Happy New Year Royals! I know it’s been quite a while since you all heard from me, but your girl has been BUSY! Since my last post in October, I’ve started a new job, we’ve bought a house (and moved into said house), celebrated my birthday and James’s, booked a wedding venue, and had our housewarming. Don’t worry, in the coming weeks we will be talking all things wedding and house buying, so you will get more in-depth updates. To be honest, I have totally neglected you all and I’ve missed my blogging family, but with the start of the new year I want to reconnect with all of you and find a way to make blogging a part of my routine. I thought this would also be a good time to set some other goals and document them where I can easily check them.
New Year, New Me, New Blog?
I will be the first one to admit, I don’t care for the phrase “new year, new me.” Contrastingly, I am a supporter of “why put off until tomorrow, what you can start today.” If you’ve come to a place in life where you need to re-invent yourself, don’t wait for the new year, do it today, like right now..but that’s another blog post for another day. I do recognize the opportunity to re-group and re-focus that a new day, week, month, and year bring. Since I’m trying to get back in the blogging groove and start my year off right, I thought my first blog post of 2018 should be dedicated to listing some goals for the year.
Today marks three months that I’ve been a Public Health Research Coordinator. It’s hard to put into words how much I’m enjoying my job, but I am so grateful for this opportunity and want to do well in my role and start my public health career off strong. This year I am striving to:
- Decide what degree to get next. One of the many amazing perks of my new job is that they will help me pay for school. I know I want to go back to school, but I’m not sure what for. Thankfully, my boss is a pretty great mentor and I think she will be a great resource as I dive into my career.
- Get all participants recruited and interviewed by March 15th. This goal is very specific to the study I’m working on. We are looking to speak to 40 women in the St. Louis metropolitan area who have had gestational diabetes within the past 10 years. I’m heading our recruitment efforts and have been diligent working to reach more people. I’m really hoping to have everyone so that we can move on to the analysis phase come spring.
- Get a raise. Along with my job came a hefty 6-month probationary period. Apparently this is standard for all new employees and serves as a time to ensure it is a good fit for both the employee and the employer. From what I’ve been told, at the end of my first 6 months there will be a review and I could potentially get a raise. Considering we are knee deep in wedding planning, a raise would be nice, but more importantly it will let me know that I’m doing a good job in my new role!
Blogging is a lot of work, especially when your goal is to monetize. I would LOVE to have the blog as an income source, but I’ve learned that it kind of takes the fun out if it. Worrying about monetizing makes agonize over ever post and stress out about maintaining a consistent posting schedule. This year I want to focus on getting back to why I started royalty in reality, as a creative outlet and to help others. In order to do this, I’ll be focusing on the following goals:
- Publishing a new blog post once a week. There was a point in time where I tried to post 2-3 times each week. This meant I spent countless hours trying to promote each post on various facebook groups and trying to respond to any comments that were left. It was basically a part time job and sometimes I really struggled to come up with good blog post topic. In 2018, I am taking a quality over quantity approach. I’m going to try to be more authentic and write more genuinely.
- Be more active on social media. In my opinion, part of being a blogger is sharing parts of your life with your online family. I think the best way to show people that you are relatable, especially when that’s basically the whole point of your blog, is to show them what you’re up to. In the past, I’ve tended to only show pics of the fun/exciting stuff, but truth be told most days I don’t have on makeup and I’m braless as often as is socially acceptable. Instead of posting a ton of pics of my desk, because I’m there basically everyday, I’m going to try find things to appreciate and subsequently share with all of you.
- Take more pictures. Photoshoots are SOOO difficult during this time of the year because it is FREEZING. However, I’ve noticed that I am most drawn to bloggers who post personal images, instead of using stock photography. I haven’t quite figured out how I’m going to navigate this cold weather, but I’m going to try. Hopefully The Boy will be on board seeing as he’s my photographer.
For the past few years I’ve been very focused on my personal growth. Each year I’ve had an increasing desire to be a better person. I want to be a better daughter, granddaughter, friend, family member, wife, and eventually mom..and I think the best way to excel in those roles is always work on being a better me. This year I want to prioritize my physical and spiritual health!
- Drink more water. About half way through last year, I started having more acne breakouts than I’ve ever had in my life. My doctor attributed it to stress, which I partly agreed with, but I also don’t think I was properly hydrating and flushing out the toxins. Though it may be a little bit of a mind game, this year I am determined to drink more water, even if I have to trick myself into doing it.
- Workout at least four times each week. The American College of Sports Medicine recommends at least 150 minutes of moderate-to-intense activity each week. Cardio training is great for keeping your cardiovascular health in tip top shape. Strength training will help me shed this extra weight I’ve picked up along the way and round out my…curves. When you look good, you feel good, so I definitely want to shed a few pounds!
- Plan my entire wedding by June 1st. I’d originally wanted to have the entire wedding planned by the end of 2017. Welp, that didn’t happen for reasons I’m not ready to share, but I’m trying not to harp over something I cannot change. By June 1st, I want to have all vendors selected, contracts signed, and deposits paid. The sooner we can get it figured out, the faster we will have our big picture and be able to get everything paid for. If I can get all of the wedding stuff done by June 1st, I can spend the remainder of the year focusing on getting ready for the marriage.
- Grow my faith & deepen my connection with God. I don’t consider myself to be religious, but I do consider myself spiritual. When last year got rough I relied heavily on my faith to get me through. I was reading a daily devotional and even joined an online bible school. When I started my new job, I really fell off. My daily devotional went from atop my nightstand to in the drawer. I’ve thought of it often, and I definitely had more conversations with God in 2017, but I want to be more intentional in spiritual journey. I want to finish my daily devotional I left hanging and start (and finish) a new one. So if you have suggestions, please send them my way!
So there you guys have it. Those are the 10 big things that will have most of my attention this year. 2017 was so amazing to The Boy and I that I’m not sure how 2018 could be any better. I’m really excited to see where this year takes us and what new adventures await.
What are your 2018 goals? Do you live by the new year, new me phrase? Got any tips on how I can drink more water or squeeze in workouts 4x each week?