Last year, my creative business mentor, Lisa Jacobs of Marketing Creativity, wrote a blog post about her “16 Before 2016” Challenge. Inspired by the idea of tackling unfinished business and finishing my year strong, I embarked on my very own 16 Before 2016 around the same time.
While I didn’t accomplish everything on my list last year, I still felt a great sense of accomplishment. Taking care of projects that had been looming all year set me off on the right foot when the beginning of 2016 rolled around.
This year, I’m excited to take on the challenge once again; to create my own 17 Before 2017 list, and to do my very best to finish 2016 just as strongly as last year.
17 BEFORE 2017 – FINISH YOUR YEAR STRONG!
While coming up with ideas for my 17 Before 2017 list, I considered a few things:
- What projects have I been procrastinating on this year?
- What areas of my life do I want/need to improve?
- What would make me feel like 2016 was an absolute success?
(Check out Lisa’s thought-provoking prompts right here)
Here’s my list and the reasoning behind each project I decided to include this year:
1. HIRE MY FIRST LOCAL EMPLOYEE
With Boho Berry Paperie taking off in a HUGE way when it opened back in May, I knew that I would (very soon) need to hire a local employee to help me with production. Hiring an employee is something that I’ve been putting off for a little while now, but it’s getting to the point where I definitely will be needing some help soon.
2. DEVELOP A LINE OF STATIONERY FOR THE SHOP
My vision for Boho Berry Paperie from the very beginning was to not only sell cute planner stickers but to also create a full line of stationery for all of you paper and pen lovers out there. I’ve been working on some designs behind the scenes here and there, but I want to have them officially launched before the end of the year.
3. PLAN A LOCAL BULLET JOURNAL MEET-UP
Hosting a meet-up is a project that has been on my list for a long time! With my hectic schedule lately, I haven’t had a chance to pull something together. But I want to SO bad!
Are you in the Philadelphia area? Check out the Philadelphia Area Bullet Journalists group on Facebook and let’s get a meet-up started!
4. FULL BLOG RE-DESIGN
Another project that has been looming all year. I’ve begun to sketch out what I want Boho Berry to look like in the near future but haven’t had the time to give the re-design my full attention. My goal here is to fix some known navigation issues as well as making the site more user-friendly.
5. PROFESSIONAL PHOTO SHOOT
For the longest time, I have been dreaming of having professional headshots taken along with some fun brand photos for my blog and shop. Although I think I’ve done a pretty good job of DIYing my photos, I know that a more polished and professional look can go a long way.
6. ORGANIZE & RE-DECORATE MY OFFICE
My home office is where I spend the vast majority of my time during my working hours. Besides my adorable DIY desk makeover, I haven’t taken the time to make my office a fun and inviting place to work. I’ve been pinning ideas like a mad woman lately, and I even started a collection in my Bullet Journal to get my butt in gear!
7. CREATE AN EMAIL WELCOME SEQUENCE
When any new member joins the Boho Berry Tribe, they receive a handy little welcome email with information on how to access the Resource Library, the Tribe Facebook Group, as well as the current coupon code for my shop. Although this email is very helpful to new members, I’d like to expand it into a series. The idea here is that I’d continue to show up in their inbox (automatically) every few days to give them a little bit more info, useful tips, etc.
The ability to create a welcome sequence was one of the main reasons that I switched over to *ConvertKit as my email provider, so I’m excited to dive in and get this one done!
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8. GROW TRIBE TO 50K!
Speaking of email…
If I had to choose ONE thing that I am the proudest of over the past year, it’s the Boho Berry Tribe. What started out as “just my email list” has grown into a vibrant community of like-minded people looking to improve their lives through organization, personal development, and community support.
A large part of my personal mission statement is building a community of curious, courageous, and compassionate people.
The Boho Berry Tribe is now just over 28,000 strong. While I know that getting to 50K by the end of the year is a daunting goal, I’m going for it! Won’t you help my dream come true?
9. COMPLETE A WHOLE 60 CHALLENGE
Last year I embarked on my very first Whole30, and the benefits I gained from it were amazing! This year, I decided to push myself even further by going for a Whole60! I’m currently on day 19, and I’m feeling fantastic!
Time to get cracking on that #17before2017 list! First up? Completing a #Whole60 challenge! – Having done a couple of #Whole30 in the past, I didn’t feel the need to re-create my full planning spreads, but this is my attempt at planning out my meals and shopping for week one! Along with some helpful reminders, of course! 😉 – Starting tomorrow! I’ll be sharing progress and recipes over on my personal account @mrsbenz if you want to follow along 👍🏻 – #eatclean #whole30life #bohoberrytribe #bulletjournal #wearebujo #mealplan
10. JOIN A YOGA STUDIO
Joining a yoga studio is one that I had on my list last year that I just never got around to. While I love doing yoga at home (usually Yoga with Adriene), I’m still craving the experience of going to a studio and reaping the benefits of a guided classroom setting.
11. HIRE A PERSONAL TRAINER
Keeping with the health & fitness theme here, I’d really like to invest in a personal trainer. I’ve tried (and failed) to get back into a running routine several times over the past couple of years, and although I love the idea of becoming a runner again, I think what I need is some accountability. Having a personal trainer will help to fill that gap for me… I hope :)
12. RE-VAMP MY WARDROBE
I have a confession to make. I hate shopping!
Well, let me be clear… I hate shopping for clothes. I could shop for stationery and cute office supplies all day long, but something happens when I walk into a clothing store, and I just can’t get into a groove. There are so many options, and I never really know what I want, so I usually end up with something that I don’t end up wearing or nothing at all.
The result is that I have a closet FULL of clothes that I never wear and a select few outfits that I wear all of the time.
I’m thinking that a Capsule Wardrobe might be just what I need going forward.
13. PLAN A TRIP WITH MARK (somewhere hot & sunny!)
Since our honeymoon in Maui over three years ago, my husband Mark and I haven’t really taken any big trips together. Travel is something that we both have a huge passion for, so we decided to start planning an escape sometime in the beginning of next year.
As of right now, our short list includes Peru (Machu Pichu anyone?), The Maldives, and Bali.
14. CREATE A YOUTUBE CHANNEL TRAILER
Ever since I started my YouTube channel back in November of last year, I’ve wanted to create a channel trailer. You know, a short little video for new visitors to give them an idea of what my channel is all about.
I’ve already got this one scripted out; it’s just a matter of getting it filmed and edited.
15. RE-START & FINISH KONMARI
The KonMari Method is another project that I embarked on last year and never completed (do you see a theme here yet?).
I’m gearing up to dive back into getting my home and all of my possessions de-cluttered and organized at the beginning of October. There’s just something about a clean and organized home that allows for creativity to blossom in me, and I can’t wait to get there!
16. GROW MY HAIR OUT TO A CUTE PIXIE
Back in May, I did something a little crazy. I shaved my head. It was a spur-of-the-moment decision and one that I would gladly make again. I loved having a shaved head throughout the hot Summer months, but with the seasons changing here in the North Eastern US, I’ve found myself with a severe case of hair envy.
I’ve been letting my hair grow for the past month, and I’m happy to report that I’ve already achieved pixie status. I finally went and got it cut earlier this week, and I’m excited to continue the growth process over the next few months!
17. LEARN DSLR PHOTOGRAPHY
The last item on my 17 Before 2017 list is to learn DSLR photography. I’ve already signed up for a couple of courses on CreativeLive, and I’m excited to start improving my photography skills over the next couple of months.
How about you? Are you planning to do a 17 Before 2017? I’d love to see your lists, so tag them on Instagram or Facebook with #17Before2017 :)