2018 Goals + Christmas Chit Chat

Hi, guys! I hope you all had a lovely Christmas, Hanukkah, Festivus, Kwanzaa and any other holiday you celebrate. I just want to say a quick apologie to people/friends that I follow, I haven’t looked at my reader in days BUT right after posting this I will read all of your lovely posts.

Christmas:

For Christmas Eve my parents and I went out to eat at a hibachi style Japenese Steakhouse with my sister. It was really good and overall a fun experience. I wish I took some pictures but I didn’t, just take my word for it that it’s something everyone should try at least once.

Then we went to my sister house, opened some presents, had dessert, talked and went home. When we got home my parents, Ruby (my dog) and I each opened a few gifts and watched a movie or two. In the morning we opened the remaining presents and stocking stuffers.

I have been completely ‘spoiled’ this year! I got a lot of makeup, gift cards, face masks, etc. So many items I really wanted. Some of the highlights are earrings from Kate Spade, a portable closet, Sephora gift cards, tons of makeup included my favorite lipstick and setting spray, Pixiwoo’s “Face” book, and really nice candles that when burned all the way will have a surprise ring! I also received so many face masks, I could use one a day for the rest of my life and not run out haha. I’ve been extremely blessed and I am so thankful for those gifts and spending the day with my family.

I was going to make a whole Blogmas post about what I gifted people but there was a ton of gifts this year and it would have been a bit hard to do, I’m actually glad I didn’t. Some of my favorite items I gifted are

To mom:

A Sephora Favorites makeup kit with around 10+ deluxe samples and full-size items.

Kate Spade earrings

To dad:

Razor Refills

Tons of body items like lotion, wash, etc.

To my sister:

Smashbox #SHAPEMATTER palette

To Ruby:

SO. MANY. TOYS. I overbought for her, she has 4 or 5 new toys and doesn’t know what to do with herself.

And a lot more, but those are just my favorites. 🙂

Shortly after gifts, we had coffee and my mom and I sat at the table and had “coffee talk” Coffee talk is our thing. Every morning we sit at the table, drink coffee and just talk. Usually, I’m doing most of the listening but I love it. By then it was around 11 am or so, we decided to eat at noon and sat down to play games. We played “Frogger” on one of the original systems, it was one of my dad’s gifts.

After that, I started making peppermint bark. I make it every year and it always so good. When I was finished preparing that my mom and I made bread pudding. We both love it and she wanted to teach me how to make it this year. Doing that became one of my favorite Christmas memories and I hope we make it next year.

We ended up eating around 3 pm, there was so much food! We had ham, stuffing, cranberry sauce, Aunt Haddie salad (no one knows who Aunt Haddie is but it’s a delicious dessert), grits, bread pudding, and pecan pie. Everything was awesome and I can’t wait to have ham sandwiches today!

After that, we pretty much lounged all day and overate, as most people do. We ended up finding a show on Netflix, binged the whole show in one afternoon and went to bed at midnight haha. It was a great day. The countdown is on until next year!

Blogmas:

If you’ve followed my blog since mid-November/early December, you would have seen I participated in Blogmas. 24 days of posting. I have no idea how I managed that and I am so proud that I did. I ended up running out of scheduled posts on day 6 or 7 and was writing every post on the day it was posted. I didn’t get to post everything I wanted to but I am really happy with how it turned out. I will definitely be doing it next year (and planning ahead, haha)!

If you want to see all of my Blogmas posts, just go to my page and near the top, there will be different categories listed, Blogmas will be the last, it has all of the posts regarding Blogmas.

Here are my five favorites:

Blogmas: Anti Haul + Wishlist – Holiday Edition!

Blogmas: Makeup Using My Most Expensive Products

Blogmas: Last Minute Gift Guide

Blogmas: If I Sent You a Christmas Card….

Blogmas Review: BH Cosmetics Zodiac Palette

I absolutely love If I Sent You a Christmas Card and I plan on doing something like that every other month or so.

2018 Goals:

I see these going around and thought ‘hey, why not do it?’ so here I am. Hi.

I am also adding points to these, one of my favorite bloggers (Brooke Clarke) does it on her monthly goals, I like it so I’m going to do it.

Blog:

1,000 followers/15,000 total views

I’m blown away that I have 255 followers, I can’t even imagine having 1,000! I feel like this is a good goal for me though. The views will be a lot harder but I still think I can do it, nevertheless, it’s a good goal. 10 points

Do more collab/guest posts

I have done three, one was a collab, one was a friend writing a post on my blog and one I did was a guest post for another blog. I really enjoyed doing them and I want to do more in 2018.

If you have any interest in doing a collab, me writing for your blog, you write for mine, please Contact me. 5 points

Work with a brand

I think this would be so cool. I’ve reached out to a few brands and haven’t heard much back, but I have a good feeling about something happening in 2018. 7 points

Schedule posts

Oh gosh, I’m so bad about this. Late summer/early fall I started posting three times a week and my life became very hectic so I started not being able to schedule them as often and I miss it so much. Not having scheduled posts is so stressful. 2 points

Possible points: 24

Career/School:

Learn Spanish

I think it’s important to speak more than one language and I’ve always wanted to learn Spanish, so why not? I’m not expecting to be fluent by any means but I’d like to be able to hold a half decent conversation. 8 points

Graduate x2

I am currently enrolled in two courses at my school, QC Makeup Academy. Both will result in me being certified (eeek!) and I can’t wait to complete them. I was trying to graduate one by Christmas but I feel like January/February is more reasonable. The other course (SFX) I would like to graduate by Thanksgiving. 10 points each.

Apply for 3+ scholarships

I’d like to attend the school of my dreams, but I don’t qualify for loans at this time so I would need to win a scholarship in order to attend. I have a few in mind and fingers are crossed! 2 points ea.

Possible points: 34+

Personal:

Read 10 books

I haven’t been reading as much as I’ve wanted to, I’d like to read one every month or so. If you have any suggestions leave them in the comments! 1 point ea.

Lose weight

I’m really not happy with my weight right now and I love losing weight. I always feel so good when I do and I need to start losing weight again. I don’t have a weight in mind, I’d just like to be healthier. 1 point per pound.

Work out

I love working out and I need to start doing it again. There’s a gym just around the corner so I’ll give that ago. 5 points.

Be more outgoing

I’m a kind person and I feel like unfortunately, I let people “run over me”. I want to be more outgoing, more outspoken and not let people treat me poorly. 15 points.

 

Eat one Vegetarian dinner per week

I’d like to be a vegetarian at some point, I feel like one a week is a good start. 10 points

Start driving again

I used to love driving so, so much. One of the last times I was in the car, a ‘backseat driver’ started yelling at me and since then my confidence has been a zero and I haven’t driven. I need to do and I miss it. 20 points

Possible points: 52+

Extra credit:

Enroll in aesthetics program

Of course, I would have to win a scholarship or somehow get a loan, but I would be so happy if this happened. 30 points.

Enroll in Pro Workshop or Hair Styling

After completing the two courses I’m enrolled in now, I’d like to enroll in either of these.  20 points ea.

Be hired for a part-time job

25 points.

Possible points for extra credit: 95

Total points: 205+

 

How did you spend your holiday? What are some of your goals for 2018?

18 thoughts on “2018 Goals + Christmas Chit Chat

  1. Looks like you had a wonderful Christmas, surrounded by your family and friends. I liked your goals. If I had to choose one for my blog, it would be to reach 100 followers. Not going to raise the bar high, though.

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