Bye Bye November, Hello Holiday Season!

Can you believe it is December?! Maybe not everyone feels the same, but November FLEW by even more than usual this year. So here we are… my final tending list of 2021…

NOVEMBER MONTHLY GOALS
*Finalize Holiday Plans: Not quite there but a solid start. Will continue the beginning of this month but given the way the world is now, I’m not sure anything is REALLY finalized until the day before or day of…
*Celebrate Thanksgiving/Opt Outside Day: Yes yes yes. We had a very chill Thanksgiving and then enjoyed some family hiking at Saguaro National Park! I really love this tradition. 
*Date Night: We had an early 10th anniversary gift- a really special dinner in the Superstition Mountains with Chef Chris Bianco. It was stunning and it was such a happy, care free night. It felt good to get dressed up and have such a unique experience.
*Outline New Alphabet Shakespeare Show: We picked scenes… so not quite a finalized outline but well on our way there.
*Holidays and Hygge in our Home: The warmth of our Christmas lights newly up and some new cozy blankets makes everything so happy. We also got an advent wreath with actual candles this year instead of the paper advent wreaths we’ve done the last few years with the kids. Feeling very thankful for all of this and for feeling a little more settled into our house almost half a year in…
*Gallery Wall: SO CLOSE on this one… we are waiting for some updated pictures and one more canvas print, but we’ve hung all the frames and most of the final wall design is up so I’m calling that a definite win.. even though the process for me is truly crazy making!

NOVEMBER WEEKLY GOALS
*Budget Check In/ Family Meeting: The most hit and miss we’ve been in a while… but ready to get back on track, especially since in December we’ll have weekly Advent dinners around the advent wreath- perfect time for a family meeting before or right after!
*Project Life/My Modern Story Pages: Kind of fell off the wagon here… still waiting on some previous prints I ordered which got messed up in a shipping error so hoping when those arrive my motivation will be re-set!
*Craft/Write: YES! This was really productive this past month.
*Backyard Work: SO MUCH WORK HERE and yet we have so far to go that I have to actively remind myself how much we’ve done. One HUGE win from the past month is that we took out an old tree that was not doing great and growing crooked and put in a new baby pomegranate tree. I REALLY hope it does well (our backyard is pretty shady thanks to some larger trees we have and we love that shade during the summer, but it makes letting other things grow a little challenging- like our garden which is a bit anemic this season…) because I am obsessed with pomegranates and really want to have an annual harvest!
*Hike: Yes. Sometimes it was short and sweet and easy. Sometimes it was a bit of a trail run. Sometimes it was a family hike in a National Park! LOVE LOVE LOVE this time of year.

NOVEMBER DAILY GOALS
*Get After Grateful: YES. This happened both online and in person at our house as we decorated our front door with thankful leaves.
*Morning Routine:Hit and miss… which is better than last month!
*Evening Routine: Hit and miss… which is better than last month!
*Training- Farther Together: I have been working my booty off trying to rearrange schedules to stick to the training plan, even during wonky weeks of different school schedules and holiday obligations, etc. And while sometimes I feel discouraged that it doesn’t always feel like it is paying off, other times I can see the progress and get really excited. Nothing made me happier than the incredible generosity and support that happened on Giving Tuesday- almost 30 beautiful people gave a donation– which got me over halfway to my fundraising goal and more importantly will be put to use immediately giving more people clean water!
*Readalouds and snuggles: Snuggles every single day. read aloud was about half and half. But as we enter Advent I don’t think that will be a problem… we are bringing back our advent calendar of books!

 

As we enter the last moth of the year, all sorts of unknowns are once again on the horizon. I’m doing my best to stay present, do the best I can, and pray about what the next year might bring.

DECEMBER MONTHLY GOALS
*Celebrate Advent and Christmas!/Holiday Bucket List: THIS actually covers several items I wrote out in more detail on my actual tending list because there is a lot wrapped up in our family bucket list and holiday traditions. I’ll write a little more about this next week!
*Powersheets 2022 Prep Work: Still crazy to me that it is that time of year and I’m already about to complete a new set of prep work for a new year. Very curious to see what goals I uncover and what my year of the year might be.
*Write Alphabet Shakespeare Play: We have a few days off between Christmas and New Year’s where my husband has some time off and we are past the main crunch time of holidays and that is our time to get a rough draft done! Hopefully…
*E-Reset (Inbox 0, phone photo purge, etc.): Some new-year prep to feel organized and a bit more calm in my electronic space. Inbox 0 always helps my brain and forces me to make decisions I have put off. My phone is having some issues and I want to clear some space and back up/catch up once again on organizing photos before the new year (thankfully I haven’t let things get as bad as the last time I tackled this project.), I have WAY too many things on my homescreen of my laptop, etc. So hoping to chip away at this day by day.
*Race Prep and plans: Training season is heading into racing season! I can’t believe how SOON the races are after seeming so far away at first… I am scheduled for my first race this month- a 15k and we still aren’t sure what our plans are as far as all the minutia of the day and then I need to start plans for the bigger race in January with Team World Vision!
*Complete a Master Class: I want to take advantage of the subscription to MasterClass I was gifted for my birthday/Mother’s Day. I hav a few classes lined up but haven’t set aside the time to actually work through them and I know it seems CRAZY to do at this already busy time of year, but I’m hoping to go through at least one class a month over the next few months before the subscription is up.

DECEMBER WEEKLY GOALS
*Advent Wreath Dinner/Family Meeting: We have an advent wreath with real candles for the first time and it is so wonderfully cosy to light them and gather around and I’m looking forward to doing this each week and making those Sundays feel extra special.
*Hike: I am pretty aware that at this point in my training it may not happen every week, but the kids will be one break for at least two of these weeks and I want to keep up the family momentum!
*Yard Work: As I said above, lots of work still to do. Made some progress on our front lawn too this week so hopefully we can keep the momentum going.
*Make Holiday Food and Memories in the Kitchen: I have a Costco sized bag of flour I’m baking through and my kids are thrilled to be doing it alongside me. Their dad is the cook and I’m the baker and between the two of us I think we’re giving them lots of opportunities to practice being in the kitchen and remember their time with us there. This is definitely a priority during the holidays.
*Write: Trying to get a bit of extra blog writing done ahead of time these first few weeks so we can focus on our Alphabet Shakespeare show the next few weeks…

DECEMBER DAILY GOALS
*Advent Traditions: We have a daily tradition of reading a Christmas book and a Bible story, as well as singing O Come O Come Emmanuel. I love these daily moments of remembering the season we’re in.
*Core/Stretch more: I want to be sure I do either core work or recovery stretching every day this month as it is really what I skip the most in training… and also what I need the most at this point…
*Training Plan: Following the plan each day, even if I have to switch the order around a bit throughout a given week- the plan includes logging the miles, spadework, cross training, recovery, fundraising, prayer, and some mental work too.
*Christmas Lights/Daily Devotion: My favorite thing about this time of year is sitting next to the Christmas tree in the quiet hours of the early morning or late night and just looking at the beautiful, comforting glow. Another thing I love during this quiet time is my advent devotional. Reading passages about hope and joy and journaling about them is such a great way to start or end the day. I am committed to making that happen even amid all the other things on the to-do list.

 

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