This summer has been flown by so quickly. And although it turned out a bit differently than I had planned, it has still been pretty amazing. As a family, we had planned to spend a bit more time traveling and hanging out with MIL on Cape Cod. However, Michael’s company was acquired by a new company and he’s spent quite a bit of the summer in various meetings with new coworkers. The sale of the company was an answer to prayer but axed some of our summer plans.

I am please to introduce you to a new monthly series where I’ll be sharing a few things I learned in the previous month and setting goals for the next coming month. Some of my favorite bloggers have done this for quite some time. I’ve done it privately for a few months but would like the extra accountability of publicly sharing my goals.

September S.M.A.R.T. Goals 2014. And what I learned in August. #goals #goalsetting #personalgrowth

 What I learned in August.

 Blog– I learned that evergreen content really works. I know a lot of my blog friends have reported traffic drop offs during the late summer, but my page views are as high as they’ve ever been. I also learned that Facebook’s Platform Policy Updates are going to change the way I’ll need to think about the giveaways I host.

Life– Michael and I celebrated our seventh wedding anniversary. And by celebrated, I mean it was just another normal day and night for us. I was once again reminded that there really is no one else I can imagine doing life with but him. Marriage is hard work and involves constantly communicating with kindness and putting your spouse’s needs before your own.

 Motherhood– We celebrated Lola’s first birthday this month. It took celebrating it for me to really see just how beautifully Malone is growing from a preschooler into a little boy. I have tears in my eyes just thinking his transformation. He’s funny, kind, well tempered, and is able to really communicate what he’s feeling. The other night he was very upset (okay throwing a tantrum), but he knew he was really upset and why. Through the tears and short breaths he shouted this cry for help “Mama, I just can’t calm myself down. I need your help!”  It is the first time I’ve realized that I was the one who gave him that tool. Motherhood is hard, but equipping tiny humans to grow is even harder.

S.M.A.R.T. goals are specific. #goals #personalgrowth #planningI love to talk about goals. I love setting them, I love working on them, and I love hitting them. It drives me up a wall though, when people talk about goals that aren’t specific. I set S.M.A.R.T goals. And, I think you should too!

I’m on a mission to change the way we set goals. I’ve asked a few friends what their goals were and instead of saying something specific like lose five pounds before Halloween, they’ve said something like “I want to lose weight.”

I think that’s great but how are you going to make that happen? What’s your target? How are you going to measure your success? By setting a S.M.A.R.T goal, of course!

Wondering what a S.M.A.R.T. goal is? I’ve got the answer for you! And if you have any questions about setting goals, please email me at I’d love to answer your questions!

S.M.A.R.T. goals are….

  • Specific
  • Measurable
  • Action Based
  • Realistic
  • Time-bound

My September S.M.A.R.T. goals.


  • Revamp three old posts
  • Develop a better system for social media
  • Utilize The Influence Network by joining in on the conversation of at least ten forum posts.
  • Complete Blog Clarity’s Pinning Perfect e-course
  • Sell six blog posts as a virtual assistant


  • Go on a date with my husband
  • Organize and attend a girls night out
  • Send five pieces of snail mail
  •  Bring home $500.00 in extra income for the month
  • Run/walk 40 miles


  • Donate, hand down, or sell five totes of clothing, toys, and shoes
  • Take Malone on a date
  • Wean Lola from her middle of the night bottles (this was a bad habit that started this summer on vacation).
  • Complete Lola and Malone’s birthday thank you cards (Malone will help).
  • Take a family hike

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Do you set goals? Are they S.M.A.R.T. goals or more of general things you want to do?

Let’s chat about our September goals in the comments below so we can dream together AND hold ourselves accountable.