September 07, 2016

September Goals

How the heck is it September already?! Time is seriously flying! August was seriously a big month for me.. and I feel like I didn't even do anything. I spent ten days sailing through the Grenadines islands with my best friends and it was absolutely incredible. Besides having very limited internet access, just being on smaller islands gave me a much-needed mental break before the hustle and bustle of the real world began. I cannot even begin to describe how beautiful this entire trip was.. the water was the clearest I have ever seen and I experienced such incredible things. I'll leave you with a photo of the view from our boat in the Tobago Cays one morning.

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Besides that amazing trip, I returned home to see my cousin (who in reality is more like a sister to me) marry the man of her dreams, and we celebrated like no other with the better part of a week full of pre-wedding events. And thennnn.. as I teased last month, I started my first ever big girl job. Yep. I'm an adult now! I'm officially the copywriter at a local advertising agency (the most-awarded agency, might I add!) and I've been loving it so far. It's only been a few weeks, but I know this is gonna be great.. So with August being such a big month and all.. I just have a feeling September is going to be even bigger. JK, it'll probably be really lame.. but upwards and onwards :) Now onto my recap of last month's goals and into this month's!
RECAP OF MY AUGUST GOALS
1. Buy a new laptop // YAY! I'm human again! My parents went on vacation to Vegas and I couldn't decide if I wanted to make the purchase and buy the laptop, but then I discovered there was an Apple Store IN their hotel, so my decision was basically made for me. I placed the order and within twenty minutes, my dad had an email saying the order was ready to be picked up! And yes, I even got my rose gold beats headphones! 

2. Save my money // I'm gonna give myself half credit for this because in order to buy my laptop, I needed to have saved a crap-load of money.. so technically I did do it. But, I also ordered a few dresses for upcoming weddings I have, as well as a few more pairs of jeans.. so I kind of failed there, but I really needed them so ;) 

3. Read five books // Done and done! I spent my ten days on vacation wisely, and read a ton of books on the trip! Soon, I'll share some of my summer reads! 

4. Book my carnival costume // I haven't done this yet but I'm not super phased by it. I know I'll get to it this month or something, and I'm sure I'll figure out by then exactly which costume I want to play in! So this one is a fail! 

5. Create my September content calendar // OK, I totally failed at this but life has been a little hectic lately, and I put that on the back burner. Ironic considering that the calendar is supposed to be to keep my life together, but it just didn't happen in the two weeks I was home in August. 

2.5/5: Overall not bad.. but not great. I think considering that I was away for half of the month, I did pretty well on my goals, but I seriously need to step it up for September! Now onto this month's goals.. 

SEPTEMBER GOALS

1. Create a 6-week content calendar // OK, so because I failed majorly last month with this one, I'm determined to get some order back into my life and create a (somewhat) flexible content calendar for the next six weeks. I'm gonna start with blog posts, but the goal is to eventually move into managing my social media too! 

2. Get back into a workout routine // Once I got back from my trip, I just did not have the time. I ran here and there, and tried my best to keep up with my routine, but once I started to work, the only thing I wanted to do at 6pm is crawl into my bed, not lace up my sneakers. My job is pretty flexible in terms of a schedule, so on the days I don't need to be in the office super early, I want to go to the gym for an hour. I figure if I get it done early enough, I can be done for the day and not have to worry about it at all. Here's hoping... 

3. Schedule my life out fully // I know this is the most un-creative thing I could do, but I seriously need to stick to a serious schedule. In between working full-time, I need to schedule in time to dedicate to my freelancing, to the blog and running all the social media platforms, to working out, to being a VA and to having somewhat of a social life. Some days I feel so unproductive when I know it's not necessarily true... but I want to be able to fit everything in without having to go to bed at 3 am and struggle to wake up at 7. 

4. Cut out all soda drinks and drink more water // I'm not the biggest soda person, but I love me a diet coke. I will drink it just for drinking it sake, and while it has zero calories, it is so unhealthy it's not even funny. When I was at school, I cut out everything but water and the occasional ginger ale when my stomach needed it, and I felt so much healthier. As of right now, I don't drink enough water every day. So I need to commit to drinking more - maybe by buying a bigger water cooler, and getting back on track! 

5. Utilize Helene's Blog Boss Babe // So one really exciting thing that happened to me when I was on vacation in the Grenadines (and thankfully one of the random times I managed to have wifi!) was that I won one of Helene's big giveaways - including a year's membership to Blog Boss Babe! I want to spend some time utilizing the tools and services and tips on there and commit the effort to re-establishing this blog and my presence! 

So that's it for this month. Somehow these goals feel like they're getting harder and harder to reach each month! Fingers crossed I can crush it this month!

Linking up with my good friend Jenny from Breakfast at Lilly's for today's post! 
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33 comments:

  1. That is cool that there was an Apple store right in your hotel. I want to check out a Mac, but my heart is still with Windows :)

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  2. Congrats on the new gig! That sounds like a fab one for sure! I'm more than ready to welcome September too! Viva la fall!

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  3. Congrats on the new laptop adn the win. I like that you have goals and that you reach them mostly. This is a great motivator.

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  4. Sounds like you've got some great goals for the month. Congrats on your new laptop! Good luck with getting all your scheduling done.

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  5. So happy you got your laptop! I know what its like to need a new laptop glad you were able to get it!

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  6. Sounds like lots of fun coming up this month... A real writer...too :)

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  7. Thanks for linking up! Can't wait to see what you accomplish this month.

    xoxo, Jenny

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  8. Absolutely wonderful goals! And congrats on winning the giveaway!

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  9. Oooh creating a content calendar is something I should do too, but it seems like if I create a calendar I have to do things on certain days. Right now, I just sort of fly by the seat of my pants and it works reasonable well! xx Adaleta Avdic

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  10. Congrats on the new laptop! Can't believe it's already the second week of September. Great goals!

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  11. Congratulations! I'm also trying to save money for a laptop since I had one to crash last winter - eek.

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  12. That's awesome! I love that you were able to accomplish at least half of your goals for the last month. I hope you're able to do the same or better for the next month.

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  13. It sounds like your August was truly amazing. I would love the chances to unplug. Good luck with your goals for this month.

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  14. Sounds like a great month. I just got back onto the fit wagon too. Enjoy your month!!

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  15. One of my goal this September is to blog more frequent. I should start b now. What a great read.

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  16. Love this!! So great to set goals. Love it ! xx, gracie parish
    snappedbygracie.com

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  17. Congrats on the new job. I'm a copywriter as well. It's a fun and crazy world. If I an ever be of help. let me know. I'm always happy be there for my fellow writers.

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  18. I am also in the same boat with scheduling my life. It is such a chore, but something that I feel will help me have more control of my life after I do it consistently. I feel you. Great goals. Thanks for inspiring me to write some of my own.

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  19. I still can't figure out where August went to?? I love these goals so important to set goals and stay on top of thing!

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  20. Yes, please, choose to drink more water! You'll be amazed with the results!
    I was amazed too, the skin became more flexible. That is a great goal!

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  21. Man this year is moving by so fast! Your goals are awesome, I can't wait to see what you get done this month. Good luck with the 6 week content planning!!

    xo
    Sami
    www.theclassicbrunette.com

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  22. New gadgets are always fun, congrats on your new laptop. Love your September goals and know that you will crush them!

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  23. You've got some lofty goals that I also need to do myself (with the exception of #5 - cool that you won, by the way). I need to set some time aside now to do #1 but actually plan it out for the rest of the year. Good luck to us both :)!!

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  24. You have some great goals! I know you'll be able to do them all!

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  25. You had a hand full of great thing in August, you're right time goes so fast. Congrats for your new job and good luck for your new goal in September.

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  26. I love the idea of writing your goals down. It seems like such a simple way to will some things into happening.

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  27. Great job on the goal kicking!!! It's always fun to see what we accomplished! And congrats on the new laptop! That's exciting

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  28. I did #5 a few months ago and it was a game changer! I was an occassional drinker, too but it really was impacting me!

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