MAPLE LEOPARD: Summer Goals and Exciting News

Wednesday, June 8, 2016

Summer Goals and Exciting News




Wow, can you believe the year is already half over?!? I love June because it means the start of my favorite season! I could live for summer all year long. I am living in the wrong state for sure.  School will be out next week, and I will be traveling the fist half of the summer, so excited!

Lately I have seen several bloggers share their monthly goals for their blog.  It is a great way to keep your self accountable. I also wanted to share some updates and exciting news.
 

Summer Goals

  1. Grow my email list : creating a freebie opt in is the challenge for me. Techie stuff and I do not get along...oh boy! I know this is a must for my blog to grow.
  2. Create pinnable images for all my old posts: I have learned a lot about Pinterest lately and what an awesome traffic driver it is for your blog!
  3. Focus on doing more travel posts:  reach out to hotels twice a week for collaborations.
  4. Support other bloggers however I can:  I am pretty good about sharing the work of others but want to do it more.
  5. Create a reader survey:  I would like to poll my readers and see what type of posts, they'd like to see more of. 
  6. Create Sewing Tutorials: This is also a huge challenge, not easy at all with the tech challenges. I hope to conquer this soon!  I also hope to sew more and start designing my own collection.
Alright, great to speak those goals out loud to help keep myself on the right track! So..thanks for listening. The last month I've had some exciting things happen, and am excited to share the good news!

Before I share, I'd like to say a HUGE thank you for reading this blog week after week, and for all the kind comments. Of course without readers and connections, this blog would be nothing. I have made great friends online and in person.

News

Spring has been an exciting time for my blog!  The second article I wrote for the fashion magazine Prolific Quarterly was published in the May Issue. " Spot on for Spring."

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I and a  few other Seattle bloggers will be featured in an online commercial for a local shoe designer. We spent the day in Pioneer Square last Sunday, doing the shoot and had so much fun!  More to come about this soon. You will love to hear the story behind this brand! One sneak peak photo to share...I hope you will come back in July to see the rest of the story!

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Lastly, I received a personal invitation to a fashion and film festival in California. Red carpet, after parties, and fashion feasting, here I come!  I look forward to sharing the experience here after I get back.

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I've shared all this to encourage you to take risks and go for it!  You are never too old to dream a new dream and pursue your goals. Sometimes self doubt or lack of confidence can stop us from being all we can be. I  know I have struggled with this a lot.  I have come close to saying forget it..I'm TOO old and tired for this..ha. Don't give up!  Hard work, networking, collaborating and promoting others will help your plans come to pass.

Keep smiling,and have a great day! What are your plans and goals for the summer? Please feel free to share in the comments.

                                                         XO Valerie

Inspirational Quote for the week: " All your dreams can come true, if you have the courage to pursue them." WALT DISNEY




20 comments:

  1. Wow girl congrats on all of your success thus far and keep rocking those goals!
    xo
    Lee Anne
    http://lifebylee.com/

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    1. Thanks so Much Lee for taking time to stop by..your blog is amazing and inspires me to keep challenging myself!

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  2. Congratulations on all of those achievements! Wow, I would love to be invited to a festival. I have been really lucky in my first year of blogging in that I've worked with people and attended things that I never thought I could do. And some of my blogging heroes are now some of my best friends! Keep on reaching for the stars :)

    Lottie xx
    http://lottielamour.co.uk

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    1. Awe that is so amazing to hear Lottie and congrats to you as well...keep chasing after it..sounds like you are on a great path for success...I wish you the moon ! Blogging friends are the best and so supportive!
      xo

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  3. Congratulations on the commercial! Well deserved, for sure :) I too need to focus on reaching out to more hotels. Thanks for sharing your goals!

    Euriental

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    1. Thank you so much Kama...yes I have contacted a few..not much luck with it yet..might need to grow my page views some more to get those collabs!

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  4. these are such great goals! I know you'll be able to accomplish them all! and congrats on all your achievements, you deserve it! x

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    1. Awe thank you so much Kristen for the kind words...I wish you all the best!
      xo

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  5. Good luck with your goals!
    I've been meaning to create a Pinterest board dedicated to my blog posts buuuuuttt I keep putting it off aha.

    Congratulations on getting published, too!

    Christie's Take on Life. xx

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    1. HI Christie..I know it is so challenging trying to keep up with it all! Pinterest really works..I just got an email 52 of my pins were repined...so it has me inspired to go back and really work on those old posts@! Good luck to you and thank you!

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  6. So many amazing things to celebrate this month girlie! I'm so excited for you - and your goals are perfect! Pinterest is SO important! I need to engage more with other bloggers this month too!!

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    1. Awe thank you so much my Blogging buddy...! Thanks so much for ALL your help and answering my endless questions....without help from others..nothing would fly.you are AWESOME!

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  7. Congratulations on all of your awesome accomplishments! I think you have set some lofty goals for yourself that you will no doubt absolutely crush. Way to chase after your dreams!

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    1. Thank you Marie..I hope I can accomplish some of them...it's definitely challenging working a day job! Have a great week!

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  8. Congrats on all the great news. Can't wait to read all about the CA event!

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    1. Awe thank you Lana, I still want to meet up with you, I will b coming over there in July to the outlets ..after the middle of the month...lets get coffee!

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  9. Published in a magazine? AMAZING girl! Congrats! Also, you can totally rock these goals.

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    1. Thank you so much Angie! Thanks for all you do in the group...love being there!

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  10. We actually have quite a few goals in common. Actually, today's goal is to create my opt-in freebie ad get everything all set up for people to sign up to get it. :)

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    1. Cool, way to go Tiffany..I am struggling with time to do it with a full time job and as mentioned the tech stuff...ug...keep chasing your goals!

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