This blog series has been, without a doubt, the most fundamental part of my blogging than any other tool. It’s ability to keep me accountable in all aspects of my life has been such a blessing. It is also one of the first things I tell new bloggers to do. Creating long-term and short-term goals is paramount when you begin your blogging journey. It helps you stay laser focused when you have SO many things going on. If you’ve never blogged before or are just starting out, let me tell you, between social media, blog promotions, photo taking, photo editing, email responses and these awesome blog posts, things can get a bit out of hand. These goal list reminds me that even though all of the aforementioned is important to my overall personal success, my family has to come first.
This small bit of time I have with my daughter is such an important part to not only her growth and well-being but to mine as well. I love playing with her little people, singing patty cake for the millionth time and hugging her when the wolves in Beauty and The Beast jump out. These moments that so many people take for granted are what makes my blogging world a success. If you don’t believe me, then ask some of my favorite mommy bloggers April over at Sweet Madness and Katie at The Brooksie Life. They can tell you exactly how mommy life is when you’re trying to get this blog world a-goin’ with a little one running around.
But now on to the really great stuff. My goals for the 2016 year. I know I am late. It’s February but you know what I was busy traveling the world…
Travel/ Learn German:
My largest goal for the 2016 year is to travel to at least 5 new places and learn German along the way. It’s been so difficult and I feel rather silly trying to talk to all of these wonderful German people in my broken Texas english language. I mean they’re understanding and nod. But I feel like deep down in the back of their minds they’re quietly whispering, “stupid American”. We do learn another language while we are in High School but my measly two years of Spanish just isn’t cutting it here. I JUST knew I should have taken French or German when I had that chance. But my parents said I would never use either living in Texas. If only they knew… So this year I want to learn German and take my new-found language skills with me on our international travel adventures. Have any great learning apps for me? Let me know! I’ll try them out.
Blog Goal of 2016: Facebook Likes:
If you have been hanging out on our Facebook page lately then you probably noticed that we FINALLY reached 500 likes. I am trying my best to grow my Facebook as organically as I possibly can. But it has been a struggle. I even have to admit that I have resorted to promoting it on different blogging groups to get people to notice my bit of web space. Truth be told even though I feel a bit cheated on with it. I have noticed a lot more engagement on my Facebook as of late. Which has been truly amazing. So make sure you like our page. Next month (our one year blogging anniversary) I’ll be doing a GIVEAWAY! Yes I know. I don’t do those too often, but I feel like it’s needed. I’ve joined forces with a Stella and Dot representative and together I think we have the greatest gifts coming your way. So like us on Facebook or join our really cool email list to stay up-to-date on the latest happenings on the blog for your chance to win.
Continue Being An Awesome Wife/Mother/Daughter
Taking a step back to where it all began on the very first What I Work For Post my last and most important goal of 2015 was being the absolute best wife/mother/daughter/friend/what-have-you that I could be. Especially after the events that took place last week. Almost word for word this still holds true for me today as it did back in June and I am going to reiterate it now. This continued goal, as I said way back when is a goal I will never be done trying to achieve. I will always want and strive to be the very best mother/wife/friend/daughter/whathaveyou that I can be. It’s not a strive for absolute perfection. But a goal to be more patient, more kind and most of all more forgiving. Being a better person is always hard. I think many people have a constant struggle against it. Nevertheless, I strive for that idealism. I sometimes forget especially now. I have a toddler, a husband who works a ton of hours and goes to-night school three times a week. I live in another country that isolates me from my family who would normally help out but can’t. I am by no means complaining about this wonderful life I lead. It’s an amazing adventure. But some days are harder than others. When my little one screams for no reason until she’s blue in the face. When the dogs are racing through our house because it’s pouring rain. Then maybe my husband forgets to tell me when he will be home and gets caught up at the gym, work or school. I get impatient, I become unkind and I especially become unforgiving. It’s no ones fault. My daughter is a Toddler. The dogs, like everyone else, need to exercise. My husband does the absolute best he can. What he does, he does for me, he does it for our family. So these are what I am going to work on this week. A fancy new blogging calendar to keep me organized, figure out this whole recipe card business and be a more kind, patient and forgiving person. I think I can do it. I believe I will. I will try my best.