Return From Hiatus + 2016 Blog Goals

Return From Hiatus + 2016 Blog Goals

 

Happy Monday all my bookish and writerly friends! I SO am excited to be back from my three-week hiatus! ^.^ I am also proud to report that the break was incredibly productive. I now feel recharged and ready to tackle 2016!

Today I’m going to be talking about the goals that I had set for myself three weeks ago in my post Going on Hiatus Until Mid-January and how I did. At the end of the post, I will be sharing the goals I hope to achieve for the blog by 2017!

Embracing Practice Not Perfection

Three weeks ago, I mapped out the five areas of my life that I was going to be focusing on. To recap, those areas were: family, fitness, writing, critiquing, and gratitude.

So how have I been doing? Let’s take a look!

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Family

Time with family has been incredible. It’s been both fun-filled and relaxing. With the kids I’ve continued my role as their human fort, I’ve graduated to being the director of their masterful concertos and am now the victim of having books thrown at me when baby Kevin doesn’t like the book that I’m reading. He’s going to be a tough critic one day, I can already tell.

Fitness

I’m noting going to lie, implementing a new fitness routine has been a struggle. I had a setback last week when I got sick as well. However, over the past three weeks I’m really proud of my progress and I’m determined to maintain a positive mentality towards my fitness goals.

Writing

I got a lot of writing done!! ^.^ I managed to revise/rewrite all the way up to chapter 48. *happy dancing* I estimate that I have between 10-15 chapters left to rewrite before I can say that I’m finally done with draft 14 of Dreamweaver. To read a synopsis of my work in progress and preview a snippet, check out my post The 7/7/7 Challenge | A Writers Tag

Over the break, I also had this really cool writing breakthrough:

I’m super excited to dive into this novella between books 1 and 2. It will follow a character that isn’t part of the alternating 1st person POV so I am practically itching with anticipation to get into this character’s head and explore some of the backstory that I’ve created for this person.

In other news, I was invited to do a guest post for Melanie Noell Bernard! It will be my first guest post and will be coming out on Melanie’s blog later this month. I’ll be talking about three of my resolutions for the New Year!

Critiquing

I started beta reading and sending back critiques to my wonderful people. I’ve also received excellent feedback from them to help me improve upon Dreamweaver as I move forward. I couldn’t have asked for more. I’m so very grateful.

Gratitude

Speaking of gratitude, I now keep a gratitude log. I write down three things I am grateful for daily and the practice has really changed my life!

I’ve also been getting more artsy, something I did not anticipate or plan on, and have been trying my hand at calligraphy/ faux calligraphy. Here is something I played around with for a while.

I also plan to enter in The Postman’s Knock 2016 Creative Challenge. I am by no means an artist, so this will really be a huge challenge for me. This is my first entry out of the four required submissions:

All in all, I think I really embraced my motto for the year “Practice Not Perfection” and I hope to continue balancing these important facets of my life while maintaining things here at the blog.

2016 Blog Goals

I have big dreams for myself and for the blog this year.

Goals:

  • Update/Make ‘About Page’ Super Awesome and Fun
  • Post 2-3x a week
  • Cohesive photo/graphic branding
  • 3,500 monthly page views by January 2017
  • Start a tribe newsletter
  • Grow followership across all platforms
    • Facebook 57 –> 100
    • Twitter 402–> 500
    • Pinterest 38–> 100
    • Instagram 92–>200
    • WordPress 191–> 350
    • Email 7–> 50

I am SO excited to be blogging again and I can’t wait to see what the New Year has in store for all of us!

Did you make any resolutions this year for yourself? For your blog? What are they? How do you keep yourself accountable to your aspirations and goals as the year progresses on? I’d love to hear how you do it. Let me know in the comments!

Keep Reading and Keep Writing,

~Nicolette~

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20 thoughts on “Return From Hiatus + 2016 Blog Goals

  1. I love bullet lists for the same reasons ^^ I’m glad to hear your break was productive! I love how colourful your notebook is, mine are just messes of scribbles. Trying to get used to a new fitness routine is hard. I’m trying to do the same thing, I feel your pain and so do my legs.
    Keeping a list of things you’re grateful for seems like a great idea – I might have to implement some of your ideas into my routine, like more colourful notebooks ^^
    Happy writing, and well done on your amazing progress!

    1. Aww thanks so much for all the journal love!!! I love bullet journaling, and the bujo community is sooo amazing by keeping me on my toes and inspired to achieve more! Love it!
      Yes! Fitness! So hard. I managed to push through the sloth feeling last night and actually get on my spinning bike, woot woot! Lol. Small victories…
      I highly reccommend keeping a gratitude log. It really keeps things in perspective and forces me to reflect on the day in a positive way. Ending each day with this grateful feeling in my heart is so peaceful and helps me sleep better at night. It’s very calming.
      How’s writing been going for you!! I need to jump back over to your blog and catch up on all your awesomeness again! 🙂

      1. Bullet points are brilliant, they make it so easy to keep an eye on everything. Although I admit I usually use slashes rather than points, but they do the same so I get all the same benefits 😛
        Well done getting on your bike. I’ve started running in the morning and it can be so hard to get out of bed, especially when there’s a cat cuddled by my face.
        Writing has been going well, thank you! Last week I finished applying the first set of changes to my draft and this week I’m adding chapters so the edit is going well as well 🙂 No rush, but I hope you enjoy catching up when you get a moment 🙂 How has yours been going?

      2. I think we’re talking about two different things Sarina! ^.^ I bullet journal. It’s an analog system of planning. Though I haven’t been keeping up with it daily, I also take part in the #planwithmechallenge on twitter to keep on track and be involved in the bujo community. You should check it out! I love it. http://www.bulletjournal.com

        I can’t run with my plantars fasciitis anymore…sad times, but I totally feel your pain about getting out of bed. The struggle was real this morning as I peeled myself out of the bed!! HAHA!

        That’s amazing with your writing!! A HUGE congrats!! I’m so envious but also more happy for you!! 😀

        Writing has it’s ups and downs for me. So much gets done in short spurts and then stuff comes up and then nothing happens. I’ve been swamped at work so nothing much lately. Falling behind on what I wanted to do with it, but I’m just trying to stay positive about it and not let it get me down. 🙂

  2. YAY! You’re back! I missed you! Has it really been three weeks already?! My goodness I’ve lost quite a bit of time. Thus are the consequences of stress, but nonetheless you’re back! Wee!!

    In regards to being artsy: Dude! You need to make your own font! Holy goodness those words are pretty! I’m super jealous! *.*

    Thank you so much for putting my super long name in your post! Hee hee! I’ve gotten really good feedback on the resolution posts so far this month and I think yours will do the same! ^.^ Thank you again for participating!

    I LOVE your idea of a gratitude log. This is awesome! I really think I need to start doing this because I’ve been so stressed and anxious lately (waiting for grad school decisions), and I think this would be a great idea to adopt to help center myself. Yay!

    What’s a tribe newsletter? Writers are always talking about tribes. I don’t get this… :/

    1. I know!!! Three weeks really flew on by didn’t they!?!
      Stress… it’s a killer sir. *Bartok voice* (omg, please tell me you know this reference!! I know you do because we’re both uber dorks!! hehe)
      Anyhow, seriously, do the gratitude log, it’s so helpful to end the day on that positive note. It really centers me and forces me to reflect on all the good. Even if I think there was no good, I have to FIND the good. There is ALWAYS good.
      AHHH!! Thank you for liking my doodles!! TRUST, that took ALOT of erasing!! HAHA!! I’m not naturally artist so I erase and erase and erase and oh, did I mention I erase….haha!
      When will my resolutions post go up? I’m excited! I love the one’s I’ve caught up on! Aimal’s was GOLD!!! I love her.
      Tribes are basically your people. Like the people who are so in line with what your doing and putting out there that what you do on your blog isn’t enough. The newsletter is exclusive content and freebies meant just for them. Tribes are cool. But to do it right is tough. I wouldn’t want to start a tribe newsletter without the right amount of thought and prep to go into it.

  3. Your goals are wonderful! Sometimes we need a focus and your bullet journal is just that 🙂 There’s something very satisfying about having a thing written down and then being able to tick it off 😉

    I hope your year is golden, lovely. I can’t wait to see what mountains you climb! 💜

    1. B!! Ah, I just love hearing from you. You light up my whole morning, day, week! You’re such a beacon, I hope the people who get to share you in real life know that! If not I will steal you! ^.^
      I love the bullet journal system and it’s really is one of those things that came into my life right when I needed it. It’s marvelous how sometimes things happen that way. Miraculous even!
      I hope you’re year is just as magnificent. We’re gonna climb those mountains together B! Just wait and see!

      1. Ooh, I rather like the idea of being stolen 😉
        It’s so wonderful when things appear just as you need them, it’s like the cosmos is looking out for you, and that has to be cool!
        So happy to be climbing that mountain together, my lovely. They tell me the view is magnificent!

    1. I love the bujo!! And thanks! I’ve been practicing my handwriting since starting so it’s become prettier with time 😊 And yes! That baby isn’t even two and he’s a tough critic for sure! He’s so cute about books though! The one he likes he just sits down and will read over and over and over. I’ll be like “bubs do you want me to read to you” and he’ll squawk at me like some prehistoric animal to get me to leave him alone. I’ll be like “apparently not”. He likes to do it his way. Lol.

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