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2013 Blogging Goals – Check-in #1

Is anyone else completely floored that it is already February and one month of 2013 is already gone? It feels like I blinked and the month of January was over! I’m not a huge fan of winter so you won’t find me complaining about the fact that each passing day is one day closer to warmer weather! My toes are longing for freedom 🙂

Since I set out to become more goal conscious this year, I wanted to take a moment and check in to see how I am doing on my blogging goals for 2013!

  1. Post at least 3 times a week. With the exception of last week, I’ve done pretty good at this! Last week I was recovering from a respiratory infection, nursing a severely pulled chest muscle, and fighting my asthma (for the first time in years) so I’ll give myself a pass. I did a lot of work outside of blog posts preparing for the 2nd annual Blogging For Endometriosis Awareness campaign as well so I’m proud of myself thus far.
  2. Read & COMMENT on at least 3 blogs a day. Definitely making much more of an effort to leave comments! Being able to read blogs on my mobile device (whether my phone or tablet) is really handy but it has made me lazy since I am rarely reading a post on the blog itself so I had become lazy in actually clicking over from Google Reader to the blog post to leave a comment. Anyone else struggle with this? But I am really working on it. I know how much it makes me smile to see a comment on a post I have really put my heart into so hopefully taking an extra minute or two and let the writer know how appreciative I am of his or her writing helps make them smile too!
  3. Guest blog at least 3 times throughout the year. Keeping my eyes open for opportunities!
  4. Feature at least 3 new guest bloggers here at A New Kind of Normal this year. I just sent an email a few minutes ago lining up a guest writer for next month and have a couple of others I’m talking to! Hopefully I will have the opportunity be a hostess to many more than three guests this year!
  5. Organize & complete the 2nd annual Blogging for Endometriosis Awareness campaign. In progress and I am SO excited! Check out this post for details!
  6. Grow blog stats by 20%. I need to revisit algebra and figure out how to calculate my total growth percentage but overall for the month of January all of my numbers grew! Not by leaps and bounds but steady and I’m more than thankful and honored that people continue to visit (and hopefully read) here at A New Kind of Normal! I have been so blessed by this community that I hope to continue to share the love for years to come!
  7. Attend Type A Conference in Atlanta in September! Still on the calendar but I’m hoping for a roommate to help save on expenses! Since we are considering disability, I am looking to save on costs wherever I can so if you are going and looking for a roomie (or know someone who is) please let me know!
  8. Follow through the book Mom Blog SEO by the awesome Kelby CarrI haven’t started this yet as I’m finishing up Simple Blogging by Rachel Meeks! Definitely recommend it! Definitely a great way to start off the year inspired!
  9. Have head shots taken! We are hoping to have family pictures taken next month. Should I work in a couple of head shots during this family session or have a complete separate shoot and make it more of a “me” day?

How are you doing with your 2013 goals so far?

 

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Sharing Our Spoons: November Goals

Its time for another monthly link up of Sharing Our Spoons!

Here are the goal guidelines:

  1. Physical: could be weight loss or exercise related or it could be goals like eating more veggies or cutting soda
  2. Mental/Emotional: take a day to be alone, write a letter, paint, etc
  3. Spiritual: start a new devotional book, commit a certain amount of time a day for prayer/meditation
  4. Something fun: Take time to treat yourself – maybe a pedicure or Starbucks (if you don’t typically splurge for specialty coffee)
  5. BONUS: One thing to get you out of your comfort zone a week – try something new, sign up for a class you maybe have been putting off.

Progress linkups will be posted the first Tuesday of every month!

 

Here were my goals for September & the changes I plan to make for October!:

  • Physical: Cut back to one soda a day.  I have totally backslidden on this goal.  Ugh. I’ve struggled more with nausea this month (hopefully that is not a sign of pending problems) so I’ve leaned a little more on it than I most definitely should as I’m not eating as much. For November, I’m going to shift gears and focus on being more active. I have the opportunity to review a new at-home workout system so my goal is to do at least 20 minutes of exercise 3 times a week! I cannot wait to share the details!
  • Mental/Emotional: Schedule lunch with a former professor to help gain perspective on the impact of this most recent surgery and help reassess my goals as far as how my illness affects my ministry. I finally had lunch with my professor and it was amazing!  Now to make it a regular event! For November, my goal is to complete National Health Blog Post with WeGo Health (which you probably have noticed has already kicked off). The prompts are so well-rounded and really address all aspects of living with illness.
  • Spiritual: Read How to Start A Chronic Illness Small Group Ministry by Lisa Copen and continue to pray for God’s guidance in whether or not to start a group locally. Still working on getting it finished (and still loving it). My goal is to be absolutely finished by the end of the month! One of the prompts for NHBPM is to review a book so I can kill two birds with one stone.
  • Something fun: Participate in What I Wore Wednesday blog linkups at least 3 times this month. Another fail. I am not taking this done because it is something I really, really want to do darnit! I just got a tripod and remote for my camera so I cannot use the excuse of forgetting to have J take a picture!
  • BONUS: Take a step out of your comfort zone. October was Tough Stuff Month over at WeGo Health and they hosted a blog carnival and I wanted to link up with at least one blog post! My post Choosing Hope vs Facing Reality was definitely a very difficult post to write. My mouse hovered over the publish button before building the courage to click it and I am so thankful for all of the words of encouragement and support I received in response. You all are amazing and your support and kindness mean the world to me! This month I’m taking it light and my bonus goal is to plan a special date for my husband and I on vacation! We are heading the beach in a couple weeks and my parents will be joining us for part of the trip and I plan to take advantage of the free babysitting! It has definitely been too long since we had a date night so since we’ll be away from home I want to step it up and notch! I’ve already picked out a new dress and hope to plan out a couple more surprises 🙂

 

What are your goals for the month? You can link up your blog post in the linky below or leave your goals in a comment!

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Sharing Our Spoons – October Goals

Its time for another monthly link up of Sharing Our Spoons! Initially we tried to make this a weekly linkup but working on five goals a week was pretty intensive and way too much pressure so collectively we decided to try making SOS a monthly linkup! I think this will allow for some short-term goals but will help create long-term perspective as well! I hope you all decide to join in!

Here are the goal guidelines:

  1. Physical: could be weight loss or exercise related or it could be goals like eating more veggies or cutting soda
  2. Mental/Emotional: take a day to be alone, write a letter, paint, etc
  3. Spiritual: start a new devotional book, commit a certain amount of time a day for prayer/meditation
  4. Something fun: Take time to treat yourself – maybe a pedicure or Starbucks (if you don’t typically splurge for specialty coffee)
  5. BONUS: One thing to get you out of your comfort zone a week – try something new, sign up for a class you maybe have been putting off.

Progress linkups will be posted the first Tuesday of every month!

 

Here were my goals for September & the changes I plan to make for October!:

  • Physical:Cut back to one soda a day. Since my surgery, Coke has been my trusty companion because of the nausea. Now that we have the nausea controlled to a minimum, its time to cut the cord. So far I’ve been lucky enough to maintain the 20 lb weight loss from surgery but I need to start making healthier choices starting with soda. I’m getting started on this one! I have started making myself drink a full water bottle (the one I use is 24oz) before I am allowed to have a Coke and I’ve been keeping the 12oz bottles on hand (versus the 20oz) and once I’m done, its back to water. Sometimes in the evening, I sneak another one since its often when nausea creeps in but I need to find a better substitute! I’m not completely down to my goal but I’m getting there! Hanging onto this goal for another month!
  • Mental/Emotional: Schedule lunch with a former professor to help gain perspective on the impact of this most recent surgery and help reassess my goals as far as how my illness affects my ministry. Fail. Sending email today to schedule a lunch date!
  • Spiritual: Read How to Start A Chronic Illness Small Group Ministry by Lisa Copen and continue to pray for God’s guidance in whether or not to start a group locally. Loving this book! I’m about 1/3 of the way through and it has really made me think! I’ve already spoken with my pastor and he is totally behind starting up this ministry for our church and community! There is quite a bit of planning to do before we are ready to kick off but we are definitely moving in the right direction! Plan to write a review of the book when I’m done!
  • Something fun: Participate in What I Wore Wednesday blog linkups at least 3 times this month. Another fail. MUST.DO.THIS.
  • BONUS: I am working on a big project which is definitely taking me out of my comfort zone! MAJORLY! I cannot wait to share the details with you guys and will definitely need your help once its launched! I don’t want to share too much right now but it revolves around taking a big step to help spread endometriosis awareness! DONE! My Dear NASCAR was the big project I was working on and I could still use your help on keeping the word out there! This project definitely does not have an end date! This month is Tough Stuff Month over at WeGo Health and they are hosting a blog carnival and I want to link up with at least one blog post! This will be a step out of my comfort zone as the topics, as the title says, are the tough things we often find it hard to talk about such as disability, denial, and fear. I had the honor of being a part of a discussion panel with WeGo Health and ButYouDontLookSick covering the topic of parenting and chronic illness and words cannot describe how much I enjoyed it. I not only got to share a part of my story and hopefully encourage some other moms out there but I received so much encouragement myself! It has motivated me that much more to stay an active health advocate! We were not able to cover all of the topics we were hoping so we are invited back for a part two! They will be posting the link to yesterday’s discussion this week so I will let you know the link as well as the date for part two!

 

What are your goals for the month? You can link up your blog post in the linky below or leave your goals in a comment!