What I learned in October
I did learn a lot this month! Here’s a list of 15 of the the lessons I learned in October:
- Setting lots of goals isn’t always a good idea. It’s better to set a few goals that are actually achievable.
- Plan extra room in your schedule. You never know when you might suddenly have more responsibilities and commitments that need your attention.
- Getting enough sleep every night can make a huge difference in productivity.
- Actually planning time for exercise is not easy. However, doing dishes, laundry and cooking can be a great workout.
- Having a meal plan before going shopping saves so much time and money in the long run.
- Roasted sweet potato is delicious.
- Baked apple oatmeal with strudel topping tastes almost like apple crisp and feels like eating dessert for breakfast.
- If you put off cleaning the fridge long enough maybe you will come home one night and your husband will have cleaned it for you. And washed the dishes from the emptied containers. *swoon*
- Trying to publish a blog post five times a week is a lot harder than it sounds.
- When you go to bed early it’s actually not so bad to get up before 7 am.
- Snow in October is a good reason to start listening to Christmas music.
- Turning up worship music while driving alone and singing loudly is such a fun an freeing experience.
- When seeking God’s will all you can really do is sincerely pray and make your best effort.
- God doesn’t always reveal himself through big-bold-burning-bush type moments. Sometimes he simply whispers and waits for us to listen.
- It’s okay if you don’t accomplish all your goals, the important thing is that you don’t let it keep you from moving forward.
Goals for November
This month I am planning to simplify my goals instead of having four or five in a bunch of different categories, I just have a list of 10 goals. Even ten can be a lot but it’s quite the step back from my 31 goals from last month. Why in the world did I even try to accomplish 31 goals in a month!! I must be crazy!!
However, some of the things on my goals list from last month are more like daily routines anyway so just because it isn’t a goal doesn’t mean I don’t plan in doing it. These are things like post on my social media accounts and plan my menus for the month.
- Finish Gideon study. The official end of the study with the women’s group at my church is November 15 but I also need to catch up a little so I am planning to have it all done by the end of the month. This study is amazing by the way. I highly recommend it!
- Start a gratitude journal and write at least one thing in it everyday. I’ll be posting more about this on the blog soon!
- Spend time with God in the morning before starting any other work. This is a tough one because I have a habit sitting at the computer and drinking my coffee while checking email and that sort of thing then before I know it half the morning is gone and I haven’t had any quiet time but I have lots of work to do.
- Have at least one date night with my husband this month. This was also a goal last month and we were able to go out a couple of times. We’ve both been super busy lately though and I don’t see that changing anytime soon so I want to keep it as a goal this month too.
- Be out of bed and dressed by 8:30 every morning, with the exception of Saturday. I have had the worst time getting up in the morning lately. I know one reason is not going to bed early enough so I am working on that too.
- Schedule three blog posts per week. My goal is Monday, Wednesday and Friday. I may still post on Tuesday and Thursday but these will not be regular post days.
- Organize the digital files and photos on my computer. This was my goal and mega project for last month that did not get done but I need to do it very badly.
- Do some sort of service project with my community group. We’ve have tossed around some ideas we can bless others or help out at the church, something I want to be more aware of especially as the holiday season approaches.
- Plan Thanksgiving dinner. Last year my husband and I had both our families in our home for Thanksgiving so it was important that I had a plan with who would bring and/or make everything. It helped a lot to have everyone on the same page so I hope to do this again.
- Read at least two books from the Ultimate Healthy Living Bundle. I LOVE this bundle so I cannot wait to dig into the resources. There’s so many great books, it is hard to choose but I think I want to start with A Simpler Season which is perfect for the holidays coming up and The Breakfast Revolution because breakfast really is the most difficult meal for me to make myself eat. I’m sure I will want to read more of them, but two is a good start. P.S.-The sale starts Monday!
Tell me about a lesson that you learned in October?
What are your goals for November?