I’m not going to lie, I’m kind of sad to see September end. It’s my favorite month of the year!
But I’m also excited for what October and the final quarter of 2018 have in store for me.
There are so many great things coming up to look forward to. From a new workshop that I’m launching, Halloween, a trip to Nashville, Thanksgiving, Christmas… And not to mention, nonstop marathons of Christmas movies on Hallmark that actually start later this month.
For right now though, let’s just focus on October because it’s going to be kind of a busy month.
1. Launch My Money-Making Workshop for Creatives
The idea for this workshop came about months ago, but I’m only just launching it this month. You see, I asked the members of my private Facebook group which topic they’d rather see a workshop on. And the majority said they wanted to learn how to make a consistent income online.
My intention was to wait until after I moved to launch the workshop. However, the renovations taking longer than anticipated delayed the move. And I don’t want to keep putting everything off. So, I’m finally launching it later this month and I hope to see some of you join me!
2. Create a New Social Media Strategy
What I’m about to share may shock some of you, especially if you’re a social media manager… I made the decision to ditch my social media scheduling tool, SmarterQueue. There were two reasons that prompted me to make this move. On one hand, I’ve been wanting to find a way to cut down on business expenses, so this is one way of doing that.
But the primary driving force behind my decision is algorithms. The truth is, Facebook prefers you to post content to your page natively. That means they want you to post or schedule your content directly inside Facebook. And through another page that I’ve been running, I’ve seen first-hand the results of posting that’s done through Facebook and is more in-the-moment than planned out.
Besides that, I had only been using SmarterQueue for a few months before Twitter’s spam rules when into effect. Since you’re no longer allowed to recycle Twitter content through third party schedulers like SmarterQueue or MeetEdgar, it added social media scheduling back onto my to-do list. I will say that having built a content library still made the task easier though. All I did each week was go in and update the copy on the posts that were already queued, but it still wasn’t a fun task.
Ditching third party schedulers is basically one big experiment and I have no idea how it’s going to go. However, I will say that I feel good about the decision. It’s making me rethink how I’ve been managing my social media presence… Everything was set on autopilot and I wasn’t really present on the platforms. I want that to change and get back to the days where social media was much more fun and casual, but combine that with smart and strategic posting as a business owner.
3. Prepare for NaNoWriMo
In thinking about this goal, there’s a tiny part of me that is like, “Girl, what the hell are you doing?” I haven’t participated in NaNoWriMo in years. Nor am I any good at creative writing… In fact, I’m pretty sure I failed that class in college because I just wrote without really developing a proper plot or anything like that. I still don’t know how to do that stuff.
But for some reason, I feel called to join the NaNo challenge this year just as a little project to take up on the side. Do I expect to write some sort of masterpiece? Absolutely not. However, I do feel that pushing myself outside my comfort zone and doing something different (creative writing), will be a good thing for me.
Now, I do know that I can be a NaNo Rebel and write something other than a piece of fiction… But that wouldn’t be enough of a challenge for me. So, this month I want to take some time to think about the story I’m going to haphazardly put together and create a plan so the process will be a little easier.
4. Participate in the Tone It Up 31-Day Challenge
Confession time: I’ve been slacking off on my fitness goals recently. And I’m definitely not proud of myself for it! Although, I will say that I think it needed to happen. You see, I had developed a rather unhealthy obsession with hitting all three of the activity goals on my Apple Watch every single day. I never allowed myself a rest day. It meant I had to wear the watch all the time. And I didn’t want to be so obsessed with it anymore.
So, one day I intentionally didn’t hit all three of my goals and the rest is history. I made the decision to create a workout schedule that felt good to me instead of being forced. But the thing is, I do want to step it up again. And thankfully, the Tone It Up 31-Day Challenge is just what I need to get back on track!