It’s been a good while since I sat down and wrote a goals post. In all honesty, I haven’t set myself many goals during the start of 2019 – more sailing through, taking each day as it comes. And don’t get me wrong, it’s been nice to just sit back and let things happen for a change, but when you’re a driven person at heart, it’s nice to have things to work towards.
Instead of treating this as an April goals post, I wanted to set myself some personal and business goals for the first quarter of my business year. I run Apartment Number 4 from April to March to coincide with the tax year, but doing this on a personal level makes it feel like January the 1st again for me! Can we also just talk about how satisfying it is that the first of the month falls on a Monday please?
The reason I prefer to work in 3-month blocks is that anything less and I struggle under the pressure of 30 days, anything longer and momentum slows down.
With that said, here’s what I’d love to achieve over the next 12 weeks, starting with the business side of things…
Improve My SEO
Despite blogging for 10 years this year, my traffic has been static for the last 4 years. I attract 20,000+ views a month, which I’m super happy with, but I have content which could be attracting so much more if I’d put a little effort into SEO.
Because I’m a complete newbie when it comes to search engine optimisation, I bought the Complete SEO Strategy recently by Laura Lynch and the book talks about maximising your old content for search engines, while still being really clear and easy to understand.
Fall Back In Love With Instagram
I’ve really struggled with Instagram of late. Every time I go to upload the feel of “this isn’t good enough” has been overwhelming. I want to stop feeling like I can only take pictures on my camera so the quality is as good, and I want to show you more of my home – the good and the not so Instagrammable.
The reason I say this is because I’m so massively edited online (as most people are) and I’ve turned my feed into something so perfectly curated, that if an image isn’t the right colour palette, I feel like I can’t share it.
The thing is, I absolutely love taking pictures and styling little setups so I’ve decided to take part in my first ever #MyHouseThisMonth challenge. Make sure you’re following me on Instagram to see inside Apartment Number 4, and here’s how you can take part yourself. I’ll be there to Like and comment alongside you.
So now, I wanted to share some personal goals of mine, although when you’re running your own business, I often find the line between personal and business is blurred. Regardless, h
Heal My Gut
Having lived with IBS for the good part of 15 years, it’s only been in recent years that I’ve actually started to properly look after myself in terms of what food I’m putting into my body. However, it’s only been the last couple of months that I’ve taken that to the next level and looked at how I can heal the damage that has been done.
I started by making a food diary of things that were in my everyday eating patterns, and what could possibly be kick-starting an episode. Raw onions, iceberg lettuce, eggs, cheese, milk, and oil were all culprits so out they came.
I then started to make a shift towards a less stressful lifestyle, and now do yoga religiously at least 3 x weekly, four if I can manage it time-wise. Stress can be a huge trigger for an IBS episode, so stripping my lifestyle back and taking myself away from stressful situations has done wonders.
I also now start the day with a teaspoon of apple cider vinegar (this one is the best I’ve found) in water before I do anything on a morning, followed by a peppermint tea and flavourless collagen peptides powder mixed in, which has gut healing properties (I get mine from Amazon).
I’ve also cut out an immense amount of refined sugar out of my diet, which aggravates IBS, and I can see a dramatic improvement just from that. I’m only at the start of journey for better internal health but I’m excited to see where I’ll be in 3 months time.
Make Time For Manifesting
Practising the Law of Attraction is like going to the gym. When you’re in the flow, it comes easily, but once you take a break, it can take a bit of work to get back onto the same frequency again.
Which is why I purchased the Lucky Bitch Manifesting Course, by one of my favourite coaches, Denise Duffield-Thomas. I’ve read all of Denise’s books (Lucky Bitch, Get Rich Lucky Bitch, and Chillpreneur) and I really resonate with how she looks at making money and manifesting an amazing life. The course is six week’s long, although it’s more of a lifestyle change if I’m honest.
This course doesn’t just go into the woo-woo practises of LOA, but rather the blocks you have in your head about why you might not get the dream life you want, or why you don’t think you’re worthy of the things you want to attract.
If people are interested, I’d be more than happy to write about the course afterwards, telling you exactly what I manifested and what happened along the way. Just let me know in the comments below. You can also read my blog post on how I raise my vibrations right here.
I’m hoping by the end of June, my journey will have become even better than it is now. So much can be achieved in 12 weeks, so if you have anything you’d like to work on, maybe set yourself that time scale to achieve it instead of worrying you only have until the end of April.
What are your goals?