thank u, next: 2018 Success, 2019 Goals

Beauty Blogger | Thank U Next: 2019 Goals

2018 has been full of ups and downs, personally and professionally. During my lows, it felt like I could do nothing right, but ultimately this year has been a rewarding one as I’ve grown both as a marketer, blogger, daughter, and friend. So just like Ariana Grande, I want to pay homage to my past but look towards the future.

2018 Successes:

I applied to my dream grad school and got in. |I’ve been sitting on this knowledge for some time. It’s funny, right? I love to blog but feel so shy when it comes to sharing incredibly personal information about my life.

This Winter, I will be starting a graduate program in Marketing. I love to learn – truly and genuinely, so I am excited to be starting a program that will help me to advance in my field.

The Newbury Girl 2019 Blog Planning Flat Lay
Ready to Take on 2019

I was promoted. | I work an incredibly demanding, client-facing job that involves long hours and demands for my best at all times. At times, I felt burdened by my heavy load, but I was thrilled to be recognized at my job for my work ethic, work quality, and clear passion.

I’ve grown my blog. | Earlier this spring, I felt like such a failure with my blog. Rather than focusing on my own growth, I started to compare myself to those around me. Self-doubt crept in and I started to wonder if I should just give up blogging altogether. During this time, one blog friend posted a simple, encouraging comment on one of my posts and has remained a constant source of encouragement throughout 2018 (you know you who are!!).

Thankfully, I’ve kept blogging and have gotten to know so many other bloggers through WordPress, Twitter, and Instagram. I am so thankful for these diverse friendships with talented, creative bloggers. You all inspire me.

Although blogging is not (and should never be) about stats, this is one marker to see how your content is reaching others. Please see the below for my growth in 2018:

  • Total Blog Posts: 59
  • Total Blog Views: 2,419
  • Total Blog Comments/Likes: 752 / 272
  • Blog Follows: 235
  • Twitter Follows: 580
  • Instagram Follows: 252
  • Pinterest Follows: 42

I was nominated for 6 Blogger Awards. | I was honored to be nominated for 6 blogger awards in 2018. To those who have nominated me, I am still working through these nomination posts (trying to post 1 a month, so I can spread the love and nominate new blog friends I continue to meet). Thank you to everyone who has nominated me OR tagged me in a blogger tag. I love being a part of this community.

RELATED: The Liebster Award

RELATED: Sunshine Blogger Award #1

RELATED: Sunshine Blogger Award #2

I read 10 books. | Technically, this should be a “fail” since my goal was to read 12 books this year. However, I fell off the wagon as I took on the taxing task of studying for the standardized tests required for graduate business programs.

2019 Goals

Maintain a high GPA in Grad School. | I was (and am still) a nerd. I love learning and knowing that I’ve put forth my best effort. Even though I will be taking challenging courses, I want to push myself and absorb everything new I learn.

Better My Make-Up Skills. | I’ve been wearing makeup my entire life and at one point, was quite skilled. However, in 2017/18, I realized just how true the phrase. “if you don’t use it, you lose it” can be! This year, I want to get better at winged liner, cut creases, and halo eyes.

Coffee shops like Cafe Nero a favorite for blog writing & planning
Coffee shops like Cafe Nero a favorite for blog writing & planning

Improve my Photography. | In 2018, I struggled to produce consistent, high-quality photographs for my blog and Instagram. My editing was all over the place and I felt discouraged by the quality of my flat lays. I AM going to master this in 2019 – I feel it!

Start New Blog Series. | I am so excited to be starting a few new series on my blog in 2019!!! In 2018, I launched my “Bad or Rad” review series, but I have more on the horizon in 2019.

One new series is going to be called “Blogger Love.” In this series, I will be sharing tips I’ve learned as a marketer (and blogger). As someone who has been on the brand-side, scouting influencers and reviewing performance, I want to share tips that will help bloggers stand out. Also, I want to feature interviews from other bloggers, regardless of your niche. Please DM me on Twitter or Instagram if you’re interested in being featured.

Plan Ahead. | As a full-time worker and new graduate student, I will NEED to maintain a consistent planning and posting schedule if I want to be successful in 2019. While I planned ahead in 2018, I was never consistent. In 2019, I want to maintain that consistency.

Continue to Grow My Blog |And here are the dreaded stats-based goals that I will strive to achieve through consistent posting & promotion. Also, I plan to take a few free & paid courses.

  • Monthly Blog Views: Grow to 1K a month
  • Blog Follows: 1K
  • Twitter & Instagram Follows: 1.5K
  • Pinterest Follows: 5K

Also, as a part of this – I want to collaborate with one brand, either through my blog or social media. Hopefully, as I grow my blog reach and better my creative craft, this will happen since I know that my stats are still too small to be considered a “micro-influencer.”

Cut Down on Spending. | More on this to come – but, overall, I spent too much on material items in 2018. Now that I am in grad school, I need to be better about how I spend my money. I plan to chronicle healthy financial habits over the year.

A Few Books on the 2019 TBR List
A Few Books on the 2019 TBR List

Read 20 books | I AM GOING TO BEAT THIS GOAL – I’m proclaiming it. I’m going to do this by being better about how I spend idle time. Rather than turning to YouTube or television when I’m tired, I’m going to wind down by reading.

Thank you, 2018. You taught me a lot. And thank you to everyone I’ve met this year. Wishing you nothing but continued success in 2019.

Let’s connect on social media: Instagram | Twitter | Pinterest | Bloglovin’

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What are your goals for 2019 – professional, personal, or blog-related? I’d love to know in the comments below.


39 thoughts on “thank u, next: 2018 Success, 2019 Goals

  1. ♥️ ♥️ ♥️ I commented about being seen – and you were absolutely being seen. ♥️ You have been just as support and encouraging of me, LP. Loved reading about your plans and goals for 2019, and congrats on grad school! Yay, you! I look forward to the year ahead and watching you grow your brand. Thanks for your friendship!

  2. I’m so proud of you. I say that with a lot of admiration! You’re so incredible, and I’m happy you shared your accomplishments. You definitely deserve recognition. Reading this pumped me up to achieve my goals too. Can’t wait to see you do big things!

    1. Aw Jenni!!!! Thank you for this super sweet comment! 💜💜 It has been so lovely getting to know you this year & reading along with your blog. Can’t wait to see all that YOU continue to do in 2019! ☺️

      1. You’re the best! I’m happy we got to connect and can continue to support each other during our journeys. 😊🥰

  3. 2018 was a great year for you! Congratulations on getting into grad school. Hope that in 2019 you’ll reach all your goals
    Loren |

  4. Congratulations on getting into your dream grad school, that’s awesome! This is a nice list of goals; I have many similar ones! My reading goal is actually 20 as well. The Blogger Love series sounds like a great idea. It definitely seems like it would be helpful to hear about your experiences as a blogger and a marketer!

    1. Thank you so much for your thoughtful comment & feedback on my up-and-coming series!! 😀

      Also, do you have a book you’re currently reading and loving? Or a book you’re hoping to start soon?

  5. I love and admire all that you accomplished! You have such a wonderful attitude and drive towards life. I am working towards my BA in psychology so I might hit you up for some organization tips on juggling working, blogging and school!

    Also I would love to be featured on your blog.
    From FibroMomBlog

    1. Hey Suzanne – thank you so much for your thoughtful comment! Psychology is such an interesting field of study – wishing you continued encouragement and success with your program! 💜

  6. Girl!! I am so proud of you! Congratulations on getting into your dream grad school! You may have just inspired me to look into grad programs now… You’ve done so well in 2018, and I’m so glad to have found you! Can’t wait to see how you conquer all of your goals for this new year.


  7. Congratulations on all of your achievements in the last year, very well deserved! I can’t wait to read Blogger Love and to see what this year brings for you!

  8. You have amazing goals in place and I have no doubt you will slay them! I am inspired to add more book reading to my goals as well! I also can’t wait to read what you write about blogging & marketing!

  9. Wow, reading this is so inspiring. Well done and congratulations for getting into Grad School and also for your promotion. Go girl!!

    Blogging is so up and down on the emotions isn’t it? Yesterday I was on a high after getting the news I’m through to the UK Blog Award finals but today I feel down again (about blogging). Just can’t seem to find a happy medium.

    I loved your improving your photography goal. I’ve found since getting my new lens 45mm it’s a whole new ball game and so much fun!

    Good luck with all of this lovely. You fully deserve to smash all your goals this year!! x

    Samantha |

  10. Thank you so much, Samantha! 💕 Your blog is always such a great inspiration to me!! ☺️Congratulations again on your well deserved nomination / spot in the finals!

    Blogging really is such an up-and-down of emotions. I think I need to be better about taking a breather when I launch a new post – checking stats too often just messes with your head!

    1. Aw thank you – but I have a long way to go to get my Pinterest really working hard for my blog!! Right now I’m trying to decide whether I want to devote the time to really fixing my Pinterest or to working on SEO, since both are proving to be a bit beastly for me to tackle at the same time. And thank you so much!!!! <3

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