Thursday, January 8, 2015

December Results / January Goals

Ok, I know I already shared my 2015 goals but in order for me to achieve them, I need to break them down month by month. I'm hoping this will actually help me accomplish a goal or two, which is more than I can say for November or December.

Life According to Steph

To recap, my goals were:


Get rid of the crap. I wanted to get rid of the useless stuff in our house, the whole 'have nothing in your home that you do not know to be useful or beautiful' - I wanted to get rid of the containers without lids, the lids without containers, the books that are in the donate pile and just random stuff we have. I don't think I did anything at all. I did convince KC to watch the Tiny documentary though. We will never live in a Tiny house, and I wish the documentary was more about living with less or the statistics of our 'want more, want bigger' culture but it was more about the guy building his tiny house - still interesting, and it got KC and I talking about purging and living with less and we are both on the same page so I would call it a half success.

Less screen time. Kinda pass? I wanted to get off the computer / phone by 9pm on Sunday-Thursday nights. I'd say I did at least half if not more. Some nights I can tell I'm not tired and getting off the computer won't help, especially if I have stuff to do. Also if I don't respond to my mum's emails each day she thinks I'm dead, and if it's 9:30 and I haven't responded, you better believe I'm going to. I also tried to make sure I wasn't on my phone when I was around other people and I think I did ok - there was one night we went out with KC's work people and I was entertaining myself on my phone so I didn't fall asleep. Plus we took a lot of selfies, as we do. Other than that, I did good I think.


1. Lose weight / work on my fitness.
No, but I did find some weight, hooray for me. I ran a bit in December, but got sick and hurt my knee so I had to slow down. I didn't get back into the gym, and I did do some yoga but the holidays messed with my routine. So, fail.

2. No more gluten.
Yeah did you see all those cupcakes I ate?

3. Pay off 1 credit card.
No. Ugh, this is the one I am most mad about. I got so close though. Still working on it..

4. Buy all my Christmas presents by the end of November.
Pretty much.

5. Limit the shopping for myself.
I think I did okay in December, but I honestly didn't track it.

6. Purge & Sell, Purge & Sell.
Yeah, no. I did a huge purge a couple months ago and then I realised I still hated a lot of what was in my closet. I didn't want to list anything around Christmas so I put it off. I need to get back in there and purge some more, and actually list stuff.

The theme for January is 'complete'. Complete... complete complete complete. My goal is to... complete one of my freaking goals. 

1. Organise my documents like I was supposed to do in November.
2. Purge and sell clothes. Purge random stuff around the house.
3. (I be up in the gym just) Working on my fitness. Yoga, running and strength training.
4. Eat well - specific goals in mind.
5. Attempt to meal plan the month away.
6. Pay off credit card with highest interest rate.
7. No shopping.
8. Donate something & be thankful for something.
9. Make 5 new to me recipes.
10. Finish that positivity post I am having so much trouble with.

Jeepers. So many goals. But really they are all small things that I hope will turn into making me a better, happier person. January is always the do make all the goals month that always turns into fail all the goals month, so I am determined that this month will not be. Which is what I always say, so perhaps I should actually mean it this time.

What are you working towards this month / year?

52 comments:

  1. organizing documents is a shit job. i hated every second of it because it takes SO MUCH TIME to go through everything. however, once it was done, it felt amazing. i broke it up into "phases" like today, will be "organize Kathy's documents" or "organize all home documents" or "sort through all credit card statements". something like that. it's why it took me like, 2wks but doing it a section at a time is more tolerable than spending 10hrs at once!

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  2. I think breaking the goals into monthly ones helps so much. I am all about cleaning out the stuff we don't need right now!

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  3. Good luck with the goals, my friend! I definitely heard Fergalicious in my head when I read "1. Lose weight / work on my fitness" so I was relieved (yes, actually relieved) when I read the lyric further down, hahaha. It made me feel slightly less cray for 1 glorious second.

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  4. I was going to say "So many goals!" and then I realized I'd be a hypocrite, because I have 9 on my list. Unplugging is hard! I thought about trying to limit phone time during our holiday travels and then realized that would only make me frustrated, because there's no way Ryan would follow suit. I did avoid picking up my phone while sitting around and chatting with relatives, because that's just rude, but I noticed that most people don't think anything of interrupting a conversation to read a text or get on Facebook, and that definitely bothers me.

    Good luck with the plethora of goals!

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  5. I am breaking my goals down monthly as well because I'm much more likely to kick my butt into gear if I think I only have 31 days vs 365 days to get it done. Procrastination all over the place over here. Good luck with your goals girly!

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  6. You can do it! I think breaking down your goals monthly is a great idea...

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  7. Omg! Lol! You crack me up, at least you're honest about it! I really wanted to do no shopping in Januray too but being off and bored on new years day I did some online shopping ccouldn't even make it one day!

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  8. Organizing documents sucks. Tax crap is on my to do list to complete in January. BLERGH

    I think you did well! I always use my phone for photos but try not to zone out on it anymore.

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  9. Writing down your goals month by month is actually a really good idea! It keeps you from getting overwhelmed and stressed. I always look at my goals as a whole and think, "there is no way I'm going to be able to do all this!" Breaking it down gives it to you in bite size pieces! :) I also seriously need to organize my documents... They're getting a little out of hand! Lol.

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  10. The December goals you had are always rough for me too. I really want to purge this year too. I have so many things I want to do... and yet no real/final list on what I want to do for the year yet. Maybe it will come to me this week. :) -though I will say your blog/amount of reading has made me want to add a reading challenge to my year. :) Back in the blogging game - Alexandra

    Simply Alexandra: My Favorite Things

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  11. We've been talking about organizing our documents for years. I always just end up shoving them in a pile in the filing cabinet. Isn't that good enough?

    I've also been contemplating a wardrobe purge. Then I can buy more, right?

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  12. Meal plan the month away? I decided I am going to start with next week because I've never actually managed to do it despite saying I will. So Sunday for me is time to shop and plan and prep!

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  13. Ten goals!! You're much more ambitious than me. :)
    I think treating "Tiny" as research into a simpler life counts as a success during a "simplify" challenge. Happy January. :)

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  14. I did not know about Tiny, I want to watch that now. I vote for decluttering in january, start the new year clean! But I like all your goals. I think you'll check them off, good luck!

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  15. Well I know you have at least 1 new recipe to make! I think it's really freeing when you discover just how easy cooking can be :)

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  16. Love your goals for the month!!! I find that making new dishes is the hardest but thank god for blogging and pinterest for all the inspiration LOL! xo, Biana - http://www.blovedboston.com/2015/01/style-inspired.html

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  17. You know I loved Tiny but I agree, it wasn't so much about the idea of the tiny house as it was the execution of the tiny house. We have watched a few episodes of Tiny House Nation (not sure what channel it comes on - we download it) and it is a little more about the process of paring down and getting ready to live in a smaller place. I don't think we'll ever be super tiny house people (and we also have no interest in living off the grid, so there's that…), but we like the concept and our "goal" house/apartment size is 500 sq ft.
    Even if you didn't cross everything off your list, at least you started a lot of things! Sometimes that's the hardest part. Plus you seem to have a clear idea of what you want to accomplish moving forward. You got this!

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  18. We have a lot of the same goals! REALLY want to pay off some credit cards, I'm SO sick of debt! And I so need to work on trying new recipes, I get in such a rut with cooking, but it's so much easier (albeit boring) to just make and eat the same things all the time!

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  19. great goals! you're making me want to go through everything in our house and get organized and donate a few things! xo jillian - cornflake dreams

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  20. Hey you didn't do too bad!!! I really need to get my but back to the gym and the whole get rid of crap is high on my list!!

    <3 Shannon
    Upbeat Soles

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  21. You've got this lady. It's hard to put the phone and comp away, but the fact that you were mindful is a good change lady! I know you'll get that CC paid off, you can do it! I need to purge more too.

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  22. I have such a hard time with meal planning. some weeks I do great and make a plan and a list and I buy everything and I even MAKE the food... but other times I make a plan, buy the stuff and but don't feel like making the food that week. it's strange and weird. i just need to get rich and hire a personal chef that will make me whatever i want on the spot :P

    Jessica
    the.pyreflies.org

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  23. I need to organize documents. I left my filing cabinet when I moved (time before last) and I really wish I hadn't. Now my documents are just scattered in various spots. I use to meal plan a month at a time, I also use to make my kids a clothes calendar. Id pick out there clothes for the whole month and keep it on a chart. But they are older now and refuse to let me pick anything out. It sure made getting dressed easier.

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  24. Those are great goals. The less screen time is so hard for me too. The holidays made it so hard not to gain but I am finally back to pre-holiday weight. You can totally do it!

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  25. Yes! I want to do all of these too!! we got this!

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  26. So many things I need to be doing as well! You did better than me so far! I haven't been to the gym in over a week now...eep. And I definitely don't see it happening in the foreseeable future either. And I definitely need to do the less screen time thing. I need to set a time and just call it a night!

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  27. Girl, I found some weight too. UGH! It's a never ending battle. One day I will learn to stop jumping off the wagon....

    Since the goal was simplify last month, I would say that anything you did was good because you should be keeping it simple. Duh! :)

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  28. You can do this! I swear meal planning just changed my life. It has saved me SO much time and money over the years. It can be hard to start but then it becomes a routine and it's awesome. Just doing that and you'll take care of like three of your goals!

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  29. I love meal planning! It sucks to do at first but the stress of not having to think "what's for dinner" or "what should I buy this week" makes life SO much easier.

    December is a difficult month to get things done so your ambition is admirable!

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  30. No shopping? As in *none*? Meal planning is my strong suit but the lids with no containers and containers with no lids I have not done yet. I have no idea how that even happens!

    The credit card decision is one of my favs because I hate paying high interest on anything and the longer it goes the more I pay... which I also don't like!

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  31. I want to do the gluten thing & see how my body feels without it.
    Oh mercy - I have so much 'stuff' to get rid of...

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  32. Loving your goals!! I have a lot of similar ones this month :) I find it easier to work on monthly goals instead of setting mega-resolutions at the start of every year.

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  33. Those tiny houses would make me get a divorce and hate my life hah. Pass! You got this - just commit to one thing at a time so you don't feel as overwhelmed by your list of to-dos. I know it's hard! You can do it ;)

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  34. I Definitely need to see about doing a monthly goals post so I'm already planning for next month! The phone thing seems to be one everybody wants and needs to do so that's good that you felt like you accomplished it. Good luck with completing at least one of your goals!

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  35. I started my organization of files, but am in the same boat I am not truly organized and need to be.

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  36. you do not need to lose weight! you are tiny! also why get rid of gluten? I'm very anti gluten-free unless you have celiacs :)

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  37. We're totally on the same page! I'm aiming to simplify by purging as well, and I have so many half-finished projects that are on my list to complete. The meal planning is another big one for me...it's just so easy and tempting to always get take-out here instead of cooking!

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  38. After spending the day putting up Christmas decorations and getting out the regular stuff I'm definitely in a purging kind of mood - not sure I really need 9 Christmas trees anymore!!! And, the cookbooks - at least 50 trips up and down the stairs to get them all back on the shelves!!! PURGE time for sure!!!

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  39. Love reading goal and resolution posts! Happy new year :)

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  40. Good luck on your goals, these are all really good ones!! I have stuff I need to get rid of too!

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  41. It's so hard to get anything done around the holidays. Everything sort of just stops. I put off a lot of things in December (including my closet purge), so my word for January is "complete" too. I haven't seen Tiny, but I did watch a documentary called We The Tiny House People. It's available for free on youtube if you're interested. I haven't seen it in awhile so I might be mistaken, but I remember it being more of a tour of many interesting small homes and discussions with the people who lived there. It's free, so worth a look!

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  42. I've been on a household purge lately - everything I haven't used in over 6 months has been put in the sell/donate pile. Do at least one room of your house a week, and by the end of the month you should have a whole bunch to sell or donate (so you can cross two things off your list).

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  43. Great goals-- I too hate when I don't accomplish mine the way I want to! It is always really hard with the Christmas Craziness! I hope you can nock them out this month!
    Melanie @ meandmr.com

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  44. Nice Fergie reference ;-)

    No shopping? At all? For the whole month?? Man, that would be hard. The rest I can totally relate to!

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  45. I really think breaking the goals down helps. I feel like it's not so overwhelming and easier to hold yourself accountable. I seriously need to go through my closet and get rid of some stuff. I only wear like half of the stuff in there! And I think no shopping kind of goes hand in hand with the purge. After a busy holiday season and too much money spent, I'm ready to save a little this month too! Good luck! Can't wait to see how you do!

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  46. Those are great goals, and December is such a tough month to focus on much more than getting things done for the holidays, so don't feel bad! This month I really want to eat a lot healthier which means meal planning/prepping and bringing lunches to work every day. :) So far so good for both Joey and I! I should also organize our documents before things start piling up, that way there will be less work in a year's time haha. :)

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  47. Okay, you already know my shopping goals but I am going to confess one more goal here just to you. I want to finish that stupid book in January!! I'm at 60%! I know I can find the time to do it. I just need to make it official. So I'll help you stay accountable if you help me!

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  48. My husband and I are on a spending freeze for three months. We are only buying necessities and need now items. I think you can complete your goals!

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  49. Lol at #3 I be up in the gym. Ha! Can we be book twins and workout buddies too? Is such awesomeness allowed?!
    Also, I haven't cooked a thing since Christmas Eve. For real. That's embarrassing. It is just SO easy to order out in the city. So says I, eating Chinese take out at 2am :)
    My main goals for January are to finish my novel draft, write a short story and declutter/purge. Eeep! I must get at least one of those done!

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  50. I think Im going to jump in for January. This is too exciting. Is there a specific day to post?

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    1. Totally pressed publish before I was done ... Also yay for the success of the purging of all the stuffs. As I was reading about the tiny documentary theres a new show called my tiny house hunters... its like house hunters for tiny houses. You need to get KC to look at it. Cray!

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  51. Limit the shopping, period. Agree!:)

    Oly | TLV Birdie Blog
    http://tlvbirdie.com

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