September Review & October Goals

Posted in Health, Lifestyle
on October 3, 2016


Is anyone else amazed that’s it’s October? I feel like I blinked and September flew by, which is sad because this is the beginning of my favorite time of year, so I try to enjoy it as much as possible. I’m happy to say I was able to accomplish the majority of my goals from September, but I have a little work to catch up on for October. Make sure to tell me what YOUR goals are for the new month.

First, grab a cup of coffee, tea or some wine; and enjoy some of my posts you may have missed from September.

September Review:

10 Ways to Improve Your Mood (in 10 Minutes or Less)

5 Posts I Loved: September Edition

10 Self-Care Tips For Bloggers

5 Looks I’m Lusting For: September

September Fashion Wish List

Fall Skin Essentials

10 Fall Blog Post Ideas

5 Easy Beauty DIYs Using Honey

10 Things to be Happy About: September Edition

5 Posts I Loved: August Edition

September Goals Reviewed:

1| Prep all posts two weeks in advanced | Yes! Very happy I was able to do this because it made my life less stressful.
2| Participate in two Twitter chats | Complete fail because I didn’t realize that three Twitter chats I loved no longer exist! Please leave your favorite Twitter chats below, so I can try this again for October.
3| Write 10-12 posts this month | HECK YES! I didn’t think I was going to get this checked off my list, but I did it!
4| Focus on Instagram | YEP! I’m happy to say I’ve gained 40 followers this month, and I’ve increased my overall engagement per post by more than 100 percent.

1| Read two books | And this is where I failed with my goals this month. A lot of my personal goals didn’t make the cut because of personal things happening early this month.
2| Run/Walk 4-5 miles twice a week | Almost made the cut on this one, but one week we didn’t make it because Josh couldn’t run for a week from an injury.
3| Focus on toning | YES! I’m happy to say I was able to incorporate a toning workout every Tuesday and Thursday, and I’m so happy about it.
4| Practice Italian | I originally said my goals was four days a week of 20-30 minutes of practice when in reality I could only do two or sometimes three days. Let’s be honest, I pushed myself hard with my personal goals this month.

1| Go on a beauty and fashion spending freeze | Accomplished! I didn’t think this was going to be achieved either, but I didn’t spend any money on beauty or fashion all month long!
2| Save more on groceries | Check! I made sure to stick to the essentials this month, and we saved about $30 extra dollars overall on groceries!
3| Track my spending for the month | YASS! I will say that I didn’t spend much this month, but I know each month will be different.

October Goals:


1| Continue to work on Instagram

I’m happy to say that my Instagram efforts really paid off last month, so I’m hoping to continue this by focusing on Instagram more throughout October. My goals are to engage with bloggers more, and post consistently each week in order to gain genuine followers.

2| Participate in a Twitter chat

My goal last month was to do two Twitter chats, so that’s why I’m dropping this goal to only one Twitter chat. Make sure to leave a comment telling me what Twitter chats you love for blogging advice, tips, etc.

3| Focus on Pinterest

I know so many amazing bloggers have the most success with their efforts through Pinterest. As much as I love Pinterest, I haven’t had much success on the blogging side of things, which is why I’m going to go back and start pinning images from my posts for more engagement.

4| Write 10-12 posts

I was able to accomplish this in September, and I’m hoping to do the same for October, too! My goal is to stay within the 10-12 post count by the end of the month. With the fall season in full swing, this shouldn’t be too difficult.

5| Collaborate with other bloggers

I’ve been wanted to collaborate with other bloggers I love for so long. But because my anxiety can get the best of me, I’m always afraid to make the first move on this front. Hopefully, I can establish one collaboration with a blogger by the end of October!


1| Continue to focus on toning

I love that I was able to focus on toning exercises in September, and I’m hoping to continue this in October, but make sure to include more variety. I did a lot of ab and leg workouts, and I want to add in more arm toning workouts for the month.

2| Increase overall running distance

Josh and I have been averaging seven+ miles of interval training each week! Although we’re happy with this, we want to decrease our walking pace, and increase our overall running distance throughout October.

3| Read a book

I said I was going to read two books last month, and that was a complete fail. So, I’m hoping that one book will be doable by the end of October. If you have any new book recommendations, make sure to leave them in the comments below!

4| Remove 10 more pieces from my closet

I’ve been working my way to a more minimalist lifestyle since January. This has been an amazing learning process. After removing more than half my wardrobe, and getting rid of unnecessary clutter, I want to remove 10 more things from my closet by November.

5| Limit processed foods from my diet

I’m not going to lie, I have an issue with eating granola bars and crackers. I want to limit how the processed foods in my diet. I want the focus of my diet be surrounded around nourishing my body with protein, fibers and fresh fruit and veggies.

October, I’m ready for you! What goals do YOU want to accomplish this month? What are some of your favorite blog posts from your blog from September? Make sure to leave a comment below!


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  • Congrats on growing your Instagram, sticking to your spending freeze and your other accomplishments. good luck with your October goals!

    • Thank you so much! Hope you do well with your goals for the month, too!

  • Leslie Nichole

    You’ve got great goals! Good luck with them all. I like the links you added for September too.

    • Thank you so much! I hope to got to catch up on some posts from my blog last month!

  • Kerona Ledgister

    Lovely goals, I especially love October because it’s my birth month!!
    Have a lovely week

  • Neely

    Great goals girl! I know you will rock them!

  • Don’t mean to self promote but on my new business blog Confetti Social I have a post about twitter chats:

    Good luck with your goals this month, lady! I am sure you’ll kill them.

    • Awesome! Thank you SO much for sharing your post–trust me, I will be reading it and hopefully will be able to find a Twitter chat to fall in love with!

  • Terryn Winfield

    I love your goals! I love that you are focused on your overall wellness, and it’s realistic changes. Sound like you have a system that is working for you on Instagram, that’s one of my favorite platforms.

    • Thank you so much! I love focusing on health in addition to blogging and other personal goals, too!

  • Rachel Golden

    What an awesome set of goals! My Pinterest has been growing a ton ever since I enabled rich pins. I used to be really good with my IG, but that fell to the wayside last month. My goals for those two are flipped for October 🙂 Good luck on your goals!

    • Thank you so much, Rachel! I hope you accomplish all your goals for the month–I’m sure you’ll kill it 🙂

  • Laina Turner

    No I can’t believe it’s October and wow! What great goals you accomplished.

  • awww Twitter Chats, I’ve also been wanting to participate in them but I have yet to do it. I usually chicken out or get to anxious to actually do it! But you did so amazing on all your goals!! Going on a beauty/fashion freeze would be hard, though I’ve kinda gone on one since moving to a new area and not knowing where to shop!

    I love your goals for October!! I start training for a 10k on Monday, it’s going to be tough I haven’t run in two years. I love how you’ve divided toning and increasing your running distance! Pick a good book to read.

    Weird thing about your collab goal. If you are interested, I run a goal collaboration on my blog and we’d love to have you. You can check it out on my blog

    • Thank you so much for your comment, Angela! I hope you do well with all your goals for October, too! Good luck on that 10k–you’ll do amazing! I will be sure to check out that goal collaboration on your blog as soon as possible! 🙂

  • Those are awesome goals girl!! Way to go on September, also. 🙂 And I’m also wanting to limit processed foods this month. I feel so much better when I do.

    • I couldn’t agree more about processed foods! When I keep my diet clean and simple–I always feel amazing!

  • Dia

    I love reading other bloggers goals. You did great. I also had a rough time hitting my reading goal, Been focused on blog stuff. I hope you kick October’s butt. I think I missed your self care tips. I’ll have to check it out.

    • Thank you so much, Dia! Make sure to check out my self-care tips for bloggers–it was a huge hit this past month! Good luck with your goals for the month!

  • Awesome goals, girl! I’m super impressed that you’re getting rid of so many clothes. This is something I want to do so bad but every time I try, I’m too attached to what I have!

    • I always try to remove any sentimental ties to my clothing because I would never get rid of things. So, I became practical. If it doesn’t fit/look good on me, or it generally doesn’t make me feel happy and confident–out it goes!

  • Great goals! You’re going to have a great October! 🙂 Nice job with Instagram too, super impressive!

  • Sarah Jean

    Great job on your goals! I need to write mine down more like this. And yes, September absolutely flew by.

    • Thank you! Posting them each month has definitely kept me in check with what I can and can’t do in a month!

  • Gaining 40 instagram followers in a month is amazing! I feel like I’ve been floating around the same number forever. I have the same goal of purging my closet this fall, or at least before winter so I can donate all I can while it’s still useful

    • Thank you! I was in the same spot, and I’m to continue growing for October, too!

  • Way to go! You kicked September’s tush! You have some awesome goals to work towards in October, and I cannot wait to see how well you do!

    • Awe thank you, Erin! I love always reading your comments on my post. You’re always encouraging and positive 🙂

  • I’ve been working on my running distance too and hope to keep doing so through October!

    • Let’s hope we both accomplish our running goals for the month!

  • I just did some ‘fall cleaning’ and got rid of a TON of clothes I haven’t worn in a year (or more). It felt great to do that and it gave my closet a little bit of room — you know, for new stuff of course 🙂 I need to read more and also get better with a blogging schedule; I’m kind of all over the place!

    Also, collaborating with other bloggers is the best – I highly recommend!

    • I would love to work with some bloggers. I just know my anxiety can get the best of sometimes, so I need to overcome it!

  • Luna C. Lupus

    I love posts like this, I think reflecting on your goals is so important – and also admitting when they didn’t work out. I think you did great

    with your September goals and wish you the best of luck with October! 🙂

    • I completely agree because it helps me stay in line with my goals, too!

  • Kristen Rodriguez

    You did amazing on your September goals! I am still stuck on the fact that you didn’t spend any money on beauty or fashion products all of September! Teach me your ways!! haha! Good luck with your October goals– I’m totally stealing a few! 🙂 Especially cleaning 10 items out of my closet!

    • Thank you so much for your kind words, Kristen! Feel free to steal some of these goals for yourself!

  • Jessica Hughes

    I am working more on Pinterest too in October!

  • Lauren Norton

    Great goals and good job accomplishing the majority of your September goals! I am also focusing a lot of my time this month on fitness and social media for my blog, Glitter & Grandeur. It is hard to balance everything but I believe you can accomplish your goals!

  • You go girl! You’ve got this, Kiara! 🙂

  • Great job on your goals last month! Instagram is always on my goals lately. I want to post more on there. I have never participated in a Twitter chat before. I’ve heard they are really awesome! I am also trying to tone and run more. Good luck on your goals this month!!

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