December goals, finish the year strong

The final month of the year has arrived. It’s amazing how time flies. This month is the chance to tackle any of your remaining 2019 goals. The important thing to remember is to not burn yourself out. While it’s nice to get everything accomplished, sometimes we have to accept that there simply isn’t enough time for it all. Especially with the holidays coming up, we tend to be a bit stretched thin this month. Your December goals should be reasonable, while still aiming to get stuff done before the new year.

Before I share my December goals, let’s take a moment to look back on November’s goals and see how well I did.

November’s goals

Life goals

  • Read at least 10 books. Yes! Check out what I read in November!
  • Watch 1 season of a show. Yes! I watched 2 seasons of Rotten and 1 season of Granblue Fantasy. I also watched 2 episodes of Dr. STONE, 6 episodes of Demon Slayer: Kimestu no Yaiba, 2 episodes of Sword Art Online: War of Underworld, 2 episodes of Didn’t I Say To Make My Abilities Average In My Next Life, 2 episodes of Isekai Cheat Magician, 3 episodes of If It’s For My Daughter, I’d Even Defeat A Demon Lord, 2 episodes of High School Prodigies Have It Easy Even In Another World, and 2 episodes of Ascendence of a Bookworm. Wow, what’s with all these shows and their super-long titles!
  • Try 1 new recipe. Yes, but the irony was it was a non-edible recipe. Yes, those exist! If you bake it but can’t eat it, then it’s a recipe.
  • Walk as often as possible. I did get in quite a few walks at the beginning of the month. But then the cold and snow arrived and walks weren’t really an option anymore. However, I have traded my walking time for snow shoveling, so I’m still getting fresh air and exercise almost every day.
  • Spend 1 hour learning Japanese every day. I missed one day guys. One day! And it was the first day of the month too. Ah well, still my best month with this so far.
  • Eat from the pantry and freezer. Yes. I didn’t go too crazy with this, but I did make sure to focus on the pantry and freezer to keep our grocery bills as low as possible.
  • Sell some items. This was an utter failure. I did my best to list things for sale but no one was biting.
  • Deep clean the house. Not really. I did manage to finish the kitchen.
  • Complete NaNoWriMo. Yeah, you could say I did this. Check out my NaNoWriMo results!
  • Take a blogging course. This should have been listed under blogging goals, huh? Oh well, I did manage to get this one done though.

Blogging goals

  • Update 5 posts. I only got three done, but one needed a ton of work. Still happy with this.
  • Work on December’s posts. Yes! While I don’t have all my posts done for this, I’m very happy with how much I got done.
  • Create new pin images. As always, I got a few done but not as many as I had hoped.
  • Update my ‘About me’ page. Nope. My brain was dead this month thanks to NaNoWriMo, so I couldn’t think of a single thing about myself in order to update this page.

December goals

Life goals

  • Read at least 10 books. You knew this would be here, so don’t act all surprised. Once again, going for a minimum of 10 books read for the month.
  • Watch 1 season of a show. So many shows are on my to-watch list, that I really need to put some more effort into watching them.
  • Try 1 new recipe. The question is, what recipe shall I try this month?
  • Spend 1 hour learning Japanese every day. I’m making really good progress with my learning Japanese, so I need to keep that momentum up. This month I am going to mostly focus on the reading and writing aspects, which I have been slacking in.
  • Eat from the pantry and freezer. This will be a monthly goal for the foreseeable future. We try hard to focus on the pantry and freezer during the winter months.
  • Sell some items. This might not happen, as I have been having little to no luck with it lately. But I’m going to try again this month to get rid of these items.
  • Deep clean the house. I only have a couple of rooms left to do, so I should be able to tackle those this month.
  • Work on my NaNoWriMo project. Though I did ‘complete’ NaNoWriMo, I still have a lot of work to do in this novel. It still has some chapters that need to be written, so I want to get that done this month. But, I will take a few days off to let my mind rest at the beginning of the month before doing this.

Blogging goals

  • Update 5 posts. Slowly but surely getting all those older posts updated, but there is still plenty to work on.
  • Work on December & January’s posts. I put quite a dent into December’s posts already, but there is still work to do. It’s also time to start looking towards next year’s posts. There is so much I want to write about, it’s just a matter of finding the time to do it all.
  • Create new pin images. Forever will this goal be here until I can learn to make enough when I initially make pin images for new posts
  • Take a blogging course. There are a number of courses I want to take, so I’d like to knock out one this month.
  • Update my ‘About me’ page. This will be the month this happens! Right? Right!
  • Work on a super-secret blog project. I really need to get this one done before the end of the year. Or at least the first bit needs to get done. So a lot of my blogging energy will go to this.

Those are my December goals. I’ve had a great year so far with setting monthly goals, often achieving all of them. What are your goals for December? Anything you want to accomplish before the year is over?


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    Sounds like a great list of goals! I soooo feel you about the walking and then the snow, I wish I would be shoveling, but really, I don’t do that much because of the stupid MS. My fitness win yesterday was making it to yoga class AND getting 10,000 steps for the first time in forever

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      Hey, that’s amazing! Good job getting the yoga and all those steps in!

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    I love that you’re learning a new language on top of everything else!

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      Thanks. It’s fun to learn Japanese, albeit a bit challenging.

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    Sounds like you’ve got some great goals there! I love the fact that you go back and update old posts to as its so easy to forget about them isn’t it! Do you find that they change quite a bit?

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      Thanks. It really depends on the post, some only need a bit of work to fix some grammar, spelling and adjust pictures a bit, while others (namely the ones I have been avoiding so far) will require a lot of work to get them to where I want them to be.

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    I have been really stocking my fridge and pantry, so I need to clear it out. Do at least a few meals to cut back my current inventory, lol. Thanks for the post. Now I’m going to look at the books you read ❤️

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      I hope you are able to get through some of that food inventory before you go and buy more. I find focusing on the pantry and freezer helps keep the grocery bills low for weeks or months on end and forces me to get a bit creative with my cooking.

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    Wow, you did so well with your November goals! Good luck with your December goals, I reckon you’ll smash them!

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      I did! And I’m still surprised I got so much done. Thanks, I’m sure they will be easy enough to tackle.

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    I love that you include watching a show or season on there. Sometimes I feel so guilty when I watch the tube, but I think it’s important to stay up to date on some great shows. Of course, not all shows are created equal, but we all need some downtime. I really need to update older blog posts ASAP–that is on my list too. I just updated my About Me page, which didn’t take too long and felt really good! That and my Work With Me page. This past year, I learned what I wanted to do vs what I wasn’t soooo happy doing. As our blogs grow and possibly change, it’s a good way to regroup with all of these pages, too. Good luck!

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      Honestly, I think that scheduling time and setting goals for fun things like watching TV is just as important as any other goal. We all need our downtime, so making sure I get that in each month. That’s great that you were able to rework your about me and work with me pages. Every little bit helps. The About Me page still has me stumped as I really don’t like talking about myself. Thanks!

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    Wow 10 books in a month! That’s a lot! What a challenge! I hope you manage to achieve your goals this month! I hope you have a great Christmas! Xx

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      I do a ton of reading, so ten is average for me – sometimes I read much, much more than that. Thanks, I’m sure I will get it all done. I hope you have a great Christmas as well!

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    That is a lot of goals! My only goals are to balance work with packing, since we’re moving in a few weeks. I might post another article if I take a break from the sanity of moving and working…

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      It is, but I’m confident that I can hit them all. Oh, good luck with the move!

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    It’s very cool when person is making goals through the month! You know, starting with small steps, in the end, we are reaching something big and beautiful, whatever it is! Keep going and don’t stop! :))

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      Agreed! It’s why I keep making these monthly goals. Thank you.

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    I’m amazed at all the things you managed to achieve in November! Congratulations on completing, or at least getting started on, most of your goals. I hope your December ones are going well so far!

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      Thank you! It was a really good month for me.

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