Monday, December 3, 2012

December Goals

From last December, the road past my Mom's house in Maine

I know everyone says it, but allow me to chime in: I can't believe it's December. Sure, every month creeps up, ready to surprise-attack, but December is truly a beast. It's almost 2013! One month to make good on all those resolutions made last January, right? One thing I've realized over the past year, is that I do much better when working with a small list of simple goals- a combination of things I'd like to do and accomplish- than with year-sweeping resolutions. At the start of Autumn, I made a few goals for the season (and I accomplished most of them!), but I think I'm going to make this a monthly thing. 

A few things I'd like to work on this month:

1. Finish the 30 Day Drawing Challenge-
Confession: I started this challenge strong, but eventually other responsibilities creeped in and I wasn't able to finish by the end of November. It's a goal this month to do so.

2. Make Christmas gifts- 
Last year we (I) started a new tradition of choosing a charity, donating in the names of the children in our circle of family and friends, and making tree ornaments to match. I'd love to do that again this year, along with making other gifts. 

3. Spend more time unplugged- 
Chris and I both spend too much time on our phones and on the computer, it's so easy, the screen is just right there. This is already something I've been working on, but will continue to do so. I want to be present, I don't want to be distracted by the ease with which the internet/ Instagram/ Twitter can be accessed.

4. Go on more dates- 
The ever-present resolution. Clearly, we need to get better at planning things to do.

5. Send out Christmas cards in a timely manner- 
If it's not already crystal clear, I'm a  procrastinator. An epic, super-human procrastinator. I can't remember if we sent out cards last year. I'd love to actually make them, but more importantly, send something out, even if it's just a store-bought pack of cards from Target.

There are about a million other things that could be listed here, some of them lighthearted, some of them heavier, life-change things. But I'm going to keep this list short and sweet. I know the holidays will be here before I know it, and when it comes down to it, I just really want to slow down and enjoy the holiday preparation and anticipation of a new year.

What are your goals this month?


Chelsea Elizabeth said...

#3 is definitely a big goal of mine. Love all of these though!

<3Chelsea Elizabeth

Jennifer said...

I love that you do monthly goals!
I think my goal this much is to not stress out. I stress out too much during the holidays trying to make sure everyone has the best Christmas, while not being able to fully enjoy it myself.

xo Jennifer

L.D. N. said...

I need to do one of those 30-day drawing challenges. I've been neglecting my sketchbooks for far too long. You guys are too cute, I've been a follower of your blog for a while and it's great to see you and your man still so invested and in love with one another.

Happy holidays!


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Morgan Erina said...

These are wonderful goals, and they seem like they can easily be achieved! I wish you the best in achieving all of your goals!

Girl and Closet said...

Such fantastic goals, Julie! I too like to sit down each month and write out my goals + I also love doing mini-goals each week, really helps keep me focused. And oh man, more dates, Martin & I are SO working on that one... we just did one last week and it was awesome! Hope your week is off to a great start! xo

Anonymous said...

These goals are so wonderful! I love that you're donating to a charity with christmas.

I also have to finish the 30 day drawing challenge. Just like you I started very well, but after a week or it became difficult to draw everyday - so that's a good resolution. Moreover I hope to spend more time with friends!

xoxo, Femke
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