Last January I laid out a few 2015 goals for myself, both personal and for my blog. Now that we are officially starting the second part of the year (yeah I can’t believe it either!) I thought it would be a good time to take a look back at how I’m doing. Where I’m excelling and where I need a bit of work.
Personal 2015 Goals
Pay Down Debt. We have continued to make progress with this over the past few months. While I can’t consider this a 100% success as we didn’t reach our goal I’m not considering it a failure either. Read this Friday’s post to find out why.
De-Clutter Our Lives. I have continued to work on getting rid of junk. I haven’t had the chance to do a yard sale this year, but that hasn’t stopped me from getting rid of stuff I didn’t need. The thrift store has been getting a lot of donations from us and with every donation our home feels a little lighter.
Menu Plan. I’m still failing at this miserably. I did sit down once and write out a plan, followed it for a week and then went back to old habits. I really need to try this again.
Get Organized. My success really depends on the day of the week with this one. I look around my house and see cluttered corners and toys strewn about but on most days I think things in this department are looking up. It’s a bit of an uphill battle that anyone with ADHD will understand. I do remind myself that at least I am working on it and that, I think, is what counts.
Blog 2015 Goals Update
In January I also made a few goals for Two Kids And A Budget. To be honest I may have aimed a little low although at the time I didn’t think I was. I’m pretty proud of the progress I made.
Grow My Blog. In January I wanted to see a total of 700 unique monthly visitors by the end of July and I hoped that by the end of this year I would see those numbers rise to 1,000. At the time I thought that was a lofty goal given that in December my unique monthly visitors only reached about 350. By March I had blown the end of the year goal out of the water and began to see my unique visitors consistently over 1,000 with June ending in 1,404! I know that is small potatoes to most of you but I think it’s great!
Increase Social Media Followers. I have exceeded my set goals here as well (for the most part). My goal back in January was to go from 194 to 500 Twitter followers, but am now currently at 754 and plan to at least make it to 1,000 by years end.
I wanted to gain 20 Pinterest followers, and am now at 57. It’s still slow but I am loving Pinterest. It really is possible to lose an entire day to that site. I always thought people were exaggerating when they said that, but nope they were right!
Start Freelancing. As I mentioned last January this is something I have been wanting to do. I haven’t yet, quite frankly because I lack the confidence to do so. Writing for yourself on your own blog is a whole different ballgame than writing for someone else.
Submit 3 Articles To Regional Parenting Magazines. This hasn’t happened yet either. I do have one article written, edited and sitting on my computer just waiting for me to send it out. Unfortunately that confidence just isn’t there yet and so I haven’t done a single thing with it yet.
The good news is these were both year long goals so, I do have a few more months to get to it. I know the worse “they” could do is say no. I just have to make myself take the leap. Somehow child birth was a lot less scary than this! :o)
Side Hustle Income. I had given myself the goal of finding a side hustle that would earn me at least $300.00 a month. This has been successful! I’m actually making a little more than that. While I am not going to share what it is (at the moment), this side hustle has allowed me to make enough to cover out unexpected medical bills, still take care of my Grandmothers and stay at home with my two boys. It has been a blessing.
Well, in all honesty I’m going to just keep plugging along. Right now I’m going to keep working on finishing the goals that I have set out for myself this year.
Since I have already exceeded my goals for unique monthly views I am now aiming to have 2,000 or more a month by the end of the year. I also plan to reach a minimum of 100 Pinterest followers and 1,000 Twitter followers by the end of the year.
Now that I have my Two Kids And A Budget app I am aiming to have 100 or more app users by the end of the year as well.
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