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Goals and Reflections: What happened during January 2018?

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Happy first day of February! I can’t believe it’s already one month into 2018… January has past by so quickly! This made me realise how important time is and how we should always embrace the present moment. As they say, ‘Carpe Diem‘.

Let’s talk about how January treated me…

BLOGGING

a) Blogging Schedule

At the beginning of January, I set my blogging schedule as Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays.

However, in the middle of the month, I started a few other projects such as my new YouTube channel, planning my free email course, and started writing my eBook. You can imagine what happened. I didn’t keep up to date with my blogging schedule. I posted 8 articles this month when I was supposed to post 12! While all my articles are well thought-out and put together because I only want to publish high quality and useful content, I really think I could have stuck to my schedule if I managed my time better.

b) Mailing list

One of the most valuable things that I have learnt from blogging is to start your mailing list when you launch your blog. It doesn’t matter if you don’t have many blog views or followers, just start your mailing list early! You will grow it as you progress.

My January goal for my mailing list was 50 subscribers and I am happy to say that I reached 52 lovely subscribers! I am so grateful for each and every one of my subscribers and always love receiving feedback from my weekly newsletters.

( Hint: Scroll up and look to the right. See that Mailing List sign up form? You can join my tribe there 😉 )

c) Collaborations

I scored my first ever brand collaboration this month. Despite being a new blog (launched at the end of November 2017), it is possible to work with brands early into your blogging journey. You just have to hustle for it! (Stay on the look out for my first brand product post)

I also have planned some collaborations with fellow bloggers for February which will be exciting! I’m all for collaborating with others to create great content for our audiences. If you want to collaborate, hit me up.

SOCIAL MEDIA

a) Twitter

Twitter has to be my favourite social media platform because love chatting with other people, and making new friendships. It is nice to have a group of supportive friends that have your back so I am so grateful to have met lovely people. This month’s goal was to reach 1500 followers. As of now, I have 1784 amazing people following me 🙂

Here are some analytics to compare December 2017 and January 2018. I was active waaaaay more during January and that led to more impressions, profile visits and followers.

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b) Instagram

To be honest, I slacked off on Instagram at the end of the month. I lost motivation in taking photos for the gram but I will definitely get back into the groove! My goal was to reach 500 followers. With the recent algorithm changes, I thought it would be difficult to reach this goal but I have surpassed it and am now at 648 followers. Hooray! As for engagement, it has been great! I’m not sure what an optimal engagement:follower ratio is but I am averaging 170 likes/20 comments per post which in my opinion, isn’t that bad.

c) Pinterest

Ahh Pinterest, my new found love. I have been getting serious about Pinterest this month by trying to understand how it works to benefit my blog. I started January with having 525 monthly viewers and now I have 6,800 monthly viewers…

Pinterest goals and reflections blogging

How did it happen? To be honest, I am not too sure but I will tell you what I have been doing this month:

  • Making a Pinterest business account
  • Enabling Rich pins
  • Pinning 30+ everyday at different times
  • Making boards relevant to my blog and myself

d) YouTube

I posted my first video on the 23rd January! I had set myself a very high goal of reaching 100 subscribers by the end of the month but I reached 72 subscribers and I am so happy about. It still amazes me that people watch my videos because I still feel awkward filming (haha!). Don’t worry, I will improve! You can subscribe here to watch me transform from awkward Stephanie to semi-confident YouTuber 😉

PERSONAL ACHIEVEMENTS

a) I started a new hobby: watercolour painting

Back in high school, I was always interested in art but since school finished, I never picked up a pencil or paint brush. I decided why not try it out as a creative outlet. Therefore I bought a watercolour art book and a watercolour palette, and as a result, I am now learning the simple techniques of watercolour painting. We’ll see how I improve in February!

b) My long-term client wanted me to write 4 more articles

As a freelance writer, I was ecstatic when my long-term client wanted more articles from me . It makes me so glad that someone is happy with my work.

c) I challenged myself to ‘No-Spend January’ and…

I somewhat achieved it?

Earlier in the month, I was challenged by Chloe to do the ‘No-Spend’ challenge  where I can only spend on necessities such as food, personal care etc during January. Did I make a major purchase this month? A Canon G7x as a business expense. Does that count? You be the judge!

No-Spend January has opened my eyes to all the useless things that I have purchased in the past and my bank account is definitely a lot happier (minus the camera purchase). Since I am pursuing the minimalist lifestyle by not adding materialistic ‘rubbish’ in my life, it has made me aware of the importance of saving money and investing in experiences.

d) I am starting to take control of my diet

Due to my sensitive stomach, there is a lot of food that I can’t eat. For the longest time now, I have been so scared of eating food because right after, I would feel very ill. This month, I have been keeping a food diary to record the foods that are making me feel bad so I can stay away from them. I should probably have considered doing this a long time ago but better late than never!

I have also been leaning towards a more plant-based diet since I’ve found that I don’t react negatively to plant-based foods. Yay for a happy stomach!

WHAT DO I WANT TO ACHIEVE IN FEBRUARY?

February goals, personal goals, self development

BLOG/SOCIAL MEDIA

Reach 2,500 Twitter followers

Launch my free email course

Reach 1,000 Instagram followers

Get 100 subscribers on my mailing list

Reach 100 YouTube subscribers

Complete 20% of my eBook

PERSONAL GOALS

Create a watercolour painting I am proud of

Get my full driver’s licence

Learn how to cook more plant-based recipes

Read 4 books

Manage my time more effectively

Improve my Etsy shop sales and listings

Crochet more and create patterns

I hope January has treated you well and that February brings more joy and opportunities!

What is something you have achieved in January?

What are one of your goals for February?

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  • fessjarmer

    You’ve done amazingly Stephanie! 🙌🏼 I think what you’re getting on insta is way above what others are getting for the amount of followers, so it’s really good!! I might have to look into a business Pinterest account. I’ve been trying to become more active on there recently.
    I’m sure February is going to bring lots of lovely opportunities to you 💕 x

    • Aww thank you Jess!! Yay! I want to have an engaged following rather than a big one with mediocre engagement so I’m happy to hear that! Pinterest is so good for inspiration and resources too 🙂
      Aw thank you!! Hope February will treat you just as good <3 xo

  • Stephanie your hustle is UNREAL 😱😱 I sooo need to step up my game, you’re absolutely killing it! I’m so proud to see all the things you’ve achieved and you’re only going to continue growing from here onwards ☺️ Feeling super inspired after reading this! 💖

    Milli

    http://www.milliberman.com

    • Thank you Milli! You honestly made my day! I am so happy to have inspired you and can’t wait to see what is in stall for your blog 🙂 XO

  • oh wow well done for achieving so many of your goals, you should be so proud! and taking up some other hobbies like watercolour painting too thats amazing! Good Luck with all your future goals, I’m excited to see how your blog & Youtube develops x
    EscapesAndEpiphanies | Travel Fashion Lifestyle

    • Thank you so much 🙂 So excited to have you along with my journey! Hope February treats you well xo

  • Esther Wyse

    This is fab Stephanie! It’s so amazing to see how far you’ve come. You’ve inspired me to write a similar post, thank you! xx

  • Aww that’s such a lovely post! I really enjoyed hearing about your achievements you’ve done so well! Best wishes for Feb too.. it’s been lovely to find you! ☺️❤️

    • Thank you Jessica! I am glad you did ^.^ I hope Feb treats you well! Aww I’m so glad to have found you too 🙂 xo

  • Love the mix of blogging and personal goals you have. And an extra Yay! for the watercolors! I’d love to see what you create in February. <3
    I always had a really sensitive stomach (…didn't stop me from eating A LOT) and going plant-based was a total game changer! Hope you find recipes you enjoy!
    Also, I always have No-Buy days that I count in my habit tracker, but haven't yet managed to go a full month. Do you count groceries up to a certain level? Oh, and I should mark my art supplies as business expenses for more peace of mind, too!

    • Thank you Evelyne ^.^ I’ll definitely update my progress throughout the month!
      Haha it stopped me for a while because I was scared but yes! A plant-based diet is changing my eating habits ^.^
      Ooh that is a good habit to have! I usually plan that I’m only going to spend X amount for groceries this week. Haha yes do that!! When I marked some items as business expenses, I didn’t feel guilty after 😛 xo

  • LifeWithFernie

    I loved this and I hope you don’t mind I saved it to my Pinterest! I love the mix of personal and blogging related posts! And I loved the charts and stats you used too! Lovely post as always! 💗💗💗

    • Thank you Fernie! Ah not at all! You’re amazing 🙂 Thank you for all your support! xo

  • Kirsten Jones

    Loving all the blogging and personal goals you have! Well done on you’re first collaboration too, thats pretty cool 🙂 I’ve just subscribed to your youtube channel too, looking forward to watching your videos. Good luck with February’s goal.

    KJ x / http://www.kiirstenjones.com

    • Thank you Kirsten 🙂 Aww thank you! I appreciate it so much ^.^ Hope you achieve all your goals in Feb!

  • RIkki Parker

    I love your goals and I think February will treat you nicely! You seem very focused and goal oriented and I loooove it! It’s super inspiring! You really been having me thinking about this email list. I’m not sure how to do it but I may have to look into it! Great post!

    • Thank you Rikki 🙂 You are too kind! So glad you are considering it, I will definitely plan a post about making an email list xo

  • I’m so happy things are going well for you!! This is inspiring me to make a ‘feb goals’ post!

    • Thank you ^.^ Yes you should! I can’t wait to read it if you do 🙂

  • Julia

    Very inspiring post! I definitely need to write down what my goals are so I can get focussed! Xx

    • Thank you Julia! Good luck reaching your goals! Hope Feb treats you well xo

  • Awesome achievements! Great job

  • Kelly 켈리

    Woohoo!
    Amazing achievements you have there! I’m so jealous of your success :)!

  • Wow, you are amazing Stephanie! So jealous of your achievements, great job!

    • Aww thank you lovely!! I’m sure you will achieve great things in January! xo

  • W O W! What an amazing January you had! You achieved so much. Well done on working with a brand so soon into your blogging journey as well! I’ve been blogging for over a year and I still haven’t started an email list, I just can’t think of what to send people 😫

    I’m super excited to see what collaborations you have with other bloggers coming up! There’s nothing I love more than a bunch of passionate and creative people working together 😊 Can’t wait to see what you achieve this month!

    Indya || The Small Adventurer

    • Ahh thank you so much, Indya!😊 Hmm maybe some cute DIY ideas or cute templates? I know you’re all about cute and pretty colours!😝

      I’m so glad to hear! I definitely agree with you! We should definitely work together soon😉 Good luck on reaching your goals this month!💗

  • Thats so fabulous Stephanie! Looks like your site and social media followers are growing by the day. Keep it up.

  • Ja’d Kurumi🐨🌸

    I think you achieved so much in January and I am so happy you started your YouTube Channel!! Also good on you for being able to work with a brand so early in your blogging. I look forward to seeing what you and your blog produces xx

    • Yay thank you so much! ^.^ I’m so glad to have you along on my little journey 🙂

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