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Discover February 2017 Goals

Discover something new each month with your goals.

January was quite a whirlwind with having a newborn. My mom was with me a few weeks in December and January to help with Evelyn. And, I had a really hard time adjusting once she left. I’m actually currently in Utah–I have spent about 10 days back in Utah with my mom. This postpartum and the bowel issues Evelyn has been having and the transition to two really took a toll on me. So, although I did well on some goals this month, I didn’t do well on others.

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Tayler is a work at home mom. She does free lance articles and dabbles in graphic design and virtual assisting for bloggers. She spent 3 years as a history and English teacher. Her passions are her husband, two children, history, reading, nature, and her Savior, Jesus Christ.

Intentional December 2016 Goals

It's the last month of the year. Stay intentional with your goals in December!

It is the last month of the year. The last month to really focus on my mission statement for this year: Be Intentional, Have Contentment, and Bloom Where You Are Planted. Before I go over November’s goals and share this month’s goals with you, I wanted to look back over the year and see how I’ve done.

Overall, I think I have done a really good job keeping these things in mind. I didn’t set New Year’s Resolutions because I wanted to do monthly goals. I knew that would help me concentrate and keep my mission statement alive. Although there were some months that I did pretty poorly with my goals, as well as being content, intentional, and blooming where I was planted, I have to say that overall, I did a good job. This was a tough year: moving in with my parents, Justin losing a job, getting pregnant at a bad time (although we didn’t know it at the time), moving to Texas away from family, having a hard pregnancy. But, we’ve come through happy. I feel more content that I have in a long time. I have friends here in Texas and feel that I am blossoming. I also try to be intentional with my time…although sometimes that’s super hard this pregnancy. But, I want to consider this year a success with my mission statement.

Even though I didn’t set any resolutions, I did have year long goals I wanted to achieve with my blog:

1) I want to get all my social media platforms to at least 500 followers each. | I got close…Instagram and Pinterest are about 450 followers…but, I really didn’t focus to much on intentional growth, really, just organic growth.
2) I want to start offering different variations and levels of virtual assisting, | I signed up for UpWork and have been making about $200 a month being a virtual assistant to BeYOUtifully Made, doing some blog designing, and writing a lot of freelance articles. I’ve even opened up an Etsy shop! I know that’s not virtual assisting or freelancing, but it is a work from home “business.”
3) I want to successfully run a blogger exchange, as well as a link up. | Didn’t attempt this…I’ll try next year.
4) I want to transfer to WordPress. 5) I want to redesign my blog–on my own. | I’m putting these two together because they both did get done, but I didn’t do them. Madison from Grace and Vine Studios transferred me over to WordPress and redesigned my blog for me in February. I loved it! She also kept with me for a while after, giving me tips and advice as I helped April from BeYOUtifully Made transfer her blog over as well (and I redesigned it for her).
6) I want to improve my blog photography and image creation skills. | Organically, I have. I’m being more intentional with my photos and some easy photoshopping through online programs. I have also focused a lot on image creation skills by making a lot of prints and opening my Etsy shop.
It's the last month of the year. Stay intentional with your goals in December!

How I Did in November

Blogging & Work

Make and complete plan for opening my Etsy shop. | Complete: The Morrell Tale Design is open for business! Make sure you check out this giveaway–Friday the 1st is the last day to enter!!

Earn $300 in freelancing. | No…closer to $200. But, that’s ok. Some months are going to be slower than others.

Stay caught up with blogging and free lancing. | Off and on.

Health

Workout 3x a week for at least 20 minutes | Nope nope nope. I’ve had a lot of pain this past month…and a lot of fatigue. But, I did do a lot of walking….

NO SNACKS AFTER RHYS GOES TO BED | Nope nope nope nope nope. I suck at this.

Marriage & Family

Finish Morrell ornaments | Complete! Once my MIL sends us all our packages, I’ll share my ornament and the “How-To” on the blog…in the next week and a half!

Try 2 new recipes | Nope. But Justin did with cooking our first Thanksgiving turkey! It’s the first year in our married life that we didn’t go to family for Thanksgiving dinner.

Make a nesting list and schedule it out to prepare for Evelyn | Done, and I’ve started to check some of it off.

3x tot school a week with Rhys | No, but I did create two file folder games for him…I’ll be making a lot more and will launch a whole line after the new year on my Etsy shop!

2x a week game night with Justin | We did very well with this the second half of the month–just about every night we played either Rummikub or Mario Party.

Personal & Religious

Finish the Old Testament | Done! Now working on Preach My Gospel before I head into the New Testament. My goal is to be done by February.

Finish 4 books. | Done! Did 4.5! Here are the book reviews!

Order a 2017 planner | Done! Last year I used Passion Planner, this year I used Erin Condren, and now next year I’m going to use Plum Paper!

December Goals

Blogging & Work

  • Get up to 200 followers on my Etsy shop’s Instagram
  • Get up to 100 favorites for my Etsy shop
  • Get at least 5 bloggers to collaborate with me for my Etsy shop–sign up here if you are interested!
  • Make at least $250 freelancing
  • Get all of January posts ready–which includes finding guest bloggers for my “maternity leave”

Health

  • Exercise or walk at least 15 minutes straight for 3 times a week
  • Don’t go over 200 pounds before having this baby!
  • Have a healthy delivery
  • No more Pepsi and cut down on sweets (I know that’s going to be super hard during the Christmas holiday)

Marriage & Family

  • Have game night or intentional bonding time with Justin 3x a week
  • Have a big date before the baby comes
  • Spend at least 30 minutes of intentional electronic-free time with Rhys each day
  • Finish deep scrubbing and organizing the house and setting everything up for Evelyn’s arrival

Personal and Religious

  • Write in my journal every Sunday, if not more during the week
  • Write at least one thought down during scripture study each day
  • Teach Rhys about the Nativity story and the true meaning of Christmas

What are your goals for this month? How have you been intentional? Have you been successful in your year-long goals or resolutions?

Tayler from The Morrell Tale.com

Tayler is a work at home mom. She does free lance articles and dabbles in graphic design and virtual assisting for bloggers. She spent 3 years as a history and English teacher. Her passions are her husband, two children, history, reading, nature, and her Savior, Jesus Christ.

Intentional November 2016 Goals

Intentional November goals.

Each month seems to go by faster and faster. I can’t believe it! I mean, only two more months until we meet little Evelyn! I blinked and October was gone. Will November go by just as fast?!?! We’ve also started potty training Rhys the past 5 days ago. We are still having a couple of accidents a day, but he’s learning and he loves trying to use his little potty and earning stickers. Cross your fingers that we can go accident free soon!

Intentional November goals.

How I did in October

Blogging & Work

4 pitches for collaborations | I did two pitches, but I applied to a lot of campaigns even though I wasn’t accepted to any. But, I’m putting myself out there!

Get all my history lesson plans I created when I taught history onto Teachers Pay Teachers | Done! 

Prepare everything for my new Etsy shop I’ll be opening in November| Um, kind of put on hold. I still need to create a few more prints, and I’m waiting for my light box to arrive so I can take good quality pictures!

Earn at least $100 a week in freelancing/virtual assisting | Some weeks were better than others. But, I did my best applying to different jobs. However, this last week of October, I made bank!

Health

NO SNACKING AFTER RHYS GOES TO BED! | A-HAHAHAHA! I need to do better at this! I’m hating my thighs!

Work out 3 times a week for at least 20 minutes each. | I did about 50% of this. I need to get better again.

Marriage & Family

Let Rhys play outside 3 times a week | We did pretty good with this, but then we started potty training…

Do tot school with Rhys at least 3 times a week | I did pretty good at the beginning of the month, but not since then. We are only on “C”. I need to do better.

Go to the library’s story time at least 3 times a week | We went maybe twice this month. 

Play video/board games with Justin at least 2 times a week | We did this maybe 75% of the time.

Have a NO SPEND month! | We did pretty good the first half of the month, then we bought Rhys a Halloween costume, had car issues (which we couldn’t avoid), ate out a few times (while dealing with car issues), and we all got a new book each.

Personal & Religious

Finish Rough Stone Rolling | DONE!

Study at least 3 chapters in Preach My Gospel | I’ve decided I’m gong to finish the Old Testament first…I have about 40 pages left.

Be more intentional with scripture reading and my prayers | I need to do better with this. I need to get up with Justin, before Rhys wakes up so I can actually focus.

November Goals

Blogging & Work

  • Make and complete plan for opening my Etsy shop.
  • Earn $300 in freelancing.
  • Stay caught up with blogging and free lancing.

Health

  • Workout 3x a week for at least 20 minutes
  • NO SNACKS AFTER RHYS GOES TO BED

Marriage & Family

  • Finish Morrell ornaments
  • Try 2 new recipes
  • Make a nesting list and schedule it out to prepare for Evelyn
  • 3x tot school a week with Rhys
  • 2x a week game night with Justin

Personal & Religious

  • Finish the Old Testament
  • Finish 4 books.
  • Order a 2017 planner

What are your intentional goals for this month?

Tayler from The Morrell Tale.com

Tayler is a work at home mom. She does free lance articles and dabbles in graphic design and virtual assisting for bloggers. She spent 3 years as a history and English teacher. Her passions are her husband, two children, history, reading, nature, and her Savior, Jesus Christ.

Intentional October 2016 Goals

Intentional October 2016 goals.

It is my favorite month! October! Fall, orange, leaves, crisp winds, pumpkin, apple cider, hay rides, etc! I love autumn so much. And, we are finally beginning to get a respite in heat and humidity. It’s still in the low 80s every day, but it’s a little more rainy. I’m also glad it’s getting closer to the holidays. I love the last quarter of the year. Also, there are only 92 more days until Evelyn’s due date! Woohoo!

September was a bit of a roller coaster with this pregnancy. Nothing dramatic or dangerous, but it was definitely hard. We definitely ate out a lot and I had a bunch of down days. This PPD/anxiety  affecting my pregnancy really is killer.

Intentional October 2016 goals.

How I Did In September

Blogging & Work

Vamp up content posts | Meh. Didn’t really do much content-wise.

Network better and engage in friendships. | Meh. Didn’t really do that either.

Update my pages and media kit. | Done! Didn’t really do much except update my media kit and work with me page.

Send out 3 inquiries/proposals. | Done! Had negative/no responses to all three, but at least I put myself out there!

Get ahead of blogging schedule. | Nope.

Create a balanced schedule/routine for blogging and virtual assisting/freelancing so I don’t feel overwhelmed. | Still working on it, but I’m getting a bit better.

Health

No snacking after Rhys goes to bed. | Total fail! I also put on a few pounds this month…I really need to work on it again!

Workout 3 times a week for 20 minutes a day. | I was about 50% good with this. But, I also did go on a few long walks with strollers.

Marriage & Family

Game night with Justin twice a week. | About 50% with this…about two weeks ago, I pulled out a few Wii games to play with Rhys during the day, like Wii sports and Mario. Then, Justin and I really got into playing the Wii version of Mario World again. Rhys loves watching us. He says, “let’s go” like Mario, and gets all of us (including him) a Wii-mote. It’s so fun to do as a family. We can’t wait until Rhys can actually play with us!

Stick to meal planning schedule for dinners. | About 75% successful in this. We did try 2 new recipes.

Let Rhys have at least 30 minutes outside or in a big play area at least three times a week. | We are getting better at this, especially since the weather is getting cooler. And, I’ve had the car quite a few times this month.

Personal & Religious

Go to all three hours of church all month again! | Success…except for the last Sunday in September…the last Saturday, we went to 6 Flags, and I must have overdone it as a pregnant, because I could barely even get out of bed that Sunday. But, I did read scriptures, devotionals, and watched the Women’s Session of General Conference to keep it a spiritual day.

Be more intentional with personal scripture reading each day. | I have been reading scriptures, but I need to still be better about being intentional and getting up before Rhys to not get distracted by Disney Jr or Nick Jr shows.

Finish Rough Stone Rolling (the only book I’m working on reading this month–it’s a big one). | I’m about 3/5’s done with the book.

Come up with and plan idea for the Morrell family Christmas ornament exchange. | I have a few ideas, but I haven’t settled on one yet.

October Goals

Blogging & Work

  • 4 pitches for collaborations
  • Get all my history lesson plans I created when I taught history onto Teachers Pay Teachers
  • Prepare everything for my new Etsy shop I’ll be opening in November…that’s all I’m saying for now! But I’m super excited about it!
  • Earn at least $100 a week in freelancing/virtual assisting

Health

  • NO SNACKING AFTER RHYS GOES TO BED!
  • Work out 3 times a week for at least 20 minutes each.

Marriage & Family

  • Let Rhys play outside 3 times a week
  • Do tot school with Rhys at least 3 times a week
  • Go to the library’s story time at least 3 times a week
  • Play video/board games with Justin at least 2 times a week
  • Have a NO SPEND month!

Personal & Religious

  • Finish Rough Stone Rolling
  • Study at least 3 chapters in Preach My Gospel
  • Be more intentional with scripture reading and my prayersWhat are your goals for this month? How are you going to be intentional?Tayler from The Morrell Tale.com
Tayler is a work at home mom. She does free lance articles and dabbles in graphic design and virtual assisting for bloggers. She spent 3 years as a history and English teacher. Her passions are her husband, two children, history, reading, nature, and her Savior, Jesus Christ.

Intentional September Goals

Making goals at the beginning of each month can help you to center yourself and be intentional for the entire month. These are my intentional goals for September.

It’s Fall! I know, I know. Technically, it’s not. But, it is September, and to me, the beginning of September = the beginning of fall. A lot has happened in August, and I’m glad for some continual routine and bettering myself. I’ve gotten the house completely set up, except for the storage closet, which we will tackle this weekend. Rhys and I have gotten into a pretty good routine of little TV, lots of playing and reading, some outdoor time, and some freelance/virtual assisting work for me…with only one day a week of having the TV be the babysitter! I’ve also gone to all three hours of church every Sunday this month, and it feel absolutely great! I can’t wait for things to just continue to improve this month!

Making goals at the beginning of each month can help you to center yourself and be intentional for the entire month. These are my intentional goals for September.

How I Did in August

Blogging

Blog two times a week. | Success! Most weeks had three posts.

Do at least two things a week to improve/edit/update different aspects of my blog. | No. I was a little thrown off by the growth of my freelance/virtual assisting clientele to focus on my own blog.

Work at least 5 hours doing Virtual Assisting. | Success for each week (I’m including freelance writing)!

Put out more inquiries and proposals for collaboration, guest posting, and sponsored opportunities. | Again, I didn’t get a good balance of my work vs. paid work, so this was a fail.

Health

Exercise at least three days a week for at least 20 minutes. | I did pretty well at this the first half of the month. But, I did work out at least one day each week.

No soda on weekdays. | I did ok on this…There were a few weeks where I gave in once during the week, but I definitely decreased my Pepsi intake.

Increase intake of water. | I have kept a water bottle with me at all times.

Family & Marriage

Do something loving for Justin every day. | I was very successful the first half of the month, but started to lag behind the second half of the month.

Spend intentional time with Rhys every day. | I was about 75% successful in this. There were some days were I worked hard to catch up on all my responsibilities and had Rhys occupy himself, but there were other days where no electronics were on and I gave the full day to Rhys.

Personal

Find more opportunities to be a WAHM. | Success! I now have 1 very good, reliable, continual freelance article writing gig, and two virtual assisting gigs! (I just hope I don’t overdo it!)

Write in my journal at least once a week. | Success! Since Rhys has done so well in nursery, I have been able to write in my journal on Sundays during the 2nd and 3rd hour and be very detailed!

Try to keep the house clean every day. | I’d like to say about an 85% success rate! Having only a 750 square foot apartment really helps!

September Goals

Blogging & Work

  • Vamp up content posts.
  • Network better and engage in friendships.
  • Update my pages and media kit.
  • Send out 3 inquiries/proposals.
  • Get ahead of blogging schedule.
  • Create a balanced schedule/routine for blogging and virtual assisting/freelancing so I don’t feel overwhelmed.

Health

  • No snacking after Rhys goes to bed.
  • Workout 3 times a week for 20 minutes a day.

Marriage & Family

  • Game night with Justin twice a week.
  • Stick to meal planning schedule for dinners.
  • Let Rhys have at least 30 minutes outside or in a big play area at least three times a week.

Personal & Religious

  • Go to all three hours of church all month again!
  • Be more intentional with personal scripture reading each day.
  • Finish Rough Stone Rolling (the only book I’m working on reading this month–it’s a big one).
  • Come up with and plan idea for the Morrell family Christmas ornament exchange.

What are your goals for this month? How are you going to be intentional?

Tayler from The Morrell Tale.com

Tayler is a work at home mom. She does free lance articles and dabbles in graphic design and virtual assisting for bloggers. She spent 3 years as a history and English teacher. Her passions are her husband, two children, history, reading, nature, and her Savior, Jesus Christ.