It’s January 4th (right? My dates are all mixed up right now…anyone else dealing with a post holiday hangover?)
I know I’m a bit late in detailing my goals but I wanted to put them out there so that I have no excuses for backing down from them. Can we say, “Accountability”?
I feel like I have achieved so much in the past year thanks to my wonderful clients and so many of you who take the time to read my tiny corner of the blogosphere. I would really love to continue building this blog as well as build relationships with those who read it.
I was asked recently why I don’t use a traditional website for my interior design business and the answer is simple:
I am a firm believer that in order to trust someone with something as sacred as your home, you need to know who they are. This is my way of letting clients, potential clients and readers get to know me. I think it’s critical to any good working relationship to actually LIKE the person you’re spending time with and because people’s homes are their most intimate spaces and their biggest investments, you have to know who you’re dealing with.
1.) So my goal for this upcoming year is for this blog to become someplace people want to visit often. I’ll do my best to post new content at least 4 times a week and I would love to have more participation in the comments. I can’t help it, I LOVE validation and comments are like Christmas presents!
2.) My next goal is to lose 20 pounds (I can’t believe I’m posting this but I have committed to transparency goal in number 1 so here we go…)
I have been following a really great blog recently called The Organic Momma and I am a firm believer that our health is a direct result of what we eat. There are often other factors that can affect us that are out of our control but why not control the things we can, such as our diets? I am 5’9″ and not so long ago was a size 6. I used to be very conscientious about what I ate and how often I worked out but have gotten extremely lazy about both of these details since we moved to Texas 4 1/2 years ago. I blamed it initially on a lack of healthy options here but the truth is, I just stopped trying and turning 40 hasn’t helped. I should be working harder, not less and I need to do this!
I have signed up with My Fitness Pal, which is an online calorie and fitness counter that helps you track your goals. I have gathered some friends there to take this journey with me which is fun because you can encourage each others progress…think of it as Facebook for fitness. I would LOVE it if you are trying to achieve a similar goal to follow along. My user name is CasaStephens and I just believe strongly there is strength in numbers and encouragement is priceless. What do you say? Let’s DO THIS!
3.) To help me in achieving both goals 1 and 2, I am going to start planning dinners for the entire week on the previous Friday. I know this isn’t a revolutionary idea for some but for me, it’s huge. I’m not a great planner, I’m not a list maker. I’m more of a “flying by the seat of my pants” kind of girl however, my pants keep getting bigger, so I guess it’s time to start planning. And even though it has nothing at all to do with design, I’m going to post my meals for the week here on the blog under the label, “This Week’s Dinner Plan” along with a shopping list to make it simple. You are welcome to use it too. I would love to hear your feed back and suggestions. Participation is more than welcome!
4.) and Lastly, this may sound trivial but I need to get 400 Facebook LIKES by June. This has less to do with validation than accessibility. When Facebook changed its visual guidelines last year they made it so that not everyone can see posts from business pages. For example, I have 115 people who follow my page but only 30 of them may see what I post. They do this because they are trying to get us to purchase advertising and while that’s great for them, I don’t like to spend money if I don’t have to! Who’s with me? This however changes for pages with 400 or more LIKES. They bump up your visibility and there are better and more effective advertising opportunities available if you are 400 or over. So, that said, if you haven’t already started following my Facebook, I hope you will and possibly encourage others to do the same. I would sincerely appreciate it =)
Well, that’s it! All realistic, all attainable and all beneficial.
Have you set your goals for the year? I would love to hear them!
Have a super day, friends.