Goals for the New Year

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Happy New Year’s! I hope you got to bring in 2016 with the people you love. My New Year’s was spent in San Antonio with my sweet boyfriend and his wonderful family. His parents were generous and surprised me with a trip to come see him for a few weeks and to spend the holiday together! By now I’m pretty sure you’ve figured out that this girl gets spoiled a lot!

Today I really wanted to talk about my hopes and goals for this year. Every year it seems I have the same generic resolutions for myself- lose weight, eat better, exercise, be more positive. Those aren’t goals, they’re lifestyle changes. I’d like to make some real goals for myself that are actually attainable and suitable for my long-term lifestyle.

Let’s start with this blog! I’d love, love, love to make money off of it in 2016. Even if it’s only a hundred dollars, just something to show for all of my work. I realize it takes years to build a blog big enough to make money off of, but a little appreciation here and there keeps you going! On top of that, I’d like to reach 5000 followers and also grow my Instagram account.

Another goal of mine is to become a regular contributor for a fashion and lifestyle website with a much bigger following than mine. Writing for other blogs or websites really gives you exposure to people who might not otherwise know you’re there. Who doesn’t want more exposure?

Finally, I’d like to develop more confidence in my abilities as a professional. Entering into the workforce is scary and takes a lot of work. The amount of rejections I’ve gotten has really worn down my self-esteem over time. However, my motivation has only gotten stronger! Confidence takes a lifetime to build but only a few simple words to destroy. This year, I want to make mine stronger than ever.

Leave me a comment with a few of your goals this year!

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My New Year’s Resolutions

kate_spade_agendaHappy new year loves! I realize it’s been a few days since I last wrote anything but my life has been a bit busy recently with all of the holidays coming to a close. I’ve been traveling around a little as well and haven’t had much time to write and my sources of wifi have been limited. I need to learn how to plan a bit better for times like this. I bought a planner for this year and hopefully I’ll actually use it. One of my favorite planners is this Kate Spade one! Anyway, I hope your New Year’s Eve was as exciting as mine was (more to come on that tomorrow!)

In typical new year’s fashion, I’ve made a few resolutions for 2015. Before I get to those, I’d like to share with you a bit about 2014 for me. It was a year of major ups and downs. I can’t put my finger on why it was that way but whatever the cause, I’m hoping 2015 shapes up to be a bit more of an ‘up’ year as opposed to a ‘down’ year. I think we have seasons in our lives though. There are times for growth and prosperity and times for patience and learning. This was a “patience and learning” year for me. My faith in God grew tremendously because I realized I can’t handle everything on my own. I have to trust that everything will turn out ok. Maybe that was what I needed to learn this year?

New Year’s Resolutions

Anyway, my new year’s resolutions involve personal development. There are so many things I need to learn that I simply haven’t had the time to research. Becoming a savvy business lady is no simple feat. All that I’m doing now to line myself up for success seems boring and trivial but eventually it will payoff, so here are my resolutions:

  • Lose the Christmas cookie weight and firm up my body
  • Make it to the gym 4 times a week
  • Learn how to budget carefully
  • Purchase domain name and personal website
  • Learn how to market outside of WordPress platform
  • Create Etsy store
  • Read books on CEO success stories
  • Learn how to take Instagram-worthy pictures
  • Learn a computer code like HTML

Tell me what’s on your list in a comment below!

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#Hustle to Have It All

One of my best friends posted the funniest thing to my Facebook wall yesterday. I literally think most girls can relate to this struggle that seems never ending:

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It’s true isn’t it? The Kate Spade handbag is a favorite of mine but way too expensive. I could eat cookies all day, but then I couldn’t wear skinny jeans anymore. And every boy I ever liked takes forever to text back. I’m sitting here asking myself why life is like that? I think it might be because no matter what, we always want what we can’t have.

I could go on and on about the things I don’t have (or can’t have) that I want, but I think you all immediately understood what I was saying. It painfully resonates in all of us. Yesterday, I went to get coffee at Starbucks with two good friends and in the long line of waiting people was this gorgeous girl who had the expensive things I wanted, could probably eat whatever she wanted and stay skinny, and judging by the huge diamond on her finger, the guy she wanted DID text her back. In my pangs of jealousy, I came to the realization that there is no reason why I can’t have the same things. I started to admire the girl. She went after what she wanted and got it.

I made a little pre-New Year’s Resolution for myself. I’m going to work hard to have the pretty things I can’t afford, sweat more to eat the tasty things I love and still keep my figure, and am going to go for the guys that seem out of reach. There’s no point in living if we can’t live the way we want.

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The Blogging Blues

pouty_faceThank God it’s Friday people. I’m ready for this week to be over. Do you ever have those weeks where nothing quite went how you wanted it to? It started with a long day at work on Monday and has ended with more confusion about the next steps after graduation than what I had last week. On top of figuring out my everyday life, I’m trying to understand my blogging life. For example, how on Earth do you integrate Google Analytics to your WordPress blog? I don’t speak “geek” and the articles I read skipped over quite a few steps. It’s frustrating!

However, I’ve made a goal for myself to learn one new thing about running a blog each week. Trying to do it all at once is just too much! So far, I’ve learned that I need to set up a Facebook page for my blog pronto. Here’s the funny thing I hate admitting though- what if no one likes it? How embarrassing would that be?

I’ve talked about starting an Etsy store selling my cute little designs and artwork. What if no one likes them though? I really hate the thought of that! My life and dreams are based on making a business out of my creativity.

I guess for anyone that’s ever taken on a daunting task there were many what-ifs. Taking the risk in the end is probably worth it. Motivating yourself to take that risk though is the hard part. Knowing that I have so much ahead of me before I can even consider making a career from my blogging is really intimidating.┬áHere’s a short list of things I came up with just sitting here writing:

  • Create a Facebook page
  • Set up Etsy store
  • Design printables and artwork for Etsy
  • Buy permanent domain name
  • Create color scheme for permanent blog
  • Figure out if WordPress will let me use my own palette and how
  • Buy a really good camera to get Pinterest-worthy pictures
  • Figure out how to set up a good email subscription option
  • Learn about Google Adwords and Analytics
  • Research how to get more followers from other sites besides WordPress

I’m sure you’re exhausted too! If you’re a blogger, then you must be frantic writing things down and setting reminders to do some of this stuff. Truthfully, I don’t know how the big bloggers like Rach Parcell or Emily Schuman have learned to do it. Obviously, they have somehow but they aren’t giving away their secrets and I can’t blame them!

Essentially, successful blogs require a lot of money to run. I doubt these girls started out with a budget for their blogs, but when did they decide they needed one and had a following to make it worth it? Right now, I’m edging 1300 followers (thanks to all of you) so is it time to set that budget? According to the only thing I could find on Google about this, it all depends. Well, depends on what? I still have no clue.

Just like you, I sit here wondering if I’m doing anything right. I haven’t seen significant growth at regular rates since the summer. That can’t be good. So what’s a girl and a blogger to do? I don’t know. So I’m just going to sit here and eat my Peppermint ice cream.

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Fall Semester and Big Dreams

coffee_at_starbucksHello loves! This will be a quick little post but wanted to update you on tid bits of my life here and there since I really never share any personal details. As many of you know, I started my final semester of college on Monday. I’m already exhausted looking at the syllabus! Be prepared for a post on late night study sessions probably next week!

I’m hoping and praying this fall is a little easier than summer was. Jobs are hard to come by right now particularly for undergrads with my skill set (essentially I’ve been trained to sit at a desk and enjoy it). Right now, I’m just finishing my degree and writing for you all! I’m seeking freelance writing positions here and there but it seems most businesses are being pretty careful with money so opportunities for young writers like myself are hard to come by.

In the midst of my desperate situation (dramatic usage of words intended for effectiveness), I am still pursuing a few little dreams of mine. Hoping to make it big like Rach Parcell of Pink Peonies and Brighton Keller of Brigthon the Day blogs, I really want to feature my favorite brands and styles on my blog and make commission off of what I sell. However, the brands have to be affordable! Miss Parcell often wears Valentino pumps pretty_stationary that sell for around $600. I can’t afford that and most of you can’t either. I have to stay true to my roots!

I also am really hoping to produce my own line of coffee mugs, stationary (like what you see the right), and jewelry. All of these things make me so happy when I spy something that really is beautiful! I’ll be discussing a new jewelry brand I love tomorrow so watch for that post!

Tell me your dreams and goals in the comments below! Don’t hold back either, no matter how crazy they are!

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