Afternoon Tea Time .06: October Goals

Hey, everyone! Things have been a little quiet on the blog lately. Last week was my birthday and I visited my sister and her boyfriend in NYC to celebrate. It was such an exciting and exhausting experience. If you followed along on my Snapchat (rgolden75) you got the full force of my NYC adventures. I feel like I saw and did so much and there was still so much I wanted to do. I'm already planning out my next trip! Now that I'm back and settling into the rhythm of life in Pittsburgh I'm more motivated than ever. New month, new adventures!

September Goals:

1. Read two books Ptolemy's Gate by Jonathan Stroud. This was an amazing ending to a thrilling trilogy! I put the book down after finishing and just sat in shock. If you're looking for a thrilling fantasy series, the Bartimaeus trilogy is what you should read!  I was only able to complete half of this, but I had a pretty busy month, and I'm glad I even had time to read one full book!

2. Learn to cook one fall inspired dish - For whatever reason, cooking has just not been a priority for me. I almost always opt for whatever is easiest to throw together. This upcoming month I have to be better about this.

3. Finish New Girl - I cried during the season finale. Nick and Jess are just meant to be together. The current season just started and I can't wait to start watching it! I hope they end up together. 

4. Plan birthday trip to NYC - I just made it back yesterday and I had such a blast! I have so many posts about it planned. Be on the lookout for all things NYC! There will be speakeasies and bottomless brunch involved. :) 

For the Blog:
1. Reach 1,500 followers on IG & engage more - Seriously thought I was going to make it this month. I've still been really bad at engaging and with all the planning for NYC, I have barely been on IG this month.

2. Reach 550 followers on Twitter 

3. Reach 300 followers on Pinterest  - I had so much fun working on growing and engaging on my different social media platforms. Pinterest was definitely my favorite to work with this month. Fall pins are my weakness!

4. Reach 500 followers on Facebook

5. Write blog posts ahead of timeI wasn't able to write all of my posts ahead of time, but I was able to for a few of them. This took so much of the stress out of the blogging process! I'm a procrastinator by nature, but writing ahead of time really helped the process run more smoothly. Slow progress is still progress!

6. Schedule blog posts for the whole month - I was able to write posts ahead of time because I had my whole month planned out.  My editorial calendar saved me. I loved being able to look at my calendar and see how the posts flowed and switch things around if necessary. I love staying organized, so this made my Type A self very happy. :) This will definitely be something I start implementing every month.

October Goals:

1. Read Two Books - I want to finish The Ring of Solomon by Jonathan Stroud and start on Water for Elephants. Hopefully, I'll have time to work on The Lord of the Rings trilogy, but that may be a bit ambitious for all the other activities I have planned.

2. Learn to cook one fall inspired dish - I seriously need to start cooking more. This one is a must for me. Apple pie and pumpkin bread sound soo yummu. Leave me links to your favorite fall recipes in the comments below!

3. Finish AHS Season 1 - I started watching this the other night and promptly had a nightmare. hahah, It was totally worth it, though! The first season is so good. Perfect for the spookiness of October!

4. Complete at least 5 Fall Bucket List items - I have so many fall-inspired activities I want to do and I feel like I have next to no time to get them accomplished! I can't wait to get started, though :)

For the Blog:
1. Reach 1,500 followers on Instagram & engage more - Persistance will pay off!

2. Continue to work on growing Twitter, Pinterest, & Facebook - Last month I was so concerned with all my other social medias that I left IG to the wayside. I still want to keep up with the other platforms, but IG is my main focus.

3. Write 4 blog posts ahead of time

4. Update editorial calendar for October

5. Organize and send out first Newsletter - Everyone tells me that a newsletter is such a game changer. It's been something I've always wanted to get around to but never did. I think I'm going to start it off as being bi-weekly. That way I don't bite off more than I can chew. October will be the month I start it!

I seriously can't wait to get to work! What are your goals for October??


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  1. Great job on your goals last month! I love NYC!! I typically visit once a year. One of my goals this month is to read more. Hopefully I'll be able to find some time to do that! Good luck on your goals this month!

  2. Rachel this is so inspiring. What a fun way to get motivated, I will follow this strategy. I really like this a lot. Thank you for sharing. -Meileilan

  3. Oh gosh, apple pie is my favorite thing to make!! I hope you get a chance to make it and enjoy it!! You did awesome on all your goals last month!! Happy Belated Birthday, so jealous you got a trip to New York! If you are interested I host a goal collab on my blog, would love for you to join!!

  4. Nice goals! I like how you keep your goals short, and realistic! Thanks for sharing :))

    Rosalyn |

  5. You killed your September goals! Awesome job! I found that I read a lot less last month than I did all summer. I figured with fall coming I'd had more time to read, but I guess not. Like you said, too many other fall activities!

  6. This is definitely inspiring! Having a one year old, being pregnant and keeping on top of freelance writing projects, I don't always have time for my blog. These are great, reachable goals!

  7. I was upset about Nick and Jess too! But at lease CeCe and Schmidt actually got married. :) And Water for Elephants is such an amazing book! Good luck on your goals this month!

  8. I had a birthday last week too! I also crossed 2 items off my bucket list and am going to write down some goals for October. I love your list and how you report back on your updates! reading is on mine tooooo ! :)

  9. I just have to say, I absolutely love the idea of you doing a post specifically to go over your goals. It is such a great way to stay on top of your tasks.

  10. Great job on your goal progress last month! I'm sure you will continue to smash it out in October!

  11. I think it's awesome that you write a post all about your goals! One of my goals is to plan and write posts ahead of time, and for some reason it can be so hard to do-I definitely need to keep working on it!

  12. I love reading goal posts! They definitely give me the needed boost to make sure I'm scratching off my own goals for the month. Here's to rocking our goals out of the park.

  13. Love reading monthly goals posts! You were so successful in September so I know you're gonna crush your goals this month! Insta definitely is my difficulty too!

  14. Like your goals and thanks for shared with us .