I said it yesterday and I’m going to say it again: Can you believe it’s already November?! As Jake and I drove to our friends’ house last night, we marveled at how we’ve already lived in the new house for a third of the year. Truthfully, this place feels more like home than either of the other places we’ve lived in Sacramento—maybe it’s the spaciousness of the property, or the good neighborhood with my favorite grocery store nearby, or that we’ve hosted both our parents for weekends and had Sunday Funday BBQs. Whatever the case may be, this autumn is flying by even faster than this summer, and I’m determined to really make the best of it so 2017 ends on a high note.
There, now I’m done talking about how I can’t believe it’s already November. I promise!
But with the new month comes fresh motivation to, eloquently speaking, get shit done. I love love love setting goals and keeping them top of mind so I can actually work toward achieving them with consistency and dedication. That’s where these goal posts come in! I’m also one of those people who love to read others’ goals and recaps, so if you just posted one yourself it’d be awesome to drop in the comments.
Book a cabin for my birthday weekend in Lake Tahoe. Two of my best college girl friends and our significant others all live in California and go on weekend trips a few times a year. Us ladies tend to drink too much wine, sing “Closer” and scream the part about being roommates back in Boulder (we were), while the guys sigh, shake their heads, and try to remember why they love us. It really is the best time. Next trip we’ll be heading to Lake Tahoe and renting a cabin to celebrate my birthday. But holy crap, there are a lot of Airbnb cabin options in Lake Tahoe—it’s honestly overwhelming. But time’s a ticking and we have to roll up our sleeves and book one, before all the good cabins are gone!
Take advantage of the holiday sales and finish the majority of my Christmas shopping. Every year on Black Friday, I wonder why in the world I didn’t prepare more for the massive sales, especially now that everything seems to be online. I don’t need the doorbuster crazy sales, just reasonable prices for a handful of decent gifts. By the time the big sales arrive, I feel incredibly underprepared and overwhelmed, and end up getting a few small things for myself before stepping out of the whole chaotic mess. Come on self, I love organizing and unnecessarily preparing for things way too much to miss out on this yearly cost-saving opportunity.
Reconnect with my budget and spending habits. I know, weird wording right? But it’s true. I felt in control of my finances for the better part of this year, knowing precisely where every dime went. However, this conscious awareness fell to the wayside within the past few months, and especially now that there’s a hospital bill and upcoming holidays (and a pay raise!), I want to wrap up the year with confidence and control over my budget. Besides, Jake and I are forming some amazing long-term plans in the not-so-distance future…
Read/listen to two new books. Call me a nerd, but I’ve been on a Song of Ice and Fire audiobook kick for a little too long. I took a short break in October to listen to Big Magic which I absorbed like a sponge, but then I had such a hard time getting through #Girlboss that I said screw it and went back to Jon Snow climbing the wall. So let’s branch out just a little more. Whether they’re nonfiction or fiction, I’m gonna finish two new books this month.
Participate in NaNoWriMo with a blog post twist. I talked about how excited I am to finally be part of the annual November NaNoWriMo yesterday, but instead of a novel I’m shooting for blog posts. Is 50,000 words for a month of blog posts a little ridiculous? Yes, but it’s the motivation that counts! Hence two posts two days in a row. Let me know if you’re also participating and we can be writing buddies! (Yesterday I definitely thought it was only 40,000 words, but apparently it’s 50,000. It’s the morning of Day 2 and I’m currently at just under 2,000… so there’s a lot of writing ahead.
Complete a mini-ecourse on rebranding/finding your voice/whatever else will help me get clear direction. Gah, blogging makes us overthink way too much. And the amount of workbooks, mini-ecourses, webinars, etc. etc. are seriously overwhelming that suddenly it feels like you can’t even find them. Yes, I am in the process of reviving this lifestyle blog. No, I have no idea how I’m going to make money with it. All the “rules” say that’s bad. Just lemme breathe, okay? I’m still working out the details.
Just publish—consistently. Totally piggybacking on both the above goals, but it’s worth a standalone shout-out. Getting back into the grove of writing and learning to publish, even if it’s not the perfect “How-To” guide, is my biggest blogging goal for this month and the rest of the year (well, and 2018 but let’s not get ahead of ourselves). I may be down to break a few of the golden blog rules, but I will always agree with one thing: Consistency is essential for any definition of success. One blog post a week? Two? Oh my god even three?? However many it is, the point of it is consistency.
How many blog posts do you typically publish in a week? Wanna be NaNoWriMo buddies? Do you have any book recommendations? Or a cabin in Tahoe that you want to rent out?