I did a “monthly goals” post for the first time at the beginning of October, and now it is time to check in and see how I did. If you need a refresher you can check out my October Goals post, then come back here and keep reading. Writing out my goals for the month helped keep me on track and accountable, so I think I’ll keep doing it for a while. My goals may not be overly ambitious, but that doesn’t matter. As long as I am working on things wholeheartedly, staying accountable, and recognizing what should take priority, I think I’m doing alright.
So, how did I do on my October Goals?
🎃 Blog Goals:
- 3 posts a week – ✔ Yes! Three posts went up every week.
- Monday Mini Mystery series every Monday – ✔ Yes again! Every Monday I posted a new short story mystery, or a new portion of one in some cases. This started in September, but most were posted in October. You can read them all here: #1 | #2 #3 | #4 | #5 | #6.
- Review a minimum of 4 books; stretch goal: 6 books; super goal: 8 books – ✔ I reviewed 5 books this month: Shadows of Time by Ann Nolder Heinz (⭐⭐), Love Covers by Julia David (⭐⭐⭐⭐), Lords of St. Thomas by Jackson Ellis (⭐⭐⭐⭐), Beyond Her Calling by Kellyn Roth (⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐), and The Year of Oceans by Sean Anderson (⭐⭐⭐).
- Participate in at least 1 blog tour/online book promotion event – ✔ Kellyn Roth released Beyond Her Calling, the next book in her series The Chronicles of Alice and Ivy, this month. I participated in the blog tour with my review post. It truly is a very lovely book, and I highly recommend it!
- Line up reviews and content for December – ❔ This one is a work in progress. I have a few things, but I have been getting through my reviews much more quickly recently than in the past, so I’m still looking for more!
- Follow along with the 5 Fall Favorites party – ✔ Seriously, this blog hop was so much fun and very creative! It only lasted a few days, but I found a few new blogs to follow and added a lot of books to my TBR list! You can find links to all of the posts on the host’s website, Read Another Page.
🎃 Reading Goals:
- Finish at least 1 book a week for a total of 5 books – ✔ Yep! Obviously, since I posted 5 new reviews, I read at least that many books. According to Goodreads, I finished a total of 8 books in October. However, this includes a cute picture book I read during a shift at the library. I don’t always list these on Goodreads, but this is one that I want to remember when I have kids.
- Finish organizing November reading schedule – ❔ Well, this one is also sort of a work in progress. I have a reading, reviewing, and posting schedule written out, but I left a bit of wiggle room in it so that I can accommodate Thanksgiving and spontaneity.
- Read 1 theology/Christian life book, finish 1 audiobook, and reread 1 classic in addition to the books I’m reading for review – ❔, ✔, ✖ I did spend some time most mornings reading the book Outcry, which is a collection of essays about the current state of the church and its responsibility in today’s social landscape, but I haven’t finished it yet. I did listen to one audiobook, A Million Worlds With You by Claudia Gray. Alas, I did not even get close to rereading a classic. I still have A Girl of the Limberlost sitting in a basket next to my reading chair, but I haven’t found the time to pick it up.
🎃 Personal/Life Goals:
- Attend at least 1 professional development event – ✔ This one wasn’t really optional, but still. I attended a one-day conference/staff development day put on by and for the library system where I work. Most of it was pretty fun. My favorite parts were attending a session all about sharing ideas for difficult storytime situations, and talking to a friend I used to work with who now works at a different location.
- Finish the knitting project I’ve been working on for months – ✔ Yes!! I am very excited about this one. A few months ago, I started knitting a baby blanket…and finally finished it just a few weeks before the baby was born. I think it turned out nicely. I didn’t get any pictures of it before I gave it away, unfortunately, so you’ll just have to take my word for it!
- Participate in my church’s Fall Festival – ✔ I completely forgot that I put this in my goals, but I did participate in our 2018 Fall Fest/Trunk or Treat. My Sunday School class made an “under the sea” themed trunk and bean bag toss game, and everything went pretty well! It seemed like the kids enjoyed it for the most part, and I had fun getting to talk to a few of the younger girls who I don’t know very well.
- Get set up on at least 1 online freelance platform; stretch goal: 2 platforms and complete 1 project on each – ❔ This one is a mixed bag. I did get set up on one platform, and I am waiting to hear back from another. I have submitted several project proposals through the one I am completely set up on, and a few are still being considered, but none have been fully accepted or completed.
- Consider applying for seasonal retail work or an office position ❔ Well, I considered it…and then forgot…and then remembered to be deciding and looking, but have not taken the time to actually apply for anything.
Overall, I did well on October’s goals. A few other things I loved/high points of this month include:
- Learned to make origami leaves, acorns, pumpkins, and dinosaurs for a fall movie display at the library
- The song “Sunshine on My Shoulders” by John Denver (I know, with fall weather arriving this really isn’t the best time for this song, but I just heard it for the first time this month and instantly fell in love with it)
- Cheering for Team USA while watching (from home) Skate America and Skate Canada
- Painting lots of decorations for the aforementioned Fall Fest
- Late (for me) nights working on my Monday Mini Mysteries with a cup of tea after work
- Setting a new record for monthly views on this blog. Y’all didn’t just bump my record up by one or two, you surpassed the old one by more than a hundred!
I think that’s about it for October! Stay tuned for my November Goals post. I was going to include them in this post, but it seems to be getting a bit long and November deserves its own post anyways.
What was the best part of your October? Did you do anything fun for Halloween or to celebrate Fall?
Until the next chapter,
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