January 13, 2017

January Goals

I cannot believe that we're in 2017 already! I mean, seriously, it was January 2016 like three minutes ago, so I'm feeling personally victimized that we're in a new year somehow!

2017 brought with it a lot of changes! I'll definitely go more into detail in another post, but I started a new job this month and I'm so excited for what the rest of the month, and the rest of the year, have to offer! Now let's get into goals for the month!
Check out last month's goals and recap post HERE

RECAP OF MY DECEMBER GOALS

1. Create a solid content calendar // Finally, I managed to make progress on this! While I haven't made a 6-week calendar, I have finally taken things past my current strategy of jotting ideas in a notebook and never getting around to writing the posts! Hopefully with this, I'll be more consistent and present on the blog in 2017!

2. Read three books // The Christmas season was a lot busier than I expected, and I only managed to get one book down. I'm giving myself partial credit for this because kudos to me for actually picking up my Kindle again! 

3. Clean out my closet // OK, this didn't happen. I definitely need to do this ASAP, but I know I need to commit a full day to doing it, so I keep putting it off! Soon?  

4. Order a 2017 planner // I decided on the Purposeful Planner for 2017 and I can't wait to share more about it soon! 

5. Learn a new makeup trick // Thanks to my unhealthy obsession with Jaclyn Hill and YouTube makeup vloggers in general, and all of the beauty blogs I devour on the reg, I learned a few new tricks with all of the new makeup I bought myself in December! 

TOTAL: 3.5/5: Overall, not a bad month! Considering how crazy the Christmas season was, I'm impressed that I got any of these done to be honest! 

JANUARY GOALS

1. Read two books // Too many times when I have a spare minute, I'll fit it with mindlessly strolling on the internet or binge watching a series or two. I want to be more intentional with my time, and I want to spend whatever free time I have by choosing to read some more. I'm a huge reader once I start, so it's just to commit the time to doing so! 

2. Focus on Instagram // I really dropped the ball with my Instagram account. A lot of it has to do with my feeling uncomfortable and not wanting to shoot pictures of myself. A lot of it has to do with just not having much to share. A lot of it has to do with just being scared. I'm commiting to get back on track this year, and so I'm starting with this month! 

3. Go to bed earlier // I am sick. There I said it. I have a legit illness because I cannot sleep before 4 A.M. and then I have to wake up and get to work for 7:30 A.M. and I'm exhausted and so it's all a cycle, and I'm dying to break it. This month, I'm committing to being in bed by midnight so I can get six hours a night! That's a start! 

4. Exercise 4 to 5 times a week // I got on track with my exercising really hardcore coming down to the end of the year, but the closer we got to Christmas, the harder it was for me to commit the time to going. Now that it's a new year, I want to commit to exercising four to five times a week again. Whether it's an exercise class, lifting weights with my trainer, or just going for an old fashioned jog with friends, I'm getting back on track - especially with Carnival around the corner. 

5. Save money // I can't lie to you.. I'm a horrible saver! I'm looking to buy myself a car in the next month and I know I need to make smarter decisions about my money and what I'm spending it on. Fingers crossed! 

Cheers to a new month and a new year! Let's crush our goals and start 2017 with a bang! 

What are your goals for this month? 

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61 comments:

  1. I can't believe it's 2017 either, last year went by so quickly and considering we are already half way through January, I think this month is going to go by just as fast! These are great goals, I love that you set monthly goals for yourself.

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  2. I hope you are able to fulfill your goals for January. If you can't then push them over to February and keep going....

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  3. Girl I'm with you on the exercising! We got this!!!

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  4. Great goals! I am also trying to focus on my instagram - it can be tough sometimes! Good luck on completing your goals!

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  5. Saving money is always a goal. Ugh. But, I also would like to learn a new makeup trick! I love that idea/goal of yours. Time to YouTube some eyeshadow tutorials!

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  6. Saving money seems so simple and yet for me it's always the hardest thing to reach. I'm caught between either hoarding it all or spending it freely. Ugh! Wish I could be somewhere in the middle.

    Good luck with all your goals. Working on Instagram is actually something that I'm trying - I fail a lot at this simply because I forget that it is there. Ha!

    Good luck! Happy Monday and kick January's butt!

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  7. Always worthwhile goals! I always read, but saving money... I had to have it deducted from my paycheck to make sure I did it...

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  8. Congratulations on the new job and good luck with your goals. I am also a HORRID saver but I am trying to change my ways!

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  9. I did a closet cleanup and I love my closet now! So worth it!

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  10. Wow, I loved reading this your goals are realistic and I hope you accomplish them! You have the cutest blog I am obsessed!

    kissesfromcarolina.com

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  11. OMG not sleeping would be the death of me! Good luck girl, you got this!

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  12. I love your goals! Mine would be to focus on Pinterest growth and continue to update older pins with new images.

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  13. Girl, you've already accomplished more than me this year! Good luck crossing those things off your list! You can do it!

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  14. Trust me I am a horrible saver too and am in a lot of debt. But I hope that the tide will turn for the both of us. Good luck with Insta too hope you regain confidence xxx

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  15. Good luck on your goals! I'm also trying to save money this year. I love the goal to read books though, and be more purposeful with your time, I think thats great!

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  16. For January my goal was to write down everything I ate and spent. So far I have done this so very proud of myself.

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  17. Great goals for January, C! I've been working out 5x a week since 2017 started and it's been amazing.

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  18. These are great goals! My goals have been to eat clean, drink a lot more water, cut back on Diet Coke, and work out more. We're half-way through the month and I already feel so much better! Good luck on your list!

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  19. These are some awesome goals! I am with you on sleep! I can't sleep before 2 AM and have to be up at 6:30! I definitely need to get more sleep!

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  20. Congrats on starting a new job! I totally hear you on the go to bed at 4am and up at 730. It is not easy fixing your sleep. Good luck with your goals this month!!

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  21. These are great goals for the coming month. You've got this!

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  22. Congrats on the new job and good luck with your January goals!

    Greta | www.gretahollar.com

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  23. It's hard to believe that we're already halfway through the first month of 2017. I'm still trying to wrap my head around all of it. I love all of the goals that you've set. Congrats on the new job!

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  24. Going to bed earlier is one of my goals too. Last week I had a 530am call time for work and could only fall asleep around 130am which was not very good. Best of luck with your January goals.

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  25. it's great to have monthly goals and you did a great job with Decembers! 3.5 out of 5 is a great total, I can't wait to see how you get on this month

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  26. Aside from exercising, we have extremely similar goals. January always feels like a month of recharging and you totally got this! Good luck accomplishing your goals.

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  27. Great goals! I really need to set my goals and get started on them! Congrats on your new job! - Jeanine

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  28. I wonder if it's the 'new year,' but it seems a lot of bloggers are struggling with what to post on their instagram lately. I've found that when I'm in a rut, looking to others is a great way to inspire yourself. don't limit yourself to just instagram too - check out pinterest, tumblr, we heart it. x, nicole // www.nicoleeigh.com

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  29. These are awesome goals! I ordered about five books from my library to read over winter break and I read absolutely none of them... I was so disappointed! But I was just SO busy that I just didn't have the time to read. I'm definitely going to try to read more now!

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  30. i feel ya, christmas was super busy for me too & i didn't get as much done as I wanted! I'm focussing on instagram too this month!

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  31. I just recently had to clean out my closet and reorganize and it took all day! but it was so worth it!

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  32. I love reading your goal posts! The holidays are such a busy time so I give your props on doing anything that's not holiday-related. Can't wait to see if you meet your Jan goals!

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  33. Some months you meet things and some months you don't. Don't be too hard on yourself about your December goals. Hope January is easier!

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  34. I love that you write them all out! It's so important to write them out because it means you'll be diligent in doing them.

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  35. Great list. I feel like your January goals are mine too. LOL Good luck!

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  36. What great goals! That muse be so hard, only getting a few hours sleep. I hope you manage to get some more! I want to get myself a new car too so better get saving!

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  37. These are great goals! My goals for this month are being more present with my family, enjoying London and embracing this move, and being intentional with anything I decide to spend my time doing!

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  38. Such good goals! I've made saving money a priority for the entire year and have been trying to be more conscious about my spending.

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  39. 2017 has to be the year of saving money. I'm excited for both of our progress. Thanks so much for sharing and best of luck!

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  40. I have lots of plans for 2017 and ... yes, that also includes saving up. Hubby and I discussed it and its something that we're going to push for this year.

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  41. I'm right there with you on going to bed earlier! I have medical issues too and one of the side effects is a totally messed up sleep cycle. I hope that you find some relief soon! xoxo

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  42. Great goals. I have very similar ones. I want to get back to reading a lot again and back into a good exercise routine.

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  43. Yes to going to bed earlier! With my new internship I need to start waking up at 6am and right now my 9am wake up call is a struggle!
    xoxo,
    Amy | Pastel N Pink

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  44. I love all of your goals! I can not believe that January is almost over. It feels like it was just New Years.

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  45. All your goals are great! I'm trying to go to bed earlier to now-a-day! It's such a struggle but so important. I end up hitting snooze all the time in the morning! Oops. xx thecarlycollective.com

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  46. Girl I love these goals! I really need to start saving up money, as soon as I get a job I mean! Reading is high on my list, I watch way too much TV!
    good luck with all your goals!
    xoxo
    Ashley

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  47. These are really great goals! My husband is really good at saving money and his method is the day he gets paid he puts a certain amount into savings. That way before he can go out and buy anything we start out those two weeks with an adjusted budget. If we wait a few days to put that money into savings it never happens. Good luck with saving for a car!

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  48. Good luck on all your goals! I set quite a few myself! I'm also looking to save money!!

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  49. You have a good goals and we have the same goals, I want to sleep early wake up early and I can start doing my blogs.

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  50. Looks like you had a great month. I am working on setting some realistic goals and achieving them. amber n

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  51. I'm hoping to focus on Instagram a little more and increase my work outs, as well! So far, not so good on either, but at least it's early in the year ;) Best of luck with your 2017 goals, Caro!!

    XO, SS || Seersucker Sass

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  52. I have definitely been easing into the goal setting this year. I have been focusing so much on my goals for the year this month I haven't really gotten too many written for January - 2 books a week is what I am shooting for this year. We shall see!

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  53. These are great goals. Looks like you're being realistic but also have clear items to accomplish. I also struggle finding time to read!

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  54. I'm always so inspired by people who actually set up goals for themselves! I never do it, but I guess it would help to be more focused on what I want to accomplish. It's a great idea! I'm gonna give it a try!

    http://stylesprinter.com/

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  55. So happy to have come across your blog! Thanks for sharing your goals - I'm guilty of attempting to read and then "life" always gets in the way.

    xo- Justine
    www.shortisthenewblack.com

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