Goals For 2017

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With 2016 coming to an end, I wanted to reflect with all of you on this year’s journey. This year has had it’s own ups and downs and I have to say that it went by in a flash. At the end of the day, I can say that I’m not exactly where I thought I would be, but that just means that I have so much room to grow!

There were so many things that I was hoping to do this year and so many series, ideas, and reviews that I wanted to post about as well. However, time always seemed to never be on my side, well, time and my energy levels. Work just seemed to take a lot out of me and I tried to put in the effort to do at least one thing for my blog or Instagram, but towards the ending of this year, that just completely failed.

In a way I felt like I failed my goals that I set for myself and I feel like I put my dreams on the back burner just because it’s not what I’m supposed to be focusing on. I was hoping that I would have achieved more than I did, though I did come a long way from where I was, I wanted to do more. The thought that I could have done more brings me down, but I try not to focus on it too much.

Towards the ending of this year, I started to actually take the steps to really push myself to focus on what it is that I love to do which is blog and make YouTube videos. I had strayed away from really doing any YouTube videos because the quality was never really where I wanted it to be, so as a second Christmas gift to myself, I bought a ring light to hopefully aid with the lighting issues I have. I am so excited to actually start doing these things and I just can’t wait! I have so many ideas and directions that I want to take my channel that I sometimes have a difficult time falling asleep at night.

I also have ideas for a small business and a non-profit that I am currently working on. I am hoping to launch both very soon, but I would most likely be launching my non-profit before I launch my small business. I am also currently preparing to move out which is also very exciting and I’m interested to see how it affects my productivity when it comes to both my blog and YouTube channel.

I have a lot to look forward to in 2017 and I am more determined than ever to achieve the goals that I have for myself. I want to grow all my platforms more and I want to focus on my platforms, but I just don’t know how possible it will be when a lot of my energy is exerted at work. I love this hobby of mine, but I just hate how work takes everything out of me. Like I said, I want to be more active on my platforms because I have so much that I want to share, but when I’m exhausted and after a long day from work, I can’t fake the energy. Which in the long run affects the overall outcome of everything that I do.

So here are my goals for 2017:

  • Upload/Blog at least 3 times a week
  • Continue to do at least 1 thing (everyday) that will contribute to my YouTube/Blog
  • Work on being committed to the schedule I create for myself
  • Do at least 1-2 workouts everyday before bed
  • Incorporate more vegetables/fruits into every meal
  • Each week, set aside $20 (rainy day fund)
  • Take at least 2 trips

These are simple, but extremely realistic goals for myself and I’m hoping that in the long run I will be able to see how it all added up. I’m excited to see what 2017 holds and right now, I’m moving in the right direction.

Thank you guys for being there and taking the time to read my posts. I hope we can continue to support each other and I hope that we can achieve our goals together!




What’s In Janellie’s Belly? | What I Ate Wednesday

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My sister wanted me to start a series called: “What’s In Janellie’s Belly?” and the premise is that I share either what I’m cooking/baking or do a What I Ate Wednesday. I used to do these types a post a while ago, but things just started to get a tad bit chaotic and it became difficult to keep up with it. Hopefully that isn’t the case for this go-around.

When I do a What I Ate Wednesday, I will be “recording” what I ate on Tuesday just so I can actually have it uploaded on Wednesday. When I do a cooking/baking recipe post, then there’s a chance that it will just be posted whenever it gets posted. I didn’t know how time consuming it can be when it comes to writing recipe posts because not only do I have to include pictures, but I also have to make sure the instructions are clear enough so that if someone attempts to do the recipe it comes out the same way.

Anyhow, let’s get into the actual What I Ate Wednesday! Continue reading “What’s In Janellie’s Belly? | What I Ate Wednesday”

Merry Christmas!

I failed at Blogmas extremely badly this year, but what can I say, time slipped away. I hope that you all have a very Merry Christmas with your family and friends this year! If you don’t celebrate Christmas, I hope you have an amazing holiday with those you love.

I will be back with my top picks for makeup for 2016 and a wrap up post as well.



Merry #Blogmas Day 6 | DIY Fitness Planner

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Today, we’re building off of my previous DIY planner and creating our very own fitness planner! It’s super easy and hopefully will help you on your fitness journey. Continue reading “Merry #Blogmas Day 6 | DIY Fitness Planner”

Merry #Blogmas – Day 2 | Too Faced – Merry Macarons Palette

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I have been debating whether or not I wanted to post this review – mainly because you can’t get your hands on this specific palette anymore. It came out as a limited launch from Too Faced and was only available at Ulta. I was lucky enough, well my sister was actually the one who found one that was lucky enough to find one hidden box so I definitely had to pick it up. Keep reading to see why I decided to post this review… Continue reading “Merry #Blogmas – Day 2 | Too Faced – Merry Macarons Palette”

[RECIPE] Merry #Blogmas 1 – Orange Dream Dessert

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I wanted to share this recipe with you guys. It’s a family favorite and I have to give credit where credit is due and thank my aunty for this recipe. This is perfect for the warmer months because it’s refreshing, cold, and tastes extremely light. The best part of this dessert is that it’s extremely easy to make! Continue reading “[RECIPE] Merry #Blogmas 1 – Orange Dream Dessert”

Welcome To Merry #Blogmas 2016!

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I am so excited to start Blogmas this year! If you are new and don’t know exactly what #Blogmas is, I basically attempt to post 25 posts… straight! I tried it last year and I think I only made it 10 days :[ so sad. However, I  really wanted to commit to it this year especially since I’ve been finding more joy in writing my posts.

Anyhow, I’m so excited to start and I have about 10-12 posts already planned out so I’m just so excited! I really hope I will have the energy to post every single day. It’s a lot especially since I work a full time job.

If you have a blog, I hope you will join me and also start Blogmas on your blog – let me know what your blog is down below! I’m so excited for this I just have so many ideas running through my mind.

Besides my blog, follow me on Twitter and Instagram @ciaociao808 to get previews of what will be posted on my blog and also sneak peeks at products I’m testing out. Until my next post!