Ahhhh, 2017! I am quite excited to be welcoming in this new year. It’s only day three and exciting plans are already happening! My first trip out of the country is booked. I have tickets for my first Harry Potter con. Also, this version of my blog turned one on the first! I debated planning something fun for my first year in this new space, but realized I was quite okay with letting it slide quietly by. I love my blog, and I can’t wait to put out great content this year for all you awesome readers!
Onto my 2017 goals! For the past few years I’ve been enjoying setting goals at the beginning of each year. No matter big or small, I like the feeling of working towards something throughout the year. Here were my year-long goals for 2016, and how I fared with them.
#1. Start selling my art online. I did this! Well. I opened a shop, and even made some sales! BUT, soon after opening I realized that I’m not super happy with what I have to offer so I stopped promoting the shop at all (though it is still open). It’s a decision I do not regret. I did also make sales via commissions which were steady, yay!
#2. Save money. A big success! My partner and I didn’t touch our savings account ONCE last year, and successfully added over $1K into it. It feels great!
#3. Participate in the One Little Word project. Semi-success? I chose FOCUS for my word, and I’m still happy with that choice. But in the end, I don’t feel like I got much out of having a ‘one little word’. I don’t think I’ll be picking a word for this year.
Not too shabby! Granted, I only made three goals, but I’m pleased with completing them all. For 2017 goals, I’m going to up my game by making goals for multiple categories. Also, I plan to check in on these throughout the year to make sure I’m actively working on them year round!
#1. Add new products to my art shop. Plans are already in motion for new things, and I’m excited to get drawing!
#2. Pursue more freelance clients and apply for editorial work. This is entirely new territory for me, but I need to put myself out there and go after more freelance work. It won’t just show up on my doorstep.
#3. Show my work locally. CUE HEART ATTACK. I want to bring my art to local galleries and shops and see about displaying it and also potentially stocking prints and products in brick and mortar shops.
#1. Post twice a week. Tuesday and Thursday are going to be my posting days, and I’d like to stick to that for the whole year. Some weeks may include more posts if I’ve got more to share with y’all! I also have plans to bring back some things that fell off the boat last year which I really miss. Namely, Artist Interviews and Indie Shopping posts.
#2. Start an email list. GAG. The thought of this makes me so nervous. However, after countless hours of reading articles and watching webinars, I do understand why they can be a good thing. (I’ve got a post planned to chat about email lists, and I’ll go over this is in more detail.) For now, I need to focus on it’s content….what on earth would I write about to you guys?!
#3. Utilize Pinterest. I know Pinterest can be a huge traffic driver, and I want to take advantage of it. I’ve already started making Pinterest friendly images to pin for my posts, which I will continue.
#1. Regular yoga & exercise. Honestly, the yoga aspect won’t be too difficult. I’ve done yoga pretty regularly for awhile now. I need to focus on not letting it slide around busy times (like holidays). Exercise is a whole other story. I am so inconsistent with it. I’d like to change that, for my mental health as much as my physical.
#2. Meet my reading goal. I set my reading goal to 40 books this year, which is the same as 2016. I met my goal last year (counting graphic novels, which Goodreads does) and I’d like to do it again this year!
#3. Learn Spanish. I already know a bit of Spanish. I took years of it in school and remember a lot more than I thought! The main reason for this goal is we are taking a trip to Costa Rica in April. We’re staying in a smaller village, so being comfortable speaking Spanish will be a boon for sure! I’ve been using Duolingo to brush up, along with studying in my own time. I’d like to continue learning even after our trip!
Let’s get cracking, 2017!
What are some of your 2017 goals? Let me know, or if you have a post on it, feel free to share a link in the comments!