November Goals

Another month has come and gone and as the world prepares for hibernation, I find myself pondering the tasks required of the month ahead. Much can be accomplished in this month and I plan on putting myself to work. Welcome, November!

But before I take advantage of the fresh slate in which November will provide I must first recognize the goals achieved in the month that has past and review my October Goals. And what a beautiful month it was!

October Goals

  1. Drink as much water as I can each day. – Fail! I am not sure what happened to me this month, I was doing so well in September but as soon as the cold settled in I was hopeless against the lure of hot beverages. I think I only managed one or two cups a day, not my personal best.
  2. Complete a hike or an evening stroll in the park. – Yay. I managed to enjoy a few beautiful walks with my love this month and I am so glad I did.
  3. Take some fall pictures. – Yes, although the intent was to take some pictures with my good camera the ones captured on iPhoneone this month are just as stunning. So I am marking this one as complete.
  4. Stick to my budget. – There were some tough times this month when it came to sticking to my budget. But I am happy to announce I got more from it than I expected to and I managed to follow it through despite a few unexpected spends that did pop up.
  5. Scary movie marathon. – Not really, I did have a movie marathon with my aunt and cousin on Halloween night but unfortunately, I can not count that.
  6. Get a sectional couch/rearrange the living room. – Nope. Again this fell to the side of the priority list this month. Sometimes things are just not meant to be, maybe next time.
  7. Create a blog link up. – Yes! Thanksgiving came along this year and despite only having one hand to type with I was able to put my left hand to good use and created the Be Thankful challenge. I am happy to admit the response was great and I think those who took part benefited from it.
  8. Volunteer at least 3 times this month. – Nope. I regrettably have been having a rather slow recovery time from my wrist surgery, so I have been unable to walk to the sweet beagle babies from Beagle Paws. So sad about this.
  9. Finish a book. – Success! A co-worker of mine brought in a book from me to read last week and after her strong words of praise I brought it home and decided to read a chapter to see how it all was. I stayed up reading for hours that night and I finished the book in less than a week. It is called 1000 Splendid Suns and if you have not heard of it or read it I strongly suggest it. It is one of the best books I have read in years!
  10. Vote. – I finally voted for the first time and it felt so good! Canada now has a new Prime Minister, I am so happy that I had a part in this great change for our country and I am excited about the potential future.

So how was it? Well, 6 out of 10 is not too shabby I suppose. I did have a lot of unexpected things come up this month. So although %60 does not seem the greatest it certainly was considering how busy I was. Yay to optimism!

novNow to tackle November. I have to say November is a month that lacks much appeal to me. Why may you ask? I think it is because it’s in this month that the weather grows into a less than desirable cold, wet and gray horror. It is also the middle child of two greater months, stuck between beautiful October and festive December. So what exactly does this month have to offer really? That may sound bleak and depressing, but the truth is it’s kind of how I feel. Which is why it’s even more important to me to make the most of this.

November Goals

  1. Get my car serviced: This may not seem fun, but it is an adult thing. And I want to avoid my past which has on occasion consisted of me driving in snow storms with my winter tires still on. Don’t try that at home kids.
  2. Work out 3 at least: I have been terrible during Halloween, my eating habits are shameful and my physical activity has been nonexistent. So with Christmas loafs, cookies, dinners, and drinks all rounding the corner I feel I should get myself back in shape before all hope is lost.
  3. Eat healthily: I have to say that this may be a vague statement, however, I refuse to put myself on a strict diet or obsess. But I do wish to be healthier so this is an official reminder to stay on track and think about what I am consuming. I got this!
  4. Start my Christmas shopping: This year for Christmas I have decided to do the minimal. I love you my people but every year my bank account is drained and I am left with a feeling of excessiveness. I don’t want to feel that way this year so my attempt is to purchase gifts of quality not quantity. So no procrastination, I must start in November.
  5. Finish reading The Nightingale: I started this book last week and I am loving it. It is set in France during World War II, which is two of my favorite things to read about. However with my terrible track record of finishing books I have decided to put this on the to-do list.
  6. Collect clothing for charity: Tis the season to give and to get. Because Christmas is coming up I think it wise to be out with the old in anticipation for the new. And besides, I have not given to goodwill in awhile so there is no better time to do so than the present.
  7. Organize my documents: I have so many documents floating around in drawers and other nooks and cranny’s in my apartment. It has dawned on me that as I am an adult now I need to be organized when if comes to my things and keep track of my documents. I think a trip to winners is in my future.
  8. Clean my Apartment: I mean really clean it, and throw away some old junk that I no longer use. I hate clutter, and I feel as though things are getting a little tight in my little home.
  9. Mini Road trip: It has been awhile since I have just gotten in the car and driven, but I feel like I should do so before the snow comes. Newfoundland has many beautiful outport communities worth visiting.

So there you have it, it seems as though November will be a month filled with productivity if I play my cards right I might actually get all of these things done. I am hopeful!

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Happy November blog friends!


  1. ramexa | 1st Nov 15

    Such simple yet effective goals. We all wanna be healthier, smarter, and basically the best versions of ourselves. And I’ve read ‘A thousand splendid suns’. It is one of the best books I’ve ever read.

    • StephJ | 1st Nov 15

      Such an amazing book. I felt so grateful for the life I have after reading it. Very good read!

      • ramexa | 1st Nov 15

        I know right! Have you read ‘The Kite runner’ as well? Its by the same author and its a good read as well! 🙂

        • StephJ | 1st Nov 15

          I have not and was thinking Of reading it. However I heard that it was painfully depressing so I would have to be prepared beforehand. If you know what I mean.

  2. Gulara | 1st Nov 15

    That’s what I call goal-setting. Wow!

  3. Judith@MBFRheumatoidLife | 1st Nov 15

    What a great idea! I really should follow your example of goal setting.

    • StephJ | 1st Nov 15

      It’s actually a lot of fun. Even if you dont complete everything 🙂

  4. socialworkerangela | 1st Nov 15

    Sixty percent is good better than I think I could have done. Congrats 🙂

  5. nugget59 | 1st Nov 15

    Sorry you missed out on walking beagles. I love beagles! You did great with your October goals! Can’t believe it’s already November.

    • StephJ | 2nd Nov 15

      I know, I feel like this month flew. Unfortunately I don’t think I will be able to walk them this month either. Damn wrist. Hopefully I will be able to volunteer again soon!

  6. moonskittles | 2nd Nov 15

    What a great idea for a post! Congrats on accomplishing more than half during October, may November be more fruitful! 😀

  7. aliada2 | 2nd Nov 15

    Hi Its me… Lovely post. You have a lot to do as well :). I have also read 1000 splendid suns. and yes, all Khaled Houseini books are a tad depressing. They are deep no doubt. If you get The Kite Runner, make sure you also get his third book, The Mountain Echos (something like that). If you have read any books that you’d like to suggest, would appreciate.
    Re: Xmas gifts. How about you bake something for all your friends. Like a mini fruit cake. Wrap it up pretty, and you are done. That’s if you can bake ( I love baking, but cant bake… I can help you lick the mix off the bowl if you want, and eat half the chocolate while melting it 😛 ) So, just a suggestion….

    All the best with November! <3

    • StephJ | 2nd Nov 15

      Thank you! I think I will certainly have to read The Kite Runner at some point even if it is a bit sad. And for Christmas I was thinking about making mason jar cookies. I can bake but I don’t know if well enough to consider it as a gift haha. I hope I have the time to get started on it all. Happy November!

      • aliada2 | 3rd Nov 15

        Ohh Yum…. send me some in Kenya!!! Lol…

  8. Nena | 2nd Nov 15

    You did awesome with your October goals!! Getting organized in November is a refreshing start to festive December:) Hope you get a chance to take your road trip in the midst of all the hard work.

    • StephJ | 2nd Nov 15

      I hope so too! 🙂

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