Happy 2016!

Thursday, December 31, 2015

Happy Thursday and happy last day of 2015! Yesterday I took some time to pause and reflect on 2015, and what a wonderful and stressful year it was. Every year I like to create goals and things I would like to accomplish, and 2016 is no different. I really took my time in creating these goals, because I really wanted to be intentional about my goals, instead of lofty ideals that I usually strive for. So, here are my goals for 2016! I love setting goals and encouraging others' goals, so let me know in the comments what your 2016 goals are!
  • Read 12 books for fun (not for class!). I do a lot of reading for class, but I am absolutely determined to read a bunch of books that have lived on my "to read" list for too long.
  • Keep a gratitude log/journal with three entries per day. I started using a gratitude journal this year, and I think it really helps me reflect on my day in a productive and positive way.
  • Join a yoga studio and prioritize health. I was part of a yoga studio that I loved, and I have been wanting to join it again!
  • Decrease attachment to material objects (collect moments not things). This is one of those lofty goals, but I have a problem of too much stuff. I have been really inspired by the KonMari method of only keeping things that bring joy, and would LOVE to declutter and de-stuff my life.
  • Graduate with Distinction in History in June. I have been working so hard for this exact moment, and I'm going to keep working to make this dream a reality. Thesis, prepare to be conquered.
  • Line up an After-Graduation-Plan. I have some things in the works, but I know I will feel much better when I have a more concrete plan.
  • Keep up with reading and homework. Always something I aim to do, just to reduce stress and be prepared for class. 
  • Take a calligraphy class. I have discovered a love for calligraphy and hand-lettering this year, and would love to develop this skill further in the coming year!
  • Take a photography class. I think I take decent photos, but I need some serious polishing and basic photography knowledge and skills. 
  • Practice calligraphy and lettering every day. Since I am so passionate about calligraphy, I need to make it a habit to do at least one practice every day.  
  • Share calligraphy and lettering more. I have shared a little bit of my lettering on instagram, but I want to share it more and get feedback so I can improve!
  • Focus the blog on a more specific niche. In 2014, I feel like my blog focused a lot on my love of France and my adventures abroad. In 2015, since I was no longer studying abroad, I felt like I was floundering a bit to find a place for this blog and came really close to just calling it quits. However, I think that if I were to focus my blog on three key areas and make sure my content focuses on these things, I will feel better about my blog. 
    • Stationery, paper, and paper accessories.
    • Small moments of beauty in the everyday.
    • Love of France + all things French.
  • Post consistently and keep an editorial calendar. Something I struggle with is keeping up with my blog when I get really busy with school. Keeping an editorial calendar will hopefully keep me honest and consistent. 
  • Write what I want to read. I feel like it's so easy as a blogger to feel like you have to write a certain type of post if you want to be read... but I hate reading the same thing over and over. I love reading about bloggers' lives, what they are working on, their planners, adventures, recommendations, lessons, etc. Returning to writing what I want to read is a good way to recenter and refocus my blog. 

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