I’m loving this monthly goal thing. Here’s what I had hoped for last month and how I did:
1. Take on one more regular writing job. I kinda sorta met this goal. I have a foot in the door at another parenting website, and so far, have had two months of regular pitches accepted. I’m not officially “on,” but so far, so good! I have high hopes it will continue to be a regular thing.
2. Get another acceptance from a print magazine–I had some good conversations with a few senior editors, but so far, no acceptance yet. But February is not up until tonight, right? Hopefully today is the day!
3. Reach out to some businesses to partner with on my blog. I did this and have a brand new Swiffer Vac to show for my efforts! But none of the green stuff I love so much.
4. Try some business writing. This was my big success for the month! I introduced myself to a local editor, who in turn, sent me over to a business partner looking to hire a writer for a fetal development app. I wrote text to describe the baby’s development for each week of pregnancy. Such a fun project and it looks like they may have some more work for me. Woohoo!
5. Either join a medical journal or find someone to let me use their online access so I can have some good references to articles. Meh. Didn’t do this one.
6. Go on ONE date with my husband. Holy cats, I met this one–twice! On Monday night, we got our taxes done and then hit up the local bar and grill for some greasy eating. And then, on Tuesday, I hired my sister to babysit so we could go to Taco Tuesday…followed by grocery shopping, of course. Can’t just have a frivolous date for no reason, right? But really, I am proud of myself and it felt good to get out of the house with Ben, even if they were combo dates.
So, on to March! Here’s what I have in mind:
1. Work on my book everyday. For whatever reason, I was thinking that I had until the end of May to finish my book. But I just happened to re-read my acceptance email the other day, and turns outs, it’s due on May 1st. As in, I have exactly two months to finish it. Needless to say, that’s my big goal for the next two months!!
2. Identify one non-parenting publication to query. So far, the majority of my work has been writing and pregnancy-related articles. I’d like to flex my writing muscles, so to speak and identify one publication that I can pitch that has nothing to do with kids.
3. Plan a family vacation. With Jacob turning one this summer, I think it would be fun for us to get away on a budget-friendly vacay. I’m thinking renting a little place by the beach would be nice.
4. Get a feature article in Parenting. I have a great idea in mind!!
5. Do one family activity this month. We don’t really do anything fun anymore with the kiddos. And while I don’t necessarily think you need to get away or spend money to have fun, I think we could all use with a nice trip out of the house. Maybe bowling?
And that’s it! Keeping it simple this month, with a focus on finishing my book and shaking off the dust as a family.