This is part 2 of my goals for the year make sure you also read part 1!
(Copied from yesterday in case you missed it.) At the beginning of the year I set goals rather than resolutions. More specifically I set “S.M.A.R.T.” goals; they must be specific, measurable, attainable, realistic and time sensitive. Normally, I spend time working out my goals for the next year in December so they are ready for the new year, including due dates and smaller steps to take throughout the year to attain them. With our recent move, I have not had as much time as normal to work on my goals so I’m still working out the details on several of them. Because of that, and the fact that goals are personal, I will just share my general goals here. Perhaps they will give you some ideas of your own.
Since I’m having a baby very soon, I’m trying to keep my goals realistic and not too demanding. Especially for the first half of the year.
Now for the rest of my goals:
Do something creative at least 3 times per week. This can be any sort of craft or an artistic pursuit. I have many interests to choose from but my goal is to spend at least 30-60 minutes 3 days per week doing something creative to feed my soul.
Complete at least one creative project per month.
Start my historical craft blog. I especially love “old fashioned” crafts including learning how they were done in the past, where and when they started, and other interesting things about how my ancestors created things. By this summer, I plan to start a separate blog where I will research and complete crafts from various time periods and share what I learned and how I completed the project.
Grow this blog by:
- Posting 3x/week and establishing a schedule of topics/themes.
- Post regularly on social media (using this checklist).
- Grow my social media followings by 500 (10/week)
- Learn to better utilize Pinterest and Instagram
- Improve SEO
- Increase mailing list to 250 (5 per week)
- Increase traffic to average 50 daily pageviews/1500 monthly page views
These goals are pretty modest but I feel like this falls into the category of Achievable and Realistic.
Start/complete blog projects. I mentioned some of my specific blog projects when I came back from my hiatus. I am still working out details and due dates but plan to at least start all of these and finish most of them sometime this year.
Exchange program – I recently took a position placing foreign exchange students in local high schools. My goal is to place 7 students for 2017-2018 year.
Re-launch my Usborne business. I am not planning to do home parties but will focus on fundraisers and bookfairs, vendor events, and online promotions through youtube videos and website sales. My goal is 2-4 videos per month and 4-6 vendor events or book fairs this year.
Farmer’s Market – Brainstorm, create, and test a few products for the farmer’s market or similar venues. These will likely focus on crafts or value added items. I will need to research cottage industry and food handling laws for my area as well. I do not expect to have extra food products from my homesteading this year but would like to establish a booth of other items at the farmer’s market by the fall.
Education/Training – One of my longer term goals is to work towards becoming a midwife and/or a natural health coach. I plan to enroll in at least one certification/training program this year (in the summer or later) that will move me toward this goal. I have not yet decided on the specific program or subject.
There you have it! My goals for 2017 (make sure you read part 1 to see all of them).
I review my goals in June or July and will post an update with how I’m doing. It is a good idea to review goals midway through your time frame if not more often!
How do you start off a new year? Do you make goals, resolutions, pick a word, or verse for the year? Let me know in the comments!
This post is linked-up to the Homeschool Review Crew Goals for the Year Head linkup.