The first day of a new year is such a refreshing time. I love the feeling of starting fresh, and it’s exciting to think about the year ahead! 2015 was a great year for me (it’s hard to not have a good year when it’s the year you got married), and I’m really thinking that 2016 will be even better! I’ve been thinking about some goals I want to set for the new year, and to keep myself accountable, I’ve been thinking of lettering my goals into some sort of poster that I can hang above my desk. Here’s what I want to accomplish in 2016:
Take More (Nice) Pictures
I feel like since the dawn of smartphone, people have been focusing on taking more pictures, and not on taking more good pictures. This year, I want to start taking more pictures with my nice DSLR, and I want to be taking pictures that document my life in the way I want to remember it. This means less pictures of meals and details and more pictures of experiences and memories.
Since I’m still brand-new to the blogging game, I am going to set a goal for posting. I’m hoping to do 3 posts a week minimum, which means I’ll be devoting more of my free time to creating content and less time to netflix (which is probably good). I feel like it’s important for me to be involved in some sort of creative endeavor, especially once I finish school, since I think it may feel like I have little to accomplish after school is over.
Finish School + Start a Job
This will hopefully be a pretty easy goal to fulfill – I’m definitely planning on graduating in the spring – I should be good as long as I can get some sort of a job. It’s exciting to feel like I’m really moving onto the next stage in my life (since I got married before finishing college, it can feel a little weird to still be in school), and I’m looking forward to starting a career!
Travel Somewhere New
In 2016, I want to go somewhere I’ve never been before. Scott and I have been saving to take a vacation, and I’m hoping we can go someplace new. We’re both interested in visiting the Pacific Northwest, so if we can afford it, I think we will likely travel there!
I think it can be all too easy to stop learning new things after school is done – especially things that aren’t directly useful to your job. I’m hoping to learn more about blogging and photography next year, especially the business side of things. I am also hoping to really dig in with the She Reads Truth Bible studies this year, which I think is a great thing to devote my learning time to!
Read One Book per Month
College has killed my love of reading – when you have to read over a hundred pages per week of scientific articles and textbooks, it can be difficult to want to read anything else. I have at least 12 books in our apartment that I’ve been wanting to read but haven’t yet, so I’m hoping to get to those this year!
What are your goals for 2016, and how are you going to make sure you meet those goals? Are you using a goal tracking worksheet or having an accountability partner? Let me know in the comments!