2017 Blog Plans and Goals

First off I just wanted to thank everyone for all their support in 2016. Although I’d been nagged by some people to start a blog for years I actually started it up on a bit of whim in the summer and have been blown away by the support I have received from so many people both online and in real life. I’m hoping that the blog will go from strength to strength in 2017 with a bit of hard work and planning.

Goals

  • Enjoy the blog – This is primarily a hobby and I don’t want to get too hung up on it and create a second full-time job for myself.
  • Post content regularly – At the end of 2016, pre-blogmas, I got in to a bit of a slump. With a bit of planning and time management I’m aiming to cope at least weekly.
  • Work with one brand – To most bloggers that doesn’t sound like a lot but as yet I haven’t worked with anyone, we shall see what the new year brings.

Plans

  • Use the blog to mark important events such as Eating Disorders Awareness Week and Mental Health Awareness.
  • Guest post for other bloggers who’s content I love and believe in.
  • Take time every week to plan out posts for the coming weeks. Up until now it’s all been a bit haphazard, writing as ideas pop in to my head, but having a more solid plan will hopefully help guarantee that I post regularly.

If you’re a blogger, what are your goals and plans for the new year? If you’ve written a post on this leave me the link in the comments.

V ❤

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New Year, Old Me (With A Few Improvements)

If you’ve been with me on the blog for a while you will know how angry I get about the diet industry and the way it manipulates us to feel bad about ourselves. With this in mind it’s no surprise that the phrase “new year, new me” with its connotations of weight loss and unrealistic fitness goals grates on me. January is one of the worst times of year for people in recovery from eating disorders or struggling with body image issues because it is almost impossible to escape talk of diets and fitness regimes whether that’s through advertising, social media or just overhearing people talking in public. The world becomes even more obsessed than normal. Thankfully it normally all passes, and people lose interest, by February but in the meantime we just have to keep our heads down, focus on ourselves and call out the bullshit when we can.

My personal 2017 goals are similar to those I set in 2016 and failed to accomplish. At the start of 2016 I wasn’t in a very good place mentally and my goals rapidly fell by the wayside and were never picked up again but this year I’m going to be ready to smash it from day 1.

Goals

Do physio at least once a week – I know that really I should do it more than that and if I’m in the mood to do it then obviously I will but I think that setting out to do it once a week is manageable and achievable.

Workout twice a week – This goal has been set with the caveat of when I’m physically and mentally able. I’m really loving spinning at the moment but with my history I don’t want to get sucked in to an obsession so twice a week is manageable and no more than 4 times a week to stop things getting silly.

Read 3 classics – Every year I set out to do this. I love to read but in general if it’s not a crime thriller or a police procedural I’m not interested. I really want to start ticking some of the classics off my “to read” bucket list. This year I’m going to tackle Wuthering Heights, Lady Chatterley’s Lover and The Picture of Dorian Gray.

Set time aside to plan every week – I’m not a very organised person and part of this is because I never take time to plan out my week in advance. On a Sunday morning I like to take some time to have a nice hot drink and read The Observer but this year I’m also going to take some time to fill in my diary with plans for the next week and plan my meals etc to take the pressure off during the week and hopefully make myself more productive.

Hopefully putting my goals out there will make me more likely to stick to them.

V ❤