Post Updated on January 8, 2017
Wowza! December already, huh? I think most of us are wondering where the heck 2015 went. Has this not been the quickest year known to man? In order to appreciate every last ounce of 2015, I’m using the month of December to start reflecting on what I’ve accomplished throughout the year, as well as start thinking about how I can make 2016 even better.
Lots of wonderful things have happened throughout 2015, including moving in with my bae and growing this little blog o’ mine (and getting to meet some awesome peeps in the process). But I would describe 2015 as calm. Nothing particularly exciting has happened, and I’m ready to start making some big changes in 2016.
I want to figure out the direction I’m taking my blog, travel as much as I can because I did zero traveling this year, and start preparing for the transition down a new career path. How was your 2015? What are you planning for 2016?
A question for you!
I’ve been posting these monthly goals for an entire year now, and I receive tons of awesome feedback from them – BUT I’m wondering if you want me to keep posting them next year as well. I don’t want to post them if you don’t think it’s worth it! Another option would be sending them out to email subscribers at the beginning of each month. Let me know what you think by answering this little poll.
Thanks for your help. You da best! Now before we get into my goals for December, let’s do a little recap of my November goals!
NOVEMBER GOALS RECAP
1. Get up when my alarm goes off.
There were days where I really really really wanted to stay in bed because it was freakin’ cold in the morning and bed is just so warm, but there were other days when I gave myself a stern talking to and got up right away. Despite not being 100% successful (not like I was expecting that to happen), I did have a mini-epiphany about mornings and how to make them suck less, and I will share that with you soon!
2. Squeeze in at least 10 minutes of exercise each day.
Again, I can’t say I was perfect with this but I exercised more days this month than I usually do! Knowing I only had to exercise for 10 minutes made me so much more likely to do it. Some days I went to the gym for 30 minutes, others I just went for a walk on my lunch break, and occasionally I just turned on Spotify and danced around my bedroom for a few songs (you know you do it too).
3. Host a scope!
Yeah…no. I basically talked myself out of this one because I’m silly, but I realized earlier on in the month that I was trying to do too many things at once and I didn’t think it was worth the unnecessary worry. I’ll do this eventually, I swear. But if you were really excited to see my face for some reason, one of my goals for December will satisfy that need for you ;)
MY TOP THREE GOALS FOR DECEMBER
1. Participate in Snapmas! (@theblissfulmind)
I came across this idea from Lily Pebbles and thought it was totally genius, especially because I’m a Snapchat addict. Basically I’ll be doing a little behind the scenes, follow-me-around type of thing every day of December via Snapchat. Not that I get up to anything particularly exciting, but sometimes it’s fun to see what people get up to in their day-to-day lives!
I’m thinking I can share tips about staying calm, productive, and healthy during the day, and just anything I think you might find helpful and/or interesting. So even though I didn’t host a Periscope, I can do mini videos on Snapchat. Just search for ‘theblissfulmind’ to add me!
2. Take a 30-day writing challenge.
I recently came across Kathy’s blog, and I was hooked from the moment I found this writing challenge (she also has an amazing goal planning workbook!). I know writing is the best way for me to de-stress and get things off my chest, but sometimes it’s really hard to just get started. Having daily prompts seems like a perfect strategy to get me writing without hesitation, and the questions are all about exploring what’s important to you, which I’m guessing will be a great way to reflect before the new year starts.
3. Read 20 pages every day.
I’ve been majorly slacking on reading lately, despite having a dozen books checked out from the library. I think part of it has been the lack of a good fiction book – I have plenty of non-fiction books to read, but sometimes you need to take a break from learning and let yourself get sucked into a really good story. Please leave me any book recommendations you have in the comments! Reading and writing are two of my favorite things in the world, so I figured I should end the year on a good note by keeping them high on my priority list!
What are your goals for December?