My August Goals

My August Goals

Wondering why I started this blog? As a multi-passionate creative, I used to be plagued by the idea that success meant choosing one thing and sticking with it. The problem was choosing just “one thing” left me unable to show up in the world as my most authentic, full self. One day I woke up and decided to finally embrace and share all of my gifts. My next thought: I should start a blog as a space for my passions to play. I never looked back after that moment. 

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Hello lovelies! Can you believe that this year is over halfway over? How is everyone doing with their themes for this year? Personally, for my theme of “diving deeper,” there have been some wins and some shortcomings. In order to finish the year off strong, I’ve decided to start a new series here on the blog where I will share my goals for each month. Since my blog is the place where I show up as my best, most intentional self, I hope that sharing my goals here with you will help me keep me to stay accountable and follow through. I also created a fun graphic list that I can hang up in my room as a fun visual reminder. Keep reading to find out my goals for this month.

My August Goals |

At the end of July, I was diagnosed with pneumonia and severe heat exhaustion. As a result, I drastically increased my water intake in order to stay hydrated, detox and heal. I’ve noticed a change in my energy levels and my skin is looking better than ever! I want to continue with drinking more water throughout the month- until it becomes the norm. I’ve also been experimenting with various water infusions, which I will share on the blog soon.

There is no questioning the benefits of meditation. I go through phases where I meditate daily, and then fall off the wagon (can anyone else relate?). This month, I want to establish a daily meditation practice, keyword: daily. I also want to remember that meditation can take many forms. One day it could be using an app such as Simple Habit for a guided meditation, another day it could zoning out while coloring, or going for a slow, mindful walk around the block. Do you have a meditation practice? I would love to hear how you stay consistent!

Diving deeper into my yoga practice was one of my main goals at the beginning of the year, and I’m failing miserably.  My yoga mat remains rolled up in a corner of my office gathering dust and inspiring guilt. This is the month where I will create time for my yoga practice at home. I have the perfect amount of space in my living room, access to plenty of free yoga videos online, and a desire to return to the mat. No more excuses!

I launched my Etsy shop on June 30th and I have been loving learning the ins and outs of this new creative venture. I’m currently selling fine art photography prints, instant-download artwork, and journaling kits. I have so many new ideas for products to offers such as handmade greeting cards, and palo santo cleansing kits! Having ideas is great and all, but this month I plan to take action to give these new items a home in the Joi Knows How Shop. Look for new listings later this month!

August marks the end of Summer which means it’s time to start planning some Fall content for the blog! A few ideas I have are menu-planning, how to host a fabulous Friendsgiving, and giving thanks. I also want to incorporate more recipes and DIY projects into my Fall content. Planning ahead of time is essential so that I can schedule photo shoots, and write meaningful posts without feeling rushed. I can’t wait to dream up more amazingness to share with you!

There you have it, my goals for this month. Do you set and share monthly goals? Sharing your goals publicly increases your chances of following through because you will feel accountable to someone other than yourself. The first step is to set aside some time to think about your goals. Next, write them down, or create a fun visual list like I did. Lastly, share your goals publicly.  Writing a Facebook or Instagram post works great. If you’re not comfortable posting your goals publicly, texting your bestie, or placing your list somewhere in your home where your family will see it is just fine. The point is to let someone else know your plans so that you will feel a greater sense of outward accountability. I will check back in next month with how posting my goals here on the blog worked for me. Thank you for holding me accountable. Feel free to share your goals with me in the comments so we can cheer each other on!

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Thanks for reading, and Happy August!


  1. Jocelyn Carey

    August 6th, 2018 at 12:46 pm

    Yoga date! 😉

  2. D'Ana Joi

    August 6th, 2018 at 2:07 pm

    Yes! Let’s do it!

  3. myenchantingfloridalife

    August 6th, 2018 at 1:24 pm

    Great tips! I would love to hear more about your Etsy adventures and how you got started with that. I am a crafter and I’m new to blogging. Looking forward to reading more of your blog.

  4. D'Ana Joi

    August 6th, 2018 at 2:43 pm

    Thanks so much! I actually have a post on my blog all about how I started my Etsy! It’s on my first page so should be easy to find. Congrats on starting your blog!

  5. Courtney

    August 6th, 2018 at 3:24 pm

    Love, love, love your illustrated goals! I think it is so great that you shared these on your blog. It’s inspiring to see other bloggers goals, both personal and professional.

  6. D'Ana Joi

    August 6th, 2018 at 3:29 pm

    Hey Courtney, thank you! I really feel that posting these goals on my blog will help me to follow through. I look forward to checking in next month about how it went. Thanks for reading. 🙂

  7. No Compass Necessary

    August 7th, 2018 at 5:44 pm

    I’m so happy you share your goals. It’s so motivating for me to read and get’s my butt in gear as well. Love your Etsy shop!

  8. D'Ana Joi

    August 7th, 2018 at 7:08 pm

    Hey lovely! Thank you so much for reading. I’m glad these goals have motivated you, and thanks so much for taking a look at my Etsy shop. ☺️

  9. Roseki1

    August 8th, 2018 at 9:31 am

    Hey congratulations, you have a wonderful blog and that’s why I have nominated you for the Liebster Award!🎉🏅I you accept this nomination follow this link

  10. D'Ana Joi

    August 8th, 2018 at 7:30 pm

    Aw thank you so much! I’ve been nominated for several of these awards but I politely decline because it feels a little bit like chain mail to me! But I so appreciate the nomination. Thank you again. ☺️

  11. Chantel

    August 9th, 2018 at 10:53 am

    As you already know, I am trying to get on that meditation grind myself. I am definitely going to try the simple habit app instead of the one that I’m using currently. You are always such an inspiration to me, Joi. I’m so glad I found you in the blogging world. And, I’m done being all weird and creepy now, haha.

  12. D'Ana Joi

    August 9th, 2018 at 1:02 pm

    Hey Chantel,

    Firstly, you’re not being creepy! There is nothing wrong with connecting through this platform and I appreciate your support so much. Truly.

    I really think you’ll enjoy the Simple Habit app! I’m using the free version and it still has a lot of wonderful meditations. You can also check out “Abraham Hicks” guided meditations on YouTube. I’m always around if you want any other suggestions. You got this!

    Thank you again for your kindness and for being here. Sending you a warm hug!

  13. Yasmine

    August 14th, 2018 at 9:27 am

    I came across your blog through some black girls or black women who blog hashtag on instagram. I was looking for some interesting blogs to follow. So happy I came across yours!

    Monthly goal setting seems like a good idea. I do need to live a more intentional life, so this is definitely helpful. I also want to get into meditation (whatever that looks like for me). I just do not know where to start. You have any recommendations aside from the ones aforementioned in the blog? Thanks!

  14. D'Ana Joi

    August 14th, 2018 at 1:38 pm

    Hey Yasmine! So glad you found my blog! Gotta love hashtags haha.

    Another suggestion for meditation is to work with sound. Sometimes focusing on a sound is what helps me stay focused the most. You can look up nature sounds on YouTube, or simply sit and listen to the sounds in your own home. My favorite tool for sound is a singing bowl. They resonate to tones in our own bodies so they create a certain energetic vibration that is very calming.

    I also suggest working with crystals. They are a huge part of my meditation process. I have a blog post all about how to start a crystal collection here >

    I hope this helps!! Xo

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  16. Valerie Karen.

    August 14th, 2018 at 6:19 pm

    This is such a great idea!!! Omg I might just have to blog about my upcoming goals too! I’ve been looking at your IG & website tonight & you inspire me so much! Much love & thank you for being you!!!

  17. D'Ana Joi

    August 14th, 2018 at 11:49 pm

    Hey Valerie! Yes sharing your goals on your blog would be so fun! It really does help with staying accountable. I’m so glad you found my page and IG. It’s always so wonderful making new connections! Thank you for your kindness! ♥️

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