Monday, 9 January 2017

2017 Goals & Why I Don't Like Reflecting

2017 Goals Blogging Lifestyle
Reflection is a strange thing for me. I know it seems natural at this time of year, as the abundance of blog posts would indicate, to look back and reflect on the prior year but, quite frankly, I just don't like it. Maybe it's just me but reflecting, whether it's a positive or negative memory, makes me sad. I openly admit I'm a glass half empty kinda girl so I find myself focusing on things that I didn't make the most of, didn't achieve and the things that I didn't do. 2016 has been and gone and that's that. It's the only way my prone-to-overthinking brain can cope with any sort of underachievement, I guess.     

Although I'm fiercely ambitious, I'm also not really one for setting goals - or should I say setting goals and putting them out there for the world to see. Posting them online means that people will be able to see when I've failed, you see. I don't cope with failure very well (if you hadn't already realised!). I'm very aware, however, that having something to work towards in life is important so these are a few things I've been working on in the last couple of months that I want to continue throughout 2017. If I achieve them, then great but if I don't, that's fine too.

BLOG
Reach 6K followers on Twitter, 1K on Bloglovin' and 1K on Pinterest I'm still of the opinion that number of followers is not everything; it's much more important that you get enjoyment out of blogging and doing what you do rather than boasting 100K followers that you don't even engage with. However, it's good to have a couple of small goals just to reach your next level. These numbers aren't huge but they'd be a great achievement to me personally.

Increase engagement with bloggers Talking to other like-minded bloggers is one of my favourite aspects of blogging so I'll be making sure I do more of what I love. I want to involve myself in chats, debates, comment on more posts and share more of the posts and blogs that deserve recognition within the blogosphere. Since I started blogging, I have rapidly reduced the amount of time I spend reading other blogs so I'm determined to get back into it.

Work with one brand I love Despite blogging for a year and a half, I have worked with a really limited number of brands to date. This isn't something that bothers me as that's not the reason I blog nor is it something that I expect, however, it would be a real privilege to collaborate with at least one brand this year that I'm really passionate about.

Use my blog as a platform to discuss important issues This is probably the goal I would like to achieve the most this year. I briefly mentioned this here in my Francesca Jayne: Blog Rebrand & New Direction post but I want to use my blog to talk about much more than lipstick; I want to include topical issues too. I'm a firm believer that if we are lucky enough to have the freedom to do so, we should use our voices for the greater good so that's what I'm going to attempt to do.

CAREER
Complete the elite management programme In early December, after hours of researching & collating facts, figures and data then attending the most intense/nerve wracking interview with the Managing Director, I was accepted on to my company's internal management programme. I was successful along with 12 other candidates out of 6,000 people in the company so I'm absolutely over the moon. I'm hugely grateful for the opportunity but I'm not going to say that I'm lucky to get on it. I've worked my arse off, day in, day out for the last 4 years to get where I want to be and I know I deserve my place. It's a 12 month intensive training course with senior managers and I'll be working from London more frequently. There is quite a history of people dropping out due to the pressure so my aim is to ensure that I see this programme through to completion.

Work less This seems rather contradictory following on from the previous point but I think society as a whole need to learn how to achieve more of a balance between working and living. At the moment, my work load is equivalent to roughly 2.5 jobs, I never take a break throughout the day and I'm always working unpaid out of hours. 2017 will be the year that I will learn to be more selfish with my time. I will focus on getting the most out of my career for me and saying 'no' a lot more to the people who try to add unnecessary pressures to my working life.

LIFESTYLE
Self care As I'm sure most of you will know, working full time and blogging often means that self care is pushed right to the back of the queue. I've been working on this quite a bit recently, taking some me time and keeping a healthy mind. I will immerse myself in as many boiling hot Radox bubble baths, treat my face to numerous face masks (pictures of me wearing said masks will obviously be posted on Twitter), drink more water and allow myself relaxing beauty treatments on a regular basis. I'm going to try and reduce my social media usage and read more books too!

Continue to travel Travelling is my haven - it's the only time I feel that I can truly relax and switch off from the stressful realities of life. I want to explore even more countries and also make the most of the amazing country that we live in. Myself and my sister already have a trip booked to Belgium in March and we're hoping to fit in another couple of countries before the end of the year if we can!

Let me know in the comments what you're hoping to achieve in 2017...



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  1. Congrats on your new job role, that is amazing! I love your thought process on it too - you earned that! I want to engage more on twitter this year, it started off well then I found Snapchat and became obsessed, I want to use IG & Twitter more to engage! Love you Fran!

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  2. Congrats on the new job - what an achievement to have succeeded out of 6000 people. You must be thrilled & its a great start to 2017. xx
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  3. Congrats on the new job! That's so amazing that you got in! I really hope it's goes well for you, you can do it!

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