2024 Goals: Finish Our House, Travel Locally, and Niche Down

2023 was a big year. I started working for myself. We bought a new house desperately in need of restoration and renovation. Went on a bunch of fun media trips. I recapped everything in this post here. It was one of those years that felt like so many years in one. Like how did I get from point A to point B? Contrary to this year, where January felt like it flew by, and I’m wondering if I can restart the new year February 1.

I don’t imagine 2024 will carry with it the same BIG moments, but I’m hoping it’s a year of space, growth, and intentional focus. And I think my goals reflect that — they feel, not smaller, but more honed in.

So let’s get into it. This one’s not going to be a sexy goals list. But it’s realistic.

Why choose this photo for my goals post? Honestly, didn’t feel like taking a new photo, and I’m hoping this was a predictor of what the next two months of winter will look like, ha.

My 2024 Goals

I split my 2024 goals into the same categories as I have in the past, which seem to encompass all my goals neatly into buckets. Also, I’m already a huge fan of the planner I chose and its day-by-day layout, so definitely check that out here.

Home

Finish this reno: I mean, where do I even start? Luckily, things are finally moving again, and, with plans to be on the Capitol Hill Restoration Society Home Tour in May, I’ve set a deadline.

Create more traditions: Since getting married, it’s felt like Adam and I have been constantly traveling, moving, and too busy to slow down. I want to make this the year we create more space for creating traditions.

Daily Routine

Start my morning routine earlier: I am incredibly guilty of letting my morning routine run too late into the morning, not starting work until 10 AM, and then regretting it later in the day. I want to either start earlier or, like I did today, do a little work, then go to 9 AM yoga, so I work around my natural rhythms of when I want to be at my computer. It’s a work in progress and figuring out what works for me.

Working in self care: I mean the stereotypical face mask self care. I want to do more of this! Eye patches, face masks, scrubs. Just do it it throughout the week.

Stop working after dinner: LOL. I’m going to try.

Intentional Consumption

Do a major digital clean out: Did not do this last year. Going to try again this year.

Continue cleaning out and refining my wardrobe: I’m still working on letting go of pieces that don’t feel like they belong in my current lifestyle. I’ve also made a list of pieces that I think do go with my current lifestyle. That includes clothing, accessories, and jewelry. I want a more grown-up wardrobe.

Exploration

Travel abroad: We actually did not travel abroad at all in 2023, so I want to change that for 2024. Hopefully there are a few trips on the horizon. February-March is already booked with local travel.

Travel more locally: I often prefer quick weekend trips to bigger vacations, and we’ve done less of those in recent years. I definitely want to add more 2-3 day getaways to the calendar.

Career & Work

Niche down: I was so fortunate to have an incredible first year in business, but I want to focus on being more intentional about my clients and the projects that I say yes to. In case you’re new around here, in addition to freelance journalism, I work with marketing clients on content strategy, content writing, and copywriting.

Get published in print in my dream publications: I was thrilled when I wrote my first few Garden & Gun stories this year, so, next up, I want to be in print. I also want to add Southern Living, my other dream publication, to my portfolio.

Take on more design projects: This is still a fun side hustle, but I love it, and I’d love to do more of it this year.

Keep on blog traffic: Blogs are back! My traffic continued to climb this year, and I’m hoping to continue to make that a trend in 2024. I also want to keep refreshing old posts.

Work on my newsletter: I’d love to send this out biweekly. I need to just do it. It always takes less time than I anticipate.

Grow my LTK: The reality is, this is a great revenue generator, but I need to focus more time and energy on it.

Reinvigorate Rosehill Cottage marketing: I’ve kind of let this slide because we’ve been busy, which is great. But I miss creating content for the cottage. This also has to do with being stuck in DC — we simply haven’t been able to go down much in recent months there due to work and obligations in the city. I’m hoping to change that in 2024.

Social

Entertain at home: This was on my list for last year, and it’ll remain on the list for this year since we upped the ante. Now I can actually entertain a group!

Go on more walks with friends: This is one of my favorite ways to see people because it’s low stakes, easy to plan, and free. More of these, please.

Space for weekday plans: While I often have weekday plans, they also throw my entire day into a tailspin. I want to create more space so that logging off midday or going out to dinner on a Tuesday doesn’t throw my entire day into chaos.

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