October Goals + Thoughts On Moving Forward

October Goals + Thoughts On Moving ForwardI hope you don’t mind, but this monthly goal setting post is a little unlike previous posts. I don’t know if it’s the change of seasons or the major change in routine I’ve had, but I’ve been itching for a little more change, much more action and a lot more life these past weeks.

See, when I rebranded E&M, I accomplished something I’d never done before, but always wanted. I create a space prepped for longevity. Finally, I had a some with some sense of stability, because I had placed in it everything I loved.

The first three months (can you believe it’s only been three months?!) have been pure bliss. Incredible, unexplainable bliss. I’ve been amazed at the growth I’ve seen, and the chances for growth on the horizon keep me daring and jumping for more.

I’m excited.

But in the midst of growing, and filling this space with things I love and represent my values, I forgot to place one very special thing inside….

Myself.

Does this brand represent me fully? Oh, yes yes yes! Am I always fully here, within the posts, on the scene rather than just behind them? No, not so much.

I believe in every post I’ve published, all the content I’ve created is authentic to what I think matters. But I’ll admit, sometimes coming here has felt a bit mechanical, and I’m ready to lose that feeling. I want readers to not only connect with what I’m saying, but also feel a connection to the girl who’s saying everything!

In this week’s newsletter, I spoke about celebrating the blessings in your life, and try to practice being a blessing in other’s lives. I was sitting at my desk, making a note full of all of the rainbows, or blessings, in my life. One thought that came almost instantly was the people who read Ember & March! Those of you who take the time to comment, to share my posts, to open up the newsletter and read even more of what I have to say, you all are a blessing to me, and I appreciate all of you. Beyond my gratitude, I want to establish a connection with you all so that I can know you more, help you more and grow this space even more!

That’s my goal for October, to fully infuse more of me into this space.

The next steps in this journey are so exciting, and I can’t wait to give you all more peeks into who I am. In the meantime, tell me more about you! Introduce (or re-introduce) yourself in the comments. Tell me who you are, what you do, and if you blog, please share a link!

I’m Amber, nice to meet you all…. again.

Sunday Morning Coffee 09.28

Sunday Morning Coffee / Sharing Blog LoveWow, what a week this has been! Sorry things have been a little quiet around this space for the past few days, but I needed to be a little less online this week.

One thing I did do this week was a lot of planning. New goals for this space, for life offline, and ways that I can get back to a bit more of a balanced life. Managing the things I love and want to do with the things I need to do. I’m excited for things to slow down a bit, and to settle back into my regular routines.

How was your week?

Some links I’ve been loving…

+ Be sure to practice proper etiquette when you submit your next guest post!

+ Hello sweet tooth! This yummy cheesecake in a jar is on my list of must-trys.

+ Never lose track of your blog’s downtime again.

+ Before you hire a designer, here are five things you should know.

+ You are so much braver than you think you are.

+ Do you use an editorial calendar? Here’s why you should!

In case you missed it

This week, inspired by my crazy schedule, I shared how to manage being incredibly busy.

What links did you love this week? Feel free to share your own or your favorite post from the week, I’d love to read it!

How To Manage Being Very Busy

How to Manage Being Very Busy(image source)

Most weeks, my schedule is pretty packed. I’m never at a lost for items to add to my to-do list, and my planner never goes untouched. If I’m being honest, I’m still working to find  the right work/life balance.

But one thing I have gotten much better at is managing life as a busy gal, which can be hard to do.

A large part of this has to do with taking control of the routines in my life: waking up early consistently, knowing my most productive hours to get daunting tasks done, and knowing when to schedule a rest day. Having a few things each morning and evening remain constant are super helpful when the middle portion of my day is always shifting.

Here are some tips to keep moving through your days without (completely) losing your sanity.

Ditch the guilt.

Guilt a busy schedule seem to come hand in hand. Guilt for having to put certain tasks before others, or not having time to spend with others (who usually don’t understand why you’re so busy to begin with). Carrying around a bunch of guilt doesn’t make you any less busy, and may cause you to spend more time trying to get through your commitments. Celebrate that you have so many great things happening, and remember your big and little wins.

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