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  • Weekly goals + photo diary & vlog | #1

    Weekly goals + photo diary & vlog | #1

    Hey there! 

    It’s me, Mario! Today I’m introducing something new: a weekly post with my goals, photos, and vlogs from the past week to reflect, look back and be a little more personal on the blog.

    When I first started this blog I wanted to get super personal, but along the way, with a busy work life I kinda neglected this aspect, and I think it’s time to bring it back!

    I’d like to recap my Instagram + Snapchat Stories here, as they disappear after a while and I put a lot of effort in it (no shame). It comes very naturally to me to create them, but it doesn’t really come naturally to me to share everything I do. So maybe I can work on this by publishing them here as well.

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    Weekly goals + photo diary & vlog from online entrepreneur and blogger noni may. Click to read this inspiring personal post!

    With a monthly income report, a look inside my life and accountability! I’m a goal digger and write my goals down every. single. day. multiple. times.

    Don’t ask me why, but it feels good to stay focused. Without goals, I’m lost, and without to do lists, I’m drowning.

    Without goals, I’m lost, and without to do lists, I’m drowning.

    I decided to share my weekly goals + to do lists with you to give you a behind the scenes look. This helped me a lot when I was starting out, so hopefully, you like it too! 

    New to this blog? 

    I’m Noni May and I work as a blogger, online business owner, and writer/photographer. I’m committed to helping bloggers, small biz owners, solopreneurs, entrepreneurs & professionals create a business + life they’re happy about through awesome automations, content marketing, PR/free publicity and the right tools for an awesome digital nomad lifestyle and kick-ass photography!

    I help bloggers and entrepreneurs via courses, business and blog coaching and services. I have two free courses and I provide a ton of free stuff here on the blog!

    Besides business, blogging, social media, marketing/PR and money talk, I also blog about all things travel! I travel as often as possible, I’d call myself a digital nomad. Some of the things I also write about are travel guides, travel hacks and about the digital nomad lifestyle.

    I have previously worked with brands like Disney, Uber, Universal, Bacardi, Levi’s, Lipton Ice Tea, National Bank of Australia, Melbourne Racing Club, Ecosia, Australian Open, Mailchimp, TEDx, Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week, Kinfolk Magazine and more. 

    If you want to work with me, click here. 

    If you want to learn more about my online courses about blogging, money, productivity and PR click here.

    Recap last week:

    Last week I worked 72 hours exact on my businesses. It’s the first week since I’ve been back from fulltime traveling (3 weeks now) that I have tracked my hours, so it was a biggie. I didn’t realize I worked this much because I worked 7 days but I still had a lot of time to work out, meet friends and Netflix. How awesome! I guess it’s all about priorities and ambition. The first weeks after coming back I had such a hard time just sitting for hours and hours, as all I did traveling was exploring and hiking. But I’m starting to get into the work hard mode again.

    It feels so good to match my working hours to my ambition, as fulltime traveling is an awesome way to live, but it’s hard not be able to work as much as you want without a proper iMac or wifi (hi Australia – I’m talking about you!).

    I also realized that my income will massively grow if I work more than 10 hours a week, which is a great motivator. It sounds obvious, but when you can make a living off just working a couple of hours, it’s really easy to just chill. But now I’d like to go big.

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    Here are the to do’s for this week (weekly Goals):

    • Publish the 3-part video training that I’ve recorded to show you all how to make a living as a blogger with <10k followers. It’s not too late to sign-up and join the training <10k followers, >$10k income.
    • Work on my content strategy for the rest of 2017. I’d like to write and schedule all the content for 2017, so I can focus on my courses the rest of the year. I also have a couple of awesome collaborations lined up, so I can’t wait to have a little bit more freedom without daily writing (which I absolutely love!).
    • Publish my first income report of 2017 (yes really!). I decided to pick up the income reports again, as it’s a great way for bloggers and online entrepreneurs to learn how others earn their income online. Click here to read my income reports.
    • Do my admin + taxes from quarter 3. Yaay 😐 (I use Freshbooks)
    • Get started with Linx, a great solution to add multiple links to your Instagram bio! Check it out here, it’s completely free!
    • I’m launching two new courses this month, and although the content is all set, I still have a ton of things to do from sales + cart pages, visuals, funnels, email marketing and more. I’ll talk about this more when I can – stay updated by signing up for my newsletter.

    Check out the ultimate side hustle business kit resources if you’re building something too.

    • I have a couple of cool Instagram collaborations coming, so I need to shoot the content.
    • I want to update a couple of old blog posts that didn’t meet their potential or that are outdated. Last week I wrote a blog post about this and the best tips on how to update your old blog posts, including the checklist I personally use to increase my traffic and income by doing so!
    • Shut down the hosting accounts I don’t use. I’ve recently purchased another Bluehost hosting account, but I don’t really need it now. I also have a Squarespace site that I need to downgrade. ????
    • Get started with ClickFunnels. I recently got started with ClickFunnels and I can’t wait to set up my funnels!
    • Work on my Shopify store. I’ve set everything up, but I still need to decide on a great selection of products to sell.
    • I wanted to try some Fiverr gigs, like buying a bundle of 20 Pinterest visuals with text that I deliver for just $5. Usually, I created them myself, but I want to experiment more with different designs. I’ve quite an advanced Pinterest strategy already by using a combination of Tailwind and Boardbooster, but I’d like to try this – even if it’s off brand.
    • Inbox zero. I’m terrible at email, I often don’t check my email for days. Hopefully, I can get through it this week to start next week with a clean sleeve.
    • I’m hosting a Q&A soon, you can still send in questions (via Twitter!)
    • Write a press release. Learn more about my free publicity strategy that gets me in the press for free here.

    And here are some weekly tasks I always schedule in my planning:

    • Schedule Instagram posts + stories (as far as that’s possible!) with Planoly and Later.
    • Schedule my Pinterest pins + campaigns with Boardbooster and Tailwind + add new blog posts to Tailwind Tribes (click here to read more about the tribes and how to use them).
    • Keep track of my working hours + income. I use TopTracker to track my hours now that Timely only has a paid version.
    • Send out my weekly newsletter. I use Convertkit for my blog newsletter as Convertkit is specially made for bloggers. I use Infusionsoft and Aweber for my business + press newsletters (different lists) because they demand more complex strategies. I did set up an easily automated PR strategy with Convertkit for new bloggers though – read more about it here.
    • Update / create new courses. I have a couple of online courses that DO demand constant updates + creation. It’s not completely passive as many people think, but it can be when you need a week or so off. I use this platform to publish my online courses for free.
    • Backup my photos / WordPress / iPhone / Computers etc. With this in mind, I’d literally die if I would use everything! I use OneDrive to backup automatically. I can give you a 0.5 GB bonus for free if you sign-up via this link.

    Personal goal list:

    • Work at least 50 hours. Just because I get so much more done when I’m focused and making a lot of hours. Working is what I love to do, so this won’t be a problem. I mean, I get to take photos, write and connect with like-minded people. How awesome?
    • Go to the gym 6 times (and/or walk at least 10k steps a day, preferably more). In Oz, I’d walk 20k a day, but of course, I need more time to take 20.000 steps, so I’m ok with 10.000. Since doing so I feel so much healthier, so I can definitely recommend it to everyone. On a busy day filled with appointments and meetings I easily hit 10.000, but on a focused and productive day behind the computer, I only reach (iek!) about 500 steps. So I made getting my steps in a priority.
    • Last week I received my Law of Attraction cards and I already love them. The design is beautiful and they definitely lift my spirits! I draw a card each morning and try to focus on that during the day. They help me focus on the positive. I always purchase my books from this site because they ship for free (worldwide delivery!) and ALWAYS have the cheapest deals and every book I need – I don’t get how it’s possible, but it saves me so much $$!

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    My week in images (follow me here to see them live + all video vlogs):

     

     

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    What are your plans for the week and which to do’s will help you slay your goals? Let me know via Twitter or Instagram

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    Bye bye, Unicorn/Dream magazine

    unicorn dream magazine blog end bye bye

    | When beautiful things end |

    Bye Bye Unicorn/Dream magazine. From now on we will no longer blog on http://www.unicorndreammagazine.com. There won’t be another issue of Unicorn/Dream magazine. We’ll shut down the successful Flickr group. You can’t submit any new photographs anymore. This is the end. I will continue on this blog, https://www.nonimay.com.

    love for the unicorn dream magazine community

     

    | Love for the Unicorn/Dream magazine community |

    I’ve always worked very hard on my own to build u/d. It gave me a lovely, international team and even lovelier readers. Thank you so much for all the support and love! All the thousands of photographs, poems and crafts you’ve send me, both digital and in the mail. I can’t thank you enough. It gave me strength and power to go on. To spread the Unicorn/Dream love. The knowledge that there are people out there who are as dreamy as I can be. To get to know new artists and stay inspired week after week, year after year. The thing I’m the most sad about is the fact that we can’t reunite anymore. That I won’t meet strangers with the same passion anymore. The same dreams, the same taste in art and creativity.

    Why I needed to quit my blog in order to grow

     

    | Why I needed to quit in order to grow |

    In the end the curating became too much. From the launch on, I received about a 100 emails each days with love letters, suggestions and submissions. It was overwhelming. Of course I didn’t make much money with the project, as I had other businesses on the side, like my freelance photography and writing. I refused to sell my soul to make a lot of money with the blog and magazine. I think I could, the traffic was overwhelming. The first issue was read by over half a million (!!) people in the first week alone! I was also still studying at the time, so keeping up was very hard and I was (still am) always busy. With almost a 1000 pending images each time I logged in to the Flickr Group, it was just too much to curate. I wanted to go on holiday, work on my travel journalism and take some weekends off every now and then. But I couldn’t. I also had other blogs on the side and it was hard to find a dedicated designer to design the magazine. There were enough photographers and writers, it was just that designers had a totally different idea of design…
    So that was when I decided I couldn’t create the magazine anymore. Of course, I could have run an Crowdfunding campaign to raise money, become really professional and make it my only business – and focus- , but I couldn’t. I loved my other hobbies, work and interests too much. Just blogging was fine by me, I ran an ad every now and then to cover the costs of the blog and I just loved getting to know you all. But now, after I got back from my world trip I decided: It’s been enough. I realised I really need to focus on one thing before I turn 30 in a few years. My whole life I’ve done so many different things at once. I should really try to focus. Keeping up with everything wasn’t fun anymore. It created less time for the creative stuff, the stuff why I initially started. So I really hope I can spread the love in the future via my newest project, this blog.

    Unicorn dream magazine becomes nonimay.com

    |New Beginnings |

    Hopefully this will help me find some peace. I always had stuff to do because I had to do everything alone, run several blogs and build a community. Oh and make money to pay for my rent. Blogging regularly (which I didn’t in the end!) and social media (which I didn’t updated in the end!) are the two most important things for growth. I didn’t do both of them, so I knew the end was near. It didn’t made me happy anymore. It just made me super stressed, as there was always stuff to do like accepting pending submissions, reply to emails (I was always behind) and writing articles. I’m happy now that I can focus on one blog – this blog. (Okay, and I still have two other blogs but at least it’s one less). I just launched (in beta!) and it’s so nice to combine all my different loves in to one blog. I can focus on my business blogging and working for others too on really cool projects. Building strong connections with brands for my blog. Shooting cool campaigns and building a large following in one place. Doing the inspiring stuff again. With a massive smile and new energy.

    Why I decided to quit my successful blog after 5 years and use Pinterest in stead

     

    | Why I decided to quit my successful blog after 5 years and use Pinterest in stead |

    Lately I’m a little bit Pinterest crazy, and I must say, I was an early user, but I never really made a cool, personal account. So what happend? Recently they announced to roll out buyable pins. That was a reason for me to create a personal account and spend all my free time on pinning all those beautiful things. Because with buyable pins I cannot only buy all the beautiful stuff I see, I can also try to sell stuff myself (more about that further in this post). I also created a Unicorn/Dream magazine board where I’ll be pinning all beautiful, dreamy things. Both things make me happy again and inspire me in ways I haven’t felt in a long way. I think Pinterest has proven in the past and it already did for this blog, that it’s a great resource for traffic. But also the other way around; to discover new great blogs and artists. I love all things visual and Pinterest is the best way to collect all inspiring things from the big world wide web. I bet most of you are addicted to Pinterest too, so show some love and follow me there to stay inspired! For me, Pinterest is one of the great ways to share new found artists, and it’s way quicker that writing a blog posts about it. Who has time to read anyways in 2015? The internet focusses on quick, readable content these days, so for me, swapping the blog for a Pinterest board is just a natural thing to do.

    Let's stay friends

     

    | Hopefully you’ll join me on my new journey! |

    I love the Unicorn/Dream magazine community. I’ve met so many of you from all over the world and you’ve written me so many kind words. I’ve made so many great friends all over the world and I’d like to continue to connect with all of you! Hopefully you’ll follow me on Pinterest and follow the Unicorn/Dream board. If you’d like to participate to the board, comment on a pin and I’ll let you in!

    Follow Noni May | ‘s board Unicorn/Dream magazine on Pinterest.

    I invite you all to keep this great community alive on my personal blog and on Pinterest by pinning your favourite posts of half a decade to the Unicorn/Dream magazine website. Follow me on your favourite social medium and stay connected!

    And your e-mails are still welcome! Just e-mail me at mail@nonimay.com! I won’t read my noni@unicorndreammagazine.com email from now on!

    The end of unicorn dream magazine is here

    | The next step |

    My next step? Getting the word out for my new personal blog. Delete all social media channels of Unicorn/Dream magazine, cancel my hosting plan etc. So much to do, but the most important thing I wanted to do first was letting all of you know what’s up. I’m not really sure if I’ll change the U/D accounts into one for N/M or if I’ll just delete them. Suggestions are always welcome!

    I’ll still collaborate, interview and write about my favourite, dreamy artists. I’ll still share DIY’s and Poems. I created a category on this blog called Unicorn/Dream magazine, where you’ll find the collection of all things beautiful. We’re all unicorns deep down, we can’t hide it! I’ll launch a few Unicorn/Dream magazine related products soon, on this blog, so keep updated and follow me! I know all of you will LOVE them, and it’s unfortunate that I decided to quit the blog before the launch. But I’ll still continue working and creating dreamy things, so don’t worry! Do you wanna work with me? Drop me an email! > nm at nonimay dot com!

    | Love forever, hope we can still connect online! Don’t forget me, I won’t forget you! |

    xNoni May

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