December Goals + Updates

Happy December!! Hard to believe isn't it? All of 2014 has officially flown by and I, for one, am totally okay with that.

This is the time of year that goals sorta' seem to go out the window, don't they? We all get caught up in the holiday partying, eating, shopping... and everything else just gets put aside. I feel that way a little bit about November. I was just so-so on my goals, but also I don't want to fall sooo behind on everything this month that I feel like I'm starting 2015 in a rut, you know? While I'm keeping things simple for December, I wanted to still recap my November goals- even if I failed at a few of them ;)

1. Finish as much Christmas shopping as I can. I did a lot!!! We still have people to buy for, but I'm happy with our progress on this. Plus, all the gifts we have bought are already wrapped and under the tree. That counts for extra ;)

2. Host Friendsgiving. Done and done! A lot of people bailed on us again this year (I'm beginning to wonder if you have to have more friends to have a Friendsgiving?) But all the awesome people who WERE there made the night an absolute blast! 

3. Celebrate Jared's birthday. You KNOW we did it big in Louisville :)

4. Participate in Nanowrimo. This is where I hang my head in shame. I worked on my book for all of about an hour this entire month of November I think. How do you creatives out there do it? How do you come home from a long day at the office, cook or clean, or take care of pets and kids and still find time to do something you love? My creative juices just don't flow when I get home from work.

5. Make a delicious, bad-for-you meal.  This is up for debate. I made TONS of unhealthy food for Friendsgiving which was fun and delicious. I meant to make something bad just for Jared and I to enjoy one night, but hey- the more the merrier, right? I am now officially obsessed with this corn casserole I made.

6. Book a vacation. This one is a yes! Jared and I are doing things a little differently this year and planned/booked two long weekend away for the coming year. They aren't huge trips by any means, so we may still add another destination if it works out, but I give us a thumbs up for the plans we did make! :) And you know me, I probably won't share until I'm back from said weekends. 

7. REALLY Limit Spending.  I'd say we rocked this one! Other than our Christmas shopping and Jared's birthday which we budgeted for in advance, we really kept our wallets closed. I'm getting excited to make a FINAL DEBT PAYMENT reallllly really soon!!!

8. Shave 3-5 minutes off my 5k time.  Another MAJOR fail on this one for me. Ready for some hard truth? I think I ran maybe twice ALL of November. Goodness... things can only go up from here, right? Jared and I did sign up for another half-marathon a couple weeks ago though and we started training for it together- so watch out world. Erin's running again!!!

So 5 successes, 2.5 fails! Not as bad as I thought, I guess ;) I've decided not to make any official goals this month- other than just to have as much fun as possible. 
This month is going to get busy at work and I just want to do my best not to let it overwhelm me. I want to enjoy the holidays as much as I can, even if it means cramming things in when it seems my calendar can't possibly find room for it, and maybe giving up a few hours of relaxing for some festive fun. So far on the calendar we've got:

- My work Christmas party
- Trans-Siberian Orchestra date night
- Celebrating one of my dear college friend's at her baby shower 

- A day of holiday baking with some wonderful women I know
- Celebrating my Mom's birthday
- Festival of Lights at our local zoo
- Hosting Christmas round 1
- Celebrating Christmas rounds 2, 3 and 4
-Watching my Bengals go 4-0 this month ;)


Sooo CHEERS to a crazy month of fun and festivities... and not a lot of sleep ;)

32 comments

  1. Enjoying all of the holiday festivities sounds like an excellent goal for this month!!

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  2. You did awesome on your Nov goals!!! I want to go see TSO so bad!!!!

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  3. I love your goal this month---have ALL of the fun!

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  4. You did great on your November goals! Good luck on December!

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  5. You did amazing on your December goals! Get it girl!

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  6. I think you did great! Bring it on home in December!

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  7. You did great in November! Enjoy December! :) have as much fun as you can fit in!

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  8. I think you did a good job! I was talking to someone a few weeks ago about the novel writing in November goal, and she said she would wake up at 430am before work and getting kids off to school to work on hers. Whattttt?!??!?!!? So I guess that's the key...wake up insanely early and go to bed at like 630pm every night so you can actually do that. Hah!

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  9. I've always wanted to write a book (a memoir, if we wanna get technical), but I have no idea what tis Nanowritemo or whatever is about. Tell a sister more!

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  10. Friends giving WAS a blast and I loved that corn casserole!!!! :) can't wait for all the fun that December brings!!!

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  11. Congrats on crossing off quite a few things on that list! I make lists, and then new lists, and then more new lists....but things never get done these days :( Owning a business is no fun sometimes :(

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  12. I say you did good on your goals!!! November and December are tough months to fit everything in with all the holiday fuss and end of year things. That corn casserole looks delicious! I hope to do some fun festive things this month too!

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  13. I'd call November a big win! My running took a backseat in November too, in a major way — I only ran less than half of the total miles I wanted to, and I haven't run in over a week now! But now that RnR is on the horizon that should be some good motivation. Happy December! Looks like you have some great things lined up this month :)

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  14. I know you're going to rock out December! So much fun and so jealous of TSB date!

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  15. You did great on your November goals! All of your December activities sound like so much fun!

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  16. I'd say you did pretty well! a lot of people bailed on our halloween party, i was really offended lol.
    yay for half marathons!!!! i didnt run a whole lot in November either, especially because I got sick, ugh but I have the RnR to train for as well. And yay for weekends away! they are just as fun as big holidays I think. if you ever come back to Louisville, let me know ;)

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  17. Nice job on your goals. I have the same writing question as you. By the time I get all the kids to bed and clean up the kitchen I cannot make my brain do creative things. It's hard enough to stay awake. Have a fun, festive month!

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  18. You did great in November! Good luck in December!

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  19. My December is going to be just as crazy. Have fun at your work party and other christmas festivities!!

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  20. That corn casserole looks SO good... gonna have to try that for Christmas! And you knoooow I'm over here dying over your travel plans!! Yay for that and YAY for a final debt payment!!

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  21. This month is just going to FLY by! But it looks like you have a lot of fun stuff to fill up your calendar :) Have fun training for the half!!! Send some snap chats my way so it's like we're doing some runs together :P Ahhh final debt payment!!!! :D

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  23. Festival of lights at the zoo?! That sounds awesome!

    Props to you for completing as much as you did in November - It was a such a short month I felt like I blinked and it was over!

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  24. This post reminds me that I need to do a Nov. update and set some Dec goals. Maybe I'll do that tomorrow!!
    Good job on your accomplishments last month :)

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  25. You did great on your November goals!! YAY for booking a vacation(s), weekend trips are some of the best!! Your December goals look so fun!! Trans-Siberian Orchestra?? I'm so jealous. Matthew and I have always wanted to go to one. Have fun!! :)

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  26. I wanted to set some goals for December but now we're moving and then we have tons of Christmas/New Years get togethers. Maybe I'll get back on track in January AND do a no spend month! Hopeful dreaming maybe but I'm going to try :) You always inspire me to set goals, even if they're little ones.

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  27. Ooohhh...I already can't wait to see the places you chose for your weekend getaways! Travel posts are always my favorite. Way to go on your goals, by the way. No shame in that month at all. I'm like you - when I get home from work, I pretty much shut down mentally. Oops. Also, I might just have to steal your December goal - HAVE LOTS OF FUN! You have so many awesome things planned for this month and I really wish I was seeing TSO!

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  28. looove the festival of lights. i'm going to try to convince austin to go while we are in cincinnati!

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  29. I don't see "hang out with Holly" anywhere on your December list. FAIL! I am off for two weeks around the holidays. Let's make this happen! And the Columbus Zoo Zoolights is a must-see! I get $10 tickets through work...just sayin'.

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  30. I hope one of your vacations is to South Dakota! ;)

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