During last week’s blog-cation, which was spent enjoying a fantastic get-away with my family to the White Mountains of New Hampshire (more details on that later this week!), I was able to set aside a little bit of time one morning, that I spent by myself in reflection. Looking back on the year so far and the summer that I am enjoying with my family, and then considering the start of the school year that lies ahead of me…. and what I would like to accomplish between now and the close of 2012. So I set a few fall goals for myself…..
Goal #1: Direct more attention and energy to my commitment to be healthy
I think this is roughly the 4th time this year that I have “announced” here or on my Momof6 facebook page that I intend to cut out the junk food and processed foods, and start exercising regularly. So here it is again. And yes, I have a plan…. I have actually written out a schedule for daily exercise. I have my food journal ready to go and an eating plan to follow. And yes, I am cutting chardonnay out of my regular food groups (at least for now).
Goal #2: Set some stronger work / life boundaries
Even as I type this goal, I am up at 5:30am typing on my laptop in bed. Most evenings you will find me working in bed from 9-11pm, and this summer- it’s been every early morning too. And when I work like this, I read less, I spend less time just hanging out with Steve, I spend less time on myself. It’s not the balance I am looking for. Perhaps I should ban my laptop from my bedroom…… (nah- that’s just crazy talk!)
Goal #3: No more multi-tasking after school
Unless that multi-tasking involves juggling carpools and kids schedules. But no more trying to get one more twitter party done, one more post written, one more email sent during the time that I should be working with my kids on homework and helping them with reading and math. Perhaps I should ban my laptop from the kitchen too!
Goal #4: Get back to focusing on my Momof6 goals!
So in May I delivered this presentation at Bloggy Boot Camp Philly on how to grow your blog traffic…. and pretty much ever since then I have watched my traffic fall. I have stopped using my own formula of examining and tweaking internally and externally to improve Momof6. And while I do not think that the blog is going to get a physical makeover this fall (as it did last year), my facebook page sure needs one! But I do need to re-focus my content to get “back to my roots” of organizing a Mom’s life! And I have been doing almost no external work- such as guest posting, contributing to link ups, etc. It’s time to start executing some of the ideas that have been brewing in my brain!
Goal #5: Earn $ for the kids college fund!
I love, love, love the work that I am doing for iVillage right now as the coordinator for the iVoices program and for iVote. And I am hoping that we have laid some groundwork this summer to make this program bigger, more focused, and gain additional opportunities for the women and men who contribute to iVoices. Oh yeah- and this work allows me to earn income which gets funneled immediately into my kids college fund. There is no understating the importance of this to me!
Each week Nicole from Moments that Define Life and I present our Listable Life Link -Up! Link up to today’s topics which are: 5 Fall Goals for Blogging (in honor of those returning from Blogher) OR 5 All Time Favorite Photos of Me and My Hubby (or significant other) OR link up a list post of your choice! Link up here or at Nicole’s blog and have your post displayed in both places! We’d love for you to join us! Next week’s topics are:
5 Things I would buy for myself right NOW online if I had the money OR 5 Things I Didn’t Expect About Parenthood
So please link up if you wrote a blog post… or please take a moment to leave a comment and share…. ask question?
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