ve had to do some real job searching, and let me tell you, I didn’t miss it. This is the first time that I’ve been trying to get a remote job, and it’s honestly harder than trying to secure a traditional job on location. I’ve been applying and interviewing for about three months now, and nothing has stuck. If I’m unable to get a remote job before we get to Ohio, I’ll likely do some temp work while I continue my job search. In any case, getting a job is now high on my goal list for the year.
TRAVEL TO 5 STATES I’VE NEVER BEEN TO BEFORE
I’m pretty confident that I’ll be able to cross this off in 2018, and possibly even exceed my goal. In March, I traveled to Las Vegas and Los Angeles with Kyle. It was my first time on the west coast, and I was able to add Nevada and California to my list of states I’ve visited.
In August, Kyle and I have plans to go to Seattle, which will be my first visit to Washington. I’ve also never been to Ohio, so when we move, that will be another state to cross off the list.
KEEP: After August, I will be just one state shy of reaching my goal. I’m not sure what the fifth state will be, but I’ve never been to three of the five states surrounding Ohio, so it’s likely that some road trips will need to be planned before the end of the year so I can reach my goal.
TRAVEL TO 2 COUNTRIES
My original reasoning for this goal was to travel to England so I can visit my brother and meet my sister-in-law and niece. Also, since I’ll be living up north, a road trip to Canada isn’t out of the question, so that could also be a possibility.
KEEP: Financially, I’m not sure if I’ll be able to make this happen, but I still want to keep it as a goal in the hopes that it does.
LEARN ANOTHER LANGUAGE
I was fiddling a bit with the Duolingo app at the beginning of the year, but as the months passed, this definitely got pushed way down on the priority list.
ABANDON: My brain has too much going on in it right now, and my ADD is not about trying to learn another language. I’d still like to make it a goal for the future, but it’s just not gonna happen in 2018.
GO TO A MUSIC FESTIVAL
I’m pretty bummed that I didn’t get to go to Hangout out this year. Things just didn’t line up when we were trying to make plans.
KEEP: Even though I missed Hangout, and I’ll have already moved by the time ACL rolls around, there are still plenty of other music festivals happening this year. Kyle and I are looking into going to the Breakaway Columbus Music Festival in August.
DO A BLOG AUDIT
I have made a lot of headway on this goal, which I’m super excited about, but I still have a long way to go, which is such a bummer. I’ve started to see results from some of the changes I’ve been making, which has been motivating me to keep on keepin’ on.
KEEP: It’s happening slowly, but surely. My goal is to have it done by the end of the year, but I wouldn’t be ashamed of myself if it had to carry on into next year because honestly, it’s such a huge task.
MAKE A BLOG BUSINESS PLAN
I started doing this toward the beginning of the year, but it’s been a little while since I’ve looked at it.
KEEP: I think having a blog business plan would be very beneficial for me to have a true vision for my blog. It would also be a great reference if I ever decided to start blogging full time.
RELAUNCH MY YOUTUBE CHANNEL
Since YouTube changed their policies for monetization, making videos hasn’t been a priority for me at all. I still have footage from last year that I never edited, and when I made plans to, YouTube decided to make a bunch of changes that made me ineligible to earn money from my videos.
ABANDON: As much as I love rewatching my old videos, the amount of time and effort it takes to shoot and edit isn’t worth it if my videos aren’t going to bring in money anymore. I may revisit this in the future, but for now, the YouTube video accompaniments for the blog are finito.
DO A GUEST OR COLLABORATIVE POST EVERY MONTH
I had quite a few collaborations set up for the first half of the year, but many of them fell through, unfortunately.
ABANDON: While I love doing collaborative posts, ensuring that I have one every single month was kind of a doozy. I will continue to do collaborations and swap guest posts, but it will likely be sporadic rather than having one planned for each month.
ATTEND A BLOG CONFERENCE
Ever since I started blogging regularly, I always wanted to attend a blog conference. I even ordered business cards at the beginning of the year in the hopes that it would motivate me to get somewhere to be able to hand them out to people. Sadly, it hasn’t happened.
ABANDON: Most of my focus has gone into moving, so the logistics of finding a blog conference nearby, securing a hotel room, paying for the conference, etc. etc. just isn’t something I have time for at the moment. Once I get into a more regular schedule in Ohio, I can refocus on finding a conference to attend. For now, attending a blog conference is off the list for the year.
PARTNER WITH TOURIST BUREAUS FOR TOURS
This is something I was really excited about doing because I have such a close blogging relationship with the local tourist bureau, but now that I’m moving, I’ll have to work on forming relationships up there, and that will take some time.
ABANDON: I’m not sure what the blogger scene is like in Ohio, so once I get a feel for the kinds of partnerships tourist bureaus do up there (if any), I can reprioritize this. In the meantime, this has zero priority for me.
TAKE TWO BLOG COURSES
I honestly haven’t done the proper research to figure out what blog courses would be worth my time, and more importantly, money. Most blog courses that are actually worthwhile cost a good bit, so I’ve been hesitant to make the investment. I was a member of Helene’s Blog Boss Babe group for a couple months, and I was able to gather a lot of good information from that. Beyond that, I still haven’t made strides to take any blog courses.
ABANDON: Financially, this isn’t a priority for me this year. If I’m lucky enough to secure a job that pays well, then there may still be a possibility, but honestly, I don’t see it happening this year.
RESTART MY NEWSLETTER
I used to love sending out my weekly newsletter, but it was definitely a lot to keep up with.
KEEP: I still plan to restart my newsletter, but with all of the GDPR changes, I want to make sure I’m compliant before I start sending anything out.
REVAMP THE BLOGGING ELITE
The Blogging Elite is so important to me, but I haven’t been giving it the love and care it deserves. I’ve been working on making some changes, like implementing a daily thread to spark conversation in the group. I’m hoping that these get more popular over time.
KEEP: Even though I’ve already implemented a few changes, I know that the group can be even more awesome. I want to brainstorm some ideas to incorporate into the group and hopefully increase engagement.
ADD – CREATE A SOCIAL MEDIA CONTENT CALENDAR
I’m so bad about making sure I post to social media regularly and at ideal times. I made a content calendar that I used in May, but I’d like to make changes to it to make it more user-friendly. Then, of course, I’ll have to start utilizing it, because I sure didn’t use it June.
Even though I did slash quite a few of my goals, I feel like the remaining ones are now more realistic. I’m confident that the rest of 2018 will be met with success as I continue to make 2018 my year of intention.
What are some goals you’ve already accomplished this year?