Ringing in the New Year: 2015 Goals

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You’ve probably already heard a hundred other people say this, but I can’t believe it’s already 2015.  Most days, I feel like I’m still in college at the very least, so the idea that my graduation was last year is more than I’m fully able to comprehend.  But believe it or not, 2015 is here, and that means time for looking back over 2014, and planning for 2015.

Reflecting on 2014: She is Fierce

Before 2014, She is Fierce didn’t exist.  It wasn’t until April that I started this little space, and it’s worth mentioning that this blog has grown so much since then.  Over the last couple of months, I’ve started to work on updating old posts – editing spacing, enlarging photos, etc, but it’s still so easy to see the difference between then and now (and, I should add, I’m definitely still working on editing old posts).  I owe a lot of that to this amazing community that’s helped me learn the ins and outs and, if the fact that I’ve been blogging for over five years but am still learning isn’t proof that you never get perfect at this thing, then nothing is.

Aside from starting this blog though, 2014 has meant a lot of big things for She is Fierce.  There was a rebrand over the summer, going from Chasing Extraordinary to She is Fierce, a name which I think suits both me and this space so much more. I’ve started a monthly feminist link-up with Kelly from The Lady Errant, and I’ve jumped into offering blog sponsorships.  I’ve started building a (small) community around this space, and have loved the conversations I’ve been able to have with all of you.

More than anything though, I’ve worked really hard on finding out what I want this space to be, figuring out the types of posts I enjoy writing the most.  I’m still growing (and I don’t think I’ll ever stop), but what I’ve figured out so far is that my favorite posts are the ones about blogging, feminism, and anything else I feel strongly about.

Reflecting on 2014: Life

As much as 2014 was a big year for She is Fierce, it was a big year in my life outside of blogging as well.  In May, I graduated from college with my degree in Communications and Journalism (and made my first student loan payments), and started taking classes towards my Paralegal License, which I’ll be finished up with in a couple months.  I attended my first writer’s conference, Boldface (and loved it).  I left my job as a waitress and started my first “real world” job, which I then left a couple months later for a full-time job at a firm in the city.

This past year meant a lot of growing up in my life, and it’s something I’m still getting used to most days, so here’s to even more growth in 2015!

Favorites from 2014

If I Had a Daughter

Finding Honesty in Blogging

What Depression Means to Me

On Still Needing Feminism in 2014

Words Can Hurt Me

How College Made Me a Better Person

On Being an Introvert: Why I Struggle With My Personality

Why “I Don’t Want Kids” is Not Your Cue to Say “Yes You Do”

My Feminist Role Models

Why Debate is a Necessary Part of Our Society

A Discussion of the CIA Report and Finding the Moral High Ground

On Struggling to Understand: A Discussion of Michael Brown and Eric Garner

2015 Goals

Learn a New Craft I’m not 100 percent sure which one yet – I’ve been considering weaving, but I’d also really love to learn to knit or quilt.

Read 20 Books I think this is completely doable, but with full-time work, freelance writing, school, and blogging, I end up forgetting about just relaxing with a good book a lot of the time. I know it’s just not realistic to make reading a priority in my current life, but it is something I’d like to dedicate more time to in 2015.

Start an Etsy Shop I mentioned a couple of months ago that I really want to open an Etsy shop for my photography and crochet crafts. It’s something I’ve wanted to do for a while now, and almost jumped into way too soon a couple of months ago. This year, I want to put the time and effort into getting this thing started.

Yoga I’m not going to make any type of concrete goal here because if I’m being honest, it just won’t happen. But I do want to get involved in consistent yoga practice in some form this year.

  • http://www.gorjaeous.com/ Jae

    I love reading other people’s goals, and see what has panned out at the end of the year. I wish you the best of luck in achieving these goals, Kiersten! I’m glad I found you and your blog in 2014. :)

    • http://www.sheisfierce.org/ Kiersten McMonagle

      I know – they’re such fun posts to write and read!

      And thanks so much, Jae!

  • http://www.rhymeandribbons.com/ Amanda @ Rhyme & Ribbons

    I think your blog has growth is really amazing! You should be proud! I can’t wait to see what 2015 will bring to this space! x

    • http://www.sheisfierce.org/ Kiersten McMonagle

      Aww, thanks so much Amanda! That means a lot :)

  • http://www.greenandturquoise.com/ Andrea @GreenandTurquoise

    Some lovely plans, I’d like to start a home yoga practice too! Happy New Year :)

    Green and Turquoise

    • http://www.sheisfierce.org/ Kiersten McMonagle

      Thanks, Andrea! Good luck with your home yoga practice :)

  • http://www.thesnugblog.com/ Abigail

    Great goals! I think 20 books a year is a good, achievable number!

    Looking forward to following you along in 2015 :)
    x

    • http://www.sheisfierce.org/ Kiersten McMonagle

      I think so too! It’s not a huge amount, but it’s definitely more than I read in 2014.

  • http://nomad-notebook.blogspot.co.uk/ Lizzy

    Happy new year Kiersten! You’ve achieved so much this year! So glad I stumbled across your blog late this year, I have enjoyed reading your posts ever since.

    Lizzy from Nomad Notebook

    • http://www.sheisfierce.org/ Kiersten McMonagle

      Thanks Lizzy! And happy belated new year to you! I’m really glad you’ve stuck around and enjoyed what you’re finding here :)

  • http://www.sweetcatastropheblog.blogspot.com/ Diane

    What an amazing year you had. It’s always great to take the time to reflect, writing everything down always helps me remember what an amazing year I’ve had, especially when I forget! Super excited to see your book choices and everything else your space has to bring!

    Diane ~ Sweet Catastrophe Blog
    sweetcatastropheblog.blogspot.com

    • http://www.sheisfierce.org/ Kiersten McMonagle

      Thanks, Diane!

  • Aly Bubbles

    Hi Kiersten! Your blog has definitely come a long way since April. Have you checked out http://craftsy.com for learning a new craft? I think you’ll like it! Also, what books are you planning to read?

    http://welcometoalysworld.co.nr

    • http://www.sheisfierce.org/ Kiersten McMonagle

      Thanks, Aly! I actually had never heard of craftsy.com – I’ll definitely be heading over there to check it out ASAP! Thanks so much for sharing it!!!

      I haven’t actually decided yet. Right now I’m working on The Interestings. I bought it a while back and had trouble getting into it, but I’m starting to really enjoy it now! I also would like to read The Raw Shark Texts, which is another one I bought a while back and just can’t seem to get into! Beyond that though, I think I’m going to leave it open just because I know when I plan books to read, those are never the books I actually read. hahah Do you have any good recommendations?

  • http://clayxmatthewsxfan89.blogspot.com/ Jessica Marie

    Sounds like you had a wonderful year! Best of luck with everything in 2015. :)

    • http://www.sheisfierce.org/ Kiersten McMonagle

      Thanks, Jessica! Same to you :)