There's still 9 months left of the year, and while I've come to terms with the fact that I don't think life will ever really slow down, I expect it to feel slower after Mr. Sass and I are married. And I would expect a chunk of my time that's currently devoted to table cloths and centerpieces will be freed up for things like reading, blog redesign, and interior design.
I'm combining this update to include my personal, fitness, and blogging goals for 2017. If I've made progress I've listed a + sign next to the goal, if not, I've listed a minus. I'm pleased with my progress so far in 2017.
+ Pay my library fine & read 30+ books
I paid my fine (begrudgingly) and am 12 books deep already in 2017. If you want to follow me, or friend me (or however GoodReads works) you can find me here.
- Complete a gallery wall in the living room
I've not hung a single new thing up.
+ Try 2 new recipes each month
I went on a muffin frenzy in February, I made several new recipes & even created a new one for Carrot Cake Muffins.
+ Cross 2 items off my 30 before 30
Not quite yet, but by the end of April I'll have run HM#9 and by mid-May I'll have run HM#10, so I'll cross off #22. And Switzerland will let me cross off #7. I'll inch closer to completing #2 later this year as well.
- Go to Kansas
With all that's going on I haven't picked a date, or cities, or anything.
+ Set up a cleaning schedule
Mr. Sass made one and I don't like it. We clean everything, every week. And some weeks are very heavy, and it's my turn to do everything, and I don't like that either. It's posted on the fridge, but he has it run by date, so week 1 is 1st - 7th, then 8th - 14th, etc versus Monday through Sunday. I don't like that either. But really, I think it comes down to the fact that I don't like cleaning. So, after the wedding Imma see if I can tweak this.
- Find a church
+ Travel somewhere new
+ Intentional monthly dates
YES. Though I can't remember where we went. I swear this has happened. | edit | January was definitely $1 taco night, and February was ice cream.
+ Take 4,000,000 steps in 2017
I'm averaging 77,745 steps per week, which will make my 2017 total 4,042,740 steps if I stay on this path.
+ Track my 2017 running mileage
I'm close to 200 miles deep already for the year. I have an unofficial goal of hitting 500 miles, so I'm doing good!
+ PR in 2+ distances (HM & 5K)
I'm putting in hard work this HM training cycle, that I think truly will yield me both an HM PR, and a 5K PR if I can find a 5K race to test my theory on. I snatched an automatic PR when I ran an 8.1 mile race for the first time. :) As well as a 10 mile PR when I raced Spring Thaw.
+ Race another TRI
I'm registered for the Keystone Tri, sprint distance on August 20th!
- Give The Sass a facelift
My enthusiasm for this has definitely faded. Maybe it'll come back come June or July, but I'm not going to push it just because I wrote it down.
- Consider buying .COM
See above. Just not excited about this right now, so no point in forcing it.
- Hit 5,000 monthly pageviews (or 15,000 on blogger)
Actually, my page views have dropped each month since I made this goal. I've been a little lackluster (even in my own opinion), on one hand, it's hard not to get bogged down by that. On the other hand, pretty busy getting my life on over here, so, not exactly a lot of time to care.
+ Reach out to 3 brands for collaboration
I reached out to Pacific Mountain Outdoor after they liked one of my photos on Instagram. I asked them to let me know if they ever had any campaigns they thought I would be a good fit for, and to my surprise they offered to send me a pair of their boots to review. I'll be posting that in the next few weeks, but I was floored by what a simple sentence can do.
+ Grow my Instagram
I started the year with 445 Instagram followers, and am excited to say I'm right around 550 right now. :) For a while I was really great about being active, commenting on random posts, following new accounts, etc. But I've died off on that. I went through an unfollowed accounts that weren't making me happy, to leave space in my feed for new ones that do. I've come to love Instagram as a little mini blog, so I hope to keep growing this space. If somehow you still don't follow me, you probably should.
How are you doing on your year-long goals?
What has been your best Instagram growth technique?
What's your favorite Instagram hashtag?
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