My Goals For 2017
I suck at New Years Resolutions, so this year I didn’t make any, However, I do have goals I wish to achieve in 2017. So I decided back in January that in February I was going to really make a conscious effort to achieving my 2017 goals.
As I wrote here, about writing the vision and making it plain, I’m going to write my vision for 2017.
Here are my goals:
Network, Network, Network
The introvert that I am is always
afraid weary about putting myself out there. I sometimes feel that others have better things to do than deal with me. But I know that networking is the lifeblood of blogging.
I follow and admire so many wonderful bloggers from afar, but in 2017, I will reaching out to my fellow bloggers to connect and network.
Engage and interact on social media
If networking is the lifeblood of blogging, then engaging and interacting on social media is the heart that pumps that blood. Honestly, I am still trying to navigate the whole social media aspect of blogging. I thank God that there are bloggers out there who share what they’ve learned about social media and blogging.
In 2017, my goal is to get a handle on engaging and interacting on social media to build a strong following.
I really want to get in vlogging and live streaming, which totally terrifies me; not because of the trolls but because I HATE the way my voice sounds.
I was very pleased with myself for the content I put out in 2016, which by far was my best year (content wise) since I started Journey To My Greatness. I definitely want to keep that trend going.
I want to get different types of content on the blog, i.e. worksheets, workbooks, ebooks, videos, how-to’s, etc.
I am in the process of developing something as I write this, hence the lack of activity around here, but I’m very excited and I can’t wait to share what God has put on my heart to do.
I started this blog because I want to share my journey as I build a stronger relationship with the Lord. I am a sinner saved by grace and sometimes I don’t always get it right.
In 2017, I want to share more of my authentic self with the world.
I’m loud, I talk too much, I overthink everything, and I want to share it because it’s who I am! Despite all my flaws, I am beautifully and wonderfully made.
Family / Home Life
I have a great husband and a great marriage, but sometimes I forget how wonderful married life is. The fact my husband chose me to be his wife is a humbling. Our marriage isn’t perfect, we have issues, but what marriage is? I wouldn’t trade him for anything in this world because God gave me to him. Plus he puts up with me and all my craziness.
In 2017, I really want to live up to the Proverbs 31 woman and be a wife my husband can call blessed.
It is hard to do, yes, but not impossible with God as my guide.
God has blessed me with intelligent, hilarious, beautiful children. Did I say hilarious? They are so fun-ney, side splitting funny. The things they come up with simply amazes me. Dinner time is my favorite part of the day because I never know what one of the is going to say or do.
I have to be the best mom I can be to them. As Black children in America, they need all the love, support and guidance I can give them because I’ll be damned if the streets have them. Satan will not destroy them.
In 2017, I want to be more nurturing and understanding towards them. I want to do more family activities with them and really expose them to more culture, especially, their culture.
We are renters and the apartment we are renting now we don’t like. Not that it is anything wrong with it, it’s just an old house. We are need something more modern.
God just spoke to my heart and said, be content with what you have; I hear you Lord and I am. Thank you for the apartment I have now and I know you have something great in the works for the future.
This year, I want to keep a nice home. I’m no B. Smith but I can make it work with what I know how to do. I want to be able to invite people into my home without apologizing for the little messes here and there. I want to find a place for everything and have everything in its place. I want to decorate, something I have never done in any of the places we have lived.
In my community
I really wished that when I was younger I was more community service focused like younger people are today.
In my teens and twenties, I was about making that paper. It was work, school, work school. Then I started a family, then it became, work, family, work, family. Now my children are older and more independent, plus, with the way the world is, I have a strong drive do more to help the downtrodden in my community. But, isn’t that what being Christlike is all about — loving others, doing for others as Christ has done?
The social injustice of people in general, Black people specifically saddens me to the point where I can’t sit still and turn a blind eye to it any longer. I must act.
The three causes I want to get behind in 2017 are, homelessness because I know personally what that is like; Black Education because the system do give a $#!+ about educating our children; and mental health in the Black community because it is time for Black people to end the stigma associated with mental health.
These are the things I pray to accomplish in 2017.
All throughout February, I will be using #forrealFebruary across social media platforms as a way to connect with others who are trying to keep up with or just starting their new year’s resolutions. I invite you to use the hashtag for support and celebration as you navigate your vision of 2017.
May God be with you until we meet again.