October Goals

September has been a pretty life-changing month.

I started my dream job at Hoosier Heights this month. (I wrote about the transition here.) I am loving it. I am making lifelong friendships with people passionate about the same things I am, and I get to do what I love every single day. This is a huge change for me, and has been a bit of an adjustment, but not a hard one. Only a good and happy one.

One month ago, I wrote this post. I want to write a goal-setting post every month, check in with how I did on my goals for the previous month, and lay out new goals for myself for the following month. So, without further ado, here we go:

September Goals Check-in

Run my first giveaway 9/14-10/2: Thus far, great success. I am still pushing and promoting the giveaway through Friday (check it out here!) so it will get more entries, but thus far the tool shows 486 entries. That's obviously not 486 people since there are a gazillion ways for my readers to get entries, but 486 is great! My goal was 500, so I'm pretty psyched that it looks like I'll make it.

Write my first traffic & income report: Done! Check it out here!

Set up my office space and get organized:  Yeah, this did not happen. The loft is where I should be working, but because my mother-in-law is still working on clearing out the loft (so. much. paperwork.), I am currently working from bed or at the dining room table. It's not super conducive to my productivity, so I'm hoping in October I'm able to set up a space to work.

Have first Indy Creatives meet up: This also did not happen! We decided on a date, but then things came up for a few people and we had to cancel. I'm hoping to hook up with these girls this fall so we can all sit down and brainstorm our online businesses! 

Get sponsored posting up and running: Though I haven't actually done a sponsored post yet, I did take several steps toward getting sponsored posting incorporated into the blog (you can check that out here as well).

Make some design changes to the blog: I didn't actually end up making several of the design changes I was considering, but I did consider them all. Subscribe popups are annoying and predatory, and after chatting with several other bloggers in some groups I'm in, I decided not to add it. I also decided not to make changes to my social media buttons (the change I was considering ended up being pointless). I did create a media kit, however, and created new headers for my social media pages.

Find new health care providers: I did find the most important ones, and made appointments with them for October!

Sit down with my new boss to work on social media for Hoosier Heights: The Climbing Team at Hoosier Heights now officially has an active Facebook page, Twitter account and Instagram! Come follow us!

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/groups/450219378349784/
Twitter: https://twitter.com/hhclimbingteam
Instagram: https://instagram.com/hhclimbingteam/

Schedule time to see friends & family: Success! I've seen almost everyone now, and as of Friday (girls' night!) I will have seen all my Indiana friends and family that I haven't seen enough since we moved.

October Goals

For the blog:


Set up my office space and get organized: This is a bit out of my control, but I hope I'm able to actually get a desk space set up this month! I think it will boost my productivity a lot to have a space where I'm actually able to sit down and work every day. And cover the walls in pink post-its.

Create a "work with me" section on the blog: I'd love to start setting up some partnerships and sponsorships this month, so I plan to create a "work with me" section on the blog to lay out my prices for sponsored posting and advertising. Since my media kit is complete, I'll have that to send to potential sponsors, posters and advertisers should they request it!


Run another giveaway: I've loved working with the brands I did this month, so I'd love to run another giveaway in October. I'm hoping to run one for a more mainstream product, so more of my readers will want to participate (I know not all of you are climbers!)

Lock down an ad network: I've been working on the application process with an ad network I'm fond of, so I'd like to get that completed in October so I can begin working with them.

For me:

Wedding anniversary! Seth and I's second wedding anniversary is October 12th. We plan to keep it low-key this year, but I'm excited to do something fun with him and exchange small gifts. I'm so lucky to be married to such a wonderful, grounded man that supports me, and I can't wait to celebrate this day with him!

LRC! My first outdoor trip to Little Rock City in Tennessee is this month. I don't want to lay out any 'send' goals for myself (that's a quick way to get disappointed), but I do plan to come back unharmed and to have a lot of fun with the Hoosier Heights Team.

Training: I want to continue training hard through the month of October. One of my new year's resolutions was to send a V7, and post-injury I feel like I may be able to do it if I keep working hard.

This is a lot of goals! I feel like sometimes I set super-high expectations for myself, but hopefully continuing to push myself through the fall will help boost the blog up to where I want it to be in six months!

12 comments:

  1. You accomplished so much with your blog in September! Can't wait to see all the awesome new heights you take it to this October!

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    1. I'm trying to stay motivated, girl! Fall is my favorite season and I've been super busy coaching so I'm trying hard not to lose traction, haha!

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  2. Great goals! Hope you have a wonderful month - and early Happy Anniversary wishes! - Trish at View from the Birdhouse

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    1. Thanks Trish! October is always my favorite!

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  3. Organizing a meetup is hard work! Sorry it fell through this time but it will come together eventually.

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    1. I'm sure it will! It's no biggie, we all interact through a Facebook group, but I'm hoping to get us all together in person ASAP!

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  4. I'm so happy that you LOVE your job!

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  5. Those are a lot of goals for sure! But I'm sure you can accomplish them if you set your mind to them :D Congrats on your new job! It makes such a difference when you can wake up each day and do the thing you're most passionate about.

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    1. Yes absolutely! Just gotta stay motivated this month and keep plugging away on the blog! Sometimes that's super hard, for sure!

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  6. Awesome goal list! I need to take the time to write out mine. I know if I look at it written down instead of it in my mind, I will be able to accomplish more and hold myself accountable. Thanks for sharing!

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    1. Goal posts are a great way to stay accountable! It's also nice to be able to look back and see what you did and didn't accomplish, and why. It totally helps you focus and regroup!

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