The Picky Bookworm

"Books are a uniquely portable magic." –Stephen King

Everyone makes New Years’ Resolutions, right? Well, not me. I’ve never kept a single new years resolution past January 6th. But I do set goals for myself every year. Even if I never right them down, I tell myself every January, “This year I’m going to…”

This year, I wanted to write my 2021 goals down, and share them with you, just in case my goals can inspire you. I hope you can either share in my small celebrations, or cheer me on as I complete my goals. I’m going to write a goal review every month, to keep myself accountable. Ready to share in my goal setting? Check them out below!

Financial Goals

Put Money in savings toward a house

When my husband and I got engaged, I promised him he could have a husky or malamute as a pet. We love our cat, but he’s very much a big dog person, and an apartment is no place for a big dog. So I want to put money aside in order to make a down payment on a house, so my husband can have the dog he wants. 

Build online store and make at least $1000 per month

When my husband and I have our child, one thing I want to do is be able to work from home. I don’t want my child raised by strangers, and I don’t think it’s fair to ask my retired mother to babysit 9-10 hours a day for pittance. She would, if I really needed it, but I don’t think it’s fair to ask her. So one way for my husband and me to support ourselves is for me to work from home.

Eat out no more than once per month

My husband and I both love to cook, but we do get lazy. One way for us to save money, and eat as healthy as possible is to cook at home. My plan is to find new yummy recipes and meal plan better than I do now, so we don’t find ourselves in a rut, and eat the same things over and over.

Write down all debt in order to pay down

I started using a bullet journal for 2021, and I have a page where I’m writing down all our debt, big and small, in order to pay them down when we have the extra money. I’m hoping that having it all in one place will help us get it paid down, and build our credit at the same time.

Physical Goals

Run a 5K race

I’ve had this goal for years, but my knees are so bad that it hurts to run. Well, I’m working on losing weight, so I’m not putting as much pressure on my knees, and hopefully I’ll be able to meet this goal. Even if I walk/run, I still want to be able to say I completed one. 

Lose fifty pounds

I’m very overweight. I try to eat healthy, but I don’t always succeed. One of my 2021 goals is to quit sugar, eat more raw foods and fewer processed foods. Hopefully I can make losing weight as easy as I can without depriving myself of the foods I enjoy. I’ll be researching nutrition, and maybe posting some of the things I learn here.

Eat at least one serving vegetables every day

One of the foods I like the least is vegetables. I like a few, but I’ll be working on branching out into more and more choices as I learn what things to include in my diet for the best nutrition possible. If I come across some yummy vegetable recipes, I’ll be sure to share them. This isn’t a food blog, but who doesn’t like a little variety in their blog reading, right?

Walk 3 times every week

I already walk every Sunday with my friend Suzanne, but eventually (hopefully soon with the COVID vaccine) I want to be able to go back to the gym. If I can walk at least 3x a week, it might make losing weight easier as well. I hope with all these goals working together, I can achieve them all. I’ll be sure to share small successes in my monthly review.

 Business Goals

Make $2000 per month

Between all the different aspects of The Picky Bookworm brand: my podcast, blog, online shop and proofreading, I would like to make at least $2000 per month working from home. I have several ideas on how to make this happen, and some of them are listed below.

Post on Blog every day

Yes, this goal is huge. Most articles I read about  is that posting every day makes writing a “quality” post more difficult, but I also find that a book blog requires more attention and more posting. I may or may not reach this goal, but I’m planning posts and writing ahead of time in order to have a post release every day.

Release 4 new items in shop per week

I have tons of journal cards designed, and tons of laminated “honeycomb” style bookmarks designed, so this should be pretty easy to do. I also plan on designing plenty of printables, such as planner pages and reading logs, so you can bet on plenty of items in my shop come next year. I hope you’ll check it out here.

Learn one new thing per month

I love learning. Learning new things is what makes blogging so special. It’s never the same from one day to the next, and this requires that I learn and evolve along with it. SEO and Proofreading are two things I plan on learning more about this year.

Build successful podcast

I never thought I would actually be able to call myself a podcaster. The thought of talking to people in person scares the bejeebers out of me. But I’ve always thought it would be fun. I listen to Dax Shepard’s podcast all the time, and thought “I could just have conversations with people like this!” hence, The Picky Bookworm podcast was born. I have some really great guests lined up for next year, so I hope you’ll subscribe on your favorite podcast platform!

Get one new proofreading client per week

One of my favorite things to do is proofread. I absolutely love supporting authors and helping them. I already correct errors in my head, so why not actually tell the person who can change it? I include minor editing, such as sentence structure, in my proofreading services as well. If you would like to help me reach this goal, I would very much appreciate your vising my services page here.

Personal Goals

Get Pregnant

My husband and I have been trying for a while to get pregnant, so one of my 2021 goals is to make sure this is actually an option. This is a very sensitive subject for me, but I believe in normalizing those things that we don’t want to talk about. I hope by sharing my struggle here, and letting you know that this is a goal of mine, I can get support and good thoughts sent my way. Some of my Physical goals are geared toward helping meet this goal.

Journal Every Day

Just as I want to blog every day, I also want to journal every day, especially about my fertility struggle. By writing down my feelings, and expressing gratefulness for the other things in my life, I hope to keep my stress level down when it comes to actually getting pregnant.

Use Bullet Journal Regularly

January hasn’t even started yet, and I already read through things in my bullet journal and keep track of things I want to remember. I keep quotes and other things in it, and share some memories. One thing I want to continue to do is make sure I use my Bullet Journal regularly next year. Even if I end up using 3 journals in a year, I want those memories. I want to leave something behind of myself for when I’m old and can look back on my life and see just how great I had it.

There, you have my 2021 goals. Do you have any you want to share? If they’re super personal, don’t worry about sharing. I do recommend you write them down so you can reflect throughout the year. Keep track of the steps you’re taking toward those goals as well, and you’ll have a complete road map for your success. I wish you all the success in the world, and I hope you enjoy sharing my success with me! Here’s to 2021, and may it be the best year yet!

Until next time, Bookworms!

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8 thoughts on “My 2021 Goals: Both Personal and Professional

  1. These are great and pretty admirable goals!
    I’m hoping to stick to at least once per week with posting.

    Happy New Year, Pam! Good luck!!

    1. Thanks Esther! Once a week wasn’t working for me. I’m determined to up my traffic this year. I’ll also be tracking my stats better too. Brand new year, brand new me, brand new blog!

  2. Best of luck on sticking to your goals! I appreciate your desire to normalize things that people tend to shy away from.

  3. These are really great goals for the year! Thanks for sharing. I haven’t set mine yet but I have a few things in mind like growing my blog. Hope you are able to hit all your goals, it will be nice to see your monthly progress on here.

    Gemma, This Brits Life

    1. Thank you so much! Yeah, I’m gonna be posting a review at the end of the month, as well as my monthly reading wrap ups. I hope having those scheduled will help keep me motivated.

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