I want to apologize for not posting at all last week. It’s really unlike me and what I want to do with this little blog. BUT, I have a really good reason!
On August 24, at 10:15 p.m., I got a permanent position in my school council! Cue trumpets, confettis and champagne!
I don’t know how it works elsewhere, but in Québec, it can take a LONG time to get a permanent teaching position. I’ve been filling yearly contracts for the last six years, after all. But no more of that for me, I’m finally assured to be employed for the rest of my career!
This in itself is a small miracle, because I’m brand new in this school council and I normally would have had to start at the bottom of the ladder, subbing and all that “joyful” stuff. But, somehow, this year, there were still permanent positions available when everyone on the employee seniority list had spoken. I jumped on the opportunity! And you know the best part? The job is in my small town! Exactly eight minutes from my house!
When I tell people, their jaws drop. It’s seriously unheard of. Something that NEVER happens. But you know what? All summer long, I visualized going to work in the same school every day, close to home, with students and new colleagues I would have a blast with. I sent it into the Universe. And the Universe answered. Goosebumps! Further proof that the Law of Attraction is a thing! I feel so lucky and fortunate, it’s incredible. Thank you, life!
Since I’m in a new school in a new grade, you can understand that I have A LOT of work. I only had a few days to get my class ready for the students. I worked late every night last week and I expect the same for the next two weeks. Which explains why I skipped the blog post last Sunday.
I’ve missed it, though. So, I’m back with my review of my bi monthly goals for July and August. As always, I will consider myself a success if I can check 75% of my “tasks”, which means nine out of my twelve goals. Ready?
Click here to read my previous bimonthly goals review.
1. Begin each day with my Miracle Morning routine
Ugh. This is not starting well, haha! I did not complete that. I did my Miracle Morning very sporadically this summer. I’ve come to peace with that, though. At some point, I was feeling guilty about not doing it every day. Then, I finally told myself that I was on vacation. I deserved to get up later and to take it easy. There was no real need for routine. I let it go.
I’ve realized that, for me, the Miracle Morning is great for weekdays. But it feels like a chore on the weekend and on holidays. So, that’s how I’ll keep it in my life, because it should be something positive, not the contrary. Weekdays and work days start with the MM. The rest is up to me.
2. Complete my very first round of the 21 Day Fix
Yes! My first round of the 21 Day Fix is over and done with (I even blogged about it) and, moreover, I’ve completed a second one in August! I’ve started my third round last Monday. It’s going well. Overall, I’ve lost 10 pounds and around six inches. I’m happy with those results and I’m going to keep on keepin’ on! After this round of 21 Day Fix, I will try Country Heat. You can expect an update on my weight loss journey regularly.
3. Finish the first draft of my novel
OMG, YES! I almost can’t believe this. I didn’t write every day, but pretty regularly this summer and one day, it just happened. I thought I needed at least two more scenes, but events unfold as I typed and then everything was how it should be, neatly tied up. And I wrote “The End”. That feeling, you guys. Whoa.
Of course, my novel is FAR from finished. Editing is badly needed. But I did it! I completed the first draft! So, so proud!
4. Read 5 books
I knocked that one out of the park. Not only did I read five books, I actually read two more. So, seven in total (and I started another one but it’s not finished, so it doesn’t count…) Here are my summer reads:
- New World: Rising, by Jennifer Wilson;
- The Summer Girls, by Mary Alice Monroe;
- The Sandcastle Empire, by Kayla Olson;
- Death in Sunset Grove, by Minna Lindgren;
- City of Bones, by Cassandra Clare;
- Is Everyone Hanging Out Without Me, by Mindy Kaling;
- Lady Midnight, by Cassandra Clare.
You can expect reviews for a few of these in upcoming posts 😉
5. Publish at least one blog post per week
Apart from last week, I was very constant these past two months. Not only did I post every Sunday, but I added a post on Thursday. That’s twice a week, all summer long. I think we can say I reached my goal 😉 We’ll see if I can manage to keep that schedule now that I’m back at work full time… I think I’m gonna go back to Sunday only and anything published on Thursday will be a bonus.
6. Post on Instagram 5 times per week
I was on a roll, wasn’t I? But there’s no way I could check all these goals… and Instagram is one I did not manage to complete.
I normally post about my bullet journal, but I took a bujo break in August. Without it, I didn’t know what to post, so I just didn’t… And to be honest, I’ve kind of lost my Instagram interest lately. I used to love it and I know it’s great to get more followers and readers, but meh. I just can’t seem to be bothered… Am I the only one going through that?
7. Create a Pinterest board(?) and start using it to gain more readers
Well, I didn’t create my own Pinterest board, but I did join boards and posted on them frequently in August. I’m starting to understand this Pinterest thing a little better. I’m following more people and I’ve gained followers, too. I’m definitely not an expert. It’s a work in progress. But I’m counting this goal as done!
8. Promote my blog on Facebook at least 3 times a week
I did that! Okay, except for this past week because the start of a school year is simply INSANE. If I didn’t have time to publish a blog post, there’s no way I had time to promote my thing. But generally speaking, I did. I’m not sure how it’s working, but I’m doing it 😉
9. Share my “Projects” spread with my subscribers
Nope. I shared something else: my Contract with Self document. Well, I posted it and you guys can use it as inspiration to make your own. At some point, I’ll figure out how to post downloadable content and give you freebies. I promise.
10. Finish the bathroom reno
I don’t know if I can count that one as done… The reno is 95% finished. But there are still some vanity doors missing, paint on one small wall, and little things here and there. Ugh. It’s driving me crazy, actually. But I’m not the one doing the work, so I’m kinda dependent on my father-in-law to come and finish it. I hate this.
11. Replace the living room fireplace
Yes, yes, yes! The company we hired just did that last week! We now have a fully functioning and up to code fireplace! Yay! Since the nights are starting to get colder, we even started a fire yesterday and the day before. Love it! Autumn can get here, now!
12. Spend quality time with Alex weekly
Curiously, this was not an easy one this summer. While I was on vacation, Alex was working all summer long, plus his band had gigs booked every weekend. It wasn’t always simple to find time together. Looking at the big picture, though, I’ll say we did it.
That’s eight out of twelve goals that get a check mark. Not bad. Not bad at all. I didn’t reach my 75% success mark, but I’m still pretty happy at how I did in July and August. Some of these were huge, like finishing my first draft. I can give myself a little pat on the back.
Here are my goals for September and October. I’m going with ten, since I know the next few weeks will continue to be crazy. I’d rather have less goals, but actually do them.
- Get the French version of my blog going
- Read five books
- Finish the first editing round of my novel
- Complete the Country Heat program from Beachbody
- Finish bathroom reno
- Paint bedroom
- Figure out that mailing list thing
- Post at least one blog post per week
- Use social media 3 times/week to promote my blog
- Spend quality time with Alex weekly
What do you think about those? Are you the type to give yourself goals to reach? What do they look like? And how do you manage to check them off your list? Let me know in the comments below, on Facebook or on Instagram!
Until next time,