Hello August! It’s back to school month and we’ll be living it up this month before all 3 boys are back in school. Time to tell you about my reading, blogging and home goals and hope I do a better job with checking things off this list.
Writing about my goals helps keep myself accountable for what I set out to do. Keeping my goals S.M.A.R.T. helps break down my goals into manageable pieces in my reading, blogging and home life. The beginning of the month is also a good time to reflect on the past month, what I accomplished, what worked and what is still left to work on. My trusty Erin Condren planner/bullet journal helps me stay on track to get it all done!
We have a linkup too to support one another in our quest to achieve our goals, so if you have a blog post or goals you are shooting for, linkup with us or leave your goals in the comments.
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* Read 4 books, I was too busy enjoying family and getting spoiled on our vacation to read more but the good news is 3 qualified for our Travel the World in Books Reading Challenge!
1. An Unwilling Accomplice by Charles Todd
2. Hello from the Gillespies by Monica McInerney (also qualifies for the Big Book Summer Challenge hosted by Book by Book).
3. Flask of the Drunken Master by Susan Spann
4. Open Boxes by Christine Organ
* 12 posts published, averaging about two a week still.
* 8,400 page views, best of 2015 so far and happy with that since I wasn’t promoting posts on social media as much.
* Pinterest continues to hold the #1 spot for social media referrals bringing in a whopping 87% of my traffic. I attribute it to implementing strategies learned during Pinning Perfect– a Pinterest ecourse (affiliate link). I highly recommend this course, it’s keeping traffic coming to my blog even when I don’t post new content as often.
* We took 2 fabulous trips in July.
First, Superhubby and I went to Asheville, NC for our anniversary. We hiked 5 miles and to 3 gorgeous waterfalls at Dupont State Forest and I didn’t even hurt afterwards! We also hung out and played piano and guitar with our friends Chuck and Stephanie, the rock stars from Stephaniesĭd. It was so much fun and got me wanting to play piano again. They are amazingly talented, check them out! I really need to write a full post about this trip.
Then we visited Superhubby’s family in Texas. We took the kids fishing for the first time and the kids and I each caught a fish. We saw comedian Cristela Alonzo at a show and got a picture with her and an autograph. She and the other comedians that night had me laughing so hard, I cried!
* Finally got a kitchen table and totally in love with my bookshelf from Ikea.
* I’ve really been focusing on my diet and exercise. Eliminating sugar this month has given me less pain and more energy to exercise. I got a Fitbit Charge HR and loving it.
1. Finish The Autoimmune Solution by Dr. Jan Meyers, cutting out sugar has been helping me manage pain.
2. The House of the Spirits by Isabel Allende for our Travel the World in Books Reading Challenge readalong.
3. Me Before You by Jojo Moyes for our IRL book club. Excited to reread this, it’s one of my Top 10 Books to Read for Book Clubs.
4. 3 books for book tours!
1. 10,000 pageviews.
2. Update 10 posts to make pinworthy.
3. Get 2,000 followers on my Pinterest page.
4. Write about planners, RA, or another recipe. Books are easy for me to write about but want to diversify my content some more too.
1. Work on family photos.
2. Book the painter to paint our two-story family room.
3. 5 Summer Bucket List activities
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Now tell me what your goals are for this month, what motivates and helps you achieve them!