New Year’s Resolutions 2016

31/12/2015 Discussions, Lifestyle, Personal 16

New Year's Resolutions 2016Happy New Year’s Eve everyone!

I always seem to have really mixed feelings about the New Year: on one hand it’s slightly depressing as a marker of how fast time is flying by (I can still remember the change of the millenium – I was only seven at the time, but still! How the hell is it almost 2016!?), whilst there’s also a certain positivity attached to it through the promise of a fresh start and new beginnings. This year is the same as ever, as I feel slightly reluctant to let go of what was a pretty good year for me (moving house, meeting my boyfriend, keeping up with my blogging and starting my Etsy shop), but am really looking forward to the coming one.

And what does looking forward to the New Year mean? It’s resolution time, of course! Whether or not I manage to stick to them is anyone’s guess, but it seems like a good idea to start a New Year full of good intentions, and have something to look back on that will hopefully motivate me.

So here are my resolutions for 2016:

Blogging/Writing Resolutions

  • Continue to stick to a blog schedule: A few weeks ago I did this post about a new blog schedule I was going to try out, which would involve me posting three times a week. So far I’ve stuck to it (aside from last week when I took a break for Christmas), but it has only been a matter of weeks, so I’d love to try and keep it up in the New Year (I’ve even bought a pretty sparkly diary to plan out my posts in!).
  • Up my social media ante: As far as my social media profiles are concerned (primarily Twitter and Instagram) it tends to be feast or famine: I’ll post religiously for a couple of weeks and then go AWOL for days or even weeks at a time. Therefore I’d love to be more consistent with them in the New Year, and maybe try some new things like Twitter chats.
  • Grow my blog further: No one likes to admit that they would love more followers or page views, but there’s no denying I would really like to grow my blog further. It’s far from the most important thing, but it would be nice to see the numbers increase in 2016! I’ve been stalled at around 150 on Bloglovin for a while, and I’d love to at least get to 200 soon.
  • Write more fiction:  I often find that when I work a lot on my blog my fiction writing slips by the wayside, and that has certainly been the case recently. Therefore I’d love to get back to it, and maybe even start a bigger fiction project like revising my NaNoWriMo 2014 novel, or starting a new one.

Reading Resolutions

  • Read the books I already own: I have so many books that I have bought and haven’t read yet that I should really work on reading those before I buy any more!
  • Read more widely: I feel like I’ve branched out a little bit more this year, and its resulted in me finding so many great books I might not otherwise have tried. Therefore I want to keep this up and push myself further in the New Year.

Personal Resolutions

  • Get a new job: This was on my list last year, and I’m ashamed to say I am still in the same job, only I dislike it even more now. Therefore my main aim this next year is to find something else!
  • Go to some new places: This year I’d really love to go to some new places, and since it has been forever since I last went on holiday I’d love to maybe get a couple of trips away in! Having still never gone abroad I’d really like to do that this year, but I guess that depends on whether or not I can save up the money. Which leads me on to…
  • Be better with money: I am absolutely terrible with money, and since I moved out of my parents’ house this last year I have found it a struggle to manage my finances (not helped by my minimum wage job – yet another reason to find another!). Therefore I want to really try hard this year to manage my money better, which will make life so much less stressful in the long run!

So those are my resolutions for 2016. Have you made any resolutions this year?

16 Responses to “New Year’s Resolutions 2016”

  1. Emma

    Good luck with them, I bet you can do it! I haven’t made any resolutions this year because I’m a bit scared of failing them—but I’d love to see my blog grow a bit more too. Fingers crossed for both of us!

  2. Nordie @ writing about books

    Good Luck!

    One thing of doing any kind of objectives is to make them SMART – Specific Measurable Actionable Realistic and Timely. So “would like to get to 200 on bloglovin” is a good objective – but by when? How will you know it’s been a success? so “200 on Bloglovin by x-point 2016….” is a much clearer objective and will give you something to aim for. They’re personal objectives, so it doesnt matter if you dont meet them – but it gives you something to strive for!

    My objectives for 2016 go up tomorrow, but meanwhile, here is an update on my objectives for 2015 (and as you can see I didnt meet all of them!)

    • Laura

      Thanks! 🙂
      It does sound like a good idea to set myself a deadline and then I have something more specific to work towards. I’ll be sure to do that, so thanks so much for the advice!
      I’ll definitely be checking out your objectives.

  3. Lory @ Emerald City Book Review

    Great resolutions! I hope especially you can find a new job that you love. Life is too short to hate what you do. I share lots of your blogging/reading goals, like being more organized with scheduling, diversifying my reading, and reading the books I already have. And of course growing my blog readership would always be nice. Have a very happy New Year!

    • Laura

      The new job one is the main one I’d like to achieve – you’re totally right about life being too short to hate what you do.
      Best of luck with your blogging and reading goals, I hope we both manage to stick to them!
      Happy New Year! 🙂

  4. Topaz @ Six Impossible Things

    I’m wishing you the best of luck with your resolutions, Laura – especially with that new job! I know how tough it can be to despise waking up in the morning and having to trudge to a place you hate – and I’m sending all of my good wishes your way that 2016 is the year you find a job where your talents and interests can shine.

    The happiest of New Years to you! xx

    • Laura

      Aww, thanks so much! It really does suck having to spend your days somewhere you hate, so I’m making it my mission to change that this year.
      I hope you have a wonderful year too 🙂

  5. Rosie

    Good for you! Some of these goals will really support each other. Hope you find a job you like and that eases the financial pressures!

  6. Alexandra Mayhew

    Good luck with all of your goals honey Xxx I am looking for a blog planner too- I just can’t find the right one!!!! Love the sparkly diary. Is it Paperhaul? Sorting my finances and finding a new job are on my list too!!! Happy New Year to you. Lexie XX

    • Laura

      Thank you! 🙂
      The diary is from Paperchase. They do so many lovely ones in there, and I’m sure this is going to come in really handy for planning my posts.
      Happy New Year, and best of luck with the whole job/finance thing too! 🙂

    • Laura

      Me and my boyfriend seem to have a thing of ‘we both spend’, so I guess at least one of you two is a saver! Best of luck saving for a house and a wedding 🙂 I’ll definitely check out your resolutions!

  7. Kaja

    Good luck with your resolutions, Laura!
    Yeah, moving out from your parents’ house can be overwhelming at first if you have to support yourself fully. I hope you find a new job – one that you like better than the current one!
    And yeah, blogging (and commenting and doing maintenance and social media) takes time away from my fiction writing, too. But I like my blog a lot so I don’t like the idea of cutting my presence there… It’s a problem, definitely. 🙂 Here’s to more balance!

    • Laura

      Thanks! 🙂
      I’m seriously hoping I get a new job this year! That’s the main one I want to achieve.
      I kind of feel like that too – I don’t want to focus less on my blog, but I really do want to work more on my fiction writing. Hopefully we’ll both find the perfect balance this year! 🙂

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