October Monthly Goal Meet-Up

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In the weeks since Brazen Careerist launched their new and improved site, I’ve discovered anew how fabulous it can be to have a dedicated network of bloggers all gathered in one place. Several posts of mine have been featured on the site, bringing greater traffic to my blog. I’ve been learning about new blogs, and meeting new bloggers. And then there are the groups.

Which brings us to this post. Rebecca Thorman of Modite recently created the Monthly Goal Meet-Up Group, in which members post about the next month’s goals on their blogs, and then look back at how they did the month before. After the post goes live, they then head on over to the group page and post a link back to their blog. It’s a way to be held accountable, and also a means of keeping on track with your own self-expectations.

So here it is. My first monthly meet-up post:

I didn’t participate last month, but I did have some vague goals floating around in my head:

  1. Make a dent in my wine tour piece by hitting up as many of the 33 NJ wineries as I could.
  2. Do up at least three Freelancedom posts a week.
  3. Complete a book proposal by the end of the month, and send it out to five agents.
  4. Begin the career coaching certification program.

How did I do? Well, I’ve visited 31 out of 33 wineries (I’ll be visiting the last two in the coming week). I’ve been doing a lot better with posting frequency on Freelancedom. And I’ve signed up for and started the career coaching certification program. The only thing I failed at? Completing a book proposal. The goal was a little unrealistic, especially considering how much time I’ve been spending traveling along my own NJ wine tour. But I did make some significant headway.

My goals for October?

  1. Complete at least the first four chapters/modules in my certification program.
  2. Complete my book proposal and send it out to five agents.
  3. Spend a week gathering the final bits of information for my wine tour piece, and then send it in early.
  4. Become active with pitching/submitting again, and have out 10 pitches/submissions at any given time.
  5. Start doing twice-a-month posts for Lemondrop.
  6. Find another regular writing/blogging gig that brings in at least $1,000/month.
  7. Continue my three-times-a-week posting schedule here at Freelancedom.

Wish me luck, you guys. And if you’re signed up at Brazen Careerist, you should join the group! If you’re not signed up, head on over and do so! Or just leave your own goals in the comments section below.

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  1. Good Luck. I’m looking forward to reading about how you accomplish your ambitious goals!

  2. Wow, yeah, these are ambitious goals and I can’t wait to see how you do. The brazen nature (sorry I couldn’t think of another word) really inspires me. Looking forward to seeing how you do! And thanks for participating!

    Also, the goal meet-up group on Brazen is more for advice and support throughout the month. If you could put your link in the comments secion of the goal meet-up post on Modite right now, that way we’ll have all the links in one spot 🙂 Thanks!

  3. Thanks for sharing your goals. It’s nice to know I’m not the only one with brazenness issues in the goal department:)

  4. Wish you good luck!

    Thanks for sharing your goals with us. Got to know your blog through Modite. Hope you will be able to finish your book proposal this month. 🙂

  5. Thanks for sharing your goals. Actually, looking at your list you reminded me that I need to submit some queries myself.

    Good luck on your goals this month.

  6. Steph – Can I pick your brain sometime about sending out book proposals? Not for me. I have a friend who has asked for some advice and I am unsure what to tell her.

    Goals are so important. By seeing them in writing, you are more likely to hold yourself accountable. By sharing them, others will hold you accountable.

  7. Hey there,

    I’m really looking forward to reading your wine tour piece! I’ve done wine tours in NZ, Australia, Canada and South Africa and would love to find out about NJ wineries.

    Consider this enthusiastic encouragement!

    All the best,


  8. Thanks for all the support you guys! (Though I’m now worried that my goals are too brazen. Especially number 6. I’m doing my best, though!)

    @Nicki: Feel free to send me an e-mail and pick my brain. This is the first book proposal I’m doing for myself, but I used to evaluate book proposals all the time when I was still working full-time in book publishing.

  9. I’m so jealous you got to go to so many wineries! HOW COOL was that?!?

    Good luck on this month’s goals, especially with #6! I’m rootin’ for you! 🙂

    Desiree Kane

  10. Rosie – I’m so envious of all the wine tours you’ve done! I first got into wines when I went to Napa Valley a few years ago and, since then, have really only gone to tastings in upstate NY. It’s been so much fun to discover what’s on offer closer to home. But I’d love to experience something…a little different.

    Actually, when I started this tour, I found out about a nifty passport program: Visit every single winery. Get your “passport” stamped at each one. Mail it in. You’re then entered into a contest where the winner received a trip to French wine country…a river tour, no less! The hubby and I have our fingers crossed. 🙂


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