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Blog and Personal Goals for 2018


Hello Friends!

We all know this is the time of year that people make New Year’s resolutions, resolve to go to the gym, lose weight etc. I am not one for New Year’s resolutions, but i do like to reflect on the past year and what I may want to change, add to my life, what seems to be working . I also like to review my thoughts on the Blog, what topics I may want to cover, how to improve, and what I can offer my readers. I have always enjoyed writing, so in addition to meeting so many wonderful people, this is something that I strive to continue. I do get frustrated with social media, as it takes up a fair amount of time. I hope to try and make better use of that time.

When I think of the New year, I always get reinvigorated! So many possibilities, it feels as if you are each day writing a page of your own book. How do I want the story to go? I found this quote, and it makes me think when I have doubts, I need to just “go for it”, whether it be trying something new, or having the desire to continue to improve with the blog. Have the strength and confidence to do what you enjoy is part of what brings us joy. So, what are some of my personal goals for the blog and my life this year?


  1. Work on SEO and my site ranking. Hubby is the IT expert and he will be helping with this. Keywords are important in your blog ranking.
  2. Continue to bring creative and informative content to my readers. I’d love to do a survey that could help me identify what readers are looking for in terms of topics.
  3. Sign up for Like to Know It. I need to look at how it works in regard to items that are not brand new but linking like items..
  4. Incorportate a monthly series into the blog. ( I’ve got a list of ideas!)
  5. Find out the mystery of Instagram.( It is a mystery, right?) It can be so frustrating trying to figure the hashtags, when to post etc. Develop a strategy to increase followers- would love to reach 10,000. Please follow me here to help 🙂
  6. Work on Video to expand the blog content. If you had not seen some of the videos with Margaret of Sixty and Me, you can view HERE.
  7. Hope to meet up with some blogger friends this year.
  8. Work on improving social media stats via Facebook groups. But, work on utilizing time of social media by setting limit. ( as it is easy to spend hours on it!
  9. Do more locational shoots ( in the warmer months!.. )
  10. Find more time in the day to accomplish these tasks. 🙂


  1. Health- I have gotten off two of my medications! Yea!  Continue to titrate off one last  medication that no longer seems effective to me. It is important to me to take only what I now need and that is improving!
  2. Add more PT exercises to improve stability. Continue to develop strength with  light weights therabands.
  3. Play the guitar! It has been some years that I have played. I have arm and shoulder pain that has prevented me, but I have a Stratocaster, Gibson guitar and Taylor acoustic that seem pretty lonely lately. Pick up some jazz standards and rock tunes from youtube, as well as my Jazz Real Book.
  4. Prepare for trip to Italy next Fall…. start saving, as you know i will want something leather… bag, shoes etc. hehe.
  5. Lower anxiety by Guided meditation.
  6. Self care- Treat myself to a facial several times a year, continue with skin care routine. NCN skincare

And if nothing else… Enjoy life!

Have a wonderful weekend!

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The Blended Blog Link Up

Do you make resolutions or goals for the New year? Or a you someone who assesses things on a more regular basis? I’d love to hear your thoughts. 

Jess xo

  • Claire justine
    Posted at 09:07h, 09 January Reply

    Sounds like somegreat plans here Jess. I need to work on my blog seo’s too. Thanks for sharing at Creative Mondays 🙂 Hope you can join us tomorrow.

    • Jess Jannenga
      Posted at 10:12h, 09 January Reply

      Thank you Claire! Yes, there are things to work on.. and IG is a tough one! Ill get working on it though .. seo is one of those necessary evils.. heheh!

  • passion fruit, paws and peonies
    Posted at 03:48h, 09 January Reply

    I love your get of goals above Jess! You are balancing your life which is so important. My son plays guitar – the years of lessons was probably one of best gifts we did for him. He still plays most days and finds it the perfect way to relax. I relate to most of your blogging goals. Onwards and upwards! x

  • Elle
    Posted at 23:35h, 07 January Reply

    You are already such a successful blogger. You should be proud of that every day. I love your content, and your warmth and sincerity always comes through. That is better that any keyword..
    I am so glad you are making progress on your health! That is fabulous! I am just happy to be stable most of the time. ..
    Social media is time consuming. I still work to find a balance.
    I am also curious about the like to know it app, as I too, have many vintage, children’s, or unusual items that are not commercial.
    Happy 2018!

    • Jess Jannenga
      Posted at 11:08h, 08 January Reply

      Thank you Elle, that means a lot, you are very sweet! Its been almost 10 years on several on the meds, so it was time to readjust. Yes, social media can drive me bonkers some times! Best to you in 2018 my friend! xx

  • Kristin McMillan
    Posted at 21:01h, 06 January Reply

    Some great goals, Jess, and I’m so happy to hear that you’ve been able to get off two of your meds!! That’s fantastic!! You’re right…a new year brings so many wonderful opportunities, and it is fun to ponder how it might take shape. YAY for a trip to Italy in the fall! We’re hoping too to get to Europe at some point. Here’s to improving health and much happiness and success in 2018. Happy hugs! xoxo

    • Jess Jannenga
      Posted at 10:26h, 07 January Reply

      Hi Kristin!
      Thanks so much! Yes, I have always been proactive with the health, and make adjustments when I need to. I have one last medication to go off and then the rest of mine will be staples i need. yes I look forward to going to Italy and plan to travel more throughout the years. Have a wonderful New Year as well! Best to you. xx

  • thisblondesshoppingbag
    Posted at 09:21h, 06 January Reply

    The world of blogging is such a mystery to me! I try to remember it’s a fun hobby and not to get too caught up in all the numbers and stats but all of that is important too. Your blog goals are along the same lines as mine, I need to write them down and come up with an action plan.
    On a personal note congrats on getting off two medications!!! Your Italy trip sounds fabulous – what a fun and exciting event to look forward to! I have never been but would love to go someday!
    Wishing you all the best Jess!

    • Jess Jannenga
      Posted at 10:32h, 06 January Reply

      Hi Kellyann! I have been doing this almost 4 years and I find the social media to be the toughest sometimes. This too began as a hobby, deversion from my EDS, and although I want to do better with the social, I also want to just do the best i can and have fun with it! Thank you! i have one more med I am going to get off , it is tough,but can be done! Yes, I have never been to Europe, so we are looking forward to the trip. Best to you as well. xx

  • Debbie Hull
    Posted at 19:03h, 05 January Reply

    Hi Jess ! I use to make resolutions but could never get them to reality. Goals are a great idea for the new year . I just need to get through everyday and I will be happy to accomplish that. Always looking forward to what you bring us next. Now that xmas and new years are over take time for yourself Jess. That is good advice for myself too. Take care my friend.

    • Jess Jannenga
      Posted at 10:28h, 06 January Reply

      Hi Debbie, good to hear from you! I hope you had a wonderful Holiday. I do try and set some small goals and do my best. That is all anyone can do! Debbie, do take care, yes best to you in 2018! i hope to do a survey at some point to see what readers might be interested in as well. xx

  • Deborah Ross
    Posted at 10:42h, 05 January Reply

    Wonderful goals, Jess! Hope you enjoy a wonderful 2018! I’d love to meet up, as I see that is one of your goals. Asheville and Charlotte aren’t too far apart!

    • Jess Jannenga
      Posted at 10:48h, 05 January Reply

      Hi Debbie ! Thank you, Best wishes to you as well! That sounds great. We could plan that sometime this year when the weather is nicer! xx

  • Jess Jannenga
    Posted at 09:15h, 05 January Reply

    So true Nancy, you do the best you can do! glad you enjoyed my post 😉 xx

  • Jodie
    Posted at 08:56h, 05 January Reply

    I need to find more time too–ha ha!!
    Let me know how you do that, and I’ll be on board, LOL!!
    Have a great weekend!!

    • Jess Jannenga
      Posted at 09:32h, 05 January Reply

      Tell me about it! Yes, these are lofty goals but some i think i can accomplish. Enjoy your weekend too Jodie! xx

  • Laura || Walking in Memphis in High Heels
    Posted at 07:41h, 05 January Reply

    So many great goals! I like the getting more in depht and learning the mystery of IG! If you find the key to the secret let us know haha!

    • Jess Jannenga
      Posted at 09:24h, 05 January Reply

      Thank you Laura! I know, i get frustrated with IG as I need to get out of the rut and get to my goal there. Ill let you know if I find the secret! 🙂 xx

  • Leslie
    Posted at 06:00h, 05 January Reply

    Just popping in to say hello and happy new year Jess! I’ve got a lot going on in my personal life and keeping up with my bloggers has been put aside 🙁. I’m working on getting things organized so that I can have specific time carved out for my own self. You always look so lovely and I loved the grey velvet dress you styled the other day! 🥂

    • Jess Jannenga
      Posted at 09:22h, 05 January Reply

      Hi Leslie! Great to hear from you. I hope things calm down for you and yes! make some me-time. thank you for the lovely comment,Soft surroundings is a company i really like due to the soft clothing and styles. Happy New Year to you! xx

  • Nancy
    Posted at 02:51h, 05 January Reply

    Those are great goales! With a lot of them I can totally relate! But most important is to enjoy life!

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