My 5th Blogging Anniversary: My Blogging Goals For the Year 

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Over the weekend I celebrated my 5th blogging anniversary and 4th year since I rebranded to “A Byers Guide.” The little hobby I started during Jake’s hardest year of medical school has become such a huge part of my life (full story on how I started blogging here). What an amazing past 5 years it has been! I have been the least consistent this year because Scarlett is obviously my first priority and I have found myself wanting to be more active on blogging and less active on social media. I wanted to share 5 goals that I have in hopes to holding me accountable.

 My Blogging Goals For the Year:

  1. Be more consistent: Realistically it’s a lot harder to blog now that we have Scarlett. My first priority is being present in her life! I would love to be able to write one short blog post a week. I think it would be manageable if I can make it part of my routine.
  2. Create useful content: I have found that my honest reviews of products and blog posts sharing my experiences, like travel, have been my most popular. I plan to take y’all along to Raleigh/Durham, NC this year (we move this summer).
  3. Reach out to brands: I have gotten in the habit of waiting for brands to come to me and I want to be better at reaching out to ones I genuinely love.
  4. Focus more on my blog and less on Instagram
  5. Create a capsule wardrobe: I have been selling a lot of my clothes to declutter in anticipation for our move. I am trying to replace them with better quality items and create more of a capsule wardrobe. I plan to share how I sell my clothes and share as I update with better basics that I love.

My Top Blog Posts Of The Year:

  1. 20 things my 20s taught me: I turned 30 last year and loved getting to reflect on what my 20s taught me. So far my 30s have been amazing. I am turning 31 in a couple of weeks.
  2. 5 things that have made me a happier mom: I love sharing about motherhood and plan to share more this year. Being Scarlett’s mom is my favorite thing.
  3. Courtney’s 2021 gift guide
  4. Scarlett’s first birthday party: I absolutely loved planning Scarlett’s first birthday and have already picked her 2nd birthday party theme.
  5. Tips for traveling with a baby/Scarlett’s first Texas trip: I am so glad we finally have been able to travel again this year.

About My Outfit:

I love to celebrate my blogging anniversary by taking photos in a fancy outfit. As soon as I saw this pink Chicwish dress and white faux fur coat I knew I needed them for my blog anniversary photos. It’s so gorgeous and absolutely a “Courtney dress.” The dress runs a little big, but true to the sizing chart. I picked my size based on my measurements (I sized down from my normal size) and the dress fits perfectly. The best part is that it doesn’t need a bra. The little coat runs true to size too. It adds a lot to the dress and is also perfect to elevate jeans too. This little pink bag also adds a lot to the look and is so gorgeous.

I will share my 2021 recap and 2022 word of the year Thursday! I am a little behind on getting back to blogging after Christmas and New Year’s, but am excited to get back.

You can find my first blog anniversary post here (“New Year, New Name”), in addition to my 2nd, 3rd, and 4th anniversary blog posts.



  1. jenniferpickering22gmailcom
    January 18, 2022 / 6:54 am

    You look beautiful!! Happy Blogging Anniversary!

    Curated by Jennifer

    • abyersguide
      February 16, 2022 / 9:51 pm

      Aw thank you.

  2. January 21, 2022 / 5:59 am

    Happy 5th anniversary in blogging Courtney ! I celebrated 5 years in July of last year , it does go quick ! Scarlett is going to be your priority but it is always nice to see your posts pop up. Looking forward to going to North Carolina with you ! I am sure it is necessary to declutter and selling clothes is part of it . This dress and coat is definitely a Courtney look !! You look amazing. It is nice that you do not need a bra with it. Have a lovely weekend, hugs to Scarlett from me , Terri xo.

    • abyersguide
      February 16, 2022 / 9:53 pm

      Thanks, Terri! It has gone by so quickly. 🙂 I love to pop up on here occasionally, I can’t find the time like I used to though. I am excited to share my NC posts this summer. Thank you for your kind words.

      • February 18, 2022 / 5:06 am

        Your welcome Courtney , looking forward to seeing NC ! Happy Friday, Terri xo.

  3. January 22, 2022 / 3:04 pm

    Happy Anniversary! I know how big of an accomplishment this is. Most people give up. Congratulations 🎉

    • abyersguide
      February 16, 2022 / 9:54 pm

      Thank you so much! It’s been an amazing 5 years.

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