Weekly Wishes #67 (Yearly Goals Check-In)


Hey there and welcome to Weekly Wishes, where I talk about the goals or challenges I want to achieve this week and also let you share your own through the link-up below. I’d love for you to join me and add a link to your own goal-oriented post! It’s a great way to make new friends from around the world and gain some motivation to achieve your weekly aspirations.

Happy Labor Day! For all you US peeps, I hope you’re enjoying the day off accordingly! I think the only national holiday I’ve taken off since starting my own business was Christmas of last year, so I decided to stop being a crazy person and take a chill pill today, too. :)

This weekend I went to the Natural History Museum in Los Angeles, which was super fun! They have large animal and dinosaur exhibits, plus they also had a special “butterfly pavilion” outside, with hundreds of butterflies swarming around. It was totally my jam. Here’s a picture of me taking a selfie with a butterfly because, duh. Today is the last day for the butterfly area, but later this month they’re turning it into a “spider pavilion.” I am pretty damn excited, even though it sounds a little creepy. ;) I also spent some time re-decorating my home office this weekend. It’s still in the baby stages, but I can’t wait to share photos when it doesn’t look like such a hot friggin’ mess.

Now, instead of sharing my weekly or monthly goals today, I wanted to check-in on my yearly goals. Autumn always feels like a new beginning to me, so it seems like as good a time as any to see how I’m doing on the goals I set in January, and adjust things as I see fit. Without further ado…

Yearly Goals I’ve Completed

  1. Go to a blogger conference. I went to two, actually! Alt Summit and Elevate.
  2. Volunteer with Bloggers Giving Back. Although this project has taken a back seat lately, we did have some successful events earlier this year and I got to meet a few local bloggers who I really adore and still keep in touch with! :)
  3. Create a foolproof flow and process for my business. Totally! I feel a lot more comfortable and proud of what I’ve created with my business.
  4. Launch a “secret project.” My print shop! This shop is almost like a hobby for me, so it doesn’t get enough love. But I do have some plans for how I’d like to spruce it up and “officially” reveal it — hopefully soon!
  5. Buy a new computer. Check!
  6. Come to terms with life in the US. haha yes! I must have written that goal when I was feeling especially emo about moving back to California earlier this year. Heh. I keep meaning to write a post about what it’s been like to move back to the US after living in Japan. Cliffnotes version: it’s weird, and then it’s not (but it still kind of is).
  7. Work on ideas for a book. Alt Summit is what really got me motivated to re-consider this goal. I’ve written down some ideas, but haven’t made much progress on following through. I did, however, start writing an e-book, but I don’t really count that in the same way.

Yearly Goals I Have Not Yet Completed

  1. Possibly start other blogs. This one is still up in the air and probably will be for awhile. I did, however, start a new Instagram, which may be a precursor to a blog that could one day exist. ;)
  2. Double my blogging income. Yes and no! I do earn more from my blog now than I did in January, but I also pretty much removed all sidebar ad sponsorships (which lost me a lot of blogging income) and have put more of a focus on earning income from my graphic design studio this year. In 2015, I’d like to try shifting things a bit more, so that more of my income comes from blogging, rather than design. It’s tough!
  3. Get creative with the #CreativeCollectiveOh man, I have not been doing too hot with this! I really enjoyed it at first, but then it turned into one of those things that felt more like an obligation and less like fun, uninhibited creativity. I’m planning to bring it back though, so stay tuned for details on what that will look like!
  4. Make at least $50,000 before taxes. Not yet, but I should definitely be able to complete this before the end of the year! Woo! I was thinking today about how it’s kind of wild that all of my income is from something I created. Feeling entirely self-sufficient is so, so liberating.
  5. Take Monja to obedience and agility classes until he reaches the highest level. We ended up not going anymore because after we moved in February, the classes were too far away. I should try to find one near my house! Watching Monja do agility is really the cutest thing ever.
  6. Read at least ten books. I actually thought I’d completed this, but it looks like I’ve only read six! You can check out my thoughts on the books I read here and here (hint: they’re good!!).
  7. Travel to three states I’ve never been to. I traveled to Miami (been there before) and Utah (first time) and will hopefully make it to one more state before the years ends!
  8. Start taking self-defense classes. Nope! But lately I’ve been re-considering this. It’s hard for me to work out consistently because I find it really boring, but I think I could get into some sort of martial arts. Anyone have suggestions?
  9. Try yoga. Not yet!
  10. Go skydiving. Not yet, but hopefully before the end of the year. :)

New Goals for the Rest of 2014

  1. Revamp my print shop. Like I said, this has pretty much just been a little hobby of mine, but I’d like to put together a real collection of prints, take stellar product photos, and get the word out!
  2. Finish and market at least one e-book. I’ve been working on one off and on and would love to have it finished in the next month or two.
  3. Buy a new DSLR. I’d really love to buy a new camera so that I can take better photos for this blog. Hopefully soon!

Phew! I’m sure there are more goals I could think of, but this seems like enough for today. :) What are your goals for the rest of the year? Month? Week? Share ‘em with me, y’all!


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3. You can link up your posts on any day of the week, but the most common day to do so is Monday. :)

4. THE MOST IMPORTANT RULE OF ALL! You MUST visit the person’s blog who linked up directly before you and leave them a motivating comment.This is such an important part of this linkup! We are each here to encourage each other and build a community of determined women and friends. If you join our community, please share some love — that’s all I ask. :)

p.s. Have you taken the 2014 Reader Survey yet? I’d love to hear your perspective!

The Struggle Is Real: Thoughts On Running a Personal Blog

Since yesterday’s Reader Survey, I have been riveted (is that the right word? Whatever, I’m usin’ it!) by all of your responses! I wasn’t quite sure what to expect, and a teeny tiny part of me was scared that I’d get an outpour of cruel, anonymous feedback, because, you know, #TheInternet. But actually your feedback so far has been really loving, supportive, and constructive. If you all weren’t totally rocking my world before, then I’m pretty head over heels right meow. If you haven’t taken the survey yet, then follow me right this way. It’ll be open for about a week!

I’m planning to share all the results next month, but for now, one thing that a few people mentioned is that, for a “personal blog,” The Nectar Collective isn’t all that personal. Zing! Actually, not really, since that’s totally true! Let me essplain. I’ll be honest with you, sharing my personal life on this blog is something I’ve struggled with since the very beginning because I never really wanted The Nectar Collective to be a blog about my life. I do want TNC to be a relatable, useful, and inviting community, but I don’t want the posts here to center around my day-to-day.

One day, I’d love for TNC to be the kind of blog that doesn’t quite feel like a blog. The kind with (paid!) contributors, multiple (kickass!) posts per day, and a big ol’ community of thoughtful people who start their day with a cup o’ joe and The Nectar Collective. A girl can dream, can’t she? On that same stroke, I don’t ever want TNC to feel soul-less or corporate. I hope that whatever it is or becomes, it will always feel more like letters from a friend than an email from your boss.

So I guess what I’m getting at is that I will aim to infuse TNC with more of my (and Monja’s!) personal life, but also want to share with you that TNC probably won’t ever be completely about my lifestyle. Hopefully we can find a middle ground that we both enjoy, ya dig? Do you have any suggestions for how I could incorporate more of my personal life into this blog in a way that might feel good for us both? Currently, I do monthly check-ins and share about my week during Weekly Wishes each Monday. If you’ve got any tips for other ways I could make TNC more personal, I’d love to hear them. :)

One way that I’ve tried inserting more of “me” into my blog is by adding occasional style posts. I think style is very personal, and I enjoy the creative process that goes into everything from picking a photoshoot location to what color lipstick I should wear. I’m hoping to buy a new camera soon (any suggestions?) and really want to style some quirky + fun photoshoots.

I think today’s outfit is pretty indicative of my typical style. I tend to go for jeans, simple tops, and something colorful or kind of funky to add a little “flair” (that word always reminds me of Office Space) to my attire. The shirt I’m wearing is actually made for yoga, so the material is soft and the back is super cute + unique! Seriously, work-out clothes that double as regular clothes? I’m sold. You can peep all the outfit details below!

Outfit Details:

Shirt: (c/o Yoga Outlet)…they’re having a big sale right now, go check it out!

Purse: Target (here) | Sweater: Forever 21 (old) | Jeans: H&M | Shoes: Target (old) | Necklace: Forever 21

How would you describe your personal style?

p.s. The winner of the blog consultation giveaway is Jordan Powell! WOOOO! I’ll be in touch via email with the details! If you didn’t win, you can always book your own session. One of my recent consultation clients sent me an email saying, “Honestly, I told everyone about our wonderful conversation and I loved every minute of our chat!” I’m kind of loving these already. :)

TNC Reader Survey 2014

Hi friends! As mentioned earlier today, I’m sharing my annual reader survey with you all, which will take you 5-10 minutes to complete, but will help me immensely in planning the future of The Nectar Collective.

I love doing annual surveys because they give me a different perspective about this blog – your perspective. I’d be truly grateful if you took a few minutes to fill out your answers. Almost all of the questions are multiple choice, so it should be quick for you, but crazy useful for me. :D Also, I know I previously mentioned that survey participants would be entered into a little giveaway. However, I’ve decided to take the contest aspect out of this survey, because I’d really like to hear from the people who visit TNC whether or not there’s a giveaway involved. I hope you understand! :) Thank you in advance for your support! It means a whole lot. Have a great one, everybody! :)

p.s. I’ll be sharing the results in the next couple weeks! Should be interesting. :)

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