February 2016 Goal

February 2016 Goals

This first month of 2016 flew by. It’s also been very irregular January as it’s the 31st and I’m sitting on my porch and it’s in the 70s’ … oh Texas.

So before we jump into February’s goals let’s review how I did in January.

January 2016 Goals

Personal

No just no. I have to be 100% honest I didn’t read a single sentence of either of this books this month. I have been super busy and by that last 30 minutes of the night all I really wanted to do was watch an episode of Futurama on Netflix.

  • Deep clean the new tub so I can get back to weekly bubble baths for relaxation.

Nope I did not do this at all. I’ve wiped it out but that isn’t good enough. Between being sick, my washer breaking :(, guest posts and some things I’m not ready to reveal yet…I have been swamped!

  • Hang up my art in the new apartment.

Nope! I have my diploma and a canvas piece a friend gave me a few years back hanging but I just haven’t been able to decide what pieces I painted fit into my new home. It’s just such a different layout than my old place and very different colors. Maybe it means I need to make new stuff.

  • Don’t get a sinus infection. Hopefully I can keep up the good health. If I make it past February I should be in the clear.

I failed hard at this but it was bittersweet. I took some time off work to recover. Rested and watched a lot of new movies on Netflix…hey back off no one wants to read when their brain feels like an 8-ball all full of liquid.

Blog and Freelance Goals

    • Post twice weekly

Yes! This took a lot of focus and time but thankfully I managed to nail it.

    • Be more consistent with newsletter.

Since I started my blog my newsletter has been a very inconsistent thing. I started with just the automatic wordpress emails, that sent every time I posted. Then I moved to mailchimp, which was better but I was trying to write one every week and it seemed like too much then I decided once every other week and that turned into every three weeks. But his year I’ve decided bi-weekly is the most manageable way to go while I still have so much going on and as I grow my list.

    • Be more consistent sharing my posts on other sites.

I have an awesome spreadsheet I use to track my blog posts and sharing them on other sites to help with traffic ( I will have it available for you all to download soon and I’m super excited to share it because it makes it so easy to keep track of.) I’ve done a really good job of this year and traffic has been great!

  • Work on my first webinar.

While I’ve gotten some work done on it, it hasn’t been completed just because of all the other irons in the fire but it is coming and I am so excited!

    • Publish at least 2 pieces on other sites (at least one paid)

I’m happy to say my month of rejection is over! After a discouraging December, I managed to publish 3 contributor posts this month and already have another lined up for next month.

Check them out here:

Do Men Keep Ghosting You? How to Stop it From Happening Again… on Digital Romance

What I learned about adulting from binge watching friends on HelloGiggles

I’m A Young Black American, And This Is Why I Disagree With Stacey Dash on Elite Daily

 

  • Gain at least 15 new subscribers.

Sadly I did not get my 15 via my MailChimp plugin but my site reboot isn’t totally finished and I did gain 15 between my Bloglovin account and email list…so partial victory. 

318! Yay! This was probably in large part to me posting more and using more hashtags. 

1,088! I cannot believe I reached not only my goal but more than 150 followers over it! Thank you so much. I think a large part of this is I have been really utilizing HootSuite and sharing useful content from other sites. Also I have been using images in my tweets more often and actively participated in a few Twitter chats.  

214! This was really shocking and exciting. Thank you again if you follow. I think the growth here was because I started posting more often. I didn’t want to over post when I created my page so for  while I was only sharing posts once and on the day they came out. Now I’ve started trying to post at least 2 times a day. Not just my own content but other interesting content. I also have started posted questions to grow engagement on my page.

402! I have really been trying to up my Pinterest game. It really isn’t hard to do, you just have to be consistent. Creating better graphics for my own site has been a huge help!

  • Clean out my emails

My constant battle. On my personal email I managed to do a good job of this. In my business email it has been a lot of back and forth. One of the biggest reasons was because I did sign up for a few new newsletters. I don’t regret it because I have gotten some very interesting content but it is often hard to keep up with it all.

  • Create a blogging consistency for irregular posts like recipes or funny stories.

I wanted to post some recipes last month but other things just felt more important at the time.  I have gotten more into a trend of Blogging posts on Monday and Lifestyle posts on Thursdays. I think that as I continue to grow my brand and write for other sites 2 times a week is an attainable posting ratio. 

    • Create a Facebook Group for the Mastermind Group and have 2 meetings this month.

While I did finally great a group for my mastermind group, two of the wonder ladies who originally joined had to drop out because of scheduling but I have found 2 new members and am so excited to have the 2nd meeting of our group this week.

(Also, keep an eye out for my upcoming post about the importance of mastermind and lead groups.)

Health and Fitness

  • Get back in the habit of eating all meals at home at least 5 days a week

Did pretty good on this for the simple fact  I wasn’t eating much and bought a big bag of frozen fish and big bag of greens.  There is always room for improvement but little by little becomes a lot.

  • Get back into meatless Mondays

I didn’t do every Monday! But I did a 3rd of them and to be honest I really do love how I feel when I do it.

  • Work out at least 3 times a week 30 minutes to 1 hour or 12 hours a month want to have the group ready to go to kick off the new year.

I suck! I still have not gotten in the gym! But I already have my gym clothes laid out so I can go in the morning.

 

Last month’s highlights:

  • I’ve been planning my product launch.
  • Wrote my first pieces on Digital Romance and Elite Daily.
  • Scheduled my first live Blab! Be there or be square…. more details to come.
  • Sarah Michelle will be at Blogher 16 and I am doing all kinds of crazy dances on the inside! I love her #buffyandspikeforever.
  • Also something else big is happening in my life and while I’m not ready to officially announce it, I am very excited and it has taken up a lot of time (no mom I’m not pregnant).

Okay so while I had an AMAZING month personally, it doesn’t really show in my goals. I got a lot done and made a lot of big moves which you will slowly be hearing about soon but between being sick the first 2 ½ weeks of the new year and life obligations, like finally booking a place for my bestie’s bridal shower, I have been otherwise swamped.

February 2016 Goals

Personal

  • Read Year of Yes. I’m going to bring this down to 1 book a month until things calm down or at least even out.
  • Finalize the details for my best friend’s Bachelorette Party.
  • Organize my closet. At my old apartment everything in my closet was organized by color and type (I know I’m intense…but I loved it.)
  • Celebrate what would have been my grandmother’s 87th birthday on February 2nd. It’s the first birthday since we lost her and I want to do something to honor her.
  • Find a bedside table so I can stop living out of the boxes of shorts and t-shirts in my closet.

Blog and Freelance Goals

    • Post twice weekly
    • Be more consistent with newsletter.
    • Be more consistent sharing my posts on other sites.
    • Work on my first webinar.
    • Publish at least 2 pieces on other sites (at least one paid)
    • Gain at least 15 new subscribers.
    • Have 350 Instagram followers
    • Have 1,125 twitter followers
    • Have 230 Facebook Page likes
    • Have 425 Pinterest Followers
    • Continue to post to Facebook twice daily
    • Schedule posts on Twitter each night for the next day
    • Pin at least 30 pins a day
    • Post to Instagram at least 5 times a week. A mix of personal and blogging.

Health and Fitness

Keeping these the same since I majorly failed on them!

  • Use my crock pot more. At least twice a month.
  • Use my new blender to make green smoothies at least 3 times a week.
  • Participate in meatless Mondays
  • Workout at least 2 times a week.

 

Wish me luck!

How did your goal go in January? What are you hoping to accomplish in February? Share below! 🙂

%d bloggers like this: