Let’s Get To Know Each Other, My 2016 Goals

Hello my sweet friends!  Happy New Year!  I am SO EXCITED to start this new year with you.    Today I am joining my sweet friend, Kirsten Thompson, of Sweet Tea & Saving Grace, for a Blogging With Intention link up; sharing my blog related 2016 Goals, and begging for support and accountability from everyone I know.

See?  This is my begging face.

 

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But first, a confession; You see, I’m not good at goals.  I’m not a “goal-getter”, as Kirsten would say.   I’m an achiever; don’t get me wrong, I’m not a total slob, ;), but instead of planning my next move, and breaking down goals in to actionable steps, I’m better at “putting out fires”, and getting things done.  I LOVE to check things off my list, but don’t put a lot of thought in to what goes on the list.  Does that make sense?

Since I know this about myself, I have an around the clock stomachache along with an “I’m not doing this right” kind of feeling.  Because…

I’m also a perfectionist, and I know that goals are important.

When I do try to set goals , it goes kind of like this:

 

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Sounds great, huh?  Realistic and achievable?  Not so much.

 

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So there’s my problem.  I don’t actually write goals because I’m terrified that I won’t meet them.  But if I wrote SMART (specific, measurable, attainable, realistic and time sensitive) goals, that might change.

Kirsten did a great job of helping us with a few exercises.

First, I was to list a few things I did well last year.  Here’s what I came up with.

  • I improved my photography, using Shoot Fly Shoot, an amazing video based photography class for visual learners.

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(affiliate link)

  • I bought RoadKill Rescue.  Acquiring a second blog that fits so perfectly within my “wheelhouse” was a great business decision.
  • I improved my content, and posted DIY projects that I am proud of.  I really hope that you agree with this one.  :)
  • I read the book How To Style Your Brand (affiliate link), by Fiona Humberstone, spent hours installing a new theme, and designed a new style for my brand that can grow with me.
  • I was involved as a co-host in the creation of a new link party, Inspired By You.  (join us on Sunday mornings at 10am!)

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Next up, three things that I need to work on.  This list always comes easier; I’m pretty hard on myself.

  • Consistency-I need to choose a blog posting schedule and stick to it.
  • Photography-I have a LOT to learn about editing photos.
  • Education-I meant what I said above; I have purchased MANY valuable blogging resources, but haven’t finished reading or implementing any of them.

 

How will I achieve those needed improvements?  “With goals, I guess” she said with a shrug and an eye-roll dripping with attitude…  ;)

Here we go…

 

January Blog Goals

  1. Create editorial calendar with scheduled posts for Mondays, Wednesdays, Fridays, and Sundays.  For the month of January, include a Let’s Get To Know Each Other post weekly.
  2. Finish reading Building A Framework, by Abby Lawson, watch the tutorials and interviews, and either implement recommendations, or schedule their implementation for a date before February 29.
  3. Create and post reader surveys for both Reinvented and RoadKill Rescue.

 

What do you think?  I think I can do this!

I guess we’ll both find out when February 1st rolls around and I have to tell you how I did!

Thank you SO MUCH for your support, and for reading all the way to the end of this post.  :)

Please please please come back on Wedneday, cuz I am DYING to show you what the engineer did last week.  It’s EPIC.

 

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17 thoughts on “Let’s Get To Know Each Other, My 2016 Goals

  1. WOW! I thought I was reading myself here for a moment. I struggle with a lot of the same issues. I to have bought so many amazing courses and haven’t finished them. I think that’s a great goal to have. I know you will achieve your goals. You’ve shared them with us and we are waiting to hear all the juicy details of how you achieved those goals you shared with us!

    I can’t wait to hear!!!!

  2. goals are highly over rated ha ha, i think you do a pretty good job now, but if you are uncomfortable with something i think you will figure it out and fix it to the best of your ablilities xx

  3. I can totally relate to where you are at since I struggle with a lot of the same things you do. I look forward to having others that I can be accountable to and encouraged by. I signed up for the 7 days of emails and the book sample of Building a Framework from Abby and it was so helpful. I look forward to seeing how you liked the book since I was thinking about purchasing it. Good luck on achieving your goals this month!
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    1. Thank you Mary! I would definitely recommend Abby’s book. I am on Chapter 10, and consider the book a great investment in my blog. Good luck!!

  4. You can do it! I have to work on creating an editorial calendar, too. Oh, and I love Abby’s book. One of the best resources I have ever purchased for helping me with blogging. I’ve been blogging since 2011 and have read A LOT of blog books!

    1. Thank you so much Joanie! It is so easy to get overwhelmed with all of the amazing resources out there for bloggers, I found myself reading a little each of too many books, then being paralyzed by fear instead of implementing changes. :) This year I’m determined to dive in and learn! I have been blogging since 2009, bu took about a year off and during that time technology exploded and I found myself behind! :)

  5. Kimm, thank you for your honesty and sense of humor. You are the third person I’ve read that mention Abby’s course which I’ve heard about before. I really need to look into it.

    1. Thank you Carol. I really believe that Abby’s book is a great investment for anyone’s blog, and her down to earth style makes all of that information easy to digest! :) Good luck!

  6. You, my dear, are amazing. See, here’s the thing: You have always had goals, but you didn’t believe in yourself enough to go after them. If you had not had goals, you wouldn’t have invested in your business with all of those educational resources, or bought Roadkill Rescue to further build your brand.

    Now comes the hard part (at least for me anyway): having enough confidence in your abilities and knowledge to actually believe these things will happen. I struggle with that daily, but the feedback I get from dear friends like you are what motivates me to keep going.

    I’m so excited to watch you grow this year, and to cheer you on along the way. Be a goal-getter!

    1. Kirsten Thompson, I love you. That is all. I am SO glad that I was smart enough to choose your session at Haven, and that, even though I missed my opportunity to meet you in person, I have so enjoyed getting to know you on-line this year. Here’s to 2016, my friend!

    1. Thank you Sonya, and thanks so much for visiting! I’m so ready to tackle this year, and can’t wait to follow your progress too! Let’s do this!

  7. These are all great goals, Kimm! I love that you chose some that are blog related, some that are business related and some that are personal too. Reading your first post gave me the giggles because I don’t even know anyone that even lives like that ha ha. I can’t wait to see these come to life for you. We’ll be writing NAILED it come February 1 :) Hugs, CoCo
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