New year, new goals!

In less than 2 days 2018 will be here! Do you set any goals or resolutions you hope to accomplish next year?

As we close on 2017, it has been a year full of ups and downs, mostly downs but I am hoping 2018 is a better year than the last. Personally, I think it’s important to set goals, *realistic* goals at that. Motivation is the number one source in achieving goals and even if you accomplish just one of those goals/resolutions it makes you feel great and pushes you towards the other ones you’ve set.

The last few years I’ve started a “New Year, New Goals” post where I share my goals and resolutions towards the new year. This is important for me so I can physically see my goals and hopefully, all of you can make me accountable for those goals. I always set two types of goals, professional and personal, it’s always important to continue learning and growing as you age especially in the modern age where everything changes quickly.

Personal Goals:

Stop being scared – I need to learn to stop being afraid of the unknown and failure. While I think it’s natural to be afraid of what we can’t control we shouldn’t let it dictate our life. I need to get out there and get done what needs to be done and stop worrying about what I or others may think/react.

Focus on myself – This is the first year all the kids are in school and I don’t have to worry about anyone else during the day. I have the time to do whatever I want during the day and I need to learn to take care of myself first (of course after everyone else is taken care of). This means physically, mentally, and emotionally. Parenting changes us and makes us realize that there’s someone else more important than us, but; that doesn’t mean we should neglect ourselves in the process. Especially being a mom, if mom isn’t around everything falls apart so it’s important to be there both physically and mentally. I need to make sure I see the doctor annually, take medications when needed and work on my physical health. This also includes taking the time to properly diet and exercise and maybe get that gym membership this year.

Start a rainy day fund – I really want to start a rainy day fund for those uncontrollable situations, so we won’t have to go without something that is needed or crucial to living.

Have a backup plan and utilize actions needed to take – Life can take you on some unexpected turns and if the worse happens it’s always a good idea of having a backup plan. I need to create a backup plan in case something happens this including things like moving expense, where to go, cash to help with those expenses and what needs to be sold/given and taken with us if we need to move or sell things.

Declutter my house – Every year I participate in a decluttering event, this year I am doing it on the blog so all of you can follow along and get your own homes in order. This is my third year doing this and I’ve got rid of a LOT of clutter but there are still things that aren’t being used and spaces that aren’t being utilized in storage and organization. I plan on doing a big sweep through the main and top floor of the house including bedrooms and toy boxes, Toss things that no longer work or unfixable. Stop saving junk and possibly live a little more minimal, I would love to start organizing seasonal decorations in both the basement and garage. My goal is to create a plan on what needs to be done and start gathering materials and time to get started. I definitely plan on starting this right after the new year when I start to take down all the Christmas decorations.

Create a weekly and monthly cleaning chart – I would like to create a cleaning chart so everyone can participate and know what needs to be done and when. Sadly, some “adults” in this house need to be told what to do like children so I’m hoping a cleaning chart is a way to do this.

Create a plan to pay off debt – Create a plan to pay off debt and know how long you can expect to pay it off in. Besides student loans and a small tax debt from a previous year, I have minimal credit card debt. I do pay a balance monthly and I pay more than the minimum payment. At the end of this year, I just inquired an additional credit card to purchase something, while that balance is small compared to my other card I would like a plan to know how long it’s going to take to pay off each card and other debts. Ideas like payment amounts are also beneficial.

Plan ahead – I want to start planning ahead for birthdays, Christmas and possibly a vacation. Purchase items a little at a time, to avoid overspending on holidays and birthdays. I get hit with birthdays in September/October/November, my birthday is in December and many birthdays in March as well. This accounts for all of my immediate family members; me, husband, grandma, uncle and kids everyone who lives with us.

Household repairs – Start on household projects little at a time and set aside time and a budget for those expenses. Acquire estimates for a professional to do some items and DIY what you can. Repair and replace items as needed and start seasonal maintenance early such as air conditioning tune-up in the spring and furnace tune-up in the fall.

Keep learning something new – Keep learning something new or something you’ve always wanted to do. I know one thing I’ve always wanted to learn was how to sew, I have my grandmother’s sewing machine and I have no idea how to use. #1 also comes into place because it scares me on how to use it. Take a clean or learn from family members who know how to do it. I also want to learn how to decorate cupcakes, cookies, and cakes; I have a piping kit but I really don’t know to use it. I love to make and make things for people as well as gifts, so this is extremely helpful in those situations.

Invest in what you want – Like what I said above, it’s super important for me to invest in the right tools to help with those. I want to purchase a: Mixer and Chocolate Melter most importantly to make my favorite things. Purchase used when applicable and shop sales for these items. Also, keep a lookout for new things you may want and make a list. If using credit create a payment plan on how to pay those items off.

This list will surely grow and decrease as the year goes on and includes all my personal goals I’m setting for myself. Many of these are something I start creating and implementing now to get a head start.

Professional Goals:  

Focus more on blogging – The last few months of blogging have been on the backburner, I’ve definitely been experiencing burn out and a lack of motivation. I want to have a collection of pre-written materials to be available to post at any time and go with my niche.

Rebrand the blog – Rebranding is something that’s been on my mind for many years. I think this year I’ve finally squared away my niche and topics. Rebranding is easy in that sense, just coming up with a name is my main struggle.

Expand on blogger education – Invest in courses that expand my blogging knowledge and teaches new skills that can improve the blog and make me a better blogger.

Work with the brands you want – I have a list of brands I want to work within the future. I want to feel confident in my ability to work with them and don’t let numbers dictate me or my blog.

Grow my network – I want to grow my social media channels and improve my page views. I feel like rebranding is going to be a good start, I need to look for groups and pages to share posts in/with.

Update blog content – Update theme and old content such as photos, links, and content. Keep them up to date as well.

Create a weekly/monthly blogging plan – Create a plan to delete expiring posts, update photos and broken links, create new content and photos and an overall schedule and STICK TO IT!

Start an online store – Launch Vinyl & Mesh online store; start photographing and building up product lines. I recently purchased a Cricut vinyl machine and am learning the ropes to create vinyl applique products. The mesh part is handmade decorative mesh wreath of all kinds of seasons, holidays, special events and more.

Build up the V&M brand – Add more products to the line and build up a local and online following. Start social media channels, also attend craft shows displaying products.

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