Happy Saturday! I can't believe there is only two full weeks left of 2017! That's actually CRAZY. Something else that's crazy is that I turned 24 yesterday! To me that just sounds so odd to say, lol!  But with another year gone by, it's that time of the year again that everyone is planning their goals for 2018. I'm no different as I'm also planning new goals for the new year. I've gotten into the habit of doing this for the past few years now, and I've been able to stick to my yearly goals and accomplish them... big pat on the back for me! 2018 is going to be no different so I'm already planning away.

While compiling my list, I thought of new things I wanted to take on and also goals I have already begun in 2017 that I want to build upon. Here are my personal and blogging goals I plan to accomplish in 2018:

1) Buy a car. This is actually my #1 goal for 2018. I've been saving money for a few months now to buy my own car and fortunately for me I've already saved $10,000 in 6 months! With the help of a lot of budgeting and useful shopping apps to help me save money, I was able to do so. Early 2018 is the time frame that I'm hoping to complete my first goal of the year.

2) Downsize belongings. I've already done this a few times in 2017 but I still feel like I'm holding on to things that I don't need! They say that if you own something and haven't used it in six months to a year, then you don't need it. The start of a new year is the perfect time to re-evaluate the stuff I own and purge more things that I really don't need.
3) Travel more. I traveled way more this year than I ever did before. But when I say "travel more", I don't necessarily mean just getting on a plane to another destination. There's so much to explore locally or a few hours away and I plan to take full advantage. (I also wouldn't mind getting on a plane at some point next year either, lol)

[RELATED: Travel Bucket List]

4) Take more pictures. I have a Canon DSLR camera, but unfortunately at this point in time, I don't use it half as much as I'd like to. I want to get out more with my camera and take pictures and create photography content that I love and could share on my blog.

1) Utilize social media's more often. Before I started blogging again, I didn't realize how big and important social media is to blogging! After all blogging is technically a form of social media. I plan on using my other outlets to promote growth and traffic to my blog.
2) Grow an email list. I've always heard that this is the best way to retain an active following on your blog and I've not been taking advantage of it! This is another avenue I plan to take to drive traffic and readers.
3) Stay consistent. I started Ashley in August off pretty strong posting daily Monday through Friday. But then because of time, I cut it down to posting two times a week, Wednesdays and Fridays. That has been working great for me so I think at this point in time, I'm planning on keeping that my blogging schedule through 2018 while creating the content that I love.

4) Become more active in the blogging community. There's always so much to be learned and bloggers could learn from other bloggers! One of my biggest blogging community goals for next year is to join one of the Fresh Press Media Fresh Chats.

So far, this is what I got for 2018. These are pretty attainable for me and easy to stick to as I've learned that its important not to overload yourself with out of reach goals that are impossible to the point that before you know it, you've given up on them half way through the year.

Are you also a blogger? What are your blogging goals for 2018? Let me know!


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