2016 Review & 2017 Goals

Posted in Health, Lifestyle
on January 2, 2017



I am very much in denial that 2016 is over and a new year is here. 2016 was an incredible year for me, and I am happy to say it was one of my best years so far. I want to share some highlights from this year before sharing what my 2017 goals are.

Highlights from 2016:

1| Graduating with my Master’s Degree at 21: I am extremely proud of myself for this because there were a lot of people who doubted this could be done when I first began school. Four years later, I graduated with my M.A. in Integrated Marketing Communications, my B.A. in Journalism and Mass Communication and a minor in Spanish. This was a huge accomplishment for me, and was definitely my best moment of 2016.

2| Being more spontaneous: This was a huge goal of mine throughout 2016 because as you can imagine, I thrive off of planning every little detail. I wanted to remind myself that it’s okay to not always have a plan. Sometimes, the best memories are created when you don’t plan much at all. So, I took some trips: one to Albany in March to visit one of my best friends from college, and another trip in May to visit my other best friend from college in Texas. Both trips were amazing and got my travel bug in full swing, which caused me to book a trip to Boston for April 2017!

3| Getting my first job: Can we just say that 2016 was the year that I became a full-blown adult? I got my first full-time job in the marketing field, and I am in love with my job. There’s nothing more wonderful than knowing I get to wake up every day and go to a job I truly love. I know many people are stuck in a job they hate, and I am blessed to be in a position I love.

4| Moving out of state and buying my first place with Josh: I didn’t move too far away from home; but I did move from NY to PA back in April when I got my job. After over two years of being long distance, Josh and I got our first place together, and we couldn’t be happier! We love our home, and we love that we were able to make our relationship a priority and bring our lives together.

5| Putting my health first: 2016 was the year that I got back on track as far as my overall health. From all the stress of finishing my Master’s brought on poor eating, lack of exercise, and other unhealthy habits. Once I moved to PA, Josh and I got in the habit of running three miles two or three times a week, eating healthy, and taking more time for self care. I feel great, and hope to keep this up for 2017, too!

Goals for 2017:

Personal Goals:

1| Read (8-10 books throughout 2017)

I did not do well in the reading category for 2016, so I’m hoping to turn this around for 2017. I created a huge wish list of books for Christmas, so I’m hoping I’ll be gifted some content to achieve this goal!

2| Plan 2-3 trips for 2017

We do have our trip to Boston scheduled, so I’m definitely looking forward to that. I’m hoping to plan another trip to Pittsburgh and potentially a third trip in 2017 as well. You could say I definitely have the travel bug.

3| Achieve my career goals for 2017

In my mind, I have so many different career-oriented goals for 2017 that I want to accomplish. Although I know work-related goals should be its own category, I’m listed it under personal because there are too many topics to cover for this section!

4| Focus on my vision board

I’ve been working on my vision board A TON recently. If you’d like to see a blog post on my vision board and how I created mine, make sure to leave a comment below!

Blogging Goals:

1| Focus on my blog direction

I’ve been thinking a lot about the direction I want Blissfully Brunette to go in. And while you can expect an entire post on it, I want to at least let you know there might be some changes coming to the blog for 2017.

2| Increase blog social media engagement by 20 percent

I know so many people who focus on specific stats and numbers. For me, it’s not just about numbers. I care a lot about engagement, interaction and genuine connections via social media.

3| Take more risks

Sometimes, anxiety can hold me back, but I don’t want it to hold my blog back from its full potential. 2017 will be the year that I take more risks and try new things here on the blog.

Financial Goals:

1| Put an extra $8-10,000 into savings

This is a huge goal of mine. I’ve created an in-depth plan on how I plan to achieve it. Let’s just say it’s going to take a ton of spending freezes (I’m starting one for the first quarter) I’ll be sure to keep you up-to-date on this goal, too!

2| Track my spending regularly

I mentioned that Josh keeps a very specific excel sheet on what he spends every. single. day. I admire his commitment because I see that he’s able to achieve his savings goals, so I’m hoping to adopt this and do the same!

Health Goals:

1| Increase my weekly running distance

We aren’t currently in running season, but we are still training all winter long for when running season does pick up again. My goal is to increase my weekly running distance to 10 miles.

2| Don’t focus on numbers

I don’t want my weight or size in general to affect my overall happiness and perception of my heath and fitness endeavors. I feel like numbers takes a negative toll on your mental health, so I don’t want this to take priority for me.

3| Focus on workouts I enjoy

I spent a lot of time when I was younger doing workouts that I didn’t enjoy. Let me tell you that you shouldn’t spend time doing A N Y T H I N G  you don’t enjoy. Find something you love and enjoy, and practice it daily!

I hope you enjoyed reading my goals for 2017. How did you do on your goals for 2016? What are some of your goals for 2017? Make sure to leave a comment below!

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  • Victoria Stacey

    Amazing goals and all the best for 2017! Congrats on getting your MA at 21. I didn’t finish my BA until I was 23!

    • Thank you so much! It was definitely a HUGE achievement for me!

  • For a couple of years I put my health first: I go every year to doctor’s appointments, I take blood samples and so on. I so grateful I managed to take up this habit of checking up my health regularly. Glad you did it too, you should be very proud of yourself!

    Cristina | *janded

    • That’s so great you also focused on putting your health first. When I was still working on my Master’s, my health fell by the wayside hard–so I’m glad I took the steps to get it back on track in 2016. And I hope to take that even further in 2017

  • Congrats on graduation! That’s huge, and will definitely make 2016 a memorable year for you! Hope your 2017 is awesome that you accomplish your goals!

    • Thank you, Rachel! Best of luck with all your plans and goals for 2017 as well!

  • Now I can see why you are so excited for 2017! You rocked 2016! I’m excited to see what direction your blog takes this year! My goal for 2017 is balancing school, work, home life, and blogging. I have a lot of great things planned; I just pray there is time for all of it.

    • I definitely know where you’re coming from. In 2016, I was a full-time graduate student, working full time, blogging and trying to keep everything else balanced. If you need any tips on that, feel free to let me know! I know how stressful that can be!

  • 2016 sounded like an incredible year for you. Congrats on everything you accomplished. Love your 2017 goals. I am curious about vison board – I see a lot of instagram hashtags on it – will love to see how you created yours. Yay !!! for the travel bug – I write a travel blog so I am always excited to see other catching the travel bug.

    I cannot agree more on workouts you enjoy – it is the key to being consistent with workouts. That is one of my personal goals this year.

    Cheers to 2017.

    • I’ll definitely have to catch up on some of your travel posts seeing as I’m itching to travel for the next two years! I’m happy you mentioned the vision board so I’ll definitely start working on that post seeing I’ve had some amazing success from it.

  • Courtney Patterson

    Wow, congrats on your Master’s degree! That’s amazing. It sounds like 2016 was a great year for you. Cheers to the New Year!

    • Thank you, Courtney! I appreciate that! I’m ready for a new year of goals and I’m ready to tackle 2017 with an open mind!

  • Ashley Stephenson

    What a great year you had in 2016!! Hopefully 2017 will be even better! We are hoping to plan some trips this year as well!

    • I’m excited for my trip to Boston in April, and hopefully I can plan another trip in summer as well! Where are you hoping to travel to in 2017!

  • Sarah Jean

    Congrats on getting your MA! Sounds like you had a lot of changes in 2015 but many many good ones 🙂

    • Thank you, Sarah! I’m looking forward to a new year of change and excitement!

  • Leah

    Love that you’re so open and honest with your goals for 2017 and successes from 2016. I am super impressed that you graduated with your masters at 21. You go girl!

    • Thank you Leah! That means so much! Graduating with my Master’s was not an easy task, but it was SO worth all the stress!

  • Awesome goals! I want to save more this year too, and of course, travel! Can’t wait to see what’s in store for the year!

    • This year will definitely be a good year! I’m hoping to travel more in the next two or three years as well!

  • Great goals for 2017! Good luck as you work to achieve them. And congrats on getting your MA at 21! That’s awesome!

    • Thank you, Crystal! It was definitely a difficult task, but I’m happy to say that I achieved it and now I don’t have to worry about academics for awhile.

  • You had a big year in 2016! That’s awesome that you were able to accomplish so much – I’m sure you’ll be able to nail 2017 as well!

    • Thanks so much, Erin! Best of luck with all your goals and plans for 2017 as well!

  • I think it’s awesome that you’ve reached such high academic accomplishments this year. Good for you!

    • Thank you, Emily! It was definitely my biggest struggle because I was a grad student full time, working full time and blogging as well. I’m happy to say that my academic career is over for now haha!

  • These are great goals! I can tell from everything that you accomplished in 2016 that you are going to have a great 2017 as well!

    • Thank you, Brittany! I appreciate that so much! Good luck with all of your goals and plans for 2017.

  • So many awesome goals for 2017. I can’t wait to see what this year brings for you.

  • Kiara, I love how you have your goals laid out! I love how you’re being intentional, yet bold in your goals, too. I’m so excited for 2017 for you. And also, what amazing accomplishments you have form 2016! Where in PA do you live?!

    • Thank you so much for your comment, Summer! It truly means so much! I live outside Erie, Pa. it’s about 2 hours north of Pittsburgh. If you’re planning a visit, make sure to let me know!

  • Emily Bendler

    These are excellent goals!! And a great accomplishments from last year. I hope to complete my masters this summer.

    • Good luck with working toward your Master’s! I promise you can do it despite how stressful it might seem!

  • Girl, you had a great 2016! I am so happy to hear that your big girl job is working out and that you and Josh are loving your new home together! I know 2017 will be great for you, too! I can’t wait to see where you take Blissfully Brunette – and I would love to see you vision board!

    • I’m so glad you mentioned the vision board because I think it would be a great post to share considering all the success I’ve had with it in the past. Can’t wait to see all the content in 2017 for Hey there, Chelsie! ☺

  • Congrats on accomplishing your goals last year! Especially the Masters Degree at 21! That’s amazing!!! Good luck with your 2017 goals!!!

    • Thank you so much, Mistle! I appreciate it so much! Good luck with all your goals for 2017 as well!

  • These are great! YES to not focusing on numbers..it’s about so much more than that!

  • Elizabeth Doren

    These are wonderful goals – congrats on 2016 and best of luck in 2017!

  • JamieSplendry

    Sounds like 2016 was a great year for you! And it looks like 2017 should be the same! You’ve set some awesome goals, I need to do the same!

  • Katie Kinsley

    I’ve moved too in 2016! It was one of the biggest changes in my life this year.

  • Joscelyn | Wifemamafoodie

    Wow, you had a great 2016! I hope you meet all of your goals this year too!

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