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2015 Reflections, 2016 Goals

It’s only the 4th of January, so it’s still relevant to talk about the past year and hopes for the upcoming year. Right? Okay, glad I’m still relevant. (Insert hair flip emoji.)

I’m sitting here thinking about what an insane year 2015 was. I did a lot of personal reflection from the past year in my post “When You’re in the Thick of It” so I’ll wait here as you go read that. The working mom struggle was so real, yo.

I was looking back at last year’s New Year’s goals, and I think I have achieved many of those goals. I’m proud of the balance I have achieved.

As you know, I began teaching part-time at a different school in August, and it truly was an answered prayer. I have been able to be all the roles I want to be without feeling stretched too thin. I get to be wife, mom, teacher, and blogger.

Speaking of which, I have been able to pursue my blog as another part-time job. I have put quite a lot of effort into it in the latter portion of this year. My blog grew tremendously and I started earning a part-time income from it. Let’s recap some of the highlights.

In 2015, this blog had:

  • More than 730,000 visitors from 211 countries
  • Over 1.1 million pageviews from these visitors
  • 122 posts published, which gave this blog a total of 624 posts

Top 5 Popular Posts Written in 2015

  1. The Best Cheap Makeup Brushes
  2. 20 Healthy Snack Ideas for Breastfeeding Moms
  3. The Ultimate Makeup Capsule
  4. The Top 10 Best Drugstore Mascaras
  5. My Favorite Vlogging Tips and Tricks

Other Posts I’m Most Proud of:

My Favorite Videos:

Big Accomplishments:

2016 Goals

I was thinking about goals, resolutions or a “buzz word” to set my sights on to 2016. I found my balance, now I needed to know how to focus my energy. Hence, this year’s goal is FOCUS.

Personal Focus:

  • Time management. Definitely not a strength of mine. At all. In fact, I am staying up past midnight to write this post. Most blog posts end up getting finished past midnight nowadays.
  • Focus on my marriage. My marriage with Greg is the glue that holds this family together. 2015 was a year full of changes and I feel like I didn’t give my marriage the attention it deserves. I owe it to Greg and to myself to focus on us more this year. We’re taking a trip to Europe in July (just us!!!), and I am excited about that!
  • Focus on my children. I am with the girls more, and sometimes I feel like I do not give them enough attention or focus. Kennedy is especially at an age where she needs a mom who is invested in her, even if it is silly playtime around the house.
  • Focus on things that matter. That means putting away the phone or comupter. Saying “no” when my plate is full.
  • Focus on healthy choices. Put good food into my body and take care of myself.

Blog Focus:

  • Focus on my own growth. Don’t get distracted how others are “more popular” and “grow faster” than me. Comparison is the thief of joy.
  • Focus on a service I can offer my readers. I started posting about blog tips this year and got incredible feedback from them, and readers even asked if I did blog coaching. I had no idea I would get that kind of response. I have been blogging over 6 years and have learned a lot of things along the way, and I love to mentor and teach others about blogging. I am toying around with the idea of a workshop to help other bloggers grow. If you think that’s an insane idea, let me know now….hahaha.
  • Focus on my brand. Staying authentic, always. Never posting about something I think I should post about. Always being me. I think I did a pretty good job with that in 2015, and I want to even more so in 2016.

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To close this post, I have a short, anonymous reader survey. I did one very similar to it last year and got some amazing feedback that helped me grow. I feel like I implemented a lot of your suggestions last year and even your constructive criticism wasn’t something I had considered before but was happy to hear.

Every question is optional, so answer what you want/can/have time for (although I’d love it if you did the whole thing.) I’m a big girl and can take constructive criticism. If you cannot get the survey to load, click here to be taken to a new tab to complete it. Thank you so much for your time!

Thank you guys so much for all of your love and support in 2015. You are the peeps that keep me going. Let’s FOCUS (aaaaahhh, see what I did there?) on making 2016 great!

10 Comments

  • Reply
    chelseajacobs
    January 4, 2016 at 11:33 am

    Wow, 2016 was a great year for your blog!!

    • Reply
      Meg O.
      January 6, 2016 at 3:43 pm

      Yes it was!! Can’t wait to see what 2016 brings!!

  • Reply
    Tabitha Blue / Fresh Mommy Blog
    January 4, 2016 at 1:06 pm

    Love seeing your reflection and goals and the amazing things you’ve accomplished so far!! Girl, you aren’t late at all… I’m still in the process of working mine out!! Haha. I have some written and some at the tip of my tongue and I just need the quiet time to process and get it all out, without falling asleep 😉

    2016 is going to be even better!!!

    • Reply
      Meg O.
      January 6, 2016 at 3:42 pm

      Growing a human takes lots of effort. Give yourself some grace!! Haha

  • Reply
    Nikki
    January 4, 2016 at 1:09 pm

    You go on with ya bad self girl!! I love your buzz word for 2016, such a great word and bounces right off 2015’s word! I love the goals you have set for yourself, I hope you and Greg have soooo much fun in Europe!!

    • Reply
      Meg O.
      January 6, 2016 at 3:42 pm

      Thank you, girl! We are so excited about Europe. And I am so excited about 2016!!!

  • Reply
    tiffanyatouchofgrace
    January 4, 2016 at 4:10 pm

    2015 was an awesome year for your Meg! I can’t wait to see what 2016 brings you! Love the goals you set for yourself. I think a blogging course would be awesome!

    • Reply
      Meg O.
      January 6, 2016 at 3:41 pm

      Thank you so much, Tiffany! I really appreciate that. I can’t wait for all the fun things in 2016!

  • Reply
    therachaelway
    January 4, 2016 at 8:50 pm

    2015 was a wonderful year for you, and I know 2016 will be even better for you! How did you get featured on such awesome places– did they reach out to you? That’s amazing!

    • Reply
      Meg O.
      January 6, 2016 at 3:40 pm

      Thank you!! BuzzFeed reached out to me to feature my post, and I pitched to HuffPo!

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