This is it--we're down to the final months of 2016. How quickly it flew and how sad I am to see it go, but like I said, I'm already brainstorming my goals for the new year and I'm excited about tackling them. (A big thank you to those of you who still show up here when I do post. It means a lot to me and it helps me feel a bit more accountable in keeping up with my goals!)
I'm linking up with Aubrey, Ashley, and Suzanna today--Join us by linking up your monthly goals below.
My goal list for this month may seem extensive, it is to me, too. I'm actually overwhelmed by it. Note two things:
1. We are still aiming for a no-spend year next year (or something like it--I hope to fill you in when we approach new goals for the new year). With that in mind, there were a few big ideas I had for our house at the start of 2016 that still haven't happened and I'm really pushing to complete as much as possible in the final months before we start a new year so that contributes to the extensiveness of my list.
2. I'm teaching an online course (a bit unexpectedly-long story) starting this month. You won't see a lot of goals associated with it, but you will note that I don't have many goals in the "career" department, but this is in the back of my mind. I'm quite overwhelmed as I have very little idea regarding what to expect with this.
November Goals to MAKE my life what I want:
*Bedroom makeover. (We've been saving for a new bed (part of the reason that I haven't been able to make purchases for other home things) and we have purchased the bed (more on that later). We hope to have it up the first week of November along with a few other changes to our room including a new headboard and a few prints on the walls. I will fill you in more when this is completed.
*Curtain Rod/Hang Curtains
*JaiseAnn's art work display
*Update family pictures/frames
*Finish Christmas shopping (About 2 years ago I set a goal to be done by December 1st. I'm almost done with Zach's family but I still need to do my parents/brother's family and our immediate family-it's a big task. I'm up to the challenge, though. I really like having December to just focus on the magic and reverence of Christmas.
*2 10 Minutes Quick Cleaning Sessions Per Day (The days that I do implement this, feel so much more productive and I feel so much better about my time management.)
*PLAY together DAILY
*Weekly--Counting activity (Weeks 1, 2, 3, 4) and craft (weeks 1, 2, 3,4)
*Bake together at least once--something pumpkin
*2 play dates
*Anniversary celebration (we gearing up to celebrate our 7th (we always go in on something we can enjoy together (depending on the budget) but haven't had the money since JaiseAnn was born. This year we got a bed so that makes up for all the years we went without.) We also have some fun plans for a weekend together.
*Do something special for Zach for anniversary (just because we go in on our gift together, I still want to do something special for him even if it's not a gift).
*Don't complain for an entire month. (This makes me sound awful, but I'm just being honest. This is something I need to work on. It's a lofty goal for me, but I've been really feeling the push to try it and see how things go if I don't try to control through complaining.)
*Get hair cut
*Schedule a massage
*No snacking (aside from a designated snack) after JaiseAnn goes to bed
*Go to bed early one night per week
*Read at least 2 books
*Start studying conference talks from my schedule (and buy a conference Ensign)
*Go to the Temple (this is part of our anniversary weekend we have planned. I'm excited. It's been too long!)
*New scripture on the fridge to reflect on
*PRAY! (I need to be better about this)
*Start teaching my course
*Come up with a schedule for teaching in December (what days I'll do what, etc.)
*Check on grad status--particularly my thesis status--by Nov. 15
*Email about thesis by 4th
Wish me luck. Seriously.
What are some of your goals for November?