Monday, December 2, 2013

A Few Small Goals For December

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Happy December! I'm so excited to be welcoming a new month. I love this time of year -- people are generally in good spirits, everything looks festive, and the cold weather still feels exciting. Chris and I had a wonderful, low-key Thanksgiving: we jumped the gun and bought our Christmas tree (early, but I want to enjoy it), had dinner with a friend, and then went out for beers and a movie (Catching Fire -- it was good!).

Even though I didn't technically accomplish all of my goals for November, I'm really happy with the way things went down: I went to yoga every weekend, but after a couple of classes I realized that I like the Sunday instructor and class time much better, so I've been enjoying starting my week off with Sunday evening yoga. While I'm not sure if I technically broke out of the style rut I felt I was in, I did have a couple of really good thrift dates with Chris, which helped solidify the direction I'd like to steer my closet and style in. I did not run the Turkey Trot. And I do not feel bad about it. Anyway, it was 20 degrees the morning of the race, ha! We took a leisurely Thanksgiving walk instead. And I got to work early -- at times abysmally early -- nearly every day this month. As much as I hate going in early, I love getting a jump start on my day.

It didn't take me long to figure out my goals for December, they're things that have been on my mind lately as it is:

// Volunteer at least once
My real goal here is to find two volunteer opportunities before Christmas. I really want to make volunteering a year-long thing, and I think finding something this time of year is a good place to start.

// Eat as clean as possible ... while still enjoying the holidays
I haven't been feeling too well lately, and I know this is in direct correlation to the amount of cheese I've been consuming. And wine. And treats. And cheese. It's time to get back on the horse, sort of. I'm still going to enjoy the social opportunities that spring up this time of year, but maybe just cut down on the stress eating at work.

// Make Christmas gifts & send out cards
i.e. dont procrastinate. I started making gifts and ornaments this weekend, and it felt so good to make something with my hands. I didn't realize how long it had been since I did a project expressly on my own accord, rather than for work. I absolutely have to make this a habit again.

// Try a new exercise routine
Lately my exercise routine has felt stale, save for the addition of yoga, it's been sort of the same for a long time. My goal this month? To try a spin class. I used to bike a lot so I'm thinking I'll like it? I hope I'll like it, because running kills me and the ARC machine is getting boring, and I need some sort of cardio to balance out the weights.

// Clean out my inbox
My email is a nightmare, a nightmare filled with sale messaging and newsletters that I don't delete. I've got to tackle this beast.

How about you? Any big plans this month?


Heather P. said...

My main goal is to get everything prepared for teaching in January. I'll be tackling 7 classes, and any prep work I can do now will cut down on stress later on.

I also need to figure out a better workout plan. November was a total waste when it came to getting outside, and I want to do more of that!

Best of luck on your goals this month!

Dus of Cuddly Cacti said...

That's fantastic you're going to volunteer! My goal for the new year is to make volunteering a regular thing again, but I love your idea of starting it right now around the holidays. There really are so many meaningful things to do. In HS I used to love helping in the soup kitchens and such and seeing the happiness and kindness people shared by being grateful for that little holiday meal, which of course is usually easy to take for granted. Also, maybe it would hurt your knees? But have you tried Zumba? I have two left feet but still have a blast in the classes and always get a great workout.
Cuddly Cacti
Mitla Moda

Heidi said...

Great goals! I should add eating better to mine as well... Hard to around this time. xo Heidi

Kallie, Happy Honey and Lark said...

I don't know what kind of things they have for non-students but a HUGE fundraiser in PA is Penn State Thon that raises money for kids w cancer and their families.

Your goals sound totally reasonable for a busy time of year, and I like that you do monthly goals rather than wait until the new year to try to do everything at once.

Good luck on goals this weekend and I can't wait to see what you thrifted.

Happy belated Thanksgiving!!

Joelle said...

You will love spinning! It's the best. I can't run although I tried. But I have flat feet and even if I tried to do it for some weeks in a row, it is extremely painful on my knees. I've been biking a lot since many years and when I first tried a spin class, it was a revelation! Go for it.

abby said...

I feel like our November "lists" were rather similar. I tried more yoga and hit up some vintage shops to add more variety to my wardrobe.
xx Abby | a geek tragedy

Karli said...

Get my head around my new job is a big one. I'm into my 2nd day of holidays and already napped twice because my brain is so sore from all the strain! Finish all my Christmas chocolate from the kids I teach and run 10kms. Those last two really seem to go hand in hand..

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