Hey There, August (Personal & Blogging Goals) + GIVEAWAY
It’s been another crazy couple weeks and every time I think my summer is calming down, it speeds up again. This last week Dustin and I traveled from NOLA to Chicago, drove 4 hours south to Nauvoo and then another 5 hours north to Milwaukee, WI for my brother’s wedding. It was a whirlwind week getting everything prepared for our trip, along with finalizing some paperwork for our new car. I’m now home in New Hampshire with my parents for the week to help my mom get ready for the open house we’re holding for my brother and his new wife next weekend, and after that, I travel to DC for a few days to visit my best friend before returning to New Orleans. I truly, truly want to be more present in this space, but life has been so busy and my priorities have been elsewhere.
That being said, I am still going to try my hardest to make August a month where I become more consistent with my blog again. I’m not making any promises, but I do feel the pull to write and to be here more than ever. So, I’ll continue to make goals and work towards them every week!
July Goals Check-In: (full post here)
Read 2 Books // Fail. I’ve read half of one. But I am reading a good one, so there’s that.
Spend 20-30 minutes a day picking up the home// Success! This has seriously been such a game changer for me! Every afternoon, after Dustin leaves for work, I eat lunch and then I spend 20 minutes picking up and doing a chore, like the dishes or folding laundry. Our home has stayed so much cleaner and it has eliminated a lot of stress in my life!
Continue to Eat Well & Drink Water// Fail. Traveling makes it really hard for me to eat healthy and I have been drinking a ton of Root Beer lately. I wish I was sorry about it, but I’m not. Oops.
Write// FAIL! I aimed for posting 3 times a week during July and I don’t think I hit that once. I was really feeling bad about it, but I’m just going to move on and work really hard to be better in August.
Plan Ahead for Instagram// Success! I have at least 15 photos already edited and organized, ready to be shared and feel like I’m finally getting a cohesive feel to my feed, while still being able to share authentically!
Respond to Comments/Emails// Success! I have done a lot better about responding to the comments on my blog and responding to the emails in my inbox! Hooray! Thanks for being patient with me!
August 2016 Blogging Goals:
Consistency// I’m going to shoot again for 3 posts a week, being consistent with writing and responding to comments AND being more present on social media. I have a schedule mapped out and am ready to get back into the swing of things.
Instagram Game // I’m saving up some money to buy a specific course for Instagram that I’ve heard nothing but amazing things about. I am hoping to make that purchase this month and implement some of the strategies to up my game!
Engage with my Community // Being so busy has made it really hard for me to find the time to read the blogs I love, nevermind find new ones to read! I want to find more time to engage with the bloggers in my community and rekindle some of the relationships I have.
August 2016 Personal Goals:
Find a Place to Live // Dustin and I will be Louisiana for our next great adventure in just 6 weeks! It’s coming up so fast and it’s time for us to nail down a place to live. I hope to have an apartment secured in the next couple of weeks so we’re not stressed out about finding a place to live!
Find Time for Self-Care // Lately, I’ve been really neglecting some of my self-care routines, like washing my face or putting my makeup on. It’s really taken a toll on me; I haven’t been feeling very positive towards myself and often think self-depreciating thoughts. When I was regularly practicing self-care and taking the time to love my body, I was in a much healthier space. So, I’m going to make sure I find time to put on my makeup, put on nice clothes and take myself out for an ice cream cone once in a while because I deserve it!
Okay, not many goals for this month, but I don’t want to overwhelm myself! I really just want to get back into some good consistency habits, get our plans settled for our next adventure (more on this coming) and enjoy living in the moment!
What are your goals for the month?