New month usually means new goals. Well, this month I don’t have any. This is currently how my monthly page in my notebook looks:
Oh well. I’ll probably write something down, but I didn’t do the best on November’s goals so I can realistically just flip back a page and keep going…Ha. Basically this month though my goal is just to be ready for Christmas Eve by December 24th and have fun getting there. 🙂
That being said, I do have a few topics that have been floating around in my head that I’m interested in maybe delving into more in 2021. (I’m sure I’ll make some official 2021 goals, but these are just a few things that I’d like to take a deeper dive into at some point in the near future.)
1. New planner– I went ahead and finally pulled the trigger and ordered the Wonderland 222 A5 planner and accessory notebook system. It should be arriving any day now! (Apparently they are now sold out!! Glad I ordered when I did.) I’m feeling a little nervous about switching systems since my current system works well overall. But I love the idea of the more compact books/ paper for long term storage, and it looks like a really good fit for my style of planning, tracking and journaling. Next up- figuring out if I need a cover for it/finding one + buying the right pens for the Tomoe River paper. Then, setting it all up!!
2. Intermittent Fasting– This is a topic I keep hearing so much about. I’ve known about it for a long time and very half-heartedly attempted it one summer too. I don’t know that I actually want to DO intermittent fasting necessarily, but I am just feeling really intrigued by it and want to learn more about the health benefits surrounding it. If you’ve ever tried it OR can recommend any books on the topic, let me know! I have heard that people that do IF often say they experience much greater clarity of mind/ focus and also can get away from that feeling of “needing to eat” all the time (which I feel like is ME 100%. I am literally always hungry and tend to eat at the first sign of hunger, too…which is probably not the best habit).
3. Spending Tracking– We have a pretty detailed tracking spreadsheet for our finances, but it operates in a more retrospective fashion. It’s great for seeing big pictures after the fact, keeping on top of accounts/monthly bills, organizing everything at the end of the month, etc. But it’s not so great for knowing our “in the moment” current state (i.e. it’s December 14th, how much have we spent on Eating Out/ Clothing/ XXX this month SO FAR). We don’t operate on a strict monthly budget really so it works out okay, but I’m sure we could do better. Years ago I used Mint.com to track our spending and I liked the system overall. I want to look into maybe attempting something like that again for the new year- probably in conjunction with our current system. (Something easy, quick, and not time consuming.) Suggestions welcome.
Photos: My parents came for Asher’s birthday yesterday and my Mom and the boys set up our Christmas village!!! My Dad gave me one of these beautiful houses many years as a girl. I love it!!
I am grateful for Asher’s birthday being a huge success. He said at bedtime, “This was the best birthday EVER!!” Recap to come tomorrow. 🙂