Goals for 2016

I can hardly believe that we’re almost completely done with 2015. The end of this year is flying by with the Nutcracker, visiting family, girls weekends in the mountains, the Nutcracker, family visiting me, work, The Nutcracker, blogging, and….did I mention the Nutcracker? I love all of the wonderful, crazy things in my life, but ever since I started this whole ballet thing, Christmas time has become a whirlwind of rehearsals, leotards, tights, sock buns, listening to the same song over and over, sore bodies, minor injuries, potentially significant injuries that you refuse to worry about until after the show (I’ve read…I definitely don’t have any of those myself…*limps away*)…it’s a blast, but it’s a LOT.

Despite all of that, I definitely don’t want the end of the year to go by without allowing myself some time to reflect on the year and make plans for next year. I spent a lot of this year trying to decide what I wanted to for myself, and I think I’ve finally got a firm enough grasp on all of that to set some goals. So here’s what I’m planning for 2016:

Get Serious About Starting My Own Freelancing Business


This is something I’ve been wanting to do for a while, and I have even talked to a web developer friend of my to revamp mine ol’ blog over here. But it just wasn’t in the cards for me to really kick things off in 2015. So this coming year, I really want to push to make my freelance editing and writing an actual business. It’ll take time for it to grow into something substantial, but it can’t grow into anything until I take that first step.

Try Out Starting a Youtube Channel and/or a Podcast

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“What’s your podcast gonna be about? What’s your Youtube channel gonna be about?” Dude, I don’t know. I have a few ideas rolling around in my head, but I haven’t landed on anything yet. However, I do want to try it out, so I’m going to flesh those ideas out a bit more, and give podcasting or Youtubing a go. We’ll see what happens, but I’ll never know what I think of podcasting and Youtubing until I try it.

Get Better At Keeping A Schedule


My life always feels more calm when I’ve got a solid schedule. So it’s surprising that for someone who thrives so much under a well-kept schedule that I so frequently don’t have a solid schedule. That’s gotta change. I’ve gotten better at scheduling, but I can still grow in that area. I got myself a Passion Planner for 2016, and am going to get really serious about mapping out my days more efficiently.

Really Focus On Getting Healthier

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The “lose weight” resolution is one that I have almost every year, and I’m rarely successful–it also comes with a lot of baggage for me. So instead of focusing on a number on the scale, I’m going to focus on getting stronger and healthier next year. Get stronger arms, a stronger core, strengthen my legs (and my feet–#ballet), and I’d really love to pick running back up. I just feel better when I’m focused on my health, and this has been a year where I was really focused more on keeping my self mentally and emotionally healthy–which is important. However, I feel like I’ve gotten myself to a good place this year, so 2016 is the year to get physically healthier.

Go Easier On Myself


This year I really crammed my schedule with All the Things, and I didn’t do a great job of scheduling (see above), and I did an even worse job of saying no to things. So this year, I’m going to go easier on myself. I’m going to let myself say no to things, I’m going to do a better job of working days or nights off into my schedule, and I’m going to remind myself that there’s value to letting myself just spend a night by myself or with my husband, friends, or family.

Those are my goals for 2016, what are yours? What have you learned about yourself from 2015? Let me know in the comments! 

23 thoughts on “Goals for 2016

  1. These are fantastic goals, Kendall! And coincidentally, I’m in pretty much the same boat for many of these! I’m making 2016 my year for art. I have been going back and forth endlessly about potentially starting a YouTube for my art (ArtTube?? Is that a thing?)…I’ve always wanted to experiment with timelapses, and I’ve got a whole notebook of ideas for it. I would love to see what you come up with for a channel! Whether it’s a podcast or vids, you’ve got a subscriber here. 🙂 Best of luck with your 2016 goals!

    1. Ooh! I don’t know of ArtTube is a thing, but I’d totally watch it! I’m a horrible artist, so I love listening to others who are good at it. Time lapse videos are also super captivating. Good luck with your goals! You’ve got a subscriber here, too! 🙂

  2. These are great goals. I do so much better with a schedule to and yet I never seem to have one. Can’t believe it’s already the end of the year!

  3. Could I just copy paste this post for my own 2016 goals. Other than the freelancing thing, which I did manage to get started this year (but I still a portfolio site), I feel like I can relate to EVERYTHING you mention here. I love schedules, and planning. But I am total crap at it.

      1. I really only started getting serious in September, so it’s slow going still, but I’m happy with the pace things seem to be building at.

      2. That’s so good. I’m glad you’re happy with it! I’m trying to get myself somewhere in between the land of “dream big!” and “realistic expectations” when I think of how the next year will go freelance-wise. 🙂

      3. Yeah, I’m usually pretty bad with setting totally unrealistic expectations for any projects I undertake, but I think this time I’m finally on the right path. Slow and steady wins the race, right?

  4. Great goals for 2016! Wish you the best of luck! Going easier on myself is definitely a big one; it probably goes along with just chillin’ a little more during my off-time from working and blogging.

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