Make 2016 a Winning Year

In 2010 I began a tradition of sharing a personal blog on the first day of the year. I share my personal and business goals, stumbles, shifts and dreams. This year is no different.

2015

Recap

Last year my post was titled: How to Make 2015 a Winning Year.  Here were the goals I had set for myself and life’s journeys I was facing:

  • I plan to finish writing the last chapter of How To Win Cash, Cars, Trips & More! the first week of January. Then editing, layout and printing.
  • We have already started redesigning ContestQueen.com. Stay tuned for the launch along with a pre-sale announcement for my book.
  • As Facebook is changing its algorithm (again), my focus to connect with the contest community and teach will shift to this blog (far more frequent posts than 2014!) and my newsletter along with Google+, YouTube videos and either/or Google Hangouts and webinars.
  • Business is growing and I am continuing to work with Branding & Buzzing and Alokozay Tea. Stay tuned for promotions from both companies. I am excited to see what new companies I will work with in 2015.
  • As for my health: I plan to continue working with a naturopath. I bought a juicer after watching Fat, Sick & Nearly Dead, and look forward to starting a regular yoga practice again in the spring.
  • After all is said and done, my first priority will always be my daughter, Nicole, especially as she is scheduled for back surgery in February. The healing process is long and may pull me away from work at times. All your prayers are greatly appreciated.

How Did 2015 Stack Up?

I did:

  • Redesigned ContestQueen.com. Phase Two of the redesign is complete. Only Phase Three and Four to left to design and implement. Have you poked around the new site to see what has changed?
  • Posted to this blog more frequently. I gave myself a 365 Blogging Challenge. To post a blog each day for a year. Do you subscribe?
  • I also posted more frequently to Pinterest, Google+, YouTube and BlogTalkRadio.
  • I began a regular yoga practice. I now attend a hot yoga class almost every day. In the summer I won a FitBit (I am PittaGirl if you want to be my workout buddy) and began adding in daily walks into my routine.
  • Helped my daughter Nicole heal from her back surgery (to correct curves from scoliosis).

I did not:

  • Complete How To Win Cash, Cars, Trips & More!. There was far more than one chapter left to write and I did make headway garnering missing permissions, conducting interviews, and rewriting some chapters.

Goals I Brought Forward From Previous Years

Never give up:

  • I achieved my Toastmasters Advanced Leadership Bronze certification and I am only one speech away from my Advanced Communicator Bronze designation.
  • In April I met my mentor, teacher and client Robert Ohotto at his workshop From the Dark Night to Rebirth in Boulder CO.

2016My 2016 Goals

BOOK
How To Win Cash, Cars, Trips & More! will be published both in softcover and Kindle editions.

BLOGGING
In 2015 I did well until August. Then I missed two days. I realized I could back date posts in WordPress. By December, I was so busy (between clients, Christmas, and the insanity of deciding to paint my house during the holidays) combined with running out of ideas for posts, blogs dropped right off.

In 2016, I will blog frequently, but only when I have something to say. I won’t be posting on social media begging for topics. I am also shifting all sweepstakes marketing blog posts to LinkedIn and my new Idea Majesty website, keeping From The Contest Queen specifically for entrants/contestors.

BUSINESS
ContestQueen.com will be completed and Idea Majesty will be built.

To stay abreast of winning opportunities, follow me on my social media platforms as more companies are hiring me to share their giveaways.

TOASTMASTERS
I will achieve my Advanced Communicator Bronze designation and begin working on my Advanced Communicator Silver certification.

HEALTH
I will continue my daily yoga practice. I would like to add in cardio back in sooner rather than later. I did manage to lose 15lbs, but I would like to let go of the other 30lbs!

CONTESTING

Entering and winning was up and down in 2015. Some months I had time and was able to enter regularly. Some months I didn’t. The flow of prizes were a direct reflection of my efforts and once again proved my Sales Funnel theory.

I would like to get back into a daily contesting habit as it’s a passion of mine. It’s also where I learn and in turn, teach you.

ON A FINAL NOTE

I know many of you like to track your wins. Here is the link to my annual Track Your Wins 2016 spreadsheet.

What are you planning for 2016?

2016-12-26T21:50:32+00:00 January 1st, 2016|General|1 Comment

About the Author:

Carolyn
Carolyn Wilman (aka @ContestQueen) is a Digital Marketing Strategist and Sweepstakes Specialist. Carolyn teaches others how to Find, Organize, Enter and Win giveaways along with working with companies to create, and viral market, winning promotions maximizing ROI and loyal customers.

One Comment

  1. Christina Zawadiwsky January 14, 2016 at 5:23 pm - Reply

    I’ll be praying for Nicole’s back surgery (prayers do help, so everyone else should, too) and her recovery. And yes, I’ve resolved to enter more contests in 2016 again, and your Contest Queen help is always invaluable, Carolyn!

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