Reachable Goals for a Happy New Year

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New Year. New Format.

Last year my blog format was in transition.  Writing consistently helped me see just how disorganized I was by about the 4th month.  In November and December, I made a point to work on how I wanted my blog to look as I went along.

Goal one of this year as far as blogging goes is this:

Stay away from throw-away posts!

Since this is the first Monday of 2017, this week’s theme is starting the year off right. In this first post I’m going to set out some goals for the year.

Everyone is big on jumping on the bandwagon of starting the year off with goals.  I might show my age a little too much by saying it, but in my head I hear Oprah repeating:

You get a New Years Resolution!

If you listen hard enough you hear it to I’m sure.

So what’s different about this year?

One word:

Reachable?  Yes!

The key this year (and every year from now on) is to pick reachable goals. By starting at a confident position in January you set yourself up now to check off everything from the list for the year by December!

Keeping with the focus topics of my blog mom life, educating the littles and product reviews here are my goals for 2017:

MomLife Goals

A friend of mine spent 2016 focused on #faith, #family and #fun and I found it such a great concept that I went in search of how I could find my own word to focus on for 2017. I came across the article Three Easy Steps To Find Your One Word from The SITS Girls about how to pick a word to focus on in the new year. It’s for 2016, but I think it’s a universal process, one that I’ve tried and came up with the word:

“Hashtag quality! as my husband would joke.  He’s just discovered Instagram and loves to overuse hashtags.

So why quality?

In the past I’ve done an ok job:

  • juggling my blog
  • my mommy duties
  • wife duties

My goal this year I want to approach these things and put more time and consideration into them aka quality over quantity.

What’s word you can think of that you might want to focus on this year?

Educating The Littles Goals

While I guess that these are really goals for the kids to be making, I’m taking the liberty of “encouraging” the following behaviors for each of the kids.

  • This year I want Boogie to learn the ABC’s. He turned four in November 2016 and he’s still got another year of school before starting at the public school, but it never hurts to encourage him to learn. Preschool has been working on the alphabet and next year he’ll start to learn to write more than just recognize the letters,but by the time he starts school again in August I want him to confidently know all the letters at least by sight.
  • We’ve had a few hurdles to jump over, and Bootsie already is reading a lot with her first grade teacher, but I think that putting out a goal of her reading 104 (2 books a week) in 2017 is a reachable goal.

What goals do you have when thinking of education for your kids or for yourself?

Product Review Goals

2016 was the year of the random product review posts.

In 2017 I have a plan to do 24 quality product reviews. I even have a name for it.


I won’t totally abandon showing my opinions of things during the year, but these 24 posts will be specific reviews for products. Two a month seems like a reachable goal. If more come along that’ll be great, but at least 24 seems about the right amount so that I can make them quality posts instead of throw-away ones.

Got a product you want me to review? Tell me about it!

Considering the above category and goals, I think that all of these are reasonable reachable goals. I hope that this post is starting my year of #quality off right. Can’t wait to see you all online in 2017!

What are your goals for 2017? Let me know!

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  1. Hello!

    I just love how you made goals for your children. You’re right. It’s hard juggling mom and blogging duties. I hope this year will be easier and great product review name. 😊

    • I keep hearing that if you write something down you’re more likely to do it. Vision boards are also good for keeping track of goals too. I feel like if I pick some simple things to focus on that I can actually do them. Every time I look at this post title or reread it, I’ll remember to get all of them done!

      PS–For some reason your comment ended up in the spam section of my blog. I wonder why? LOL 🙂

  2. Reachable goals have always been the worst thing for me. I make a simple, reachable goal and then I’m like “It’s not good enough” and then not only do I fail to reach my Big goal, I don’t do any simple ones and the year has been wasted. I love that your goals are surrounding your children. Hope you reach and exceed them.:)

  3. I think your goals are great! I’m all about being realistic with goals so that while we do stretch ourselves and grow, we also successfully attain our goals too. Baby steps (little ways 😉) are how I try to keep my goals reachable.

    • The great thing about goals too is to have them be adjustable as well…if you set a goal and meet it, you can always set another one. So far since the start of the year Bootsie has already read 6 books out of her 102 goal! Amazing right? Now I just have to think of what prize to give her if she actually does meet the goal!

  4. Yep! Reachable goals is what I’ve been striving for this time of year, too. I always throw up my hands after a couple of months when I resolve to organize the ENTIRE house or loose a bunch of weight. This year, I decided I’m going to master my kitchen. That’s it. And pray more, but I don’t really see that as a resolution as much as just a general improvement in my relationship with God. (P.S. I call my younger two The Littles, also.)

    • Mastering my kitchen. I love the way you put that. Like my #quality, it leaves you a lot of room to explore that, but at the same time focuses you so that you don’t feel like you have to conquer everything this year.

      It’s funny, I don’t really call the kids The Littles, but like my word of the year, it leaves the description open so that as my kids grow I can put what I’m doing under that heading and not worry about having to change it from preschool to elementary school to junior high and high school ages as I go.

      Thanks so much for the comment!

  5. Thanks so much for joining us at the One Word Blog Hop at Create With Joy!
    Best of luck to you in pursuing your goals – I hope you’ll update us on your progress throughout the year and stay connected with our creative community each week at our ongoing inspirational blog parties! 🙂

    • You’re welcome! There are a lot of them out there. I actually had quality come to mind this year without much help. I think I’m going to add this task to an ebook I’m rolling around in my head right now.

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