January Focus Goals

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Word for the Year is FOCUS. This year, I'm concentrating on being more organized and sharing my focus goals each month.


My Word for the Year is FOCUS and though we are only 11 days into January, I’m feeling really good about it. These are not resolutions but a focus on the goals I have for each month.

One thing I am focusing on this year is being more organized and focused on accomplishing my goals. For a few years now I’ve seen several blogs list their goals on the first of the month with a wrap-up of the accomplishments from the previous month. I’ve also seen some very cool monthly blogging income reports and WOW! If only, right!

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January Focus Goals

In blogging

  • Continue to learn about SEO and Sticky Blogging from *Kelly of Sticky Blogging – LOVE HER! Of all the courses I’ve ever taken, both Sticky Blogging and Sticky Blogging SEO were by far the most informative and helpful. Plus Kelly is incredibly gracious, responsive and truly a wonderful person. I would take any course she offers, and have! 1. For January, I plan to create my Trophy Case of posts. and 2. Begin process of organizing old posts/reviews into better accessible lists.
  • 3. Update 20 old book reviews with SEO and the *Ultimate Book Blogging app {I’m embarrassed to say my first 2 years of book blogging are still not on the UBB app and not showing up on my book review lists}

What you get by achieving your goals is not as important as what you become by achieving your goals. ~Zig Zigler

In reading

  • I’ve avoided challenges in the past because I never stick it out or if I do, it’s only by accident. Then I forget to update. Aargh! So this year I’m using a spreadsheet from BookRiot that incorporates the Reading Hard Challenge, Litsy A-to-Z Challenge and I’ve added the Travel the World in Books Challenge from Mom’s Small Victories, Fictional 100 and Guiltless Reading. Proud to say my first book of the year went on all 3 lists: *Those Who Leave and Those Who Stay by Elena Ferrante! 4. Continue to update the spreadsheet at a minimum of once/week, preferably immediately as I begin reading a new book.
  • In the past I’ve been a finicky reader, reading only what I’m in the mood to read at any given time. This year my reading is much more deliberate and, yes, focused. 5. For January, I plan to read a nonfiction book written by an Australian author, *Whole Health Life; and a fiction book by a POC – *Born a Crime: Stories from a South African Childhood by Trevor Noah.

The new year stands before us, like a chapter in a book, waiting to be written. We can help write that story by setting goals. ~Melody Beattie

In my life

  • 6. Exercise 4-5 days/week by walking or yoga.
  • I started the *Hormone Reset Diet is December 26th and have just a few more days left in the 21-day cycle. 7. continue eliminating sugar and gluten. So NOT easy, but since I’ve been following the 21-day reset by Dr. Sara Gottfried I have not had a migraine. I want to shout from the rooftops how incredible it has been having 16 days migraine-free! I haven’t experienced that since before my brain injury 20 years ago! You’ll probably see more healthy eating posts on here this year as I revamp my eating from typical southern home cooking to a more health-focused fare. If you have cookbook suggestions I can use all the help I can get!

There’s no reason to have a plan B because it distracts from plan A. ~Will Smith

Wishing you a most wonderful January!

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16 Responses to “January Focus Goals”

  1. Tanya @ Mom's Small Victories

    I’m so excited you are joining in on our Travel the World in Books Challenge Stacy! It looks like to are already off to a great start with Elena Ferrante and the book set in South Africa.

    I really need to work on SEO too and finishing up the courses I’ve purchased. I’m doing a content audit now to see what I need to update, I think I have a few too that are not in UBB yet. I still haven’t even finished my January goal setting yet or 2016 wrap up.
    Tanya @ Mom’s Small Victories recently posted…Baby, It’s Cold Outside! Get Cozy with the Books on Our Ultimate Winter Reading List + Jan 2017 Travel the World in Books EventMy Profile

    • Stacy Millican

      Oh gosh Tanya I’m so impressed with your site. You’ve done so much work on it and everything looks beautiful and accessible. Did you by chance purchase the Genius Blogger’s Toolkit when it was on sale a couple of months ago? Kelly’s Sticky Blogging SEO class is a part of the toolkit – she’s also got a free class that I started with and learned what an incredible teacher she is.

  2. Lucy Pollard-Gott

    Hi! Great to read your goals and organization plans. Very impressive and much more advanced than I ever get! ^_^ I’m reading Elena Ferrante too, but still on books one and two (somehow I started both). Looking forward to following your reading travels.

    • Stacy Millican

      Oh that’s funny! How are you liking Ferrante’s books? The third one made me mad but I’m so invested in the Quartet I’ve got to finish the fourth book. I’m looking forward to joining the Challenge!

  3. JoAnna

    Grat post Stacy! I’m so proud that you are still working so hard on your blog! It looks amazing and only gets better with time! Way to go with the diet & exercise – happy that you are getting positive results! I miss you and I hope you are doing so well!!

    • Stacy Millican

      You, my dear, are missed greatly! I love seeing your posts on FB and follow from afar – your babies are growing up way too fast! And you’re my inspiration for getting healthier with my diet. If it were not for you I never would have looked more into eating healthy and the effects diet has on our bodies. I still can’t eat kale but I’m doing so much better with everything else 🙂 Hope you are well, happy and everyone is healthy in your family. Next time I’m back in Georgia I’d love to see you to catch up!

  4. Sarah's Book Shelves

    I’m going to have to check out Sticky Blogging…I haven’t heard of her before, but she sounds like somebody I should be following 🙂

    And -I didn’t realize Born a Crime was fiction – I for some reason thought it was Trevor Noah’s memoir! And it’s on my audiobook TBR list.

    • Stacy Millican

      Kelly is amazing but what is so cool with everything she taught me – YOU ARE ALREADY DOING! Between how you’ve got your recommendation lists to the keywords you’re using – your blog {and you} are knocking it out of the park! A tool we used to discover the right keywords is kwfinder.com When I put in book club recommendations – you’re blog came up in first place! My hat’s off to you!

      And oh crap! Trevor Noah’s book is not fiction – I think I read the rules wrong on the Travel the World Challenge. His is a memoir, but he’s an author from South Africa 😉 Same with the Whole Health Life – the author is Australian but the book is definitely not fiction. Geez! I’ve really got to pay better attention! Now I understand Tanya’s comment better!

  5. Chrissy

    Great goals! I’m going to have to check out Kelly of Sticky Blogging. I want/need to learn more about SEO, too.

    And YAY for being migraine-free for 16 days.

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