Tips for setting goals + My New Year resolutions

Happy Wednesday, friends. We are officially 4 days into the new year and I’m just now getting to writing down my new year resolutions. No judgement, please. I have so many personal, academic and blogging goals that I want to achieve this year. On top of goals, I have so many changes that will be happening soon, too. I will graduate college in May, (hopefully) move to a new state soon after and get my first full-time job. Exciting, right? With all that said, I think this is the best time to create goals and resolutions, while I have the time.

But before I talk about my resolutions, here are my top 3 tips for goal setting:

  1. Be realistic – There is no harm in dreaming big. I am a firm believer that you should challenge yourself to grow each and every day. However, being realistic will set your goals for success from the beginning. For example, you would not set a goal to run a 10k next weekend, if you haven’t run one mile yet. Right? Exactly. 
  2. Pen to paper ASAP – I’m convinced that writing down your goals gives you the extra push to really make them happen. I have learned over the past few years that in order to be successful with goal setting, you must hold yourself accountable. Be honest with yourself.
  3. Check-in regularly – So, you’ve set goals. Made sure they were realistic. And wrote them all down…now what? Create a check-in schedule for yourself. You might choose to check-in weekly on your running speed, bi-weekly on your money-saving habits or monthly, on your work sales. No matter how you chose to check-in, just be consistent.

Now to my goals. For starters, Personal Goals:

  1. Get consistent with working out- Yes, I know. Just like almost everyone else, I have this fitness goal. Between classes, working, interning, volunteering, blogging, taking care of dog, studying for the LSAT, being dedicated to multiple student organizations and attempting to have a social life, fitness falls to the bottom of my list. This year, I really want to dedicate more time to being active at least 3x a week.
  2. Save more – Simple enough. But considering I want to move, and invest more time in my blog, I really want to focus on saving better so I can make these two steps happen.
  3. Read a book per week – So if you haven’t already, you should definitely check out my Reading List. My original goal was to read at least half of these by the end of 2016. Long story short – it didn’t happen. However, I am determined to do better this year by dedicating at least 30 minutes, a night to reading.
  4. Take a dance class – For people who know me, you know that dance was a huge part of my life until sophomore year of college. Not only do I love taking dancing classes, they are a great source of cardio. AKA help with personal goal #1
  5. Be more grateful – For everything. Even things as small as finding a quarter in my pocket. I personally feel that when we become so blessed and have so many great things going on, it becomes easy to forget how important the small details are and how we should still be grateful for them. I am wanting to practice being more grateful by writing in a daily gratitude journal. Let me know in the comments if you have any suggestions for one 🙂

Blogging Goals:

  1. Consistency- First step, creating my weekly post schedule. I will now be posting every Monday, Wednesday and Friday. Occasionally, I will post on more than 3x a week, if I enough content for you all. While you’re reading, make sure to subscribe, so you can be the first to know about new posts.
  2. Collaborate – I have seriously loved being part of the blogging community, especially since I completely changed my niche and felt so lost in the beginning. Now that I am more confident in blogging and meeting others, I can’t wait to start collaborating with other bloggers for giveaways and guest posts.
  3. Build followers – I really want to build my Instagram to 10k followers and my subscribers to at least 150 by June. I’m pushing myself to engage more with others and focus on branding, to build my audience. The blog grind is tiring, but SO worth it.
  4. Plan ahead – Let’s just say it is 2:36am and I am still writing this blog post that will go live at 7. Enough said.
  5. Create resources – I love answering questions from my followers. Whether through comments, Instagram, Twitter, Snapchat or my blog Facebook, I adore getting questions because I know that people are watching. However, I would love to create printable resources that include pictures of my favorite outfits with links and pictures of my home, with links as well. That way, people can keep the resource if they ever want to refer to items I have. I would also love to create a daily planning page for busy fashionistas like myself. 

Well, there you have it. There are my main goals/new year resolutions for 2017. Have some suggestions or great ideas for yourself? Let me know in the comments. Peace, love & sass friends 🙂

–xoxo, Azanique <3

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  • Reply awerner90

    Love this post! These are total attainable goals. I def need to be more consistent with working out. I have a good week and then a terrible week.

    Xoxo Amber

    January 4, 2017 at 10:42 am
    • Reply Azanique Rawl

      I am in the same boat. Some weeks i’m great then other weeks I do nothing. Thanks love <3

      January 5, 2017 at 1:33 am
  • Reply JAEM

    i loved this! So helpful! Thanks!

    January 4, 2017 at 10:50 am
    • Reply Azanique Rawl

      Thanks doll <3

      January 5, 2017 at 1:33 am
  • Reply SassyTeacherChic

    Those are all great goals! I use a planner too along with my phone. It’s a must.

    January 4, 2017 at 11:22 am
    • Reply Azanique Rawl

      That’s a great idea. I want to invest in the perfect planner since I want to start blogging more

      January 5, 2017 at 1:34 am
  • Reply Vanessa Renae

    I want to take a hip hop class so bad lol great resolutions to have!

    Vanessa |

    January 4, 2017 at 12:17 pm
  • Reply Barb

    Your goals are inspiring and yet totally doable. You also gave me some motivation to plan ahead and grow my blog this year as well. Keep up the great work!

    January 4, 2017 at 2:07 pm
    • Reply Azanique Rawl

      Thank you sweet friend <3 I love goal setting, glad I could help 🙂

      January 5, 2017 at 1:34 am
  • Reply Amelie

    Best of luck with your goals for the new year, Azanique! Consistency is something I struggle with too, especially when it comes to social media!

    January 4, 2017 at 3:30 pm
    • Reply Azanique Rawl

      Thank you, Amelie. I struggle with that too. I usually forget to schedule post than I’m scrabbling all day. I think we can do it <3 #GirlPower

      January 5, 2017 at 1:35 am
  • Reply Angel Bland

    Reading this post makes me feel like I’m not alone 🙂 1 of my goals is staying consistent and posting weekly. I also want to grow my Facebook, Instagram and Pinterest. Plus gain more blog followers. Sometimes I feel so overwhelmed tho. How do you cope with being overwhelmed and still getting everything done?

    January 4, 2017 at 6:57 pm
    • Reply Azanique Rawl

      We are in the same boat! What your social media links? I will follow you! I have grown my FB by 50+ likes a week by engaging in blog FB groups 🙂 I think the key to not feeling overwhelmed is to plan and schedule ahead as much as possible. If you schedule your tweets, blog posts & Facebook posts, then all you’ll have to do with those is answer replies and check on stats. I would suggest creating a content calendar and/or investing in a good planner where you can write down everything. I would love to help in any way <3

      January 5, 2017 at 1:38 am
  • Reply Krysten

    I totally agree with writing down your goals. It makes me feel more accountable.
    I love your blogging goals, they totally seem doable and I wish you all the luck and drive!

    January 5, 2017 at 12:16 am
    • Reply Azanique Rawl

      Thanks so much doll <3 I'm super exciting to see what the blogging world brings this year 🙂

      January 5, 2017 at 1:42 am
  • Reply Willow

    I believe in checking in with your goals also. It helps me to stay focused and be consistent.

    January 5, 2017 at 1:28 pm
    • Reply Azanique Rawl

      That’s so true! Also, check-ins make me so excited when I’m actually seeing progress 🙂

      January 6, 2017 at 1:40 pm
  • Reply sayhellonature

    I love goal setting! I did my most extensive goal setting ever for this year and love it.

    January 5, 2017 at 10:34 pm
    • Reply Azanique Rawl

      Goal setting is so important! Also it’s really fun to do 🙂

      January 6, 2017 at 1:41 pm
  • Reply MEL

    You are so wise beyond your years!! Keep on dancing!

    January 6, 2017 at 1:17 am
    • Reply Azanique Rawl

      Thanks so much sweet friend <3

      January 6, 2017 at 1:41 pm
  • Reply Sumana Mohan

    I completely agree with your personal and blogging goals. It’s important to be grateful and its so easy to overlook that when small things go wrong in life.
    Good luck and I wish you the best this year!

    January 6, 2017 at 10:18 am
    • Reply Azanique Rawl

      Thanks so much! It’s get way to easy to overlook the small things. I want to be better with be grateful about every single thing – no matter how small 🙂

      January 6, 2017 at 1:42 pm
  • Reply Valerie Benvenuto

    Hey Girl! i think its really cool your doing this! Good for you! Girl Power!!!!!!!!!!

    January 10, 2017 at 8:53 am
    • Reply Azanique Rawl

      Thanks so much girl! You’re too kind 🙂

      January 11, 2017 at 9:43 am

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