October Review & November Goals

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Why and how are there only two months left in 2016? I feel like there is so much more I want to do before the end of the year; and there’s not enough time to get it all done. Here’s hoping these next two months will be productive and filled with accomplishing my goals.

In the meantime, grab a cup of coffee, tea or wine; and catch up on my posts from October.

October Review:

5 Posts I Loved: October Edition

5 Things to Remove From Your Office Space

5 Minimalist Outfits for Fall

10 Pumpkin Recipes to Try for Fall

12 Things to do for a Better Day

15 Fun, Fall Date Ideas

September Review & October Goals


October Goals Reviewed:

Blogging:

1| Continue to work on Instagram | I would say that this was an accomplished goal for the month. I’ve kept up my engagement, consistency with posting and increased my engagement on other people’s content as well.

2| Participate in a Twitter chat | Guys, why can’t I find any Twitter chats that are relevant to me?! I think it might be a sign that I should start my own Twitter chat–let me know what you think and if you’d be interested in joining a Twitter chat with me!

3| Focus on Pinterest | Huge fail, but I’m perfectly okay with it. I knew that I was really pushing my limits with the blogging goals during a hard month for work, so it’s a give and take here.

4| Write 10-12 posts | YES! I’m happy to say I’ve held up on this particular goal because it can be so hard to consistently post three days a week, especially since I had a crazy month at work.

5| Collaborate with other bloggers | I saw two different opportunities to potential collaborate with bloggers I love; and my anxiety got the best of me. I fear making the first move to get the process going. I’m hoping to work on this and complete this goal by the end of the year.

Personal:

1| Continue to focus on toning | Yes! This goal was accomplished and I couldn’t be happier! Hoping to keep it up through the end of fall and winter, too

2| Increase overall running distance | Achieved! There were several days where Josh and I increased our running distance and I definitely noticed an improvement in my running.

3| Read a book | DONE! There’s nothing better than reading a book and truly loving it, so I’m hoping to have this goal again for November, too!

4| Remove 10 more pieces from my closet | I can’t believe I did this! I am becoming more ruthless about getting rid of things. When I get in the mood to toss things, I let it happen.

5| Limit processed foods from my diet | Check! This was a goal that was easier to accomplish than I was expecting. I will definitely keep this up for November, too!


November Goals:

Blogging:

1| Plan my content calendar for December

It’s no secret I love Christmas. I’m hoping to put out a ton of holiday content for the Christmas season. This will require some extra planning and preparations in November, so I’ll be working hard on the blog this month especially!

2| Prep some holiday content in November

I don’t want to give too many details away on this, but I am doing something a little different this holiday season on the blog. And I’m happy to say that it will require a little bit of work and prep early in November to accomplish.

3| Focus on one social media channel for improvements

I don’t know what that platform will be because I’m constantly trying to improve all my social media channels throughout the month. But, I’m hoping to choose one channel and give it a ton of TLC for November.

4| Take more breaks from blogging

Although I am great about taking time off from blogging on the weekends, I know that I need to get better with my blogging routine altogether. I need to commit to a solid three hours of work on Tuesdays and Thursdays, so I don’t have extra work on the weekends.

Personal:

1| Read a book

This time of year is when I tend to read a little more because I can relax at night with a good book and enjoy it for the evening. I’m hoping to read, “The Color of Secrets.” I’ll let you know if it’s a book you should pick up!

2| Schedule self care

This month was a bad month for focusing on self care. I didn’t keep up with my journal like normal, and I wasted a lot of unnecessary time on social media and YouTube. So, I’m hoping to transform my routine to be more focused on self care and getting things done.

3| Transition into my winter workout routine

As the weather turns colder and darker, it’s time to take my daily workouts indoors. I want to transition my spring/summer/fall workout into my winter workout, which will consist of insanity DVDs and other workouts for different days.

Financial:

1| Go on a beauty and fashion spending freeze

October was definitely an interesting month with spending. I don’t buy a lot anymore now that I’ve been incorporating minimalism into my life, but I did buy things I needed. Now, I am set for another month of no spending on beauty and fashion.

2| Save an extra $200 for Christmas

Whether it’s saving more on groceries for the month, or finding a way to make a little money on the side, I want to make sure I save more money this month for the holidays.


Bring it on, November! Did you accomplish all your goals for the month of October? What are your goals for November? Make sure to leave a comment below!

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September Review & October Goals

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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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August Review + September Goals

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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 busy—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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5 Ways to Succeed at Work in Your 20s

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As a Marketing Director, I’ve learned a lot about my position in the field over the last few months. Recently, I’ve been given positive feedback from corporate management on how I’ve handled this job. I want to share how you can be a 20-something, get noticed and succeed at your job even if you’re first starting out. If you have any additional tips to share on this topic, make sure to leave a comment below on how you’ve been succeeding at your job!

1| Do the tasks no one else want to do.

I know what you’re probably thinking. “Why would I want to the tedious, busy work no one wants to do?” It’s simple: it shows you’re willing to put in the work. You should even do this if you’re in a position of power. Even though I’m a Marketing Director with an assistant and interns, I would never ask them to do a task unless I’ve done it myself. I believe it’s important as a leader to show you’ve done the time-consuming tasks that no one wants to do. When an intern accepts these tasks willingly, I think very highly of them.

2| Come in early.

Don’t be the 20-something employee who strolls in at 8:33 a.m. If there’s one quality I admire in a leader or worker, it’s someone who is willing to come into work 15 minutes early to make sure they’re all set and working by the time work begins. It shows you’re committed to your job and you’re ready to begin the day. When you walk in late, take extra time to get settled into work and don’t start until 8:50 or later, that’s something I noticed as a negative trait. Go to work prepared for the day.

3| Ask for more work.

If you finish a project at 3 p.m., don’t wait around and catch up on social media and pretend to be busy for the last two hours of work. Instead, go out of your way to ask for more work, or to begin a new project a little earlier than you anticipated. You’re showing that you’re capable of more responsibilities and you’re able to complete projects in a timely matter. This will make a positive impression at work.

4| Learn when to speak up and shut up.

I say this with the kindest intentions. It is so important to share your thoughts and ideas at a company; but it is equally important to know when to keep quiet and listen to others as well. Know when you should or shouldn’t talk in meetings. However, if  you’re directly asked to share your ideas for a project—speak up! You will be recognized by your coworkers even if your idea isn’t necessarily used.

5| Dress/Work for the job you want.

Have you ever heard the saying, “Dress for the job you want, not the job you have?” It’s equally important to work for the job you want as well. If you’re starting out as an assistant, but you want to work as a director—make sure you’re working toward that goal. Dress professionally and work professionally so that your coworkers or boss can see you’re a qualified candidate to move up within the company. Don’t do the bare minimum at work. Work hard and you will see the results of that hard work.

What tips would you add to this list? How have you worked to get yourself noticed at your job? Make sure to leave a comment below!

 

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The Story Behind the Name of my Blog

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When I tell friends or coworkers I have a blog, the first thing they ask is what the name of my blog is.

Blissfully Brunette, I reply.

From their faces, I can tell they weren’t expecting me to say that. Then there are the inevitable questions as to how I decided on the name of my blog.

If I’m being perfectly honest, I wasn’t sure how to answer this question. Of course, I could spit out a few words as to why I think it’s important to follow your bliss in life, and that being blissful essentially boils down to happiness, and my blog was a way for me to express my love for life altogether.

The next question, or some variation would come up. “So, you never write anything negative on your blog?” This lead to a bit of silence on my end, and my mind ran endlessly attempting to find an answer to this.

After this happened a few times, I began thinking and reflecting on the name of my blog. I ran through a ton of questions about whether or not my blog content (and my personality altogether) reflected my blog name and blog message.

Although you would think this is a positive thing, it actually lead me to doubt myself, my blog and my love for blogging altogether.

“Am I hypocrite if I tweet something that’s not 100 percent happy?”

“If I have a negative comment about a product, should I not write about it at all?”

There were so many questions and comments that ran through my head for several days simply because a conversation came up about my blog.

It took a lot of reflection and time for me to realize that my self-doubt was unnecessary because regardless of the name of my blog and the message of my blog, I have the power to post whatever I feel people will relate to, enjoy, learn from, etc. That can range from health tips, fashion and beauty inspiration, stories that people can relate to, or learn something from my past. Whether that post comes off positive, negative, or a combination of both is completely up to the person reading the post.

I needed to remind myself that my readers play a huge role in the blogging process. One reader can take a “negative” post, and see that there was a positive twist on it. The same can be said for positive, uplifting and blissful posts.

So, why did I name my blog Blissfully Brunette?

1| I want to help people find the bliss in everyday life

Yes, I know it’s sounds cliche, but it’s true. I want my readers to know that there are little things you can love about each and every day. Whether you read a post about my favorite beauty products, or you’re reading a post on to simplify your life—there are moments of bliss we should all appreciate.

2| I’m a blissful person

There are days where I’m not feeling my 100 percent “blissful” self, but for the most part, I exude happiness and love that quality about myself. I want to share that with my readers, and hope that regardless of my feelings that day, you will see there is a blissful person beneath it all.

3| I’ll bring a positive light to your day

Even though we have bad days, I strive to bring content that makes you see the bliss in your life. Whether I’m telling you a story with a lesson, a post where I share what I’m happy about each month, or a post on being your happiest and healthiest self—I want you to leave my blog feeling positive, blissful and at ease with the life you’re currently living. I try to lace positivity in each post.

I hope this post helped you learned a little more about me, my blog and what I want to bring to my readers here at Blissfully Brunette. Now, I want to learn more about your blog, the story behind the name of your blog, and what messages you want to share with your readers—so make sure to leave a comment below explaining your story behind your blog!

What’s the story behind the name of your blog? What messages are you sharing in your posts? Make sure to leave a comment below!

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