High Five for Friday: Welcome, July!

H54FJune was an odd month. Nothing spectacular, not awful, just a regular ol’ month that flew by without a second thought. The weather warmed up for us in June, we saw consistent sunshine as summer officially hit Michigan. As if on cue, I woke up this morning to our first drops of rain in almost two weeks! If that isn’t a metaphor for washing away an old month and bringing in a new one, I don’t know what is! Unlike June, this week seemed to fly by and before I knew it, Friday arrived!

  1. Justin is out of town this week visiting friends in Texas, I’m excited for him to be able to spend some time with his best friend and think about something other than hospital visits. His doctor was incredibly supportive of him traveling this summer as long as he pays attention to body, and wears a mask on airplanes. Deal!
  2. I am in the process of earning my Certified Nonprofit Professional credential as part of my professional development for the year and yesterday I got some direction and clarification from the program advisor. She was impressed with my ability to, essentially, advise myself on how to move through the program without speaking to anyone. I just laughed. I’m feeling more connected to my field overall just by doing the research to prepare for this process.
  3. June was a decent month for The Corner Office. At the beginning of the month I set a few goals for myself just to keep the motivation flowing. I surpassed most of them and started to bring my numbers out of the slump I’ve been stagnating in. There were 501 views, 211 visitors, 79 likes, and 45 comments in June! I continued as a participant in the Kindness Challenge, posts for Week 4, Week 5, and Week 6. I started a new category for the blog: EJFP Chapters, where I tell stories from my life. I’m incredibly humbled by the 13 new followers that started reading, and the people from the 13 countries that stopped by this month!
  4. On Monday of this week I gathered my team after assigning them the task of completing the Strengths Finder 2.0 assessment. We had an engaging and interesting conversation about the strengths of each member of our team and how that could impact our ability to work together. I was really excited to start the conversation and think about us each individually and as a group of individuals.
  5. Also on Monday, Justin decided he wanted to go out to dinner for some wings. We headed to Applebee’s and binged on fried appetizers and I had my first beer in a while. A Short’s Soft Parade really is delicious. We had some great conversation, laughed a lot, and one of us (me) might have gotten a little buzzed and had to hand over her car keys. It was nice to just spend some time together doing normal people things, a little reminiscent of our life 5 years ago.

Hello, June!

HELLOBoy, was May the month of transitions. April was crazy, overly busy, too much going on, packing, moving, packing, moving, cleaning, unpacking, and so on. For some reason I figured the transition would end on May 1st, that’s a lot of pressure for the month of May. The craziness may have decreased but the transitions were really just starting.

A couple of weeks before we moved I was talking with my uncle about the whole process. I was kind of blowing him off because he randomly showed up while my mom and I were finishing up for the day, he was drunk, and was just so unaware of how annoyed we were. He told me he was going to give me a month to get settled in our new house. I laughed and said “Ha! I’ll be settled in three days!” and I honestly believed it. I figured I’d be in, unpacked, settled, and relaxed by day three. Funny, it’s now day thirty-three and there’s still some boxes that need to be unpacked, stuff to be organized, shelves to be hung, and a garage full of grandma’s stuff that needs to be sold. Nevermind the fact that it took me all thirty-one days in May to get through my transition period, to remember where I put things, to create some new routines, to not feel like I’m having a sleepover in my grandma’s house. Maybe I should listen to my uncle more often…maybe not.

May wasn’t a high viewer month for The Corner Office, however I spent a lot of time cultivating relationships with other bloggers that I have been following, so to me, that is the mark of a complete success. I’ve seen a decline in readership among the people in my personal life, but my blogger friends have been reading, liking and commenting. Thank you!

May had 327 views, 13 posts, readers from 11 countries, 81 likes, and 39 comments. So, while my overall views have decreased, the engagement on the blog has spiked pretty dramatically.

I have been participating in the Kindness Challenge, hosted by Niki at The Richness of a Simple Life – Week 1, Week 2, Week 3 – are here.

I guest posted for Stephanie on Making Time for Me by writing an introductory post, which was harder than I had anticipated but I absolutely loved how it turned out.

I posted 3 High Five for Friday posts, which are always one of my favorites to put together. H54F 5/13, H54F 5/20, H54F 5/27

May was fun! Less stressful, more relaxing, and allowed me to build some new routines and recharge for the summer. I’m looking forward to June – thanks for continuing on this ride with me!

Adios, March!

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March was rough. I didn’t write as much as I wanted to, with everything going on I just didn’t find the energy to keep up with posting. February was my most active and engaged month ever in four years, but despite fewer posts, March’s numbers remained relatively strong. Friday marked April 1st and I was incredibly satisfied to leave March behind and move forward further into spring and the month of April. This will be a big month for us, Justin starts his second treatment protocol in a couple of weeks, my grandma will be having her estate sale and completely moving into her new space, and we will be moving the 13 miles back to my hometown, home-neighborhood really, to settle in for what we anticipate to be a challenging two years. I can almost feel the tension leave my shoulders as I close my eyes and think about being all moved in and setting up our new space. Hopefully our four-legged brood will feel the same way.

I posted 10 posts on The Corner Office in March, two of which were The New Normal segments, one described my biggest fear, and my favorite of the month described my view on parts of my personality.

Those 10 posts brought 550 views by 176 visitors who liked a post 21 times! The most popular post of the month was The New Normal: Pause, something I wrote while cuddled up on the couch on a rainy Sunday morning. I had readers from six countries stop by last month: US, India, UK, Canada, Russia, and Ireland.

I continue to be amazed by the depth of the views this blog brings from month to month. I absolutely love writing in this space and am so honored that you spend some of your hard earned free time here reading my words. I’m looking forward to keeping this thing we’ve got going on here moving forward. Happy April!

February by the Numbers

blogging.jpgIt’s been just over a month since I started taking more initiative to be purposeful and engaged on this blog. I started writing as a creative outlet and eventually it morphed into a form of emotional support for me as the posts were published and the followers increased. I really enjoy interacting with other people, sharing my stories or thoughts, and hearing from those that have read. So, with that in mind I have decided to add an additional category to my blog that specifically will relate to the art of blogging, sharing posts from other authors, the status of this particular blog, and content specifically about building a presence on the interwebs. All of these posts will be categorized with “Blogosphere”. Since I assume that not all of my followers will be interested in this content, I will, at least initially, not be publicizing these posts on Facebook or Instagram. They will be promoted via Twitter as that is where I connect with other bloggers. I’m excited to expand my focus and continue connecting with other writers as I share my life and experience with everyone.

February was the first month where I actually spent time and energy planning my focus, my posts, and incorporated some structure into the blog. I am completely blown away by the response and engagement I’ve seen over the last 29 days. Between January and February of 2016 I more than DOUBLED my views and visitors than any other YEAR since I started in 2012. That’s awesome!

Thank you so much for reading, for sharing, liking, commenting, and just even poking around here – I appreciate every person that has taken the time to read something I’ve written. Writing is a dream of mine, and in some small way, this is making my dreams come true! Without further adieu, here’s February by the Numbers:

  • 829 Views
  • 447 Visitors
  • 32 Likes
  • 12 Comments
  • Read in 6 Countries (USA, India, UK, Netherlands – New TODAY!, Thailand, and Sweden)
  • 16 total posts published
  • Most popular post ever: The New Normal with 366 Total Views 2/11 when it was posted

My closest timeframe to what was accomplished in February is the YEAR of 2015, which came in under half of the Views and Visitors!

Let’s see what March has in store! Thanks again for reading!