My Blogging And Life Goals For 2017Tuesday, January 03, 2017
Happy New Year!!
You may have seen this post where I spoke about my 2016 personal and blogging goals and if I'd achieved them and in that post I mentioned that I would be writing a post sharing my 2017 blogging and personal goals so today I am going to share those goals with you.
1. To Reach 1,350 Bloglovin Followers
I am currently at 1,280 followers and since gaining blog followers isn't easy I am hoping this is an achievable goal for me. As I always say it isn't about the numbers but it is always nice to know people follow because they want to read my content.
2. Try To Have More Varied Content
I find that sometimes I get stuck in a rut with my blog and find I post similar things all the time, and I would like to vary my content, I love to read posts like "favourite blushes" or "Favourite pink lipsticks" those kind of things, so I would like to try and write some different content too.
3. Continue Commenting On Blogs
I have really enjoyed commenting on blogs over the last year and it is something I want to continue doing, I have found some wonderful bloggers via commenting and I really do think commenting is wonderful, I love to read comments on my blog and to interact with people who comment, it's so nice to chat to people and to know people like reading my posts.
4. Be More Orgainised
This was one of my goals for 2016 and I failed miserably, this year I want to make more use of my planner (I have just ordered a new one) and try at least to be more organised by planning posts and sticking to my plans. I am the queen of procrastination and I need to stop it.
Reading a lot of blogs, I see so many amazing products that I want to try and I have a list in the notes on my phone of some products and some brands I'd like to try, however I never seem to get round to it and I'll see products on the blogs I love and think "ooooh that looks lovely, I'd love to try that" and I pop it on the note and then never make the order! I received some MUG eyeshadows and a Jeffree Star liquid lipstick for Christmas and I have wanted to try both for absolutely ages, there are other brands and products I'd love to try and I really want to make 2017 the year I do.
1. Try To Stop Caring What Others Think
I worry far too much what other people think of me, so much so that only my very close "real life friends" know about my blog and it isn't something I tell people, I feel people wouldn't understand and I am embarrassed people will think it's rubbish. But someone I know found my blog recently, completely by accident and she sent me an email telling me how good she thought it was and how she really enjoys it, maybe I should tell more people about it? I also worry about what others think in lots of different aspects of my life, I went to a wedding in the summer of Simon's boss and I almost made myself ill worrying about what the people he works with would think of me, I need to stop it!
2. Read More
I used to love reading, I'd read book after book and would take around 4-6 books away for a 2 week holiday but I don't ever read now, I started to re read Me Before You in the summer after watching the film because I loved that and loved the book the first time I read it and I still haven't even got half way through. I do struggle to concentrate because of my illnesses but I would like to try and maybe try audio books too as I think I would enjoy them, but I miss reading and it is something I would like to get into again in 2017.
3. Don't Be A Doormat
Whilst I have some incredible friends and family members (you know who you are if you're reading) I also have some people in my life who have thought over the years that it's ok for me and my family to put all the effort in and do all the phoning/texting/visiting etc etc and it's not happening anymore, we've put up with it for too many years now and it has to stop, we aren't made of coir matting and don't have welcome on our foreheads and 2017 is the year to let some people know it.
4. Keep Up Our New Tradition & Keep Doing Things As A Family
In 2016 myself, Simon, Cole & Lissy went to the Manchester Christmas markets, I haven't been for a couple of years but the girls go every year with their friends/boyfriend, this year we all went, just the 4 of us and it was lovely, we had a look round Primark too afterwards which was nice (maybe not for Simon ha ha) but it was so nice to spend time just us 4, Simon and the girls took turns pushing me which they like to do for some reason and it was lovely, freezing cold but lovely. We decided that each Christmas we are going to do something just the 4 of us and it will be our family Christmas tradition, we already have plans for this year but it isn't booked yet so I don't want to jinx it, I will let you know when it is though. I really want to keep this tradition up but also I would love for us to keep doing more as a family too, it is so hard with Coles job and her working most weekends and Simon getting weekends off but we did more as a family in 2016 and I really liked it so I would love to keep it up.
5. Be Honest...
Now I am very honest, I AWAYS tell the truth and my biggest pet hate of all time is lying, no lying is our number 1 house rule but I haven't been being very honest with people lately. Nothing really bad but I have been feeling really down for around the last 6 months and I haven't told anyone and it's getting worse, God knows why I'm writing this here, maybe if I get it out I'll have to admit it, I don't want to bore you all and this isn't a sympathy post, if you know me well, you'll know that's not me and neither is putting shit like this online but I need to be honest. I had a brief chat with my GP about the feelings of anxiety etc and Simon was there and I have mentioned once to my girls that I kept feeling anxious but like I always do, I play it down, make a joke of it, that's what I do but it isn't a joke and it isn't going away and I need to be honest. Having the health problems I have, I need a lot of help with every day activities and I HATE it and feeling like a burden and a complete waste of space is something I am really struggling with at the moment, I hate people having to do things for me, I am forever apologising "sorry you've dried my hair" "sorry you had to help with bla bla" it's all the time but I feel like such a burden, I'm 43 I should be able to do these things, I worked on a ward of 25 very sick people and ran, yes ran down that ward regularly, I pushed beds to ITU, saved peoples lives on a regular basis, was the rock to patients who'd lost loved ones, me, yes little old me did those things and in my youth I was a gymnast and without sounding big headed I was an incredible gymnast who achieved a hell of a lot so it is REALLY hard when now the simplest of daily activities I once took for granted, I can't do. I know my family and close friends don't mind but I DO and I really need to be honest about it. God only knows how I will do that but one of my goals for 2017 is to be honest about how I feel, I have more front that Blackpool and Simon always says you could build a pier on the front I have but that's me isn't it? Funny Zoe, the Zoe that makes people laugh but inside I am the Zoe that hates having to have her hair washed and dried and countless other things that I don't really want to disclose on here and I know loads of other people are like me, I see it everyday online on social media, but I don't share my illness online and on social media, yes I mention it, it would be a bit hard not to but it isn't me, I am Zoe, I'm not the bloody illness and I'd like it if people saw me first, there's nothing to admire here, people used to say "oh wow you're a nurse" now what would they say? Congrats, you're a waste of space! I don't really know what I'll do about this but by 31st December 2017 I would like to be able to tell you that I have at least told my family and close friends about it, my family don't read my blog, Simon and the girls live with me, they don't need to and my parents don't "get it" my real life friends (I hate that saying) won't read it either so I have 363 days (at the time of writing this) to tell them, I am really sorry, I don't know what sparked this but it has come from somewhere and it is something I need to do, and now in true Zoe style I shall shut up about it and not mention it again, because that's what I do.
So those are my personal and blogging goals for 2017, I have no idea if I will achieve these goals, I hope I do, but I will try my very best and I will come back at the end of 2017 and let you know how I got on just like I did with my 2016 goals.
I will also be setting little monthly goals in terms of numbers for my blog and social media channels, I will be writing those goals down so if you would like to know if I achieve those at the end of the year too, let me know.
Let me know in the comments what goals you have set for 2017, I'd love to know.
Thank you for reading, much love as always