November Goals 2017

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   Hey everyone! It's been too long since I've been around on the blog. Not long ago I posted my "fall goals" post, but going forward I think I'd rather create a monthly post instead of a seasonal one. For me, it's easier to keep the goals in sight when I'm working towards them during a particular month, rather than during the season. Seasonal lines can be a bit blurry, I definitely love the thought of starting fresh at the beginning of a new month. So, that's where I'm at!

September/October Goals Follow-Up:

1. DECLUTTER. DECLUTTER. DECLUTTER. // I feel like I definitely met this goal, and I'm pretty darn proud of it! I was able to successfully declutter our upstairs hall closet, living room closet, and clean up the cabinet under both the bathroom and kitchen sinks. I hated that every time I opened a cabinet or closet door, I'd have to pick up something that fell out, or dig around through literally a pile of stuff to find what I needed. Don't get me wrong, theres definitely more decluttering that needs to happen before the new year, but I am happy with what I've gotten done in the last couple of months of so. My life just feels more "in order" now!

2. Make The Perfect Pumpkin Smoothie // Sadly, I never found the perfect recipe. A lot of the recipes I found required protein powder, which not only do I not have on hand, but I am wary about taking supplements while breastfeeding. So this one was a dud. BUT, it's only November, so I still have time!

3. Make A Pie Completely From Scratch // WOMP, never got here either. *facepalm*

4. Go To A Pumpkin Patch // Yes!! You can read about my recap of our trip to Soergel Orchards here.

5. Be More Consistent With Blogging // Hmmm, I wasn't as consistent as I would have liked to be, but I was able to keep up with it more than I have in the past, so I think that counts for something!

6. Finish Decorating My Home Office // Still need to do this...ugh.

7. Be More Consistent With Budgeting // Never got here either! Definitely one of my more important goals, but I just haven't found (or truthfully, haven't *made*) the time to sit down and get down to the nitty gritty of our budget.

8. Try A New Fall Recipe // For shame! As someone who loves to cook, I'm disappointed in myself that I never even thought to pick up a butternut squash or a sweet potato and conjure up a delicious, fall comfort meal. What can I say? I'm a creature of habit, and I stick to what I know. Maybe this'll be a goal for November too. :)

November Goals:

1. Strive For A Healthier Lifestyle // In terms of living a healthy lifestyle, I've definitely hit certain highs and lows at different points in my life. For example, my senior year of college I was dedicated to doing yoga several times per week, and I LOVED it. After I few weeks, I could already tell my strength and balance was improving, and it was a really good workout for me! When I graduated, I slowly stopped exercising as regularly, but instead I upped my game when it came to healthy eating. I was able to turn down sweets and snacks left and right. Until I got pregnant haha. Recently I've been making more compromises than ever, and I really want to get back into good eating habits, AND drinking enough water! Breastfeeding moms need a diet high in healthy fats and water, and if I'm going to breastfeed Ezra for a year (a goal of mine!) then I definitely need to maintain a healthy diet and stay hydrated! Hopefully focusing on this during November will instill good habits that will last.

2. Catch Up On Ezra's Baby Book // This one gives me so much mom-guilt. I have been SO bad about recording milestones in Ezra's baby book, and I know I will be kicking myself when he's older and I have nothing recorded. I need to make the time to sit down and really write stuff down!

3. Pray & Read My Bible More // I'd love to expand on this in another blog post, hopefully in the future. Honestly I've never been consistent with Bible reading, but I've always wanted to be. Our prayer for Ezra is to raise him as a strong, kind, loving and God-fearing young man, which is so incredibly hard to do in a world that puts one zillion hurdles on that path. In college I heard quote that really stuck with me: "You can't lead someone to a place you've never been." If we are going to lead Ezra in the way of the truth of God's Word, we need to know the path like the back of our hand. I don't want to ever look back at his childhood and wish that we had been more in-tune with the Spirit.

4. Spend Less Time Scrolling Through Social Media & More Time Focusing On Family // I've developed a truly horrible habit of scrolling mindlessly through all my social media at all times of the day. Not that I don't already cherish my family time each day, I'd just like to employ some new rules for myself when it comes to social media. For example, one thing I've wanted to do for a long time is set my phone on "do not disturb" starting at 6 or 7pm. Jack gets home from work around 5:30, and we only have a few hours together as a family in the evenings. I really want to start prioritizing that time, and giving my undivided attention to Jack and Ezra, without periodically checking my devices.


What are some of your goals for this month?

xoxo Kate

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