What worked for me in 2017

I love a fresh start and can’t wait to see what 2018 brings. (Please let it all be good things!) Last year, I took a page out of Modern Mrs. Darcy‘s book and wrote about what worked for me in 2016. It’s nice to reflect back on the year and think about what worked and what didn’t, so I’m doing another post this year.

What worked for me in 2017

Last year, I took a page out of Modern Mrs. Darcy's book and wrote about what worked for me in 2016. It's nice to reflect back on the year and think about what worked and what didn't. Here's a look at what worked for me in 2017.

1. Trying new things

In 2017, I scratched some goals off my list. I finally used my passport and spent a couple of days in Canada. It’s amazing what a change of pace can do for the spirit.

The last few years I’ve made it a priority to see live performances, from concerts to plays and musicals. I love the energy of being in the room with talented people doing their thing. As a performer, I learn so much from seeing other performers at work, and attending live shows has, also, inspired me when it came to directing my first kids musical. Directing was an unexpected opportunity and it was one of my biggest achievements in 2017.

2. Upgrading my hair tools

I never knew it was possible to have so many bad hair days until I started growing out my pixie cut. While my hair has been longish for the last couple of years, I didn’t upgrade my hair tools for my longer length until last year. Thanks to Ulta Ultimate Rewards (see my 4 Ways to save money at ULTA Beauty ) I snagged a BabyBliss Pro hair dryer and an Instyler for pennies, and my hair has been much better for it.

3. Switching to a Happy Planner

I am a paper planner type of girl. Writing things down helps me better remember and gives me a great overview of my schedule. I used to be a fan of the Erin Condren LifePlanner, but those planners get rather pricey. For 2017, I decided to switch to a planner I found at Michael’s, and I like it just as much as the LifePlanner. (To get a peek at how I use my planner, check out How I bullet journal in my Happy Planner.)

4. Blogging less

You may have noticed that I do not post and comment as much as I used to. The days of 4-5 posts a week is long gone. As much as I love blogging and the little community I have found, I’m working on living my life away from my computer. Since I do not want to give up blogging, the best solution has been to blog less. Life is full of changing seasons, so there may come a time when I blog more, but for now, I’m happy posting 2-3 times a week.

5. Simplifying breakfast

Some people have a style uniform. I have a breakfast uniform. I rotate between three options: muffin, toaster waffles, and oatmeal. This is the only reason I can remember what I had for breakfast, and I love waking up in the morning and not having to think about what I should eat.  Usually, I opt for these GARDEN LITES Zucchini Chocolate Veggie Muffin, but since I’m cutting eggs out of my diet (see my results from this food intolerance test), I’ll have to find another muffin option.

6. Cleaning out my closet with Poshmark

I keep meaning to post about how amazing Poshmark is for cleaning out your closet, but I haven’t gotten around to writing a full post yet. The app makes selling super easy, and I don’t feel so guilty about getting rid of clothes I no longer wear when I’m turning those clothes into cash. Sign up with AKALEISTAR to get $5 off your 1st order.

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  1. I like this kind of post very much, because I think that reflecting on what is good and what has worked for us is very nice for the future, for evolving. I do the same, starting many years ago with a questionnaire I got from a blogger who doesn’t belong to my “little community”, like you said (and I loved!) anymore, but as I think no one crosses our path in vain, that was the present she left to me – the new year questionnaire 🙂 Some bloggers commented that they don’t do this, because they are a work in progress – and we clearly are – but I kid of like to answer as a form of diary – next year you can read your answers and be amazed with the answers! I liked that you went to Canada and I totally agree with blogging less – that’s why I do it just once a week! Loved the post! Hope you have a nice week!

  2. I’ve really enjoyed seeing your “what worked posts” you’ve done over the years. This one is fun too. Good to think about “upgrading” hair tools to match hair length. Makes so much sense. I’ve really enjoyed using Poshmark too, and agree about not wanting to think about what to have for breakfast.

  3. I love trying new things too, but 2017 was not a year for me to do new things. This year I made it one of my personal goals. I really want to go out of my comfort zone and experience new things. 🙂

  4. What a fun post! I may have to do one like this, because it was really fun to read and I always enjoy it on MMD too. I love my Happy Planner so far, so I’m going to go check out your bullet journal post too. I kept a bullet journal last year so I like the idea of combining the two.

  5. Great to use that passport!
    I agree with the blogging.. I am in awe of those who post every day.. I am more of a once or twice kinda girl.. I already spend far too much time in company of my computer.

  6. I love this! Although I’ve not blogged less in 2017 I did put less effort and time into it so I can live life a bit fuller. It’s been great!

    Corinne x

  7. These reflections are such a smart idea. In 2017 I tried to focus on meal planning, reading, and exercising. I managed to get a pretty good handle on the firs two, but what I did for exercising definitely did work or stick!
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  8. This is such a great way to look back at the year, it ends things on a positive note! So often we focus on the negative things that happened. Love this!

  9. I’ve found myself blogging MORE in the last year or so, but that’s mostly because I’m expanding on what I talk about, so it’s working so far. I think it’s great that you’re trying to focus less on blogging though since it seems to work well for you!

    I love seeing live shows, and I really want to go to more this year. I already have tickets for two in the next few months, so I’m excited.

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  10. Blogging less definitely worked for me too. As much as I love blogging and would like to do more of it to some extent, I also enjoy getting to take some of the pressure off my blogging.

  11. Oooo….I think I missed that bullet journal post. Thanks for sharing:) What worked for me for 2017 was, I think, the continuation of my 2016, which was the KonMari method for everything:)

  12. Some great reflections Ashley and I totally agree with #4. I too love my Happy Planner system the best. It totally worked for me kn 2017.

    Wishing you all good things in 2018 friend!

  13. I love the little community we all have too! Your blog is great! It’s nice you managed to find a balance between life and blogging though, I know it can over take and 4-5 posts a week is too much, I only manage 2-3 and it’s my full time job!

    Raindrops of Sapphire

  14. Loving this post, I never thought about writing about what worked for me in 2017, usually, I always think about what didn’t work for me. I’m happy you found your sweet spot in blogging, it’s so easy to set up the unrealistic expectation, but blogging is fun but can get overwhelming.

  15. It’s good to reflect on what was good and not so good about the year. Love this post on your positive achievements. I need to do more of this. Good luck with your goals this year!

  16. I like the idea of reflecting on what worked. That makes it so much more positive than looking at “failures”. I need to make a note in my Happy Planner (HP sisters, unite!) to format my 2018 reflection post like this!

    Any tips for Poshmark? I’ve downloaded the app and read some blogs of people who have had a lot of success, but I know my lazy self isn’t going to wrap items in tissue paper or anything time-consuming like that. I just need to declutter and make a little extra money! =)

    1. You don’t have to do anything fancy when you ship your package. I usually just sandwich the item in a sheet of tissue paper and include a brief thank you note, but not everybody does that. The main thing is accurately describing the condition of what you are selling 🙂

  17. This is a nice way to look back on the year! 🙂 It’s good you had so many positive points to 2017 too. Don’t feel bad about blogging less, life is all about balance and you have to find what works for you with blogging 🙂

    Hope that you are having a good week so far! I’ve returned to work this week which was a bit of a shock after a month off over Christmas, ha!
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  18. I love this list, Ashley!

    Tell me more about the “instyler”… I’ve never seen this tool before.
    Also, I wish I could love the Happy planner, but I am not a fan of the disc binding… womp.

  19. This is a great idea. I’ve been doing lots of self-reflection and goal-setting for 2018, but I haven’t really thought about what worked for me in 2017.

    I also scaled back how frequently I post and comment, and like you said, it helped give me time for other things and to step away from my desk. I like the idea of simplifying meals moving forward too. My mom wants to take a Sunday and do meal planning for meals that can be stretched out over the course of a week: casseroles, soups, slow cooker roasts that you use in a variety of ways, etc.

    Thanks for sharing and for inspiring me to reflect on what worked for me in 2017!


  20. Trying new things is always a great thing (and hard thing!) for people to do — I have many goals for the new year, and I hope to accomplish them 🙂

  21. Smarter hair tools. I like that! I need that! I love your simplified breakfast. I haven’t blogged less, but I’m learning in 2018 that I need to!