Life, Lately + March Goals

Guys, this is a big post. I'm combining my "Currently" posts + my "Life, Lately" updates + my March goals for two reasons: 

1 - they all kind of mesh together this month. 

2 - It's been a hot minute since I did any of these. My last goals update was in December 2015, My last Currently update was in March 2016, and my last Life, Lately was in Jan 2016.

I'm excited to bring you this update, because I have been spending so much time on my biz related posts, that I genuinely miss just virtually chatting with you via my personal blog. Because I'm not worried about making bank from PB, I finally feel like I can openly write about whatever I want. What better way to start that than being a complete narcissist and talking about my life & literally nothing else! 

I'll start with Currently..Right now I'm currently: 

WATCHING // New Girl, again. Allison had never seen it, so I forced her to watch it with me. Turns out she is just as obsessed with it as I am. I'm also watching the new episodes of Grey's on Hulu, and tonight I'll be glued to my TV while I watch the newest episode of How To Get Away With Murder. If I was able to find it somewhere, I'd be watching the 7th season of Shameless, but it isn't on Netflix. 

MISSING // The warm weather. It turns out that in Colorado, snow can happen the day after a 70 degree day. Apparently March is the heaviest snow month, so I'm not really looking forward to that. My tiny body doesn't handle the cold weather well..someone send heated gloves, please! 

PLANNING // Some new paid products for RYCL. Be on the lookout for a printable, customizable planner, and a course dedicated to Social Media Advertising. After creating my free e-course, I've been really excited about creating a product that is jam-packed with info at an affordable price. 

READING // Unfortunately, nothing. I really need to invest in a new book, but I just haven't had the time, or the motivation. I've been lazy lately, and I need to work on getting out of that rut. For those of you who have been reading, what do you recommend? 

FEELING // mediocre, at best. I've been lagging with my Bullet Journaling and self care, which is taking a toll on my physical health. I spent February being really really sick, and I'm still trying to get over the congestion. Being across the country from your dad when you're sick is really shitty, but I did have a very good caregiver who made me homemade chicken noodle soup, and tucked me into bed at night when I had a fever. Since I was stuffy, I spent about a week sleeping with my mouth open, which destroyed my lips. But, I have a weird fear of chapstick, so they're healing unbearably slow. I know my mother is laughing right now because I refuse to use chapstick. 

WEARING // Black. Professional. Warmth. The three words that describe my wardrobe lately, because it's currently snowing in Colorado. No one should really be surprised about the black, though. If I've changed anything, it's the fact that I started wearing flare jeans instead of straight jeans again. I'm feeling kind of "blah" about my wardrobe lately, and hate that half of what I own is scattered between PA & NC. 

ENJOYING // My freaking JOB. Which is a great thing to be able to say. I love what I do. I never imagined that I would be able to work in the social media field, but I'm damn glad I do. it makes life 100x better. I really love the fact that I'm still able to incorporate teaching into my day to day job duties - instead of teaching English to middle school kids, I'm teaching business owners about how Facebook can benefit them! 

NEEDING // to eat healthier. Somehow I've regressed to the broke college girl diet...McDonald's at 10pm because I'm bored. I am 24 years old and I still haven't learned how to properly meal plan. I just need someone to make the the groceries..and show me how to cook. Is that too much to ask? (yes). 

 LISTENING // to the new Weeknd album (still), and the new Halsey song from Fifty Shades Darker. I haven't made a new playlist on Spotify in a while, so I might start that in the summer months. Right now my most recent song ads are: 

Lies in The Dark x Tove Lo
Say You Won't Go x James Arthur
Chained To The Rhythm x Katy Perry 

I haven't been impressed with my Discover Weekly on Spotify, and I'm hoping that changes. Usually I'll have a handful of songs that I really love, but right now they're a major miss for me. 

LOOKING // dehydrated and tired. Just kidding. I am looking forward to seeing my little sister graduate high school, and visiting Dani after she graduates college. I'm sad that I wont be able to attend both graduations, but Dani, I'll be there in spirit.

Work: My 9-5 is so much fun. I love being able to work in digital media + advertising, while also teaching people about the benefits of Facebook. I'm trying to get very involved with client meetings, and give them a more personal feel with advertising. I want them to see a face and know they have a real person working on their accounts. I feel like I'm constantly learning new things, and I have the freedom to be creative on the job. It's a great feeling, and I'm finally settled in something long term. My side hustle is still fun, and I like that I have the freedom to move at my own pace with this. Even though I have a 9-5, I've felt like I can allocate more time to this biz than I did when I was a teacher. I developed my ideas for RYCL while I was teaching, but it wasn't until after moving and starting a job in a different field that I really felt like I could dedicate time to it. My favorite part about this whole brand is I get to bring people along as I grow. For example, I just wrote a business plan for RYCL and will be sharing the process during a Facebook Live event in March! 

Play: This is a hard section to fill out. I still feel like I haven't established myself in Colorado. I'm making some new friends, but I am pretty homesick for the people I went to college with. No one really tells you how hard it is to develop real adult friendships after college. On the plus side, my biological sister is coming to visit me on March 7th, and I'm really excited to show her around. I visited Colorado for the first time two years ago, and just traveling to a new area was so exciting, so I think it's going to be a really great experience for her. One of my college sorority sisters will be visiting on the 11th and I cant wait to catch up with her as well. 

Inspiration: A lot of my inspiration is coming from brands like ByRegina, or I get a lot of my biz inspo from them, and after taking two free courses, I felt really motivated to create my own. You can sign up for it right here. Style wise, my new haircut was inspired by New Girl - more specifically Jessica Day. Huge thanks to West End Salon in Boulder for the awesome cut. 

Blog Posts:
Not much has been happening on this blog, mainly because I was so focused on building my Social Media Management biz. But here are the most recent posts, + some "in the works" that you can look forward to! 

"What Being a DZ Has Taught Me About Love" - I wanted to write something that my fellow sisters can relate to, and remind them of why they joined the sorority that they did. 
"Why I'm Glad I Moved Away From My Hometown" - Am I the only one glad that they moved out of Hickory? 

"How To Use Facebook For Your Biz" - A complete guide to making Facebook work for your brand! 
"Canvas Ads: Getting Creative With Facebook" - A breakdown of one of Facebook's ad features that I think is ahh-mazing.

March Goals:
I'm dedicating March to getting back on track with my self care. I want to spend the month making sure I'm taking care of myself first, before I take care of anything else. I'm feeling a bit out of control in all aspects of my life, and I think that stems from my lack of personal goal setting. 

1// Get back into Bullet Journaling
This happens to me from time to time - I will completely stop using my planner. I don't know why I do this, but I do know that I need to start again. I want to utilize it more for self care and keeping myself accountable. Reading Boho Berry and joining her Facebook group has re-inspired me! Maybe I'll even get a March "Plan With Me" video up. 

2// Visit the Denver Aquarium 
I want to do this when my sister is in town! I've been to the Denver Zoo 3 times since I moved here (because Allison has a membership) and I love it. I just want to experience something else that Denver has to offer. 

3// Don't sweat the small stuff 
This goal is vague for a reason. My temper has been at an all time high lately, and I want to scale that back. I want to stop nitpicking small things, and start choosing my battles. I'm wasting a lot of time being mean, when I could be spending more time loving life. Honestly, this will probably be the hardest goal for me to reach. I've always been high strung, and a hot head, so it will take some serious dedication. Fingers crossed. 

1// Send out weekly emails
Because of my free e-course, I've built a pretty solid email list for RYCL (don't want to take the course, but still want freebies in your inbox? Sign up here), and I'm excited to connect with my subscribers. I want to start sending out weekly emails with freebies, updates, and cool content for them to explore. I know this will take some extra time, but I know that it will help my biz in the long run. Have any suggestions? Comment below or send me an email! 

2// Build 1/4th of my paid course
I started out setting this goal to be "half of my paid course" but I know that right now that isn't possible for me. I'm building a course worth money, so I want to take my time with it. BUT, I know if I don't set a deadline or goal, I'll keep procrastinating. I was able to build my e-course because I had a structure with specific tasks for each day - I might try that again.
3// Build 2 social media schedules pro-bono for clients
I'm lucky enough to work with two clients right now through RYCL. I want to create their social media plans for free, because I want to show them that my method will work. I firmly believe that giving something(valuable)away for free is the best way to build trust and create a long-term client. That's what I'm trying to do here. 

I'll leave you with some questions for yourself.
What are your March goals? Is there a theme for the month, like mine is self care? 
What type of blog posts do you like seeing on PB? 
How's your life, lately? What changes do you need to make? 

- R