Happy New Year! I hope you all had a kick-a** New Years Eve involving lots of hot guys, best girl friends and possibly some bubbly (if you're 21 or over, of course). On the other hand, I can assure you that my night was as tame as could be, all because I came down with the stomach bug. Still, it wasn't a total bust because I was in the company of a very special person, aka my boyfriend Richard, who just happens to be the mastermind behind the fashion photography you see on TBC! Though I mostly like to keep my personal life offline, I'll totally admit that Richard is a huge part of my life and deserves some recognition for keeping me motivated and consistently brainstorming in order to further develop TBC website and brand.
Though I'm still feeling a little under the weather today, it's not stopping me from brainstorming my goals for this year, as well as plans on how to actually execute them. But first, here's some no-nonsense, no-fail tricks I have up my sleeve on actually following through with your New Year's resolutions:
1. Begin with the end in mind - You've heard it time and time again, but this first piece of advice is oh so important, and there's a reason it's become an overly used, sort of cliche phrase. There's no better way to get motivated than to visualize yourself accomplishing a goal, because you will actually feel the gratification of your success before you've achieved it. This gives you a sneak peek into what your life will be like and how you will feel after all the grunt work is over.
2. Write it all down - Writing down your goals is not only a great way to keep track of what you want to accomplish, but it also serves a consistent and physical reminder to get your butt in gear! You may also consider mapping your progress as a way to ensure that you accomplish your goal in a reasonable time frame.
Ex. If you're looking to start living a healthier life and tone your bod this year, try keeping a food diary/workout journal. This doesn't mean you need to write down every piece of food that hits your lips or how many steps you've taken each and every day. This is simply a way to map your progress and ensure that you are moving toward reaching your goal each week/month.
3. Seek out Resources - The Web is a lovely place. With the abundance of blogs today, there is a plethora of free resources to use to your advantage when working towards a goal. I'm working towards one of mine, increasing blog traffic and enhancing my readers' experience, by using this free printable, Five Steps to Creating A Reader Experience to Remember. I found this by chance when scrolling through Bloglovin', and was so happy I did. Imagine what you will find if you actually look.
4. Establish Mini Deadlines - Deadlines aren't for the dead. Pardon the pun, but they're are the real deal. Set them to make sure you're accomplishing something every day/week/month. All of these mini deadlines/mini goals should ultimately equate to your overall goal. This helps you to feel accomplished and stay motivated, even if you still have a long way to go in executing your overall resolution. Also note, the amount of time you give yourself to accomplish something isn't as important as simply establishing a deadline and maintaining it. All goals were not created equal, and everyone will accomplish their personal resolutions at a different pace. Respect your body/mind and stick to a schedule that works for you.
4. Be Inspired - Remember June, when your 2014 New Year's resolutions were practically nonexistent? Props to you if you stuck with them for the first six months, but most people's drive and excitement to complete the tasks are long gone by the half-year mark. This is why it is crucial to maintain a relationship with sites such as Pinterest, Tumblr, Instagram or your favorite blogs for inspiration. Feeling unmotivated to go workout, despite the fact that you told yourself you'd work off that eggnog by hitting the gym at least three times a week? Try searching fitspo or fitsporation on any of these sites and you're sure to be headed to spin class in no time.
5. Reach for the (Realistic) Stars - Okay, I'm a little hesitant in divulging this secret because it sounds so damn contradictory. Well, hear me out. I am all for reaching for the stars. I know from experience that if you work hard enough, anything in this world is possible. However, most great achievements don't happen overnight, and if you're the kind of person who feels most empowered by instant gratification, this tactic is not for you. Instead try setting a moderately challenging, yet totally achievable goal. You will feel much better having executed your resolution, maybe even surpassing your expectations.
Check out my Glam Girl's Guide to Staying Motivated for more tricks to staying inspired all year long!
Now that you have a fail safe method to accomplish your New Year's resolutions, here are a few of mine regarding TBC and what is to come in 2015:
1. More Photoshoots - When I first started TBC, I thought I wanted a full-time fashion only site. Whelp, that changed quickly. I realized I had so much more to say. I had so many other things to say that I shifted my focus entirely. However, I am planning on posting more of my outfits on the blog soon, so I hope you guys enjoy!
2. Collaborations - This is perhaps what I'm looking forward to the most when I think about the future of TBC. I'm already a part of some amazing blogger communities, so I'm hoping to get the chance to showcase some guest posts, interviews, giveaways and more.
3. Increased Social Media Strategy - Mmm this one is hard for me. I was very reluctant to share TBC with my close friends and family because I didn't know how they would react. However, more of my posts lately have been directing my followers to the site and I'm officially taking the plunge!
4. Interaction with TBC Followers - While TBC is a special place for me to share my thoughts and personal style, I also want it to be a special place for you. Whether you visit the site for the latest fashion inspiration, beauty advice or blog tips, I'm looking forward to tailoring my content to my loyal readers while also expanding my reach. I'd love to hear your comments about what you'd like to see more of on the blog, and I'm definitely doing a reader survey next January 2015 when I have more than a full year of blogging under my belt.
5. Better Everything - Okay, not the most eloquently phrased goal, but you get it. TBC has only been live for a little over two months (though it feels like forev, since I've been planning it for much longer). This means that there are lots of improvements that are going to be made as I gain experience. I'm hoping to really hone in on my photography skills and continue to develop my voice.
6. Consitency - Though I believe all of the goals above are crucial in the growth of this site, I definitely will be making an effort to improve the consistency of my posts. Though I almost always manage to post at least 1-3 a week, I really want to take it to the next level.
What are your New Year's resolutions? Any blogging goals or advice?