2016; Did I Achieve All My Goals?

Every January I list myself a new set of goals for the rest of the year. It keeps me motivated, inspired, on track; and I genuinely love getting the chance to plan out my year in the hopes it will bring good things.

So at the beginning of 2016 I set myself a few goals in terms of life, relationships, my business and blogging. In fact you can read some of my blog goals here.

So how did I do?


Hit 15,000 followers on Twitter – Yes! Woohoo! I’m currently on over 17,000 and I’m so amazed at this everyday. It sounds silly probably, but I love seeing my audience grow, and knowing I’m connecting with people all over the world. So to hit this target and even go over it, is awesome.

Do more DIY posts – Sort of. I have definitely lacked on this one as much as I’d have liked, but not completely failed! I’m not beating myself up over it though, because I’ve been incredibly busy doing other creative things – so that’s okay!

Branching out – I wanted to try out more fashion, food, book based blog posts and I’m really happy with the progress I’ve made! I’ve even done more makeup looks and grown in confidence with them, yay!

Hit 4000 on Bloglovin – Nooooo! Sadly I’ve fell short of this one, mostly because I always forget to promote this platform. Oh well. Come follow me? Lol.

Put on a Girl Gang event – YESSS!! And it was amazing! I was so grateful for everyone who came and helped out, and it was definitely a highlight of 2016 for sure. There will definitely be another! Just let me sort my ‘secret project’ first, kay? Hehe.

Get healthier – Nooo! I totally failed! I started so, so well. Weight wise I lost almost 2 stone, and I was so pleased. However it soon piled on again when my workload went a bit crazy. It made me realise that I don’t do well under pressure. If I’m stressed out and super busy, with lack of sleep too – you better believe I’m drinking that Coke and having a chocolate bar. It’s so bad, but there we have it. So for 2017 my aim will be to have a much more stable and less demanding schedule; because it’ll be so much easier to focus on my health then!


Highlights of 2016 –

  1. My Etsy shop reaching over 700 sales! (I hoped and dreamed of MAYBE reaching 600, but 700 OMG!)
  2. Expanding onto my own designed notebooks (Also on my Etsy!)
  3. Organising and hosting my very first event.
  4. Making some amazing new blog friends (and meeting old faves!)
  5. SUPER SECRET PROJECT – omg omg omg, I still can’t wait to tell you guys what I’m working on!
  6. Getting engaged!!! I feel like life is falling into place.
  7. Getting a house (technically not until April/May, but SO so exciting!)
  8. Reconnecting with old friends again.
  9. Starting a podcast with Gary.
  10. Feeling a lot more comfortable with who I am.


Let’s hope 2017 is even more magical!

How did you guys do with your own goals for 2016?



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  • Gemma

    What amazing achievements for 2016!! ? You should be really proud of yourself lovely, you deserve it lovely! I’m super excited for this super secret project. ?

    Gemma | http://www.anoceanglimmer.wordpress.com

  • I have to say your blog photos are amazing and watching them is pure pleasure <3
    Glad you've managed to reach so many goals and hope 2017 will be even better!

  • Sooooo happy to see that 2016 was a pretty good year to you! How awesome that your confidence is growing, too?! It sounds like you’re on a roll, girl. No slowing down or stopping now – I am confident that things are going to be even BETTER for you in 2017!! EEEeeee! So exciting! I hope I grow in the blogging world, too! 🙂

    xo E

  • Congrats on achieving so many great things in 2016 wishing 2017 will be even more successful for you


  • Caroline Malone

    Setting goals is amazing, and it’s such an incredible feeling when you complete them! I also think it’s quite good when it’s challenging though and you don’t meet them, it means you just work that little bit harder! Congratulations on hitting those milestones for social! xx


  • Soph Cullen

    I tried to be healthy this year too.. don’t think i even started that one hahah! xo


  • Your list of highlights for 2016 made me so happy, especially when this year has been dogged by a lot of disappointment, sadness and stress in lots of differents areas, so I loved seeing these here, and I know you’ll have an equally wonderful 2017. Getting healthy is high on my list as well, as I’ve not been treating myself the best so I need to get my act together in the new year. Thank you for all of the smiles and inspiration you’ve given me throughout the year Jemma! <3 All the best for 2017. – Tasha

  • Melina Pena

    I’m so happy that you have achieved so much this year! What goals do you have for 2017?? xxx

    – Melina

  • Your highlights and goal-reaching is so inspiring to me! I have so many troubles when it comes to sticking to my goals but you make them seem like they are possible. I have loved your blog for ages and you’re such a doll. Thanks for being awesome and I hope you have the best of new years!

    xo, Kimberly

  • Kate

    You absolute babe Jemma, go you for achieving so much =)

  • Pollypoptart

    Well done, sounds like you smashed so many of your goals! I haven’t even had a chance to reflect back on mine yet… hopefully I can before the year is over.
    Paula http://insertmyblognamehere.blogspot.com

  • Congrats on reaching your goals, the Etsy one is amazing! I’ve gone ever further than I imagined in my goals and im so happy. I’ve hit 3k on BL which I’m so surprised about.


  • Aww, Jemma!

    So lovely to read this post. I am proud of you. You’ve grown as a person this year and have had some fantastic achievements. Wish you all the best for 2017. See me before you leave the north, ok?

    Love, Lima X

  • You achived so much, I’m super proud to say that I’ve been reading your posts this past year and you have improve and made every little post so much fun to read. I wish you the best for 2017!


  • Ela

    Congratulations on your engagement! Your energy for 2017 is inspiring – I hope to have the same attitude!

  • Congrats on everything you achieved this year Jemma, you should be so proud of yourself! 🙂 I hope 2017 is going to be an amazing year for you, filled with lots of laughter and happy moments x


  • You had an absolutely amazing year Jemma! This year I found the Girl Gang community and I cannot thank you enough for that. Keep doing what you’re doing and you are gonna smash 2017!

    Lynnsay x

  • Welldone you! I need to go back and see if I reached my goals, some I know I definitely have! Heres to another amazing year! xx


  • Hayley Walker

    You’ve done so well this year with your goals… Better than me haha. Also, more fashion posts please, I love those.

    Hayley @ Tea Party Beauty

  • Sophie

    You’ve done so many great things this year its amazing, I wish for even more for you in the new year x

    Sophie’s Spot

  • This is amazing Jemma and you have achieved so much this year, really inspiring 🙂 All the best for 2017!! ? xxx G


  • You have done some amazing this this year! Wishing you the very best for the new years too xx

    Zoe Mountford x

  • The Girl Gang Event was so brilliant!! I really hope there’s something else like it next year and I get to go again!! xx
    Holly ∣ Closingwinter

  • You’ve achieved so many great things this year, well done! Your hard work never goes unnoticed. Wishing you all the best for 2017 – go smash it girl.

    Lottie Unlimited | Beauty, +SizeFashion and Lifestyle Blog

  • Love this post! Congratulations on such a fab year – you should be so proud of yourself as I am of you 🙂 Also, I wouldn’t worry about Bloglovin’ too much. Nobody seems to use it any more do they haha? I think my following has increased by like 200 on BL this year (LOLs). xx

    Jessie | allthingsbeautiful-x

  • Sounds like such an amazing year and congratulations on your engagement! Happy New Year xx

    Ciara Rose | http://www.ciara-rose.com | Bloglovin’

  • This is a great post and I’m so happy for you because you have achieved many things! Have a happy and prosperous 2017!


  • dude…WHAT’S THE SECRET PROJECT?!?!?!??!

  • Aisha

    Aww this is so lovely!! Your 2016 was amazing and I wish you all the best for your blog ans your life! You’re amazing Jemma and I’m so happy to know you and join this wonderful community! My blog has grown a lot thanks to The Girl Gang !! xx


  • Amy

    I’m so happy for you Jemma, especially on your engagement and the success of your Etsy shop! I finally joined the girl gang (I think? If it worked haha!) So I’m hoping to try and join in more with everything. Have a wonderful new year! xx

  • Amy

    Congratulations on achieving your goals and getting engaged! I notice the same thing with weight and healthy eating, it’s so hard when working from home and there’s loads going on! Good luck for achieving all your goals in 2017 <3

    Amy – http://fourcatsplusus.co.uk

  • I’m so glad you achieved so many of your goals Jemma! I hope 2017 brings you even more success.
    – Emily from http://www.emilyunderworld.co.uk

  • Aww I’m so pleased for you Jemma, you did so well with all of your goals and it really feels like 2016 has been the year where everything has just fallen into place for you. Especially with the engagement, and house! All very exciting things to come in the future! I hope 2017 continues to be amazing for you. You deserve it. You’re such a star! x http://www.aimeeraindropwrites.co.uk x

  • Congratulatons Jemma! Sounds like you had an amazing 2016! You had a lot of goals to reach and you really did hit most of them. Hopefully 2017 will be just as fantastic! Can’t wait to hear what the secret project is 🙂

    Have a Happy New Year!


  • Congrats on reaching your goals! I didn’t really set any for 2016 but I’m really excited for the new year and have just posted my goals on the blog. I can’t wait to see how I did at the end of the year :)x

    Anu♡ | Based On | Bloglovin