Tuesday, November 3, 2020

November Goals

Good morning!

Now that I am done with my bible study, prayer time, and daily online browsing but not actually purchasing, I can talk to you wonderful people. 

Last night Ina came home from school with her front tooth literally dangling from her mouth. Although she refused to pull it out, all it took was eating a few goldfish before she nearly swallowed the thing. I am a sucker for kids missing their front teeth.

When did she turn 16?

I am excited for November and everything that comes with it. I had 10 goals in October and I met 7 of them (<- I updated the post if anyone is interested in my follow-up commentary). 

Here are some goals for November. Adding a holiday section to lessen the required attention in December.


  • Drink 100 oz of water per day. Be creative in ways to make this happen. This is the one habit I am going to track this month. I will report back.
  • Close all of my rings this month. Last month I was so close! On a related note, I want to post pictures after my workout with LJW. Lexi has a jumpstart challenge to last us through the holidays and while I complete almost all of the workouts (except for Saturday abs - I need to get in this habit!), I rarely post in the group to say that I did, which is how I earn credit in the challenge. The extra accountability over the next few months will help for sure. Ina and I remembered yesterday!
  • Read 6 books, one of which is non-fiction. I originally had that at 4, but just counted my October reading and realized I read 8 books last month! I will admit that most of them were pure fluff/entertainment, so I would like to add at least one non-fiction in there to even it out. 


  • Finish listening to our book and have our next Harry Potter watch party with warm butter beer and possibly pumpkin pasties. It is ridiculous how much we all look forward to this.
  • Visit my grandparents. 
  • Clean out the storage room in the basement. This is the room we have dumped everything in for the past 10 years and will soon be turned into a kitchen for Nonnie, so it needs to be completely emptied. I think this can be done in 3 to 4 hour chunks here and there, but I would like to get most of it done before December. 


  • Complete 15 exercises in my R book
  • Meet one new person a week (last month's goal of two per week was a little ambitious considering my current work load)
  • Be at least 60% billable. I think I can make this happen with my current workload, but I need to take the Thanksgiving holiday and the last few weeks into account and might have to go looking for a little extra work...which would help with bullet number two. 


  • Order Christmas cards
  • Put up outdoor Christmas lights
  • Finish 50% of Christmas shopping
  • Make a few homemade gifts

Thought for the month

Every Thursday I receive an email blast from James Clear, the author of Atomic Habits. While I am generally not a fan of blasted emails, I genuinely look forward to his weekly 3-2-1 content (3 ideas, 2 quotes, 1 question). One of last week's quotes really stuck with me, so I am sharing it here. I too want to be "throughly used up" and "burn as brightly as possible."

Writer George Bernard Shaw on living a life that burns bright:

"This is the true joy in life:

being used for a purpose recognized by yourself as a mighty one;

being a force of nature instead of a feverish, selfish little clod of ailments and grievances complaining that the world will not devote itself to making you happy.

I am of the opinion that my life belongs to the whole community, and as long as I live it is my privilege to do for it whatever I can. I want to be thoroughly used up when I die, for the harder I work the more I live.

I rejoice in life for its own sake. Life is no "brief candle" for me. It is a sort of splendid torch which I have got hold of for the moment, and I want to make it burn as brightly as possible before handing it on to future generations."

Source: Epistle Dedicatory from Man and Superman via James Clear

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