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Holy moly, it’s already September. 2016 is just flying by. I know I say this literally every month, but it’s true. Andy and I don’t have a whole lot planned for this month, so I’m hoping to make some good progress on my goals.
8. Take at least 3 SoFab courses. I’ve taken one course, Shopportunities 2.0. But I did take two non-SoFab free online courses for the blog, so I’ll count this as being completed!9. Finish the SEO Summer School course. I took this course, and honestly, I felt so overwhelmed by it! I think I’m going to re-take it in the future, but for now, move on to something a little less overwhelming. I just can’t decide what to do!
1. Walk a 10k. Since I did so well at my 8k, I want to kick it up a notch and go for a 10k.
2. Read 4 books. I’m going to keep working on 1 book a week for the remainder of the year. Reading, for me, is fun and relaxing and I need to remember to build that into my schedule as things get busy around here.
3. Study for SHRM-CP course two hours each weekday. I’m planning to take the Society for Human Resource Management Certified Professional (SHRM-CP) exam in February, and will be taking a prep course through myCAA this fall. They say the average professional needs 60-90 hours of study time in order to pass the exam. Since I only have 2 years HR experience and no degree in the field, I’m hoping to study at least 120-180 hours over the next six months, possibly more, because I could really use the knowledge. My plan is to study 2 hours a day each weekday until I begin working, one hour in the morning and one after lunch. If/when I find a job and begin working, my study schedule will probably change.
4. Study for the Income Tax Preparation Course. I’m taking an income tax preparation course through H&R Block as a prerequisite to possibly being hired there for tax season. I’m really hopeful about this job, because it would (most likely) give me a flexible schedule and pay fairly well. I’d like to study 2-4 hours per week on my own, in addition to meeting in class 6 hours per week.
5. Create honeymoon and wedding scrapbooks from my blog posts. Now that I’ve finally finished blogging about the wedding, I want to turn my blog posts into a scrapbook for Andy and me to keep. I need to do my honeymoon one as well since I didn’t finish it last month. I’d like to do this before I switch my blog to WordPress in case, God forbid, something happens to my posts.
6. Spend time with God every morning. I’ve noticed that I haven’t spent as much time with God lately, and can feel myself growing apart from Him. I want to start out each morning with 30 minutes in the Word or Bible study before I head on to the rest of my activities. This means I’ll have to wake up earlier, but I honestly need to get myself into a morning routine.
7. Paint wicker chairs. Andy and I were gifted some wicker chairs, and though he hates wicker, we need some chairs for our back patio so we can sit outside and enjoy the nice fall weather. I plan to spray-paint the chairs before setting them out on the patio.
8. Switch Becoming Bailey to self-hosted WordPress. I’ve wanted to switch to self-hosted WordPress for a while, but haven’t justified the expense until I began writing sponsored posts for my blog. My friend Madison, who I met in person at the Renew Retreat, will be taking care of the details for me. I’m nervous about adjusting to a new platform, but from what I’ve heard WordPress has much more functionality than Blogger does.
9. Create blogging binder. I downloaded some e-books from Ruth of Living Well, Spending Less/Elite Blog Academy for just $7, which is perfect because I was wanting some sort of blog planner to set goals for my blog. I’m going to make a binder to put my blogging planner pages in as well as anything relevant that I’ll need for tax time. (I plan to buy Elite Blog Academy next time it’s open because I’ve heard great things about it.)
10. Take 4 online blogging courses. I’m planning to take 4 more SoFab courses, unless I can find some free courses elsewhere.
11. Update federal resume. I’ve gotten my civilian resume under wraps, but I still need to work on my federal resume. I’ll probably need to make a second appointment at ACS to get help with it.
12. Spend an afternoon relaxing in nature. When I was reading this list to Andy, he said “You know what would be the cherry on top? If you spent an hour relaxing by a lake or something, just enjoying life.” So I’m going to do exactly that. Some afternoon this month, I want to go for a hike and sit by a lake or maybe even go camping and enjoy this beautiful world that God has made.
12 goals… that’s rather ambitious! But I feel confident I can achieve them! 🙂