Monday, December 5, 2016

One Little Word: December

On the one hand, I want to give December all I've got and leave the year off really putting my best effort forth. On the other hand, I am really excited about the goals I have in mind for next year and how I plan to tackle them. I'm ready to move forward while really simplifying this month to make it extra special.

I think I'm going to go the simplifying route. I really don't want to add a million things to my list on the fridge this month and try to be productive in other ways. I want to intentionally be present. I want to play with JaiseAnn and be kinder to Zach. I want to have more patience and to feel more peace.

I'm feeling really good with how I did this year. I've accomplished so much. I swear it feels like 2016 was my year. I started paying down debt, finished my Master's program including a thesis and I feel SO good about it. I started working from home in a way that fits my needs/schedule PERFECTLY. I have reached out and made some new friendships while drawing boundaries and removing myself from situations that weren't right for me. I've really learned the value of setting goals and making an active effort to achieve them. I feel that (for the most part) I'm a better person leaving this year than I was when it started--in countless ways. So let's do this. Let's MAKE December what I want it to be: simply, intentional, special, and peaceful.


Home:

*2 15 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.)

*Clean kitchen and living room before bed every night (this helps the morning run so much smoother and I don't feel like I'm starting the day with a time deficit.)

*Play Christmas music and have Scentsy on every day


Motherhood:


*PLAY together DAILY


*Enjoy the season with this girl as she is right now--read books, watch movies, bake cookies, play in the snow (if applicable), and just share in the magic of it all.


Marriage:


*Be kinder. (Give the benefit of the doubt, more forgiving, pray for him daily, don't complain, do nice things, be grateful.) 


Health:


*Honor my body (Gift myself with waking up each day feeling good and hopeful. I feel that most when I take the best care of myself. Being kind to my body may mean setting boundaries and that's okay.)


Spiritual:


*Find ways to share my love of the Savior this month (go to the temple, participate in the #LighttheWorld advent, be kinder, etc.)


Career/Education:


*Do my job but keep it simple this month. 


What are your goals for December? Are you giving it one final PUSH or are you stepping back and simplifying?

Sunday, December 4, 2016

How Did November Go?


Home:
*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. (We have a new bed and new sheets--still more to come on those two things--but we do not have the other changes made yet.)

*Curtain Rod/Hang Curtains 

*JaiseAnn's art work display I bought ours from  HarperSaw (great quality/service)and Zach hung them in our living room. We have limited wall space, but I wanted to hang her stuff up to display somewhere other than the fridge. 

*Faith Wall 

*Update family pictures/frames

*Kitchen Print (I bought the print and it's in the frame. Zach failed at getting his part of this done this month.)

*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.)

Motherhood:

*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

Marriage:

*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.)

Health:

*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

Spiritual:

*Start studying conference talks from my schedule (and buy a conference Ensign) (one week I did this)

*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) (better but nowhere near 100%)

Career/Education:

*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

Obviously November wasn't my month. Hopefully I can do better in December. 

How did you do last month?