At the beginning of the year, I set some goals for myself, New Year's resolutions for what I was going to do in 2016. The thing about New Year's resolutions is that we always start out feeling committed to them, but we don't always follow through on them. It's strange to me that no one really revisits their New Year's resolutions. Maybe it's because we know that we've already given up on them and don't really want to have to remember about the goals that we abandoned. But I don't want these goals to be abandoned, so it's time for reevaluation on them. It's been ages since I've last looked at my goals and I thought that it was about time that I revisited them to see how I did. 


2016 Goals


1) Comment on at least two other blog posts every time that I work on my own blog.

I'm just going to be honest and say that I definitely did not follow through on this resolution. I started out at the beginning of the year doing this, but as the year went on, I slowly stopped. I would slack and only comment on one blog and then eventually I got to the point that I didn't comment at all. There were some days that I would scroll through blogs, looking for something to comment on in order to fulfill this goal and I feel like the goal made the authenticity of the comments fade away. I became so focused on the number of comments that sometimes I just added impersonal comments just to fulfill the goal. As I look back on this goal, I'm starting to see that it's not really a goal that I want to achieve, since it became more about how often I was commenting rather than the actual content and authenticity of the comment.

2) Collaborate with at least two other bloggers.

I succeeded! I collaborated with Brooke (Live the Prep Life) on this Pantone Rose Quartz color of the year outfit post and I think that it turned out fantastically. I think that this was my favorite collaboration, mostly because I had a very successful outfit shoot. For my other collaboration, I collaborated with Sydney, (Anchored in the South) on our winter essentials. Lastly, I did a third collaboration (because I'm just that much of an overachiever) with Elizabeth (Fringe and Flare) on winter mornings and how people dress very differently in the winter depending on where they live. Elizabeth lives in sunny California and I live in a four-season climate, where winters can be pretty harsh. I loved this concept that we came up with, because it's so interesting to see how we have different conceptions of winter outfits. 

3) Be more creative with my content.

I think that I've definitely improved on my creativity, I've come up with some ideas that I really love and am really proud of. Throughout the year, I've been trying to think outside the box, plan out some posts that are more unique than everything else online. Throughout the year, I've become a lot better about opening up on some things that I probably wouldn't have discussed in the past and have really shifted my focus on the blog from fashion and beauty to more about lifestyle and more #realtalk. I am so proud of a lot of my posts by being a bit more creative in terms of content. 

My favorite Sunny Rebecca posts of 2016:

Do You Need A Lot to Be Happy?
If You Didn't Post it on Social Media, Then Did it Really Happen?
8 Things You Didn't Realize You Needed for Back to School
Thoughts on Alcohol
The Art of Being Alone, But Not Lonely
What It's Like Telling People About Your Blog
The Art of Pretending to Have a Life
Party for One

4) Stop caring what other people think.

This one is a long term goal. I think that throughout my years of existence, I've easily become a bit more comfortable with myself and less dependent on what other people think about me, but it's not an easy path to stop caring about the opinions of others. The thing is, it's nice to be liked. Over the year, I've had some improvements and setbacks, but I have to remember that this is a long term goal, so it's okay if I haven't achieved it yet. It's a marathon, not a sprint.

5) Reach 1000 followers on Instagram

This was a goal that I set for myself. I didn't post this in my "What I'm Going to Do in 2016" post, mostly because follower count is something that I thought was just for me. We often get so caught up in the numbers that I didn't think that it needed to be publicly announced. For me, Instagram has become somewhat of an extension of my blog. It too is a way for me to get my ideas and thoughts out there while also driving traffic to my blog. I did reach this goal, which I am very proud of, and hopefully I can grow more on Instagram in order to grow my blog more as a secondary effect.

So how about you? Did you make your New Year's Resolutions of 2016 a reality?

2 comments:

  1. Congratulations on the resolutions you were able to make a reality! I thought your content this year was creative and unique. I espically like "Thoughts on Alcohol" and "The Art of Being Alone, but Not Lonely."
    Looking forward to see what else you will do in 2017!

    -Kim
    www.simplybeingkim.wordpress.com

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    1. Thank you so much, Kim! I'm looking forward to creating in 2017!
      Rebecca xo

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