Monthly Goals – November

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My Monthly Goals…Why do I set them? Why do I share them here?

  • Setting goals helps me remain focused.
  • Sharing my goals helps to hold me accountable.
  • I hope that it may inspire you to set goals for yourself.

Are you new to goal setting? Here are a few posts that may help or inspire you:

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Sleep

October: I don’t have much control of my sleep at 36+ weeks pregnant and when the baby comes I definitely will NOT have control of my sleep! So my goal for October is to keep my daughters well-rested. I would like them in bed at or before 8:00 every night. I am contemplating moving this earlier. – The girls sleep was a success in October!

November: Haha! Sleep. Baby boy was born late October…

If you have trouble making sleep a priority, check out these helpful resources: 

Your Morning Manual: A Guide & Workbook for Resetting and Maximizing Your Mornings

November Home Goals

  • Enjoy newborn snuggles and get him sleeping stretches at night.
  • Spend one-on-one time with the older kiddos. There have already been a few struggles, so I want to make sure the older two are still getting quality attention from me.
  • Get my kindergartner to school on time. You may laugh at that goal, but 8 AM drop-offs won’t be easy on me with a newborn at home. If there is ever a morning that all 3 children are sleeping at 7 AM, I will be very sad to have to wake them all up and get up myself!
  • November Mini Goal: Be thankful and look for joyful moments. Record the moments in my Mom’s One Line a Day book each day.

 

October Blog Goals

  • Complete Christmas Planner (done!) and write blog posts for the planner.
  • Complete two sponsored posts. – Done.
  • Clean up subscriber list in Mailchimp. This is to keep e-mail list costs down. – Done, but I need to do another round of this within the next few months.
  • Update savings schedule printable. – Not yet complete.
  • Make tentative posting plan for October – December. – I worked ahead more than usual for me, but didn’t get through December.
  • Promote The Genius Blogger Toolkit. Sign up to be notified of the next bundle. – Somewhat done. Baby came mid-bundle, so it wasn’t as much a priority.

November Blog Goals

  • Create 2017 calendar printable freebie.
  • One sponsored post.
  • I set up a Blogging Tips & Resources e-mail list. I have a few e-mails planned, but want to set up more of a plan for these e-mails. Sign up for the Blogging Tips & Resources Newsletter here!

Blogging Tips and Resources

If you blog about goals, I would love to have you stop by the first Wednesday (at 7 AM EST/6 AM CST) of each month to linkup your goals post. We look forward to reading your posts and encourage you to look around at the other posts linked up here.

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The Ultimate Blogging Resource

The Ultimate Blogging Resource

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Blogging is not always easy. It can be overwhelming. Many bloggers run out of steam before they reach their full potential.

You start looking for ways to build your blog, but before long your inbox and brain are filled with conflicting opinions. You wind up feeling MORE overwhelmed than you were in the first place.

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You don’t have to do all the things to be a successful blogger.

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{Update} The Genius Blogger’s Toolkit is no longer available, but Ultimate Bundles continues to offer other bundles throughout the year. If you do not want to miss out on future bundles, sign up here to be notified. I will keep you in the loop of future bundles and occasional flash sales!

Note: This is not my usual newsletter. By signing up here, you will only receive notifications on Ultimate Bundle sales. If you were looking for my newsletter sign up, click here instead.

PS…If you want to see what the process of setting up a blog is like: check out my step-by-step guide here. I have used Bluehost for my blog for almost 2 years now and have been 100% happy with them! Just a few days ago, I renewed for another two years.

You can also check out my list of Blogging Tools & Resources to see what I currently use on my blog.

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Why I Started a Blog

Why I Started a Blog

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I don’t often post about blogging and other business, but today I am going to stray from my usual topics. I wanted to take a few minutes to let you know WHY I started a blog in the first place.

Even before my husband and I got married, we talked about our shared desire to have me stay at home when we had children. This was very important to us and from the start, we made many of our financial decisions based on this. We saved much of our income when we were first married and had two full-time incomes coming in.

We now live primarily on one income. It’s not always easy and we have to make sacrifices often.

While I have been home for the last 5 years, I have been blessed with a few side projects (many with my previous employer) over the years. With each temporary job, we put the income in savings. The savings has helped with medical bills, car and home repairs, and other things outside our day-to-day living expenses. We have also been able to build up our children’s education fund, as our main goal is to pay for a Christian education for them. (A majority of our financial decisions are made with this sole goal in mind – their Christian education.)

Why I Started a Blog

I started my blog two years ago for two main reasons.

  • I wanted to create an early morning habit and the blog held me accountable to waking up early.
  • I wanted to find a way to contribute financially to our family, to build our savings, and to grow our daughters’ education fund. I was only looking to do something flexible that would allow me to “work” completely on my own schedule. Blogging is not typically a fast way to make money, but I knew that there was potential in it if I was willing to put in the time and effort.

Here is the thing: I would NEVER have thought of myself as an entrepreneur. I never thought of myself as creative. I never considered owning a business or making income on the side.

Shortly after I started blogging, I realized that I enjoy this! I was excited with the potential that working online has. There is SO much to learn, but I love researching and learning. I quickly found that my favorite parts of blogging include the design, the back-end of the site, strategy, connecting with other bloggers, and learning. The actual writing part is further down the list!

  • Have you ever considered starting a blog?
  • Do you currently have a blog?
  • Do you have dreams to work from home?
  • Do you want to take your current blog to the next level?
  • Do you desire to make money on the side while staying at home?
  • Do you have a small side business, but want to know how to take it up a notch by adding a blog to help your business?

If this is you, I want to share a few free resources with you. The resources are from Ruth Soukup of Living Well Spending Less and Elite Blog Academy.

Goal Setting Workbook for Bloggers
Blog Structure Blueprint
7 Surefire Ways to Boost Your Blog Income Overnight

Sign up to be notified with Elite Blog Academy is open for enrollment. It’s just once per year!

 

If you want to see what the process of setting up a blog is like: check out my step-by-step guide here. I have used Bluehost for my blog for almost 2 years now and have been 100% happy with them! Just a few days ago, I renewed for another two years.

How to start a blog. Includes domain name availability checker and brainstorming printable.

You can also check out my list of Blogging Tools & Resources to see what I currently use on my blog.

Top Blogging Tools and Resources. Many are free blogging resources!

Sign up for my Blogging Tips & Resources Newsletter.

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Why I Started a Blog

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Free Christmas Gift List Printable

Christmas Gift List Printable

Do you find it hard to keep track of who you are buying for around the holidays? Even with a smallish list of people to buy for, I always find that I need to write out a list to help me stay organized. I have a quick brainstorming session to help me think of ideas so I don’t have to scramble as Christmas Day approaches.

If you are a list-maker like I am, you may find this Christmas Gift List Printable helpful. List out who you are buying for, jot down a few ideas, and then check off once the present is purchased and wrapped.

Free Christmas Gift List Printable

Free Christmas Gift List Printable

Print the Free PDF here: Christmas Gift List Printable. I hope the printable helps you stay organized. It’s never good to find out that you accidentally purchased too many gifts for someone, but forgot another person or two!
 
The Gift List printable is part of my 12-page Christmas Planner.
 
Get organized this Christmas! Christmas Planner. Holiday Planner.

The full Christmas Planner includes the following pages:

  • Cover Page
  • Gift List
  • Christmas Card List
  • Party Planner
  • Menu Planner
  • Recipe List
  • Traditions & Memories Tracker
  • Christmas Budget
  • To-Do List
  • Notes Page
  • November Calendar Page
  • December Calendar Page

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How do you keep track of your Christmas gift purchases? 

Free Christmas Gift List Printable

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November Mini Goal: Be Thankful and Look for Joyful Moments

Be Thankful and Look for Joyful Moments

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This post is part of my 12 Mini Goals Challenge.

Small daily habits can make a big difference over the course of a few weeks, months, or even longer. In 2016, I am going to focus on a new habit or mini goal every month. In January, I focused on Daily Movement or Exercise. In February, I focused on cutting down on evening snacking. In March, my goal was 30 days of pilates. In April, my goal was to clear my kitchen counters every night. In May, I attempted to clear out my closet 3 items at a time. In June, my goal was to reset my mornings and wake up earlier. In July, my goal was to drink more water. In August, I wanted to track our daily reading. In September, I got control of our morning and evening schedules.

I often hear about people who have a gratitude journal or write down a list of what they are thankful for each evening. It’s important to always be thankful, but I have never taken the time to write down a list. I believe that we are to have a thankful heart and that we need to focus on the many blessings given by our Savior.

 My November Mini Goal: Be Thankful and Look for Joyful Moments. Record the Moments in my Mom’s One Line a Day book each day

While I was originally going to try keeping a gratitude journal in November, I decided to do a variation of it. I have the Mom’s One Line a Day: A Five-Year Memory Book and don’t write in it as consistently as I would like. The book includes one page for every day of the year and on each page it has room for 5 different years. I use the book to write in some of my daughters’ milestones but also like to write down things they say or do. I use it to write down memories and enjoy looking back at it. It’s helpful to write things down as I know I would otherwise forget much of what they say and do!


I am so grateful for my girls and so I’m going to try and write in the book consistently in November. Because I will be in the fog of life with a newborn, it will help me to step back and look for the joyous moments in my days.

Be Thankful and Look for Joyful Moments

Your November Mini Goal: Pick one of the ideas below!



If you want to read more about Gratitude Journals read: The Benefits of a Gratitude Journal and How to Maintain One

Here are a few more thankfulness activities:

Let me know if you decide to join!

I would love to have you join the 12 Mini Goals Challenge. Sign up for my mailing list if you want to be e-mailed the challenge each month. If we get to a month where the goal doesn’t fit into your life, you can always tweak it to be a mini goal that works for you.

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