Because I was a teacher for 10 years, August always feels like January — a start of a new year, a chance for new beginnings.

Even with all that’s going on in the world and in my life, I am excited about August just as I have been in years before.

I want this August to be a month about leveling up, both professionally and personally, and I’ve set some goals and made some plans to help me do just that.

My August Goals

Here are my goals for August:

  • Write 10,000 words for my book.
  • Create a new lead magnet to build my email list.
  • Send story pitches to 4 of my dream publications.
  • Be consistent on Twitter for 21 days.
  • Walk for exercise for at least 30 minutes every day.

My August Plans

In addition to working on my goals for the month, I have some other plans in the works.

I plan to go live on Instagram once a week.

I hope to read 4 books.

And I’m working on putting together a personal essay writing workshop.

I’m also hosting a 21-day journaling challenge for the members of the See Jane Write Network Facebook group. The challenge will take place on August 10-30 and you don’t want to miss it.

This won’t be the type of journaling where you just make a list of all the crappy things that happened to you that day.

And the prompts I’ll be sharing with you during this challenge aren’t random writing prompts I found through a Google search.

The prompts are designed to help you get clear on who you arewhat you want, and what you stand for because I believe this is the foundation for a successful writing career.

Also, the challenge is set for 21 days in hopes of helping you make writing every day a habit.

But wait! There’s more!

One participant in the challenge will win a FREE one-hour one-on-one coaching session with me.

To participate, just be sure you’re a member of the Facebook group so you’ll have access to the prompts.

You can learn more about the challenge here.

What are your goals and plans for the month?