Last month, when I shared my goals for December, I promised I would use this blog to help keep me accountable. If I’m going to stay honest, it seems only right that I come clean about what worked for me last month… and also what didn’t work so well. Here’s a recap of my December goals:

  • Cut down on sweets before the holidays. √ YES! For the first two weeks of December, Matt and I both eliminated sweets from our diet. It made it a lot easier to enjoy our favorite treats for the rest of the month (especially on a day like the cookie swap), because I was feeling less reliant on sugar.
  • Break into at least one new outlet. √ YES! I had my first articles published over on Bustle and Refinery29.
  • Run five miles. Unfortunately, not so much. I was sick in the middle of the month and the antibiotics made me feel pretty crummy at the gym, which set me back. I was up to about three miles before the end of the year, which I can’t say I’m totally proud of.
  • Hit 35 blog posts. Debatable. I had 34 posts by the end of December. Can we count it as a success?
  • Confirm first copyediting gig. I still have some feelers out there for copyediting, but I wasn’t able to officially lock anything up last month.
  • Write another piece for The KitchnI haven’t had any new articles actually posted on The Kitchn, but I did have some pitches accepted by the editor. I actually turned in three more essays this morning! I can’t wait for those to go live so I can share them with you.
  • Expand the reach of Finding Plan A. √ YES! It’s harder to measure this goal, but I did get more great feedback (from new voices) on the site in December. As always, I’d love for you to continue to share the blog, and don’t forget that you can subscribe so it comes directly to your inbox (instructions here)!
  • 20 pages OR a substantial outline for my book. Once again, this goal fell to the wayside. I need to work harder this year to make working on my book a priority.

I jotted down my goals for January earlier this week, which I’m excited to share today. In my last goals post, I talked about how much I love using a paper planner, and I actually just bought a new one that I can’t wait to start using. It’s called a Passion Planner and I think it’s going to be super helpful in a lot of ways, especially when it comes to structuring my goals. It just arrived in the mail yesterday so I haven’t gotten a chance to get it all set up yet, but I’m planning to dig into it this afternoon. I’ll share more in the next week or two, because I have a feeling I’m about to become obsessed with it.

In the meantime, here are my goals for January:

  • Work on my book outline. This is a carryover from last month. Instead of putting pressure on myself to start the writing process, I’m setting the more reasonable objective of having an outline.
  • Hit 45 blog posts. Let me know in the comments (or contact me elsewhere) if there’s anything in particular you’d like to see me post about this month!
  • Run 5 miles. I start my “official” training for this year’s Brooklyn Half Marathon later this month, so this should help keep me on track.
  • Read at least 3 books. Something that I’ve really struggled with since leaving my job in publishing is making time to read. When I was working in the book industry (and spending more time commuting by subway), I was reading an average of one book per week. My reading hobby has definitely suffered over the last few months. I LOVE books, so I’d like to make this a priority again.
  • Confirm first copyediting/copywriting gig. I’m rolling this one over from December.
  • Write another piece for BustleI’d love to build up my portfolio with this great site!
  • Break into at least one new outlet. I think this will show up pretty consistently on my list of monthly goals, because I want to continue to diversify my writing and expand my network.
  • Keep weeknights sacred. Before the holidays, I was having a really hard time saying “no” to social events during the week. While it’s important to me to spend time with friends regularly, I also want to make sure I’m prioritizing time with Matt and down time at home where I can step away from my office. We all need to recharge.

What are your goals for this month? I’d love to hear about them in the comments below?