July Recap + August Goals

July Recap + August Goals

How is it August already? July just FLEW by! I kept so busy and did so many amazing things this past month. The month started out great with the 4th of July, one of my favorite holidays of the year. We got to celebrate twice! That’s a big deal for me with my social anxiety. [ICYMI: Social Anxiety Survival Guide: 8 Hot Tips to Keep your Cool on 4th of July] My husband’s birthday was in July, so we celebrated that with a bunch of our friends. [27 Life Lessons on my Husband’s 27th Birthday] My dad’s birthday and my father-in-law’s birthday are also in July, so needless to say, I got to do a lot of celebrating! We got to watch some of our dear friends get married at the end of the month. (Well, I watched. David was in the wedding so he got a better view 😉 ) I spent as much time outside as humanly possible, including trying to run a 5k with my dear friend. Unfortunately, my migraine and her blistered heels got in the way, so we just enjoyed a nice 3 mile walk together.

On the flip side, I underwent some medical testing that ended up being pretty scary for me. Although it appears that I’m mostly out of the woods (thank you to all of you who prayed for me, sent positive thoughts, and healing vibes!), I’m not 100% out of the woods yet. I go back for some more imaging in two months. You may have noticed that I had a lot of posts this month about anxiety, [How to Stop a Panic Attack in its Tracks, 4 Action Steps to Worry Less and Feel Happier Now] and about the importance about self-care [Self-Care Isn’t Selfish: 3 Ways Self-Care Benefits Others8 Quick and Easy Self-Care Practices for Work]. I write about things near and dear to my heart, friends. Although I always have your best interests in mind, you can just about bet that whatever I’m sharing with you is something that I’ve personally experienced and want to encourage you with.

And then as if I couldn’t get any more stressed with my medical issues, my brand new laptop decided to crash and burn (RIP, old-new laptop!) so sadly I wasn’t able to pump out new content for you all for almost a week. I’m still super sad about that, but I am grateful for you and your patience! I was able to get quite a bit of blog planning done in my week off, and I can’t wait to share with you!

Let’s reflect on July’s goals, shall we?

JULY GOALS RECAP

Personal Goals:

1. Stick to a Consistent Workout Routine

Verdict: Enormous Fail

Super bummed that I wasn’t able to stick to this one. Working out is really important to me. It helps with my self-image, my physical health, and my emotional wellbeing. I think I set my goal of 3 days a week too high while I’m still getting used to blogging. I want to keep this goal for next month but maybe make it more manageable.

2. Read Two Books

Verdict: Sorta Fail, sorta pass?

Although I didn’t finish two books, I did start 3 or 4, and got at least halfway through them! My book ADD kept me jumping around from book to book. Sadly, nothing captivates my attention like Harry Potter. #sorrynotsorry

3. Be More Intentional with my Time

Verdict: Pass!

I’m actually pretty proud of myself on this one! I’ve been working really hard on making sure I finish my blog schtuff at a reasonable hour and having plenty of time to spend with the hub at the end of the day. I think having the few broken laptop days probably helped with this.

Blog Goals:

1. Write Ahead

Verdict: Fail

Eh, I feel like I had a pretty good excuse for this one. Having no laptop makes it hard to write ahead.

2. Create a Content Calendar

Verdict: Fail (wah wah. This is starting to bum me out!)

This definitely didn’t happen. I have no reason for it. Just didn’t make the time.

3. Post More on Social Media

Verdict: Pass!!

I’m actually pretty proud of this one! I’ve been way more active on Twitter and Facebook for sure, and think I did pretty decent on Instagram too! It’s really motivating for me when you guys are engaging with me, so thank you for those who reached out!

 

Okay, with those out of the way, let’s look forward to August!

AUGUST GOALS

Personal Goals:

1. Have a Consistent Workout Routine

Like I said above, I really do want to make this one a priority. Working out makes me feel so so good, and it makes me sad that I’ve been neglecting this part of my self-care. So I will find some way to get my heart rate up at least once per week. (Make it as easy as possible so you can’t fail, right?)

2. Keep up with the Housework Daily

David and I have been working really hard on this one. It’s easy to let household chores fall by the wayside until it’s time to have company over, but we’ve been talking about how nice it is to have a clean house all the time. Our house has actually been really quite clean the last few weeks, I’m proud of us! I want to keep this one up.

3. Recreate our Household Budget

Not much stresses me out more than feeling financially strapped. If my medical concerns taught me anything, it’s that I was really afraid of how we were going to pull together our finances to make sure we weren’t going to go broke with potential medical expenses. We had a lot of unexpected expenses at the beginning of the year and we are still trying to make up for it. This month I want to rewrite our budget so I don’t have to worry so much about money.

Blog Goals:

1. Reach out to Brands/Secure a Sponsored Post

Ah, guys, this one is one I’m really excited to do! One thing I love about blogging is being able to share my favorite things with you. Sometimes I share affiliate links, and other times I share links just because I love the product and think you will too! I’d love to be able to share more of my favorite things with you and get paid for it. I have had brands reach out to me already (which I think is pretty cool in just two months of blogging), but real talk: I care about you more than I care about making money. And I’m not going to market to brands that don’t align with my mission to help you grow as a person. Hopefully we’ll get there this month.

2. Write Ahead

This one is still really important to me. Even if I could just write a week ahead, I’d feel really good about that.

3. Develop an Instagram Strategy

For those of you who are not bloggers, hit me up so I can tell you a little bit about how much goes into blogging. I had no idea how much work it was when I decided that I wanted to pursue it! Where is my O_O emoji on my computer? I’m super envious of all those bloggers who have an Instagram theme. I also want to learn more about insta-stories and start using them productively.

What are Your Goals this Month?

Let me know in the comments! I’d love to hear how your July went, and what your plans are for August!

July Recap + August Goals

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  • My goals are definitely similar! Keep up with housework, get blogs done ahead of time, and finish my big collaboration. I have yet to be paid, but that would be a nice thing!

  • Stick to a consistent workout plan….you got this, girl!!! i’m totally in the same boat.

    • Thank you! My husband is a great motivator so hopefully we will be able to get it done together.

  • Razel Miranda

    Wish to have a plan like this. I super enjoy what you are going to do this month.

  • Maintaining a blog AND keeping up with Instagram seriously takes sooo much work! I’ve been trying to get ahead of the game, but I also need to develop a consistent posting schedule so I don’t go crazy haha.

    http://www.insearchofsheila.com

    • I bought a planner specifically for my blog today so I’m hoping that will help a lot!

  • I hope you meet all your goals this month, Amanda! Still can’t believe you’ve only been blogging 2 months…! haha 🙂

    I feel you on both the working out consistently and writing ahead thing…I suck at both, lol. I think I’m a little better at writing ahead (but not really) only because it’s not as…painful…as working out!

    I think what helped the most for me as far as Instagram goes was being very dedicated to a set posting schedule that I could keep up with (every other day) and batching my photos (taking several at a time so I have plenty to work with).

    Good luck on your sponsored post! Can’t wait to see what you come up with. 🙂

    TendrilWild.com

    • Aw thanks Bria! That means a lot to me. Thanks for your tips on Instagram too! I thought about that this weekend and took a bunch of extra photos.

  • I really like your goal of working out consistently. That is definitely going to be one of my goals for September (gotta wait until sports are done for the summer!)

  • I have very similar goals for this month! Kudos on the increased social media activity! With ever changing algorithms, it gets frustrating real fast! I love that you have a reading goal – this is something I really need to incorporate into my life (note to self for September goals!)

    Joy
    http://www.basicallyjoy.com/

    • Thanks Joy! Thankfully I have only been blogging for a little over 2 months so I haven’t dealt with any algorithm changes yet so I only know the current craziness 😉

  • I have growth goals for all my social media, I want to complete a health/fitness challenge I joined, and create a stress-free school schedule since my big girl is starting preschool next week! And teach the little girl her alphabet, colors, and shapes while sis is at school.

  • There are a few brands I plan on pitching later this month. Hopefully they will say yes!! And I hope to secure more sponsored posts this month!

  • Good luck with your goals this month! Hope you land a sponsored post!

  • I love these kind of posts, it’s good to keep you organised and focused. Your not the only person struggling to make a content calendar, i’ve just brought a desk calendar which is huge and will hopefully encourage me to be more ahead of the game! Good luck with your goals this month!

    Emmie
    http://www.carpediememmie.co.uk

    • Thanks Emma! I just bought a planner specifically for my blog today and I think it’s going to help a lot!

  • Taylor Smith

    Being intentional is really important in my opinion. That’s a great goal.

  • Tara Liston Fuller

    best of luck! i love setting goals – feels awesome when you get to check one off!

  • I find these goals so inspiring – you make me want to create monthly goals, too. I think I’m going to do that after work today. Also – I can attest to your increased social media. I’ve came across a few of your posts in fb groups and that’s how I got hooked on reading 🙂

  • I feel you on developing a consistent workout plan! I need to so bad. Best of luck with your goals, Amanda!

    • GIRL it is so hard once you’ve fallen out of practice! We signed up for a half marathon this year that we had to defer, and we just got an e-mail today saying we can sign up again. It isn’t until April so that’s going to be my motivation to start running again.

  • I’ve been blogging for over two years and I still feel like I haven’t developed a consistent Instagram theme, haha! It’s tough work! But don’t give up – you can do it!

  • Corey Wheeland

    My goal is to have a consistent workout routine as well! You have some great goals 🙂

  • I’m with you on the consistent workout routine and Instagram strategy! I’m failing miserably at both! I hope you succeed this month!

    xx
    The Felicia Renee | a minimalist lifestyle & beauty blog

  • I almost always have goal of writing ahead… in all reality I’d love to be two weeks ahead. I feel like I am constantly taking one step forward and two steps back….. 😉

    • OH man me too. I bought a planner specifically for my blog today and planned out all my posts for the month, so that felt GREAT. Hopefully it will help me write ahead.

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  • Shelly

    My goal has been an income goal that I’m hoping to being reaching consistently. To do that, I really need to work on my SEO, which I hope to begin in August/September.

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