This time of month again, straight to the point, let’s have a look at my October goals…
My main goal is to make my house a home.
Goals for October were
Personal and financial
Stop smoking: ahem ahem… some days were better than other. Still a November goal. FAIL
Spend less than $150 on going out: I was pretty good with that one, and spent $128. Paris is so expensive but due to good weather I was able to have picnics outside with my friends instead of eating in. PASS
Finish my mum’s living room deep cleaning: I postponed that one until mid-October but eventually washed all the walls and painted the ceiling. The result is quite nice, and my back hurt for a couple of days after painting the ceiling, though it was really worth it. One happy mum. PASS
Apply for short term jobs: I did and even went to three interviews, the first two said I was overqualified, the third, the person didn’t show up so I left after 20 minutes. Instead of finding a job, I booked an earlier flight to Guatemala to start working on the land. Let’s call it a PASS
Have gravatars and threaded comments work: Thanks to some helpful guidelines from Veronica at Pelican on Money I was able to find the files to change, thought I was smart enough to change them myself, broke my site, got a big scare and was able to backup. Strangely, it worked. LUCKY PASS
Change the sidebars: I did that too 🙂 Inserted a bit of ads, added the last comments and the badge of Blogger Helping Bloggers, the support program I joined with my awesome mentor Jana from Daily Money Shot! It is still messy and not perfect, but better than before. PASS TO BE MADE EVEN BETTER SOON.
Break 500K Alexa:
I wrote that while at 777K, current rank is 194,256. The speed has slowed when I moved to Guatemala and I see that it requires constant work, so I am expecting a probable loss for the next few days. PASS
Reach 600 Twitter followers:
Understand my RSS feed
Nope, still not good with that one! EPIC FAIL
Comment on at least 3 sites a day
I have gone above and beyond on that one, discovering a few nice sites on the way, and the results have been very positive in terms of getting acquainted to bloggers and have people come over to see my website. PASS
Overall a pretty good month considering I moved house and continent in between.
Personal and financial
What? Wasn’t it an October goal… well, it’s still there. Not for long!
Zero waste on water and food.
Without electricity, food goes bad fast. And if I have to stock up for a week, I need to be organized. I can’t afford to waste water either since I carry it with buckets from the lake.
Swim every day
This will be my only sport for a while, except for lifting construction materials and furniture around. I love bathing but can get lazy at swimming.
Organize my time
I can’t afford to procrastinate all day like I did in Paris. I need to have enough time for my blog, while a house is being set up and built.
Lighten my design
I am having a couple of issues with my theme, which is an old one so sometimes the formatting I see on WordPress will not be what will appear on the blog, and other little things that make navigation less optimal for you.
Guest post 5 times
Get Twitter followers over 800
Get my Alexa ranking under 200K and stay there.
Actually I wrote this a couple of days ago, so I broke it today (Nov 4th), but want to stabilize now.
Like the weight loss, no yo-yo!
I am going easy on myself because a week into arriving, I don’t know what my routine is going to be like. In December I will have a clearer picture.