I sat down to write this post yesterday afternoon. I was in a positive mood, ready to reflect on my accomplishments from last year and lay out my goals for the year ahead. It’s been a while since I posted on this blog and I wanted to get some writing done finally.
Then I loaded up my website and was greeted by the thing no blogger wants to see: raw HTML, in all its hideous glory.
So I spent four hours struggling to get my blog back to looking the way it’s supposed to. It’s still not quite right. The header and footer are a disaster. I’ll try to fix them over the next few weeks, but I may just end up starting over with a default layout.
And I was so happy with the way my site looked. Sigh.
Anyway, here we are, 2017. Before I discuss my goals for this year, let’s take a minute to review a few personal highlights from 2016. I didn’t post much last year, so you missed many of my more exciting moments.
Four weeks in the UK and Ireland with Eric. This trip was outstanding. We visited, London, Cambridge, Ely, Edinburgh, Speyside and the Scottish Highlands, Belfast, and Dublin. We discovered all kinds of exciting places and fantastic foods. I’ll post a few of my favorite stories in the coming months!
A quick anniversary trip to Yosemite. Eric had never been to Yosemite, and I hadn’t visited in years. We spent a few nights at the lodge and a day visiting the park. Next time, we’ll return for a longer hiking and camping excursion.
Joined a new yoga studio. I began practicing mindfulness and meditation in 2016. A big step in my mindfulness practice was joining our yoga studio in the second half of 2016. A regular yoga practice has helped with managing my anxiety and keeping a more balanced mind.
Completed the Disney Super Heroes Half Marathon in under three hours. We’ve been trying to break this milestone together for a few years. This year, we came in just under three hours. Next year, we’ll try to cut our time down even more.
2016 Goals in Review
366 Days Photo Project. I’m thrilled that I completed this project. I took and posted a photo every day during 2016. There were a few close calls in which I snapped a photo before going to sleep for the night.
Travel to Europe. Yep! As I mentioned above, our trip to the UK and Ireland was one of the highlights of 2016. I can’t wait to plan more overseas adventures in the future.
Focus on creativity. My 366 days project was helpful in pushing myself creatively. I tried to create an interesting photo each day — even when I had no time and no idea what to photograph. I also took up sewing this year. While I haven’t yet made anything that I would wear, it’s been enjoyable to learn a new skill and to create things with my hands.
Keep Blogging. Didn’t keep up with this one! I’ll try to do better this year.
2016 By the Numbers
Books Read: 16 (four fewer than 2015) | 5,231 pages (2,536 fewer than 2015)
Movies Watched: 42 (29 fewer than 2015)
Time Spent Underwater: 0 (rut-ro!)
Time Spent in Air: 21 hours (six more than 2015)
Blog Posts: 6 (93 fewer than 2015 — yikes!)
Unique Blog Visitors: 3,888 (1,749 fewer than 2015)
Total Page Views: 9,881 (5,613 fewer than 2015)
Total Comments: 34 (237 fewer than 2015)
Bloglovin’ Subscribers: 70 (the same as 2015)
Instagram Photos: 451 (176 more than 2015)
Instagram Followers: 1,003 (224 more than 2015)
Even though I didn’t blog much in 2016, my numbers didn’t drop quite as far as I thought they would. It’s good to know you’re all still enjoying my content, despite my lack of posting. Thanks!
Most Popular Instagram Photos of 2016
Daily Art Journal. The photo-a-day project was fun, but I’d like to work a little more on my drawing skills. This year, I’m going to try to fill a page in an art journal every day. I started a new Instagram account for my drawings — I won’t be posting every page, but I will try to post frequently. Feel free to follow along!
Write 500 words per day. In 2015, I felt like my blogging was too structured and it was becoming stressful as a result. In 2016, I had almost no structure and thus didn’t write anything. This year, I’m going to try to find a middle ground. The goal is to write 500 words per day of blog content. It might not all end up on the blog, but I’m hoping this will be enough structure to get me started writing.
Complete one sewing project each month. I love sewing, and I want to work on new projects this year. I’m going to start with some easier projects and improve my skills.
Read 24 books, all written by women and people of color. Straight, white men write a majority of popular books, television, and movies. I want to hear some new voices.
Maintain an exercise routine. I fell out of my running routine during my busy work schedule last year. I managed to get back into it towards the end of the year, but I’d like to try and maintain an exercise routine throughout the entire year. I’m aiming to run three miles, three days per week, plus attend at least one yoga class per week.
Practice mindfulness. I started a morning meditation and journaling routine at the end of last year. It felt so good to take some quiet time for myself each morning. This is something I want to continue to explore in 2017, particularly when my work schedule starts to get more intense.
Take a trip. We will likely take a shorter trip within the United States this year.
That seems like a solid set of goals, doesn’t it? Let’s do this, 2017!