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May: A Look Ahead

Hi Venturers! Today we’re going to be taking a look at goals and things I want to be improving for the month of May. Here we go.

Goals

  • Social media. This month I want to be increasing my social media presence. I want to create a Pinterest and keep working on my Twitter. Ultimately, (for Twitter) I’d like to have a nice balance of personal tweets as well as promotion.
  • Increase weekly view count. This month I’m trying to get my weekly views in the 100 range. We’re doing about half of that right now and I think we can reach more people.
  • Increase personal engagement. I follow so many wonderful blogs and I want to show them some love as well! This month I’m dedicating time every week where I go onto others’ sites and interact with them. I truly love what I read from others and I want to show them that this month.
  • Keep consistency and planning up!
  • I need to revamp Venture News (our newsletter). I need to find something exciting to do with it.

To Improve

  • Site look and functionality. I want to improve the overall look and feel of the site. Nothing too crazy, just a fresh paint of coat.
  • Quality. Again, I just want to make sure I’m putting out good content.
  • Posting time. I want a consistent time I put out my posts. So, I want to see if a specific time seems to work better this month.

I don’t have a fun challenge for this month. We’re also moving, so I guess if you want a fun challenge, then mine is to successfully pack and move without losing my mind. I hate moving.

Anyway. Let me know what you all think! What are your goals for the month?

As always, thank you so much for being here and I will see you next time!

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April: A Look Back

Hello Venturers! Can you believe April is finished already? If you were here at the beginning of the month, you’ll know that I listed out some goals and things I wanted to improve on. So, let’s take a look back and see how we did for the month!

Fun Challenge

Completed! I actually completely forgot that I had set this kind of goal for myself. I ended up doing an Easter “photoshoot” with Little P. I will accept this win.

Improvements

I did pretty well on prewriting my posts this month. There were a couple of times when I did just write and post because I let myself get behind. Overall though, I stayed ahead of the game. Another win for us.

Interaction… A definite loss for me. I let myself up swept up in my moods of “I want to talk to everyone” and “everyone better leave me alone”. This is something we will need to address for May.

Goals

Increase daily view count was a success. This month we nearly doubled our monthly views and our average daily view is double this month than it was in March. That’s so exciting! Thank you all so much for helping me achieve this goal. I’m so grateful.

Consistency was so great this month! There may have been a day or two where I posted late, but it got out the next day. I would like to look at my newsletter and find ways to improve that. A half win on this. Big win for the blog and needs improvement on the newsletter.

Quality, this one is kind of hard to judge for me. I love to write, but a lot of the time I think it’s absolutely terrible. For April I had posts that I was so excited and proud about and others where I wondered why I was even trying.

Interaction (because it was a goal and needs improvement), see above.

Reflection

As a whole, I’m super excited about April. We had our highest view day ever this month, thank you all so much for that! We gained 12 new followers and even have a few people subscribed to the weekly newsletter. Again thank you so much!! I am absolutely blown away that you are all even stopping by let alone subscribing. So, a million thank yous to you this month!

As always, let me know what you think. Did you hit your goals for April? How can I help you reach your goals in the future?

Pregnancy

1st Trimester To Do

So, you’re pregnant. Yay! You’re probably excited and nervous for what the upcoming months have in store for you. Today let’s take a look at the things you should be taking care of during the beginning of your pregnancy.

Start (or continue) taking prenatal vitamins

It’s important to make sure that you and baby are getting the proper amount of nutrients. Prenatal vitamins also contain four important nutrients during pregnancy: folic acid, iron, vitamin D, and calcium. You will continue prenatal vitamins after you give birth. Most women continue them until they finish breastfeeding.

Find your doctor/Make appointment

If you already know who you want to deliver your baby, then great, go ahead and make an appointment to confirm your pregnancy. If not, then do some research and then make an appointment. You’ll be seeing a lot of this doctor and the staff, so make sure you like who you’re seeing. Don’t feel like you need to continue with the doctor you initially chose.

Stop smoking and drinking

If you smoke or drink it’s time to stop. Both habits are linked to negatives for your baby and can be very dangerous. Maybe pick up some of those fancy juices that look like champagne, but are just juice. When I was pregnant I got these on special occasions, put it in a fancy glass, and added fruit. Sure, it wasn’t alcohol, but I did feel more included with my fancy drink.

Eat healthier

You shouldn’t be eating junk food at every meal (and snack) just because you’re pregnant. You want to be getting a lot of good nutrients for you and baby. Yes, even now, at the beginning of the pregnancy. It’s honestly a good lifestyle change to make anyway. Use this as an excuse to get some healthy food into your house.

Get a pregnancy app

While not necessary, I found my pregnancy app a bunch of fun. It allowed me to track my health and informed me how my baby was developing. Take a look through your phone’s app store and give one a try.

Drink water

It is so important to get the right amount of water every day. Just like eating healthy, use your pregnancy to start a good habit. Try purchasing a big water bottle, take it with you everywhere, and make sure you use it!

Start a prenatal exercise routine

Make sure you run your exercises past your doctor to make sure that they’re okay for you. It’s good to stay active during your pregnancy. Prenatal specific exercises also help your body prepare for labor. I did prenatal yoga and it was a great time for me to unwind and relax.

Kegels

Again, find an app on your phone and download it. Kegels during pregnancy can help minimize hemorrhoids and decreased bladder control. They will also prepare those muscles for your labor and delivery. On top of that, after pregnancy Kegels help promote healing and strengthens the pelvic floor again. Stay consistent. I sporadically did Kegels during my pregnancy. A couple days here and then a couple days break. I think I would have felt more empowered and in control during my labor if I had remained more consistent.

Start talking parenting

Start talking with your partner about how you want to raise your child together. Do you want to work after you give birth? Who will take care of making food and cleaning while you heal? There’s a variety of topics that will need to start getting discussed so neither of you are blindsided when the baby gets here.

There you have it. Things you should definitely start getting taken care of in the first trimester. Let me know what you think. Are there things you would add in?

Updates

April: A Look Ahead

All right Venturers, it’s a brand new month. So far in April I’ve already had an anniversary as well as my birthday. April is definitely one of my favorite months. Who doesn’t love their birthday months? Since it’s a new month, I decided to outline some goals and things I want to accomplish for the upcoming weeks.

Goals

  • Increase daily view count
  • Consistency! I don’t want to feel like I can take a day off, especially after really good days.
  • Quality! I want to increase my quality, both in types of posts and the actual writing.
  • Interaction! I want to increase the amount of time I spend interacting with other blogs and readers

To improve

  • I want to get in the habit of prewriting my posts again. March I got into a habit of writing and editing posts the day I wanted them out.
  • Interaction, yes it’s both a goal and an area to improve on. I have days where I’m hot and cold. So, even on days when I don’t really feel like it, I still need to interact. I love hearing from everyone! If I don’t make an effort, why should anyone else?

Fun Challenge

All right, so this isn’t really a goal for me. I don’t necessarily care if this gets completed, but it would be a bit of fun. I’ve noticed a lot of fun and cute baby photoshoots. So, this month, I’m going to try and do one myself. Little P loves getting her photo taken and it’s not like I’d be sad to have cute pictures of her. Plus, I think it would be fun to share my experiences and if it was worth it.

Thank you so much for joining me in another month! I have the month planned out and am hoping you all enjoy what I have in store for you.
If anyone has any ideas or want me to write about anything specific, please let me know! Happy April!