Fall & Winter Goals 2021

The best quarter of the year is fast approaching. My heart sings during October through December. The weather cools, our insane workload becomes 10% less insane, and the best holidays ever reside in these months. Not to mention my birthday, M’s birthday, and the first snowfall of the year ❄️

While fall does not *officially* begin until the 22nd and my Q2 goals were severely neglected, I thought we might take a moment to look over some 4th Quarter goals and talk about our plans for the rest of 2021!

So… What happened?

Lol… I made a few Q2 goals but apparently I blacked out in July & August and only lived to survive. As far as my goals went, I accomplished none (read 10 more books, leave two notes, read a classic, ride bike for a week, scrapbook year 6). At least I’m consistent.

I read, but not 10 books. And I started scrapbooking year 6, but I’m not done. I’m going to count those as mini-wins, though, because this is my blog and I can do what I want.

Alright… Moving on…

Fall (Q4) Goals

  • Read 20 books total for the year (which is 7 more books)
  • Finish Year 6 scrapbook
  • Mins Challenge
  • Take a family vacation
  • Landscape the fire pit area in our backyard
  • Pick out pumpkins with M
  • Host our Halloween party
  • Celebrate M’s 2nd bday
  • Get our Christmas tree
  • Shop for 75% of gifts before Thanksgiving
  • Decorate the house
  • Host Christmas
  • Slow down and enjoy time with my family

Will these things happen? Time will tell. Although a few of them are guaranteed.

My 101 in 1001

Ok, so I’ve made a little progress here! I’m crossing off “make a new friend” (because I did!) & go to the dentist. I’ve also been good about reading, getting the dogs groomed, and making a donation once per month. I’ve changed #54 from “strengthen friendships in moms group” to “create a small group” – and crossing that one off ☺️ I also hosted a garage sale and figured out a morning routine with M (when she cooperates).

I need to start taking a systematic approach to my list. (And maybe editing the goals that no longer apply.) Consider that another fall goal for me to accomplish, ha.

I’m not super goal-oriented at the moment. I try to live in the moment each day but also just kind of survive this world so… maybe I will accomplish some of these and maybe I won’t. I know that’s not the CAN DO attitude all those optimists preach, but it’s my attitude & I own that. *shrug*

What are your plans this fall? Do you agree it’s the best time of the year or are you wrong?

-Audrey

1st Half Goals

Earlier this week I decided today’s post needed to be a recap on my Q1 goals and a share of my Q2 goals. So I went looking for my first quarter goals. And then realized I never made any.

LOL. That seems right.

I actually did make some goals, but I only wrote them down in my planner. I did not share them on the blog. This is only my 18th blog post of the year. As I mentioned on Tuesday, my motivation is low.

It’s actually alarming to me how quickly and vastly my priorities and goals have changed over the last 18 months. Part of that is my small human and part of it is the pandemic and life as we know it hitting the fan. I formed my 101 in 1001 list back in July 2020 but I had no idea what life would be mid- or post-pandemic. (Let’s be real- I still don’t know.)

But I’m still chipping away at it.

I cherry picked a few 1001 Goals to work on in the first quarter. I was aiming to accomplish:

  • read 10 books (I read 5)
  • no fast food (lol, didn’t happen)
  • research taking a sign language course (also didn’t happen)
  • hike with Bristol (check!)
  • mail birthday/anniversary cards (check!)
  • mins game (I planned to do this in Feb., but I didn’t)
  • leave one random note of encouragement (honestly, I don’t frequent many public places)

As you can see, I did not do very much. But I’m ok with that.

During the second quarter I’d like to do the unfinished things from above plus:

  • read 10 more books
  • leave two notes
  • read a classic
  • ride bike for a week (I almost achieved this one… grrrrr.)
  • scrapbook year 6

These are all attainable goals but my level of motivation is the true variable. Time will tell what I accomplish and what I postpone.

Do you have any goals for April/May/June?

Q4 Goals

I’m so glad it’s October. One more quarter left in this weird year. And it’s the best quarter!

I wanted to share how I did with 3rd Quarter goals (spoiler alert: not awesome) and share my plan for the next three months. 

Q3 Goals

  • Finish Year 5 scrapbook
  • Read 3 books each month
  • Drink 2 glasses of water per day
  • Visit dermatologist for hands/skin
  • Start planning Halloween party & M’s first birthday! (I started a guest list at least…)
  • Get the pups groomed (I made appointments for October!)

I did very MEH on these goals. I definitely didn’t drink two glasses of water a day (I know, I know…) and I didn’t read three books a month. I scheduled the dog grooming so I’m counting that one as a win. Lol

Q4 Goals

I’m incorporating my 101 in 1001 list into my goals so I actively work on them…

  • Vote
  • Hike with Bristol
  • Hang HP Prints
  • Take 2 yoga classes
  • Start Year 6 scrapbook
  • Host Halloween Party
  • Throw M a 1st Birthday party!!
  • Make 2 cookbook recipes
  • Get the pups groomed
  • Read 3 books each month
  • Drink 2 glasses of water per day

That seems like a good start.

Per usual, many of these things are going to happen with or without making the list… but it’ll feel good to cross them off 😉 

What are your plans for the next few months?

 

Let’s Do This | 101 in 1001

At some point I created a 30×30 list and shared it on my blog. It had its own page and I managed to accomplish 14 things plus two almost completed items. But I’m turning 30 in October and I don’t see myself checking the remaining items off… so we’re going to start a new list & I’m jumping on the 101 in 1001 wagon- starting August 1st!

Self

1 | Read 101 books.
2 | Re-read HP 4, 5, 6, & 7 illustrated versions; as available.
3 | Find & stick to a Bible study that works for me.
4 | Vote in 2020 election.
5 | Watch a movie that was made the year I was born.
6 | Make a new friend.
7 | Read 3 “classic” books.
8 | Stop biting my nails FOR GOOD.
9 | Potty train M.
10 | Minimalize life.

Health

11 | Take 50 barre and yoga classes.
12 | Complete 30 Days of Yoga.
13 | Stop drinking pop for 3 months.
14 | Get & stay under ideal weight.
15 | No fast food for a month.
16| Replace a bad habit with a good one.
17 | Go to the dentist.
18 | Stop scrolling by 8pm every night.
19 | Ride my bicycle every day for a week.
20 | Walk from my home to the square & back.

Home

21 | Create a home master list.
22 | CCW course with K.
23 | Build out/complete the closet.
24 | Build shade/covering for back deck.
25 | Landscape backyard.
26 | Change out kitchen dishes & glassware.
27 | Hang HP prints in hall.
28 | Get headboard/bedroom furniture figured out.
29 | Plant (& successfully grow) sunflowers in the yard.
30 | Make ice cream with the ice cream maker.

Finances

31 | Pay off all credit card debt.
32 | Make next “fun” purchases.
33 | Pay for someone else’s meal/coffee/etc. once a month.
34 | One month shopping ban.
35 | Open and contribute to Roth IRA.

Skills

36 | Scrapbook Marriage Years (5, 6, 7, 8, 9)
37 | Scrapbook Pregnancy.
38 | Perfect the art of making pies.
39 | Take sign language course.
40 | Complete language courses on Dulingo (or another app… # of courses tbd).

Family

41 | Celebrate our 10 Year Anniversary.
42 | Enroll M in dance classes when old enough.
43 | Enroll M in music classes when old enough.
44 | Take M to story time somewhere.
45 | Very personalized Christmas gifts one year.

Dogs

46 | Complete two levels of training with Bristol.
47 | Take B hiking 10 times.
48 | Gets dogs groomed 4xs a year.
49 | Donate to an animal rescue each month.
50 | Budget back in poop-pick-up service. Ha.

Local

51 | See Trumpet in the Land.
52 | Volunteer regularly.
53 | Find a church home.
54 | Strengthen friendships in Moms Group.
55 | Go to Christmas in the Park.
56 | Visit 10 new restaurant.
57 | Make Christmas cookies for all the neighbors.
58 | Take in three shows at the Performing Arts Center
59 | Go to a race at the local speedway.
60 | Eat at a Diners, Drive Ins, & Dives location.

Travel

61 | Visit Disney World with K & M.
62 | Visit 3 new NASCAR tracks.
63 | See the West Coast.
64 | Go on a cruise or to an all-inclusive resort.
65 | Visit Rock n’ Roll HOF
66 | Take M to Williamsburg.
67 | Take a couples vacation with just K (not a work trip).
68 | Visit a new state.
69 | Go on a girls’ trip.
70 | Go to Nantucket.

Social/Holidays

71 | Continue to host Halloween Parties (x/3).
72 | Host Christmas morning for our families.
73 | Mail cards for every anniversary/birthday/holiday in a year to family & friends.
74 | Adopt a family for Christmas.
75 | Be a maid of honor!

Simplify

76 | Host another garage sale.
77 | Complete another MinsGame Challenge.
78 | Figure out morning routine with M.
79 | Stick to a gratitude journal every day for a month.
80 | Leave 5 inspirational notes for a stranger to find.

Adventure

81 | Go white water rafting.
82 | Go on an RV trip somewhere outdoorsy.
83 | Find 5 new hiking/walking paths.
84 | Visit a National Park.
85 | Go to three concerts.

Work

86 | Revamp blog & images.
87 | Clean out/edit old dated posts on blog.
88 | Hang artwork in my office.
89 | Meet a blog friend in person.
90 | Build bookstagram/travel IG.

Misc.

91 | Leave a 100% tip for good service.
92 | Finish M’s Baby Book.
93 | Finish our wedding album.
94 | Host a game night.
95 | Invite neighbors for dinner.
96 | Plan and host street/block party.
97 | Cook 30 recipes from cookbooks owned (no internet).
98 | Paint a picture.
99 | Take photos of the same location through all 4 seasons.
100 | Spot a shooting star.
101 | Finish all 101 items 😉

If I kick this off in August, I have until April 28, 2023 to finish. (That’s the day after our 10 year anniversary!)

Q3 Goals

I don’t mean to be that guy, but how the eff is it July?

Linking up with Kristen today for What’s New With You?.

Welp… that quarter of 2020 was an interesting one, eh?

I would love to blame the items I didn’t check off on the state of the world, but I would’ve been equally successful (or… not, rather) either way. Oh well.

  • Photograph & post nursery (you can peep it HERE )
  • Summer trip (har har har)
  • Pay off one credit card/no spending on it
  • Move scrapbooking supplies to the basement
  • No fast food
  • Start an exercise plan

Let’s pretend like the last two bullet points don’t exist, k?
And truthfully, I photographed the nursery before my last goals post went live. *shrug* I actually thought I failed the credit card one because I thought I specified which card. I didn’t, though, and I did manage to pay one off over the last three months! And nearly all my scraping stuff is in the basement. I just need to move some stacks of paper down there. Woot woot.

Now moooving on…

Q3 Goals

  • Finish Year 5 scrapbook
  • Read 3 books each month
  • Drink 2 glasses of water per day
    (I know this sounds low but it’s better than the zero I drink now…)
  • Visit dermatologist for hands/skin
  • Start planning Halloween party (hopefully) & M’s first birthday (Dec.)!
  • Get the pups groomed

This quarter I’m giving myself a little break. These aren’t tough tasks and most of them are pretty fun 🙂

What are your goals for the summer?