December Goals- Setting Goals for the Upcoming Month

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Please tell me I’m not the only person here who is shocked it’s already December! I can’t believe how fast time has flown, but I have to say I think this was one of my favorite years yet. I have never been so busy, but I honestly have to say I loved just about every minute of it. Today I’m reflecting on the goals I set in November and planning some new ones for December! Let’s hope I can get more done this month than I did last month. : )

November Goals… How’d it go?

For the blog:

  1. Continue working on old posts- Whomp whomp… I’ll try again over my Christmas break! 
  2. Insta Stories- Success!! I’ve posted a lot, and have really enjoyed connecting with other bloggers. 
  3. Pinterest- fail… I focused too much on Instagram! I’ll do better this month.
  4. Responding to comments- Well I meant to respond every few days, but after letting about 3 weeks go by, I realized that wasn’t gonna work. So I’m starting December with a clean slate (aka I caught up on responses) and I’m determined to stick to it this month. 

For me:

  1. Work on my photography- BIG YES. Scroll down to this month’s goals for an announcement :D
  2. Continue to be consistent with workouts- I did better, but not great. I was SO busy this month!! 
  3. Etsy Shop- I opted to focus more on my photography than Etsy, and I’m okay with that. I do plan on adding some new Christmas paintings soon, though! 
  4. Read a book- ha! That’s all I have to say about that one…

Favorite November Pictures

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December Goals

For the blog:

  1. Revamp my Pinterest account
    I’ve been brainstorming a lot of ideas for this, and I think I’ve finally come up with what I want to do. I’m going to go through and remove old/outdated stuff, fix my cover photos and build up my Tailwind queue. 
  2. Fix old posts
    Same ‘ole. Take better pictures, improve SEO, and make it more Pinterestable. 
  3. Come up with a new year’s challenge
    Any ideas? Maybe a fitness post every week, or a big push on healthier meals to help you stick to those new year’s resolutions. What do y’all think?

For me:

  1. Continue working on… Becca Sue Photography! 
    As mentioned above, I’ve really taken my newly found photography skills and run with them. I did 12 mini sessions over Thanksgiving break, two this past weekend, and have some actual real “shoots” lined up in the next few weeks. My dream is coming true guys! I’m currently working on getting a blog setup, but for now, head on over to my Facebook page and show some love. <3
  2. Say “no”
    I wrote about this a bit in this post, but I really need to learn to say no to working on my computer and yes to spending time with Isaac and friends. I am so busy with the blog, my photography and other things on the side, that I end up neglecting the things that really matter. So this month I’m going to focus more on my relationships and less on “just doing one more thing”. 
  3. Workout 5 times a week
    We are about to start seriously training for our half marathon in March, and I want to be prepared! So even if my workout means spending 20 minutes doing strength training before or after school, or going on a walk with Lillie, I want to do it. Not only do I need to get in the habit of working out daily, but it’s good for me to just get moving! 

Now it’s your turn to talk! Answer one of these questions in the comments below:
What are your goals for December?
Do you have any suggestions for a New Year’s challenge/series I can do on the blog?

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  1. Moe

    December 5th, 2016 at 8:03 am

    Great post! My goals for December is to focus more on creating content for my blog, learn how to host my first giveaway and definitely email list building. My challenge before the new years that I am creating for myself is to detox for 30 days. Everyday beginning with home life I get to declutter my life. My space really needs a deep cleaning and a lot of stuff needs to be tossed out. As well as things I have been wasting my time on causing me to lose focus on the things I should be focusing on. I also am sticking to this new diet, getting rid of putting anything unhealthy into my body and putting more fruits and veggies into my system. Biggest challenge for me because I am a junk food fanatic but so far, so good!!! For the sake of keeping my teeth i don’t even get excited when I see my favorite junk foods anymore. I have replaced them with drinking smoothies and its keeps me full and satisfied. Maybe those can give you an idea on what to create for your new years challenge! A great way to hold one another accountable so that we are staying on the right track! :D

  2. Rebecca @ Happily the Hicks

    December 8th, 2016 at 9:48 am

    Those are some great goals, girl! And thank you so much for the ideas for the new year. I’ve got some fun ideas brewing!!

  3. Kim Munoz

    December 5th, 2016 at 9:12 am

    These are great goals! The end of the year is so busy that its hard to get everything accomplished so don’t be hard on yourself. It will get done when you have time. 2017 is hopefully the year I get my life straight. In the sense of health and self care. I really need to commit to some things. Im such a commitment-phobe( outside of my marriage and family LOL). Plus I would love to get my blog back to where I had planned and actually writing helpful posts with a little life stuff here and there. Just posting on the regular would be nice. I hope you have an amazing week!

  4. Rebecca @ Happily the Hicks

    December 8th, 2016 at 9:49 am

    Thank you Kim! Your goals sound great, too. I know you’re gonna crush them!

  5. Erin Nichols

    December 5th, 2016 at 9:41 am

    Great goals! I am with you on so many of these. The old posts goals has been on my to-do list for longer than I want to admit. I also am really trying to push myself to workout 5 days a week, but I’m not going to lie, I’ll be completely content if I can get in 3-4 a week and be consistent.

  6. Rebecca @ Happily the Hicks

    December 8th, 2016 at 9:50 am

    Thanks Erin! And honestly, I’m right there with you. I think it’s best to set yourself up for success rather than begin knowing you won’t be able to stick to it! Good luck on getting those workouts in. :)

  7. Divya Budhraja

    December 5th, 2016 at 9:59 am

    LILLIE IS SO CUTE. What a great picture <3 I want to get a golden one day! I never thought I'd say those words. I used to be terrified of dogs but my husband's golden retriever, Rosie, stole my heart and now I love allllllll puppies <3
    Great goals! I need to start being better about setting monthly goals for myself and my blog!

  8. Rebecca @ Happily the Hicks

    December 8th, 2016 at 9:50 am

    Aww thanks! She’s a cutie, that’s for sure. I LOVE goldens, and recommend them to everyone. They are seriously the best dogs!

  9. Marette Flora @ Floradise

    December 5th, 2016 at 10:39 am

    Congrats on your photography business! I would love to do that next year. That’s one of my resolutions.

  10. Rebecca @ Happily the Hicks

    December 8th, 2016 at 9:51 am

    Thank you so much Marette!

  11. Chantal Steele

    December 5th, 2016 at 11:07 am

    Some great goals – and great pictures! I’m inspired by your hustle :)

  12. Rebecca @ Happily the Hicks

    December 8th, 2016 at 6:04 pm

    Aww thanks Chantal! You’re so sweet.

  13. Mistle

    December 5th, 2016 at 12:50 pm

    All great goals for this month! I plan on trying to work on updating old posts and pinterest images soon. I wanted to last month but that didn’t go quite as planned. Hopefully we can both work on that goal and get it completed! Good luck with your goals this month!

  14. Rebecca @ Happily the Hicks

    December 8th, 2016 at 6:06 pm

    Thanks Mistle! And those are some awesome goals, too. I’ve found that just getting started is all I need to get movin’ and groovin’, especially when it comes to “boring” tasks like fixing old posts haha. Good luck on your goals, too!

  15. Erica Nicole

    December 5th, 2016 at 2:37 pm

    You have great goals for December! I love to look at other people’s goals to get inspired for my own blog! I definitely know what you mean about spending too much time on Instagram BUT at least you nailed your IG stories- that’s pretty awesome! We have similar goals for December, especially the Pinterest one. Definitely trying to work on that for myself and I wish you luck! I can’t wait to see what you accomplish!

  16. Rebecca @ Happily the Hicks

    December 8th, 2016 at 6:11 pm

    Thanks girl! I love setting goals every month, to give that month some direction. And I love that so many people are using Pinterest still. Makes me happy. :) Good luck on your goals this month!

  17. Mimi {Creative on the Side}

    December 5th, 2016 at 4:00 pm

    Great article & goals! I’ve been realizing the last few days that need to be better at setting defined goals for myself (and for what I want to achieve with my blog). Your article is inspiring and will help me get started! Thanks!

  18. Rebecca @ Happily the Hicks

    December 8th, 2016 at 6:12 pm

    I love hearing that! What goals did you end up setting? I’d love to hear about them. :)

  19. Mimi {Creative on the Side}

    December 8th, 2016 at 9:18 pm

    Well they’ve ended up changing already. I have decided (today) to split my multi-topic blog into separate blogs, so other than trying to trying to get followers that is going to have to be my focus this month.

  20. Rebecca @ Happily the Hicks

    December 13th, 2016 at 8:54 am

    Wow that’s awesome! Good luck, girl!

  21. Neely

    December 5th, 2016 at 5:24 pm

    Great goals! I hope they go well :)

  22. Rebecca @ Happily the Hicks

    December 8th, 2016 at 6:12 pm

    Thanks Neely! :)

  23. Katie Arnold

    December 5th, 2016 at 6:01 pm

    These are great goals! I’m not great at IG stories, but I’ve been better about Snapchat…I can’t do all the things!! lol

  24. Rebecca @ Happily the Hicks

    December 8th, 2016 at 6:12 pm

    Thanks Katie! I tried out Snapchat for a while, but I just love IG so much more haha. Especially since it’s all on one app, instead of having to go to one and then another. How much lazier can I get?! haha

  25. My Daily She

    December 5th, 2016 at 7:00 pm

    Oh, I love your goals! Best of luck with them–I know I need to work out a lot more consistently!

  26. Rebecca @ Happily the Hicks

    December 8th, 2016 at 6:13 pm

    Thanks Laura! I know you can do it :)

  27. Jessica Bradshaw

    December 5th, 2016 at 7:26 pm

    Girl! You have been so busy this month. I’m excited to see all your photos. You’ve got some great goals for this month. Can’t wait to watch you rock them.

  28. Rebecca @ Happily the Hicks

    December 8th, 2016 at 6:15 pm

    Busy is an understatement! November was craazy, but I loved every minute of it. Thanks for the love, girl. <3

  29. Erin @ A Welder's Wife

    December 5th, 2016 at 9:28 pm

    I love your goals and how honest you are with how things went! I struggle to mark everything off my list each month, but knowing I did my best at what I prioritized is all I can ask. I love following your Instagram and love the little stage you set up for your pictures!

  30. Rebecca @ Happily the Hicks

    December 8th, 2016 at 6:21 pm

    I’m right there with you! I like to be somewhat ambitious with some of my goals, but in the end I know that if I’m able to get at least mot of them done, then I’m happy. :) And thank you so much Erin! I had SO much fun with that setup.

  31. Jenny

    December 5th, 2016 at 11:21 pm

    Good luck with your goals this month! So exciting for you to start your own photography biz :)

  32. Rebecca @ Happily the Hicks

    December 8th, 2016 at 6:21 pm

    Thanks Jenny! I’m excited too… It’s like a dream come true!

  33. Dixya Bhattarai RD

    December 5th, 2016 at 11:29 pm

    i have been trying to work on pinterest too but hasnt happen. i could really use a coffee date + pinterest 101.

  34. Rebecca @ Happily the Hicks

    December 8th, 2016 at 6:23 pm

    Honestly, the thing that helped me the most was Tailwind. It’s been a lifesaver, and SO worth the monthly investment.

  35. Rebecca @ Happily the Hicks

    December 8th, 2016 at 6:08 pm

    I love sharing my goals! It really gives this month something to focus on. :) And you go girl! Good luck on getting Pinterest going.

  36. Rebecca @ Happily the Hicks

    December 8th, 2016 at 6:10 pm

    Balance is everything, isn’t it? I hope you are able to find it this month. Glad this post motivated you! :)

  37. Keating | Why Hello Lovely

    December 8th, 2016 at 10:46 pm

    Girl don’t feel bad. I failed at updating old posts this month too haha it’s something I just keep putting off. And getting behind on blog comments is the WORST. I make it a priority to respond to every single comment so getting behind results in spending hours working on getting caught up. So I too need to get better about this.

  38. Rebecca @ Happily the Hicks

    December 13th, 2016 at 8:56 am

    I agree!! Getting behind on comments (and then having to catch up) takes up so much time. But I love being able to build those relationships with my readers, so I don’t mind! :)

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