Goals for 2017

I’ve never really been one for New Year’s Resolutions, but this year I’m feeling surprisingly motivated and eager to challenge myself. These aren’t classic resolutions as such (like “do more exercise” or “drink more water”), but they’re goals I hope to achieve throughout this year – and January seemed as good a time as any to write them down and start working towards making them happen.

goals for 2017

Personal Goals

Eat better. I don’t necessarily mean healthier (although that would be good too), but just better. I am terrible at skipping breakfast and just having whatever I can find in the cupboard for lunch, especially if I’m working from home all day. I’m going to try and have a healthy breakfast and a filling lunch every day, so I’m not tempted to snack or just forget to eat altogether. I’m pretty good at making home cooked meals for dinner, so I want to continue doing this – and making sure I meal plan in advance so I don’t run out of groceries and end up ordering a takeaway because I’m too lazy to go to the shop.

Read at least 12 books. I love reading, but I’m terrible at making time for it. During December I raced through 3 or 4 books and it was so nice to take some time away from my laptop and phone to get lost in a good book. Ideally it would be great to read more than 12 books during 2017, but I think one a month is a manageable goal that I’ll stick to – and I got lots of new books for Christmas so I can make a start on this one already!

goals for 2017

Business Goals

Save 20% of my income. I’ve been pretty good at saving money this year without really thinking about it too much, so if I plan to save 20% of my income this year I think I can definitely manage it. Even if the majority of it ends up being paid to the tax man at the end of the year (ughhhhh), at least I will already have it set aside so whatever’s in my current account is just for me to spend. I have more or less stopped buying new clothes and makeup (unless it’s something essential) and that alone has made a huge difference to how much money I have available to put into my savings.

Make 10 new prints for my Etsy shop. I opened my Esty shop, selling pop culture prints and illustrations, towards the beginning of last year with the intention of adding more prints to it every couple of months. But, of course, I ended up not doing this and I haven’t added anything new to it since it opened – oops! I’ve already got a few ideas and sketches for new prints, so I just need to get them finished off, printed, photographed and listed on Etsy. I also want to advertise my shop a bit more as this year I have basically done no promo or marketing whatsoever!

goals for 2017

Blog Goals

Write at least 2 blog posts per week. Over the past couple of months, I have been much more regimented with my blog scheduling and my pageviews have more than doubled. I want to keep this up during 2017 so I’m aiming to write two blog posts per week – or possibly more if I’m particularly inspired! As blogging is still a part-time venture for me, I think two posts per week is a reasonable number that I can realistically keep up with along with all my other freelance work.

Make 12 vlogs. I really enjoy making Youtube videos but, as you can probably tell, my channel has been very neglected this year and I’ve only managed to make three videos. Making a Youtube video takes waaaaay longer than writing up a blog post and I think this is what puts me off – but if I manage my time carefully then it shouldn’t be a problem to squeeze in at least one vlog a month. I love watching old vlogs back – especially of things like holidays or special occasions – so I really want to keep this one up.

Like, share or comment on every blog post I enjoy. I always love it when someone shares my blog post, leaves a lovely comment or even just likes/retweets a link on social media, so I need to make more of an effort to do the same for blog posts I enjoy. I’m also going to try and get more involved on Twitter as I’m such a lurker – if you can recommend any good Twitter chats or new bloggers to follow, please let me know!

What are your goals for the year ahead?


Freelance social media and digital marketing consultant with a penchant for writing blog posts, drinking sickly sweet cocktails and exploring the cobbled streets of Edinburgh.


  • Sarah says:

    Great goals 🙂 I was never big on “New Years Resolutions” either, but making goals for the entire year is a great idea!

    • Gillian says:

      Thanks Sarah – fingers crossed I’ll be able to stick to them!

  • Kirsty says:

    I really want to get better at sharing/commenting on posts I like too. I read so many blogs but am super lazy about letting people know I’m enjoying their content even though I know how nice it is!

    • Gillian says:

      Definitely, it’s so easy to leave a quick comment or share something on Twitter, but I always forget to do it!

  • Lynnsay says:

    I really want to read more this year as well, I love your idea of reading 1 book a month! I might just have to copy you with that!

    Lynnsay x

    • Gillian says:

      Yessss, go for it – fingers crossed we both manage to do lots of reading this year!

  • Maria says:

    I love this, I need to get better at reading and commenting on blogs again this year!

    Maria xxx

  • I like that your goals are clearly defined so you have a plan to dive right into. I am focusing on eating better as well. I’ve been thinking of opening an Etsy store as well — I remembered when you first opened yours and was quite inspired by it. Looking forward to the 2 posts a week — you were one of the OG bloggers I followed so I’m excited you’re going to be more active on here.

    My goals are to be healthier and to be a kinder, better person.

    • Gillian says:

      I figured I’d be more likely to stick to the goals if I had something specific to work towards – much easier to see if you’ve achieved it if you say “read 12 books” rather than just “read more”. Well, that’s the hope anyway!

      You definitely should look into opening an Etsy shop, I’ve always loved your illustrations.

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