November 2018 Goals

These months are flying by! Less than three weeks until Thanksgiving, seven weeks until Christmas, and nine weeks until baby! Today I’m sharing my goals for the month of November and also checking in on my October goals!

October Goals Check-In:
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1. Baby To-Do List
Done! I also just ordered his diaper bag last week — we might need to find an alternative option for when Andy is flying solo with our little guy, because the one that I chose is a little feminine looking. ;)

2. Infant CPR Class
Hoping to register for this once our next community ed catalog arrives.

3. Celebrate 7 Years of Marriage with Andy
We exchanged cards and Andy bought me a bouquet of flowers, but we still need to go out to celebrate. October was just a crazy month overall, so we are hoping to do something fun to celebrate before the holidays hit.

4. Practice Self-Care
I unintentionally had a lot of time for this due to my crazy allergic reaction — I missed over a week of work but really used that time to take a lot of naps and watch tv. I also painted my nails for the first time in like a month and that felt amazing — its crazy how the little things really make such a difference.

5. Start Thinking about Christmas Shopping
My list is made! Just need to purchase the items — most of which will be purchased during online Black Friday sales.

November Goals:

1. Put up our Christmas tree!
We always put up our tree super early — typically the weekend after Halloween! I’d love to grab a few new decorations since we have a new house to decorate this year! We’d love to add some garland to our fireplace mantle and also the railings of our staircase, too!

2. Tackle these baby to-do’s*:

  • Order crib mattress

  • Order baby book

  • Purchase a glider / recliner for the nursery

  • Figure out diaper organization for nursery

  • Make some freezer meals with my sister — this might have to be in December though — depends on how crazy this month ends up being

  • Paint his dresser and maaaaybe paint his room the same color as our main level

    *I really want to make a dent in some of our baby to-do’s just in case he decides he’d like to arrive in December instead of January! ;)

3. Meet our Pediatrician
We recently decided to switch pediatricians and have an appointment to meet with him this week! I’m looking forward to checking out the clinic and asking a few questions!

4. Finish ALL Christmas Shopping and Wrapping
I did this last year and it felt amazing!

5. Go on a Holiday-Themed Date with Andy
This will most likely consist of grabbing a holiday drink and browsing holiday decor but it’s something that we both really enjoy each year!

What’s something you’d like to accomplish this month?
What’s your favorite part about November?
Mine is the anticipation of the holidays!

October 2018 Goals

This hasn’t been the lovely fall that we’ve been anticipating (it’s been rainy, gray, and damp for I don’t even know how many days straight). We even have some snow in the 10 day forecast but we’ll see if that actually ends up happening!

Even though we didn’t get the gorgeous autumn that I love so much, I am still really loving this new season of slower days, cooler temps, and all of the layers. Speaking of which, I definitely need to get a maternity winter jacket because my North Face is past the point of zipping up since Little Pang is riding front and center. :)

September Goals Check-In:
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1. Baby Registries
Done! These have been updated and are ready to go! Not only will they be great for our baby showers, but it’s a nice way to see what we still need to purchase for our little guy!

2. Apple Orchard Date

We tried so hard to make this happen but our weather in September wasn’t the greatest — we did have one gorgeous fall weekend but that was the weekend that we painted the living room and did a few other house projects so we didn’t make it to the orchard. This might have to happen next fall instead — which is fine with me, because we’ll have a cute little addition to take on the hay ride! :)

3. Utilize My Planner

This helped SO much! I went back to my roots and started using my planner each week to track to-do lists and my schedule. Will definitely continue to utilize this helpful tool as I move forward through the rest of the year.

4. Finalize Baby Shower Details
Done! Invitations are sent, registries completed, and the party is planned for 10/20.

5. Enjoy The Month

I didn’t get outside as much as I would have liked to, but I’ve been enjoying cozy nights at home with my fall tv shows on the evenings that Andy teaches his design class.

October Goals:

1. Baby To-Do List
I’d love to sit down and make a master to-do list of things we need to do before his arrival. This month I’d also like to purchase the following baby items: diaper bag, baby book, and a crib mattress. I’m thinking one of my November goals will be to finalize his nursery — right now it’s pretty bare but our weekends this month are already all booked up so I’m looking forward to decorating his room in the coming month.

2. Infant CPR Class
I’d like to book an infant CPR class for us to take sometime between now and his arrival so that we feel prepared in case of an emergency with our little guy.

3. Celebrate 7 Years of Marriage with Andy
October 15th is our wedding anniversary but we’ll probably celebrate next weekend since it falls on a weeknight. Click here for a recap of our wedding ceremony!

4. Practice Self-Care
I feel like these past few months have been such a whirlwind with moving, being pregnant, starting a new job, etc. and I’ve started to feel a little run-down lately. I’ve been trying to be more intentional with my evenings at home so that I can rest and relax especially as I enter my 3rd trimester next week!

5. Start Thinking about Christmas Shopping
Like last year, my goal for November is to finish up all of our Christmas shopping by December 1st so that we can slow down and savor the month before Christmas. This month I plan to make a list of ideas for everyone that we need to shop for so that next month we can divide and conquer. Click here for my post on how to finish your shopping ahead of time!

What’s something you’d like to accomplish this month?
Favorite thing to do in October?

September 2018 Goals

This month kicks off my favorite time of year -- September through December have always been my favorites, even as a little girl. I'm really looking forward to these next few months of crisp weather, colorful leaves, seasonal treats, snowflakes, and holiday celebrations. 

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You may read about my last month's goals here and my progress on them is below:

1. Paint! 
We decided to wait until this month to paint for two reasons: 1. We want to tour some homes in the Parade of Homes to check out color palettes before we commit to anything. 2. By waiting until the weather gets cooler, we can open all of the windows to help air the house out as the paint dries. The main reason for this is due to pregnancy -- I'm trying to stay away from chemical fumes for the baby's sake. 

2. Focus on an Intentional Evening Routine
I've been taking a lot of hot baths in our soaker tub, but definitely want to establish more of a routine with moisturizing my face, doing my meditation app, etc. I think this will be easier this next month as things slow down a bit -- August was such a full month for us with moving and me starting a new job.

3. Tap! 
Done! It felt so good to pull out my tap shoes and tap around my basement while listening to music. Fourteen years later, and the skills are still there! 

4. Unpack
We're about 90% unpacked -- there are a few boxes in the office, one in the master bedroom, and a stack in the basement that need to be opened and put away. They aren't really items that we use regularly, so they will probably be unpacked later this fall.

5. Start Shopping for a Dining Room Table
We've started looking around -- we love this one but don't want a veneer top. However, we did find a desk that we like for our front office, so we're toying with ordering this one! 

As far as September goals go:

1. Baby Registries
I want to get these nailed down since my baby shower will be next month! My sister is going to help me out since she's a pro with baby gear! 

2. Apple Orchard Date
One of my favorite fall activities involves visiting an apple orchard or two! Last year we went to a new (to us) one, and we had the best time! 

3. Utilize My Planner
My planner has kind of fallen to the wayside the last few months and I'd love to get back into being intentional with planning my days. I'd also like to get back to using an editorial calendar for my blog posts -- I used one last fall / winter and felt like it really contibuted to me posting regularly.

4. Finalize Baby Shower Details
I'm really looking forward to this and want to get all the details wrapped up in the new few weeks! 

5. Enjoy The Month
These favorite months of mine always seem to fly by so quickly, so I really want to be intentional about sitting outside, going for walks, enjoying anything and everything pumpkin flavored, and just savoring the start of this new season.

What is one thing you'd like to accomplish this month?
What's one thing you're proud of accomplishing last month?

August 2018 Goals

I feel like we've been waiting for this month for forever! We have the keys to our new house and are so excited for all that this month has to offer, such as settling into our new home, being neighbors with my sister, the MN State Fair, and Andy's birthday!

Andy also goes back to teaching this month, so I'm planning to be intentional with the nights that I'm flying solo. Last fall, I was really good about coming home, making myself a healthy vegetarian meal, and then taking time to recharge by giving myself a manicure, watching a favorite show, or reading a book.

You may read about last month's goals here, and my progress on those goals is below:

1. Pack up the house! 
Done! Now we just need to finish unpacking! 

2. Go for more walks
Done! I went for walks in the early mornings and on the cooler days.

3. Find a new Bible Study for the fall
Didn't accomplish this, but will probably wait until next month to look into new studies since this month is going to be a little chaotic.

4. Start researching small groups for the fall
Didn't accomplish this -- might look into it still, otherwise will wait until spring.

5. MOVE INTO OUR NEW HOUSE, no big deal!
Done! We are so happy to be in our new place!

AUGUST GOALS

1. Paint!
We for sure want to repaint our office, fireplace accent wall, dining room, and master bathroom. All of the other rooms are different shades of gray, so they are good to go! I'm hoping to have my mom or sister help me since they're pros and I've never painted a room before! 

2. Focus on an Intentional Evening Routine
I really want to create a new routine for myself that helps me to unwind before bed. Our new house has an awesome soaker tub and I'd really love to use that often, in addition to doing things I've been slacking on such as moisturizing my face before bed.

3. Tap! 
Andy found my old tap shoes and I am itching to take them down to our basement and practice some of my old techniques and routines! 

4. Unpack
Now that we're in our new house, I really want to focus on getting unpacked and settled before fall! 

5. Start Shopping for a Dining Room Table
Our new house is an open-concept layout and has an open-air dining area where we plan to put a dining room table. I'm looking forward to eating dinner together with Andy and hosting friends / family for meals around this table.

What is one thing you'd like to accomplish this month?
What's one thing you're proud of accomplishing last month?

July 2018 Goals

First up, last month's goals! 

1. Consolidate My 401k Accounts
Did not happen due to closing on our house and June being a crazy-busy month! Let's be honest, this probably won't happen in July either.

2. Drink More Water
I did so much better on this! 

3. Get Back Into My Blogging Groove
I promise July will have more posts -- we've had a lot going on with buying a new house, work, etc. right now. I can't wait to share more about our new house, too! 

4. Take a Trip Up to Robertson Ranch
Done! I headed up there a few weeks ago and it was so nice to rest and relax (and have someone else cook for me!)

5. Hit the Pool Regularly
Haven't been since Memorial Day since it seems like every weekend has been so cloudy or rainy! 

This month's goals:

1. Pack up the house! 
Hoping to power through and do most of this in a weekend -- I don't like living amongst boxes, so we'll probably do this towards the mid to end of the month.

2. Go for more walks
It's been such weird weather -- lots of rain and super hot, so my outside time has been very infrequent. Hoping to get back into this more often! 

3. Find a new Bible Study for the fall
I'm so excited to utilize our new deck and can't wait to sit out there and read in the early mornings.

4. Start researching small groups for the fall
I'd love to join a group this fall for some community

5. MOVE INTO OUR NEW HOUSE, no big deal!
SO, so excited for this! I literally can not wait to move in and start unpacking!

What's one thing you accomplished in June?
What would you like to work towards this month?