goal-getter: december

I wanted to put my goals down again because they actually lingered in my mind in November, so I guess that's progress! I also want to take a look back at those November goals, see how did, and see how I can get better going forward. In November, I committed to do the following:

1. Lose 3 lbs - I did this - healthily! :)
2. Finish the DIY shoe rack - fail
3. Run 14 times - fail - but I did run 10 times, which was better than October
4. Get Ryan to do a blog again - I asked him...does that count?
5. Plan Spencer's 2nd birthday party - I did this! We celebrated yesterday, and I'll recap soon.
6. Schedule our temple sealing - We did this! We were sealed on Saturday, December 3rd in the Palmyra NY temple. 

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So, looking back, I think I accomplished the big things last month! Now it's onto the December goals:

1. Lose 4 lbs - I'm doing weight watchers weekly, and it feels great to have the accountability! I'm by no means fat, but I'm doing this for fitness, to show my boys the value of really taking care of oneself. No more junk food...preparation is key.

2. Finish the DIY shoe rack - Maybe December is the month?! I really want it done before the real snow comes because it will be such a lifesaver when we're putting wet, soggy shoes away.

3. Run 14 times and make 1.5 miles my short run - I think it's time I retired the "one for time" bit that I've been resting on lately. I can make time for a 1.5 mile run, and I did it today in the freezing cold. It's time to get my act together and start loving running again! I did enter a lottery for a race, so I'll know soon if I got in...if I did, I'll share!

4. DIY Christmas presents - I really want to do some DIY gifts this year. I've done a few before like this glitter state for my brother-in-law's sister, and I'd love to have some on hand for friends and neighbors.

5. Get our family photos - Le sigh. We have them scheduled for Saturday, so we'll see if they actually happen?! If they do, we'll finally have pictures for very last minute Christmas cards!

6. Create a deployment wall - Spencer is just old enough to understand that Daddy is leaving for a long time, and I want to make something that offers both of us a visual reminder of his return. I think it will help!

Do you guys write goals down on or off the blog? Do you think that it helps you?


  1. I love the idea of doing DIY Christmas gifts! Can't wait to see what you come up with. :)

  2. You did great with your goals! Even if they didn't get 100% completed, still better than nothing! :) Way to go!

  3. Great job on the goals! I really, really need to get back onto the weight loss / running wagons. So hard to stay motivated now.

    I live about 30 minutes from Palmyra. How cool that there's a temple there! So I know you mentioned you're Mormon.. what's a sealing ceremony?

    1. Mormons believe we have the opportunity to be married and "sealed" for time and all eternity. A sealing ceremony is usually done during the first wedding of a couple, but we weren't active in the church at the time, so we had to wait. To be sealed, we have to be worthy to enter the temple, and they perform a ceremony in which we are blessed and sealed to each other and our children for eternity, since our wedding already married us for time :)

  4. You did a good job on your goals! I need to make a list and make myself accountable for the things I need to get done! Thanks for the inspiration. :)

    xo, Sarah
    Hustla, baby.

  5. Ooh, can't wait to see what you make...! And good luck on the weight loss!!

  6. This year I wasn't consistent with writing down my monthly goals at all. Next year I'm hoping to be more intentional about keeping track of my goals both in my personal planner/journal and on the blog. You did a great job on your goals last month!

  7. OOOH what lottery did you enter? i entered one too, would it be the same maybe? that would be so cool! if not i will be sad now haha. congrats on the weight loss girl and of course doing it healthily. so awesome!

  8. Great job on your goals! Asking him definitely counts.

  9. I love the idea of the deployment wall! So sweet.

  10. Omg omg omg I am SO HAPPY FOR YOU getting sealed!! :) Reading that added some brightness to my morning :)

  11. Great job on your goals. I can't wait to see the 2nd birthday party recap. We are throwing our girls a party at the end of the month. So I am always looking for ideas.