My Goals for 2016

1 January 2016

2015 has been a huge year for me! A lot has happened and it's not reflected in my resolutions, but I'll talk about them in an upcoming Anti-Bucket List post. Wait and see!

I'm a firm believer in setting only a handful of yearly goals, making sure they are reasonably specific and not too unreachable. Being a blogger is an excellent way to know that I have my resolutions written down and in an easy to find place. 

So let's see how I did this year.

My 2015 Resolution Results

1. Come Back with the USA with Money - YEP
I spent a hell of a lot of cash over there, but I'm proud to say not all of my savings went. So this one is a success.

2. Book a Holiday for 2016 - DONE
Yesiree! Josh and I have a cruise booked in for February 9th 2016! Stay tuned for more info on that front.

3. Save $5000 - YES

I did definitely save more than this overall, but digging in for birthdays and Christmas and booking our holiday, dropped this down below $5000. My goal was mostly to still be able to save money now that I've moved out. Which I'll call a success.

4. Buy a Bike/Ride More Places - Half done...
While I did buy myself a bike, I didn't account for how nervous bike riding on the road makes me. I need to definitely give this more of a go so that I become more confident riding places. 

5. Continue Blogging - Hmm?
I'm here aren't I? I'm so glad that I've stuck this out! Blogging has become an integral part of my life and routine. My main hobby, it's been a good year with blogging, so I'm keen for it to continue. 
I added that I wanted to reach 1000 Bloglovin and Instagram followers. I'm almost at 500 on bloglovin, so still a fair way to go, but I'm at about 2,130 Instagram followers! Another mini goal of mine was to focus on my photography and use more of my own images which I've been doing lately as well. 

Hello 2016


1. Keep My Plants Alive
I've amassed quite a selection of indoor and outdoor plants this past year, and now I need to focus on them staying green and lush. As well as hopefully gaining a bit more knowledge on my precious plants as well. 

2. Read 12 Books 
That might seem like a laughably low number, but I have been dreadful with reading of late. It's a pastime I honestly enjoy, but one I often pass up for the simpler, watching of my favourite tv series. This 2016 reading challenge seems like the perfect fit for what I'm after.  

3. Get Outdoors More!
I tend to look back once Summer is over and wonder why didn't I go to the beach more? I'm realising now it's because I work all the dang time. But on nice days, especially with daylight savings in full swing, there's usually an opportunity for me to go to the beach after work. So I should go!

4. Live a Bit More than I Work
Working two jobs means that when I would have a day off from one job I'd be at the other job and vice versa. There's a limit on how many days in a row you can work at one job, this doesn't apply when you have two! I've missed out on a lot of things because I'm working. I'm still only young, I have the rest of my life to have no free time. 

5. Finish All the Playstation Games I Own, Before Buying More
Ha I've gotta say that this is a pretty lame goal, and I was having some trouble thinking of a 5th one. But this will help with saving money as well so yay! I have a lot of good games, but I never finish them I just move onto the next best thing. At current I'm finishing Assassin's Creed Unity, then I'll go back to The Witcher. 


1. Write More About Cool Spots in my City
I live in Newcastle, it's a coastal town, two hours North of Sydney. I'm actually a big fan of it and there's so many cool places around here to visit. I want to start visiting more of them, it is my hometown after all, and sharing all these sweet places with everyone!

2. Get Blog Business Cards
The more I photograph at different places and businesses. The more I wish I had a pro looking business card to hand to people to say, Hey I'm not just a creep with a camera. I'm a creep with a camera and a blog! Jokes aside, if I'm going to stick at blogging, this is a next step. 

3. Reach 1000 Bloglovin' Followers or 500 Likes on Facebook
I know that I have a lot of readers who aren't represented from the number on bloglovin'. They come from a whole variety of different areas. I get a lot of my hits from Facebook for example.

4. Become More Well Known as a Local Blogger 
This is a bit tougher because there's not many bloggers in the exact boat as me that are in my town. You tend to bond over similar topics, like beauty bloggers or mummy bloggers. Blogging more and more about cool spots in the city, will hopefully help contribute to this. 

5. Increase My Readership & View Count 
I was making progress with this until the great domain debacle. It basically put me back to square one, things only started to slightly improve when I got my domain back. For 2015 I received about 55,000 pageviews. I would love to look back on 2016 and see that I've doubled my views for the year! 

Happy New Year Everyone! 

Let me know in the comments if you have any blogging goals for the new year, or regular goals really! 

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  1. Happy New Year! I got my blog business cards from Vistaprint, they were really cheap. Not as fancy as some of the other ones that you can get but they do the job for me anyway.

  2. Love that you keep track and write down your resolutions! I need to give this a try. Great post and wishing you the happiest new year :) xx

    Jac Fleurant

  3. Great goals and resolutions! Best wishes for the new year! :)
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  4. Happy New Year, Tegan! Wishing you every health and happiness in 2016. Your resolutions are so well-rounded, I'm positive you'll achieve them (:

  5. Happy New Year m'dear! Excited to see how your goals work out throughout the year! :)

    Meg | A Little Twist Of…

  6. Great goals, and good job for accomplishing all of your 2015 goals!! <33 Hope you had a great New Year's




  7. I look at your goals, and I can only wish I thought of them. They are so good! I have similar blog goals for 2016 so let's hope we achieve them! Have a wonderful new year Tegan! <3

    xx Bash | Hey Bash | bloglovin'


  8. Happy new year. May 2016 will bring a big change in your life.

    How to Get Clear Skin

  9. Happy New Year! There are some great goals here - I would love for you to write more blog posts about cool cities in the area and you're definitely one of my fave local bloggers ;) I've done a few new years resolutions too this year: so fingers crossed I stick to them x

  10. Good luck for your goals, girl. Business cards are the net big step after domain, for the professional growth of a blog. I will be getting mine done, too. Super excited about it.

    Noor | Noor's Place

  11. Happy New Year~! Great goals for 2016 <33

  12. Loved to read about your goals, especially those regarding blogging. I should definitely add 'keep plants alive' to my list haha! Happy new year! x

  13. Love your blog! Thanks for checking out mine, do you want to follow each other?
    Lucy xox

  14. You did so great with your 2015 goals (especially the saving, well done!) so I'm sure this year's resolutions will be no bother! x

    Josie | Sick Chick Chic

  15. Happy New Year Tegan! You did great achieving so many of your 2015 goals and I predict you will just as much in 2016! Hope it's a great year!

    Lucy x- Yellowicing

  16. Congratulations on your 2015 resolutions result. It's inspiring. Happy New Year! And I hope you achieve your goals for 2016.

  17. It's so great that you've accomplished most of your 2015 goals! Your blogging goals for 2016 are certainly relatable; I'm DYING to get a business card AND be known as a local blogger.

    Good luck in the new year, Tegan, cheers!

    May | THE MAYDEN | Bloglovin'

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  18. Read more is definitely on my 2016 goals list ! As well as getting more influent online. And business cards, urgh, I've been procrastinating for so long to order some !

    Happy New Year xx

  19. Love the keeping your plants alive goal...I am so there with you! :-D

    Ally x

  20. Such a cute planner! Have a great 2016 to you :)

    x, Kat of Nested Thoughts
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  21. Happy New Year! You smashed last years goals so I'm sure you will this year too! Looking forward to hearing about your cruise :) x


  22. Happy New Year! I can resonate with so many of your resolutions- I love the business card idea and definitely feel like this is a step I'll take soon. I'm jealous you have a cruise booked already, that's going to be so lovely and I can't wait to see photos, I've never been on a cruise before! xo

    My Lovelier Days

  23. Happy new year! I'm actually working on my list right now!
    Well done on achiving your 2015 goals!


  24. You did so well with your resolutions - you go girl!! Love the ones for this year too, I definitely need to read more, and I'm with you with keeping plants alive!

    I hope 2016 is amazing for you! :)

    Hazel xx

  25. Happy New Year! And good job for accomplishing all your goals for 2015, loved reading about it! I also love your daily planner, btw :) x

  26. Really lovely post! I've just discovered your blog and I think it's great. Happy New Year : ) x

    Tiffany Tales – A British Beauty & Lifestyle Blog

  27. Excited to learn more about your Anti-Bucket List! I remember reading something about Anti-Bucket Lists over at Zen Habits. // Looks like you made great progress in 2015, congrats! // Yesyesyes, this is the age of workaholics and it's so important to remember to LIVE. We work so that we can live the life we want to live, but if work takes over living, then what's the point? // Happy New Year! -Audrey | Brunch at Audrey's

  28. Happy new year

  29. Happy New Year and I adore your resolutions
    So great to see somebody having a look back at what they completed in 2015 and definitely helps having those goals written down to look back on, what a great idea and glad you did so well!
    Wishing you just as much luck with your resolutions this time around, and another successful year

    What Raj Wants

  30. You got to do so much from your 2015 goals! Congrats! Your 2016 goals sounds good and looks attainable for you! I'm also trying to build a "brand" for my blog for this year. I hope it all ends up okay. Happy 2016!

    Love, Richel. | Richel Goes Places

  31. I really need to try harder to keep my plants alive, I keep failing at that haha!
    Awesome goals girl, it's all about dedication, you can do it!


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