A few days ago, I sat down at my laptop and thought really hard about what I wanted from life and from my blog. I started Hannah, Dolled Up in 2014, and I fell in love with blogging. I loved the technical skill, the community and most of all, I loved that I had something that was mine. I severely neglected my little corner of the internet over 2015.Working full time, running a household and blogging at the same time is very difficult to juggle!
When I was doing my “life plan” (so dramatic!), I evaluated what was important, what I wanted to do and what needed to be done. Read on to find out more!
Blogging – Organisation
I am a stickler for organisation. If you give me a list of stuff to do, I won’t do it until I’ve organised it by priority and ease, and then set timescales. And then I’ll think about doing it. I figured that it’s about damn time I created a proper posting schedule – one that I’m happy with, but that’s still realistic. So, the basic, weekly schedule is as follows;
On top of this, there will be bonus posts!
Last Friday of the month – Favourites
Every other Tuesday – Nails Of The Week
Blogging – Goals
Hit 2000 Followers
I know this is ambitious, given my current follower count, but I’m hoping that with my updated schedule and increased blog activity, the followers will, um…follow? The long (long, long) game is to eventually blog full time, so increased followers and traffic is very important!
Hit 2000 Twitter Followers
I seem to gain and lose Twitter followers like no one’s business. One of my goals this year is to look in to ways of captivating my audience, which hopefully I’ll be able to apply to twitter!
Step Up My Instagram Game
Ok, this one is kinda out of my control since my phone is broken, but I want to completely revamp my Instagram – I want to redo my theme, post daily and expand my audience on there!
Be More Personal
I’m always afraid of voicing my opinions on a remotely public forum because people get so offended over the smallest things, and 9 times out of 10 I just can’t be bothered with the aggro. That is going to change in 2016 though – I want to talk more about my life and my opinions, and not be concerned by people causing havoc over it.
Lose half my bodyweight and be healthy
For the past 2 and a half years, I have not looked after my body. I used to be a skinny size 8, and now I’m just unhappy with how I look. I want to get to the point where healthy eating and exercise isn’t even something I think about, it’s just second nature. My plan of action is to cut out the crap – no more buying lunch at work, no more trips to the vending machine, no more free hot chocolate. I’m not planning to deprive myself of my favourite Chinese takeaway food – I’ll just make more of an effort to make it myself. As for exercise, I’m very lucky in that A is very serious about being active, so he’ll be able to drag my sorry ass to the gym! I’m under no delusions that it’ll be difficult, and I definitely don’t think I’ll reach this goal buy Jan 1st 2017, but I’m aiming to be well on my way to my ideal body.
Go “away” 4 times
I was going to say go on holiday for this one, but that implies abroad – so I want to go away at least 4 times this year. Me and A have plans for Marrakech, Croatia and The Lake District, but at the moment they’re all just ideas – I need to commit to them! We are young, childless people on 2 incomes, there’s no reason we can’t travel the world!
Start looking after my body
This ties in with the losing weight goal. I want to start looking after certain aspects of my body – more specifically my hair, nails and teeth. I’ve dyed my hair on and off for years and it definitely takes it’s toll. Now I’m settled (for now) on a dark purple-red, I want to start looking at ways to keep it healthy and shiny. My nails is also something that’s I’ve continuously neglected. I want to have picture perfect polish year round, so my goal is to paint my nails every weekend to help promote growth (I only ever bite my nails when they’re bare!), and see if there are any products out there that might help. Lastly, my teeth. Years of smoking has made them discoloured, so my goal is to either find a home remedy to whiten them or eventually save up to have it done professionally.
So there we have it! This time next year I’ll revisit these and see how I did! Do you have any goals for 2016?