2016 Blog + Life Goals

Posted on December 29, 2015 under Thoughts

I made it back just in time to squeeze in one last post of 2015! Here are my goals for this year, which I may or may not succeed at. (I failed both of my goals last year, which were to read 25 books and to stop picking my zits. I’m terrible.)

Continue to interact with more bloggers and make blog friends

At the tail end of 2016 I started occasionally participating in Twitter beauty blogger chats, which led me to discover a lot of cool people and blogs. I’d like to continue doing this, especially because I’m a lurker by nature and tend not to comment on blogs very frequently. So this year I want to continue to be active in the #bbloggers Twitter community and comment on blogs more regularly. (You can follow me on Twitter if you want to help me with this goal!)

Post at least once a week

For prolific or professional bloggers, this goal is probably pretty pathetic. In some of my better months, I easily exceeded this goal – but, as I’m sure some of you have noticed, my blog does go through periods of radio silence when I’m busy with work or school or just uninspired. Five times a month is the bare minimum I’d like to achieve, though I’m hoping I’ll manage more than that for at least half the year.

Diversify content

I love beauty blogging, and it’s something I want to continue with. But sometimes there are other cool things in my life that I’d like to share, and I don’t want to be pigeonholed. I have occasionally shared interesting things I’ve done or places I’ve gone, though through the lens of beauty, and once in awhile I’ll talk about a book, film, or TV show – but I want to do this a bit more often, and maybe not only tacked onto the end of favourites posts or talked about in terms of beauty. So expect a wider variety of posts in 2016!

Quality over quantity

I’ve been naturally transitioning towards this philosophy when it comes to buying new things, especially makeup, but I want it to be a conscious effort when I’m interested in buying something. I don’t want to buy a cheap dress because it’s cute and affordable. I want to buy things that I will use often and that will last me a long time. This year I want to be more thoughtful about what I bring into my home, making fewer purchases that are of a higher quality. (And I’m not talking pricey here – but if I buy something at the drugstore, it has to be because I’ve researched it thoroughly and feel that it will be used and loved, not because it’s cheap!) I think I’ve flushed the “Buy a lot of things because they’re cheap and I want to experiment” thing out of my system now. I have all the basics when it comes to clothes, makeup, and general life items – so now it’s about acquiring things in a well-thought-out, slow, sustainable way.

Get into and start grad school

I haven’t applied for grad school yet (the applications for the programmes I’m interested in aren’t due until July, so I have time!), but I’m hoping to get that sorted within the first quarter of the year. After that, it’s just a waiting game. I’ll let you know when I hear more!

Read 25 books, 75% by marginalized people

I used to be a prolific reader (100 books in 2012 was my peak), but university seems to have sucked up all my time. When I am free, I usually turn to Netflix rather than a book – and I want to change that! 25 does seem paltry to me, but it’s a start. The second half of this goal is aimed at broadening my horizons and supporting writers whose voices are often passed over. Nothing against straight cis white male authors – there are many who I love. But women, LGBTQ+ people, people of colour, and any combination thereof deserve my attention to, and I’m making an active effort to read more works by people who fall into these categories. This was an unofficial goal last year and I really enjoyed it, so I’m happy to continue on with it! For the sake of fairness to myself I won’t be including any works by white men in the count if I have to read them for school, because, you know. I have to read them if I want to get my degree in June.

Learn to wake up earlier

Guys, I’m so bad at waking up in the morning. I’ve struggled with insomnia for as long as I can remember, so my sleep schedule has tended not to match up with the schedule that civil society runs on. In my entire university career I have never signed up for a class that started earlier than 10am, and 11:30am is really my preferred earliest start time. But next semester I have 10am classes four days a week, so I’d better get used to it! I also want to stop overcompensating by sleeping in late on the weekends and then completely ruining the sleep schedule I’d perfected during the week. Sleep is a big struggle for me (although it’s markedly improved over the last two years), and I want to start tackling it in 2016.

Happy 2016, everyone! I’ll see you on the flip side!

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There are 11 responses to “2016 Blog + Life Goals”

  • Great goals! I relate to a lot of these, especially needing to read more and being functional in the morning. I once had 8:30am classes for two winters and it was hell. I think the key to reading more is just unplugging from the digital world in general more frequently. Harder nowadays with the phone on alert all the time!

    • When I read 100 books in 2012 it was just a matter of shutting my laptop an hour before bed and reading in that time instead. It was the easiest thing in the world once the habit developed, but I’ve let it slip away from me again – I guess because I’ve been busier in the past few years than in 2012, and so it feels like I really have to sacrifice more and more screen time for reading. But I LIKE reading, so it shouldn’t feel like a sacrifice! I don’t think I made a real effort last year, so I’m hoping to change that for 2016.

  • I’m with you on the waking up earlier! (in part because all my classes are 8am for this semester…) Waking up between 10-11 makes it feel like the day is such a waste, especially when it’s only light until 4:30pm!
    Good luck with the rest of your resolutions! I find Summer is always the easiest time to sit down and read, whereas winter and fall become way too busy with school and whatnot!

    • Ugh, I could not do 8am classes! I managed to avoid them for three full years of university but this past semester I had 3 conferences at 8:30 and they were SO difficult to drag myself to! I was in awe of the people there who actually had makeup on… I just got out of bed at the last minute possible and went straight to the bus.

      I agree that summer is a better time for reading – I do so much reading for school that sometimes I am just not in the mood for it! But reading for pleasure is way different from reading for school.

  • Happy New Year!

    Good luck with all your goals! I’m also trying to read more book this year. I read less than 10 in 2015, which I was really disappointed with. Uni work and actual work ended up getting in the way. I’m finished now though, so hopefully I can get a few more in.

    The ‘quality over quantity’ goal is a great one. I always buy too much when it’s on sale, even though I don’t really need it. Good luck resisting the sales!
    xxx

    • Thank you! I’ve been disappointed with my annual reading for the past few years, as well. Uni definitely makes me busier, but I know part of it is just that I don’t make the time. So that’ll be a bit change in habits for me!

  • I would like to steal all of your goals, they all make a lot of sense! I’d never thought to diversify my reading in that exact way, last year I made a general goal to read more new releases from 2015 and I did quite well with that, but your goal makes a lot of sense to me and I might dip into that for a reading goal myself.

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