It’s December and you know what that means… Christmas!
Christmas is seriously my favorite and I’m so excited for this month to start! We spent the weekend listening to Christmas music and decorating our home and it is so beautiful!
(That’s a lot of exclamation marks, but I can’t help myself. I really am that excited!!!)
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Here’s what I learned in November and what I have planned for December in all its Christmas glory.
This month, I was reading through Girl, Wash Your Face and read something that hit me like a train. The author shared that it’s just as important to keep the promises that you make to yourself as it is to keep the promises that you make to other people.
Think about it. If you promise to meet someone for lunch, chances are, you’re going to show up. But if you promise yourself that you’re going to work out today, chances are, you won’t feel too bad about it if you just decide not to. Both are promises you’ve made, but you’d do everything in your power to keep one and you’d likely break the other.
This hit me hard. I am the queen of breaking promises to myself. I think we all know this by now, just look at my past personal growth goal reports. I set so many goals and rarely follow through with them.
So for this month, I’m making a promise to myself to achieve my 5 goals. No matter what. I’m making this promise and I’m not going to break it.
I’ve been thinking a lot about accountability and what would truly keep me accountable to the goals I set, and I realized that there is a way that all of you can keep me accountable (and we can have some fun in the process).
So… for 5 days through the second week of December (December 10th-14th), I am going to show up live on the Jamimico Facebook page at 7am (EST) every morning to share what I’ve accomplished by that time.
The goal is to wake up at 5:30am – 6am, at the latest – and spend the extra time reading or working on the blog or doing something just for me. So, hopefully, by 7am I’ll be mostly awake and have something to share with you.
Also, I’m sure you knew this was coming… I want you to do it with me! Commit to getting up early and then come watch my live and share in the comments what you’ve accomplished so far each morning. (I know it’s REALLY early for you west coast people, so don’t worry if you have to catch the replay!)
If you want to join in the fun, go “like” the Jamimico page to see when I go live!
November Goals Report
Here we are to the actual goals part of this post – I’m going to try to keep it short and sweet this month since I’m doing the Last 90 Days Challenge and my goals aren’t changing.
In all honesty, I didn’t do so well on any of my goals this month, so there’s not too much to share.
Get up an hour earlier than you normally do and use the time for yourself
I don’t have an excuse for the first three weeks of the month, but flying to California for Thanksgiving definitely threw off my internal alarm clock.
We went to bed late and woke up even later pretty much every day we were there. It also took me a few days to recover, but I think I’m finally back on schedule.
Work out for at least thirty minutes three times a week
I actually did much better about this in November. While I only worked out 3 or 4 times total, that’s definitely the most I’ve worked out since trying to look glam for my wedding last year. (I’m not actually a “glam” kind of person, but everyone wants to look good on their wedding day.)
Drink half of your body weight in ounces of water
I also did okay with this one. Not great… but okay. To be completely honest, drinking that much water is hard. There have been moments when I feel like one more drop and I might burst.
Give up one food category you know you shouldn’t be eating
I pretty much threw my gluten-freeness out the window for Thanksgiving (and In-N-Out). The food was delicious and probably, definitely worth it, but I’ve felt pretty miserable since. I stopped eating gluten the minute we got home, but I think it takes a while to get out of your system.
Write down ten things you’re grateful for every single day
Again, I failed miserably at writing gratitudes each day. My plan for December is to not let myself go to sleep without doing it – so, if that means typing them on my phone after I’ve crawled into bed, then that’s what’s going to happen.
December Personal Growth Goals
By now, you know my goals well, so I won’t elaborate on each one.
Like I said above, I’ve made a promise to myself to accomplish my goals and I’m going to keep that promise, no matter what.
Here are my five goals (in case you need a refresher):
- Get up an hour earlier than you normally do and use the time for yourself
- Work out for at least thirty minutes three times a week
- Drink half of your body weight in ounces of water
- Give up one food category you know you shouldn’t be eating
- Write down ten things you’re grateful for every single day
Books I’m Reading
I wanted to add in this little section because I think it’s kind of fun. I love hearing about what others are reading, so I decided to share what I’ve been reading, in case you’re curious.
Girl, Wash Your Face by Rachel Hollis
Y’all, this book is a hot commodity. I normally get my books from the library (because free books), but when I put a hold on this one, I was 16th in line. 16th! That’s more than 5 months of waiting!
So, my advice is that you either find a kind friend who’s willing to part with their copy for a couple weeks or just go ahead and buy it. Because it’s definitely worth it.
In the book, Rachel shares some of her biggest struggles and the ways that she has worked through them. It’s all so relatable and it made me realize that most women deal with many of the same struggles, but we don’t often share them with each other.
I sped through the book over Thanksgiving and found her honesty refreshing and so encouraging!
Rich Dad, Poor Dad by Robert Kiyosaki
I would recommend this book to anyone. It’s like everything you would’ve learned if you had grown up with rich parents.
The premise of the book is that you don’t have to work hard for money… you have to learn how to let money work hard for you. It sounds totally out there, but I truly believe this piece of information is what keeps poor people poor and what keeps rich people rich.
It’s also totally outside of my comfort zone, but I’m learning to keep an open mind and understand that being an employee is not the only way to make a living.
A Woman After God’s Own Heart by Elizabeth Elliott
You’ve seen me mention this one before, so I’ll keep it brief.
I’ve been reading it for a few months now, because I just read a few pages at a time each day during my quiet time. I only have a few chapters left, though, so I’ll be done with it soon, especially because I’ll be waking up early every morning this month.
I love that this book is written by an older woman who’s been through so much more life than I have. She has so much to share about what it means to be a wife and a homemaker, and I’ve learned so much from her!
More Personal Growth Goals
One Last Note
I hope you’ve found my personal growth goals for the month inspiring. Here’s to a December of keeping the promises we make to ourselves!
Don’t forget to go “like” the Jamimico Facebook page to follow along with the #shareyourmornings challenge!