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My Monthly Goals for March

Monthly Goals

March Goals

New month, new monthly goals for me (sorry bit late posting this).  Spring is finally here!  It’s lighter in the mornings, days are getting longer and it’s not so hard dragging myself out of bed to go for a run first thing.  Spring makes me want to get out more. get more active, get more stuff done!

So far I’ve not done too badly at achieving my monthly goals.  Some harder than others but I’ve enjoyed the challenge and the feeling of having achieved something at the end of each month.

  • March Fitness Challenge – 30 Day HIIT Challenge
  • Be disciplined about making sure I prioritise some time for myself
  • Tidy up the garden
  • Snack healthily – try these Eat Clean Snacks
  • Create a new 15 minute workout
  • Get outdoors with my children more
  • Put together a Spring Running Playlist
  • Go watch Beauty and the Beast (even if it’s on my own)
  • Fall back in love with Instagram
  • Get ahead with my blog posts and spend a day writing content

Like many people, I guess what I find hardest is finding time for myself and when I do making the most of that time; so that is why I have put this on my list for March.

What goals have you set your self this month?

 

My February Goals

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My February Goals

Ok we’ve got through January, it’s noticeably lighter and spring is on it’s way!  January surprisingly didn’t drag as much for me as normal.  Ok so I still had no money, other friends were feeling the pinch so no socialising to get rid of the January blues.  Setting my own January Goals helped me to focus on things and be more pro-active about getting things done instead of mopping around the house.  I consciously made a plan and effort to achieve each of the goals that I set, 10 in total.  Some were easy, some were harder and took a while to complete.  It’s given me the motivation to carry on setting monthly goals and see what I’ve managed to achieved at the end of the year.

New month, new monthly goals. Getting things done one small step at a time #blogshare Click To Tweet

So here are my new monthly goals:

  1. New Fitness Challenge for the month – Abs and Squats Challenge
  2. Repost one of my very first workouts (ideal for a beginner), I’ve got loads so why not share?
  3. Freezer Meal Prep Session – check out these ideas that you can through into your Slow Cooker from livingrichwithcoupons.com and more ideas from smartschoolhouse.com
  4. Put together a meal plan for my children’s suppers and use it! I’m using a printable meal planner from shesaved.com found on Pinterest.
  5. Re-think my fitness goals and put a new plan of action in place
  6. Organise a cinema trip with my daughter and a couple of her mates to see ‘Sing!’
  7. De-clutter the Living Room (phase 2 of my whole house de-clutter)
  8. Go Sugar free for February, read this infographic if it all looks a little daunting!
  9. Revamp some of the images on my Busyfitmama blog
  10. Create a Photo Gallery for my Kitchen

Looking back to the goals I set for January (read my blog post My January Goals) I’ve noticed that they generally focus on fitness, health, blogging, family and my messy house!  I suppose it’s what I’m all about but here’s to hoping the messy house will be a goal I achieve sooner rather than later!

Do you set goals each month?  What are your February Goals?

My January Goals

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My January Goals

 

Welcome to 2017!  A brand spanking, new year!  No more resolutions, instead I’m going to concentrate on monthly goal setting.  It might give the opportunity to focus instead of just feeling overwhelmed by what needs doing or what I would like to achieve.  My January goals are a mixture of blogging, fitness and home life  So let’s just see how it goes!

Setting monthly goals gives a clearer focus, helping you create a more manageable plan to help achieve them. Click To Tweet
  1. Post a new Gym Workout on my Blog
  2. January Press Up Challenge; 30 a day
  3. Completely de-clutter, deep clean my kitchen – boy it needs it!
  4. Get back into a proper sleep routine; if you too are struggling check out this useful Infographic
  5. Put a new Workout Music Playlist for the Gym; need inspiration checkout my Pinterest Workout Playlist Board
  6. Begin to look at re-designing my blog; staring with the theme so back to WordPress for some inspiration!
  7. Re-vamp, update and repost one of my older blog posts
  8. Get outdoors and take some photos
  9. Set aside a day to do some baking with my daughter
  10. Add a new healthy dish to my children’s meal plan; such as these Salmon and Sweet Potato Fishcakes (Charlottes Lively Kitchen) or One-Pan Pesto Chicken & Veggies (Julia’s Album)

What are your goals for January?

2017 Goals

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My 2017 Goals

Happy New Year!  After a hectic 2016, I am excited at the prospect of starting afresh with 2017.  There are lots of things I would love to achieve and have lots of plans for 2017.  Looking back at 2016, I realise that most of my dreams remained just that.  Yes I did achieve a lot, but a lot of that was by chance or out of necessity.  This year instead of just dreaming about it I’m going to start setting some goals.  I might not achieve them all, they may change.  Who knows but at least by goal setting I will get some kind of focus as to what I would like to accomplish in 2017.

Goal setting also sounds a lot more positive than making resolutions; been there, done that!  Like many resolutions made on New Years Eve the majority have normally fallen by the wayside in the first couple of weeks of January.

Dreams will always remain dreams unless you set #goals, have a plan to turn them into reality! Click To Tweet

So I suppose I have to start somewhere, here’s what I would like to accomplish for 2017. These are my goals for this year.  I intend to break them down over the months so that they become achievable targets.  By the way the Dishwasher, for those that know me, is okay maybe not a dream but a bit of a sore point!

 

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What are your goals for 2017?

25 Blogpost Ideas

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25 Blogpost Ideas

It can be a bit of a struggle coming up with fresh content for your blog.  Sometimes we are all in need of a little inspiration when coming up with Blog Post Ideas, I am no exception to this.  Ironically, when I’m not sat at my laptop the ideas come thick and fast.  Annoying isn’t it?  When this happens I tend to scribble down these flashes of blog genius on whatever piece of paper I have to hand (usually the back of an envelope) or add it as a note on my phone.

Finding fresh blog content can at times be a struggle, but if you love what you blog about half the battle is won Click To Tweet

So if you are hitting a brick wall of the blogging variety and need to get the creativity flowing then here are 25 Blog Post Ideas to help you out.

  1. Your Fitness Routine

  2. 10 Healthy Habits

  3. Favourite Phone Apps

  4. 5 Facts about Yourself

  5. Favourite Bloggers at the moment

  6. Share a Workout Playlist

  7. Share your Favourite Recipe

  8. 10 best things about where you live

  9. Blogging lessons learnt

  10. Review a product

  11. The last book you read

  12. Round up of the last month’s blog posts

  13. Your favourite Inspirational Quote and why

  14. Follow-up an old blog post

  15. 5 Favourite Pinterest Projects

  16. What’s in your handbag

  17. Things that make you smile

  18. A hard choice you have had to make

  19. Must-have beauty items for this season

  20. The meaning behind your blog name

  21. How to start a blog

  22. The beginners guide to …

  23. How do you unwind?

  24. Curate content in your niche

  25. Favourite photo of the week

Hope you find some inspiration from these blog post ideas.  How do you find inspiration when the dreaded bloggers block shows it’s face?  If you love what you blog about half the battle is won and the ideas will start flowing, just be ready with pen and paper when they do!

Helen x

My daughter’s Second Blog Post

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My Daughter’s Second Blog Post

Ok, so it’s been a while but life’s busy when you are 10!  Anywhoo, my daughter decided to post a Pizza Pinwheel recipe on her blog today.  My contribution apart from taking pics was of course the washing up.  Still it was nice to see her doing something she loved, being creative and away the ipad for a whole Saturday afternoon.

So from Imogen Online,  enjoy the second installment; Easy n Cheesy Pizza Pinwheels Recipe.  Easy to make, better to share!

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Second blog post and recipe from my daughter; Easy N Cheesy Pizza Pinwheels. Yum! Click To Tweet

My Blogging Journey

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My Blogging Journey, 12 Months On

12 months ago I published my very first blog post; yikes reading it still makes me cringe but it marked the start of creative process that I have (for most of the time) enjoyed.  So after 12 months of blogging I think it’s a good time to reflect, don’t you think?  Am I still passionate about the reasons why I started this blog in the first place?  So I guess these are the blogging tips I have picked up along the way.

 What’s worked?

Linking back to older posts has allowed me to share older content that new visitors would not have seen as not all visitors will dig down to older posts previously published.  I’ve also discovered a great plugin called Revive Old Post, fab for retweeting old posts and I can set my own parameters for what gets re-tweeted.

Revamped my site by changing the theme.  My new theme, Kerli, is more me, easy to customise, easy to navigate and it’s design is responsive so easy to read on tablet, desktop or smartphone.  I recommend you read this great article, whether a newbie blogger or looking to change your blog theme.

Appreciating the importance of Blog maintenance, it’s also a great way of updating content and source of inspiration if you get a touch of bloggers block.  Read my blog post on Blog Maintenance for tips and advice.

Upgraded my Canva account to Canva Work; this has helped me to organise my designs more efficiency and the ‘magic resize, option saves time as well as providing design consistency when adapting blog designs across the different social media platforms.

Engaged more with Pinterest; I absolutely love this social media platform and found that I have got more visitors coming to my blog via Pinterest than Twitter, Facebook or via online search.

Following other bloggers has inspired me to present my content differently, take a different approach to how I design my graphics but most importantly to ALWAYS be myself when I write!  Some of my favourite bloggers include White Oak Creative, Wonderlass, byRegina.com, Carly Rowena and Kayla Itsines.

What do I need to work on?

My photography skills still need major room for improvement but I’ve not quite thrown on the towel.  It’s all about getting as much practice as possible and being more organised.  Pinterest, as always has been a great source of inspiration and advice.

I’ve taken onboard  advice from some fab bloggers, these articles have been particulary useful:

5 Time Saving Tips for Blog Photography – great tips from itspinkpot.com

10 Photography Tips for (not only) Bloggers – practical advice and source of inspiration from Thirteen Thoughts

Using different blog post formats; I think I tend to be very samey with the format of my blog posts so I need to work on publishing content in different formats especially those that potentially attract more readers.  These include Lists, How To Guides, Curated content, Tips and Advice.  This blog post from A Girl Obsessed offers fab ideas for different types of Blog Posts that gets loads of views.

Engaging more with fellow bloggers.  I guess I’m a bit shy when it comes to commenting on other bloggers blog posts but I know from having read the advice from other blogs that commenting on posts can help to grow readership on your own blog posts.  So I guess I need to overcome the shyness and engage more!

What are my blogging goals for the future?

I suppose it’s really to keep blogging and not worry about the frequency of publishing posts.  I know most blog advice recommends consistency and a regular schedule when you post which I do agree with if you want to engage and grow readership but I’m not going to beat myself up if I still fall short on this.

Do I still have that passion to continue to blog?

Honestly?  The passion for my blog has at times dwindled.  Partly because there has been a lot this year to contend with on a personal basis but I have enjoyed the paths that  blogging has taken me down.  I’ve discovered new interests, read more, flexed my brain in different ways and have totally loved the whole process of being creative.  The original goals of why I started this blog still remain but I’ve struggled to committing the time I’ve needed to grow readership.  But you know what?  I’m perfectly happy with that.  I will continue to blog but I’m not stressing over how often I will try and publish or obsess over stats. I intend to enjoy the blogging process and see where this blog takes me in the next 12 months!

Thank you for reading this.  Do you blog?  What are the positives you have taken from blogging?  Have you any blogging tips or advice for the newbie blogger?

 

My daughters first blog post

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My daughters first blog post

Yesterday my 9 year old daughter, Imogen, asked if I could help set up her own blog.  So Imogen Online was created using wordpress.org.

I forget how tech savvy kids are and she quickly picked up how to set up the blog, what name to give it and what her first blog post was going to be about.  I also don’t appreciate how much influence bloggers and vloggers have especially with children and teenagers.  So it was nice to do something that Imogen already had a real interest in and it also showed how much I have learnt from when I published my first blog post.

My 9 year old is more tech savvy than I am! She's set up her own blog, published her first #blog post! Click To Tweet

So we spent the afternoon, making Mars Bar Crispy Squares, taking photos along the way, writing up the recipe, formatting images and posting online.  It was lovely spending an afternoon with Imogen doing something creative, having fun together and of course eating a lot of chocolate!

So if you fancy making Mars Bar Crispy Squares feel free to use Imogen’s Mars Bar Crispy Squares Recipe!

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My Enforced Digital Detox

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My Enforced Digital Detox

Just back from my holidays.  10 days in Cornwall; ok not very glamourous but I love it there.  Beautiful beaches, incredible surf, a slower pace of life, picturesque fishing harbours, Cornish pasties, cream teas, BBQ’s at the beach; the list goes on!   Did I mention there was virtually NO mobile reception?

It’s weird.  There was I  looking forward to 10 days of chilling, family time and just getting away from the hum drum of life when I suddenly got cold sweats as I watched the last bar of my mobile signal disappear as I was greeted by the ‘Welcome to Cornwall’ sign.

No mobile reception, no Wi-Fi, no emails, no social media.  Surely this should have been liberating?  The kids were not better either.  The minute we got to the campsite, my eldest asked what the Wi-Fi password was.

So how did we cope?

Ok, admittedly, I was able to get a signal when we drove 15 miles to the nearest town where I did manage to get a digital binge, but we only did that a couple of times.  We did coped.  We did manage to suppress our irrational FOMO panics.  Without our heads buried in a screen we were all able to enjoy what was going on around us, enjoyed being silly together, slowed down, chilled out.  What I did notice is that the kids adapted to being off-grid quicker than I did.  Even without the distractions of surfing and  body-boarding, they were out playing, kicking a football around, playing tag, making new friends on the camp-site.  I took to reading more and just enjoying my surroundings, focusing on the now and not fretting on what I was missing out on at home.  I enjoyed the conversations I had with my kids, enjoyed listening to their slant on things, enjoyed their sense of humour.  My eldest son took to reading the newspaper and all 3 kids got the hang of Sudoku.

Setting a good example

Back home, we have digitally ‘re-toxed’ but maybe I am now more aware of what a pointless distraction and drain on my time being constantly glued to my phone or tablet can at times be.  I’m also aware that I am just as much to blame when it comes to influencing my children’s digital habits as are their peers.  In the past I’ve joked that my iPad is my virtual Childminder; it’s faithfully kept the kids occupied so that I can get on with things or allow me to have a cuppa without interruption.

Yes I do have a ban all digital devices at mealtimes, a bedside ban and that they are switched off an hour before bed (including me).  But I think as a parent I should be more aware of my actions; if I’m constantly looking at a screen my kids will think that is perfectly acceptable behaviour.

My digital detox has made me aware of how much I influence my children's own digital habits. #parenting Click To Tweet

Should we switch off and do something more worthwhile instead?

I know I am not the only one that is guilty of becoming addicted and obsessive with technology and our mobile devices.  Now it seems that more and more people are making a conscious effort to disconnect.  A recent report published by Ofcom claim that 15 million internet users have voluntarily undertaken a ‘digital detox’ from technology in order to ‘strike a healthier balance between technology and life beyond the screen’

Yes of course there is great value in using digital technology, mobile devices and being able to connect digitally; they help us do our jobs, simplify our lives and help us connect with others that we perhaps wouldn’t be able to so it’s not all bad.  But perhaps maybe we should enjoy focusing on the now; live in that moment and appreciate what is going on around us?  Enjoy that walk through the park on a Sunday morning without having the need to check work emails?

Step away from that Smart Phone!

So don’t you think we all need to switch off sometimes?  Step away from the Smart Phone, put down the tablet or maybe try and resist the nagging urge to check social media for the squillionth time just in case we have a friend request or the comment about what you had for lunch has received anymore likes?  Maybe maintain our friendship’s face-to-face as opposed to status-to-status?  Shouldn’t we all just try and get over this fear of missing out and maybe just enjoying focusing on the now and enriching our own lives rather than coveting the edited lifestyle of others via Social Media?

I bumped into a really good mate today at the Gym; I was leaving as she was on her way to a metafit class.  I hadn’t seen her properly for ages.  Let’s meet up?  What have you been up to?  Nowadays we all seem to know what’s been going on in our friends lives without us actually seeing them in the flesh.  After being off-grid I honestly didn’t know what my friend had been up to for the last few weeks.  So we arranged to catch up over drinks next week, now isn’t that novel?

Have you ever forced yourself to take a digital detox?  If you have kids do you set boundaries when it comes to digital devices in the home?

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Summer Workout Playlist 2016

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Summer Workout Playlist 2016

New Gym Workout Playlist for the Summer is a must especially now that it’s countdown to my holiday in Cornwall.  I’ve got a new gym programme, attempting to do 3 HIIT sessions a week and if time will throw in the odd 5km run (weather dependent as I’m a complete fair weather runner).  So here’s my workout music for the summer.

Music can motivate you to push harder when training or can take you mind off a hard set of rep's at the #Gym Click To Tweet

 

 

Playlist

 

 

Summer Workout Play List Tracks 2016

I wanna Feel by Secondcity

Tidal Wave (ft. Alpines) by Sub Focus

Don’t let me down (ft. Daya) by The Chainsmokers

Dangerous Woman by Arianna Grandee

19-2000 (Soulchild Remix) by Gorillaz

Never Be Like You (ft. Kai) by Flume

Spectrum by Florence & The Machine

Alarm by Anne-Marie

I Love It by Icona Pop

Gecko by Oliver Heldens

Me Too by Meghan Trainor

Hear Me by Imagine Dragons

Applause by Lady Gaga

Hey Mama (ft. Nicki Minaj, Bebe Rexha & Afrojack) by David Guetta

Stronger by Kanye West

 

All the songs from this playlist are available to download on iTunes or other online music stores such as Amazon Music.

 

What music motivates you to train at the Gym?  Do you use it purely to take your mind off what you are doing or to push you harder?

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