An Uncomplicated Life Blog: New Year's Resolutions 2016

Monday, December 28, 2015

New Year's Resolutions 2016

What New Year's resolutions do you have planned for 2016?

I find that there are two kind of people in the world: the "I love setting resolutions every January!" kind and the "that's so dumb, why are you setting yourself up to fail" kind. I'm more towards the love them kind, but I like my resolutions served with a big side of reality. It's dumb to say *this is the year* you're going to master chef techniques when you currently burn microwave popcorn or go from couch potato to Boston marathon runner. But New Year's resolutions as manageable goals? Heck yes, I'm down!

We already know that I love publicly setting SMART goals for this blog, keeping you informed of what I'm up to behind the scenes and holding myself accountable for growing this space as a creative business venture for myself. Here's a blend of both professional/blog and personal "resolutions" I have for 2016!

Run my first road race since 2013. The last race I ran was the Plano Balloon Festival Half Marathon in September 2013 when I was pregnant with Henry but didn't yet know it. I PR'd. And then promptly stopped road race running... And, pretty much stopped all running. Two back to back pregnancies will do that to you! But I'd like to get back into it again this year. It'd be great to run just a 5k before it gets too hot, so I'm thinking this race will be a great {re}introduction to road racing!

Diversify where my blog traffic comes from. When I wrote this post, I had no idea my "traffic bubble" had just popped. Here I was, sitting at nearly 200k page views a month and I thought, "FINALLY! I've made it as a blogger!" But all that traffic was coming from Stumble Upon. It wasn't just one post - all my posts, all summer, exploded on SU. I'm at least smart enough to know that one post going viral on a promotion site doesn't equal blog fame! But I thought the traffic would last - and it did, for about three months. Then it died off. When I realized it was a "bubble" I knew I had to diversify where my blog traffic comes from so that I can consistently get the page views I want (need?) to grow my brand. So I focused on growing Pinterest. And learned some social media hacks. I want to continue driving referring site diversification through this year!

Figure out this whole "mom of two" thing. Whoohoo, I've got a newborn and a toddler! I'm not sure it gets harder than that. Oh wait, I work from home without a nanny... Indeed it does! I want to give myself the time I need to spend with my boys, adjust to this new season in motherhood. Hopefully, without going cray cray.

Are you a New Year's Resolutions kinda person, or do you think they're strange? Tell me what yours are if you're into them, and why they're weird if you're not. Happy New Year!


  1. I am more of a New Year's goals setting person :-) Last year I went into the new year with a new baby and two older ones. I would say my biggest goal going into 2015 was grace to know that I would not be able to get it all done, and be ok with it. This year, I have several ideas for goals, but haven't made them concrete yet. I will take this week to reflect on last year, and hopefully by the time New Years rolls around this weekend I will be able to sit and write out my goals. I love to use the questions from Tsh @ the art of simple for reflection and goal setting in the New Year!

  2. I'm not really a New Year's Resolution person, but rather I like making monthly and even sometimes weekly goals for myself. I do think you are right though, people generally either love them or hate them. As a mom of two, I will say once you get them both out of diapers it gets exponentially easier-haha :)

  3. 2016 will indeed be a big year for you! Good things happen to those who hustle. And you, my friend, are a hustler!
    Diversification is one of my goals for 2016, too.

  4. I'm impressed with your posting and commenting with that new baby at home! I'm with you, stumble upon is great for sheer numbers but diversifying to get that engagement is another layer. My hopes/resolution for 2016 is to be a homeowner ;-) We shall see!

  5. I'm not always a new years resolution person but I do like setting some type of goals to accomplish in the next year!

  6. I'm not really into New Year's Resolutions but I understand why people like making them and I like reading blog posts like this!! I haven't made any resolutions but I'm recovering from a torn tendon and would like to be able to get back into some normal workout regimen in 2016. We'll see. Happy Early New Year!

  7. I love that you set some realistic resolutions/goals for yourself. You don't feel like you need to set like 2,465 goals for the year. 2016 is going to be a great year for us mama's of 2! :)

  8. Realistic is where it's at as far as goals go - I think slow and steady wins the race!! xo, Biana -BlovedBoston

  9. i love new years resolutions!! haha. i tried to keep mine realistic this time, because i can definitely be more on the side of unrealistic. yay road running and races! how exciting. can't wait to follow along :) and good luck with the whole mom of 2 thing!