2016 Goals - Revisited!!


Happy New Year Everyone!!! I hope you all had a happy and safe break over Christmas and New Year!! I have been a little absent from the Blogging and Social Media world for most of December, with only 1 post in December and only a couple of Social Media posts!!
It was good to have a break from it all, and I had the added bonus of being overseas for the first half of December!!

So if you remember my 2016 post I had split up my goals into various aspects of my life, and this year I will do the same.. 

So a quick recap to 2016 and how I went:

Blog Resolutions:

  • Up my posting to twice a week - I kept this up for the first 6-ish month and then I was a bit sporadic
  • Keep working on my photography skills - nope
  • Post some make up looks (!!) - I posted 1 make-up look! I need to work on this!
  • Be better at responding to comments from my lovely readers! - I think I was pretty good at this (need to check) ha
  • Collaborations with fellow bloggers - I did a collab with the lovely Sarah from Bows & Pleats on our money saving series called "Spend or Save" (here, here, and here

Beauty Resolutions:

  • Skincare – more specifically, a consistent regime of quality products; including regular facials from my local cosmetologist, Bette – she’s amazing! - Success!! I really focused on my skincare this past year and my skin is pretty amazing at the moment!! I did skimp on the regular facials but!
  • Spending Ban – NO UNNESSCESARY BUYING (just because it’s pretty and shiny!) - I think I did pretty well with this!! I mean there was no unnecessary Black Friday/Cyber Monday hauls last year, and I only splurged on a few releases!! 
  • Shop my stash – I have so much make-up, as evident from some of my collection posts (highlighter & eyeshadow palettes) - Still need to work on this!!! 
  • Project Pan – coming soon… - Project pan was started... But I didnt really manage it well and forgot about it!! 

Personal Resolutions:

  • More Adventures - like weekend escapes or hiking - Hmm we had a few, but not as many as I had hoped!
  • Spending Ban – learning to decipher between WANTS & NEEDS… - I think I did ok? haha 
  • SAVE – for a house, for a holiday(s), and an emergency fund. - TICK, TICK, TICK!! BOOM Success!! 
  • Read more quality books – not the trashy ones I have read time and time again. - Started out ok, finished by re-reading the Harry Potter series! haha
  • Be more active - gym, boxing, walks with the dogs, gymnastics. - I am so sporadic with this. Still need to work on it!
  • Go gluten free! Coeliac Disease runs in my family, so this a little bit preventative but also a lifestyle choice too. - I was Gluten Free for about 6 months and then gave up! So much cake and bread to eat!! 
  • Nail my back handspring & the splits - for those who don't know, I coach gymnastics to school age children - it's so much fun!! - HAHAHA

Business Resolutions:

  • Practice, Practice Practice! - Practiced a little, but not enough!! 
  • Advertise more locally. - Paid for a few sponsored posts and non paid adverts through FB
  • Make alliances with other local businesses – hair & make-up deals etc - Kind of forgot about this one!! 
  • Practice some more! - Enough already.. haha
  • Attend another masterclass or learning opportunity. - FAIL
Sooooo all in all, I think I have succeeded in this!! I think I nailed a pretty major one - SAVING! So I think that outways the negatives a little!! I think this year I am not going to set so many and just have 1 major one for each aspect of my life and 2 little ones I think!!

How did you go with your 2016 resolutions? Did you smash them or did they go out the window in week 2 of 2016?! Let me know in the comments below!!

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  1. Congratulations Mel! We did a lot of saving in this neck of the woods this year as well, we've put in a few offers on houses we've loved but been beat out :( Hopefully soon we'll snag one we like! We usually do our holiday at the beginning of the year but haven't had any time this year so August it is.

    I really want to do a project pan as well this year, I already shop my stash pretty well :)

    Maddie | www.maddiesbeautyspot.com

    1. Ahhh it would suck living in the city and trying to buy a house!! There would be so many other offers and sneaky people!! We were pretty lucky and got to look at a house before it went online, and signed the contracts the day it went on, so no-one even got a chance!! hahah
      Ahhh holidays! So needed yet so expensive!! We have another O/S holiday coming up in June! I'm so excited!!

  2. Oh Mel, I love how honest you were about your goals! I think you did pretty well, it's always hard to keep up with goals and things for the entire year.

    1. Haha yeh I pretty much thought all of those things once I re-read them!! There may have been a few swear words thrown around too!! haha It is SO hard trying to do goals ALL year long!! Who do we think we are.. Super-humans??

  3. I think you did super well with most of your goals babe! You set out a lot of different things for yourself, so it's hard to do it all. It's great you were able to save more this year and you are going to be a homeowner, that is amazing in itself!!!

    Sarah | Bows & Pleats

    1. I know! I am so excited to move!! Eeeep! You will have to come visit!!! x

  4. Considering how many goals you set I think you did fab Mel! And hey, there is always 2017 ;)

    Kate | themintedblog.com

  5. You did so well, here is to a wonderful 2017!





    1. Thank you very much!! I hope you have a great 2017 too!! x

  6. I love this post!! I really need to work on my goals for this year.

    Bec | Beauty With Bec

    1. I'm sure you will smash them out of the park Bec!! xx

  7. I love this post! The reflection on each goal is awesome! I think you did awesome.

    I am reflecting on my goals for 2017 and I think I might need to add a few more personal ones rather than just reno focus haha!!

    Shannon x.


    1. Oh I know the feels! We got the keys to our new house yesterday!! I have all these plans in my head!! Need to start saving again!! haha

  8. What a great idea to revisit last year's goals! With everything else aside that's amazing that you managed to tick the house one off - that's pretty major!!

    I always go back to Harry Potter haha, it's such a classic!

    Sinéad ♥ Check out my re-launched blog HERE

    1. Such a classic!! It was a massive one to get ticked off!! We got the keys yesterday!! Whoop!

  9. I love this blog post idea! It sounds like you accomplished so much even if you didn't totally reach all your goals.

    xx, Pia

    1. Thanks Pia!! It felt good going back and seeing how much I had accomplished last year!!

  10. Wow. I loved this post. Its great to see that we shared so many goals. The major one that I didnt meet (although I have improved) is to make sure I respond to comments in a timely manner and to also make real time to comment on other peoples blogs and content. Its so time consuming but well worth the effort

    1. It is so time consuming! I have taken to doing it at work whilst I'm on lengthy phone calls or on hold! haha makes the time go a bit quicker!! Thanks for reading Rosa!

  11. Love these photos! Great post babe xx


  12. Ooo you did so well with hitting your goals, I always kind of keep my goals in my head but this is an awesome way to actually hold yourself accountable and keep things on track. Something I really want to do with the end of this year is to read more quality books as well. I've been so slack on my reading this year.

    Julia // The Sunday Mode


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