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The start of a new year is the ultimate fresh start. I shared my New Year’s Goals for 2018 a few days ago, but today, I wanted to break down my main goals into smaller monthly goals. But first, let’s look at how my last goals for 2017 went… remember, I was quite ambitious when I made them!
1. Read 4 books. Yup! I actually read more than 4, since I had plenty of time to read while we were traveling to and from Kentucky! 🙂 2. Finish my Communications and Intro to Accounting courses with a bang! Yes! I made A’s in both classes! 🙂 Sadly, my GPA is not a perfect 4.0 because I made an A- in my Accounting class, and for some odd reason, the community college counts minuses in their GPA calculations. 🙁 3 . Continue our Christmas traditions. Overall, I think we did really well at this, even though we didn’t accomplish everything!
a. Read our new Christmas devotional. Sadly, we didn’t get to read our devotional this year. I had lost it in the move, and by the time I found it again, it was just a few days away from Christmas.
b. Pick out a new ornament for our Christmas tree. Yup… just barely! While we were home in Kentucky for Christmas, we made a quick trip to Santa Claus, Indiana to buy an ornmaent from the Christmas Store. We did this last year and the year before, as well! c. Go look at the Christmas lights. Yet another Christmas activity we squeezed in while we were home in Kentucky. For some reason, Iowans just aren’t into Christmas lights like Kentuckians are! Check out my Instagram for photos of some neat houses! d. Have a Christmas movie night. Yup! We watched a Netflix original called A Christmas Prince and like the majority of social media users think, I agree with the opinion that it’s so cheesy that it’s good. Also, fun fact, that Netflix movie was shot on location in Romania and now I have the urge to visit there! (Andy deployed to Romania as part of his Afghanistan deployment a few years back and said the country was so beautiful.) e. Decorate our house for Christmas. This was half accomplished. We decorated the inside, but decided to skip the outside since we would have to put those away before we traveled home for the holidays. f. Embrace some traditions of our “temporary home” (in this case, north Iowa): i. Christmas by the Lake. So we didn’t get to the actual Christmas by the Lake Parade and fireworks show, but we did make it to another event that weekend… the Polar Bear Plunge! So, this is half completed!
ii. “It’s Beginning to Look a Lot Like Christmas” display. We didn’t get to this this year. Next year we will, since we’re not going home to Kentucky!
iii. See the Canadian-Pacific Holiday Train. Yes! This was so neat and magical! 🙂 4. Mail out our Christmas cards by December 15th. Yes! Barely, but hey, it counts! 😉 5. Watch the new Star Wars movie at the LDX theater. Yup! We had to go to a 10 pm showing since I failed to get tickets far in advance, but hey, we still saw Star Wars and got to sit in the comfy recliners 🙂 6. Go to the 2 concerts we bought tickets for! Yup! We went to Big Church Night Out in Waterloo at the beginning of the month, and then we went to see Howl at the Moon Dueling Pianos perform at the famous Surf Ballroom in Clear Lake on New Year’s Eve.
7. Do at least 3 e-courses. I barely managed to squeeze these in, but I did!
8. Go home to Kentucky for Christmas! Yes! Sadly, we won’t get to go home next year for Christmas (or probably the year after), so I enjoyed every single minute of this.
13.5 of 17…. probably the best I’ve done yet on any month of goals 🙂
1. Read 2 books this month. My unofficial sub-goal of this is to read all the books on my bookshelf before I buy new ones! I’m honestly not quite sure how many books are on my bookshelf that I haven’t yet read, and I’m not sure if I want to know the answer, hah!
2. Do something for MLK Weekend. Since MLK Weekend is the last 3-day weekend Andy and I will both have off for months, I want to do something fun this weekend. It seems like 99% of our weekends end up with just us cleaning the house and hanging out at home.
3. Start my spring class: Principles of Macroeconomics. I was planning to take 2 classes this semester, but ended up dropping the Business Calculus one before the semester started. I’ll explain the reason why I dropped this class in a future post.
4. Do yoga 1x/week. I’m not really into exercise, but I’m wanting to start yoga because I’ve heard it’s a great way to relieve stress!
5. Finish our Engagement scrapbook. I have been procrastinating on these scrapbooks for months now, and the longer I wait, the more I will have to catch up on! I would like to finish my “Engagement: Part II” scrapbook from the last few weeks before Andy and I were married this month.
6. Do one e-course each week. I have so many e-courses that I need to finish. This is a major priority of mine!
How were your December goals?
What are your January goals?