Thursday, April 2, 2015

Goals for April and March Goal Review

This year, I started writing monthly goals on the blog as a way to motivate myself to get things done and stay accountable. Here's this month's recap and next month's set of goals for my home, my blog, and my family or personal life. 

March Goal Recap:

Monthly Goals March Recap | www.shealennon.com

Home: 

1. Finish organization projects started last month. Done. I bought a bin to store the cleaning supplies under the sink. I also bought a bulletin board and some desk supplies to corral the coupons, mail, and other desk-related papers. 

2. Hang updated family pictures on the wall. Yes, I did do this! See this blog post for the details on how I hung my photos up. 

3. Sharpen knives. Done! A good, sharp kitchen knife makes such a difference. 

Blog: 

1. Create a media kitI can't say that I won't make changes to it or tweak it to fit the brand I'm pitching, but I do have a completed media kit ready to go if a brand asks for one. It only took me 5 years of blogging... 

2. Use social media consistentlyI'm using it more consistently than I did before, so I'll check this one off. I don't have a posting schedule or anything like that, but I've accepted the fact that while blogging isn't my day job, that probably won't happen. I'm posting regularly on all my social media channels, which is more than I was doing in the past.

Fun / Family: 

1. Fill photo album with February pictures and memories, and print photos for March. Done! 

2. Take Jona to a local kid-friendly place or event. We went to a couple of kid-friendly places last month. One was a restaurant called Fritz's that caters to kids with its train theme; a train even comes around the tracks and brings the food to your table. The food wasn't great, but Jona loved looking at the trains and saying "choo choo!" The other "event" we went to was an Easter egg hunt at our church. I know he didn't understand why he was supposed to find and pick up eggs, but he sure had fun picking them up and putting them in his basket!

3. Try a new hairstyle. Yes, I veered away from my usual straightening and styled my hair in waves a few times! Here's an Instagram shot for proof. 

April Goals:

Monthly Goals April Goals | www.shealennon.com

Home: 

1. Organize and clear clutter from my dresser. I would consider myself to be a very organized person. However, I feel like I'm constantly battling clutter at home. Little things that I'll just set aside to deal with "later" pile up and then later comes and I have so. much. stuff. So my dresser is this month's clutter-clearing project. 

2. Frame prints. I'm terrible about getting prints framed. Let's hope I can get a couple taken care of this month. (Isn't this one cute?)

3. Finish dining room shelves. Although I accomplished my goal of putting up shelves in our dining room in February, the shelves are still somewhat bare. I just need to add some photos or knickknacks to each shelf so they look "done." 

Blog: 

1. Pitch a brand or blog I'd like to collaborate with. I mentioned in this post that I'd like to do more collaborating. Now that my media kit is in order I feel a little more prepared to do that. I'm attending Go Blog Social this weekend, and I know I'll be getting even more ideas there.

2. Make mission and vision statements visible on my blog. I have these statements (also seen here), but they're not explicitly shown on my blog. 

Fun / Family: 

1. Fill photo album with March pictures and print photos for April. Same goal, different month.

2. Makeover my breakfast routine. I've been eating (dry) cereal for breakfast for years and years, and my excuse has always been that I don't have time to eat anything better. However, I'm so tired of cereal. It's expensive, usually not all that healthy, and it doesn't keep me full for long. I'm always hungry again by mid-morning. I'm going to scour my breakfast Pinterest board for quick and easy or make-ahead breakfast ideas that I can eat every morning instead of cereal. 

3. Put together a Shutterfly album for Jona's first year. Yeah, I still haven't made an album or baby book for the first year of Jona's life. #momfail You know I have enough pictures to fill multiple albums though, so it's about time I got them organized. I love Megan's idea of making a photobook on Shutterfly, saving it, and then waiting for one of their awesome sales to buy it. It will be a big project, but I need to get it done. 

What are your goals for April?

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26 comments:

  1. I love the idea of creating little goals for the month. One of my goals would be to actually create goals! But I think I've told you before that you are way more organized than I! I am more of a day to day person, but I think a few goals would be nice! And yay for checking them all off!

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  2. I know it, I can't wait to put away the tights and thick socks. It's rainy here today too though... :( I hope the warm weather comes your way soon Kiki!

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  3. Me too--the smell of something in the oven is the best! Well, eating it is better I guess :)

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  4. Thanks Krysten! I should start a delivery service, haha :)

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  5. You did great on checking off your goals for the month, that is awesome! I need to do something similar for mail and coupons and stuff at our house. It's such a mess right now. I'm so jealous about Go Blog Social - I was even offered a free ticket to go if I blogged about it, but I found out last week, kind of last minute to try and make travel arrangements and with it being Easter weekend I decided against it, but I would have been able to meet you, so I'm bummed! I hope you have fun!!

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  6. Good luck on your colabrations and at Go Blog Social!!
    Melanie @ meandmr.com

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  7. Thanks!! I've had fun thinking of things I want to accomplish each month. But sometimes that's a fault...I wish I could be more "live in the moment" sometimes; I have a hard time with spontaneity :)

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  8. Oh man that would have been AWESOME to meet you there!! But I totally understand with it being Easter weekend and all. It only works for me since I live here where it's hosted, otherwise I probably wouldn't have been able to do it either. I'm excited, I'll have to do a recap of how it goes on the blog! :)

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  9. Thank you Melanie, it will be fun!

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  10. Not a #momfail. My son is almost 2 1/2 and I still haven't ordered the book I made on shutterfly for his first year. Your post has inspired me to finally finish it and get it here!

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  11. You slayed the March goals! :)

    Have fun at GBS this weekend!

    -Ashley
    Le Stylo Rouge

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  12. Good, that makes me feel better. That first year is such a blur...nothing got done, I swear. Now I'm playing catch-up :) At least you have the book MADE. I need to do that--that's the hardest part!

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  13. You have been awesome with the goal reaching. Good for you for making the media kit and working on more goals for your blog. You have a good blog and more people and brands need to know about it. I'm glad you like the Shutterfly idea. It's working for me. They have an option of adding pocket sheets at the end for keeping mementos as well. (Psst I still haven't added a photo of Julia's second birthday party to her baby book--it was in October!)

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  14. Thanks so much Megan! I appreciate that ;)
    I do really like the Shutterfly idea and I hope I can get that done this month! I like the option of the pocket sheet too, that's a good idea. (And that makes me feel better for being behind!)

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  15. Look at you and all these goals Mme! Are you still working on library sciences? I kinda wish I was going to GBS this weekend since I'll be home but I just want to relax haha after doing a merchandising package for school I'm a little worn out.


    xoxo
    Chanel
    JeMappelleChanel.com

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  16. it's so inspiring to see you check off your goals and get set up for april. i'm excited to see the brands+blogs+creatives that you decide to collaborate with, and i also wanna hear how the conference goes!!

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  17. Thanks Sonia! No, I took a break from library science...it was just too much with work and being a mom :) Hopefully I'll pick it back up though. And that would have been great to see you at GBS, but I totally understand needing to rest!! :)

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  18. Thanks Jennifer!! :) Hopefully April will come with more checking off. And I'm excited about the conference, it should be fun!

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  19. I'm loving that dress! So perfect for spring! I wanted to find something similar to Easter this weekend, but no luck. I did find a super cute springy top, so jeans and a top it is! :)

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  20. Ugh, that reminds me of my fail on the 1-year photo album too. My mom suggested that make it and wait until a sale idea to me ages ago, but I have yet to make it, and these sales keep passing by! LOVE Jona and the Easter egg hunt - so cute and fun.

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  21. I know me too, every time I SEE one of the sales I'm like, Oh crap I really need to make this dang album!! This month, fingers crossed...
    The Easter egg hunt was fun, he's ready for the "real thing" (you know, in our living room) on Sunday.

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  22. Thanks Jenna! I've been wanting a pretty springy top too--something about spring always makes me want to shop!

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  23. Oh my gosh, that skillet cookie looks fantastic! Also, I love that photo of Jona on the slide! He's getting to be such a big boy!!

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  24. You're such a rockstar with all of your goals :) I really like the organization goals you put together - that's one of my big goals for April too...except instead of the dresser (I don't have one), it's decluttering in the kitchen and in my closet especially!

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  25. Thanks, it was pretty tasty! And yes, he is growing up (too!) fast! :)

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  26. Thank you!! I feel like organization is a never-ending project...as soon as I tackle one thing there are about a million more waiting for me. Oh well :) Good luck with your kitchen/closet projects!

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