November Goals | 2019


Greetings, friends! It is November. I know, what riveting information! But seriously guys, how did we get to the eleventh month of the year? O.o I certainly don’t know, believe me! Anyway, per usual, I’m here to review my goals for last month and set some goals for this month.

Last month was…interesting. I had a lovely and exciting first weekend, and then for the next 2 and a half weeks, I slumped like no one has ever slumped before. In all seriousness, it was pretty bad. I was very low, very unmotivated, and started consolation eating. Guys, I gained six pounds, and my weight never fluctuates like that! Pretty much all I did was mope around, sleep, and eat, and that was not healthy mentally, physically, or spiritually. My walk with God suffered, my productivity suffered, I became a fat blimp, and I neglected to find joy.


Therefore, I did not ace my goals. However, you know what? I’m doing a lot better, and I’m taking precautions for that not to happen again, and I’m feeling pretty good.  The past week and a half I’ve been doing photoshoots, which greatly improves things once I’m doing my dream job again. And I have a couple exciting things happening this month, which means I have things to look forward to. And I’m making a ton of progress on saving for a new camera! (Nikon d750 – my first full frame!)

All that being said, I want you to know – if you go through slumps like this, you’re not alone! Part of that is being a creative – an intuitive and a feeler, if you are a MBTI junkie. XD It always feels really bad to be in them, and of course, guilty afterwards for wasting time! But you do your best, and sometimes life just gets really hard and unmotivating.


Last months’ goals

Only spend $100 – SUCCESS! I think I spent $95, besides $114 on a new planner system that I had already been planning to get. And bills. Lovely bills. But those don’t count. XD

Read 5 list books – I read no books. *sighs*

Make 13 dinners – I made like, 1 dinner, I think. *sighs again*

Start and FINISH the next Nouthetic counseling course – HA HA HA NO.

Answer letters within 1 week – I think so? I honestly can’t remember.

Get back into piano or art – Well, I got back into guitar, so that sort of counts. XD


This month’s goals

Exercise 6 days a week – Stiff goal, but eh heh, is anyone surprised, after I gained six pounds? XD There are definitely specific workouts that I would like to do, but just getting out and taking a walk and being active counts.

Invest more in quiet time – Quiet time was something I, unfortunately, did not spend a lot of time on during October, and that was not good.

Early to bed, early to rise – I have been trying to establish this kind of schedule forever and I need to just focus on accomplishing this dire task. If I succeed, I’m going to reward myself with something.

Journal 5 times – There are *whispers* exciting things happening this month and I really want to journal some more so I have more things preserved for the future. :)

Finalize blog subscribe gift – I’m working on a fun gift for new subscribers, and I need to make the idea become (OH DEAR A FRUIT FLY ALMOST DROWNED IN MY KOMBUCHA) a reality.

Take more pictures – My love for photography has condensed into I-only-take-pictures-when-I-get-paid-or-need-to and I know I’m not growing very much. It’s gotten a bit stagnant, and I’d like to find more joy in capturing memories, emotion, and beauty.


In surmise

In surmise? Except for one wonderful weekend, October wasn’t great, but I have hopes for November.  I know, just based on past experiences – that I could very well slump this month, so I must take precautions to provide myself with tasks to do in order that I keep moving forward. This month, I’m focusing on bettering myself, mentally, spiritually, and physically, especially as cold weather is beginning to set in. I’m also going to focus on doing things that I don’t enjoy that much – such as getting up earlier and exercising – and doing them consistently. I find the more consistent I can be, and the more I can establish a routine, the more I will continue to do that thing because I find comfort in routine. Routine builds on routine, and in turn, makes me a more disciplined and focused person.

How was your month? I hope it was better than mine. 😀 What are your goals for November?

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  • Reply Clara

    The fruit fly made me laugh out loud. XD Sorry your month was rough – hopefully November will be much better! *dies because summer was just starting and now the year is almost over* Getting to bed/waking up earlier is one of my goals for the month, too! Right now it’s more like late to bed, early to rise which doesn’t exactly make sense. *yawns* 😀

    November 4, 2019 at 9:46 am
    • Reply Aria

      BAHAHAHA I’m glad. XD Yeah, oh well. Thank you, dear, I think it will be! *dies because same* Yeah, oh my. XD Oh dear, no. XD

      November 4, 2019 at 10:45 am
  • Reply Emmaline

    I *LOVE* your bullet journal setup! (that is a bullet journal, right?) Your month sounds a lot like mine usually do. :( Although this month has been way better than last month for me. I have been doing a ton of meal prep stuff for the family this month and it’s keeping me pretty busy. I also find that I *have* to have a daily to-do list for every single day— or I don’t get much done. My goal for this month is generally to help the family more in eating more healthily and for myself to spend more time praying and in the Word.

    Praying for you this month, dear! *cheers*


    November 4, 2019 at 2:35 pm
    • Reply Aria

      Yes ma’am, that is a bullet journal, and thank you! Ahh yes, that helps! Yeah, I know, same. Those are good goals, Emma! Thank you, dear! :)

      November 4, 2019 at 6:10 pm
  • Reply Kiara

    My month was good! Sorry you haven’t had a good month. Hope this month will be better.♥️♥️♥️

    November 4, 2019 at 3:17 pm
    • Reply Aria

      Well that’s good! Thank you Kiara!

      November 4, 2019 at 6:11 pm
  • Reply Rachel

    Goals are so hard to accomplish, and I understand the struggle. <3. I love your notebook and goal setting pages! How do you do that?!

    November 4, 2019 at 4:23 pm
    • Reply Aria

      True, true. Thanks, Rachel! I just looked up some bullet journal designs online and copied them. 😉

      November 5, 2019 at 9:30 am
  • Reply Hannah

    Oh my goodness, I can completely relate! I feel like the cold weather sometimes makes me go into a bit of a slump. Like all the cozy comfort food and hot chocolate… XD

    November 4, 2019 at 4:38 pm
    • Reply Aria

      Yeah, same. Haha yeah! XD

      November 5, 2019 at 9:30 am
  • Reply Cailyn

    I can totally relate to this, girl. It’s waaaayyyy too easy to lose joy and become downhearted, ignoring all the BLESSINGS of life, and instead focusing on the NEGATIVE. What do we REALLY have to complain about? And to ‘forget’ to have joy? God forgive us! I am not the most joyful person sometimes, so that was to me just as well to anyone.

    Oooo! I have a good friend whose Mom has a Nikon D750 that I get to ‘play’ with in a couple weeks.*heart eyes* I am a dedicated Canon user, but Nikon is great too.

    November 5, 2019 at 4:54 pm
    • Reply Aria

      Ahh, you are so right! Someone close to me said something very similar. <3

      HA! I am a very dedicated Nikon user. It’s so superior! *lofty look*

      November 5, 2019 at 7:32 pm
  • Reply Megan

    I have that shirt. *nods* Well, not that one, but you know. Anyway October was alright. Nothing too much happened, but it definitely wasn’t bad. I hope November is wondermous for you! :)

    November 6, 2019 at 10:44 am
    • Reply Aria

      REALLY? AND YOU DON’T LIKE PINK OR PURPLE! Eh. Thanks muchly, Megan!

      November 6, 2019 at 12:25 pm
  • Reply Natalie

    Close call for that fruit fly! XD Hope your November is something awesome. I really want to encourage you to take more photos because 1) you’re an amazing photographer and 2) it’s so easy to let photography go stagnate. Keep snapping photos. They are truly an inspiration and blessing to me.

    October was too busy for me to not be productive – even when I was sick. I think I accomplished most of my goals. I know I read my goal of 5 books or more. :)

    I’m leaving November a little bit open, because I have no idea what’s going to be happening. Here are some of my goals:
    Read 5 books (or more)
    Journal frequently
    Do back-strengthening exercises (because doctor’s orders :( )
    Start planning for Christmas!!! :) (I’m so excited about this!)
    More sewing, because I love it! :)

    November 7, 2019 at 11:08 am
    • Reply Aria

      Hahaha yep! Thank you, Natalie. That means a lot! I will do my best. :)
      Well good for you! Sorry you were sick, though. :/ Great goals! November’s an exciting month. :)

      November 7, 2019 at 3:57 pm

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