2020 Blog Goals

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Last year I learned the importance of separating my blogging/work-life goals and personal goals. Which, sounds crazy I’m sure, but it’s as simple as I’m a mess. And the truth is, I loved the idea when I started this blog, of having two personas -the more professional online appearance, and the IRL up-tight perfectionist (I wouldn’t have it any other way, so I’m not being hard on myself).

Essentially, I realized that the two got a little blended, and I found it hard to enjoy blogging (it was my escape), so I’m trying to separate the two, and see if we can’t do even better then last year.

Now, I’m not saying I didn’t do really well last year, here on HaziWords-we hit 3 years (which is mind-boggling). I also picked up some Affiliates, and even managed to do a great collab.

On the more professional scale (my favorite part), I found my demographic culture wise to have a larger impact and even had an 84% increase with visitors.

So overall, despite my initial wishy-washyness, 2019 wasn’t a bad year. So how could I possibly top it?

Well, my blog isn’t all about numbers, it has been, and will always be, one of my greatest gifts from God, that I can use to honor Him. (Dramatic I know, but having a way for self-expression is what soothes the aching soul). I want to reach more people and have a positive impact. I can only assume with those numbers that I have at least had one positive impact on a person, and this year I’m determined to have one more.

SO, that general statement out of the way let’s roll onto my Blog Goals for HaziWords-2020.

1. Complete A Blog Series

I keep starting them, but I never finish them-and now’s my chance to shine. What it’s going to be, I have no idea, but I do think it’s something that I’m ready to do.

2. Do more collabs.

The collab I did last year Bayance and Aditi(shout out to them for the experience), was a lot of fun, and doing collabs with other bloggers is something that I’d love to do in the future.

3. Create a more defined space.

Right now I’m a mixed bag and don’t get me wrong, nothing defines my personality more than a mixed bag, HOWEVER, I do think I’d like to find my niche when it comes to blogging. It’s finally something I’ve found in my general fiction writing-and now it’s something I’d like to bring onto my blog.

4. Work on Branding

Logos and branding are important to me, I want my blog to express myself, but also give somebody a feel of what they’re getting into, and this is something I’m hoping to achieve this year-to a degree that I enjoy. I understand my taste is continuously changing and developing, but it doesn’t change the concept that I would like some change.

5. Start Incorporating more Images into my Blog

I realize that images do help bring people in, and capture people’s interest (I know it does mine), so incorporating more images into my blog. Which is ironic, because this post doesn’t have many at all, but it is something I’d like to start working more on.

So, I’d love to know, what are your Blogging Goals for 2020? Do you have anything specific? Are you taking the new year as a chance for new things on your blog?

I’d love to know!

Unrelated:

I know I promised a separate post on spiritual goals-that is coming in the next week or so, I just ended up with more sinus pressure this weekend then I had in my entire life combined.

That being said,

As Always

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The Roaring Twenties-New Beginnings

Well, (1)

First of all, if you catch me Phrynne Fisher-ing myself into crime scenes, I don’t want anybody to be surprised, because in the next decade or so I’ll probably do some even more stupid things.

I’m kidding-though everybody in that show’s an icon.

That’s beside the point; though, because it’s Twenty-Twenty, and your girl has some resolutions.

Now, if you read my last post, you’ll know that this is my year of healing. Which is dramatic, but again, if you want to get some context for this years goals-you can check it out.

Moving forward.

I recently worked on my list, and I’ve finally concluded that it’s actually a mighty fine resolution look, considering I’ve broken it down into bite sizes. Confused? So was I going into it, and then I came up with this.

So, I broke my resolutions into the following:

Main Skills

School

Experience

Events (I’m aware those two are redundant, but let’s just roll with it)

Finance

Writing

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      Main Skills

Now for Main Skills, I put Drawing, and Voice Acting. Voice acting is still something I find fascinating, and if nothing else, I’d love to develop a more confident voice that can hook someone into a conversation-because as it stands I’d do a great job at being a Nap Time Professor.

*Ahem*

I digress.

Drawing is something I’ve always enjoyed, and after Inktober, and getting to talk more about art with a good friend of mine, I find myself wanting to develop this skill I have (If this was the Sims I’d be level one).

So, for each of these, I put how I’m going to achieve these goals-such as drawing at least once and week, and applying for VA rolls to get my voice more…I don’t know words right now, but you know, that word that I’m thinking.

                           School

So when it came to school, I’m in my Senior Year-The crunch time is real, my dudes.

So is the lack of sleep. There’s no reason for that, though, I just don’t like sleeping.

I’m rambling. Ultimately, my goals are to complete two local community college classes (It’d be more but this is a self-funded endeavor, and making just a few dollars over minimum wage doesn’t necessarily cover the classes).

I also intend to graduate (being Homeschooled you have to really work for it and apply yourself-I’m the first Homeschooler to graduate in my family, so I’m really treading the way for my younger brother. My point is nobody has any idea on what we’re doing).

Getting into college, as well as passing the SATs are two major things. I even put my ideal scores for the SATs. I’d like to get higher, and ultimately, I’m aiming for hire, but that’s my minimum score. Essentially the entire point with SATs is, I need extra effort for math, and recently I’ve finally relented on the idea that I maybe sorta definitely need help because something is wrong if no matter how hard I study, I don’t understand math. That being said, Third times a charm, and I’m very prepared this time around. (I’d say more on the college front, but dude, that’s self-explanatory, college is my ultimate goal).

 

Experience/Events

I’m combining the two because I was redundant and didn’t realize it until after I finished my list, and was like “Well sugar cookie it, I know what I mean”.

I can assure you in five months’ time, I probably won’t remember why I was so redundant and will think too hard on absolutely nothing.

The events though

Going to a Concert…specifically NeedtoBreathe.

My poor friends had to read my breakdown about not being able to see the band IRL last night in our group chat. I don’t know how they can stand me sometimes.

Go on a missions trip-I’m already signed up for one in June, it’s not out of states, but you know what, I’m a firm believer that missions start at home.

Going on a hike-where I’m aiming to go to college, they are surrounded by mountains, and when I was younger, I loved hiking. I still love it to this day, and it’s honestly something I’d love to do, even just in the mountains near us.

Have a graduation dinner-I don’t want to walk across a stage or do a big party (those are actually options even if I am homeschooled), I just want a small dinner with those I’m close with to celebrate the fact that I finally stinking made it.

Go to Comicon-I don’t know, I just want the experience.

Apply for Jobs near college-I’m broke, I don’t know how to explain why I need to get a job.

 Finance

Save 2,000 (Total)  Whether I burn it on classes or not, that’s the goal

Find the Best Credit card- I know essentially credit cards are bad, but I’ve been doing research and talking with other people, and I’ve found it might help to raise my credit if I can keep up with it. I know that student credit cards have great benefits, and I know I can manage one, I just want to make sure I find the best one for me, for when I turn eighteen.

Learn about Investing- I may be slightly money-hungry, but I really want to learn about investing. If I can invest properly, I might be able to help build my income and work on self-sustainability.

Find a Side Hustle-I have my blog, but it doesn’t do too much; though I know there’s something out there that I can do that can make a little bit of cash on the side of my job.

Writing

Finish Writing First book (Let’s not talk about the fact this has been my goal for five years)

Edit First Book-Yes, this has also been on my resolution list for five years.

I know, it hurts me too.

 

SO

I want to know

What are y’all’s resolutions, and I’m serious, I’d love to know! I always find this time of the year to be so exciting-new beginnings excites me, and I think this year is going to be a great year for a lot of people.

I’ve decided to make a separate post of Spiritual resolutions, because this one is pretty long, and I know I’ll probably get pretty raw about some of my recent struggles, SO

I can’t wait to see you then, and again, let me know-what’re your resolutions? Are you looking forward to this year? Do you have any big events? My brother’s biggest event is he’s getting his learners  permit in another month (they grow up so fast).

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2020-The Year of Healing

There’s nothing more refreshing then a new year. For me, Christmas can stand down because New Years Day has a certain excitement that can’t be reached. It proves to me that I made it through one hex of a year, and you know what, I’m gonna kill another.

If I’m honest, I love fresh starts.

However, I feel as if I need to wrap up 2019, and this decade, in some of my most notable moments.

  1. I became dual-enrolled, and received B’s in the two classes I did take. (I only took two because I was just trying it out). I’m proud to say I paid for a majority of each class and their requirements.
  2. I dyed my hair. This is big because I’m not really a rebellious kid-I’m kind of a stiff neck, but this was one rebellious thing I wanted to do. So I begged my mom to let me do it before I was eighteen, and she agreed. I did have it professionally done because I’m a clumsy hot mess and I didn’t feel like cleaning out the tub or trying to fix my hair if something went wrong.
  3. I was officially employed for one whole year.
  4. I started working in both retail and food services, and have in fact realized that I do not want to do either for the rest of my life.
  5. I got my license.
  6. Sponsors!!
  7. I reached 165 followers (and counting, here’s to ya’ll)!
  8. I went self-hosted.
  9. I joined a church I’m truly comfortable with.
  10. I found my writing niche.
  11. I met some great, real friends. Even if they are online, I finally found a group of friends that I feel comfortable enough not to have to filter myself.
  12. I stopped trying to live my life pleasing others, or proving them wrong.
  13. I stopped trying to be better than everybody else and just decided to be the best me that I can be.
  14. I accepted that the emotional/mental abuse I went through as a child is not something I should blame myself for; nor should I try to bottle up the emotions that come with remembering.
  15. I’ve recovered from major past trauma and events, and I’m finally ready for the next step-healing.

In wrap-maybe I didn’t do my New Years Resolutions, but I sure did pretty well. I will say, when I talk about emotional and mental abuse, I’m talking about some extended family members. Earlier this year, I had a breakdown and had to admit what I was feeling from it. It was a lot to admit, but ultimately, I’ve spent a lot of the year trying to talk with someone about it, and just be honest. You know, recover-thank God for my brother and parents; couldn’t have done it without their support. I’m moving on from the abuse (again, strictly emotional and mental, but definitely a dark point in my life).

So with the conclusion of that, here’s to Twenty-Twenty.

The year I Heal.

The year I step outside the box.

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Even though it’s late, I will be posting a review for it; I loved the box that much-I got some incredibly aesthetic photos-a rarity for me, I don’t usually. (Seriously, I was so proud I showed my mom like it was artwork or something).

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To get a discount use the code SOCOLD (even though where I live we had a cold Thanksgiving, and Christmas was seventy-stinking-degrees), and get $10 off your purchase.

Also, about the sponsors, I really appreciate the fact that nobody’s lost their mind about this-I wouldn’t do it, however, I’m trying to turn my blog into something that I can keep up in college, and even the smallest amount helps there.

Anyway, see you next year!

How to Step Outside the Christmas Box

Ah, Christmas.

As somebody in Retail, I hate it. I strongly dislike all the customers being rude, and so help me, I really dislike the fact that I’m trying to lose weight and I can’t seem to say no to a delicious chocolate brownie.

Or three and then dessert.

But we’re going to avoid that conversation, and move onto something I think is a bit more important-how to get involved in your community, and helping other people out this Holiday season.
1. Purchase gifts that have proceeds that go to important organizations/and or round up this season.

Amazon already offers 0.5% of your purchase to a Charity of you’re choosing when you make a purchase-and during the Holiday season when you’re trying to get everything, it really adds up. I would definitely suggest adding that to help.

Other companies/organization run businesses that have a certain percentage that goes into helping people are also the following:

Amazima Industries-Currently they are running a 30% off sale on any ten regular priced items, and free domestic shipping on orders over $75.

Hand in Hand– Currently, they are running a series of deals, and as of 12/11, they are offering 15% percent off your purchase, and free shipping on purchases of $55 or more.

Bombas– Their current holiday deal is 20% percent off your first order.

STATE– If you order by the 12/13, you should be able to receive any purchases by 12/23. And if by signing up with Messanger, you can save 10%.
2. Donate to Local Charities

Often times this is something you’ll see frequently this time a year, but definitely consider donating; local charities are often overlooked. I would highly encourage looking around, or doing a little research on the local charities in your area, and finding out how you can help.
3. Volunteer on Christmas/ Leading Up To

Retirement Communities-This is usually good for people of most ages; depending on maturity levels. Often times volunteer jobs will have you spending time/interacting with the guests. There might be special tasks with the holidays, so *always* (and I can’t-and won’t-stress this enough) call ahead and *ask* how you can help (don’t just call and demand).

Local Homeless Shelters- Again, call ahead, there are most likely several areas that you can help/volunteer in, it’s just understanding your own limits-but not putting so many down that they don’t have much to work with.

Hospitals- Now, I know the rules tend to change where I live one Hospital allows it, the other is a no-go, but oftentimes finding a way to go about volunteering at the Hospital, specifically around the Holiday Season, can be very helpful.

AHEM.

CALL.

GET IN CONTACT WITH THE RIGHT PERSON.

Jail/Prisons- I’m just going to start this one off by saying, find an established group or somebody who has done it before and bring them with you. Who goes in/how you do it and what you do are things I can’t tell you for certain. Just make sure you know what you’re doing and as always.

CALL.

GET INFORMATION ON HOW YOU CAN HELP.
4. Find out Items that Local Charities Need This Time of Year

You know the donation thing earlier? I was talking about money. I can give you a list of things they can almost always use (knowing from personal experience what some of the most common products they run out of are), but just call and make sure they can really take the donation-and to find out ultimately what they need. While it is nice to give pretty things this time of year as gifts, don’t forget the importance of toiletries.

1. Razers (I don’t know about all places, double-check before you donate, there might be a rule against them)

2. Shampoo/Conditioner (Travel Size)

3. Baby Wipes
5. Smaller Random Habits to Pick Up…

The Random List

  1. Every ten dollars you spend on a gift, you donate ten cents…or a dollar…or TEN DOLLARS. Or something along those lines.
  2. Purchase things on sale, and then donate the remainder of the money you would have originally spent.
  3. Buying in bulk to save? Donate the items you don’t need.
  4. Schedule family time, but set it up so that you’re volunteering in the process.

I hope you found this list helpful and will go through the holiday season with a cheerful spirit!

My Life Promise

Starting off Blogmas, I thought I’d do something a bit different.

A life promise, if you will.

Because sure, I can write that I’m a Christian, claim my beliefs, but being such a broad claim. The word, the title is just thrown around, and molded to what someone wants it to be, and I believe that I myself am guilty of this.

So here’s my life promise.

As a Christian; as a daughter, a sister, a genuinely-confused life-long student.

Here’s my promise as a person.

They don’t give you instructions on how to do life, you have to wing it, learn from your mistakes, use your gut and pray for the best.

I can promise you that I will never be perfect, or make mistakes. I can promise you I won’t follow all of my promises.

But I promise to try.

I promise to never cause someone the same pain that I experienced.

I promise to find solutions to problems the way God would want.

I promise to never tear someone down the way I did when I was younger.

I promise to expect the unexpected.

I promise to be honest.

I promise to be bold, to never stand in the background.

I promise to never be the victim again.

I promise to never be the villain in someone’s story, in such a way that I can’t fix my mistakes.

I promise to watch what I say.

I promise to hold my temper.

I promise to remain humble.

I promise to uphold God’s creation and words.

I promise to keep God first.

I promise to take responsibility for my problems and my mistakes.

I promise to never pass another opportunity to save a life; to make a change.

I promise to never let another opportunity for change to slip through my hands.

I promise to give life 120% and whatever’s left in me.

I promise to serve God, and what things get hard, I promise to trust in Him.

I promise to never deny my love for God, no matter the circumstance.

I promise to never be ashamed of my relationship to God, or what I do to serve Him.

I promise to remember that even though there’s pain now, in the long run, it will all be worth it.

Above all, I promise these to God, my family, those I meet, and those that I never meet.

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Welcome to Blogmas!

I make no promises.

But also, hello, and welcome to Blogmas!

I know I was gone last week, however, I was spending some well-needed quality time, and had just gotten over two very stressful points in my life. That being said, I’m here now, to say, let’s give Blogmas a try, shall we?

Now, I was trying to think of a way to start it off, but I decided, you know what, just a quick hello would be perfect-so I say hello today, and I shall see you tomorrow (no, seriously).