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Sunday, December 4, 2016

November Look Back and December Goals.

A look back at November's goals:

Plan blogging schedule for the rest of the year
"My September and October were hectic and my poor little blog had to take a back seat for a while, but now that I have all this time freed up, I can (hopefully) begin posting 2-3 times a week again. I have so many ideas floating around in my head that I wanted to post over the past few months, but didn't have the time for all the writing, photo taking and editing, proof reading, yadda yadda yadda. I really want to sit down and sort out my content schedule for the rest of the year before the holiday season gobbles up my 2016."
Tick: I'm so very surprised, yet so very proud that my "leave-it-to-the-last-minute self actually planned all of December's content and drafted about 90%.

Christmas presents 
"I'm a terrible gift buyer. I panic, I cry, and I end up with a bunch of totally random knick-knacks for everyone that are in no way what they want nor need. I want to have a proper plan of my Christmas gifts this year and at least have an idea of what gifts I'm getting everyone (10 points to Gryffindor if I physically have said gifts on my person and ready to give)."
Tick: I really didn't have high hopes for this one, BUT it turns out that I've physically brought Jesse's present, and have figured out exactly what to get my mum and my best friend. Yay me.

Create a Christie's Take on Life board on Pinterest
"I don't know how many times that I've made this a goal and failed miserably, but I'm hoping that with my freed-up-time, I'll finally get around to updating old posts with "pinable" images and creating this damned board."
Tick: HOLY SHIT YOU GUYS AFTER A WHOLE YEAR OF PUTTING IT OFF I FINALLY CREATED A DAMN BOARD. Sure, it's pretty lackluster at this stage - about 95% of photos need to be retaken and I think I need a serious lesson in SEO, but I did set up rich pins, so that's a thing.

Cook a new dish
"I've been lazy in my cooking lately. By lazy, I mean I haven't cooked a meal for Jesse and I for months. I'm talking months. I'd like to get back in to the kitchen and cook us up newly discovered recipe for dinner at least once this month."
Cross: I'm the most mad because if I'd just gotten off of my ass and cooked a damn meal, I would have completed all of my goals for November. Sigh.

December's Goals:

Meal Prep
I've been taking my fitness super seriously over the past few weeks. I'm exercising like crazy, but it's not doing me any good without a solid meal plan. By the time I've finished work and left the gym, the last thing I want to do is cook a wholesome meal. It's so easy to pick something up on the way home, or heat up an oh-so-nutritious bowl of instant noodles which isn't doing me any favours. I'm dedicated to making Sunday "meal prep day" where I'll create a week's worth of healthy dinners to curb late night eating and 'easy' unhealthy dinners.

Re-take old blog photos
I went though a few of my very old posts whilst attempting the whole Pinterest thing mentioned above, and boy would I'd like to re-take a lot all of my (horrible) blog photos and create pinable images during my five week Christmas break.

Enjoy the holidays without going too far (as usual)
By too far, I mean eating double my weight in food every day for a month. I'm going to enjoy the food, fun and festivities, but I'm still going to attempt to keep it under control. If I can get to the gym even once a week over my break, I'll be a happy girl. 

I've got a whole stash of stuff that I no longer want, use or need and I've been meaning to have a giant Spring clean for such a long time, but I keep putting it off to when I "have more time" (read: when I can be bothered (never)), but there's truly nothing better than starting a new year with a decluttered space and being able to fit Christmas your presents in your damn house.


  1. Great job conquering your November goals! In December, I want to declutter my home as well as my computer and business! My husband is home for two weeks during the holidays, so I hope I can get a lot accomplished.

  2. Thanks, girl!
    Good luck accomplishing all you set out to do. I'm sure you'll slay. :) x

  3. Amazing job on accomplishing almost all of your November goals. I really like this idea of writing and posting your monthly goals so the world can hold you accountable for them. I think I'm going to try this starting in January! Best of luck on your December goals. I can't wait to hear how it went!

  4. Kaitlyn Fickle KillebrewDecember 5, 2016 at 11:11 PM

    I really like your goals for December! I set goals for the month for my self as well!

  5. Loving that you conquered your goals! I am also loving that you have the same goals I do for the month of December. There is something to be said about decluttering in December that gives January the feel of a fresh start!

  6. I'm a huge fan of goal setting! I'm totally with you on "enjoying the holidays without going too far". Over-indulging over the holidays is always a weakness of mine!!!

    - Kaitlin

  7. You did an amazing job! I need to get better about creating goals and sticking to them!

  8. Yay for knocking out your November Goals! I'm so excited about your Pinterest board. My board for my blog is my favorite. It's so much fun to see how many re-pins I get. I've recently joined two group boards, I think you'd enjoy that, too! Good luck with your December goals. I totally agree with you about not going overboard on Christmas. It's so hard not to, sometimes.

  9. Great job on your November goals, Christie!
    Love the idea of re-taking blog photos - I was thinking about resizing a few as well…maybe I will use some of my Christmas break to do just that! Thanks for the inspiration!

  10. We definitely have very similar December goals and I love hearing other people's take on their goals as it gives me more motivation! This month should be an easy one for you and I really hope that you can accomplish everything that you set out to do!!

  11. Batch cooking is definitely the way to go to stop you from eating junk. As well as cooking on Sunday, try making double portions during the week and freeze half for a later date. I've been doing this and it's so helpful. Way to go on your November goals - I'm still wading through my Christmas shopping!

  12. Love posts like these - it's motivation for me to get MY butt in gear, haha! :)
    I'd like to plan out my posts for January and February this month and maybe work on newsletter for the upcoming months, too. I also had plans on decluttering my bedroom (I like to do this around Christmas since that's the time of year you tend to get a ton of new stuff - out with the old, in with the new!), but we'll see if that happens!


  13. Aw thanks, Lynne! :) I never evereverever used to get anything accomplished until I started posting them for all to see. I guess it's embarrassing to admit that I was lazy (always lazy) and got nothing done, so I'm motivated to get off my butt? Whatever the reason, it works for me and I highly recommend doing the same. :) x

  14. Thanks, Kaitlyn. Good luck achieving all that you set out to over the festive season! :) x

  15. A woman after my own heart aha. :P
    It's just so satisfying to enter a new year clean and fresh - amen! x

  16. Preach, sista. I'm from an Italian background, so our Christmas is always full of fooooooood. I just can't help myself (pls halp). Good luck with restraining yourself, lord knows I need it aha. x

  17. Thanks, Leslieeee! <3
    I reeeaaallllyyyy need to make my pins "pretty" - I didn't realise how far my photography had come until I looked back at my old work *shudder*, but that's a job for my Christmas break. I'll definitely look in to group boards as well. :)
    Being the Italian family that we are, it's definitely a struggle not to go crazy with all the food over Christmas.. here's to hoping I have at least semi-decent willpower. x

  18. Thanks, girl. Glad I could be of some assistance aha. I'm definitely looking to improve and resize my old photos. I didn't realize how far along my photography skills had come until I looked back at my old photos *cringe*. x

  19. Thank you, Erica! I completely agree - I'm always motivated by posting my, and reading others' goals. Good luck at accomplishing all that you set out to do this month. x

  20. Thanks for the tips, Jackie! It's amazing how much difference an hour or two spent in the kitchen on a Sunday makes to the rest of your week. Good luck with your Christmas shopping! :) x

  21. Yesss! 100% agree! I find it so motivating to read others' goals, as well as posting my own for the public to see (and judge me heaving for sitting on my butt all day instead of accomplishing anything ahaha). Good luck in all you wish to achieve this month - getting your content sorted for the start of the year is an awesome thing to work towards. It really relives some stress and pressure during the already busy Christmas/New Year months. :) x

  22. You did so well with November! I also found that I was super productive last. Here's to a productive December for both of us!

  23. Great job on your November goals! I don't blame you for not cooking. I haven't had time to even grocery shop since Thanksgiving! Life just gets too hectic sometimes. Best of luck on your December goals! I believe in you!
    xoxo Lauren I Glitter & Grandeur

  24. Thanks, Erin, and good on you! Sending positive vibes for a productive December your way. :) x

  25. Aww thanks, Lauren. I wish I was good at/enjoyed cooking.. but alas, I'm not.
    All the best and happy holidays! :) xx


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