It feels like forever since I wrote and published something on this little blog… I hope you’ll forgive me, but April was so crazy for me, I can’t even understand how I managed to get through it.
As you might know if you’ve read my previous posts, I moved into my very first house on Easter weekend. The move itself went great, we had tons of friends to help us, but since then, chaos has taken over my life. There are boxes EVERYWHERE. Ugh.
And to help matters (!), I was going on stage for 3 nights with my amateur theater group the weekend after my move. Which meant that I had rehearsals on every weeknight, plus the representations in the following days. Needless to say, I did not spend a lot of time at home that week, which meant that nothing was getting done…
As of now, things are a little better. Alex and I worked hard the last two weekends to clear some stuff up and it’s starting to look like something. It’s definitely not perfect, FAR from it. But I’m trying to be patient and take it one day at a time. It’s not easy for me…
Oh, and on top of that, we didn’t have Internet for the first three weeks here. I finally managed to find a solution this week, thankfully. Seriously. How can I run a blog without the Internet?!
Anyways, that was a way-too-long intro to explain my absence. Now that I’m back, I want recap my previous goals and tell you about my new ones 🙂
First, let’s look at my yearly goals and see how I’m doing
1. Create a successful blog
This is still a work in progress, clearly. Time and circumstances were not on my side lately. Also, this goal is not precise and measurable. What is success? How will I know I’ve reached my goal? I’m going to change that one…
2. Learn my lines
Yup! That’s done! The play is over and done with, I remembered all my lines and it was a hit! As a bonus, we had a blast doing it 😀
3. Write a novel
Sigh. I’m nowhere near finished with my first draft. I’m going to be indulgent with myself, since I literally had no time to do anything not related to work, the house or theater in April. But I also really think this needs to be broken down into more attainable steps.
4. Read 40 books
Still working on that one, too… No significant progress in the past two months…
5. Clean and organize my office
YES!!! I just finished, literally a few minutes before I sat down to write this post. I finally found the time and the will to arrange my new space in the house and it’s perfect. Wanna see?
Neat, right? I’m probably going to add to it in the next year, but for now I’m happy. At last, I have a space where I can write and work on my bullet journal. It’s clean, it’s organized. It feels awesome.
6. Buy a house
Another check mark. Not only did we buy it, we moved in. And even though there are still a lot of things to do, it’s already starting to feel like home and I’m very happy.
7. Get more active
No. Not at all. Less than ever, probably. But I do have a plan that will get into motion as soon as Summer break starts. More below… 😉
What are my new goals, you ask? Well, I need to tell you that I’m now going to do bi-monthly goals. I’ve seen a few YouTubers that I follow and love (mainly writers, like Kristen Martin and Jenna Moreci) do this and after watching them for a while, I’m convinced that their way is better.
Keeping the same list of goals for two months will give me more time to complete them, but still keep me moving forward. In other words, it’s long enough so I won’t feel so stressed out and pull my hair out, but it won’t allow for weeks on end of procrastination. Hee.
I’m also my goals so they can be measurable. You’ll see that some of them are breakdowns of bigger ones I had for 2017. And I will consider myself successful if I reach 75% of them. Here they are!
1. Write and publish one blog post per week.
I think that’s doable. And by creating new content, I’m positive my little blog will reach more people 🙂
2. Add a minimum of 2,000 words per week to my novel.
That’s also more realistic and allows for a bit of freedom as to when I write. In two months, if I reach this goal, my novel will be longer by 16,000 words. That would be pretty cool.
3. Post on Instagram 5 times a week.
I was doing that in February and at the beginning of March, so it’s only a matter of getting back on track.
4. Create a Pinterest board(?) and start using it to gain more readers.
I’ll have to do some research, but I know that many blogs took off because of Pinterest, so I would be crazy not to look into it.
5. Change email platform and create a mailing list for my blog.
I’m not happy with my current email provider and I want a simpler one. I also want to give freebies to my readers and the mailing list will give me the opportunity to.
6. Get professional documents to new school council.
Since I moved, I need to get everything in order so I can get a job in my new area next year.
7. Read five books.
That means two or three books each month. I’m hoping things will calm down a little and that I’ll have time to do this.
8. Start everyday with my Miracle Morning routine.
I admit it, with my hectic schedule, I’ve not been good at keeping up with my Miracle Morning… But, I’m determined to get back on track! Go me!
9. Prepare menus for the 21-day fix.
Both Alex and I feel like we need to get into better shape and lose a few pounds. We’ve decided to start the 21-day fix as soon as I’m done with school, so I want to have menus ready for July 1st.
10. Spend quality time with Alex each week.
At least one date night a week, but also cuddling time in front of the T.V. and what not. It’s really important to us, to make sure our relationship thrives.
11. Create and share my Write That Novel! spread.
I’ve started to work on this earlier but didn’t finish it. It’s one of those freebies I want to share with the world. It’s going to be awesome!
12. Publish and share my Projects spread.
That one is already done, it’s just waiting to get scanned and made available to the masses…
Do you set goals for yourself? Do you review them every month, every semester, once a year? I would love to hear about how you do you!
I will keep you posted on how it went for me in two months, wish me luck! And don’t forget that if you have any questions or comments, you can always drop a word in the comments below, on Facebook or Instagram.
Until next time,