Lauren Schroer
Graphic Designer

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Recap: My 2015 Goals

At the beginning of 2015, I made a blog post sharing some goals I wanted to accomplish in the year. Today I thought I’d follow-up on them and see how I did! To be honest, I forgot to keep track of what my goals were throughout the year but it’s interesting to look back on them how many I still managed to accomplish.

01: Get a job (or do more freelancing) in graphic design. 
I did both of these things! At the beginning of 2015 I lost my part-time job at Target Canada because they closed (RIP). However, this gave me a lot more time to focus on freelancing and working on my blog and I managed to do some freelance work for a few YouTubers, bloggers, and other content creators. In July I ended up getting a full-time job as a designer for an ad tech firm in Toronto and I still currently work there and have put freelancing on hold for the meantime.

02: Do something different with my hair.
In January I cut about 5-6 inches off of my hair, and since then I’ve only continued to cut it shorter! For someone who never does anything with my hair, this was a big deal for me but I’ve loved having shorter hair and haven’t regretted cutting it for a second.

03: Create a redesign for my blog.
A few of you might remember my old blog, Lipstick & Lacquer, which was where I was blogging in the beginning of 2015. In April, I launched my new blog (which you are now on) where I completely redesigned and rebranded myself. 

04: Travel to New York City.
This one unfortunately remains not checked off, but I will continue to put this on my goals list and I hope that one day soon it’ll happen.

05: Read 12 books.
I didn’t do a good job of keeping track of what I read in 2015, but I know for a fact that I didn’t read 12 books. I probably read around 4-5. I enjoy reading but I’m just awful at picking up a book and actually doing it!

06: Reorganize and declutter my makeup collection.
In 2015 I got a new desk for my makeup storage (the IKEA Alex Drawers + a Linnmon table top), and I’ve loved using it to store my makeup! I didn’t declutter as much as I would have liked to, so maybe that’s something I can tackle this year.

07: Clear out my wardrobe of clothing I no longer wear.
I’m pleased to say that I actually did this! I’m a hoarder of clothing. I become attached to items of clothing that I once loved or items that have good memories tied to them. After listening to about 1/3rd of The Life Changing Magic of Tidying Up, and after moving out of my parents’ place and leaving a ton of old clothes there, I did end up going through all of my clothing and getting rid of quite a lot of it. I hope to declutter even more this year or maybe even give capsule wardrobes a try.

08: Become more confident bare-faced.
This is still a work in progress for me. In 2015 I spent more time on my skincare and have seen some improvements, so hopefully this is something I will continue working on this year.

09: Scrapbook for the entire year.
I started a Project Life scrapbook in the beginning of 2015 and kept up with monthly spreads until May. In June when I went to Walt Disney World, I was so excited to scrapbook my trip but the task was too overwhelming and I kept putting it off. So unfortunately my scrapbook remains unfinished. I would really like to finish it though because 2015 was such a great year for me! I might attempt a more simple scrapbook or photo album to document 2016 as well.

10: Take more photos.
I definitely took a ton of photos in 2015, but not as many with my DSLR as I would have liked to. I took plenty on my iPhone though!

11: Drink less Coke Zero and more water.
I am definitely still a little bit addicted to Coke Zero. I think I did drink more water though and it’s something I continue to try to do!

12: Keep up with a good skincare routine.
I spent a lot more time on my skincare and searching for products that work for me in 2015. I’m really pleased with my current skincare routine and have learned to enjoy doing it as part of my nighttime routine.

13: Wash my makeup brushes once a week.
What was I thinking with this goal? I wash my Beauty Blender daily but I should probably deep clean my brushes much more frequently.

14: Create a blogging schedule and stick to it.
In the first 6 months of the year I was really proud of how consistent my blogging was. However, once I got a full time job and moved in July my posts were definitely slacking and I’ve hardly posted in the past 6 months. I hope I can fall back in love with blogging this year and be more consistent!

I'll be back shortly sharing with you what my goals for 2016 are! 

Did you manage to accomplish your goals or resolutions in 2015?