I have decided to write a blog post once a month with my goals. These are obviously a very different style from what my posts are usually, but I want to keep track of these stats to look back on later. In February, I didn’t even know if my writing would take off. And, it wasn’t until late April that I created my Instagram account. So, the outcomes below have been mind-boggling and 100% God-given.

May Goals:

Word Count: 25,000 (for a total of 50,000)

Instagram Followers: reach 200*

May Outcomes:

Word Count: 50,943

Instagram Followers: 253

As you can see, I accomplished my goals for May. I did learn a few things about these goals that will change my goals for June.

Word Count:

First of all, 25,000 words in one month are completely possible, but also hard to do. I really had to push to reach that, and it made the process less enjoyable overall. Looking back, it’s not necessary to push that hard, especially since I have four months left to my September 30th completion goal. I don’t need to write a quarter of my book in one month! It was fun to prove to myself that I could do it though, with a lot of work and a whole lot of determination.

Instagram Followers:

I was completely blown away last night when I saw that my concluding number for May was 253 followers. Do you remember just a few weeks ago I was frustrated with sitting at 192? The extra sixty followers was a whole lot of God’s grace. Sure, I put in the work, but I had been putting in the work, and I was stagnant until I wrote the blog post about letting it all go.

*My original goal for May was 100 followers, but I hit that within a few days of May, so I upped the goal to 200.

With these outcomes, I am adjusting my totals, especially since there will be one third of June that I probably won’t get any time to write because of visiting family and vacations.

June Goals:

Word Count: 15,000 (for a total of 65,943)

Instagram Followers: 400

Now to him who is able to do immeasurably more than all we ask or imagine, according to his power that is at work within us, to him be glory in the church and in Christ Jesus throughout all generations, for ever and ever! Amen. Ephesians 3: 20 – 21