Happy New Year, babes!
I am basically the. worst. when it comes to New Years Resolutions. Why? Because they were never realistic and I never put any real thought into what I needed to improve upon. I was always the “I’m going to eat healthy, work out, and lose weight” and “I’m going to save money” person. Nothing wrong with either of those being your New Years Resolution, but I just said I was going to do it because I thought that was the thing to do.
“If I’m being honest… I never really took New Year’s Resolutions seriously”
This year I wanted to take my New Years Resolution seriously because I know I have some major areas that need some improvement. I spent a lot of time thinking about my goals and how I will achieve them. Tip: Make your goals achievable! For example, don’t set goals that are so high that it will be almost impossible for you to achieve them. Start small and work your way up to those larger goals. It will make you feel so much more accomplished + you’ll be more motivated to keep going.
Here are my New Years Resolutions!
Don’t follow all the trends – Stay true to you
Something that is really important to me is staying true to myself. I think that in 2016 I lost myself a little bit when it came to what I shared on my blog. I want my blog to be successful and I found myself purchasing really trendy items that I didn’t really love, just because I wanted to fit in with what everyone else was doing. I really thought it would help me grow more, and maybe it did, but I don’t want to turn into the blogger that only blogs about what’s “hot” even if I don’t like it! I think there’s a fine line between giving your readers what they want to see, and making sure you’re staying true to yourself at the same time.
Budget better and smarter
I have always considered myself to be someone who is good with money, but I know I can do better. I shop, a lot. While I think that in the blogging business it requires you to shop a bit more than normal, but I need to be better about what I spend my hard earned $$$ on! I don’t mind investing in pieces with a large piece tag if i’m going to get good use out of it. Where I tend to run into trouble is just seeing a shirt or something I think is cute, buying it, and wearing it one time and being over it. I will be graduating with my Master’s degree in May and my goal is to have enough money to get myself a new iMac desktop and desk by the time I graduate! My MacBook is getting old and I would love to have a nice upgrade to make blogging a bit easier! Also, having that desk space would be so nice so I can have my own little blogging area in our apartment!
Spend less time on social media
This is so, so difficult and I’m ashamed to say it, but it’s true. Being a blogger, you have to spend a lot of time on social media. I feel like I am constantly on Instagram liking and commenting on other pictures in order to try and get myself out there. Also taking the time to comment back to everyone who takes the time to comment on my pictures is very time consuming. I sometimes spend several hours a day on Instagram. I am working towards finding a balance of adequate time and when the appropriate time is to be on social media in order to help my blog. It’s hard when you’re in a relationship. Nathan and I have had several disagreements about me being on my phone because it had gotten to the point where I was just constantly on my phone and it was taking away from our time together. I think we are starting to find a good balance. I Instagram in the mornings when I wake up while Nate is getting ready, and the evenings when we are relaxing I usually take just about 30 minutes in order to catch up and comment on others blogs. As soon as school starts and Nate is gone at work during the day, and the days I am home from school, I will Instagram and get as much work done as possible during the day that way we can have our evenings together with no distractions. I don’t know if we will ever find a perfect balance of both, but Nate has always been really supportive of my blog and I know we will figure it out.
If you are thinking about what your New Years Resolutions should be, I hope that I have given you some good tips + maybe a little inspiration! Don’t make your goal the same as everyone else’s.
What are your New Years Resolutions?
xo | Rachel