One Year Blogiversary & Goals for Year Two!

Hello sunshines!

I can't believe I've officially been a life + style blogger for a year! Thank you ALL for the amazing love & support that you’ve shown me! I am truly grateful and thankful for each and every one of my blog readers, subscribers, and Instagram followers. I started day one last year 6/23/16 with zero followers and I am so proud of where I am today! And I couldn’t have done it without all of you! SO, today on the blog, I thought I would share my goals for this next year at the girl & her threads!

LOFT dress
LOFT dress

Goal #1 - Be more consistent with my blog posts
This first year of blogging, I’ve really only wrote new posts when I had time. With working full time and getting my MBA part time, it has been very easy for the blog to be an afterthought. This year, I want to dedicate more time to the blog and want to set a schedule so that I’ll be more consistent on when I post. I started this blog so that I could share style tips and travel guides with you all, and I’m going to be doing more of that this year!

Goal #2 - Focus on photography
Since my boyfriend (aka Mr. Photographer / Mr. P) takes my pictures and we don’t own a DSLR camera...or any camera for that matter, we invested in Ztylus Z-Prime lens for my iPhone 6S plus. This set comes with two lens, one super wide-angle and one telephoto lens. Mr. P and I have been experimenting with both lens and practicing our (well, his :)) photography skills. Not only are we trying to take better, higher quality pictures, I’m also researching photo editor software and will be learning to edit my own pictures. Let me know if you see a difference! Also I want to note that to use the Ztylus lens, you also must use their specific phone case that comes with the set!

Goal #3 - Collaborate with bloggers and attend more networking events
I have met an amazing group of bloggers here in Chicago via Chicagogrammers. I want to set more time aside to attend blogger and networking events. These ladies & gents are all so amazing and I have so much to learn from them. I’m hoping to incorporate more collaborations with the bloggers that I have met, and will meet, on the girl & her threads! Maybe it’s sharing style and beauty tips, or even DIY project ideas! Stay tuned!

Goal #4 - Pre-plan my Instagram feed
I’ve been pretty good about sticking to my Instagram posting schedule of Monday, Tuesday, Thursday, Saturday….but sometimes when I’m not prepared to post (i.e. picture edited, caption ready, hashtag ready etc), then I won’t post on the scheduled day. I would like to start using a planning app such as Planoly or Mosaico. That way I can see how my picture fit in with the overall aesthetic of my feed AND I can pre-plan and prepare ahead of schedule. This also means that Mr. P and I need to take more pictures so that I have a stockpile of photos. This doesn’t mean I won’t take outfit pics on the fly! But it just better prepares me for the week(s) ahead! :)

Goal #5 - Expand blog content
I started the blog with a focus on style, but have expanded it to include Travel posts since Mr. P and I travel a lot. I want to also blog about beauty and DIY projects. I'm currently subscribed to a few subscription boxes such as FabFitFun, which is a seasonal box that includes beauty products, wellness finds, fashion items, and jewelry! I absolutely love this box and plan on doing a reveal video every season once I receive my boxes!

LOFT dress

Outfit Details
Off the shoulder dress: LOFT (sold out, similar here from J.Crew - on sale for $168.00) // Bag: Michael Kors (sold out, similar pink crossbodys from Michael Kors in the Jet Set Travel Large East/West - $148.00 and in the Daniela - $198.00) // Heels: Christian Louboutin "Pigalle Follies" Pointy Toe pump

Thanks for reading about my goals for year two! What are some of your goals? Whether it's for your blog, your health, your career?

Xoxo,

M