Where Did the Goals Go?

I was doing a monthly goal setting post and then updating on whether or not I achieved those goals. It’s been awhile since I wrote one of those …. oops?

Honestly, I’ve been a bit scattered recently. Things have been hectic, frustrating, busy, and I wasn’t sure what direction to go in on most days.

The school year ended for the kids in mid-June, but right before that Noah (my 12 year old son) broke his clavicle (aka collar bone) and since they don’t put a cast on that he had to just sit around and do a whole lot of nothing. He was bored and uncomfortable – if you’ve ever been in the company of a 12 year old I’m sure you can imagine what that was like. We’ve got an x-ray coming up this week that hopefully gives him the all clear to be a normal 12 year old, go swimming, and do fun summer things.

Then I had some dental surgery done, which was planned well in advance before the broken clavicle incident happened but it still sort of threw an extra wrench into things. For several days I just didn’t want to do much of anything. I checked my email, I wrote an article or two, and that was about the sum of things. I’m feeling better from that, but after our short vacation in July I’ve got to go back in and have some more done and I’m sure there will be a few more days where I don’t want to do anything at all afterwards. And there’s a third round of things to be done in the Fall as well, so half my budget for the next six months just goes straight to my dentist.

There were some other things that happened in there as well… My husband aggravated his sciatic nerve, which left him not wanting to do anything for a few days. Fortunately I was already feeling better when that happened, so at least we took turns doing nothing -lol- We’ve got a family vacation coming up, just a short trip to visit with family but I need to pack and make arrangements for house sitting and pet care.

So over the past month, while things still got done it was minimal effort at best from me. The electronics site received almost no attention at all, my blogs are all starting to look a little neglected, and I was feeling down in the dumps a bit.

I am getting back into the swing of things slowly but surely. I worked on some article writing, I put together a free report, and I’ve been working on my transcription service website. Of course, now that I’m getting back into the flow of work it’s nearly time to take our vacation. I’ve got some notepads and pens just for the trip (yes, I buy new stationary to motivate myself) and my shiny new HP laptop is going with me to get some writing done. It’s funny when you’re away from home and you sit down to write and you know you only have about an hour to work on it how much you can get done.

All of this to say that goal posts will return in September when the kids go back to school and I do a full re-evaluation of what’s going on in my business, look at my expense reports, and start making plans for the holiday promotional seasons. Side note there: last year I did better at Halloween than I did Christmas, so I want to go back and look at my reports from that time period and see if I can double that this year.

Thanks for listening to my rambling about goals and life’s going on here. What’s been going on with you so far this summer?
Loretta Oliver

About Loretta

Transcriptionist, passionate cross stitcher, writer at heart, wife, mom, and finder of lost shoes...

Loretta Oliver, married to the comic book geek of her dreams and mother of four amazing young men, has been working from home full time since 2001. With a busy transcription service business, a few niche sites, and a handful of other internet marketing projects on the go, the computer is always fired up and the ideas are always flowing.


  1. I don’t know the exact statistics (but I know I’ve seen them online somewhere), but I believe Halloween is at least as big (if not a bigger) retail shopping holiday than Christmas. If not bigger in total dollar volume spent, it is certainly more focused spending (as opposed to Christmas shopping, which is across so many gift categories). So, it makes sense that you might have bigger sales volume at Halloween. I’d say you’re right on track, focusing on boosting those sales!:)

    • I hadn’t really thought about it that way, it is a more narrow targeted offering. That makes total sense now that I look at it from that angle. Last year I was wondering why Halloween sales were so much *easier* than winter holidays. I’ll definitely be putting more effort into that this year.

  2. You need 2 things (in your spare time-ha!ha!) on your comment section:

    1) A box to check that allows a reader to be notified of new comments on that specific blog post (which would allow them to know if someone else replied to a thread they are interested in). I saw that on a coupon blog I read regularly. If you check that box below your comment on a post, you get an email anytime someone replies to that thread.

    2) A like button a la Facebook! LOL

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