Happy New Year, everyone! I hope you all enjoyed your holiday season. I’ve been super busy transitioning to a new job so I haven’t been able to post in awhile, but now things are starting to settle down again, so here I am =).
Now that we’re firmly planted in January, I thought I’d share some of my goals for 2018 with you. “Resolutions” have always seemed a little silly to me, because why wait until January if you want to do something? But a fresh start to the year is as good of a time as any to sit down, reflect, and think about what you’d like to accomplish in the coming months. My goals fall into 3 main categories, so I’ll just get right into it:
As much as I like blogging, the more I learn and experience the business of blogging, the more I feel like it’s not for me. Call me crazy, but constantly having to put out picturesque “aspirational” images and drowning in a sea of free beauty products while everyone asks you for a free shout out sounds extremely stressful, and possibly a fast track to major self esteem problems. I like using this space as my own, and I like to only post when I think it is something worth reading. That being said, I would like to improve the site so that it is easier for people to find and navigate. So here are my blogging goals for this year:
- Improve SEO. This one is kind of ambiguous because I haven’t found any clear way to check the overall SEO status of a website, but I’m hoping to use a few checklists to go through old posts and optimize them. Hopefully that will help my site come up in Google searches more easily.
- Rebrand. Honestly, I’m not great at names. I just chose Fashion Food Fotos because, you guessed it, I liked fashion, food, and photography. It didn’t seem like a big deal at the time, because I thought this would just be my dinky little blog that no one but my friends and family would ever see. But now I’ve grown up a little, I have a clearer idea of what I want my blog to be, and I’m getting a few thousand visitors a month. Thank you for reading =) and I hope you’ll stay with me for the rebrand and other exciting things to come. I’ve already got a new name picked out and purchased the URL, it’s just a matter of figuring out how to transfer everything to the new domain.
- Start a YouTube channel (?). This one I’ve been thinking about for almost a year now, and I’m still not sure I want to do it. I’ve only gotten into watching other YouTubers over the past year myself, but I think it’s a great way to connect and relate with people. However, I’m also extremely introverted and shy, so I’m not sure video is the platform for me, eek! Let me know if you prefer YouTube to blogs these days, and if you’d be interested in watching me if I did start a channel. I promise I won’t be offended if the answer is no! Haha.
If you follow me on Instagram and watch my stories, then you’ll already know that I’ve created a landing page and Instagram account for a side business I’m starting. After struggling with breakouts so much, I started doing A LOT of research over the past year or two on skin care products and the chemistry and anatomy behind acne and how products can help or hurt your skin. It was a long process and by the end of it, even though I had managed to clear up my skin, I was annoyed that I basically had to teach myself cosmetic chemistry and dermatology in order to be educated enough to recognize which products were worth my money. So I’ve decided to start a little side project where I analyze and curate skincare products. Everything I list on the site will be free of fragrance, irritants, and sensitizers, at a pH that is healthy for skin, and is in packaging that maintains the product’s active ingredients. The site is call le SECT, which stands for “Scientifically Evaluated. Customer Tested.” A sect is also a term for a branch of a church that breaks off and does its own thing, so I thought that was pretty fitting. You can read more about le SECT here, and you can follow the le SECT Instagram account here.
- Curate skincare from Sephora. This is pretty self explanatory, I want to make my way through all of the skincare that is available at Sephora by the end of this year. Shouldn’t be that difficult, right? Hah.
- Reach out to press/bloggers. Because how is anyone going to find out about it if I don’t do a little outreach?
I’m so bad at paying attention to myself and taking care of myself. I even left this section of the list until last because I was having a hard time thinking of things. So, I decided to combat this pattern by giving myself more personal goals than anything else this year:
- Become a morning person. I’ve actually been waking up at 6 every day so far this year! We’re only a week in, but I’m hoping to make it a habit that lasts. It’s just nice to have a little me time in the morning to get things done and relax while I eat my breakfast, as opposed to running out the door completely flustered because I overslept, yet again.
- Work out regularly. This one is pretty much always on my list. I’m hoping the extra hours in the morning help me allot some time to exercise more easily.
- Read more. I’m going to try to spend some time reading at night to wind down before bed, instead of looking at my phone and throwing off my sleep pattern with the light from my screen. It also wouldn’t hurt to learn a few new things.
- Travel abroad. I’d like to be able to get out of the country at least once this year (lol, I say “at least” as if I could possibly afford more than once). Stay tuned to see where it ends up being =).
- Self care. I’m so bad at this. I’m the girl who has “been meaning to get a pedicure” since 2013. I don’t know why it’s so hard for me to put a stop to my day to do something for myself, but it is. Even if my day consists of nothing but couch surfing! So I’m going to try to do one self care activity a month.
- Decorate my apartment. When I graduated college, I desperately wanted to move to a big city, specifically New York. Needless to say, I have yet to figure out how to swing this financially, but it is still very much a goal of mine. Unfortunately, that personal goal put it in my head that it would be pointless to buy furniture and other decor while living in Rhode Island, because it would likely not fit in my future teeny tiny studio, and therefore it would be a waste of money. The result is that my apartments haven’t felt like home, and I don’t feel that settled or comfortable when I’m there. So this year I’m going to work on “nesting” a little so I’m in a better mood when I’m at home.
And that’s everything! What are your goals for this year?