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.
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.