November Goals

November Goals

Reflecting on October: She is Fierce

This past month has been a slow one for She is Fierce, filled with growth but no big and exciting changes to report.  While I only managed to schedule a full week of posts once, I’ve been getting better about having post ideas ready and getting articles set to go. I’m so excited to see this space turning into one that I’m so proud of and that I can’t imagine not coming to each day.

Reflecting on October: Life

I’d be lying if I didn’t say that October’s been a stressful month for me.  A 1 1/2 to 2 hour commute both ways for work has been taking it’s toll, and most days by the time I get home from work, I’m too exhausted to get much of anything done.  But with homecoming a couple of weeks ago which meant friends I haven’t seen in months coming to visit, and my nephew’s 2nd birthday last weekend, it’s also been an exciting month filled with some great memories and friendly faces I don’t get to see very often.

Favorites from October

Finding Inspiration: On Forcing Creativity 

Why “I Don’t Want Kids” is Not Your Cue to Say “Yes You Do”

Top Social Media Sites: The 3 Accounts You Need to Have

You are More than Beautiful 

3 Ways to be a Better Sponsor

November Goals

Freelancing Since my internship at the local newspaper a year ago, I’ve been freelancing small feature articles once in a while. This month though, I’d like to work on finding more freelance writing opportunities, primarily online.  I’ve written a few articles for BlogHer, but I’d like to extend beyond that and find more online sources that I can write for.  Do you have any sources you love writing for or could suggest?

Pack a Lunch Let’s be honest: I’ve never been a particularly healthy eater, and I’m awful about saving money.  Working in the city though, I’ve gotten even worse about both of those things, and this month I’d like to work on packing my lunch at least twice a week. My office has a great lunch room for employees to eat in, and a lot of my coworkers do just that.  There’s no reason why I can’t bring something delicious in with me at least a couple times a week.

Let Go of the Little Things I mentioned in a post last week that I believe one of the easiest ways to be happier is to stop letting little things turn into big things.  I’m nothing if not guilty of doing just that, and this month I want to work on taking my own advice and letting go of the things that just don’t matter that much.

Get Personal This was one of my goals last month, but it’s something I want to continue to work on because I don’t think I did a very good job of it last month.  It’s definitely a struggle for me, trying to strike a balance between “diary” and “anybody could be writing this,” so it’s going to take a lot of work and any advice you might have for me!

So tell me? What are you planning for this month? Anything exciting?

  • socalledhomemaker

    I love these goals! Keep being fabulous!

    • Kiersten McMonagle

      Thanks so much!

  • Shybiker

    Good goals and you’re on your way to achieving them. Readers respond well to personal stuff ’cause they relate to it and it makes you seem real. Too many blogs are impersonal and artificial. Keep up the good work.

    • Kiersten McMonagle

      Thanks :) Personalizing my blog more is definitely a work in progress for me, but I know that when it’s done right, I love seeing it on other blogs!

  • Jessica Marie

    I’d like to freelance too! Hmmm… have you ever heard of Writer Bay? I joined, but then they wanted me to scan my diploma and take tests, so needless to say I didn’t get far (don’t have a scanner). However, I checked out the “Writer’s Market” and I’ll be flipping through it later. If I come across any good freelance sites, I’ll send you an e-mail!

    You have really great goals! Good luck!

    • Kiersten McMonagle

      I haven’t heard of Writer Bay, but I’ll definitely be checking it out now – thanks! I would have to figure out a way post the documentation though, because like you, I don’t have a scanner. Thanks Jessica :) I hope you find some “gold” with these sources

  • Lizzy

    Extending your freelancing sounds exciting! I’m still awful at letting the little things go, especially with the people I love the most. It’s definatley a constant work in progress for me. This month we’re tying up all the loose ends before moving abroad which is quite daunting but i’m actually feeling okay about it thus far, so hopefully my calmness holds out!

    Lizzy from Nomad Notebook

    • Kiersten McMonagle

      I’m awful about letting little things go – I notice myself doing it constantly, but at least i’m starting to notice it which is definitely the first step I think.
      Good luck with your move!! That sounds so so exciting :)

  • Katie @ The Style Dunce

    Aah, I’ve been so out of it, or else I would’ve been all over your Why “I Don’t Want Kids” is Not Your Cue to Say “Yes You Do” post. Good luck on your goals! I used to be the worst about taking a lunch, but now I take one everyday and making the lunch is the MOST annoying thing even though it takes less than 5 minutes. (Okay, that wasn’t actually encouraging at all, was it?)

    • Kiersten McMonagle

      Thanks, Katie! I actually really enjoyed writing it, because it gave me a chance to respond to all those people telling me why I’ll change my mind about kids.
      I’m pretty bad about packing a lunch – I’m only one week in and I’m really struggling with it, especially because of my long commute. But it’s something I really want to work on

  • Kate Amunrud

    Cooking a couple of dishes on the weekend is a great way to pack lunches. You can double up the batches and have enough for an easy week. =]

    • Kiersten McMonagle

      That’s a great idea, Kate! I need to work on figuring out things I can cook that will be easy to save and bring to work over the next week! Thanks for the suggestion :)