Finding Balance in 2018

Finding Balance in 2018

Photos by Jackie J Photography

Happy New Year! As with years past, I took a few days off to reflect and enjoy the beginning of the year with my family and friends. Members of my group blog and I also decided to separate to focus on our individual platforms. While this change allows me to have more time, it suddenly shifted my whole plan for 2018. As much as I’m a fan of finding glitch fares and taking breaks, last year I had little to no blog/life balance. It seemed like something always took precedence over the other. I’m still striving to grow and do better with my blog, but this year I’m focusing more on finding balance.

Finding Balance in 2018

In 2017,  I scheduled then canceled plans with friends, blog posts, and videos more often than I should have. Depending on the month, ALL of my focus was on one platform or the other and there were even times I just chose to just do nothing at all. In and out of the sessions from Blogalicious 9, I realized a change needed to be made. Not only do I need to put in the work to get the results I want, I need to balance both work and “play” time so one doesn’t exceed the other. To avoid being overwhelmed by it all, I purchased an 18 month Kate Spade planner on Black Friday. It has a cute Parisian theme and gives me ample space to schedule appointments, write down tasks, notes, and ideas for each day. In the month that I’ve been using it, it has been a tremendous help.

With the help of my planner and more discipline, here are a few things I hope to accomplish this year:

  • Be Transparent – With myself and others. Traveling is awesome, but not everything is roses and lilies. I’ll be sharing more of that this year.
  • Have “Me” Time – Something I’ve slacked on a lot last year was having time for myself. I had a taste during my “chillcation” in Cancun, but this time, I’m implementing this practice in the US.
  • Collaborate – Collaborating with creatives and brands is something I would love to do more of. Collaborating with creatives also expands our potential reach and just because a post is sponsored doesn’t mean I won’t share my honest opinion.
  • Do More Video – Working in the software and collaboration field, I know creating videos on YouTube is something I need to do more of. I need to dedicate time to edit and use my equipment effectively.
  • Read More – I used to be an avid reader. If you have book recommendations, please share.
  • Eat Better – I need to remember that in order to eat better, I need to cook. Stay tuned for more recipe sharing. I would love to recreate food and drinks I’ve had during my travels.
  • Work Out – Even with a busy lifestyle, working out and going to the gym this year is high on my list.
  • Explore NYC – Can you believe I do so many guides and tips for destinations around the globe and have little to no information on NYC? Yeah, that needs to change. I share some of my favorite eateries on social media and will be incorporating it on the blog more.
  • Travel More – I wouldn’t be a travel writer if I didn’t actually travel. I have at least 4 trips planned and paid for 2018 already. Look out for guides and vlogs in the coming months.
  • Be Debt Free – Don’t let all this traveling fool you, I still pay my bills. In the last year, I’ve paid off at least 2-3 major credit cards. I’m aiming to have nothing owed this year.
  • Master SEO – Good ole Search Engine Optimization….I was able to apply basic principles on my group platform and get 5000+ pageviews in searches alone. God willing, I will get the same on this as well.
  • Take Better Photos – Since buying my new camera, I ALWAYS use it. Since I’m so picky about my photos, I’m going to learn it as much as I can.
  • Be Firm with Saying “No” – Contrary to some people’s belief, I do not like hurting one’s feelings. I’ve learned that hurting yourself and being frustrated about situations is much worse. If something doesn’t align with my lifestyle whether it is a friendship or business opportunity, “no” will be my response.
  • Sleep – Getting enough sleep is one of the hardest things for me to do. I get so caught up with working that I keep going until it is done. Being passionate about work is important, but getting enough restful sleep helps me stay focused and charged.

For the past few 2-3 years, I’ve been writing down my yearly goals and for the most part, the results have been exactly what I wanted. With more time on my hands, a whole lot of faith and prayer mixed in, I’m pretty sure I can make it happen.

Finding Balance in 2018

What are some of your 2018 goals?

15 thoughts on “Finding Balance in 2018

  1. xocrystalnicole

    Balance is so necessary. I work a lot and make very little time to do things I enjoy, so that’s something I want to do more this year.

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  2. Tomiko

    My biggest goal for 2018 is have a commercial with Ford motor company. Don’t know how it’s going to happen but it is!

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    1. Joanna E

      That’ll be awesome! It’s gonna happen girl

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  3. Mateo

    Master that SEO. So you can help me.

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  4. Ola Broom

    I’ve already managed to complete my one and only goal, that was to design my room to get more restful sleep. Outside of that I usually don’t make resolutions. But my monthly goals really help to keep me focused.

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  5. Queens of Virtue

    Wonderful post! Glad you took time to reflect, as it brings clarity! Excited to see your excellence shine in 2018!

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  6. EG III

    I’ve been doing yearly goals as well, but in addition to that this year I plan to thin slice those goals and break them down into months and even weeks to make sure I stay on the right track.

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    1. Joanna E

      Yes, the beginning of the month, I set aside what I want to accomplish as a whole and broke it down week by week or each day. I can also see where I can squeeze in an unplanned project like what I’m doing next week. Wish I knew this before. Sooooo much easier lol.

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      1. EG III

        Haha, definitely better than doing the whole year upfront!

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  7. Ramona Collins

    This year o want yo connect with more people…actually connect people in real life. I also want to do video posts and attend a creative conference. In addition I want to master SEO as well and grow my email list.

    Thanks for sharing your goals.

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  8. terrihugg

    This is great. This year, I’d like to be known and do whatever I can to get my work in the universe.

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  9. Jay Colby

    I’ve always been a believer in the mantra “our thoughts become things” and this is perfect example of putting your goals out there so they came become a reality.

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  10. bernettastyle

    This is a great list. My main goal for 2018 is to be present. Live more in the moment and put the phone down.

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  11. Houseful Of Nicholes

    Fantastic goals for yourself! I think that balance is a tricky thing, but when you find that you’re striving for it, it’s easier to achieve!

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  12. Michelle Robinson

    Great goals! I pray that you are able to accomplish all of them. One of my biggest goals for this year is to really focus on my blog and my photography business. No more excuses.

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