December Goals

Last month, I was having soup with my mom (which is pretty much my new favorite pastime – I could eat nothing but Butternut Squash for the rest of my life and be totally content), talking about the hills and valleys of life, work, and marriage. I was sharing about the things that I currently want to change in life, the dreams that I have, and the heart-shaped hole for creativity that my life is lacking and honestly, just craving in this season. She said something to me that I’d heard at least 100 times before…

“Write down your goals.”

Ah, yes, the magic formula: write down my goals. If only it were that simple, you’re telling me, then and only then I’d be able to start accomplishing the things I merely dream about? I love you, but, I don’t really have time for that, Mom.

My cynicism met her advice with a bit of hesitation initially, but then I realized – she’s right. She’s absolutely right. I can dream and hope about the vision for my life all day – but a dream without a plan will get me nowhere and is surely wasted.

Today I’m taking the first step to write down my short-term goals for this month (and making them public – y i k e s). These goals are reflective of the character I’m aiming to shape and the dreams I’m ready to start taking baby steps (okay- baby crawls) towards.

This is just a very simple first step. There are plans to craft and timelines to build, and answers to find to questions I don’t even know how to ask yet. I hope to check in on these goals weekly to evaluate my progress and to hold myself accountable. Because, friends, as much as we don’t care to admit it – aren’t moms always right about everything?

December 2015 Goals


  • Bake Christmas treats for our neighbors on both sides. #townhouselife
  • Call 3 family members for a surprise chat.
  • Participate in some form of Christmas-focused service with Chad.


  • Create a new Christmas tradition with my husband. Our third together, but our first year married – there’s no better time to start something new for our little family!
  • Submit 3 freelance pieces. And not be fearful of rejection. 🙂
  • Finish Room by Emma Donoghue and read Savor by Shauna Niequist daily.

Health & Wellness

  • Amp up Crossfit to one more day, for 5x per week – and stay consistent.


  • Post at least two times per week. And stick to it!
  • Launch Humpday Heart to Hearts – new project that I’m SUPER excited to share with you.


What are some of your goals during this Christmas season? Share in the comments section.


Christmas lights in South Philadelphia – my favorite!

Sending  all my love and prayers for a happy December that won’t be filled with hearing All I Want for Christmas Is You 100 times in a day,




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