Wow, I am such a creature of habit! Today I was thinking back over the month of October and realized that somewhere in the middle of the month my schedule got busy and I started getting stuck into routine and just trying to keep my head above water. We did some fun things, like going on a mini-vacation, early in the month and then settled into routine half way through.
I added new things to my schedule in September and October, which is good, but now they are becoming routine and I need to find a way to not just get stuck in all the activity. I joined the elementary boosters, which I am really excited about because with a 3rd grader and kindergartner I feel like I know what is going on in the school more than the previous years. I also re-started up a woman’s Bible Study (this is my 3rd study with this group, but we add some new women each time) after the summer. These are great activities and ones that I think are important, but if I’m not careful, they can start to take over.
A person should set his goals as early as he can and devote all his energy and talent to getting there. With enough effort he may achieve it. Or he may find something that is even more rewarding. But in the end, no matter what the outcome, he will know he has been alive.
– Walt Disney –
When thinking about the month of November I realized that I needed to be intentional about setting a few goals if I wanted to keep forcing myself to try new things throughout the month. I know as the holidays get closer I will become busier and it will be easier to fall back in to the easy pattern of life.
So, here are my goals and new things to try for November. I will track and report on my progress as I complete them and post them in the sidebar as a daily reminder to myself.
- This year I will be making Thanksgiving dinner for my husband’s family. This isn’t the first time I have made Thanksgiving dinner, but it is the first time that I have done the full meal for people outside of my immediate family. Last year my mother-in-law and grandmother-in-law were so stressed after making the meal that they wanted to start going out for dinner instead of eating at home on Thanksgiving. I enjoy making holiday meals, so, I offered to do the whole thing this year. We will be traveling to Kentucky, where my husband’s grandma lives for the holiday.
- I want to make the Salted Caramel recipe that Jen over at CincyShopper posted. These caramels look amazing and like a great gift to use for Christmas (finally I have an idea that I think the teachers will enjoy). Ever since I saw the picture, and showed Dustin, we can’t stop thinking about them!
- I get stuck in a recipe rut a lot! This month I want to find 4 new recipes to try for dinner. I know 4 isn’t a huge number but that is going to be my starting point for November.
- Draw funny faces on all the eggs in my fridge. Ok, I know this sounds kind of crazy, but I was looking at bucketlist.org and saw this idea and thought it sounded like a lot of fun and something the girls could enjoy doing with me.
- Take a CPL class. This might not actually happen in November, but my parents offered for me to take this class as a Christmas present and it is something that I have been interested in. Not that I plan on needing to use a gun, but I want to know how to in case the situation ever arises.
- Find a way to serve as a family. We have not done enough of this and serving is something that I would really like to be better at and teach my daughters to do. And after all we are called to serve as Galatians 5:13-14 says, “You, my brothers, were called to be free. But do not use your freedom to indulge the sinful nature; rather, serve on another in love. The entire law is summed up in a single command: ‘Love your neighbor as yourself’.”
So here are 6 things that I am going to work on accomplishing in November, there is the possibility that I will add to this list as the month goes on.
How about you? Do you have any intentional goals set for November? Any big goals or silly goals? New things to try?