November Wrap Up + December Goals

I can’t believe it’s already nearly a week into December! This is my favorite month of the year because it contains Christmas, my birthday, the beginning of winter, and usually a bunch of other random fun things! I know I am not the only one who has a lot going on this month, so I’ll try to keep this post more concise than some of my previous goals-oriented posts.filligree page divider

November’s Goals:

🍂 Blog Goals:

  • Post at least 3 times a week, possibly excepting the week of Thanksgiving ✔

Yep! I posted approximately three times a week this month.

  • This month’s theme for Monday Mini: book photography and #AllTheBooksNov18 ✔
    • Side goal: become more familiar with my new phone’s camera✔

While I didn’t talk as much about it during the week as I had hoped, I did keep up with weekly Monday Mini posts including pictures from the photography challenge #AllTheBooksNov18, and I learned some about my phone’s camera.

  • Review a minimum of 1 book a week; 4 total ✖

In November I reviewed: Miss Someday by R. J. RykerGood Morning, Midnight by Lily Brooks-Dalton, and Eubeltic Descent by Nadine Keels. Despite keeping up my posting schedule, I somehow got off by a week and only got three reviews posted.

  • Participate in 1 blog tour OR get signed up for another reviewer program ✔

I participated in a blog tour for a massive Black Friday booksale supporting indie authors. You can read about it here, and still learn about all the great authors and their books!

  • Begin thinking about what I want to do with RFtS in 2019 ✔

Thinking is the easy part…

  • Finish lining up content for December ❔

This is mostly done. I don’t have a lot of deadlines in December, which frees me up to write more about whatever I want, but it also means I don’t have such a set schedule to fall back on as sometimes!

  • Be encouraging to other bloggers by commenting more often on really great posts ❔

I tried to remember to do this, but talking to people I don’t know well is out of my comfort zone, so I’m not really sure if I commented more often this month or not.

 

🍂 Reading Goals:

  • Read at least one book a week for a total of 4. This can include short stories/novellas because November will be a busy month and I am not picky! ✔

If you count some of the children’s books I read while at the library, I definitely surpassed this goal. If you don’t count them, then I read four books: two novels, one nonfiction, and one short story.

  • Finish the theology book I’ve been reading and start a new one ❔

I finished the one I had been working on, and I started an Advent devotional. I also bought a handful of new theology/devotional type books, but I haven’t started reading them yet.

  • Read 1 other nonfiction book ✖

I’ve got nothing even close on this one!

 

🍂 Life Goals:

  • Make tangible progress with freelancing ❔

I thought this was going to be an easy yes. I accepted a contract to freelance for a company, but I quickly realized that the things they want me to write are student’s assignments. I expected business and technology industry type writing assignments, but everything available to me is literally school assignments. #plagerism

  • Start Christmas shopping ✔

To be 100% honest I don’t remember when I actually started Christmas shopping, but as of the drafting of this post (Dec 5) I am a little over halfway done.

  • Redo my movie display in the library twice: once for Thanksgiving, then for winter ✔
  • Don’t drink soda or eat candy (sugar=migraine trigger so avoiding it this month should set me up well for the holidays, when there will be more around that is more difficult to avoid) ✔

The only candy I ate was sugar free, and the only times I had soda were once at a restaurant with no other options and one day when I forgot I wasn’t supposed to have it.

  • Knit a new mug cozy, and decide if I’m going to make these as Christmas presents❔

This is a yes-and-no. No, I didn’t knit a new mug cozy, but yes, I decided I am not making any as presents this year. I did crochet some potholders, though.

  • Support everyone participating in NaNoWriMo. (If you don’t know what this is, it stands for “National Novel Writing Month,” and basically it means a lot of authors are focusing very intensely on their works.) Seriously, y’all are taking on something incredible and I am here to cheer for each of you! ✔
  • Enjoy Thanksgiving, and take time to dwell in contentment with my family and everything I have been blessed with ✔

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December Goals:

⛄ Blogging:

  • Approximately 3 posts a week, but not stressing this month because of so many other things going on
  • Christmas themed Monday Minis!
  • Review one book a week (total of 4 books)
  • Participate in A Literary Christmas (more about this coming soon!)
  • Do some outlining/planning for next year

⛄ Reading:

  • 4 books
    • Hopefully in addition to however many I read for A Literary Christmas, but if they have to be included in that 4, that’s okay too
  • Also give feedback on what I’m alpha/beta reading

⛄ Life:

  • Finish Christmas shopping by the 19th
  • Get Christmas cards mailed by the 15th
  • Mini roadtrip
  • Focus on Christmas, not just warm fuzzy feelings or presents
  • Have a regular peppermint mocha latte on my birthday without getting an outrageous headache (this means not eating hardly any sugar leading up to it and very little in the day or so after!)
  • Enjoy this season and don’t stress. Life will keep moving and there will always still be things to stress about, so refuse to stress over them today.filligree page divider

⛄ It doesn’t look like much this month, but I’m sure it will feel like a lot as time keeps moving so quickly! I mostly just want to soak in the excitement and worshipful attitude this season brings. Also, I have some fun ideas brewing about things to do with this blog in the new year, especially as my one year blogiversary is coming up! (Side note: someone please tell me whether I spelled that right!)

I hope your December is shaping up as a positive end for the year. I would love to hear in the comments what you’re looking forward to most! My answer changes nearly every day as I think of more things that are happening, haha! Today, I’m looking forward to basking in the joy of celebrating Jesus’ birth and looking forward to His return.

Also! I am working on outlining next year’s posting schedule! If there is a meme or post theme you know about that you would like to see here, let me know! Also 2.0, I still have plenty of spots open in January and February for book reviews and blog tours, so if you’re looking for someplace to share your book, also hit me up! The submissions tab at the top of this page should have all the info you need.

This post ended being a little longer and more rambling than I hoped, but now you know what’s up for December at RFtS! Don’t forget to let me know in the comments what you’re looking forward to in December, or if there is anything you would like to see here in the future!

 

Until the next chapter,

Jana

 

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