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Monday, January 04, 2016

2K16 - Thoughts, Goals and More

Blogging Goals 2016

Happy New Year - in my head, the New Year doesn't really begin until the first Monday of the year; any time before that is premature and I will most likely be found with a slice of Pizza in hand, complete with some sort of Netflix documentary blaring in the background. Seriously if you have yet to watch Making a Murderer make this a top priority. Gripping is an understatement.

First and foremost, yes this is a beauty blog and that is not something I want to ever change. Ever. Beauty is my passion and very fortunately (I must have been good in a past life to be this lucky) my vocation. I do however feel not only a need but a desire of some sort, for things to become a little more personal. Now I'm not talking about airing my dirty laundry, rather I would like any reader to feel like a little more acquainted with me in the coming months. You see for far too long I have put off filming videos, I have several ideas all swimming around my head but zero confidence to put myself out there. I don't want another year of what if's and regret so for my own sanity, I will set up my camera and film something. Something may all this amounts to but at least I can say I've tried.

Blogging Goals 2016

You've seen the Pinterest quotes and don't need me to tell you that the New Year is a new start/book/set of chances. I'm not technically starting over, rather I would like to expand and grow my topics of discussion. The two new areas I will be hoping to divulge a little further into are well-being and fitness. Now you'll excuse me for being a little (okay a lot lazy) the last fortnight or so, and slobbing out in my pj's but as of today I'm back on the healthy eating and exercise kick. Kick is the wrong term, hopefully with enough dedication it will be an overall lifestyle change. I want to feel good both on the inside and outside, I know that junk food and zero exercise is doing nothing positive to my body, nor my mental state and have vowed to turn this around. I'm not sure how I will approach such posts but know that they are in the works.

Now for blogging goals - probably the most bizarre term I have typed out in a long while. My biggest aim or perhaps wish is to still be blogging well into 2017; this year marks my fifth year of beauty blogging which may not seem like a huge milestone, but for someone non-committal and in their twenties, it is a pretty big deal. Yes the blogging landscape is ever changing and we will all have to ebb and flow to carve our place within the booming industry; let's keep in mind, as little a five or six years ago, the concept of earning enough money from a blog to keep afloat was almost laughable (I still get the odd snigger when discussion my vocation). Change is exciting and think we should all embrace it, blogging is very much in its infancy let's see where it takes us all.

My other aims in regards to The Sunday Girl include being true to myself; in 2015 there are a few posts that I am not particularly proud of. In hindsight I don't believe that they are something I should have okay'd, alas I did and can no have no other choice but to chart it up to a learning experience.Without going into too much detail, the last few months have been difficult personally (I know, I know this isn't the X-Factor) and for a while I lost focus in all areas of my life. I've dusted myself off and promise that the next 12 months will be all killer and zero filler. On that note, if there is something on The Sunday Girl you'd like to see more or less of, please don't feel like you can't speak up, I am all for self growth and constructive criticism.

Lastly and definitely most importantly, I fully want to support the blogging community. As saccharine as it may sound - we all need one and other, we should build one and other up, rather than tearing one and other down. I'm not for one moment saying you have to like everyone but let's not resort to hateful comments nor name calling; concentrate on the sites/people you enjoy and make everyone's lives a little happier and remember most of us are just trying to find our place within this crazy world we call blogging.

Blogging power (for full effect you should sing this in the style of Teenage Mutant Hero Turtles, the cartoon theme tune)!

Here's to you in 2016, may it be the best 12 months of your life - you've got this!

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42 comments:

  1. Lovely post :)
    I'm totally with you on the community, we are here to support and build one another and I love us for that.
    Here's to 2016!
    Gillian  xx  EyelinerFlicks.com

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    1. Thank you so much Gillian, yes here is to 2016! I can't wait to see what is in store for us all :) x

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  2. I love reading these kind of posts, i absolutely love your blog. I also want to bring more personal things into my blog but i can't decide how yet x
    Emma | Emmys Beauty Cave

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    1. Hi Emma, aww thank you so much, that truly means the world to me. It's tricky isn't it, I think I'm just going to approach it how I would like to read it...if that at all makes sense. I look forward to reading your blog in the coming months! x

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  3. Love this! Hope 2016 is an amazing year for all of us. Can't wait to read more of your posts this year x

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    1. Thank you so much Mary, I have a feeling that this is going to be a great one for us all :) x

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  4. Ah lovely blog post! Totally agree with your comment on the blogging community!

    www.allthingsfoxyy.blogspot.co.uk

    Emma x

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    1. Without fellow bloggers and the community I wouldn't have a blog/job so it is more than time I show my appreciation :) Have a wonderful year! x

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  5. I think the fact you want things to get a bit more personal is very exciting! I'm also very excited about the prospect of your Youtube channel & I have every faith in you :) All the best!
    Maeve // Thrift O'Clock

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    1. Aww Maeve, thank you so much that really has perked me up! I can't wait to share all my plans. Have the best year EVER! x

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  6. I think 2016 is going to be a wonderful year for you and your fabulous blog! Your determination and effort is so evident in your posts, which is very much appreciated by your readers! XX

    Hannah
    http://hannahhappily.blogspot.com/

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    1. Aww thank you Hannah, as of next week there will not only be a brand new web design but lots of new features to go with it! I am so excited. Have the best year ever lovely :) x

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  7. WOW!!


    Good Luck with everything!

    and about the blogging community.Amen :) ♥

    With Love,
    Anna || Curly Scribbles

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    1. Thank you so much :) I'm glad you agree! x

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  8. So excited to see more of The Sunday Girl this year you absolutely rock at blogging and I really enjoy your posts, I agree about the community side of things it's nice to hear your thoughts on it.

    My goals are to grow my blog further, stick to a YT schedule and work my little butt off even when I do have another little baby to look after in April :)

    Liza | Glambeautys | YouTube

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    1. Aww thank you so much Liza, you are far too kind :)

      I know you can do it and I bet you can't wait to meet your little one, I'm excited for you :)

      Here's to the best year yet for us both!

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  9. Such a lovely post, it definitely inspired me to commit more to my blog and stay true to myself. And please, don't be afraid of filming videos, I'd love to watch them! I think 2016 is going to be a wonderful year for your blog :)
    Good luck! x

    She is Mary

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    1. Thank you so much :) I'm so glad others feel the same way, it is so easy to fall off track! Yay, thank you, I'm currently planning my videos - it is so alien to me but I'm ever so grateful for the confidence boost!

      I think 2016 is going to be great for us both! x

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  10. I loved reading this post. I wrote today about how I love how much Bloggers support one another. It's such a breathe of fresh air from how things often are in reality. (meaning outside of the blogging world.)

    I love having a blog, my own blog, because it can be anything we as blogger want it to be. Who said there needs to be rules? Who said that all Beauty Bloggers can talk about is strictly Beauty? Who said that Food Bloggers can only post recipes? There is no written rule to what we can do or say on our own personal platform. So do you, boo!

    Happy New Year!

    -Ashlee Michelle
    www.makeupandmodifieds.com

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    1. Thank you so much Ashlee :) I'm off to read your post now!
      And I fully agree and if I could I'd reply with the praise hands emoji! x

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  11. Such a great, positive post! I look forward to your content in 2016 and would love for you to start filming videos!

    Alice / Alice Grace Beauty

    x

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  12. Such a great post. Happy New Year!


    xo, Liz
    http://lipstickandconfetti.com

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    1. Thank you :) happy new year to you too! x

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  13. I love your writing style! It feels really warming like you're chatting directly to the reader with a nice cup of tea between your hands.
    Please don't be afraid to start filming. If your as friendly behind camera as you are in your posts, viewers will be thrilled at your videos each week, myself included <3

    Lots of love,

    Iesha Moustafa | The Proud Outsider

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    1. Seriously thank you so much :) you have sincerely made my day! Thank you again x

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  14. Thank you for giving the message.Look forward to your updating:)
    http://www.officialpatagonia.com

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  15. I 100% agree! Being true to oneself is the most important when blogging :) I'm glad to see a 2016 resolution post not focused on materialistic things but more about aspirations that will help your overall well-being!

    Sarah-Janette.blogspot.ca

    xx Sarah Janette

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    1. Last year was testing but I know what I want to do and if anything going down the wrong path, so-to-speak has helped me re-focus. Thank you so much for reading :)

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  16. Happy New Year!! Awesome post and I am right there with you. I am a fairly new reader and can't wait to read more! I look forward to what 2016 brings!

    -Mel
    www.thegossipdarling.com

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    1. Hi Mel, Happy New Year!
      Thank you so much, I hope this a great year for us both!

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  17. Awhh I loved reading this and I have to say I am super excited for the changes on TSG! Your blog was one of the reasons I started mine two and a half years ago because it was so inspiring, I loved the idea of helping other people out by discussing and sharing reviews and although its tough to maintain my blog alongside uni and work, it has been one of the best decisions I made (to start!).
    Iqra | The Blushing Giraffe x

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    1. Really? Wow that is such an honour :) thank you so much for reading all these years and for your support! I am forever grateful for your support :) x

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  18. Very well written article, thanks for sharing it with your readers.

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  19. Wishing you all the best for this year of 2016 and hopefully be able to put all those ideas into work! I'm very curious for the video filming, i'd love to see that, a more personal side, should be fun so, go for it! Also lovely comments on the blogging community, my thoughts exactly.

    xoxo

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    1. Thank you so much Laura :) at this point I'm not sure how to approach it all but I will. Thank you, so glad others agree. Have a wonderful year! x

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  20. Such a lovely post with beautiful pictures. I am definitely with you on being true to yourself. Love the whole positive energy of this post. Hope you have a wonderful 2016. x

    www.elegantanchors.blogspot.co.uk

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  21. Great post! You're one of my favourite beauty bloggers, hope 2016 is awesome for you and this blog :) Best of luck with the video making - I've just started and it's scary but at least it's happening!

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