Happy New Year! It’s that time of the year where people declare all the resolutions that won’t make it past February.

I’m not doing that cause…

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But what I am gonna do is tweak some things about myself that I think are reasonable enough to last all of 2016.

I have a number of goals that I want to accomplish for 2016. I broke them up into life and blogging goals.

LIFE GOALS

I will not let other peoples negativity or unhappiness dictate on my life. If they’re sad in their own life the only thing I can do for them is pray they get it together so that they can enjoy life, just as I am.

I will do more things that make ME happy.

I will make more time for ME.

I will stop biting my nails. I’ve been saying this for at least 20 years and I still haven’t kicked the habit. I should actually give myself more credit cause I used to bite them and I finally stopped. That’s when I moved on  to just peeling them. Either way I wanna have a nice manicure and pedicure come summer.

I will take more pictures with and of my family. Jeff hates pictures but be better start to love them. I was thinking back to my youth and early 20’s and realized I don’t have too many pictures of myself. I took a lot of photos for other people but not to many of me in front of the camera. I want to look back in 20 years and have my kids laugh at my ridiculous fashion and make-up choices.

I will TRY (key word there) to eat better and lay off the sugary goodness known as soda. So far I’ve been pretty good, over the last 3 months I’ve been buying tons of those bottles of Hint water. Now I can go a few days without touching soda. Yay me!

*Completing a monthly challenge. I always see these and get hype about them. But my problem is, I start them for a few days then I forget one day, then another, and another. Then before I know it I’m 2 weeks behind thinking that I’m gonna play catch up and it never happens. This year I will complete at least 1 challenge…on time, and to help me I’m gonna set my phone for reminders.

BLOGGING GOALS

I will work on increasing my engagement, especially on Twitter. I’m a talker and I hate that I have to limit my convos to 140 characters but I shouldn’t let that stop me from chatting and meeting new people.

Being more consistent with my blog. I used to publish a post once a week every Wednesday. I was going strong and for some reason it just stopped. It became more of a couple times a month thing. No longer will I be inconsistently present.

I will take more risks. I have a lot of ideas for Mommy R+R but I don’t follow through with my ideas cause I have a fear that it won’t go over well. I will stop worrying about possible failure and just throw my ideas out there.

Get over my fear of Periscope. I don’t know what my hang-up is about this platform. I’m  just not comfortable in front of it. But, when I’m on it I have viewers and great conversations. I had one scope a few months ago last over a hour just talking about books. I know the more I do it, the more comfortable I will become. I’m just not looking forward to it.

I will be more consistent when filming myself. I just talked about how I’m not comfortable on the Scope, but I LOVE Snapchat (follow me at MommyRandR) I use it as my way of cutting loose to rant and talk about random stuff.  I don’t always remember to film and I need to because I found that people love my over the top 10 second antics.

I will stop writing in a manner I think is the “proper” way to come across to people. This is my blog and I should be writing things in a voice and tone that is my own. When you read my blog I want you to be able to hear me say the words. Anything less than that is unacceptable.

I will not talk about children related topics. This is Mommy R+R. I started it to cater to moms as an escape from their kids. I will not bombard my readers about anything child related. It’s not that I didn’t like talking about those things before, but I just lost my focus. Not doing that this year.

These are my goals for this new year. I will try my damnedest to stick with it, and if I don’t then I will catch myself, give myself a pep talk and get myself back on the right foot.

Have you set any goals for 2016?

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*Speaking of a monthly challenge, my friend Nellie from Brookyn Active Mama is hosting a 31-day Self Care Photo Challenge. January 1 is GOALS. I was going to make this post anyway but when I saw what her first day was I thought it would be a good way to get on ball with it, especially since its all about taking care of oneself.

If you want to take part in the challenge all you have to is take and share a picture on Instagram that reflects the word for the day. To get your picture to join the others use #SelfCareChallenge16.

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Photo credit: Someecards / Brooklyn Active Mama