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Goals for 2017

Happy Monday and Happy 2017! It’s the first official day of the New Year in many people’s book (though I did get started on some of my goals yesterday!) and the first workday (for me) of 2017. Last year, I made some resolutions, but I failed miserably at sticking with them.  I also had a word of the year. And if I had to choose a word for this year, it would be GROWTH. I don’t want to be in the same spot this time next year. I want to grow as a person, grow my relationships, and grow my blog!

 

 

BLOG GOALS

Consistent Posting (3x week). My problem, year after year after year, is consistency. Come on Allison get it together, right? I start off great at the beginning of the year and then taper off usually around August and pick back up in December. What?! This year, I hope to stick to a consistent 3 posts a week schedule and build out my content calendars.

  • One of the ways I think I can start nipping this in the bud is the use of content calendars and planning on my content. A lot of the time, I just let my content come to me–there’s no real schedule.
  • This consistency goal also pertains to scheduling tweets/being active on each platform. I can goes days without tweeting if I don’t have a new post up–same with Facebook. I need to focus on promoting some of my old content and other’s content too!

Grow my Social Media Channels. Social Media is the way I connect and keep up with y’all, my readers! Growth, as I’ve already established, is my word of the year–so obviously I want to grow each of my social media channels!

  • Twitter: Now-936 | Goal-5,000
    • Clearly reaching for the stars here, but go big or go home, right? My Twitter could use some work and attention–I started it around the same time as my Instagram and as you can see below, I have WAY more followers on that platform.
  • Instagram: Now-2,968 | Goal-5,000
    • Are we seeing a trend here? Just kidding. Instagram is one of my FAVORITE platforms to use despite all of their algorithm changes recently and it shows in the numbers.
  • Facebook: Now-705 | Goal-2,000
    • I recently learned that because of Facebook’s algorithm, if you aren’t spending money with them, only 3% of your followers are seeing your content. That sucks. That means like 2ish people, most of which are my family, see my posts. While I don’t spend money on Facebook, the more I grow my page likes, the more people will organically see my posts!
  • Pinterest: Now-507 | Goal-2,000
    • I recently signed up for one Melissa Griffin’s Pinterest courses and I can’t wait to grow this one platform that truly can help me reach more people!

 Pinterest | Twitter | Instagram | Facebook

Launch a Newsletter. This year will be the year of Because I Said So’s first ever newsletter. Launch date: TBD. I’ve been doing my research and it naturally seems like that’s the next step for my blog. Stay tuned!

Attend a Blog Conference. I’ve been wanting to do this since I first started blogging and learned that there was such a thing! Now to find the right one–have suggestions, leave them in the comments!

PERSONAL

Get into the BEST shape of my life. I pretty much say this every single year, but this time for real. I’m not getting any younger and now that we’re married and thinking about children in the WAY OFF FUTURE, I want to become my best self for the hypothetical children we may have one of these days (Read: NOT SOON). Plus, I’m tired of the back and forth dieting and overall unhealthiness of my life. Eating an entire bag of powdered donuts may have worked when I was in high school, but clearly that was years ago and no longer is a thing. Here’s how I plan to kick of 2017 in the health and fitness department:

  • The Blogilates #28dayreset: I started this yesterday, technically, and so far so good (I even went to the gym–on a weekend). But cutting out gluten, added sugars, alcohol, dairy, and processed foods is not and will not be a walk in the park. I had HUGE success cutting out gluten part of last year and even though I’m not intolerant to it, cutting it out made me feel SO MUCH BETTER.
  • Complete CouchTo5K and actually run a 5K: I almost finished this last year and even got to the point where I was running for 2o minutes straight (which is a huge deal for me). This year, I will complete the program and run my first 5K in years!

Read 52 books. Yes, you read that right. I want to read one book a week. It shouldn’t be too hard–I read two books on Saturday. I’ve always loved to read and love getting lost in the storyline. And so Josh doesn’t have a heart attack wondering how we are going to afford 52 books:

  • In 2017, I’ll sign up for a library card! I’ve had library cards my whole life in various cities/states I’ve lived, but since we moved to a new parish, I have yet to get one. P.S. Does anyone remember when libraries stamped the return date on a card in the back of the book?

Cook more. Eat out less. Considering my previous goal to be healthier, cooking seems like a no brainer. Except, I’m still getting acquainted with the kitchen. Cooking dinner for a picky, always on some diet person (aka me) and a just plain picky husband is hard work. Vegetables. No. Fruits. Barely. It’s hard to be creative with meals when you’re cutting out gluten, but that’s all your husband eats. Pinterest will be my BFF this year as far as the recipe search goes. Don’t worry, Girl’s Night is and will most certainly still be a weekly thing 🙂

With these goals, I hope to achieve a better version of myself by this time next year! And by writing all of my goals down, I now have all of you to hold me accountable, as well as, my blog besties Kait + Liz to bounce ideas off of! Happy 2017 everyone!

  • Consistency is key! I’m going back to blogging 3x week because anything more than that is pushing it for me. Lol

    If you don’t reach 5k at least you tried but keep trying ? You got this!

  • Abby Castro

    I love that your goals are realistic. Sometimes when we set goals, we discourage ourselves right from the beginning. But when you keep them realistic, you will become more motivated to pursue them once you start seeing the results of your hard work.

    Abby of Life in the Fash Lane

  • My 2016 word was growth and boy did it come true! I know it will happen for you, too. This year, I, too, want to cook more, in part to save money but also for my family’s health. 52 is a lot of books! That will be a great accomplishment. Go, girl!

  • Kaitlyn Fickle Killebrew

    Awesome goals Allie! I’m so excited to see what we achieve this year! Girls Nights are a must!

  • I’m doing the reset too! You can do it!! Happy 2017!

  • Signing up for a library card was literally the best thing I’ve ever done for my wallet. Because I’m not the kind of person who NEEDS to read XYZ book ASAP, I just “request” books and then I’ll randomly get a text saying they’re available for me to pick up. So convenient and so free! These are great goals, especially your blogging ones…I need to get on your level, ha!

  • Looks like this year is going to be awesome girl! Those social media growth goals are awesome… I wish I knew more about how to grow them organically.

  • We have a lot of the same goals. I want to get in the “best shape of my life” too before we have kids. I used to be in good shape in middle/high school and then college happened. I am signing up for a St. Patrick’s Day 5K this week and then 2 in the summer. I need to start making sure that I cook more and eat out less. Eating out is just too convenient after a long, stressful day. If you’re looking for an accountability partner, I’d love to help you out!

  • Jocelyne Shults

    To attend a blog conference is one of my goals for this upcoming year. Crossing my fingers on that. You have some amazing goals by the way. -Jocelyne from resonatecreations.com

  • So many awesome goals, Allison! You’re gonna kill it this year 🙂

  • Taylor Smith

    I do three times a week too and the only way to stay on schedule is to plan plan plan! I use my content calendar to make sure I stay focused. 🙂

  • Jacki Quinones

    Wow I love your reading goal!! I wish you the best of luck!

  • Great goals!! I know you’re going to have an amazing year and I can’t wait to follow along!

  • Awesome start with ambitious goals for the new year – detailed personal and professional ones at that! Love that you’ve visualised and planned for success already. Wish you the best of 2017!!

  • We have similar goals. I would definitely love t read more. I have bought three books in the last year and have not read one. How terrible!! I hope you had a wonderful New Years <3 Can't wait to see what your pretty little blog has in store this year <3