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Goal Achieved: January Blog Makeover, Cymplified!


Ever since this blog started, I have been constantly changing its look to suit my taste and my desired functions. When I finally settled on the elements I wanted, I decided to employ the services of a professional to execute my ideas and my blog logo. My mind is finally free from wondering how to customize the navigation links, the widget headers and the social media buttons. I finally found a layout where my logo is visible, and my content is prioritized. I finally saw my dream blog makeover come to fruition. This was my goal for January and I’m happy to report that this goal is achieved. @PatFancyGirl installed the design before January ended. This is in line with my word for the year: freedom.

I attended Martine’s Blog Your Best Year workshop and it has helped me set my monthly goals: for my blog and in real life, and work on them since I am positively pressured by the monthly deadlines. I was also able to rewrite my mission as seen in my about page. I was excited to receive a blog critique from her at the end of the workshop and after completing a take home assignment. It’s perfect for my blog makeover because the content would then be more meaningful and cohesive to my overall look and message.

Martine’s blog critique is very helpful for a blogger like me because I get to live out my mission one post at a time through her honest assessment and practical suggestions. I now have ideas on branding, growing and inspiring as a blogger. What kind of content should I share? How do I engage my readers? I love how detailed the critique is and how the steps she outlined are actionable. I’m really happy I attended her workshop. I’m also thankful to my hubby for supporting me in my blogging endeavor.Β β™₯

One goal achieved, what’s next? For February to March, I aim to clear up our writing desk and put the things we actually use. I am giving myself two months because I find it challenging to minimize and cymplify. I have accumulated so much and until now, I have a hard time letting go. Along with this is improvement of storage. I am sharing this infographic about reasons to clear out clutter that could hopefully motivate us who want to get organized.

de-clutter infographic

It sure feels great when we have attained our goals! I am excited to see the result of my next goal: a clutter-free space where I could draw, color and blog. Care to share what goals you have set this year that you have achieved? What other goals are you looking forward to accomplish?

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  1. Wonderful job on the Dream Makeover, Cym! I have truly seen your blog grow, and to see it in its “glory” today is SO wonderful. I’m glad the session and coaching helped β€” you really applied your learnings so well. Good luck to you and may blogging always be blissful for you!

    1. Thank you, Martine! I love how you genuinely share your own learnings and journey to help other bloggers like me. πŸ™‚

  2. Maria

    Very much simplified. I like how your blog is very easy on the eyes. Good work!

  3. I also need to de-clutter. This infographic was really helpful. πŸ˜‰
    theresa recently posted..Review: The Face Shop Volcanic Clay Black Head Charcoal Nose Strip

  4. Ceemee, I never knew there was a blog critique until this post! Can you critique mine too πŸ˜€ and in our recent correspondence, I agree with you that it is definitely hard to post something that veers away from your blog’s theme although monetizing it is a good means to earn on the side. Share naman… πŸ™‚ I would love to be your first client!
    Farida recently posted..Summer Activities

    1. Haha! I’m not the one offering a blog critique. It’s Martine De Luna! You would definitely benefit from her blog critique. You could even hire her as a blog coach. πŸ™‚

  5. I’ve been really wanting to be professionally mentored and for my blog to be professionally revamped. I super duper like the new look of your blog, and I’m pretty sure we can expect more beautiful posts from you!
    Maan recently posted..Baby Steps to Domesticity

    1. Thanks! It’s quite a big step for me and it comes with a little pressure to post more meaningful posts. But, I wouldn’t want to have it any other way!

  6. Your new template and blog looks great. I like the uncluttered look and the goals you accomplished. Good for you!
    Eliz Frank recently posted..Haiku: That’s Amore

  7. kat

    I got Pat to design by blog, too. She’s cool. I have heard of Martine and, one day, I’ll get in touch with her to coach me. Congratulations on your achievements!
    kat recently posted..28 Reasons to be Thankful for February 2014

    1. Thank you! I’m sure the coaching will be worth every cent!

  8. I want also to grow my blog and I know that Ms. Martine is the best coach in town. Hopefully, one of these days I can brush my shyness away and contact her. When I am reading her post in her blog, I always learn something. Hopefully, even through that I can apply it to my blog. Good luck and God bless sis.
    Mommy Maye recently posted..Please Help Me Win a Bag of Yarns

    1. Yes, she does share a lot about blogging that we can apply. God bless, too!

  9. Van

    Goal for my blog, God willing, I would like to transfer my blogger blog to my hosting account. As of now, one of my two blogs is self hosted. But I am too afraid to do the transfer myself as I am really not versed about it. I would love to hire a professional to do it for me but it would be too costly. I have to save up for that so I could achieve my simple goal. πŸ™‚

    I love your blog’s new look, Fancy Girl Design is really good noh? πŸ™‚
    Van recently posted..Frustrated Guitar Player

    1. Hope you achieve your goal. You could have the transfer done by Jennyfer Tan. Yes, Pat’s work is splendid!

  10. Your blog looks amazing and so happy and glad that you attained your goal. I don’t set any goal this year but hoping that I can achieve something this year in terms of my blogs.
    Melgie recently posted..Honey Mini Corn Dog Muffins Recipe

    1. Thanks! Good luck in achieving your blogging goals.

  11. Jhari

    I love what you said in the beginning of your post. I want to have a good background with blogging – I don’t get paid much, but I’m happy with the outcome πŸ™‚
    Jhari recently posted..Why Do People Still Do Bad Things?

    1. It’s wonderful to do something we love, like blogging, whether we get paid for it or not. Making money with blogging is just a bonus.

  12. aby

    wow.. i love your new layout.. i am usually the one who change my theme on my blog.. i dont have extra budget for hiring someone.. but i hope i’ll have someday.. it would really help me out on my blogging career πŸ™‚
    aby recently posted..Help Kendra Dress for A Night in Vegas

    1. You are talented in changing your themes, Aby.

  13. redamethyst

    congratulations on achieving your goal for January! your blog looks lovely. Good luck on your goal this February and March!
    redamethyst recently posted..Sticky Notes on Windows XP

    1. Thanks! I need that. March is about to end and my desk is still so messy!

  14. As of now, I really haven’t thought of goals for blogging! But in the hospital, since I am into admin, yes, we have to have goals for us to know if we have reached our targets.
    Pinay R. recently posted..CMZ B.R.A. Campaign Project Activities as of March 16, 2014

    1. I really like that you use your blog to promote awareness of breast cancer. Hope to see more of health related issues that people need to know about.

  15. I am planning to have a blog makeover too. Pero I got no time..maybe I’ll ask mommy to do it for me..hehehe
    Allan recently posted..Alkalize Your Body for the Better

    1. Wow! She designs blogs, too?

  16. Its good to always to revamp and change things to remove things you don’t need to make space for new ones
    Leira Pagaspas recently posted..Musical Theater Award

    1. That is true!

  17. Congratulations for your achieving one of your goals. I really do love your layout : ) I have heard of your blog coach/mentor and have explored her site a bit. I’ve been spending some time thinking about my own blog’s goals, and hopefully this will result to a new blog manifesto and a new look as well. Wish me luck!
    Vera recently posted..Self Survey–How Are My Finances Doing?

    1. Good luck, Vera! I look forward to your blog changes!

  18. Yes I noticed the wonderful change in your blog. I love your layout sis. I, too have many dreams in my blog. I hope I can do the change one day. πŸ™‚
    theresa recently posted..Review: Yummi Pouch

    1. Thanks, Tet! Let’s work towards our blog dreams!

  19. Congrats on your blog makeover! It’s pretty πŸ™‚

    1. Thank you, Marie!

  20. I adore Ms. Martine so much for helping women blog with purpose. And I am happy for you Ms. Ceemee that you have achieved your goals. In my part, I have created a new blog and is still on the works, but I am also hoping that what I blog in there is in accordance to my mission in life.
    Kristine Gavilano recently posted..Homemade Dried Salty Fish

    1. Good for you!

  21. My goal this year is to invest in stocks, and hopefully to do it before the 1st semester of the year ends.
    JanzCrystalz/January recently posted..Lights Camera to the…Candles!

    1. Cool! I suppose you are also reading posts from Ready to be Rich about investing in stocks. πŸ™‚

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