It's time for my 2015 post. Yes, yes, yes... there are thousands of these posts and mine will not be unique. I took the last few weeks off from blogging (besides the posts that I was contracted to have posted on specific dates) to really think about where I want this blog to go in 2015. I have a lot of ideas and am definitely motivated to get my ideas into place but it's going to take a lot of focus, organization and planning on my end.
I am really excited about what is in store for 2015. I love when January 1st rolls around. It's not so much about resolutions but about it being the baseline for a new set of goals, to review the last year's achievements. I have a few goals set for each quarter, for the year end and five year goals.
One of the things we all seem to want to achieve is bettering ourselves. More patient, a better parent, a better friend, lose weight, get in shape, save money, etc.
I will say all of the above are ongoing goals for me, not just for 2015. I struggle with all of these areas and as they are ongoing goals, I am not going to list them as personal goals for the purpose of 2015 goals as they are "constant goals".
Declutter. I have struggled with clutter for the last few years. It's terrible. Most of it ties into depression. I become depressed, I buy, I don't organize and then I don't have energy to clear it. It's a brutal cycle. I became a bit of a hoarder when I hit my 30s and I am fed up. It has effected me emotionally and socially. I don't want visitors. When the weekends come, I don't do anything because I know I need to deal with my apartment but then I'm so overwhelmed - I just watch tv or go online. I'm fed up. I needed to hit this point to motivate me to do something about it. I purchased Ruth Soukup's book, 31 Days to a Clutter Free Life (aff link) and I am really excited. I will post a review about it later!
It's going to take baby steps and I already have it planned out on how I am going to tackle this issue:
- By room.
- By "clutter" (i.e., clothes, toys, books, etc.)
- Organize: boxes ready for trash, giveaway and put away.
- Tackle each area every Friday.
- This is just a start but... I will post about this more frequently.
Slow down on spending. This is really embarrassing but I am going to be 100% transparent here. I have 14 credit cards. FOURTEEN. ALL maxed out. ONLY paying the minimum per month. Take 14 times $30. Yeah... I have been struggling. Actually, let me backtrack and say I HAD 14 MAXED out credit cards. TEN are paid off. ZERO balances on 10 cards. UNACCEPTABLE. This all ties back into my first goal- depression + overspending. It was out of control BUT I hit that "fed up" point and I am glad. I still have four to pay off but that is doable (as seen by paying off ten cards in one year). I followed the Dave Ramsey method and it's paid off but it's also because of blogging that I could afford to pay off cards as fast I have. If it wasn't for the income I've made here, there would have been NO Christmas presents for anybody in my family and there wouldn't have been any kind of a Christmas dinner. It opened my eyes like you would not believe. I've been reading the Total Money Makeover by Dave Ramsey (aff link) and it's eye opening and I HIGHLY recommend it!
How do I plan to to deal with this as a frivolous spender? Here's my baby steps:
1. Unsubscribed to ALL store emails. I don't want to hear about the sale with the 40% off coupon because I will buy whether I need it or not!
2. Removed my saved cards from my online profiles on stores.
3. More eating at home.
4. No more buying books or movies. I will allow myself to get new books ONLY when I trade in a box of books I have read at the used book store.
5. Meal planning.
6. Go to more FREE events in the city.
7. I have a kitchen FULL of groceries. I am going to slow down on grocery shopping and will go hand in hand with meal planning.
I think that's enough for my personal goals for now as I will work on these for the first quarter.
More foodie posts. I love doing recipes and food photography! These are my FAVORITE posts and I need to be more consistent with them! Let me know if there is anything you'd like to see! I have some GREAT posts coming up and I am REALLY excited for them to go live!
Focus more on quality. I now have more time with only working four days a week and am going to work more on the quality of my posts.
Double my readership and engage more. Notice I didn't say double my traffic? Traffic means NOTHING if I don't have readers that I am not engaging with and they aren't engaging with me, right? I've been HORRIBLE about it and I miss the networking and friendships. I'm really excited about this goal!
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Grow my social networking.
Narrow my focus. I feel like my blog has been a bit ... all over the place. I am going to focus on recipes, decluttering, finances and business.
Grow my earnings (I have to buy my own insurance this year and momma's gotta pay the bills) without selling out. I am reading How to Blog For Profit Without Selling Your Soul (aff link) and
Blogging on the Side's book. (aff link). These are BOTH amazing and are overflowing with information. I am also working on more on freelance writing gigs and Etsy. I have ZERO desire to quit my job but I would like to be able to get completely out of debt and buy a home.
What are YOUR goals for the new year?
If you wrote a post, please link it in the comments! I'd love to read it and share it!