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Making December Happen

This month might be my favorite. Winter is certainly my favorite time of year, and a month full of hot chocolate, Christmas music, cozy sweaters, and crisp weather takes the cake. Once again, this month arrived much faster than I expected, and once again I've got a list full of goals I want to make happen. But even with my long list of to-do's, I want to spend time savoring this season, operating out of rest and intentionality so that I don't burn out in these last few weeks of 2014. Anyone else with me?

I don't know if anything better exemplifies my obsession with planners than the above picture. The pink Simplified Planner by Emily Ley will be my main organizing tool for 2015. The white and gold polka dotted Notes planner by Sugar Paper LA is largely blank pages with a 12 month overview in the front. I'm using this to tackle the Firework People master calendar and highlights from all the weekly meetings (core team, street team, Twitter chats, master class, Insta challenges, etc). Lastly, I picked up a mini Kate Spade agenda to serve as my blog base binder. I want to enter 2015 with series planned, posts written, and the vision clear. Now onto last month's recap and this month's goals.

November's Goals:
Finish this show with a good attitude. I'd say this was accomplished! I actually enjoyed the tech process, even though auditions fell in the middle and stressed me out to no end. Thankfully all ended well ;)
Have MY show performance ready before Thanksgiving. Well, we're mostly performance ready. The final show is this Friday so I have a few more days to tweak things as needed, but I am so proud of all the hard work my girls have put into this!
Assign all Merry & Bright Gift Swap partners. GLORY BE! This happened! I had a much larger response than I was expecting to the swap (I hoped for 20-30 but ended up with 150. What?!?!?). It took me hours to pair everyone up and send the info to each partner. However it is FINISHED. Hallelujah. I can't wait to see all the swaps!
Finish my research paper! I finished the rough draft, 7 pages, so that counts yes? I am currently procrastinating the rewrite as we speak... and it is due tomorrow. Yikes!
Finish The Best Yes by Lysa Terkeurst. Er. I didn't quite finish this one. It's on my list.
Read/study Acts & Romans while continuing the Influence Conf. devotional. I spent more time with the devotional than I did Acts & Romans. Those are on my list for the start of the New Year!
Get active 3x's per week. This was closer to 2. I took a Zumba class, went to the gym several times on my own, ate better, and lost 5 lbs! Woo! I call that progress!
Decorate my apartment for Christmas! This happened in part, and I was on track to finish completely until I realized half my decorations were still in Texas. Boo.
Tackle my inboxes at the beginning and end of each week. YES! This is something that has been consistent!

December's Goals:
Journal through the Naptime Diaries Advent study + #illustratedadvent. I bought a journaling Bible specifically for art journaling last month but did not have the time to begin. There are several ladies intentionally journaling through the Advent study and I hope to join in! Follow #braveloveadvent on Instagram, and check back at the end of each week for an update.
Clean + Declutter before the break. Over the weekend, my mom and I overhauled our storage unit, and I brought new things back with me to school. My apartment is in major need of reorganization, even unpacking that I have been putting off since August. I want to find a place for everything and put everything in its place before I go home for Christmas.
Memorize These Shining Lives. Remember those auditions I mentioned above? I was cast as the lead in a show for the spring, and my character, Catherine, narrates almost the entire thing as well as participates in scenes. I have a lot of memorizing to do! If I'm off my game, everyone else will be, too. I hope to have 75% memorized before the New Year, and the rest before school.
Work as much as possible at Anthro with a positive attitude! Retail during the holidays can be stressful, but I want to make the most of my job/short time to work by bringing a positive attitude in and walking out with the same. There's something about that store that can make gals catty, plagued with comparison, and materialistic, so I am declaring that those things WILL NOT cover my break!
Plan holiday festivities for my family. We already have tickets to see the musical Once, and mom and I have agreed to visit the Arboretum's 12 Days of Christmas, but there are a few more things to add to the list! I want to soak up as much of the Christmas season with my parents and siblings as possible.
Read The Greatest Gift, Love, Skip, Jump, The Best Yes, and Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire. I am SO CLOSE to completing my 101 in 1001 goal of reading 25 books in 12 months. It was initially 15 in 12 but I blew through that number in July. These books are either partially read or have been sitting on my end table for weeks waiting to be picked up. Let's do it!
Save for Hope Spoken + The Influence Conference. My job at Anthro is not just for fun money. Well, it technically is because these conferences are going to be MORE than fun! I want to put a significant amount in the bank to cover travel expenses for these exciting weekends.
Prepare for 2015. This includes praying about/choosing my word(s) of the year (I already have a few on my heart!), organizing my planners and school schedule, revamping ad swaps and sponsorships for Brave Love,  beginning my 2015 PowerSheets, and more. I get the feeling it's going to be a great year and I want to be prepared!

What about you? What are you making happen this month? Any fun holiday traditions I should try out? What books are you reading over the holidays? I'd love to know!

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