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2017 Goals: 3-Month Update

Posted in Lifestyle
on March 27, 2017

2017 needs to slow down because I don’t understand how three months have already come and gone so quickly. 

When I listed out my goals for 2017, I knew that I wanted to have check-in points where I would check my progress throughout the year so I wouldn’t forget about my goals. It also allows me to make smaller, achievable goals so that I can work toward the larger goals I have set out for the year. Today is my first check-in for 2017, and I’m interested to look back and see the progress I’ve made over the last few months.

Make sure to share your goals for 2017 in the comments and let me know how you have been doing over the last three months!

Personal Goals:

1| Read 8-10 books throughout 2017

So far I read five books this year and I couldn’t be happier that I’ve been focusing on this goal for 2017. I’m hoping to make it to my goal by summer!

2| Plan 2-3 trips for 2017

We have our trip to Boston in April, but I’m thinking of a smaller trip with Josh even if it’s to Pittsburgh. I’m also considering planning a trip to visit my friend in San Francisco this fall. I’ll be sure to keep you guys up-to-date on my travel plans!

3| Achieve my career goals for 2017

This would be a little too long if I went in-depth with this section, but I have more than halfway through my career goals for 2017. This one has surprised me the most even under unique circumstances at work! I can’t wait to see what’s in store for the rest of 2017 in terms of my job.

4| Focus on my vision board

All the ideas are in place, but I’ve been waiting to physically make the board because I have been considering writing series of posts on how to make a vision board, what I’ve learned from using this method to achieve my goals, etc. If you’re interested in seeing a post on this, leave a comment below!

Blogging Goals:

1| Focus on my blog direction

If you caught up on my post back in January, you will know about how my blogging direction changed a little. Since then, I’ve incorporated more posts on minimalism, simple living and everything in between and I have loved every minute.

2| Increase blog social media engagement by 20 percent

We all know it’s not about numbers, but engagement. Not only do I want to focus on other’s engaging with me, but also focus on increasing my engagement with others, too. Let’s be real—this is a two-way street. So far, I haven’t done the best with this, but I want to make it my focus for the next few months.

3| Take more risks

Well, I took one amazing risk thanks to my lovely friend Erin! We did a collab on a monthly challenge where we gave challenges to help you relax and refresh your mind for February. The challenges focused on mental clarity and self-care, which are two topics I’m passionate about. I’m hoping to collab with bloggers more throughout the year and take more blogging risks overall. Stay tuned to read more on this!

Financial Goals:

1| Put an extra $8-10,000 into savings

So far I’m on track to achieve this goal a few months earlier than anticipated, which makes me incredibly happy. I know saving in your 20s is so important, and it’s something I want to focus on. If you want to read posts on how I save money, let me know in the comments!

2| Track my spending regularly

I had every intention of keeping up with this, but since Josh set up a spending tracker sheet, I have been horrible with updating it. I’m hoping to simplify this task, and make this work more for me so I can track my spending each month.

Health Goals:

1| Increase my weekly running distance

We’re not in running season yet, but by next month I think we will be out running through October.

2| Don’t focus on numbers

I truly stopped caring about numbers I have found that it has done wonders for my self-esteem and happiness altogether. TBH y’all, NUMBERS DO NOT MATTER. Once you stop focusing on the numbers and more on how you feel, you will see a huge difference!

3| Focus on workouts I enjoy

So far this has been going well. I’ve focused on workout that are specific to Pilates, abs circuit training, etc. It’s wonderful to love the workouts you do and not to hate every minute of my workouts!

How have you been doing on your goals for 2017? Maybe check your list you made a few months ago and start working on how you can work on them for the nest few months! Make sure to leave a comment below saying what goals you have been working on/already have achieved this year!

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September Review & October Goals

Posted in Health, Lifestyle
on October 3, 2016

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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:

Blogging:
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.

Personal:
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.

Financial:
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:

Blogging:

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!

Personal:

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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