2017 Goals & Challenges

Random Quote of the Day: “Of those who say nothing, few are silent.” – Thomas Neill

Hello sunshines! 🔆 Happy First Day of 2017! I thought I’d start this year off right with my 2017 Goals & Challenges, just to make it look like I actually have something to do with my life have something to look forward to at the end of the year!

Image result for purple arrow Reach 600 WordPress followers! I am currently at 439 WP followers — 1,159 if you are taking into consideration my Twitter followers.

Image result for purple arrow Blog at-least 3-4 times a week! I did exceptionally well last year with this goal set at 2-3 times a week (except those few weeks where school got in the way), so I wanted to increase it a little bit.

Image result for purple arrow Keep my blog clean & organized. Last year, I would get behind and forget to categorize my posts. I already fixed this so it wouldn’t be a hassle, but we all know once the year proceeds, sometimes we get lazy (or is it just me?).

Image result for purple arrow Comment more! This is always a goal of mine, and because of this I will be taking part in the seasonal 2017 Commenting Challenge hosted by . I was too late in signing up for the January Challenge, but I will be signing up for February. Details here.

Image result for purple arrow Read 10 novels! (this is my GR Reading Goal) I know, 10 is such a small number and YOU can probably read 10 novels in a week/month. But, I found that setting my goals low and then gradually increasing the goal is the best way to not get discouraged. So, 10 is the golden number right now! 🙂

Image result for purple arrow Venture outside of my comfort zone. I want to read more classics and novels with diversity. This does include series, just because I was never a series fan unless I owned ALL the books in the series first — then I would read it. This will be represented later on with my Challenges!

Image result for purple arrow Complete the Read The Books You Buy Reading Challenge hosted by Kathryn @ The Book Date. I will be striving to read 41-60% of the books I buy, including those bought after July 2016. However, I am only listing novels that I’ve purchased (+ subscription boxes)– not those sent for review, won in a giveaway, or received at a book event. My progress will be documented using Goodreads; you can follow my progress HERE. Details here.

Image result for purple arrow Complete the 2017 Diverse Reads Book Challenge hosted by Mishma @ Chasing Faerytales & Shelly & Read.Sleep.Repeat. I am really excited to start this challenge, and if you are unaware of this Challenge, check it out HERE. You can follow my progress HERE.

Image result for purple arrow Get a job & my driving permit/license! I’m 16 and I still have yet to get both of those. My license will take a while, but as for a job & permit, I can get those mid-2017 (or will try to).

Image result for purple arrow Limit my spending (especially for books). I’m putting myself on restriction and ONLY buying books maybe every 2-3 months. This shall be interesting…

Image result for purple arrow Balance life, blogging, and reading. Once again, a constant goal of mine just because time management is a struggle. Next mid-year, I’ll be entering my Senior year of high school, so we’ll see how this goal goes xD

Image result for purple arrow Go to YALLWest 2017, The Bay Area Book Festival 2017, and many more book events! I’m really stoked that I already have events planned for January — a blogger & author speaking panel & a blogger & author brunch!

Image result for purple arrow Be completely vegetarian! Since July 2016, I was a pescatarian. But, I’ve decided that one of my 2017 resolutions is to go big or go home — no seafood!! This will be difficult for me, since I’ve found many meals that include fish, tuna, etc. So, again, we’ll see how this goes. RECIPES ARE ALWAYS WELCOMED!!!

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I tried to stay within reasonable grounds for my goals, so I listed 4-5 goals for each aspect of my life. 2017 should be interesting! 😁

What are your plans/goals for 2017? Do you have any vegetarian recipes? What challenges are you joining? Chat with me in the comments because your voice matters! 💬


Thanks for reading & I’ll see you next time…




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30 responses to “2017 Goals & Challenges

  1. storiesandspoons

    Ooo I really liked the layout of this post and the goals you set. I’m currently in the process of organizing my goal, farewell 2016, and fave books of 2016 posts. It got a bit messy and my laptop died so I did the next best thing and read! I’ll get back to it later though! I want to be more active on my blog this year and really make an effort with commenting and becoming more part of this awesome community. I’m not vegetarian but I do love some amazing vegetarian recipes. Pinterest is really good for ideas. I makes myself a bento box with veggies, cheese and things like rice paper rolls to eat during the day. I’ve just found a recipe for roasted chickpeas that look really good so I’m going to try them later!

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    • Wow, thank you so much!! I’m sure when the time comes you’ll have your post up — I can’t wait to read it! (oh, and yes, reading is ALWAYS the best thing)! 😉

      I wish you the very best with all those goals — I know you can achieve them! I would love to see more content from you just to add more to the community.

      As for vegetarian recipes, I’ve found a few via Pinterest, but I haven’t tried a bento box! I’ve seen them around, but I’ll definitely have to look into them.
      Thanks for stopping by & Happy New Year! ❤

      -Jess @jbelkbooks


  2. It’s cool to see that both of us are aiming to get our licence this year, I can only get my learners but its better than nothing !
    Balancing blogging, reading and school is really hard. I’m worried I’m going to unintentionally neglect my blog due to AS. Hopefully I’ll get a ridiculous amount of posts scheduled or at least planned for a while (probably not going to happen )
    Your Goodreads challenge is actually a really good idea ! I would do something like that but I can see myself not bothering to change it
    – Yasmin

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  3. These are really awesome goals!! I wish you all the best. I know you can do it!! ✊🏽

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  4. Glad you’ll be joining the Comment Challenge for February. We haven’t had anyone drop out for January, but I was totally on the look out for you. I need to limit my spending when it comes to books as well in 2017. They’re just so hard to resist! Good luck with getting your license and finding a job. Hope your 2017 is full of fantastic planned and unplanned occurrences!

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  5. storiesandspoons

    Aw thank you! It’s exciting to publish goals and achievements in a place where you can work on them with other people!
    You’re so sweet! It’s so fun working on posts to publish and reading everyone else’s!
    I’d definitely recommend bento boxes! They make it really easy to know what you’ve eaten and have to eat in a day! xx Maddie❤😊

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  6. My goodreads reading goal for this year is 7 books! I can probably read that many in one month. BUT I decided that I don’t want to stress myself with numbers this year, sooo I don’t plan on changing it! 🙂
    Good luck with all your resolutions!

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  7. I think it’s so great of you to set your reading goal to a small amount of books, the gradually increase it, it’s the best way not to get discouraged 🙂 Wishing you all the best for this new year, Jess, and I can’t wait to read all of your blog posts ❤

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  8. Awesome goals! Good luck for 2017! 🙂 Looking forward to your posts!

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  9. Loved your 2017 goals! Good luck and happy reading in 2017 🙂

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