New Month // December Goals

December?! Woah! How did we get here already?? I am really having a difficult time wrapping my head around this one. It has been such a great year! I am ready for the Christmas season and all of the wonderful things that come with that :) I plan on decorating whatever I can, baking, wrapping lots of gifts, watching all my favorite Christmas movies, spending time with family and friends, cuddling, and drinking lots of hot chocolate!

I started making monthly goals at the beginning of this year, so it is kind of a nice accomplishment that I have stuck with it all year long. Here is the last installment of 2014!

+ Stay on top of school projects.
I would say that I mostly did a good job at this. November was a very busy school month, but I am happy to have made it through! I still need to catch up on some things for one of my classes, however, I am all up to date in the other class.

+ Start and complete college applications.
Boom! Done! Now I just wait until the next step...

+ Work on blog design update!
I did this! I don't know if you noticed, but I updated the header with one that I hand painted and spruced up a few more details throughout the design. I definitely want to work on it more over Christmas break, but for now I am pretty happy!

+ Plan meals ahead of time & only buy what I will really use.
I didn't do so great at planning meals, but I didn't really buy things that I ended up not eating, so that's good! I also realized that I don't really need to buy much because most nights I end up eating dinner at work, which is a nice perk of my job.

+ Finalize plans for potential getaways!
Done! We are planning to drive down to San Diego to spend Christmas with my family and booked a trip to Seattle for New Year's/my birthday! It is really nice to have some adventures on the calendar.

+ Read one book.
Unfortunately I didn't get to this. I think I will add it back to the list for December though because I think I will have some leisurely time to get into a book!

+ Read one book.
Carrying this one over from last month. I think I can really make it happen this time!

+ Control my spending & don't go overboard on Christmas.
It is so extremely easy to just get ALL THE THINGS FOR EVERYONE. Unfortunately, my heart is bigger than my budget. I think it will be a bit of a struggle, but I am going to do my best to not overspend and be reasonable about estimating how much I can actually spend on my loved ones this year.

+ Finish the semester strongly.
I only have about two weeks left! Pretty crazy. There is still a lot of work that has to be done to finish and I really want to finish things on a strong note.

+ Practice watercolor ink writing.
I have really enjoyed practicing writing with ink and a brush! It is a lot of fun and I love the uniqueness of it. I want to keep practicing that this month and hopefully give people some that I make for Christmas. I may share my progress  and latest ones here on the blog, so watch for that :)

+ Savor the Christmas season!
Obviously, this time of year is AMAZING. I want to soak it all up as much as I can and try to really be present wherever I am.

What are your goals for the last month of 2014? What are you looking forward to this special, festive month?

Happy December 1st, friends!
Jess said...

i just completed my application grad school like… twenty minutes ago! you can do it! college apps suck but then you are done and can take it easy, until you receive the decision envelope that is lol




Jess said...

No way Jess! YOU HAND PAINTED that! You are incredible! I love your new design (especially your spacey sidebar photo). ;)