With 2015 nearing a close, I thought it would be a good idea for me to check in on my 2015 goals and see how much I’ve
failed accomplished. I’m happy to say that many of my goals were met, and for the most part, I’m pretty happy with how I’m ending the year. Even with all of the ups and downs, 2015 was a pretty spectacular year, but I’m excited to turn the page on this chapter and have an even better 2016.
Travel internationally at least once // FAIL
I’m so sad that this didn’t happen, but even though I didn’t get to travel internationally, I was still able to take several road trips. I took several trips to Texas, including going to Supernatural Con in Houston, taking a work trip to Las Colinas, roadtripping to Austin to go to Austin City Limits with my sister and meeting my college friends in Houston to see James Bay in concert. I also took a beach trip to Florida with my family, took a work trip to New Orleans and took my first trip to Chicago and spent some much needed time with my two besties. I’m also ending the year with a Christmas road trip to meet my blog bestie, Nina, in Tennessee, visit my friend, Tyler, in Wilmington, North Carolina and visit my family in South Carolina. Even though I didn’t get to travel outside of the country, I was still able to travel a lot and make some amazing memories.
Take the next steps for publishing my book // SUCCESS
I spent the first half of this year really focused on my book. I even had four awesome beta readers that gave me some great feedback. While I haven’t edited my book as much as I’ve wanted to, I’m glad I still took a huge step in the editing process. I’m hoping 2016 will be a big editing year for the book I wrote for NaNoWriMo in 2014.
Do some freelance writing jobs // SUCCESS
I’m so glad that Endless Bliss has allowed me to get some great opportunities to earn both money and exposure for my writing. I’ve submitted some articles to online magazines, and I’ve also been able to do some sponsored posts on this blog. I hope I’ll be able to focus more on my writing next year and do some bigger freelance jobs.
Work out at least four times a week // FAIL
There were a few months in the year that I was really good at keeping a workout schedule, but there was never a time where I consistently worked out four times a week. I think I just need to accept that working out will probably never be out of my routine.
De-Clutter // SUCCESS
During a few points this year, I’m pretty proud of the amount of things that I’ve gotten rid of, particularly in my closet. I’ve decluttered and organized a lot, but I still have a ways to go.
Learn to use my fancy camera // FAIL
Sadly, I still use my camera in auto mode. The pictures are still pretty awesome, so I can’t even really be upset about it, but I’d still like to get even more acquainted with it to take some better quality photos.
Create a blog group // SUCCESS
Success times a million. I can’t even express how grateful I am that Nina was so on board when I pitched the idea of starting The Blogging Elite. With success, it became too much for us to handle that we even added two more admins. I love the people that I’ve been able to meet in the group. I’ve made some genuine connections, discovered some great blogs and virtually met some lovely people.
Create a media kit // SUCCESS
I actually created this super early in the year, and my media kit needs so much updating. I definitely plan on updating it soon, but for all intents and purposes, my original media kit creation was a success.
Attend a blog conference or meet-up // FAIL
Sadly, this didn’t happen. I didn’t have any proper opportunities to go to a conference or meet-up, but I also wasn’t really looking to go to one with all of the other roadtrips that I had planned.
Get blog business cards // SUCCESS
I’m still in love with my blog business cards. The only thing I don’t like is that I created a YouTube channel afterward, and that link isn’t included on the card. Other than that, I’m still in love.
Utilize my blog planner // SUCCESS
Admittedly, I kind of fell off using my blog planner for the last couple of months, but for the majority of the year, I was really good about it. Hopefully, I’ll get another amazing planner for 2016. Planners make me so excited to really plan out my posts and videos (and also my life, of course).
Create a budget (and stick to it) // FAIL
Complete and utter fail on this one. I created several budgets this year, and I even enlisted the help of Jon for a couple of them, but I failed at sticking to it. I’m bad with money. I really need to find a good way to be better about my spending.
Create a joint savings account with Jon // FAIL
Well, this is a fail for obvious reasons since Jon and I broke up, but bless Jon for still attempting to help me with my financial issues. Too bad it’s a losing battle. Maybe 2016 will be a better year for my finances.
Pay off one of my credit cards // FAIL
I didn’t completely pay off either of my credit cards, but I’m getting super close to paying one off, and I can’t wait! When I pay it off, I won’t be canceling it because I’d like to use it to continue to build my credit, but it’ll be a great feeling when I finally pay it off and use it for smaller purchases.
Get a second job // SUCCESS
This was a success for a couple months before I realized I couldn’t handle it. Also, the money I was making from my second job wasn’t really worth the time I was putting in, sadly. I decided that I would rather focus more on my writing because I don’t think I was built to have a second job. I think I got to comfortable with having a set schedule and being able to enjoy my nights and weekends.
Did you accomplish your 2015 goals?