Monthly Chit Chat: Goal setting and taking a rain check emmixbowles goal setting

February has been a whirlwind of a month jam-packed with days out, events, meet ups and me running around like a headless chicken trying to get my shit together.

On the plus side it’s been a good month for my bank account – the shorter month and days off work (and away from meal deals and fast food for lunch) has been a blessing.


Despite February only being 28 days long a lot has happened in the space of a month.

If you haven’t guessed already I’ve gone self-hosted and had a new blog design installed thanks to the lovely people at Blogger2WP – who made the transition super easy (they basically did it all for me, for free!)

I never thought that going self-hosted would make a big difference to my blog but it has. It’s making tracking stats with Google Analytics easier, I can upload my own themes and it just makes my blog feel that extra bit more professional.

If you’re thinking about going self-hosted then check out Blogger2WP because they can move your whole blog across etc for free.


This month has also been filled with events, meet up and catch ups. Despite planning to have some very productive days during my time off work I ended up drinking more coffee than doing house work…. oops.

At the start of the month I attended the WeBlogNorth Goals Setting workshop hosted by the amazing Kat Horrocks.

It was a brilliant morning session with a group of fellow bloggers where we basically got to go through Kat’s goal setting workout (which you can download for free on her website) and talk about  what we wanted to a achieve and how to go about doing so.

The whole day was just like one big motivational girl chat/group hug and really go everyone ready to tackle their 90 day goals.

For some insight my 90 day goals included;

  • Working out 3 times a week – anything from the gym to walking
  • Create a backlog of photos for Instagram
  • Set up a plan for podcast! – oh yeah surprise we’re starting a podcast
  • Stick to my 2 posts a week for and to participate in Twitter chats.
  • Get more contributors for The Growing Up Guide – if you want to get involved email

Being able to discuss my yearly goals and break them down into smaller chunks really helps up my motivation – plus I know have 10 women to hold me to my word.

Although things haven’t been going 100% to plan I have been making an effort which is better than not bothering at all – I’m mainly on about the working out goal.

Originally in my head I though working out just meant the gym, not walking around town for over an hour taking photos or playing badminton – I am getting my workouts in just not in the most conventional way.

Oh and surprise! You might have noticed the little one about The Growing Up Guide Podcast…. well you heard it here first (officially).

We’re looking to launch the podcast either this Summer or October depending on how much we can get prerecorded! For more info follow us on Twitter where we will be unveiling it all soon.


What I’ve loved about this month besides it being super motivational and inspirational is that I’ve been able to just put my phone and laptop away for a few days and take a rain check on it all.

I sneaky planned a whole week off work smack bang in the middle of the month and Paul took a few days off as well. We spent more time together outside of the flat this month than we have any other.

I didn’t have to worry about checking my emails or updating social media. I just took a break from it all and it was really refreshing.

But it’s nearly March so I’m back and I’m looking at life and how I can make it better along with all of the amazing things I’ve got planned.

I’d love to know what your goals are for the next few months. I’m will be sharing what I’ve learnt from the goal setting workshop in a post soon, so you can hopefully take some tips on board in your own goal setting.





    • February 28, 2018 / 1:07 pm

      Thank you I love it right now

    • February 28, 2018 / 3:22 pm

      It’s worth it in my opinion

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