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I'm so glad you are here. I'm Elizabeth and this is the blog. This is the space I tend to. The place I share my heart and our stories. I pack these pages full of tips, stories, adventures, travels, outfits, and recipes. It's a little bit of everything and a whole lot of me. My hope is that these words & photos would encourage & inspire you. That being here will brighten things at least a little bit. Please stick around & explore. There is something here for everyone! Click through the categories below for more! 

Dream Big & Make Things Happen

Dream Big & Make Things Happen - Love these tips for dreaming big plans for your blog and business! I am a dreamer. I can dream all day and all night. I love to imagine all the possibilities, think about new ways of doing things, dream up trips to take, and things to make. Pretty much I have the dreaming part down, but setting goals does not come easy for me! Goals feel like rules and rules only weigh you down – right? WRONG! Goals (and rules for that matter) help us set our eyes on where we want to go. They add structure to our lives so that we go places and not just rabbit trail our whole lives.

If you want your blog to grow you will need to start setting goals (and all the goal lovers rejoice and the dreamers hesitate). Good news is that dreams & goals go hand-in-hand. You cannot set effective goals without having a dream – so dream away and then get to work. Since goal setting is not easy for us all, I have compiled a quick formula to help your dreams become reality by setting goals.

CREATE A BLOGGING SPACE

I get it, you have a laptop and you blog all over the place – couch, bed, car, starbucks, or wherever the internet is and that is great! I am not confining you to a desk but I am confining all your blog stuff to one place. Maybe that is a desk with your blog planner, receipts, product reviews, thank you cards, and favorite pens OR maybe it is a shelf that is in your bedroom OR maybe it is a blog binder. I don’t know what that space is for you but you need to have somewhere that all blogging things & ideas can call home!

TAKE ADVANTAGE OF TEMPLATES & PRINTABLES

I highly recommend some type of blog binder/ journal as part of your blog space. This will help you organize your thoughts, dreams, and plans. I highlighted a lot of my favorite blogging resources in this post but always be on the look out for great printables and templates! Elah Tree, Emily Ley, and Laura Casey are all great places to look for help with blog organization. I currently use this Elah Tree monthly goal sheet & #powersheets to help me make goals. Use other resources (and other people) to help you narrow down your goals and write them down.

WRITE & REFLECT

This one is the most important step because it requires a lot of time and thought. You need to sit down somewhere for a block of time where you can write all your dreams and organize some goals. You can do this a variety of ways, but here is something to get you started:

WRITE: Write down your big (BIG) dreams.
Where do you want your blog to go? What would you love to do with your blog? What inspires you about blogging? Do you want to make a full time salary on your blog and write a book and create some e courses and possible start a conference? You dream big and write all that down!!

LIST: Now go through under each dream and make a list of what needs to happen to get there.
Say you want to make a full time salary with your blog, first you need to offer sponsorships, network, be an affiliate, get paid to write posts, grow in demand and raise your prices, figure out if you want another source of income (book sales, consultation, classes) All those things would be listed under the dream. Try to think of everything that needs to happen.

ASK: Ask yourself what is the first step.
Look at all your goals and all the lists under them and circle the things that need to be done first. You can circle a couple things for each goal. These you can turn into your first goals – to get those 6 things done. They may be smaller but that is good! It is a goal and a step in the right direction.

So dream big brave ones. Dream bigger than you ever dreamed. Don’t hold back, don’t let fear win. Dream bold & loud and then set goals. Little steps and guidelines to help you achieve your dreams. Most importantly, abide. If you abide in me, and my words abide in you, ask whatever you wish, and it will be done for you. – John 15:7

What are some of the things you are currently dreaming for your blog or business? How do you make things happen and stay encouraged?
xoxo, elizabeth
  • I really love your image and text overlay in this post (plus all of your great tips, of course!) how did you do it? photoshop perhaps?

  • Laura M George

    Thank you for this 🙂 I'm currently rebranding my blog and all these tips are super helpful. Have pinned to refer back to over the next few months of rebranding xx

  • Brittany Rasmussen

    Love this girl! Such good wisdom here!

  • I just started using Canva! I should share a post about it! It is wonderful 🙂

  • Laura,

    I am so glad! What a fun process you are in the middle of! Make sure you check out my blog it series to help you with questions and to ask some of your own! I would love to be a help! XOXO http://oakandoats.com/p/blog-it.html

  • yeah! I am glad you were blessed!

  • heatherbquinn

    Great tips!

  • Amy

    as always, fantastic blogging tips beth! 🙂

  • Thanks sweet Amy!

  • I am glad you enjoyed them Heather!

  • This is good! I used to have more goals than I do now and I'm ok with that. I like the idea of dreaming and then writing out small goals to get there!

  • Beth! This is so great! Ahhhh! So encouraging! I love all the points you covered and I loved the abide verse! Also, so so pumped that the templates were included! YAYAYAYAYA!

  • Sarah Christine

    Love this, lately I've been doing a lot of these things already, trying to really get serious about blogging.

  • great advice! i use power sheets and love them. another great resource for planning out goals is Kat Lee's how they blog planning kit. she has great worksheets for breaking down your goals into the steps needed to get them done.

  • I want a blogging space SO BAD! It's in the works….however, we are paying off debt so I have a weekly allowance. A litttttle at a time!

  • Kendall Ashley

    I love this! I also love the advice of the printable stuff. I've just recently using them with my own blog, and they are MAGICAL.

  • 🙂 Of course!

  • It is fun and healthy!

  • Love this. I'm a HUGE list maker when it comes to goals and things I want. I keep a blogging binder with an editorial calendar, ideas, notes, goals…you name it! Love all these links you shared, thank you!

  • Ana Pierce

    This is good. Blogging takes much more thought than one might assume and doesn't just happen accidentally. Good advice!!

  • Thanks! I hope it encouraged and inspired you!

  • You are so welcome! Enjoy them!!!

  • Writing down my blog dreams can be scary, like when I write it down I have to work towards those goals (which makes me think I should write them down more as motivation).

  • This is such a great post, and I must admit that the "creating a blogging space" is where I need to focus and get organized. I *do* have a binder (and I agree–it's the BEST) but I have other stuff scattered and it makes me feel scattered, too. This has definitely inspired me to take some time for organizing in the near future!
    One of the most helpful things for me with thinking about big picture/goals/action was something Kat Lee shared on the How They Blog podcast (episode 1). Basically, she said as bloggers we wear 3 hats: the CEO hat (big picture, vision, big dreams), the manager hat (setting goals and action plans for making them happen), and the writer hat (the creative employee). Often, we try to do more than one at once and put on several hats. Or, we don't take our big picture dreams and set clear goals, so we feel like we're "rabbit trailing" (like you said) and don't have direction. And then we sit down to write, but don't have a clear picture of what we want to write or how it's helping us reach our goals. We should give ourselves permission to have a dream session (put on our CEO hat). Then have some time set aside to put on only the manager hat and make those goals and plans. Then, when it comes time to write, we can put on our writer hat and not feel like we should be over here or over there, worrying about the tasks of the manager. We'll have a pretty clear picture of where we want to go and why, and we can give our "writer self" permission to just write.
    Anyway, Kat says it much more clearly than I do (I love her podcast!), but I found the visual of having a different "hat" for every "job" to be so helpful! 🙂
    {stopping by from Jack of All Trades}

  • I'm so with you! I love my blogging binder!

  • I love those hat ideas!! That is so great!

  • I totally agree! I feel the same. But really when you think about it, what is worse?

  • What a great list! I'm a list girl so I've got all sorts of dreams and plans written down for my blog.

  • That is so exciting!!

  • I'm a HUGE dreamer. I want to do all the things, but doing them is never my thing. Lol. I love your advice!

  • We must be twins!

  • Love that you end it with that verse. It's so comforting/empowering.

  • I am so glad you were encouraged and I really believe that the Lord is intricately involved in our dreams and can work miracles if we let him!

  • I know!!… it sounds silly but truly writing everything makes a whole difference and actually I just got a pocket notebook just to write down ideas on the go for the blog. 😀

  • That is such a great idea! Keep it up 🙂

  • I really love the idea of a dreams and goal list so I made one immediately! This was a very inspiring post indeed. Thank you for writing it.

    • Oak & Oats

      yay! I am so glad you started one!!! I am so excited to see where your dreams take you!