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Can you believe its 2017?

I’m not a “new year and new me” person.

And I don’t do resolutions. But I AM big on goals.

To me, resolutions feel like all or nothing- I did it or I didn’t. With goals, I can measure my progress and then make changes to ensure success.

I like the current me and the direction I’m going and want that to continue.

Welcome, 2017

This past June, I used my birthday as a marker to evaluate my life, both professionally and personally. In that post I explained the discontentment I was feeling and set goals to help make the most of the upcoming year and get to where I (hopefully) would feel more satisfied.

January, a new year, seem like a perfect time to reflect on the months since that post and update my goals.

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Before I share my focus for this year, let’s look at some fun highlights from 2016:

Most Viewed Post: No Longer Giving Discounts

Top WordPress Post: Christmas 2015

Most Liked Instagram Post

Personal Favorite Post: Utility Vest

Favorite New Hair Product: Strong Sexy Hair Core Flex

Favorite New Beauty Product: Micellar Makeup Wipes

Brand I Finally Tried and Liked: ColourPop

Product That Intrigued Me: Pixi Glow Peel Pads

Favorite Addition to my Makeup Bag: Light Source Illuminating Highlighter

Product That Impressed Me: Seche Vive Instant Gel Effect Top Coat

Most Ordered Starbucks Drink: Chai Latte

Big events:

New Bank Job

Joined CoverGirl Insiders

Increased my Social Media Presence

Designed a Logo

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I focused a lot on growth during 2016 and looking back I sure did grow.

For 2017

To keep the momentum of growth going I want to focus on development this year:

Blogging

  • further develop consistency in my brand – CC transitioned from an IG account to show off my work as a hairstylist to a beauty, life and style blog and I’m still figuring it all out.
  • create a consistent schedule and spend time effectively
  • attract new followers on all social media
  • be real and relatable
  • network and collaborate

Professionally

  • build my skills and training
  • keep trying
  • believe in my abilities
  • increase financial stability

Personally

  • be comfortable where I am and not compare my journey – this is especially hard the more I get into blogging
  • let go of my fears and expectations
  • strengthen my faith and relationship with God
  • re-evaluate my priorities and make more time for myself
  • continue to recognize my worth and all the people who love and support me
  • remember that I am doing the best I can

I hope that by refocusing and putting an emphasis on these areas, the next year will be full of success and happiness. Writing these goals down somewhere so that I can look at them again in a few months (maybe around my birthday ;)) and continue to adjust them. I find that helps me see my success and give myself credit.

I’d love to hear from you!

What were some of your big moments of 2016?

What are you looking forward to in 2017? Do you have resolutions or goals?

Thank you so much for all the love and support in 2016!

Cheers to 2017!