It’s been quite some time since I did an actual, written post on my goals. I was going to do it for October, then I forgot. I’m sure I could say the same thing about September…and August. It’s not that I didn’t find writing my goals down important anymore, it was more that I found myself not accomplishing them (for various reasons) and therefore, the practice just became kinda blah. Hence, it became unimportant to me and more of an afterthought, than an “I have to do.” The thing is, though, I love these posts. They’re the post that I can read over and over and over. I NEVER get tired of reading other people’s goals. They give me life. And when I sit down and really listen to myself, my goals give me life…like they should.
Since my birthday was a couple of days ago, I thought that this would be the perfect time to re-commit to monthly goals and weekly action steps. I plan to link up to Weekly Wishes over at The Nectar Collective. That way, I can have some resemblance of accountability and actually get shit done. I mean, the whole purpose of this blog, the reason that I started it, was to show a young, ambitious mom setting and reaching goals, thus building a community of ambitious moms doing the same.
So without further ado, here are my goals for the month of November.
Attend (and get a return on) Blogalicious I’ve been wanting to attend Blogalicious for as long as I’ve been blogging–likely even before I actually started. I saw all my favorite bloggers attending this big, colorful conference and I wanted to be there. I wanted to be a part of that community. Fast forward 2 1/2 years and my wants, now needs, have changed. While I still want to be a part of the community, now I also want to soak up all the knowledge that those 3 days can provide. To be a better blogger, brand and businesswoman, is really what I want now. The schedule is jam packed with all these social media + blogging. Brands, some of which I want to work with, will be in attendance. So when I say “a return,” I mean that I want to go to the next level. I’m ready for that.
Post four times to LinkedIn I’ve been aching to grow my LI presence for quite some time now. It looks like I’ve been stuck with the same number of connections for forever and I can tell that LI is a platform that, when utilized correctly, can position you as an expert, thought leader or both. Since I’m really trying to take my professional career to the next level, I need to make sure that I’m where the “action” is. Plus, conquering LI will give me another topic to present to my students…and add to my portfolio.
Purge my wardrobe Right now, my closet is a hot mess. I have clothes everywhere and all around. Many of the clothes, I no longer wear, but I keep them for “when I lose weight.” On the flip side of that, I have clothes that, even if I were skinny, I wouldn’t wear because they’re horrible. They need to be done away with.
Add three basic pieces to my wardrobe Along the same lines as #3, I need to build my professional wardrobe…and fast. In my current office, and specifically in my department, professional dress is a must. I hate to admit it, but on some days, my attire leaves much to be desired. It’s not that it’s wrong, but it’s not right for me. Or my body. And as such, I’m not comfortable and it’s telling in my confidence or lack thereof. I figure if I buy 3 solid, classic pieces a month, it won’t break my budget and it will help me build my wardrobe.
Get organized + be on time This one is HUGE, as disorganization + tardiness go hand and hand for me. It adds to my anxiety and depression and causes me to be angry at everybody around me. Overall, it just makes my life a living hell. The constant feeling that you’re behind or that you have to rush to catch up is overwhelming. Plus, those bad habits are rubbing off on Jam, who has come to expect us to be late. Ugh, I can’t have that.
Disconnect in the evenings I spend the majority of the day staring at screens of some kind. I then come home only to stare at more screens and half-assedly interact with my family. It’s like I can’t even give them 3 full hours of my time, without having my head down in a screen. They deserve better than that. From the time I get off work, until Jam is in bed, there will be no screen time for me…unless it’s Thursday cuz you know…TGIT. 🙂
Celebrate my birthday and anniversary As I mentioned earlier, my birthday was a couple of days ago. And because I’m prepping for Blogalicious, doing this and doing that, plus the fact that my birthday is the day after our anniversary, we haven’t celebrated anything yet. I’m hoping for a nice, lowkey celebration of both some time this month.
Add $550 in extra income I’m not sure where this number came from, but that’s what my fingers typed. Since I’ve been getting some sponsored opportunities, I’ve started to make a little money on this blog. That’s always good, but I want to have multiple streams of income. Right now, I’m trying to come up with various ways in which to make some extra cash. I would like for the extra cash to be consistent, but I feel like I just need to start something to get to that point. I’ve been toying around with getting another job, but I’d really like to do something passively or that doesn’t dictate that I be some place at a certain time for a certain amount of hours. I’m spoiled like that.
So those are November’s goals. As I said, I plan to use Weekly Wishes as action steps to accomplish them. Every week, I’ll build on my successes, evaluate my failures and re-position for more success.
How do you create and accomplish goals? What are your goals for November?