2016 Reflections/2017 Resolutions || Blogmas Day 29

Man, could it already be the third of these posts I’m writing? (Also, as I’m writing this, I’m looking back on old posts, and I’m actually rather amazed by how much I’ve grown over the past two years. Like, why on earth would I want to have become a. ambidextrous, or b. a vegetarian?)

(and if you want to stalk, here they are. Don’t cringe too hard. 2015 2016)

Also, it’s my 2 year Blogiversary today! WOWWWW.

But anyways…..on to the recap of the year, since this post is going to be long enough already. 😛


Bloggy Stats

  • 130 total posts (90 written in 2016)
  • Views: 2792 (compared to 845 last year…WOW!)
  • Received visitors from 39 different countries
  • 50 followers! Thank you all!!

Random blog highlights of the year:

Most Read Posts


What’s in My Bullet Journal: December 2016 Edition + 17 Before 2017 || Bullet Journaling


Book Review: Ben Hur by Carol Wallace


What’s in My Bullet Journal: Overview Edition || Bullet Journaling

(I guess y’all like seeing my Bullet Journal posts, wow!)

2016 Resolutions:

  • Read through the entire New Testament- YES! Well, there’s less number of chapters in the New Testament than there are days in a year, so it wasn’t hard. But I still did it! Success.
  • Memorize 1 chapter of the Bible per month- uhhhhh. NO. Fail.
  • Witness to one person- *sigh* I had really wanted to, but this never actually came to fruitation. I’m sad. Fail.
  • Bless someone everyday- Um. I tried to everyday, but I’m not positive if I actually succeeded. I’m going to count it though. It would have been nice if I had been thinking about it a little more consciously. Success
  • Honor my parents more- I’ve tried to. As I’ve gotten older and more mature (hah!), the points where I disagree with them are diminishing, so thus our relationship has indeed gotten better. Does this really count? I’m not sure, but I’m counting it anyways. Success
  • Clear my conscience and maintain it as clear- oiiiii….no. I mean, I actually never did it. So no. Fail.
  • Get a job- I’ve babysat several times this year, and I’ve also started teaching piano. Success.
  • Keep my room clean- Weeeellllll….my room has been decently clean lately. At least, I don’t fall on my face when I wake up in the morning, so I guess that counts? Success.
  • Eat no more than 1 piece of candy per week- I *think* this one worked. I’m not sure. It’s about right, though. (Though I may or may not have made up for not eating candy by eating chocolate chips, oops). Success.
  • Learn how to sing all the verses of 50 songs (basically, one per week)- heh. heh…hehhhh….no. XD I have about a total of 14 songs that I chose, and about , what, 3 that I’ve learned? Fail.
  • Get better at taking and editing photos and do ‘Photo A Day’- I’ve definitely gotten better at editing pictures (though looking at some of the pictures that I’ve edited you’d laugh when I say that), but I didn’t do the Photo a Day thing. That was just….hah. So…I guess it counts? Maybe? Success.
  • Knit 10 skeins of yarn- eeh, no. I just don’t have enough time to knit that much. I probably knit more than I did last year, so that was a minor success. But it doesn’t count, anyways. Fail.
  • Drink more tea- I think so. I’ve liked making tea a lot more (who doesn’t want to be the sterotypical blogger who has 13675498 types of tea in their pantry?) and so I’ve drunk more tea. Success.

So…that’s 8/13….not *too* bad…right?

Highlights of 2016:

Um…what happened in 2016?

As I’m looking back over my records (hah, like I’m actually ORGANIZED enough to keep records), I feel like I haven’t really done much new this year that I didn’t do last year, but here are a few highlights that came through this year.

  • I turned SIXTEEN. SIXTEEN. What is life. (Feb…kinda)
  • Attending my first youth conference—it was AMAZING (Mar)
  • Somehow managing to take 2 AP tests and 3 SAT subject tests over 4 days and not dying—ITS AN ACCOMPLISHMENT YALL (May)
  • Visiting all my grandparents and extended family peoples and stuffs (May/June)
  • Attending a cake decorating class with my friend (July)
  • Going without a working computer for ONE MONTH. ONE WHOLE MONTH (July)
  • Attending physics camp (Aug)
  • The county fair and the state fair. Nuff said (Aug/Sep)
  • Start teaching piano lessons (Aug)
  • Start my JUNIOR year of high school, my FIFTH year of band, my FOURTH year of Science Olympiad, and my SECOND year as an AWANA leader (when did those numbers get SO BIG? I didn’t realize I was that old omgns) (Aug)
  • Starting Bullet Journalling (Sep)
  • Took the PSAT that actually counted, and didn’t fail…too badly (Oct)
  • Taking the SAT and the ACT on consecutive Saturdays, because I’m not stupid like that…OBVIOUSLY (Dec)
  • I hit 50 followers on the blog, on my second blogiversary. THANK YOU GUYS (Dec)

People who made 2016 what it was

2017 Resolutions:

  1. Do Bible Reading everyday
  2. Memorize 3 chapters of the Bible
  3. Pray more, and more specifically
  4. Clear the dishwasher every morning
  5. Don’t use more than 1000 hours of internet
  6. Read 150 books
  7. Write a total of 300 blogposts
  8. Comment 3x/day on other blogs
  9. Stay on track with family blog
  10. Post regularly on Instagram
  11. Do more art
  12. Don’t drink any carbonated drinks
  13. Exercise (at least 1 hour) intensively every week…maybe get into running?
  14. Drink more water



What’s in My Bullet Journal: December 2016 Edition + 17 Before 2017 || Bullet Journaling

Hey everyone! I’m here today…with another Bullet Journal post! I really really love making BuJo posts because taking pictures of BuJos are so cute!

In this post, I’m going to be sharing my December spreads as well as my 17 before 2017 goals (yes, I know I’m rather late on the 17 Before 2017 thing, but better late than never, right?!)

What's in my BuJo December 16.jpg

I don’t usually have very many spreads I do for a monthly overview or whatever, because I usually put all the stuff on daily spreads. However, I only have 5 pages left in my current BuJo, and I want to save my new one until 2017, so I’m having to make do with these 4 pages. I’m also likely going to have to go back and reutilize some of the pages with more blank space again as daily spreads.

I am anticipating, though, that I won’t have to use as many daily spread pages this month because of the holidays (and less homework!!) so I’m not *too* nervous about there being wayyyy too little pages.

But anyways…on to the pictures!

First up is my monthly spread. Unlike many bullet journalers, I don’t use my monthly spread very much, because, as I’ve said before, I tend to use the daily spreads more extensively.


So on my December spread, I have a calendar (obviously), my monthly goals, highlights of the month, and then a to-read list. I still have like 60 books I yet have to read this year (D:), so that’s why I have an entire column for that.

Next for my December spreads is my present planning spread.


This one is fairly straightforward: a column of people I have to give presents to, and then a column of what I have, a column of whether I’ll purchase or make their presents, and then a column for what I need to purchase in order to complete the present. Simple!

Next up are my New Years Resolutions. I didn’t start BuJoing until the start of the school year, so I don’t have a spread for my 2016 NYR’s, so I made one now, so that I can check to see how many I’ve done so far. (Hint: not many)


Finally, my 17 Before 2017 spread!

If you don’t know what 17 before 2017 is, it’s basically a thing where you set a list of 17 goals you want to complete before 2017! There have been 16 before 2016, 15 before 2015, stuff like that. I’m not sure who started this, but here is Kara (Boho Berry)’s post about her 17 before 2017 stuff.


Because I share all my goals on my blog, and I haven’t done my 17 before 2017 ones yet, here are my goals!

  1. Take, edit, and post all pictures of the day
  2. Meet my reading goal
  3. Finish Bible reading, journaling, and sermons
  4. Not miss a blogpost (go back and fill in posts that I haven’t finished)
  5. Catch up on my family blog
  6. Do a cool piece of art (I’m not an artist, so this is kinda big)
  7. Finish my gifts
  8. Take the SAT and ACT
  9. Redecorate my room
  10. Play Christmas music on my instrument
  11. Get 100 posts on Instagram (currently at 88)
  12. Redo the categories/tags on my blog (these are a mess, man)
  13. Hand letter a Christmas song (this does not count as the cool piece of art)
  14. Set up new Bullet Journal (the one for 2017)
  15. Spend times with friends
  16. Finish rocks and minerals binder (couldn’t be more excited)
  17. Finish getting ready for 2017!

So there you have it: my December spreads and my 17 before 2017 goals!

Do you have a bullet journal? Do you have a 17 before 2017 goal list? Are you excited for Christmas (because if you aren’t, I’ll come and find you and tickle you until you are) XD