December 2021 goals

1 December 2021

Another year has wound around and here we are, with my last set of monthly goals for 2021. This year has been a bit of a strange one for goals, from my protracted indecision over setting them in the first place, to the major life upheaval (both abundantly good and unexpectedly challenging) we experienced in the middle of the year, to squeezing progress around a quick pace of life since returning to work in the final quarter. Thanks to the calendar and my PowerSheets I’m in major reflection mode at this point, which is my favorite place to be in December. More to come! But for now, here’s what I have planned for this month…

P.S. I am planning to share another “best of the year” post this month, on December 15. If you have a blog and would like to join me, I’d love to have you! Planning to use the same prompts as last year – you can see them here! It will be fun :)

On my calendar this month:
— Dinner out with John for our 2021 review and celebration. We are going to Second Empire in Raleigh, which we haven’t been to in over ten years!
— A trip to Charlotte to see The Nutcracker with the ladies in my family.
— A Christmas visit to Connecticut with the Thomas family. Hoping for snow :)

What I’m loving right now:
— My PowerSheets prep work. The best reset and chance to dream!
— I’ve found the native Apple podcast app annoying to use since they updated it a few months ago, and on the advice of the internet, recently switched to the Overcast app to listen. It’s free and the functionality is fantastic!
— This is lame since they’re not available any more, but Cultivate’s Advent conversation cards have been SO fun to keep on our dinner table and pull from each night! The OG conversation cards are equally good, though :)

As a reminder, you can find allll the things I’ve loved over the last few years neatly organized right here!

What I read in November:
Self-Portrait in Black and White | “Thomas Chatterton Williams, the son of a ‘black’ father from the segregated South and a ‘white’ mother from the West, spent his whole life believing the dictum that a single drop of ‘black blood’ makes a person black. This was so fundamental to his self-conception that he’d never rigorously reflected on its foundations―but the shock of his experience as the black father of two extremely white-looking children led him to question these long-held convictions.” Being a memoir, his perspective is obviously specific – but it also allows him to ask some very intriguing questions. A thought-provoking and worthwhile read.

A little update on my 2021 reading list: it’s been a joy! So far, I’ve read 15 of the 24 books on the list. It doesn’t seem like I’ll get to all of them before the end of the year, but I hope to finish 3-4 more before December 31st!

Revisiting my November goals:
Complete the backing for our Advent calendar (Made some progress on the numbers!)
Finish the sermon series
Make gift plans for all the people and execute as much as possible
Edit Sheptember
Embroider shirts for I, J, M, C, and T (I completed one and it looks SO CUTE! The tee fabric is much different than the Advent calendar felt I’m used to, though, and it took longer than I anticipated.)
Do my November holiday prep (Cards have arrived, newsletter is half done, calendar is planned, spiritual formation is underway!)
Begin my PowerSheets Prep Work (Done! Already hyped for 2022.)

December goals:
— Set our 2022 budget
— Finish embroidering the numbers and sewing the pockets for our Advent calendar. If I can also sew on the tree, I will have amazed myself!
— Edit Sheptember
— Embroider shirts for I, J, M, and T
— Book our spring break and Michigan trips for next year
— All the blog posts. Just, all of them.

Since we’ve been chatting about podcasts lately in these goal posts, I’d love to ask: what are your current listens? Right now, I am grateful to get to listen to Coffee + Crumbs, Honestly with Bari Weiss, The Lazy Genius, and Raising Boys & Girls. Tell me what else I should consider!

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December 1, 2021 7:48 am

I always love reading your monthly goal posts! I’ve been enjoying listening to the Live in Love Podcast by Lauren Akins and Annie F. Downs.

Abigail Gray
December 1, 2021 8:43 am

Woohoo for reflection mode! I am also excited to complete my 2022 Powersheets prep work :) I love Everything Happens podcast with Kate Bowler. They are short, but always pack a punch. Highly recommend!

December 1, 2021 9:23 am

I am always interested in your book selections. Some of the fiction I have read (or tried to), just finished The Dearly Beloved – very good read. I will add your latest read to my Goodreads list.

December 1, 2021 11:54 am

I’ve been loving Honestly lately too! My other current favorites are American Scandal, Integrated Schools, and when I need a laugh I go for Smartless.

December 1, 2021 2:54 pm

Oooh, can’t wait to hear about your goals for 2022! I was just thinking of getting my new PowerSheets out to start prep work :) Looking forward to all the blog posts!

December 2, 2021 4:52 pm

Some of my favourite podcasts right now are Awesome Etiquette from the Emily Post Institute, Happier with Gretchen Rubin (the author of “The Happiness Project”), Call Your Girlfriend (a podcast about female friendships hosted by the authors of “Big Friendship”), and Sharon Says So. For news podcasts, I tune in to NPR’s Up First and Consider This (I love that they both make me feel informed in under fifteen minutes!), The Daily from the New York Times, and Skimm This from The Skimm.

December 2, 2021 7:01 pm
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I love listening to “Awesome Etiquette” every week! It’s hosted by two of Emily’s great-great grandchildren. Every week, they take questions from listeners, receive feedback on previous questions, and do a deep dive into a specific etiquette topic. Sometimes they’ll look back at old editions of “Etiquette” or discuss what they’ve been working on for the upcoming publication of the twentieth edition. I also love that they talk about their family (since the hosts are also cousins) and really bring listeners into the fold of the family-run Etiquette Institute.

Alex Sauls
December 3, 2021 2:55 pm

The “Fight Hustle End Hurry” with John Mark Comer and Jeff Bethke is a wonderful short series! And I always love “The Better Life Project” with Kelsey Van Kirk! Neither will disappoint ♥️

December 7, 2021 8:55 pm

Can‘t wait to hear about your 2022 goals! And all the blog posts :) I plan on joining you for the Best Of 2021 post on the 15th! This would be the first time I actually managed to post it at the end of the year instead of starting it with „Happy New Year!“, ha!
As for podcasts, other than some of the ones you mentioned, I mostly listen to German podcasts, to be honest. So I‘m not much of a help here.