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How To Smash Your New Years Resolutions (& 2017 Highlights!)

Happy New Year!

I hope you all had a relaxing and enjoyable holiday season. Can you believe how quickly it went by? Never mind that, can you believe how quickly 2017 went by?! It seems like I was just packing up my college things and leaving campus for the very last time.

When I look back on 2017, it was an insightful year full of love and growth. I experienced a few “firsts”, like my first post-grad job, my first serious relationship, my first venture into freelancing, and my first month of 1,000+ pageviews right here on GY! I am very proud of my accomplishments, both in my personal and professional life, especially with how Glamorously You has grown.

I started Glamorously N.D. Rose almost three (!!) years ago with absolutely no knowledge of blogging, graphic design, SEO, social media, or photography (and how to name a blog, apparently). I look at the evolution of this site as proof of my growth, since I do everything here, top to bottom.

How To Smash Your New Years Resolutions (& 2017 Highlights!)

Last year, my goal was make this site look more professional, have a more straightforward brand, and be filled with meaningful content. As a result, I did a huge site design overhaul in February, a rename in June, and a major content clean-out in the fall.

I am very pleased with the way this site is run now, and apparently you are too!

I saw the biggest spike in my readership in 2017, so let’s look at the posts you loved most:

Inside My Sparkly Shell: The 10 Best Things About Being An Introvert

Too many times, introverts put themselves down and feel negatively about their introversion. I wanted to take this opportunity to celebrate the amazing things that come with being in the “sparkly shell.”

10 Fun Journal Activities For When You’re Sick of Reflection & Introspection

I love using journaling to reflect on life and record goals, but sometimes that can get a little old. That’s why I came up with these fun journal activities!

10 MORE Fun Journal Activities For When You’re Sick Of Reflection & Introspection

You all loved the first 10, so I came up with 10 more!

Best Books For Introverts: 4 That Every Introverted Glamour Girl Needs to Read!

Not all of these books were written specifically for introverts, but they have all resonated with my introverted side throughout my life.

Turn Journaling Into Your Newest Hobby!

My Journaling Zero-to-Hero Challenge will take you from journaling amateur to full-on journalista in 4 weeks time. Have you taken the challenge yet?

Increase Productivity and Organization: Here Are The 5 Best Tools To Stop Wasting Time!

Ever since I ventured into freelancing, I discovered the importance of self-discipline and productivity. These are the tools that have helped me get my tasks done effectively in 2017.

50 Self Improvement Ideas To Tackle In 2018

A new year is a great time to think about how you can be a better you!

Inside My Sparkly Shell: Relationship & Dating Tips For Introverts

Another fan favorite! I rarely talk about my personal/romantic life, but I really wanted to discuss my experience with being an introvert on the dating scene, and now one in a committed relationship.

Okay, so that was 2017 and all its glory. It was a great year, but it is time to move on.

A new year has arrived and a fresh start is upon us. And new years come with some new years resolutions!

New years resolutions are not just goals; they are lifestyle changes and aspirations. They are things you wish to take on because it will improve your life, and maybe even the lives of those around you.

Because they are a step above just a regular goal, the commitment to new years resolutions has to be strong. How many of us have given up on them after the first few weeks (or days) into January?

The reason for this is because these resolutions were either:

  1. not realistic, or
  2. you didn’t set up a system to hold yourself accountable to achieving them

Simply stating, “I want to make more money in 2018” won’t make you more money. You need a realistic plan of execution, a way to keep track of your accomplishments, and a method for holding yourself accountable.

This is where I come in!

You all know I’m a total journalista, so what better way for me to help you reach your new years resolutions than through journaling?!

Not only is it one of my favorite hobbies, but it is a proven method for achieving goals. When you write goals down, you are 80% more likely to achieve them. Can you believe that?! How could you turn down the chance of getting what you want in 2018 if it’s that simple to start and you have me helping you along the way?

So, here it is: your own 2018 Resolution Journal, made by yours truly.

How To Smash Your New Years Resolutions (& 2017 Highlights!)

The journal includes:

  • Pages to document your 5 biggest new years resolutions
  • Space to write about your master plan for accomplishing each one, and deadlines to reach them by
  • Pages dedicated to recording updates throughout the year
  • A “Hits & Misses” page to discuss your biggest successes and setbacks in 2018

Let’s get serious together about accomplishing our new years resolutions! I have already filled out my journal and have begun to execute some elements of my “master plans.” Now it’s your turn!

If you’re ready to get some serious s**t done this year, then drop your email below so I can send you the download. It’s free, so why not?!

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How To Smash Your New Years Resolutions (& 2017 Highlights!)

What was your favorite GY article from 2017? What are some of your new years resolutions for 2018? Let me know in the comments!

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  • Reply Tavish

    You are so right about having a plan for your goals. We all have great leaps and bounds that we want to make in any part of our life, but without a plan and steps to take we usually won’t meet it. Happy New Year!

    January 2, 2018 at 3:52 pm
    • Reply nicoledarosa

      Yay for planning out goals in 2018! Happy New Year 🙂

      January 2, 2018 at 4:43 pm
  • Reply Keri

    I agree that writing down goals gives much better results. I find that when I write them down I usually come up with a plan to achieve them.

    Also, I think you did an amazing job with your blog last year. It looks great!

    January 3, 2018 at 10:16 am
    • Reply nicoledarosa

      thank you so much! good luck with your goals in 2018 🙂

      January 4, 2018 at 9:28 am
  • Reply Rebecca Strength and Sunshine

    So ready for 2018 and ending 2017!

    January 3, 2018 at 10:48 am
    • Reply nicoledarosa

      yay for moving on to bigger and better things!

      January 4, 2018 at 9:29 am
  • Reply ShootingStarsMag

    Happy New Year! congrats on all the growth you’ve seen in the past year – both on the blog and in your personal life. I definitely want to focus even MORE time and effort into my blog this year. I saw a lot of growth last year, but I’d like to continue that and really grow my blog.


    January 3, 2018 at 11:01 am
    • Reply nicoledarosa

      I’m with you on that one! good luck with your goals in 2018 🙂

      January 4, 2018 at 9:29 am
  • Reply Kalyn

    Happy New Year! Congrats on a productive 2017 and many wishes for a profitable 2018! I bullet journal and basically write down everything! It helps me so much.

    January 3, 2018 at 2:14 pm
    • Reply nicoledarosa

      That’s the secret for success for me! Have a great new year 🙂

      January 4, 2018 at 9:26 am
  • Reply Alyssa Veech

    Great post! Need to remember to set attainable resolutions..sometimes I get a little ahead of myself!

    January 4, 2018 at 11:33 am
    • Reply nicoledarosa

      haha I know exactly what you’re talking about. We want too much too soon!

      January 4, 2018 at 6:11 pm
  • Reply Shelby

    I’m all about the plan.. a detailed plan!

    January 4, 2018 at 1:47 pm
    • Reply nicoledarosa

      you got it! that’s the key!

      January 4, 2018 at 6:12 pm
  • Reply Tami

    Happy New Year! I honestly loved your post on the 10 best things about being an introvert. 🙂 Congrats on all your growth in 2017 and I hope 2018 is even better for you!

    January 4, 2018 at 3:23 pm
    • Reply nicoledarosa

      Thank you so much! That was a favorite of mine as well 🙂

      January 4, 2018 at 6:11 pm
  • Reply Deborah

    Yes – time to get serious and really – go and get it. Somehow this year has inspired me like no other… maybe it’s the posts I’ve been reading! Thanks for a great post. Keep them coming 🙂

    January 4, 2018 at 8:47 pm
    • Reply nicoledarosa

      I’m feeling very inspired too! Thanks for stopping by 🙂

      January 5, 2018 at 10:13 am
  • Reply Leolynn

    Just what I needed. Thank you!

    January 5, 2018 at 3:53 am
    • Reply nicoledarosa

      Awesome! Glad you liked it 🙂

      January 5, 2018 at 10:13 am
  • Reply Sami

    I need to know your SEO ways. I am so glad for your growth personally and professionally!

    January 5, 2018 at 9:55 am
  • Reply Susana

    Hi, Nicole.

    First of all, I want to greet you a Happy New Year! This article of yours is so inspirational. Your avid readers really witnessed both your blog’s growth and yours too. Continue to shine, continue to be you! Thank you for the resolution journal.

    January 5, 2018 at 10:23 am
    • Reply nicoledarosa

      Thank you so much! I appreciate the kind words. Enjoy the journal 🙂

      January 7, 2018 at 2:28 pm
  • Reply Olivia

    This is such a great post! I love how you reflected back on your successes for the year. It’s inspiring to see how far you’ve come, and that you have created such a great resource for others to plan their goals!

    January 7, 2018 at 7:21 pm
    • Reply nicoledarosa

      Thank you so much! I am very happy about 2017 and even more excited about 2018 🙂

      January 8, 2018 at 9:31 am
  • Reply Adrianna Rivera

    Great post! Thanks for sharing.

    January 10, 2018 at 5:23 pm
    • Reply nicoledarosa

      thanks for stopping by!

      January 10, 2018 at 5:51 pm

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