November, I’m ready for you.

November, you’re bringing a great holiday, a visit back to Tennessee, probably a snow or two, thicker coats and the start of Christmas shopping. You’re bringing apple-scented candles, heated homes, game nights, laughter, and lots of cozy sweaters. You also bring a brand new month with a clean slate for new goals.

I’m ready for you.

Here’s what I’m working on this month:

Study the Word.  If you read my ORYS review on Women of the Word, you know I’m getting serious about my Scripture study. Our small group also started Kay Arthur’s 1st & 2nd Timothy and Titus study, so Jacob and I have been trucking through that together. I’d like to be consistent in working on that daily, even if it isn’t always together, and being intentional when I read.

Attend 3 barre classes per week.  You guys, I am hooked! The studio is less than five minutes from my house, they are running great package promos right now and I have several friends who are going with me!! My weekly schedule has been Monday nights at 7 and Wednesday and Friday mornings at 6am. I never thought I’d be one of those ladies who gets up early for an exercise class before work, but, alas, I started and I love it.

Attempt 3 new recipes.  I don’t even know who I am anymore! I don’t mind cooking, sometimes I even enjoy it, and I’ve been feeling up to trying new recipes for the past few months all the time! Move on over, Paula Dean! 😉

Accept that I can’t do it all.  I’ve really been combing through my commitments lately, trying to assess why I’m doing what I’m doing and if it’s necessary. A lot of it is necessary, like work (ha!) and serving at church, spending time with Jacob, getting in the Word, etc. But I also need to realize I just can’t meet everyone’s needs, and that’s okay. I can’t meet with everyone I want to meet with, and that’s okay, too. It’s this season of life, and I want to live it well.

Call 3 far away friends.  This has been my favorite goals each month, because it’s been great to connect with friends I don’t see nearly enough. I’m so tunnel visioned that I stink at keeping up with these relationships, so this helps, even if it’s only a little bit. This month, my goal is to call people I haven’t talked with much in the last several months.

Be intentional with friendships here.  I’m so grateful for the friendships I’ve been given in our new home – I am surrounded by so many great women and I don’t want to be lukewarm in those friendships!

 

And here’s how I did on October’s goals:

Make two new recipes.  I made this chicken, quinoa, sweet potato soup a few weeks ago, and Jacob actually liked it! He’s not a huge soup person, so that is a big deal. I also tried two apple crisp recipes, and of the two, I liked this one best. I’m still on the hunt for the one, though. 😉

Call 3 friends who are far away.  I did pretty well on this one, too! Unfortunately, that mostly had to do with my emotional weekend a few weeks ago, but it was nice to hear some familiar voices, none the less. This has been such a nice goal to keep up with the past few months.

Get into Scripture daily, before reading anything else.  I did pretty dang well on this one, too, with the exception of the “before reading anything else” clause. More often than not, I read a lot of work emails before getting to read on my lunch break, but I’m so glad to be getting into a better routine with Scripture.

Go out of my way to love Jacob well.  I’d say this is debatable… if anything, he’s done this for me a lot this month! We have had a few lazy nights in, complete with junk food and board games, movies and some cuddling. We’re married so that’s okay ;). He’s also cleaned up and done the dishes more often than usual… so this month, I need to amp up my game!

Tell me, what goals are you shooting for this month?? Setting goals has become a great routine for me. It’s an opportunity for a clean slate each month and for someone like me, I need that.