Thursday, December 8, 2016

December Goals

Ok my friends. December is here and is in full swing. Christmas is in seventeen days, folks. THIS IS NOT A DRILL. Rory and I watched Elf last night, so the Christmas season is truly here. I've been listening to Christmas music since September October anyways, sooooo...

November was a full month, friends! We had not one, but three Thanksgiving celebrations. We enjoyed an "interns-giving" with all the interns from church, then we had my former class from Downtown Academy over to our house the Sunday before Thanksgiving. And last but certainly not least, we had Thanksgiving Day with family here in town! I cooked two turkeys and ate a lot of mashed potatoes. I'd say Thanksgiving was a success.

As always, I've pulled out my Powersheets to help me focus on this last month of 2016. It is hard to believe we are about to say goodbye to 2016, but we are, and I am so excited about what God has in store for 2017. Here's what I was working on in November:

begin writing my next book, Already Chosen (more on that soon!)
blog plan for December
December meal planning
Christmas shopping list
Christmas menu planning
December budget

work out more days than not (how's that for grace?!)
walk dogs more at least every other day
call a friend
call a family member
listen to James 

read the Word
encourage Ror
encourage someone else

The Nitty Gritty

Ok, can I be totally honest? November flew by and I barely looked at my goals. I had them in my mind and was kind of casually working on them, but I pulled out my Powersheets at the end of the month at the beginning of December and realized there were a few things I needed to get crankin' on!
I actually did some meal planning at the beginning of this month. Oops. However, we do have Christmas taken care of, so that's exciting and relieving all at once. I worked out a little bit but not much. We did, however, take the dogs to the trails by our house a few times, which was fun for us and them.

What I Was Grateful for in November

November was a month full of gatherings, as per usual. I was incredibly grateful for all of the time I got to spend with the interns from church and am loving all of those fun relationships. It is also really fun to watch them interact together; we have a real sense of community within the group, which is very special. I got to speak at The Bridge, our college gathering, which was super fun. We also had a wreath-making party for the intern girls at our house, which was a blast. On the Saturday after Thanksgiving, Rory and I watched the entire Gilmore Girls: A Year in the Life series, which I am still recovering from emotionally. Anyone else? Please debrief with me! We also had the privilege of attending a house blessing at my Nanny's home, which was really special for me. My sweet Nanny died two years ago, but her home is still in the family, which I am grateful for. Friends came to visit us in November, and we watched a lot of football. It was a really good month.

What I'm Working on in December


work on Already Chosen
finish Blog Life class
meal plan January
enjoy Christmas!
blog plan January
work on training Tybee


work out 5x a week
walk pups 4x a week (maybe 3?)
blog at least 3x a week
look at budget and enter purchases into Every Dollar app
listen to/read James!
family worship 4 nights a week


NO PHONE ZONE 7am-7pm: put it away from myself when we are home; don't take it out when with others, no social media during those hours
read the Word
encourage Ror
encourage someone else

What are you working on friends?


  1. Hi Jessica, I found your blog via the Currently link up, and I must say I love that encouraging others is on your daily goals list. Thanks for the inspiration!



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