Sunday, 8 July 2018

2018 Goals Check-In!

Since we're now over halfway through the year (I mean, how?!), I thought it was about time I checked in with my 2018 goals. To remind myself of what they are. To steer myself back on track if I've veered off slightly. To make myself more accountable. To make this the best year possible. Let's see how I'm getting on then, shall we? 

1. Lose 3 stone. I actually need to amend this to 4 & 1/2 stone. That's what I've been told by the GP I need to lose in order to qualify for fertility treatment. And so far? I'm nowhere near. In fact, I don't think I've weighed myself even once so far this year, so I have no idea if I've lost, gained or stayed the same to be honest. I'm going to amend this, as losing that much weight in six month is impossible and unhealthy, to: Lose some weight. Any amount will do.

2. Read 150 books. I am well on my way to achieving this; I've currently read 100 books and am 29 books ahead of schedule. I'm pretty optimistic this will be easily completed by the end of the year. 

3. Save £1000. I'm not there yet, but I am getting there. This is still achievable, in my eyes.

4. Move from Blogger to Wordpress. I've put the brakes on this one for now. I'm not earning as much from my blog at the moment, and I don't want to switch to a paying platform until I know I can cover the costs. So I don't think I'll complete this one. So I'm amending this goal to: Purchase a new theme. Which I did, a few months ago!

5. Meet another blogging friend IRL. I'm hoping this might be the year I get to meet Llinos. Alternatively, I've plans to meet up with a fellow Tewkesbury based blogger who I met via the Bleet app! So this one should get ticked off pretty soon.

6. Reach 5k followers on Twitter. I'd love to hit 5k on Twitter, but it's looking pretty unrealistic. So let's be more realistic: Reach 3.5k followers on Twitter.

7. Reach 360 followers on Bloglovin'. I'm currently on 235, so this seems pretty unreachable too. Maybe a more realistic goal would be: Reach 300 followers on Bloglovin'.

8. Reach 2k followers on Instagram. This feels damn near impossible, but I bloody love Instagram. So I'm going to put more effort into this platform over the next few months and hope I can reach this target by the end of the year.

9. Reach 250 likes on Facebook. This is looking unlikely too. I'm currently stagnating at 185 likes. So let's amend this goal to: Reach 200 likes on Facebook.

10. Grow my Pinterest profile. Despite putting hardly an effort into this platform, I've somehow gained new followers. If only Instagram could be so easy...

11. Value myself and my blog more. Rather than accepting whatever amount a PR is willing to pay, I've been putting forward the amount I charge for sponsored posts and refusing to budge on how much I expect. Because I, and my blog, are worth it. 

12. Work with ten new to my blog brands/companies. And then some. It's been a great year so far for working with a variety of companies. I can't wait to collaborate with more.

13. Relaunch my newsletter. I'm totally scrapping this goal. With all the GDPR rules and regs that have recently come into play, I'm not sure where I stand with the legalities of a newsletter. I'd rather not get bogged down in all that, and I was never particularly punctual with my newsletters in the past anyway, so it's no great loss.

14. Improve my photography. Because I scrapped my last goal, of relaunching my newsletter, I've added a new one to the list! For the rest of this year, I want to focus on improving my photography. I still only have an iPhone 8 for a camera. But I have so many backgrounds, props etc I want to utilise to create some awesome photos for the blog.

So, my new goals are: to lose some weight, 3.5k followers on Twitter, 300 followers on Bloglovin', 200 likes on Facebook, and improve my photography. And I'll be continuing to work towards my goals of: reading 150 books, saving £1000, meeting a blogger friend IRL, and 2k followers on Instagram. Wish me luck!

What were your goals for 2018, and how are you getting on with them? 

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