Goals for 2017

Goals for 2017

New year’s resolutions were never really my thing. I always ended up giving up on them halfway through the year, or not doing them at all. This year I’ve begun to realize that goal setting is essential to achieving anything. How can you get to where you want to if you don’t even have a plan or an idea of what you want? These are some of my current goals I hope to accomplish in 2017.

Personal Goals
  • Apply to + get accepted into Master’s program: My original plan when I started university was to do my Master’s as soon as I finished undergrad, but I’ve decided to take a year off from school to do some internships.
  • Eat cleaner and healthier: I eat way too much junk food for my own good. I’m going to try to have less pizza and chocolate and eat more vegetables.
  • Learn how to swim: I’ve been saying that I’ll learn to swim forever, but this year I really want to try.
  • Learn how to speak basic Cantonese: I want to be able to speak to my grandparents.
  • Be more positive: I struggled with a lot of negative feelings last year, and I’m going to improve on that this year.
  • Read at least one book a month: I used to love reading as a kid, and I haven’t read a book for fun in ages. I’m the type of person who doesn’t put a book down once I’ve started reading it, so it’s hard to find the time.

Blog & Social Media Goals
  • Get better at photography: I definitely feel that I improved a lot on my photography skills last year, but I want to get better at shooting flat lays and I want to practice shooting in raw and manual.
  • Create more video content: I don’t consider myself YouTube material at all, but I want to come up with creative video content to go along with my blog.
  • 500 followers on Bloglovin
  • 10k followers on Instagram + 2 posts per day: I’ve been trying to post at least once a day, but my ultimate goal is to post twice a day.
  • 1k likes on Facebook

What are your goals for the new year? I hope you all have a safe and wonderful new year, and an amazing 2017!

Jessica Lam

Jessica Lam

22-year-old lifestyle blogger and social media addict. Follow me + keep updated with my latest posts on Bloglovin & Facebook.
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  • Sending good vibes your way love. All your goals sound amazing.

    • Thanks Rochelle, hope you’re having an amazing new year so far! xo

  • Those are great goals! I hope you’ll be able to reach them all!

    • Thanks Amelie, hope you’re having a lovely new year so far!

  • Wish you can accomplish all of your goals! For me, when it comes to personal, i really need to learn to swim, just like you..And yes, to increase my blog even more xox


    • Good luck with your goals this year Ivana! 🙂

  • Ali Rost

    I love your list of goals .. especially that there’s a balance. Learning to swim is right up there with growing your bog. Fun! 🙂

  • These are all great goals! Good luck with the MA…it was definitely a good idea taking time off, I so regret not doing it. Good luck with all your goals and happy new year!

    • Thanks Andreanne, I hope you have a happy new year as well! 🙂

  • I don’t really have any resolution but definitely to make 2017 better than 2K16 would be my first goal that I want to achieve. All the best Jessica. 🙂


  • Love hoe detailed these are! Good luck with your goals! What type of master’s program are you looking into?

    Rachel | The Confused Millennial

    • Thanks Rachel! I’m applying for a media program 🙂

  • Jasmin N

    These are all so wonderful goals! I hope you’ll achieve them all & you’ll have a great 2017 🙂

    ♥ Jasmin N
    Little Things With Jassy

  • Lauren Scorzafava

    These are great goals! Thanks so much for sharing!

    Lauren Elizabeth
    Petite in Pearls

  • Alexa

    Great goals! I am trying to make some blogging goals concrete. They definitely involve posting to social media more consistently and creating some products!

    • Thanks Alexa! Good luck with your goals 🙂

  • Mary La Fornara

    We have many of the same goals for both personal and Blogging. All the best in 2017. Happy new Year!

    • Thanks Mary, happy new year to you as well!

  • Good luck with all your goals for 2017! I’m hoping to better my photography, travel more and do more crafts.

    All the best for 2017! 🙂

    • Thank you! Good luck with your goals and have an awesome new year 🙂

  • Ash Neverson

    Love this!

  • Lifestylequeenbee

    Some of my 2017 goals are to read 24 books (2/month), grow the followers on my social media account & successfully launch my Virtual Assistant Services!

  • I think I need to add learning Cantonese for me too… My “basic” Cantonese aren’t cutting it! I was going to do a post similar to this for me too, heehee :3

  • I want to be more positive this year too, I’ve decided to start writing down at least one positive thing a day in hopes it’ll help me remember to stay positive about everything. Reading more is definitely on my goal list too!

    Catherine | Beauty by Catherine

    • That’s a really great idea, maybe I’ll try that too! Thanks for reading Catherine 🙂

  • Cydney

    What a great goal to learn another language. Eating better is on my list too! Have a fab New Years

  • Ah I second the flatlay goal! To make them look pretty, perfectly messy, and idealistic is so difficult and it’s so easy to get discouraged when it doesn’t turn out exactly how you want it! Best of luck for 2017 babe! I’m sure you can accomplish all of this and more!

    xx Heather | stormywheather.com

    • Haha exactly! Thanks Heather, hope you have a happy new year!

  • Ahh, reading this just gave me the motivation to finish writing my goals for 2017! Good luck in 2017, girl! You got this 🙂