Now that I’m back at home and living on land again, I’ve been trying to do my best to gain some stability. Working on a cruise ship makes everything about life feel so fleeting. It’s hard to make plans because things change so often. One day, you might think you’re going to a beach in the Bahamas, but the weather is so bad that you end up rerouting to Key West instead. Not a bad gig, but a good example of why planning ahead was never a priority for me while I was living onboard.
I’ve been working on getting in the swing of things, but I find myself losing focus pretty much constantly. I have so much that I want to do that I don’t know where to start, and my ADHD brain can’t keep up. To me, it feels like because I’m constantly moving and doing something, I’m making progress, when in reality, I’m not actually getting anything done. Anyone with any kind of attention deficit disorder can surely relate.
Starting this month, I really want to get back on track with every aspect of my life. I let so much fall to the wayside when I was living life at sea, and I’m only realizing this now. I’m hoping that beginning to share my goals publicly again will keep me focused and help hold me accountable to really get some ish done.
Post at least twice weekly.
This used to be easy peasy for me, no problem, before I started working for Carnival. When I got onboard, the frustration with the horrendous WiFi connection made me lose my motivation for trying to keep up with my blog. (Shout out to the people who were complaining about it. It made me feel special that y’all were missing my posts. I promise I’m going to try to do better.) Because I wasn’t able to post regularly or edit photos online, I just gave up on trying to post at all.
I love writing, and I’m still blown away with the fact that my blog has survived this long. My goal is to post at least twice weekly with a long-term goal of posting 3-5 times weekly.
Revamp The Blogging Elite.
The Blogging Elite was my baby, and since I left to join the Carnival team, the community, while still active thanks to Nina, has become less of a community and more of a link drop. I would love to revamp the group and get it back to the community feel that it once had. I met a lot of incredible bloggers after starting this group, and now there are so many new members that I don’t know.
Apply to at least five sponsored post campaigns.
I’m part of several affiliate networks, but I’ve been slacking on applying to campaigns and looking for opportunities to monetize my blog. My main focus when I got back was to start publishing more frequently, and now that I’m getting into more of a routine, I want to take advantage of these networks and start blogging for income again.
Update my media kit.
This goes hand-in-hand with applying for sponsored post campaigns. I’ve worked with Emily for a lot of my blog graphics, and she created the media kit I used last year. She’ll be revamping my media kit for me this month, and I couldn’t be more excited about it. She’s such a joy to work, and her talent never ceases to amaze me. She honestly always takes my vision and makes it ten times better.
Edit my travel videos.
I have so many clips from trips that I took a few months ago, and all of the footage is just sitting on my hard drive. I know that once the videos come together, they will be so fun, and I’ll love reliving the moments I spent visiting my friends and family. Unfortunately, I did not prioritizing actually editing the footage. My goal for September is to get at least three of the videos edited.
Publish one YouTube video every week.
Luckily, I have a lot of vlog footage to put together for September, so finding content won’t be an issue. My plan is to edit and publish at least one YouTube video each week, and I hope this will motivate me to get on a more regular YouTube publishing schedule as well.
Reach out to local publications about freelance opportunities.
This is something I’ve been wanting to do for a long time, but the timing wasn’t right when I first started looking into it. Luckily, I have a few contacts in the area, but while meetings were set in the past, nothing much came to fruition. My goal is to reach out to these contacts again as well as make some new contacts with publications I haven’t spoken with yet.
Update my resume.
As I mentioned above, I want to reach out to publications about doing some freelance work. I currently don’t have a resume or CV that reflects my writing credentials. This month, I hope to create one that highlights my online presence.
Read a book.
I’m so sad even putting this here because I used to constantly read. I love getting lost in books, but between working full time, blogging and attempting to have a social life, reading has definitely not been a priority. I went to the local library recently and checked out a few books. My goal for September is to finish at least one of them. I started reading Daring Greatly: How the Courage to Be Vulnerable Transforms the Way We Live, Love, Parent, and Lead by Brene Brown. I’ve been so inspired by her TED Talks in the past, so I was excited to dive even deeper into the messages she conveyed in them. I’m getting through it slowly, but surely.
Ughhhh…I hate moving. I feel like I’ve done it so much since graduating from college, and it’s that time again. Luckily, I probably won’t have to move until October, but in the meantime, I’ll be packing my things, as well as adopting items to put into my new place.
Plan a party.
If you’ve been around the blog for awhile, you know I love to plan a good party. Before I left for Carnival, I planned a party or get-together with my friends at least once a month (like a party for my deploying friends, Friendsgiving, Mardi Gras), and it was always a blast. My friend group has changed a lot since I left because military, ya know? But that’s why I love throwing parties. It brings people together in a relaxed way and then everyone makes friends and plans smaller get-togethers from there. Plus, it’s just always a good time.
Get a planner.
My planner used to be my favorite accessory, and now that I’m working on getting my life (and my brain) more organized, I know I’ll need a good planner in order to do that. There are so many incredible ones floating out in the universe, so if you have any recommendations (or a discount code, please), holla atcha girl.
Work out at least twice per week.
I know most people get the motivation to work out at the beginning of the year, but for some reason, my motivation is coming in fall. When I got home after working on the Elation for seven months, several people told me they were surprised I didn’t gain weight on the ship. My theory is that walking everywhere really burnt a lot of calories. I also tried to eat fruit at the beginning of each meal because it helps you digest your food better. It also helped that the food onboard wasn’t super fantastic, so I ate smaller meals, but I ate more frequently throughout the day.
Now that I’m at home and working at a desk job, my calorie burning is back at an all-time low. Last month, I started back with Taco Tuesday runs with my friends and also took it upon myself to do some solo runs around the neighborhood. My calves always feel like they’re going to fall off, but I feel accomplished after every run. I’m not anywhere near where I used to be, but I’m hoping to get my stride back soon.
I’ve only been home for about a month now, so I’m still trying to get in the swing of things and get on a regular routine, but I’m excited for the adventures and memories that I’m sure September will bring.
What are your goals for the month?