August Review + September Goals

Posted in Lifestyle
on August 31, 2016

AB83116_Bugust Review & September Goals

I’ve never done one of these posts before, but I’ve loved reading other blogger’s posts on their monthly goals and reviews of their previous month. I think it’s an amazing way to keep track of your goals each month, and to keep yourself accountable throughout the month ahead. If you’re looking to see a review of August, and the goals I have for the month of September, continue reading!

August Review:

Sit down with some coffee, tea (or wine) and catch up on some of my posts from August.

1| 5 Ways to Succeed at Work in Your 20s

2| The Story Behind the Name of my Blog

3| A Day in my Life

4| 5 Simple Ways to Treat Your Mind + Body

5| 10 Things to Remove From Your Closet Right Now

6| 10 Things to be Happy About: August Edition

7| Don’t Lose Yourself For Love

8| 10 Ways to Achieve Work-Life Balance


September Goals:

Blogging Related:

1| Prep all posts two weeks in advanced

I’ve always been good with prepping posts, but I want to step it up and plan all my posts at least two weeks in advanced. Then, I’m never going to stress about a post or photo needing to be done last minute before I publish. It will definitely help me keep calm and not have blogging take up too much of my time each day.

2| Participate in two Twitter chats

I have been rubbish with participating in Twitter chats over the last few months, and that is definitely going to change in September. My goal is to participate in at least two Twitter chats. I know I should be doing more in one month, but I’m starting off small on this one guys. P.S. what is your favorite blogging-related Twitter chat you participate in?

3| Write 10-12 posts this month

When I began my full-time job back in May, I had to cut down from three posts a week to two. Blogging became time-consuming and I was in a creative rut back then. Now that I’ve been more inspired to write, I want to up my average number of posts from eight or 10 posts to 12 posts. I know it’s not a huge jump, but I’ll add two extra this month, and increase to three or four more next month.

4| Focus on Instagram

I’m a blogger and I suck at Instagram. When I’m writing great posts on my blog, my social media tends to fall to the wayside. It also doesn’t help I work some weekends, so I don’t have a lot of time to shoot/edit/prep photos and content for Instagram. But, my goal is to develop a solid theme, participate in Instagram conversations and put myself and my blogging out there for the world to see. Wish me luck! And feel free to share your tips in the comments!

Personal:

1| Read two books

I’ve been trying to read the same book for the last month, and it’s killing me that I don’t make time for reading like I used to. I will admit that my love for Breaking Bad took over my life for most of July and August, but I am promising myself to get back on track with reading and read two books this month! What books have you been reading that you love!?

2| Run/Walk 4-5 miles twice a week

Josh and I have been running/walking intervals twice a week for the last few months. I finally feel comfortable to up our regular three mile workout to four or five miles for this month. We have been working hard to go at least twice a week in addition to hiking and walking on the weekends; and I think we’re ready to up our workout time now that we have been working at it consistently.

3| Focus on toning

Because of how much I have been focusing on running and interval training, toning has been nonexistent for me. My goal is to complete a 30-minute, total-body toning exercise at least twice a week for the month of September. This might be a little hard for me since I have a busy month ahead, but I’m determined to make it work the best that I can. If you have any posts on toning workouts, please leave links in the comments.

4| Practice Italian

I’ve been studying and practicing Italian daily for 20 minutes in my spare time. At first, I was great with practicing seven days a week, but as life got busyβ€”this became less of a priority for me. I love language so much, so I want to focus on practicing again. My goal is to practice for 20 minutes a day, four or five times a week.

Financial:

1| Go on a beauty and fashion spending freeze

I was quite successful with not spending any money on beauty or fashion items throughout the month of August simply because I didn’t need anything, so I didn’t have to try at this. I saw what a difference my savings were for the month, so I’m hoping to do the same for September as well. However, if it’s an item that’s a necessity like deodorant, etc. I will allow myself to purchase it.

2| Save more on groceries

Groceries can be very expensive. When you’re not tracking your spending on groceries, you could be spending a lot more than you think. Recently, I’ve noticed that I’ve been buying unnecessary items each week, so my goal for this month is to only focus on necessities. This way, I’ll eat a simple, healthy diet and remove more proceed foods from my diet, too!

3| Track my spending for the month

Josh is great at keep track of his spending and savings each month on an excel spreadsheet. I admire how diligent he is with his savings at a young age, and I’m hoping to do the same with my savings account as well by tracking every cent I spend and save this month. My goal is for this to become a regular habit by the end of the month.

 

Did you accomplish all your goals for August? What are your goals for the month? Make sure to leave a comment below!

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  • Joscelyn | Wifemamafoodie

    I have many of the same goals, but I really like your goal of doing posts two weeks in advance. That would definitely be a great one to add to my own list! Thanks for the inspiration!

    • No problem! Happy to hear it inspired you for your blog! I think it will help reduce stress each week if something unexpected comes up.

  • Great goals! I love the #createlounge twitter chat, not solely focused on blogging, but creativepreneurs. It’s awesome!

    • When is this chat hosted? And how is it hosted by? Thank you for sharing that chat, Rachel!

  • Rachel Golden

    These are great goals! I used to be crazy with my instagram, but I feel like I’ve definitely fallen behind lately. That’s probably going to be a big goal of mine this upcoming month. And i’ve never participated in a Twitter chat before. I guess I should get to work on that!

    • They’re so fun when you find the right chats to participate in! It’s been quite sometime since I’ve done one–so I hope that will change this month!

  • I want to join in on more Twitter chats too! Good luck with all of your goals this month!

    • Thank you so much, Rachel! Good luck with all of your goals for the month as well!

  • Good luck with your goals this month girl! One of my favorite Twitter chats is #creativecoffeehour and it’s at 8 pm CT on Mondays.

    xoxo, Jenny

    • Thank you so much for sharing that Twitter chat, Jenny! I’ll be sure to check it out ASAP. πŸ™‚

  • Bree

    Great blog list and good luck with your goals!

  • Your blog post, Don’t Lose Yourself For Love, is easily my favorite on your August posts. And your goals for September are really admirable! What are twitter chats by the way? And how do they work? I love Instagram and I’ve been kinda obsessed with it lately, but I don’t have any idea what twitter chats are, haha! Good luck in accomplishing all your September goals! You can do it! πŸ˜€ xx

    http://www.itsrenalexis.com

  • Bree Hogan

    All the best with your goals this month! I would love to be more organised and get my posts done in advance, but I definitely seem to have a fall-back position of ‘last minute!’

  • I’m with ya on post prep that far in advance AND the spending freeze…accountability buddies???

    Coming Up Roses

  • Michelle Lynn

    Great goals! Now I want to make some.

  • Terryn Winfield

    I just love goal posts! They make me excited for you, lol. Instagram is easily my favorite platform, I’m happy to chat with you if you ever need it.

  • Good luck with all of your goals this month. I’m also trying to get scheduled posts lined up.

  • I definitely want to do the first one too! Also, with my instagram, I try to take a bunch of photos all in one day/weekend and then I space it out or scheduling. It really helps that way when I’m not feeling inspired I have some photos to pull from for posting.

  • You’ve made some great goals for the month. I love how you broke them up into categories. For books, I’m going to finally read Me Before You. I’m terrible at Instagram too, so I don’t have any tips. I also tend to forget about Twitter. Good luck with your runs and Italian!

  • Have you heard of Ibotta? I love using it to save on groceries, especially when they have produce listed as a rebate!

  • I loved “You Are a Badass.” And I can totally relate to wanting to improve on Instagram. Good luck this month!

  • Sheila Jo Spencer

    My book club read A Man Called Ove (by Fredrik Backman) for our August meeting, and it is my favorite selection so far this year! I share your goal to prep my posts more in advance.

  • Lauren Jane

    Someone mentioned Ibotta already, but that so helps our family of 7! I am rereading Shoot the Moon and it’s a good thrill ride/plot twist of a book. Good luck with your goals!

  • Tara Berries

    I love reading these posts as well! I need to participate in Twitter chats for sure!

  • I want to join more Twitter chats as well! Let me know when you find some good ones! πŸ™‚

  • Awesome goals girl!! I’m in the middle of writing my own and I have so many similar ones. I hope you have a great month πŸ™‚

  • These are such great goals! Scheduling posts in advance is always SO SO NICE, but I’m so bad at it. One of my goals for Sept is to schedule them out one week in advance. At least it’s a start! πŸ™‚

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