My New Year’s Resolutions | Blog & Personal

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Blogger/Vlogger Resolutions

Connect with other bloggers and YouTubers
This is what I have struggled with most since starting my blog and YouTube channel – I am the absolute worst at reaching out to people. I think this is partly because I am so scared of rejection. But after a pep talk from fellow blogger Cathy at Poor Little It Girl and my boyfriend Nick I am going to get over my fear and just do it. In 2013 I want to connect and collaborate with other bloggers and hopefully make some blogger friends in NYC! I’ve actually already started working on this and have a few blogger coffee dates and collaborations coming up. Woohoo!

Redesign my blog and switch to WordPress
I really want to take my blog to the next level both professionally and functionally. Blogger has been great starting out but it does have its limitations. Luckily I have a boyfriend that likes to build websites in his free time so I’ve recruited Nick to redesign and transfer Katie’s Bliss to WordPress. It’s a time consuming process so it may take some months but in the new year I hope to see a redesign.

Upload consistently to my YouTube channel
Since moving to NYC I’ve definitely neglected my YouTube channel, mostly because of lack of time but partly by choice. In 2013 I want to start uploading regularly again – hopefully I can stick to uploading 1 video per week.

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Better manage my anxiety & find more ways to relax
The main way I deal with any situation that causes me anxiety is just by discussing it with Nick or my grandma. Venting is the best therapy for me. They are both extremely patient with me and supportive when I’m feeling anxious or stressed. I’ve come a very long way over the past 2-3 years (I was at my worst freshmen year of college) and for the most part my anxiety doesn’t give me too many problems anymore. But I’d be lying if I said graduating, getting a job and moving to NYC has been stress-free. In 2013 I hope to continue taking my yoga classes and possibly try out some other ways of managing my anxiety. I’ve been considering acupuncture or a weekly massage to help myself relax. I’ve also found that reading a book and drinking tea helps. If you have any tips for managing anxiety/stress I would love to hear them!

Stop the negativity
I am without a doubt my toughest critic. Whether it’s my appearance, my blog, my grades when I was in school, my career, my emotions – I am extremely hard on myself. I’ve come to recognize it’s an issue and in 2013 I want to work on building myself up, rather than beating myself down.

Finish decorating our apartment
Nick and I have been terrible procrastinators with getting our apartment in order. We’re planning on painting this month and working on decor – so hopefully it will all come together soon!

Continue to explore NYC & travel
Money is tight so I’m not talking any crazy jet set vacations here (although we are going on a family trip to Jamaica in June-can’t wait!) but I want to make it a priority to continue to explore NYC and possibly take some local day trips. Nick and I have yet to visit the Upper East Side, Lower East Side, the East Village and Brooklyn – so I want to make a point to walk around those neighborhoods. I also want to go to Central Park, the Bronx Zoo, Coney Island and the Museum of Natural History. Let me know any suggestions for places I have to see!

What are your New Year’s resolutions? Any advice for me?

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25 Responses to My New Year’s Resolutions | Blog & Personal

  1. Rachel says:

    Switching to WordPress is a great idea! I’ve used it from the start and there are so many professional advantages to it. Keep up the great work & I look forward to your posts in the new year!

  2. I like that you don’t have an extensive list of a bunch of goals, instead you picked a few key things to achieve this year (which I’m sure you will)!

    The Weekend Diary

  3. Amy says:

    Such a great list of goals for the year. I can’t wait to see more about your NYC exploring 🙂

    xo, Amy

  4. I think it’s great that you have set out all of the things that you want to accomplish this year. I have summed up my resolution this year to being fearless. I hope this year is amazing for you Katie!

  5. These are great resolutions both personal and blog related!!! Building relationships is definitely a struggle for me for the same reason! fear of rejection! hopefully I’ll overcome that in 2013!

    Happy New Year!
    xo Jackie

  6. huongie says:

    Great resolutions, Katie! I LOVE WordPress and I thought about switching to Blogger and have even tried it, but I keep staying with WordPress. I’ll be planning my blog’s redesign too (using templates needs to stop, haha)! I’m also with you on the relaxing, decorating apartment, and traveling aspects. Looks like we have a lot in common for the new year! 😉 Cheers to 2013! Xx

    Pink Carnations

  7. Rachel Lynne says:

    These are great goals! I love wordpress, you’ll love it too!

    Also, I deal with a lot of anxiety and my bf literally has to tell me to breath sometimes. It would be better if I could relax and take a deep breath so he doesn’t constantly have to remind me! Thanks for sharing!

  8. beingraquel says:

    Hi 🙂 I was touched by your disclosure about your anxiety and your negativity… I’d love to help!
    I’m a psychotherapist 🙂 just tweet me @BeingRaquel and I can give you my e-mail and share some advice 🙂
    Anxiety does have in impact on our lives on SO many levels!! I’m HERE if you want my help 🙂 xx Raquel

  9. Tiffany says:

    I totally feel like I should copy and paste your goals as my own…except for the you tube channel and Chicago instead of NY! Good to know I’m know the only one who battles with the self-criticism, stress, and need to fit in relaxation! Can’t wait to see it all progress!


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  11. Elle Lush says:

    So positive! Good luck, and make sure you get to the Upper East side! A walk up Madison, maybe a stop in Barneys, some macarons at Lauduree, more food at Serafina on 79th and madison (order the tartufo d’alba foccaccia, if you like truffle oil then its to die for) and a quick breeze through the Guggenheim then walk down to the Central Park Zoo- perfection! Oh and don’t miss E.A.T. between 80th and 81st , the cutest little shop with unique gifts and baubles… Have fun 😉

  12. Rory says:

    Katie–these resolutions are awesome!!! It’s so brave of you to post these on your blog. It will make you more set on your goals now that they’re posted here! That’s what I’ve found, anyway. Also, I want to hear about your blogger dates! Make sure to post about them on the blogg! 🙂
    Happy New Year!
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  13. I too have been wanting to switch to workpress, but I am not that good with the website stuff. I think Ill just have to have someone build it for me when I have more money. BUt you have some good resolutions out there! best advice is don’t push yourself toooo hard and stay positive, take breaks from projects when you need it!

  14. Happy New Year! May this year be filled with many blessings for you and your blog. Great post and wonderful new year resolutions.

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  15. Love all of your resolutions…I def am going to steal a few for my own 2013!

    Cathy, your Poor Little It Girl

  16. Liz says:

    good luck with achieving all your goals, especially meeting other bloggers 🙂

  17. B. says:

    Katie, as an idea for being a “tourist” in NYC, you should take the 7 train to Flushing in Queens. It’s the new chinatown and kind of like taking a mini trip to China. You guys should go there and get dimsum for brunch one day or go to one of the mini malls and wander around.

  18. Emily Finta says:

    Good luck with your resolutions! I’ve been wanting to meet/collaborate with other bloggers as well! I really want to live or at least visit New York this year once I graduate college! If I do I would love to meet you! 🙂

  19. Happy 2013! It looks like you have a very nice balance of resolutions, which should make for a fulfilling year. I’m excited to get back into blogging this year, and look forward to reading your adventures!

  20. Lexi says:

    I may have to borrow some of these resolutions! Happy happy new year! (And you will LOVE wordpress.)
    xx Lexi, Glitter, Inc.

  21. john meh says:

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  22. Bart Baggett says:

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