rebecca plotnick 2019 goals

At the end of 2018, I was completely burnt out. I took the longest amount of time off I have ever taken since starting the business in 2009. I had to force myself to unplug and be disconnected from work. I knew that I wanted to start 2019 off slowly. I didn’t plan any travel for the month of January and I spent my time in Chicago with friends. I embraced hibernation with blankets, candles, and Netflix.

I gave myself until February 1 to make my goals for the year. I didn’t put any pressure on myself to have them complete by January 1st. I did them gradually and shared them with friends over the month of January. Some of the goals are personal and some are business related.


Last year, my big focus was all about SLEEP! This year, my focus is self care. After being so burnt out last year, I know that this has to be a focus for me. I will share more about what this looks look like as the year goes on.

Find love… This is more of a personal wish than goal. I know that you can’t force anything. I have kissed a lot of frogs over the years and I am really hoping this is the year that I find love.

paris in love everyday parisian

I have been making it to dance every single morning and I have been joking with the girls that I want to see my abs by Summer. I think it is a fair goal to want to see them by bathing suit season. I doubt a six pack will happen but after one straight month, I have seen two out of six. The rest are hiding under croissants.

Improve my Conversational French by June. I will be in the South of France with my family at the end of June and I really want to feel more comfortable in my conversational French. I made this goal before finding out Caroline was moving back to France. Since then, I have been meeting with her husband to speak French. I have been able to hold some very lengthy conversations about my weekends in French and I have been known to tell a joke or two. My fear of making a mistake is holding me back but I am slowly letting go of this.

Be early or on time more often than in the past. Today, I arrived at dance 5 minutes early, which means that I have been early for an entire month! How many days does it take to form a habit? I think I am on the right track.

Take more candid photos with friends and family. While building out this blog post about finding my community in Paris, I realized that I had very few photos of me and friends. I have thousands of photos of Paris but I rarely take photos of myself. I need to worry less about how I look and just have fun in the moment.


I would love a book lead by the end of 2019. I plan on working on A Year in Paris in hopes of pitching it to an agent/publisher.

In 2018, the blog was just shy of 500,000 page views. The growth was huge and I this year I want to continue to grow and hit 1,000,000 page views by the end of 2019.

Increase my mailing list to 10,000. If you want to help a girl out you can subscribe here.

Double last year’s blog revenue.

Visit Paris three times in 2019 and explore a new city I haven’t seen yet. Last year, I came up with the idea to alternate between Paris and a new city each time. This way it challenges me to get outside of my comfort zone and see something new. I really want to see Chantilly for a day trip outside Paris. When I am in the South of France with my family I hope to visit Grasse or Menton. The blog has been centered around Paris for the last few years but I know a lot of readers have been asking to expand outside of Paris. I am open to suggestions if anyone has them!

My business goals are BIG. Doubling my traffic is going to be a challenge but I am about to hit year three of the blog this year and I am excited to see where this year takes me.

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  1. I have been to Chantilly and Grasse and they are both lovely. The chateau at Chantilly has some spectacular collections and the grounds are beautiful. The fun thing about Grasse of course is that you’re in the south of France, and it’s the fragrance center of the country. Be sure to visit the home of the 18th century painter Fragonard. It is really charming.

    • Cece,

      Thank you so much for the tips! I really hope we make it to Grasse this Summer. It all depends on the little ones. Fingers crossed.


  2. Congrats on the growth of your beautiful blog, Rebecca. And you must visit Montmorillon, a stunningly picturesque medieval town in central-western France, 2.5 hours from Paris by train – and known as the city of writers and books – Our little home on the church square there will be ready for you by summer – you will be inspired to write your book there amongst the dozen used book shops that have earned Montmorillon the designation of one of eight book towns in France –

    • Thank you so much, Suzanne! I would absolutely love to visit you! I hope the renovations are going well and you are enjoying your time. Please keep in touch with updates.


  3. Annebel Simms has a good book "An Hour From Paris" which give interesting places to visit. That might provide some inspiration. I think Rennes and Rouen would also be interesting. I’d put Lyon on the list of possibilities too. It is hard to pull oneself away from Paris, as there is so much to see and do when there for only a few weeks. So Good Luck with that goal

    • Hi Bonnie!

      Thank you for the book recommendation. This sounds like the perfect solution to get the ball rolling on ideas. It is so hard to tear myself away from Paris even for a day when I am there but I need to challenge myself outside of my comfort zone.


  4. I do love your blog. As an author myself, I can see a book in your near future. You might want to look at Janice McLeod’s A Paris Year. She is a writer and artist and she combines both in the wonderful graphic memoir. Her first first book Paris Letters in one of my favourite books of all time and was on the New York Times Best Seller list! You will be next!

    • Thank you, Diana! I haven’t read any of her books yet, but I have seen them. I will order Paris Letters by your recommendation. You are so sweet. I really appreciate your kind words.


  5. Congratulations on creating these goals, Rebecca! I look forward to cheering on your success throughout the year. I’m happy to know I’m not the only one who has a protective layer of croissants that need to go buh-bye in 2019!

    A huge fan from Texas,

    • Hi Missy,

      Thank you so much! Goals are hard enough when you keep them to yourself it is a bit vulnerable to share them with the world. But hopefully, it will have good results by the end of the year. I think the abs will go downhill once I am back in Paris!

      I hope all is well with you in Texas! xo

  6. I love your goals!
    On our trip to Paris in March we are going to Disneyland for 2 days and taking a day trip to Lille. I am so excited to visit Lille and see more of France.
    I’m excited to see where the year takes you. <3

    • Hi Jess,

      Thank you! I hope you enjoy Lille. Keep me posted on how you like it as I have never been.