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December Goals (and November Update!)

It’s the beginning of the month again! That means it’s time to recap last month’s goals, and set some up for this month.

Let’s jump right in by starting with my blog goals from November:

Blog Goals

1. Promote on more than one social media platform

I actually did well on this one! Instead of just Facebook, I’m now promoting on Instagram, Pinterest, and Twitter!

2. Make at least 15 posts this month

Another success! I only missed two days in November where I didn’t post at all.

3. Find new networking groups

I got accepted into about 6 new groups! A few of them have all or nothing posts, so I’m counting this as another success.

4. Write posts ahead of time

And bingo! I’m 4-for-4 on blog goals this month! I’ve finally created an editorial calendar and I can get my posts scheduled 1-2 weeks out, with title ideas at least a month out.

It looks like I did GREAT on my blog goals this month! But what about my personal goals?

Personal Goals:

1.  Make all scheduled appointments

Nope, big fail on this one. I missed two appointments of my own (though I did reschedule!). Not cool.

2.  Start Christmas Shopping

Success! I’ve completed all major shopping, I just need to grab stocking stuffers and a few small “From Santa”gifts.

3. Develop a daily routine

I’m getting better at this, so I’ll give myself half-credit. I still sleep a little too much, but I definitely have more of a routine with the kids and blogging. We also have had friends over a few times, which I had included in this category last month.

4. Exercise 2-3 times a week

Haha. Ha. I didn’t exercise once all month. But, I did just find my Fitbit so let’s get that changed!


Personal Goals, I didn’t do so well at ALL. Big fail here. Ugh. So, let’s set up for December:

Blog Goals:

1. Get networking requirements done on time

This is super hard for me. I always finish before the deadline, but that has me staying up until 2/3am some nights because I don’t check the threads throughout the day. I need to make sure I’m setting aside an hour in the morning and one in the afternoon for this.

2. Keep track with my calendar

My editorial calendar is actually completely filled for the rest of the year! That means I just need to get behind it and make sure I’m writing and promoting the posts on time. I also need to make sure I’m leaving room for sponsored posts, and able to switch things around when necessary.

3. Increase engagement

Now that I’m promoting across a few platforms, I’m wanting to really focus on my engagement and making sure things are increasing and not stagnant. Maybe a few more followers here, some active comments there.

4. Study SEO

I’ve been trying and even made a few posts about it, but the truth is I need to start applying it to my own posts!

Personal Goals:

1. Exercise

Let’s try this again. I’d like to exercise AT LEAST once a week. Surely I can keep up with this.

2. Focus on that routine

Let’s get the other half of that routine knocked out. I want to be on top of things, breakfast made, dinner planned. I want the house staying clean and the kids exhausted by bedtime. Can I do this in my 8th month of pregnancy?

3. Make each therapy appointment

I kind of have a habit of going “Oh, I’ve had a good week. I don’t need this appointment today.” I need to remind myself that I’m not only there for me, but for how I interact with others in my daily life. No more skipping!

4. ENJOY THE HOLIDAYS

This is a big one. I want to be less stressed. I want to have a time full of fun and memories (have you SEEN all the plans I have? ((link to Hello, December))

I hope I do better on my personal goals this month!

What are your personal goals this month? Give me one of them in comments below!

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November Goals

I’ve recently started making efforts to be more intentional in my day to day life. I really want to try and live more in the moment, and less in the past or future. I want to make every day, every second last. I won’t get to redo the early years of my marriage or the childhood years with my children. I need to make this /count/.

With it being the beginning of November, I’ve decided I’m going to try something new! Each month, I’m going to list a few goals, both for the blog and my personal life. At the beginning of the next month, I will update y’all on my progress on the previous month’s goals and then set some new ones for that current month. I’m really hoping this helps me be more intentional about how I’m spending my time and helps hold myself accountable.

Let’s dive in!

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1. Promote on more than one social media platform

Currently, I’m just using my facebook page  to share my posts each morning when they go live. I’m hoping to find ways to incorporate at least one other social media platform into my daily promotions. I’m still researching which platform I think will work the best for us!

2. Make at least 15 posts this month

Since I’ve /just/ gotten back into the blogosphere, I want to build up my archives quickly so my links actually lead you somewhere. I’m aiming for daily posts, but I’m just going to set a goal of 15 because life happens and we have a /lot/ of Thanksgiving plans throughout the month.

3. Find new networking groups

I’m presently only in two networking groups on facebook. I’m wanting to find a few more to extend my reach and find new blogs to read/follow. I also really enjoy the engagement threads and commenting on other posts. I would love to find a group that does a lot of all-or-nothing posts, if you know of any PLEASE let me know in the comments!

4. Write posts ahead of time

I’m wanting to try and get two to three posts written in one sitting, as opposed to sitting up at two in the morning trying to finish the post before it’s expected to go live. This could really help make blogging more enjoyable, and a little less stressful for me. Any tips?

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1.  Make all scheduled appointments

I’ve had issues with getting to my appointments. I usually think “Oh, I can just reschedule for next week”.. and then the next week.. and then the next. I’m aiming to make all of our appointments on time, both mine, AND the kids’.

2.  Start Christmas Shopping

Normally, I would be halfway done with this by now. With all of the financial setbacks from Hurricane Harvey, we just haven’t been able to. I want to at least knock out the presents for all of the kids in our families, as well as the friend circles we’re exchanging with. Adults will understand more if they don’t get presents, but I never like disappointing kids.

3. Develop a daily routine

Right now, my routine is a mess. Sometimes I get up to make breakfast for my husband, sometimes I sleep until the kids get up. I might clean during their nap-time, or I take a nap myself. Don’t even get me started on days when we have plans that take us outside of the house. I want to build a routine that I can stick to, and that is adaptable on days when we have appointments or plans with family/friends.

4. Exercise 2-3 times a week

Even if it’s just a small walk around the park, I really want to be a little more active. With baby Jade on the way, I want to establish good habits that I can stick to once she’s here. I’m going to be SO busy with three kids. I want to be healthy, plus it’s really good for my mental health as well. Self-care is SUPER important.
I’m really looking forward to being able to update y’all on these goals next month! I’m super hopeful that I’ll be able to at least hit two out of each category.

Do you have any goals for the month? If you don’t, try to think of at least one and let me know in the comments below!

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Blog Revamped!

Hey guys! As you’ve noticed, I’ve been gone a little over a year. I just couldn’t keep up with the unrealistic expectations I had set for myself and the image of my blog. So, let’s get into the NEW AND IMPROVED thesouthernsmiths!

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We’re going to get real this year. I’m going to share everything this time. The ups, the downs, the awesome and the not-so-awesome. So, what’s in store this time?

Real world family updates. Poop on the walls? Accidentally slept in and the kids went wild in the house? 30-minute speed cleaning when your husband’s on the way home and you honestly did NOTHING all day? Screaming at the family to get dressed on Sunday mornings? Yeah. I’m not perfect. Neither are you!

Holiday posts, and LOTS of them! I’ve already got one planned for an AMAZING night we had this past weekend that was everything fall is supposed to be (in my humble opinion). I’ll share tips on planning for Thanksgiving, Friendsgiving, and mommy group potlucks! We’ll share our present buying struggles and ideas, as well as the hustle and bustle of Christmas at 8 months pregnant (oh, joy!).

Home management tips! I’ll be sharing my favorite apps for meal planning, keeping everyone’s schedules together, facebook events (and who to send “real” invites to)! I’ll share cleaning schedules, easy weeknight recipes (and of course, my meal planning rotation board). Ways to keep carpets clean with two (soon to be three) extremely excitable children, cheap seasonal decorating ideas, it’s ALL coming.

And of course, we’ll get open and honest about mental health advocacy. I’ll share tips on finding low-income resources for mental health care, including finding coupons for medication without insurance, and cheap therapy options in your area. Mental health is so, so ridiculously important. Especially for mothers, with postpartum hormones, learning to take care of a new life, and managing a home (especially if you also work!).

I’m so, so excited to be back with you guys and to finally be -real-.

How have y’all been? Did you miss us?

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