Thursday, December 4, 2014

November Results / December Goals

I'm just gonna throw it out there that I did not keep track of my spending in November, I did so much Christmas shopping that it was hard to keep track of it all.. I bought a few things for myself, and returned a bunch. I'm trying to work on building my closet with items I love and that will actually last, and I think I need to do less online shopping from certain retailers because they keep letting me down. I still have a couple of things on the way from Nordstrom and Express (thanks Gina), oh and Gap for what I hope is the perfect striped tee that I have been wanting for a bazillion years.

As for my November goals, both the adventure ones and the rest of year goals... eh, not so hot. I don't know why, November was just a busy / lazy month.

Life According to Steph

To recap, my goals were:

Adventure:

1. Purge, sell and organise my closet.
I started out strong, and purged the crap out of my closet. I didn't list any of it though, and it was a bit hard to 'organise'. I am going to work on it more this month because I still have so much that I don't love, and I want to love my closet.

2. Organise blog posts. 
Complete fail. I have like 150 posts in my drafts, some completed and need to be scheduled and others are one or two word post ideas. Will try and work on it this month.

3. Organise our important documents. 
Half? Not really. I bought the container, the files and the holders. But I actually need to sort it all out. I meant to do it over Thanksgiving weekend but I was sick.

Rest of year:

1. Lose weight / work on my fitness.
I did get back into the gym halfway through the month and was feeling really good about running. Then I got sick, and didn't work out for a week or so. I definitely didn't lose any weight.

2. No more gluten.
I don't want to talk about it.

3. Pay off 1 credit card.
Progress, but not paid off, but that's ok because I gave myself till the end of the year.

4. Buy all my Christmas presents by the end of November.
Almost. I bought all the presents except for a couple of gift cards and bottles of wine, which I'm not too worried about. I'm quite proud of myself.

5. Limit the shopping for myself.
I got a little spend happy though I didn't track it. I bought some gifts for my girlfriends and bought one for myself, I got our bags that we are going to use for Europe next year and a bunch of clothes that I thought I would add to my 'loved items' and they almost all went back.

6. Purge & Sell, Purge & Sell.
See above.

As you can see, pretty big failure in the goals department. Except for the gifts. What can I say, apparently I'm good at spending money.

The theme for December is 'simplify'. I don't think I will ever be a minimalist, I like some stuff too much. But I don't like the useless stuff and we have too much of that. I want to get rid of the crap - the tupperware without lids, the books we hated and will never read again, the clothes that are too small, KC's high school notebooks (whyyy does he hold on to them?).. all of it.


Steph gave me the idea for less screen time... KC and I don't watch a lot of TV but take our computers or internet away from us and we'll go nuts. I've thrown around the 'no technology after 9pm from Sun-Thurs' before and we've never stuck with it. I asked KC to help me stick with it this month and he agreed, so yay. Kindles don't count, obviously. We both have the super basic ones that are just for reading.
Update: Brianne gave me another idea for simplify / unplugging. KC and I are rarely on our phones when we are together, and more often than not when we do something, we only bring one phone in case of emergencies. I am going to try and work on the times where I am on the phone around him or other people. It's rude. It's my safety net when I feel awkward or whatever, I grab the phone and start playing or checking emails. I'm gonna try and work on that, no mindless phone use instead of interacting with other people.

On top of that, I'm going to work on everything else - purging my closet, selling stuff, working out and avoiding the gluten. And trying not to spend money. Wish me luck!

Oh and guess what? My 3 months of no soda is up! According to my 30 before 30, I have officially given it up. Yay! KC has given it up as well, and has just passed 1 month.

Do you have any goals to end 2014 well? Wait, wtf? It's almost 2015?! What the shit. I'm not ready you guys. Got any plans for NYE?

60 comments:

  1. I have had organize my closet on my to do list for far to long now! It needs to happen soon with all the shopping I am sure will happen when I am home for the holidays. I use to be such an online shopper but since online shopping is basically not happening with the high shipping and customs costs moving to Iceland really knocked that spending habit down for me!

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  2. I'm joining you in the simplification goal! I have way too much stuff that I really don't need and in a studio apartment, I'm really starting to feel the pain of having so many unnecessary items around!

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  3. I am always organizing. It's amazing! I have an idea for you (unless you already done it)... you know how your laundry piles high and you're stuck for days doing it? Or is that only me? Oh well.... anyways, buy a laundry sorter. It has 3 compartments for your dirty clothes. And it prevents you from stuffing too much in there. Kinda like proportions it? Seriously. It changed my life.

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  4. I am SO not ready for 2015. At all! 2014 only just started, didn't it?

    We are moving next year so I reeeeally need to get organised and throw some stuff out.

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  5. I need to cut back on my gluten. I know there's no way I can completely cut it out. And definitely limit the shopping for myself.. ugh. It's so hard though!

    <3, Pamela
    sequinsandseabreezes.blogspot.com

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  6. Congrats on the no soda thing, lady! That's awesome!

    Simplify is such a wonderful word, one that I want to put to use as well. You'll get there, I know you will.

    As for blog stuff, sometimes the two word post turn out to be the best thing for you a few months down the road. I just got rid of some posts I knew I'd never use, but created a bunch of just ideas.

    Have a great day, friend!

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  7. I am so not ready for 2015. You did awesome giving up soda for so long. At least you are done shopping minus the few quick items.

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  8. Congrats on the soda! That's couldn't have been easy.....And I love that quote. I move around so often (every year or so) I have to always be able to fit all my belongings in my car. talk about getting rid of stuff you don't find useful or beautiful lol

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  9. That's awesome that you aren't drinking any soda, that is something that I need to work on! My husband is addicted to it, I think. I wish I could make him stop!! Wah. Anyways, that's great that you have most of your Christmas presents bought! I started on Halloween and finished before December! It's nice not having to worry and stress out about gifts... whenever I go to the store everyone seems like they are in a rush or going crazy... so glad that's not me haha

    Great blog btw, just found it and looking forward to reading more!


    Jessica
    the.pyreflies.org

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  10. Congrats on giving up pop! I did so good for awhile & completely gave it up. Now I drink one every now & then but I don't really ever crave it. I cannot believe it's almost 2015! Seriously where did the year go?! Good luck on your goals for the rest of the year.

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  11. ugh its SO hard to stop shopping during the holidays... i tend to buy something for someone else and then shop for myself! not good... the sales are just so tempting! ah well good luck with your goals! xo jillian - cornflake dreams

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  12. lose weight? girl, you cray! i seriously commend you on the soda...it's on my forever list. and purging the closet...don't wanna talk about it!

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  13. ME?!! You're thanking me!?? YAY!!!!! LOL! Well, I hope you like your purchases when they arrive and you feel they were worthwhile, very useful additions to your wardrobe. You know, like the Voile Tunic. :) If not, I'm not offended. I love reading your goal tracking every month. It's totally motivating! If nothing else at this point just for me to MAKE some goals. Or some plans for NYE so I don't feel like a loser. :) I'm SOOOO proud of you for quitting soda!! That is so great!!

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  14. I didn't track my spending very well this month either. I figure with black Friday deals and Christmas shopping I definitely blew whatever budget I had! I've been trying to stay off my phone more often as well, especially when Joe and I are together, it's actually been going well so far!

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  15. Doesn't it feel so good to get your shopping done early? Then you can just relax and ENJOY the holidays! I spend so much time obsessing over finding the perfect gift that if I waited until the last minute I'd probably spontaneously combust.
    Express is the shit. All of their stuff is classic and can go easily from day to night!

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  16. Your answer to no more gluten made me chuckle!!! I can't believe how many draft posts you have - any you want to just send my way!?

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  17. Nothing will derail a fitness routine like getting sick. Happens to me waaaay to often.

    V
    Life+1

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  18. I can't believe you have that many drafts!!!! I always plan to sit down over the weekend and at least start blog posts for the week and it never happens!
    ~Elise @ highheelsglitteringeyes.blogspot.com

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  19. You've done pretty well with your goals.

    I tried to save money last month, but we went on vacation and bought all of our Christmas gifts... there's always next month, right? Ha.

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  20. Girl I am proud of you and the no soda! I still keep falling back but I am going to do it! I need to purge and sell as well. Where are you going to sell your clothes? Also, I think my bf and I can use the no phone rule. It's mostly me and I need to be better.

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  21. Love the phone idea. I'm guilty of doing it jsut to occupy my hands (I'm fiddly).

    WTG on the no pop! That's awesome :)

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  22. I have tried to give up Dr. Pepper, it will probably never happen. I don't think I could lessen my screen time either. Basically I have no self control. I don't know how I missed it before that you and I are in Kentucky.

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  23. I totally agree with purging and getting rid of clutter! good luck!!

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  24. I love the idea of putting the phone away when you are with people! It's totally my safety net too, and I hate it! It really is rude and I want to force myself to put it away and really talk to people! Great goals!

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  25. No mindless phone use is a good idea.

    I think you did pretty well - you at least started most things. LOLOL though at the "I don't wan to talk about it." I think we've all been there with something we've set out to do!

    I'm good at spending money too. Hoo boy am I.

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  26. Love the unplugging idea! Cory stays on his phone so much and it drives me crazy. RUDE!

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  27. I so need to do the draft thing... I never plan ahead in my blog posts... it would make easier... I think?

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  28. Congrats on giving up soda!! I don't know that I'll ever give it up but I've cut back. Feels so good!

    One thing that's nice about scheduling posts is that if life gets busy, you can still blog without blogging (if that makes sense). I love the automatic scheduling apps like Buffer, too. One of my goals is to start using them more often again.

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  29. Girl I am totally jealous of your 150 drafts!! That is amazing - I think I have 2, ha! And good job with the soda, I gave that up a few years ago and honestly feel so much better. Just having a small glass now holds me over for a few weeks!

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  30. it sounds like you and I are in a the same place on our goals :) I have a huge pile of clothes and accessories taking over our guest room, but haven't sold or donated anything. I have all the stuff to organize our paperwork, but haven't started that process yet either. Still have more time though, so we can get it done!

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  31. I'm planning to work my way through my closet this winter - an winter clothes that I don't wear or wear and don't like anymore are going out!!

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  32. I'm all about the perfect striped tee! I feel ya on how a lot of online shops let me down with their subpar quality!! I've been trying to limit my shopping to places with great quality, even if it's more expensive...

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  33. Congrats for getting off the soda! P and I don't drink soda anymore either. I was so proud of him for giving it up on his own without me "making" him, he just decided to join in after I gave it up. Best of luck on the rest of your goals! You've made good progress so far!

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  34. Nice job with no soda! It is best NOT to workout while sick so you totally get a pass on that one. Here's your encouragement to get back on it once you feel better :)

    It sounds like you did pretty well keeping with your goals and it was the Christmas shopping that threw things off- however it aligns with the goal to get it all done by the end of Nov.

    NYE -probably snowboarding. yay

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  35. I like the brutal honesty. "I don't want to talk about it." Lol! With such a ton of goals, making progress on any of them is still a good thing. I've got a ton, too, so I know it can be overwhelming sometimes and sometimes I get stuck in this "all or nothing" mindset, so one failure means the rest all goes to shit.

    Side note: I only recently got rid of my high school stuff. I had so many doodles and notes to friends, and just generally fun memories and it was hard. I think it's the first time I purged something and then felt a bit regretful afterwards. But if you never actually look at them, there's no point!

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  36. I am totally with you on the lidless containers and the one-time-bad-read books. And I totally have all my textbooks still. As an English major, the only actual textbooks I had are from electives that ended up being "fun" classes. So I have a bit of a nerdery hoarding issue. :)

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  37. I really need to do a post similar to this soon I think. It's such a good idea to get the goals out there where people (mainly me) can see them and wrap my mind around a few big things to do each month... congrats on the no soda!! And well done on the Christmas shopping - I'm totally jealous because I haven't done a single bit! So embarrassing haha, but I'm going tomorrow night in hopes that the mall isn't too busy.

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  38. My offer to help out with the organizing is still in effect! I really like your simplify goals. ANNND huge congrats on quitting soda! Wooo! And don't feel bad about slacking on the fitness, I haven't run in like ages. AGES. November was tough. Womp womp.

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  39. That's so good you've done three months of no soda! Do you drink anything else instead or did you just phase it out completely? It sounds like you did really good with your goals from last month-- even if you didn't fully accomplish them all you made such a good dent in so many things! I've never really been able to stick to the no phone or computer after a certain time thing- but that's a good idea to be more intentional about it. I can't believe this year is going to be over so soon either! It doesn't seem possible!

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  40. Considering it was November, I say you did pretty well on your goals. Things get a little crazy with the holidays and you were sick and all that. Having most of your presents bought is HUGE and way further ahead than me! Also, congrats on no soda. I can't say the same. While I resist all week long, if I am out on the weekends and don't want to drink beer...I usually order a diet coke. Oops. Not always, but sometimes.

    I love your answer for gluten! LOL!!!! Never start something like that in Nov or Dec!!!!!!

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  41. Congrats on having your shopping mostly done! I think it's my life goal to simplify. We had to get rid of a ton of stuff when we moved, but it has a way of accumulating quickly. I have a ton of clothing to list and sell on ebay that I either have to do this week or wait until the new year since shipping will be a nightmare close to Christmas. I'm trying not to rely on my phone as much. I tend to grab for it every time I'm in a line or waiting for something and I've decided I just need to leave it, enjoy the moment and embrace being still!

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  42. I think the fact that you at least started to organize goes a long way. Me? I need to get on it STAT! Love your December goals! Simplifying is always a good thing!

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  43. Great list! That is wonderful you are trying to pay off your credit card!!! I also love your purge and sell-- I love doing that so much!!
    Melanie @ meandmr.com

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  44. Ughhhhhh screen time I preach it all day long but yet I have my computer on my lap and the tv on.....it's so terrible!

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  45. Haha, love your honesty!

    I totally thought I would get around to my blog post purge last month too, I got so busy cleaning out the rest of the house though that the blog suffered a bit.

    At least you got a start to the organising, I plan to finish whatever stuff didn't get done this month....but then I'm also planning to have some lazy weekends, so we'll see!

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  46. i nearly have all of my shopping done; i just need one more!!

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  47. Try to start selling as soon as you yank it out of the closet. That's what helped me - once the money started rolling in, I was all 'GET RID OF ALL THE THINGS!' Huge motivator haha. Good luck in December! Not spending money this month is already hard for me :(

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  48. I get terrified just looking at the pile of papers I have shoved in our letter holder. I need to organize my files, too. It would be awesome if I had an office where I could get a file cabinet and organize all this crap. But less is often better in the way of extra crap anyway.

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  49. ok hold on- Harrison made us keep every one of his notebooks from high school and I was like " you are literally the only person in the world who wants to hold on to something like this. let's get rid of them, please". looks like i was wrong.

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  50. I get so stressed out with Christmas shopping every year-whhyyy can I not get it done early?!

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  51. I love that quote! And I also love that you're honest about your successes/fails - to me, that means everything was a success!

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  52. Girl I am not ready either!! I'm going through my resolutions and some were checked off then the others yeah not going to happen! I only have my mom left to get a few more things for. Great job on your shopping!

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  53. No technology (I agree - Kindle doesn't count) after 9 is a great goal! I need to get back to that myself. I totally got a little (okay a lot) spend happy this month too and just said ahh...screw it.

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  54. Considering being sick especially I think that seems pretty good for one month... ! I don't feel like I did much at all. Though we are almost done with Christmas gifts too! :) Hah I totally have a bunch of my notebooks from school too. Good luck with December. I guess I need to start thinking of goals for 2015 too... the end of this year has gone so quickly! XO -Alexandra

    Simply Alexandra: My Favorite Things

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  55. Hooray for reaching your no soda goal! I think you shouldn't beat yourself up about spending money; it's the holiday season after all :D I think the "less screen-time" idea is a great one!

    My plan for NYE is to get crushed to death in Trafalgar Square. Yay...?

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  56. I start organizing one thing and then start something else and make myself overwhelmed. I need to just pick one project at a time. Yay for the No Soda. I quit buying it for my house, but I work where there is a soda fountain for all the free soda I would like to consume, so it makes it hard. I am weak.

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  57. We are definitely on the simplify/purge train and have been for the past couple of months or so. It's scary how much CRAP we just accumulate over the years. Yesterday we went to town on both our extra bedrooms and threw away an entire HUGE bag of stuff, and donated 3 large boxes of stuff. It felt SO good getting all of that out of our house!!!

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  58. These are all such great goals! My biggest one is to organize my closet and get rid of a ton of crap! It's getting ridiculous!

    <3 Shannon
    Upbeatsoles.blogspot.com

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  59. I love the idea of no phones/internet/tv. Although I'm home by myself most of the time so I guess I'm probably not offending anyone but my dogs. Lol. Good for you working on your goals! I'd say Christmas shopping mostly done before Decemember is a pretty big deal! And the whole purging the closet... Phew. I couldn't do that.... Until I got knocked up! Now I throw everything that I try on that doesn't fit into a damn garbage bag because I don't ever want to see it until I'm skinnier! hahahaha! :)

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