2017 Goals

January 2, 2017
2017 Goals Resolutions Lifestyle Blogger Love You More Too

Happy New Year, Love You More Too Readers.  Last year was an incredible year for me, so I am hoping 2017 will be another great year.  Today, bloggers across the world are sharing their goals for the year, so I thought I would join them.  Before I share my goals for 2017, I want to take a look back at my 2016 goals.  I shared a 6 month check-in in June, so I want to see how many more I crossed off the list since then.

2016 Goal check-in

5 Goals for Love You More Too for 2016

  1. Share new healthy recipes (or fun twists on old ones)- Yes! You can find them here. love you more too north dallas blogger plano lifestyle blogger foodie easy dinner recipe chicken bake broccoli brussels sprouts
  2. Make a detailed guide of some of my favorite local restaurants- No, but you can read reviews on many local places here.  
  3. Do at least 2 giveaways during the year- Yes! I hosted several on Instagram and on the blog.
  4. Create a following and remain engaged- Yes!
  5. Encourage Colton to guest post at least once a month- I MUSTACHE You was a monthly hit. However, between his job and photography, posting monthly has become too much.  It will now be more of a sporadic you more too north dallas blogger plano lifestyle blogger foodie fitness whiskey lover time and oak bittermilk old fashioned drinks sixfourteen photography i mustache you u

5 Fitness Goals for 2016

  1. Run a marathon before the end of the year- Unfortunately, my ankle injury prevented this, but I hope to run more this year.  
  2. Upgrade to 3 lbs weights in Barre- I use them more than half of the time and drop down to 2
  3. Do 25 pushups (off knees) without stopping- not quite there yet
  4. Workout at least 5/7 mornings each week- this was going strong at first, but dropped off toward the end of the year. 
  5. Try new workouts during the summer- I tried several new workouts this year 

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5 Food Goals for 2016

  1. Try new menu items at my favorite restaurants- I have (and tons of new restaurants)
  2. Meal prep on Sundays to stick with meal plans- Most Sundays I did!
  3. Cut back on sweets- make healthier options- at the beginning of the year I did, but I fell off this wagon…darn sweet tooth
  4. Drink at least 64 oz of water every day- Most days, yes!
  5. Visit all of these restaurants- No, I didn’t come close.

5 Life Goals for 2016

  1. Go some place I have never been- Yes! We visited Greece this year! love you more too north dallas blogger plano lifestyle blogger travel blogger Greece travel tips ATV 4wheeled
  2. Keep house clean- Meh, I could have been better about this
  3. Learn to use Colton’s camera and edit photos- Yes! However, he just got a new one, and now I have to relearn everything.
  4. Watch all AA nominated best pictures (there is only 8 this year, and we’ve seen 2) before the awards- Yes!!! I loved accomplishing this goal.
  5. Be more positive in difficult situations- Unfortunately, no. This is an area I need to work on for sure.

For 2017, I decided to cut back on the number of goals I set for myself.  Twenty goals is too many, so I am lowering the number.  Now, I can focus on just a few specific areas.

2017 Goals

3 Goals for Love You More Too for 2017

  1. Attend more DFA events this year
  2. Increase my monthly page views by at least 50%
  3. Grow my Instagram following to 6K.  You can help me with this and follow me if you aren’t already

3 Fitness Goals for 2017

  1. Run the Dallas half marathon in December
  2. Do 25 pushups without stopping, off my knees
  3. Workout at least 3 mornings a week (most weeks I will shoot for more, but I want to make it easier to obtain)

3 Life Goals for 2016

  1. Radiate positivity (with difficult situations at work and in all interactions with people) and practice gratitude
  2. Finish this list (my bucket list of 30 things to do before turning 30)
  3. Limit desserts to 4 times a week or less

What to expect from Love You More Too in 2017:

Stick around and check back often, so you can stay up to date.  Be sure to follow us on social media too!

What are you looking forward to in 2017? Leave me a comment below!

  • Amber January 2, 2017 at 7:18 am

    I’ve loved discovering your blog last year and can’t wait to see more in 2017! Especially the Trader Joes series 🙂

    Xoxo Amber

    • Jessica January 4, 2017 at 1:19 pm

      Thank you, Amber! I feel the same about yours.

  • Kim January 2, 2017 at 9:37 am

    Yes to the Trader Joe’s series! And I love the fitness goals – I may steal that push-up one!! Great jo!

    • Kim January 2, 2017 at 9:38 am


    • Jessica January 4, 2017 at 1:20 pm

      Steal away! 🙂 Thanks so much!

  • Kathryn | Fashionably Frank January 2, 2017 at 11:35 am

    I would’ve never thought to break these up into sections or categories – I love that! Thanks for sharing 🙂

    xo Kathryn

    • Jessica January 4, 2017 at 1:20 pm

      Thanks, Kathryn! Happy New Year!

  • Brittany January 2, 2017 at 1:23 pm

    Love that your goals build off of things you wanted to accomplish this past year! I hope you have an amazing 2017!

    • Jessica January 4, 2017 at 1:21 pm

      Thanks, Brittany!

  • Rebecca Hicks January 2, 2017 at 2:06 pm

    2017 sounds like it’s going to be AWESOME. I can’t wait to hear and read all about your travels. I’ve loved seeing your blog grow and I’m looking forward to what the future hold for it. <3

    • Jessica January 4, 2017 at 2:13 pm

      Thanks, Rebecca! Right back at you. It will be an adventurous year for sure!! 😉

  • dixya @food, pleasure, and health January 2, 2017 at 4:55 pm

    seems like 2017 will be an awesome year, esp in terms of travel! looking forward to all of it and hopefully meet you in person.

    • Jessica January 4, 2017 at 2:14 pm

      Yes! We need to make that happen very soon!

  • Angela @ Setting My Intention January 2, 2017 at 5:21 pm

    It sounds like you did great in 2016. I love how you made your goals more realistic for 2017. I make goals on a monthly basis, which are more habits that I’m trying to instill in my daily and weekly life. I chose a word for 2017 for the first time this year which will be fun to see how that affects my perspective. Wishing you all the best in 2017 Jessica!

    • Jessica January 5, 2017 at 8:57 pm

      It was a great year! I love that you do that. What a great idea!

  • Lexi January 2, 2017 at 5:36 pm

    I am so excited for your posts this year! I am starting to take working out more seriously, I’m using our wedding as motivation. I just signed up for a 5am workout class that starts tomorrow. I’m really nervous because I’m super out of shape but I’m excited to meet new people in this new town of mine. Here’s to an exciting 2017!

    • Jessica January 5, 2017 at 8:58 pm

      Thank you, Lexi! That is great motivation. You are going to have a killer year also!

  • Jocelyne January 2, 2017 at 6:00 pm

    Yay. I always wanted to travel to Greece and it’s in one of my goals for this upcoming year. I also have a goal to attend a Zumba class at least once a week. Cheers to a new year. -Jocelyne from

    • Jessica January 5, 2017 at 8:59 pm

      It is gorgeous. Totally worth the time and money for sure! Cheers to you and hope you enjoy Zumba!

  • Debbie Savage January 2, 2017 at 7:02 pm

    I love your goals! It is one of the most detailed and all inclusive post! You are an inspiration! Happy New Year to you! I am excited to see how your journey in 2017 plays out! Keep up the great work!
    xo Debbie |

    • Jessica January 5, 2017 at 8:59 pm

      Thank you, Debbie! I appreciate it! Happy New Year!

  • Tayler Morrell January 2, 2017 at 7:23 pm

    Where is there a Trader Joes in the area?!?!?! I live in Lewisville since July (transplanted from Utah). Also, I’d love to do the December half marathon! I think it would be a perfect paramount to getting back in shape after just giving birth!

    • Jessica January 5, 2017 at 9:03 pm

      There are several! I live in Plano, so there is one right down the street from me. There’s one in Southlake and the Plano one are probably the closest to you.

      I agree with you about the half! That’s the perfect way to do it!

  • shalama January 2, 2017 at 8:56 pm

    Cool look back at 2016 and your plans for 2017. I’m definitely going for a more confident bikini bodybuilding athlete. But also more time with family, active time with my sorority (AKA), consistency blogging, increasing social media engagement and followers.

    • Jessica January 5, 2017 at 9:04 pm

      Thanks so much, girl! You are seriously going to have a great year! i love following your body building on Insta!

  • Lane & Holly @ With Two Spoons January 2, 2017 at 8:58 pm

    Sounds like 2017 is going to be a fabulous year for you!

    • Jessica January 5, 2017 at 9:04 pm

      Thanks so much, ladies!

  • Brittany January 2, 2017 at 9:20 pm

    I love your “I Mustache You” Title! Good luck accomplishing all your goals this year!

    • Jessica January 5, 2017 at 9:05 pm

      Thank you! My husband is so creative.

  • Veronika January 3, 2017 at 3:57 am

    Happy New Year! I also set some goals for myself in all areas of my life and I’m curious to see how i stick to accomplishing them! It’s always great to look back on them at the beginning of new year 🙂

    • Jessica January 5, 2017 at 9:05 pm

      Yes! Looking back and reflecting on the year is one of the best parts!

  • Melissa January 3, 2017 at 7:13 am

    You have fantastic goals! Christmas and New Years in Australia sound amazing. It’s on my list of places to travel.

    • Jessica January 5, 2017 at 9:06 pm

      I can’t wait! It’ll be an experience for sure.

  • Belle January 3, 2017 at 8:33 am

    These are great goals! I’ve also wanted to go to Greece but with having 2 toddlers and paying for daycare, I am not sure when that’s going to be possible. Haha!

    Belle | One Awesome Momma

    • Jessica January 5, 2017 at 9:07 pm

      haha. Totally understand. Wait til they are older and treat yourself to a trip. It’s magical.

  • Mindy @ Just A One Girl Revolution January 3, 2017 at 9:05 am

    Wonderful goals! I just followed you on IG from @grmindyjean

    • Jessica January 5, 2017 at 9:08 pm

      Thanks, Mindy!! Happy New Year!!

  • Lexi January 3, 2017 at 9:17 am

    What an awesome post! Loving your goals and how much you completed. I definitely want to try new recipes and new workouts this year. <3

    • Jessica January 5, 2017 at 9:09 pm

      Thanks, Lexi! Those are great goals.

  • Sara Giboney January 3, 2017 at 10:14 am

    Thanks for sharing your goals for this year! I love this time of year. I love how everyone is so motivated to grow and accomplish new things!

    • Jessica January 5, 2017 at 9:09 pm

      Me too!! It’s such a fun and inspiring time of year!

  • Lauren January 3, 2017 at 10:18 am

    I think being more positive is a fantastic goal and I think they one that will give you the most payout! 🙂 Happy New Year!

    • Jessica January 5, 2017 at 9:10 pm

      I agree completely, Lauren!! Happy New Year. 🙂

  • Jolina January 3, 2017 at 11:50 am

    You accomplished so much last year! And Greece? That’s on our list THIS year 🙂 We cannot wait to go. Have an amazing 2017!

    • Jessica January 5, 2017 at 9:10 pm

      You will LOVE it! It’s gorgeous. Let me know if you need any tips. I did a whole series on it on the blog.

  • Valerie January 3, 2017 at 11:53 am

    I would love to copy your fitness goals, but I guess that means I’d have to do them myself right? Love your post!

    • Jessica January 5, 2017 at 9:11 pm

      Haha. You can totally do them!!

  • Rachel January 3, 2017 at 12:47 pm

    Great goals! Love the positivity one – that’s what I’m striving for too!

    • Jessica January 5, 2017 at 9:12 pm

      You will do great!

  • Kaitlyn January 3, 2017 at 3:32 pm

    I really like how you reviewed the goals you made for yourself last year, then talked about what your goals are for 2017. This is a powerful tool for your to be more personal and real to your readers. Way to go!


    • Jessica January 5, 2017 at 9:13 pm

      Thanks so much, Kaitlyn. I am all about transparency. Happy New Year!

  • Divya @ Eat. Teach. Blog. January 3, 2017 at 4:53 pm

    Your goals seem really realistic and attainable! I like them!
    I don’t have too many goals and I’m changing them up monthly to keep myself invested!

    • Jessica January 5, 2017 at 9:14 pm

      I love that! Monthly goals are the way to go, for sure.

  • Kimberly @ Berly's Kitchen January 3, 2017 at 6:35 pm

    I love your goals! You sound so organized and steadfast. Keep working on those pushups and the sweet tooth thing. You’ll get there! Best wishes. 🙂

    • Jessica January 5, 2017 at 9:14 pm

      The sweet tooth thing is proving to be the most difficult one. haha. Happy new year!

  • Sara January 3, 2017 at 6:45 pm

    Australia – wow!!! Love that!! That’s definitely a bucket list trip!!

    • Jessica January 5, 2017 at 9:15 pm

      Thanks! I am so excited. It is going to be hard to wait 12 months!

  • Jennifer Shull January 3, 2017 at 7:38 pm

    I am a HUGE believer in goals, not resolutions! I like how you divide them up into all aspects of your life. I definitely need to add more travel goals. Best of luck and Happy New Year fellow goal maker!

    • Jessica January 5, 2017 at 9:16 pm

      Me too! Thanks so much! Happy New Year!

  • Leah January 3, 2017 at 8:25 pm

    Looks like you have made some great goals for this year ahead of us! I hope you accomplish them all! It also seems that you did really well on your last years goals, too, so good job!

    • Jessica January 5, 2017 at 9:18 pm

      Thanks, Leah! It’s always good to reflect and make changes. 🙂 Happy new year!

  • Marlynn | UrbanBlissLife January 4, 2017 at 12:56 am

    You did a great job with your 2016 goals! And I am super stoked for your New Year trip – how exciting!! Here’s to a wonderful new year ahead! 🙂

    • Jessica January 5, 2017 at 9:18 pm

      Thank you! It should be an exciting year!

  • Bobbi | Bobbi's Kozy Kitchen January 4, 2017 at 5:34 pm

    Good for you for completing most of what you set out to in 2016! 2016 was a rough year for me, I am hoping 2017 will be MUCH better 🙂 I followed your IG to help you with that goal!!

    • Jessica January 5, 2017 at 9:19 pm

      Thank you Bobbi! I am so sorry your year was rough. I hope it goes up from here now! 2014 was a really challenging year for me. Fortunately, they have gotten better.

  • bianca nunez January 5, 2017 at 9:09 am

    I loved reading all your goals ! and it looks like it was a great year! and you almost made all your goals! and looks like you made some wonderful goals for the new year!

    • Jessica January 5, 2017 at 9:20 pm

      Thank you Bianca!!