Welcoming September and Looking Back on August

For the first time I can remember, September doesn’t mean blank notebooks, sharp pencils, and new classrooms.  While I’m still technically a student in the online sense while I finish up classes for my paralegal license, this is the first year I won’t be walking into five new classrooms with five new professors.  

Since my graduation in May, it’s been more difficult to pinpoint exactly who I am and what I’m doing.  I know very specific, day-to-day goals, but long-term is cloudier than it’s ever been.  While I know the month-to-month is still very short-term, I think it helps to have goals set out so I know at least something that I’m not completely confused about.

Reflecting on August: She is Fierce

This past month meant a lot of housekeeping for this blog.  I’ve welcomed a new design, care of Whitney for this space, and have taken some advice from Katie to start refreshing old posts.  As relatively new as this space is (I only started this blog in April! It feels so much longer than that…), I’ve got plenty of old posts to go back and update, whether it’s to refresh a photo, make some minor edits, or simply change the font to something easier to read.  I started on this project a few weeks ago, and even though I’ve still got plenty more to do, I can already see the differences it’s making.

Reflecting on August: Life

As busy as July has been for She is Fierce, it’s been pretty slow for the rest of my life.  I’ve got a couple of exciting things going on that I’m not ready to announce just yet, but they made a wonderful end to my month!  I slipped a couple of times on my goal to give up soda entirely, but for the most part I’ve been making sure to drink plenty of water each day.  And while yoga is still a work in process, with many days ending before I’ve remembered to practice, I can see other areas of my life where I’ve worked on being healthier.  Most days, I’ve traded my usual lunches at work for a salad down the street, and I’m hoping I’ll be able to bring more veggies into my diet over the next four weeks.  This month has also meant the end of waitressing for me, something I’ve long been wanting to get out of, so that’s certainly a happy fact of August for me. 

The Etsy Shop I swore I’d have started by now isn’t anywhere near ready.  It’s something that my roommate helped me realize I was rushing into, and which I know now needs much more planning than I was originally putting into it.  So as much as I’d like to tell you to head on over, I’ve got some more work to do on that front.

Favorites from August

On Still Needing Feminism in 2014
Why I Love Blogging
How College Made Me a Better Person
Words Can Hurt Me

September Goals

Etsy Shop

I mentioned that the Etsy Shop goal never quite materialized in August.  It’s something that my roommate helped me to realize needed far more planning and though than I was giving it.  I don’t expect to have anything up and running by the next time I’m writing one of these posts, but I do want to have more plans for it laid out.


This is a pretty ridiculous goal for a nearly-23-year-old to have, but this month I’d like to incorporate at least one vegetable a day into my diet.  I’ve never been a lover of veggies (or for that matter, anything healthy.  My mom would attest to that fact), so they’re something I’ve been more than happy to leave out of most meals.  

Social Media

This is something I used to be really good at, at least with Twitter.  But lately, I’ve kind of let it slide by unnoticed, especially on weekends.  Over the next month, I’d like to work on increasing my social media presence again, especially on Pinterest and Twitter as those are my favorite platforms.  Any tips for Facebook, Google+, or Instagram?

Horse-Back Riding

From elementary school until my sophomore year of high-school, I regularly horse-back rode.  It’s something I absolutely loved, but when I started having some problems with my hip that we couldn’t figure out, a doctor suggested I stop riding for a bit in case that was the cause.  By the time we figured out what it was, I was on my way to college and just never got back into it.  

I’ve been missing riding like crazy lately, and over the past few days I’ve been really thinking about how I can get back into it.  By the end of September, I’d like to have a plan for moving forward with that.  

Blog Post Updates

I mentioned that this is something I’ve started doing over the last couple of weeks, but I’d like to have it completely finished by the end of September.  That means photo sizes and text, post text, header formats, and grammar updates on all of my archived posts between April and now.

Stock Photos

When I first started making sure to incorporate at least one photo into all of my posts, I pulled most of my photos from free stock sites like Unsplash.  As beautiful as these photos are, and as well as they work for a lot of my posts, I’d like to start making sure the majority of photography on this blog is my own.  Lately, I’ve been making sure that if I have a photo I can use for a post, I do.  But part of this is that eventually, I’d like to go back and edit out as many stock photos as I can.  And finally, I’d like to build up a folder of my own “stock” photos, so that I can search through there whenever I’m not sure what photo to use for a post.  

So what about you?  What are you planning for September? We’d love to hear it over at The Nectar Collective’s link-up!

  • http://www.socalledhomemaker.com/ socalledhomemaker

    These are some great goals for the month!

  • http://www.gorjaeous.com/ Jae

    I have come up with my goals for September, and I sincerely hope I get most of them done by the end of this month!


  • http://www.sweetcatastropheblog.blogspot.com/ Diane

    Sounds like you have some great things in the works – best of luck!!!

  • Shybiker

    Good goals, good progress. And kudos on ridding yourself of soda. Health is important and it’s never too early to start caring for your body. One easy way to add veggies to your diet when you’re not able to cook them is in liquid-form, like V8 juice (which now comes in a variety of ways).

  • thealishanicole

    Good luck on your goals for September!! Dont feel bad Im 26 and its still hard for me to not replace a veggie with another starch lol

  • http://jesslovesthislife.blogspot.com/ Jessica Angeles

    I’m with you on the veggies thing! It seems weird to have to put it on a to do list but sometimes you just HAVE to! Good luck with your goals this month!

  • http://becomingadorrable.com/ Becca Dorr

    I’ve wanted to create my own stock photos myself – that way I can put my watermark on it and everything! Great idea.

  • http://www.sheisfierce.org/ Kiersten McMonagle

    It definitely is! Before blogging, I never wrote down my goals, and I think I do a much better job of following through now, especially because something/someone is holding me accountable.

    And I think having a folder of my own photos to use for posts will really help me to use them! If they’re all in one place and ready to use, I’ll be much less likely to just go to Unsplash or something, you know?

  • http://www.sheisfierce.org/ Kiersten McMonagle

    Thanks! And I’m so glad I’m not the only one… my roommate is always telling me that every meal should have a veggie!

  • http://www.sheisfierce.org/ Kiersten McMonagle

    Thanks :) And it’s definitely a process – I slipped up a lot on vacation and when a friend of mine came to visit a couple weeks ago, but I know I feel much better when I’m drinking water or tea instead.
    And I didn’t think of that! My dad suggested mixing them into smoothies, but that gets so expensive! I’ll definitely have to check out V8 juice – thanks for the tip!

  • http://www.sheisfierce.org/ Kiersten McMonagle

    Thanks, Diane!

  • http://www.sheisfierce.org/ Kiersten McMonagle

    Ahh good luck to you! I definitely think putting them on our blogs holds us more accountable :)

  • http://www.sheisfierce.org/ Kiersten McMonagle

    Thanks! Hopefully I’ll get through them all :)

  • http://www.gorjaeous.com/ Jae

    Thank you, Kiersten! Yes, that’s true. It kind of puts me right on track which is a good thing. :)


  • http://kooristyle.com/ Cori

    Hi, I’m visiting from the link-up.
    Good luck with your Etsy shop, I’m also planning to re-open mine but I still need to create more products :)
    About the social media goal, I would recommend Instagram too. I feel like it’s more ‘casual’ and you can keep in touch easily with your followers. In this topic I still struggle when it comes to Facebook and Twitter.
    Hope you can accomplish all of your monthly goals :D
    Greetings, have a nice day ♥

  • http://manifestyourself.com/ Kimberly // Manifest Yourself

    Adjusting to life post-graduation can be so daunting, but yet so exciting! + I am with you on the veggies. I’m 27, and sadly, I am not very good at this yet. I try… but I’ve had to get creative. This past weekend I made baked zucchini fritters which turned out AMAZING!

  • http://www.sheisfierce.org/ Kiersten McMonagle

    It’s definitely really difficult, especially since my roommates are still in school and classes started last week. It’s weird not having most of my friends back in town now that school’s back in session! I’m glad I’m not alone with veggies though….I’ll have to look up a recipe for zucchini fritters!

  • http://www.sheisfierce.org/ Kiersten McMonagle

    That’s my biggest thing – I need to have a stock of items ready before I open the shop up!
    And I know I definitely need to start working on Instagram more. I just always forget about it, to be honest.