October Goals | 2019


Hello, my friends! I regret to inform you of a terrible fact: tomorrow it will be October. What in tarnation? HELP. It was just September!

Okay, I’m looking forward to a few things this month, but still. Not a fall fan. I know, I know. I’m outnumbered by all the people who absolutely LOOOOVE fall and can’t WAIT to pull out their layers and boots and have already been drinking cider and pumpkin spice lattes and have pumpkins on their doorsteps and, yeah. But I’m the one who holds fast to summer and warmth.

Nevertheless, despite my hatred of cold weather, I do have some goals for this month, and I’m going to look at last month’s goals as well. Ready?

September’s Goals

  • Get on track with finances
    Sort of. I didn’t completely stay on budget, but it was a weird money month. I did get things pretty well organized in a new budgeting program, so that’s good! 
  • Save $500
    HAHAHAHA. HA. HA. Yeah, turns out I needed some new fall clothes, and that goal…shrunk. Especially since I didn’t make as much money as I was hoping as well. 
  • Get a credit card
    Nope. NO ONE WILL ACCEPT MY APPLICATION. I might have applied for too many, as well…gotta get the hang of this credit card thing.
  • Start and keep a morning routine
    Semi-ish? I did for maybe half the month, but yeah. Didn’t do so well.
  • Start and keep an evening routine
    MOSTLY I did okay with this one. 
  • Read 5 list books
    Well ACTUALLY, I thought I’d failed this one but I actually did read 5!  
  • Go to the book sale
    YES! And it was quite wonderful.
  • Cook 2x a week
    Except for one day I missed because I was sick (again), I consistently cooked twice a week, so yay! 
  • Be consistent with scheduling social media
    Yes! Every Monday!
  • Organize out transitional fall clothes
    Yes for this one too! 

September in Review

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September was a pretty good month! The above books are the ones I read on my list. A few others I read this month that I really enjoyed were Elizabeth Elliot’s The Mark of a Man, Cultivate by Lara Casey, It’s a Wonderful Life by Terrie Chappell, and Trenton Lee Stewart’s new novel, The Mysterious Benedict Society and the Riddle of Ages.

This month, I went to the book sale, got over a cold, caught another one, went to a potluck dinner where I knew basically no one but succeeded in not being too much of an awkward introvert, had a couple of slow weeks, and did all the basics: work for my dad (which diminished sadly), shopped for fall clothes, and did chores.


I also tried out bantu knots, and ended up with rather frizzy but pretty cute natural-looking curls.

Music on repeat this month would be Sleeping At Last. LOVE THEM.


Blog Posts from September

9/2 – In which I run out of words and briefly state my goals for September.

9/6 – I post my first outfit post, about my everyday outfit.

9/10 – In which I tackle a hard subject: love at first sight and why I don’t believe in it.

9/17 – I post a very popular outfit post that everyone seemed to LOOVE, including myself. :)

9/21 – In this post, I shared my number 1 regret…and challenge you not to follow in my footsteps.

9/21 – Another outfit post, a chic church outfit that isn’t 100% me but still nice. :)


October’s Goals

I think this month will be fairly busy, but busy is good. I would so much rather be busy than not! Here are my goals for the month. :)

  • Only spend $100 out of my personal account (not counting subscriptions) and save all the rest
  • Read 5 list books
  • Make 13 dinners
  • Start and finish the next Nouthetic counseling course
  • Answer letters within 1 week of receiving them
  • Get back into piano or art

And that’s it, my friends! What are your goals for the month? Did you have a good September?


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  • Reply Isabel

    Good job with your September goals! I enjoyed reading all your posts this month :) Good luck with your October goals!

    September 30, 2019 at 11:11 am
    • Reply Aria

      Thanks, Isabel!

      October 1, 2019 at 2:59 pm
  • Reply Maddison Merriman

    I am *almost* the very same way! Spring and summer are my definite favorites, and I hate winter. I was very upset about the end of summer. …buuut I actually do like fall too. The cozy blankets, all the aesthetics, beautiful colors, gorgeous scenery, campfires, hoodies, etc. Yet spring is my very favorite, and I am very much going to miss the warmer months! I actually just did a fall post, trying to get myself in the mood. haha

    September 30, 2019 at 1:13 pm
    • Reply Aria

      Ahhh! Ehh, some things I like but most I don’t. XD

      October 1, 2019 at 2:59 pm
  • Reply Natalie

    Did I have a good September? From the world’s view, No. It was terrible. From a spiritual view, Yes! It was better than I could have ever dreamed. There was sickness, injuries, work to get caught up on, frustrations, disappointments, missed deadlines, bad news, tears, and more work. But most of all, there was God. I started September trying to be a super-woman; I end it realizing that I am a helpless child with a loving Father in Heaven. I did not accomplish any of my September goals, but by His grace, I have accomplished so much more!

    That being said, my October goals are:
    Journal every day (or almost every day)
    Prioritize a quiet time for prayer each day
    Read at least 5 books
    Draft and sew some outfits for myself
    Re-organize my sewing space
    Plan for upcoming get-togethers
    Try making some new recipes

    There’s probably more I could put on my list, but this is a little long-winded already. I’ll end with saying Thank you, Aria, for running this blog. It’s really an encouragement to me!

    September 30, 2019 at 4:09 pm
    • Reply Aria

      Oh my, that’s great, Natalie! Awww, thank YOU for reading!

      October 1, 2019 at 3:01 pm
  • Reply Hannah Foster

    I used to strongly dislike fall, as well, but not so much because it was fall, but rather because of what it heralded. I have learned to start enjoying fall a lot more now by enjoying the things of fall rather than thinking of what follows. But this year I am living in Israel and so I get to see a whole new side to the four seasons.

    I don’t really make a lot of goals for myself, although I can definitely see the benefits of it.

    October 1, 2019 at 5:09 am
    • Reply Aria

      Ahhh, yes. Ooh, really? That’s so cool!

      October 1, 2019 at 3:01 pm
  • Reply Clara

    COME BACK, SUMMER. *whimper* Despite the sadness of autumn approaching, this was an excellent post! Random mental commentary I had while reading it: YOUR HAIR IS SO PRETTY, I love that space-themed washi tape, and ooh, I’ve heard of Sleeping At Last but never checked them out, any specific songs you would recommend? Also, if you’re ever wanting to write more letters, I am always in search of new pen pals. *nod*
    I hope you have a wonderful October!!

    October 1, 2019 at 11:59 am
    • Reply Aria

      *beckons to summer* AHH THANK YOU. Hmmm, I love their Enneagram album! Ooh, really now? Well I might have to take you up on that… 😉 Thanks, Clara!

      October 1, 2019 at 3:03 pm
      • Reply Clara

        I listened to a bunch of their songs last night and liked them pretty well! 😀 Hehe, yep! Writing letters is my favorite form of procrastination, so the more pen pals the better. You are quite welcome!

        October 2, 2019 at 12:24 pm
  • Reply Sarah

    ahh, i enjoyed this post, Aria! tbh, i don’t dislike fall as much as i used to… it’s… alright. but well done with your september goals and good luck with your new ones. and oh my goodness! – how is your hair so pretty and natural looking?!?! hmm, i should make more goals because my life is super unorganized XD, but this month i wanna participant in cliquetober everyday and also journal daily (i last used my bullet journal in july, waaa). anyways, have a marvelous october!

    October 1, 2019 at 6:55 pm
    • Reply Aria

      Aww thanks! Well those sound like good goals! Thanks lovely, you too!

      October 1, 2019 at 9:00 pm
  • Reply Kiara

    Good job on your goals! Yeah,I’m not a fall person either.🙆

    October 3, 2019 at 7:19 pm
    • Reply Aria

      Thanks, Kiara!

      October 7, 2019 at 10:01 am
  • Reply Lisa

    very nice!! I’d be so interested to hear about your bantu knots – how did you do it??

    October 4, 2019 at 10:30 pm
    • Reply Aria

      Pretty much like any tutorial! There are a bunch you can find online. :)

      October 6, 2019 at 7:11 pm
  • Reply Allison

    I LOVEEEEE YOUR GOAL POSTS! But AHEM, you forgot to put “memorize Romans” on your goal list. *severe look* :’D HEH HEH. Anyway, this was great! Also I love love LOVE your new profile picture. *stares at it happily*

    October 10, 2019 at 8:48 pm
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      October 10, 2019 at 9:10 pm

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