Julie's Goals for 2012

I’ve always said that if you want to make something happen, you have to make it public. Like the day last year when I posted on my facebook status: I am shutting off facebook and cleaning my desk for the next 3 hours. It worked. (and it took less than 3 hours!) But as good as it is to set your goals publicly, it’s also extremely intimidating. Because the whole world knows about them. And the whole world will know if I fail. I’m not one who likes to fail. Publicly or privately. And while I don’t know many people who do like to fail, I have anxiety over this. Still. I need to make some things happen this year.

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Professional Goals for 2012

Continue to be a resource for moms (parents) offering tips in education, organization, child development and fashion. I am working to continue streamlining Just Precious, keeping the focus on parenting and moms. Last year, I followed a weekly writing schedule (did you notice? Mondays: Meal Plans, Tuesdays: useful products, Wednesdays: Organization, Thursdays: Education, Fridays: Fashion) and while there was some deviance, I kept to it for the most part. This will continue. However, there will be a big change in making this continue. Stay tuned.

For the first time, I have a serious income goal. I’m going to work to make it to my goal and beyond. (So, I’ll just put it out there. I’m looking for more freelance work writing about education, development, parenting, marketing, fashion, and organization as well as clients in social media.) With that in mind…

Continue freelance writing and find more opportunities for columns. and…

I’d like to take on a part time blog management and social media marketing position for a larger company and website. Ideally, I’ll connect with a company with similar interests to mine: education, early education, child development where I’ll be able to write about education full time and use my marketing and public relations skills with a social media focus. (whew! It feels like I’m writing an objective for a resume here!) I know that this isn’t something I have to do, but it’s something that I’m genuinely interested in doing, taking my writing, education, social media, PR and marketing skills to a different level.

Attend more conferences and seminars where I can actually walk away having learned something and met fascinating people. Of course, doing this isn’t an easy thing with three kids on a variety of schedules and attending conferences and seminars costs money, so I will accept sponsorships. But I’m going to be very picky about sponsorships that I take on, as I’ve mentioned previously I’ll only connect with companies that I truly feel a connection to.

Have  a serious one-to-one conversation with a book editor. I have so many ideas; I just need to sit down and talk to an editor to find out exactly what direction I should take before I even begin to write proposal for a book. Writing/editing a book is a long term goal, but taking my first step will be fabulous. And, yes. I should have attended Blogher Writer 2011. I will be at Blogher Writer 2012.

Work side-by-side with more brands as a spokesperson and ambassador. In 2011 I had phenomenal opportunities to really explore brands that I enjoyed working with as an ambassador, representative and spokesperson: Ragu, GoodNites, WindowsPhone were highlights last year. Having worked so closely with them, I hope to continue similar (and some of the same) relationships as working so closely, influencer-to-brand, helps both parties.

And, of course, there’s my amazing collaborative marketing group: Splash Creative Media. We have our own list of goals and we can’t wait to make a huge splash in collaborative media in 2012.

Personal Goals for 2012

Stick to a cleaning routine–don’t just attempt to change the bed-sheets every Tuesday, actually do it. Don’t just attempt to have the laundry folded each night. Again, do it.

Stick to a finance routine. While this is a professional goal, I’m putting it in personal because it will help me, personally, to have an idea of my finances, especially come December 2012.

Turn off the computer after school and make that time, kids time. I’ve been working on this one, and I seem to go in spurts. I want to make this something I stick to in 2012.

Get lost in evening TV or reading.

Continue the exercise pattern of Pilates two times a week, plus aerobic workouts one to two times a week.

Continue to say “no” when people ask too much of me. I have a lot of support in this, thank goodness.

Become more active in local un-politics. We have a great group in our area (see the ad on the right sidebar?) and I hope to be able to help the group to further market our local goals–to get politics out of schools–for future elections. This being an off-election year (locally), I see it as a great year to grow. Hopefully, they’ll have me.

Okay. Looking over this list, there are a lot of goals. I’m going to need some support, and I’m asking right now. What are your goals? And will you help me to achieve mine?

Looking for this week’s menu plan? Check out the new Menu Plan Calendar for 2012 (always in the menu bar at the top of the page).

mom of 3 and wife living in the Philadelphia suburbs, Julie is a former elementary school teacher and a Public Relations manager. She is the owner/editor of Julieverse, a merchandiser with Chloe + Isabel (jewelryverse.com) and founder VlogMom and Splash Creative Media. A marketing strategist and freelance education and parenting writer by trade, Julie attempts to carve out time to enjoy playing with her kids, PTO, cooking and exercise.

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