May Faves & June Plans

It’s the 1st of the month and that means checking in on last month’s goals (to see how I did) and getting ready for June with some new objectives!  To keep myself accountable and because you guys seem to like taking a peek at what’s on my plate, I share those goals and how I did…every single month!  Just in case you're curious how I did with my goals for May...keep on reading (spoiler alert…check, check, and check!)!

Last week, I took a bit of a blogger vacation and took some time off from sharing new posts.  I needed to take  step back to be able to focus on new things for my website and it was a super productive time.  I’m glad to be back to writing this week and I’m beyond exciting on the changes that will be coming!

May was a fantastic month!!  In addition to getting a lot done, I had some amazing things happen and some new opportunities pop up (they’re still a bit in flux, so I can’t quite share news on anything yet!).  

One of those exciting things, as I’ll explain in my goals for June, is that I’m currently knee deep in a redesign and rebrand for my website!  I’m SO excited about it, I want to work on it in my sleep (seriously…cool stuff is a comin’!), but I’m trying to remember to keep a balance and do other things as well.  So far, that’s really helping me to be even more productive.

So…curious how May went and what’s up for June?  Let’s take a look!

What you were loving...

It’s always fun to look back and see which posts people liked best.  These were the four top posts that I published last month, so if you missed one, be sure to check them out!

How’d I Do on my May Goals?

It seems like whenever I have more on my plate, I get more done, so I planned things out and made things happen.  When I shared my goals for May last month, I was hoping I wasn’t putting too much on my plate since I had a few classes starting up as well.

But, I made sure to plan things out, kept my focus sharp and then just got things done!  I love it when I end up finishing what I set out to do and feeling that sense of accomplishment!

Healthy Goals  | Get Serious {SUCCESS}
I did good with this goal this month!  I started walking a lot more and I now have a couple of favorite paths at a park near my house.  I also started a 21 day workout program (I’m still in the middle of it) and I’ve been consistently working out and eating healthier.  

I do still have some room to improve, but I definitely took this goal to task and got a LOT more serious about it!  This month, I plan to do even more!

Blogging Goals  | Prep to open my Etsy Shop on JUNE 1 {FAIL}
Yes, I failed this goal but with a good reason.  I actually have everything ready for my new shop…but, after some blog soul searching and starting a new blog/business class, I realized to take my website to the next level, I need to do a total rebrand.

Since that will involve a new name and design, I thought it’d be best to save the shop release for after I launch my new site so I can have a consistent branding between the two.

So…my Etsy shop won’t open today, but it’s just a slight delay because better things are coming!  I will have to go through and update all my printables to align with my new brand before I can launch my shop, so I’m aiming for an end of August release!  I’ll be sure to keep you posted :).

Travel Goals  | Plan TWO European Trips {SUCCESS}
There’s a slight changes with this goal.  Last month I mentioned I would be heading to Paris for a work conference in June and I’d be tacking on a few extra days for a little solo traveling.  Well…the work trip was postponed to a later date (still undetermined at this time), so I’m down to just planning for one European trip.

For the trip my friend and I are going on in September, we booked our flights and our accommodations so we’ve got the bulk of the heavy lifting done!  Now we just have to sort out our travel arrangements between cities and start figuring out exactly what we want to see and do during our various stops.  But, there’s not a huge rush on those, so we can let things settle a bit, then dive back in later this summer.

Fun Goals  | Get Outside {SUCCESS}
I definitely took advantage of the nice weather this month and got myself outside more!  As I mentioned in my ‘healthy’ goals above, I started getting in some walks at my local park.  Also, a coworker-friend and I have started grabbing Starbucks in our building and taking a break outside in the courtyard on nice days.  So, mission accomplished!

Home Goals  | Organize my Living Room {NULL}
You might be wondering why I have ‘null’ as my status on this one…well…it’s because I didn’t really attack my living room, but I did dive into a different room.  My living room doesn’t have that much that needs to be addressed, so I’m not too worried about it.  

But, I did make a lot of headway in my spare bedroom (that has been on my list FOREVER!).  There’s still more to do, but I’m really happy to have gotten started on this and to have made a good dent in my goals for that room.

Other Goals  | Stay Focused! {SUCCESS}
Since I had so much on my plate last month, I needed to stay focused.  Since I achieved pretty much all of my goals and took on the task of starting a rebrand of my website, I think you can safely say that I accomplished this goal!

My Plans for June

I have two really big goals for June (the two blogging goals) and those will take the bulk of my time this month.  I’m trying to keep the rest of my plate a little light to make sure I have time to focus on my main objectives!

Blogging Goals  | Rebrand & Relaunch my Website
I’m hoping it’s realistic to plan for a launch of my new site by July 1.  But, I do have a lot of posts that will need updating to switch out the old branding and name, so this might cause it to go into July.  I hope not, because I’m really excited about it, so I’ll be pushing myself to make this happen and not piling too many other goals on my plate.

Blogging Goals  | Get my first e-Course Ready!
That’s right…you read that right…I’m going to be offering e-Courses very soon!  I’m working on my first one now and it’s for lifestyle bloggers and I’m really excited about it :).  Watch for more information on this on Wednesday when I give you a little taste of it.  

My plan is to open this for registration after my new site goes live, so this course won’t happen until later this summer.  But, if you’re a lifestyle blogger, you’ll want to check it out!

Home Goals  | More de-Cluttering
I got a lot done in May, but I want to keep the momentum going!  My plan is to use my breaks in my blog redesign work and eCourse work to dive into a few trouble spots and get them cleared out.  We’ll see how it goes!  If something has to fall off the list, these decluttering goals tend to be the victim.

Healthy Goals  | Keep Going
My goal for this one is simple…keep it going!  I want to keep up  with my workouts and eat even healthier.  Fortunately, in summertime, I crave salads more, so that should help!

Fun Goals  | Random Stuff!
Basically, I want to be sure I’m making time for some fun given the heavy amount of work I have on my plate for June.  I already have plans for next Sunday to go to a Country Living Fair in Rhinebeck, NY with one of my favorite people that I know!  I’m also hoping I can spot a good last minute deal for a weekend away that’s within driving distance to me.  I’d love to get away for a bit and do some exploring (while still carving out time to do some website work, lol).

Reader Survey Results

I want to start out by saying THANK YOU to those that were kind enough to take my reader survey last week.  Your answers were incredibly helpful and I will be basing some of my changes based on your awesome feedback.

Here’s a summary of what you guys think...

Who you are

All of the respondents were female (no surprise there!) and mostly in your 20s and 30s.  You are pretty much all bloggers (but not all!) and the majority of you are lifestyle bloggers.  You guys are pretty regular readers, from once a week to several times a week (thank you!!) which makes me so happy to hear!

What you like to read

The top categories and topics that you guys like reading are blogging (advice, tips & tricks) and goal setting/time management.  These were also that topics that ranked the highest in what you'd like to read more of.  This makes my heart soar because these are my favorite topics to write about!!

What you don't like to read (as much)

The main things you guys don't enjoy as much are the posts on beauty products, subscription boxes, and accessories.  And, no surprise, these topics were the top three for what you'd like to read about less.

Problems you'd like solved

Across the board, the comments you guys left tell me you want more help with your blogs.  I hear you loud and clear on this one!  

My takeaways

I am so happy that I did this survey because it really confirmed that I'm on the right path.  I LOVE writing about goal setting & time management as well as blogging, so expect more posts on these topics.  I will still do some posts here and there on beauty products and accessories, but I'll do them a little less frequently and I have some ideas to make those posts a tad more interesting :).

For those of you that are looking for more on the blogging/goal setting/time management topics, you are going to LOVE my rebrand!  I'll talk more about it as I get closer, but essentially I'll be staying a lifestyle blogger, but will really hone in on those topics as well as a healthy does of self-love/motivation/girl power since I think that is so important. As a lifestyle blogger, I'll still share other stuff from travel posts to things I love from time to time to keep it a nice, interesting mix, but the focus of my posts will lean a lot more towards those main topics :). 

Your turn, friends! What are YOUR goals for June? I’d love to hear all about them, so leave me some comments below and let’s chat it out!