I haven’t done a monthly goals post in a while. Mostly because I sort of gave up on really “setting goals” as this year progressed. I mean, I’ve been doing stuff/ accomplishing stuff, but in terms of meeting specific GOALS each month- not really. Then I got very annoyed with myself for writing things down but not doing them… So, I kind of just stopped really worrying about it for the time being. Just hasn’t been a big focus in the last few months.
*Looking back on my 21 for 2021 List (not even going to link it, it was an epic fail), I have learned one thing about myself, at least:
Goals like “Make recipe 1x/ month” or “Exercise with the boys 1x/ week” do not work particularly well for me!
I had a bunch of this style of goal on my list, and this did not work. I think it was just too hard to remember (especially on the “1x/ month” things)? Or too hard to implement (for some reason)? Maybe it was an issue of trying to do too many different things?? I don’t know. Sounded good in theory and seems like I should have been able to schedule those items in….but I guess I didn’t.
That being said, I felt motivated to finish out 2021 with some goals. Bonus points if I actually do them this time! 🤣
- Go to the gym 3x/ week! (ongoing since my birthday on 10/17). Overall, going well, minus a little hiatus before Thanksgiving week.
- Read at least 1 book! (Weak, but trying to be realistic! This is a busy time of year. I just picked up Emily Oster’s The Family Firm which was highly recommended to me by MANY different people. I feel like my kids are on the old side for the author’s target audience, but it still seems interesting! Big themes are parenting + data + decision making.)
- Finish 2019 Photo organization (currently done through…July 2019? Would like to at least round out that calendar year.)
- Do another 12 Days of Christmas challenge! (I did this last year and LOVED it, want to repeat!)
- Walk outside 5/7 days per week. My walking has fallen way off lately, and would like to prioritize that again. Even a short one counts.
- Finish all Christmas shopping no later than DECEMBER 10th! Including those little misc. loose ends that sometimes end up straggling along until the end….
- Go to a holiday lights display
- Practice/ “perfect” Christmas piano duets with both Ethan and Asher (in progress)
- Bake cookies with the boys
- Read a book with the boys! (We haven’t read together in a long time now. I know this is likely coming to an end soon….and if I’m not careful, it could easily be one of those things that just never happens again. But I think they’ll still be totally up for it! So I want to make this happen while I still can.) Any recs for a good family holiday book??
In my own reading life, I also picked this book up from the library the other day. I hesitated, because I read a few reviews that indicated the book was not super duper well-researched….as in, a few bits of the “history” in the book can be proved WRONG/ inaccurate. Hmm. So that turned me off, obviously. But I decided that: a) I won’t know the difference! lol b) this is not a life or death topic, and I probably won’t remember the little factoids/tidbits anyway long after I close the book (reality) c) an overwhelming majority of reviews were positive and it sounds like MOST of the stories are accurate and d) I really just wanted a light holiday read. 🎅
The stories about each Christmas carol are short- just a few pages- and there are actually 31 “chapters!” And….there are 31 days in December! Perfect. I will read about one carol per day. 🙂
I am grateful for scarves.