I’ve been thinking a lot about the goals I want to set for the year. The last time I did a set of goals someone mentioned that they weren’t real goals since they weren’t completely measurable. I agree, I get it. I’m not sure that goal is even the right word. Maybe intention fits a bit better. Anyway, here’s what I want to focus on for the year:
Photo by Carter Fish
– Be more forgiving // If I had to choose one thing out of this entire list that I want to make sure I do, it’s this one. I tend not to be very forgiving… towards other people sometimes but mostly towards myself. This year, I want to take a step back from situations, find clarity, and ultimately extend forgiveness. If I make a mistake, I’ll make sure that I hold myself accountable, but I won’t beat myself up over it.
– Maintain fitness // Last week I talked about my fitness goals. I did somehow forget to include tennis in the mix, but that’s also something I want to keep up throughout this year. I’d love to sign up for at least one race this year (probably a 5k) and maybe (maybe) do a tennis match. I was also considering a yoga retreat, but I’m nervous about that one. (Any recommendations?)
– Read more // A generic goal of mine pretty much all the time is to read more. Not only do I love reading, but it’s also my favorite way to unwind. It’s the most effective way for me to relax, especially at the end of a long day. I have a huge stack of books just waiting for me to dig into!
– Get enough sleep // Sleep isn’t something that I’ve always prioritized. In fact, I had a pretty unhealthy relationship with sleep over the years. Last year I realized the importance of it, and I still could be better. Since I’m a morning person and like to (read: have to) get up early with the dogs, the best way to get enough sleep is going to bed earlier. I’m going to keep working on it this year.
– Remember names // This is going to be a challenge for me. I need to be better about remembering names. I’m terrible at it. Well, I take that back, I can be great when I make an effort, but sometimes I forget to commit it to memory. I have little a trick for remembering where I think of another word to go with the name so I can recall the word and the name at the same time. (For example, my favorite guy at the Apple Store’s name is Denver, and I always think “South Park + Denver.” I never forget his name!) I need to do this all the time.
– Try to post 8 or more times a week // My average in blog posts went down last year. I had so much on my plate in various aspects of my life that I had to cut back on the posts. I pride myself on getting a post out every day. There’s a lot that goes into the planning of posts, but I miss posting a spontaneous afternoon post here and there. In my mind, the (regularly scheduled) post that goes live at midnight is typically a meatier post… and an afternoon post would just be a light, quick read, pick-me-up kind of post. Feel free to leave a comment about post suggestions you’d be interested in reading!
– Elevate photography // This has been a goal of mine every year since 2014. I constantly want to raise my own game when it comes to imagery on the blog. I feel like I’ve done a pretty good job getting better every year, so I’m excited to see what 2017 has in store. I’ve set up a few meetings with photographers I’m going to start working with this year, but I’m also interested in finding one or two local students who want to build a portfolio. Email me if you or someone you know would be interested! (Videographers too!)
– Say yes to more events // When I moved to Connecticut, I used my distance from the city to say no to events. Don’t get me wrong; I don’t think I need to say yes to all of them (there are way, way, way too many “blogger events” it’s absurd), but I shouldn’t use “distance” as an excuse not to attend. I’ve already been saying yes this past week, and it feels great so far.
– Have more one on one meetings // Similar to the point about events, I used having a manager as an excuse to say no (or pass off) one on one meetings with brands. Having a manager is great, but I’ve learned (the hard way) that no one pitches myself/my blog as great as I can. I’m taking more calls myself, and I’m going to more meetings myself. I think part of me felt like I “shouldn’t” be taking the meetings when I had management and the other half of me assumed that I wasn’t as good in meetings as a manager would be. Well, you know what? I actually know that I’m great in meetings. I’m taking the reigns back on that one.
– Figure out Youtube // Ah, Youtube. So I fell in love with creating videos for my Youtube channel. I challenged myself to do daily-ish vlogs for the second half of the year, and it was great. That is it was great in some ways. It forced me to be okay to talk to a video camera; it made me get a lot better at editing videos, and it was a fun way to stretch myself creatively. Unfortunately, I don’t love doing daily vlogs. I always felt a little weird about them and most of my friends are not internet people, so I was having to come up with ways to film without including people. I hated it. I don’t know what I want my Youtube channel to look like this year, but I promise I’m working on it.