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10 Monthly Goals for December

My priorities shifted mid-month, so I ended up cutting out some of my november goals, but then I started slacking even more after spending a week in Vegas. Vacations always tend to throw me off. I get extremely lazy, usually binge eat, and never exercise. This time around, although I did overeat and let some laziness creep in, we managed to get in a few workouts in the hotel room. That’s unprecedented! Now, I know what was once impossible for me can be done!

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Last month on the blog:

Books I Read in November:

  1. Allegiant by Veronica Roth
  2. The Bell Jar by Sylvia Plath
  3. The Brief Wondrous Life of Oscar Wao by Junot Diaz
  4. Mother Teresa Authorized Biography by Kathryn Spink

I did not finish Rosetta Stone Italian. I managed to do 5/8 lessons, which I am okay with. The thing I regret the most is not skyping with my parents and grandma every week. I skyped them the first two weeks, which is still more than I normally talk to them, but I really have no excuse. I get really agitated when people say they didn’t have time to do XYZ even though it is still very important to them. You always make time to do what is important. I’m sorry to say that I didn’t prioritize them last month. If something else came up, I chose to prioritize something / someone else.

I didn’t always have a great relationship with my family, but in 2009 after I got back from Germany, I’ve been making an effort to understand them (and to not be a bratty teenager who still emerges from time to time 10+ years later), and they’ve been making an effort to understand me. I know I need to make a conscious effort and make time to check in with them once a week. Life is so fragile, and the days we have with our loved ones are numbered. Even if all my other goals unravel at the seams, I need to make time for the people I care about. Note to self.. once again!

And now… My 10 Monthly Goals for December:

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What’s something new you’re trying to do this month? Wanna join in on any of the goals I’m doing? It’s always easier when it’s a group effort! What’s a resolution you hope to finish up before the new year?

Instead of blogging weekly goals, I will do them monthly and see how that goes. Feel free to check out some of my previous weekly wishes here:

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  1. oh! you already finished the Junot Diaz book?! so fast! did you like it? i went to look for it on my bookshelf and i couldn’t find it. i think it’s in our storage area somewhere. argh!

    also, do you like rosetta stone? i saw an ad to get it half off and i was thinking maybe i should learn mandarin (esp after going to beijing and being unable to communicate..) but i dunno. do you feel like it’s practical and easy to begin speaking after taking the course?

    1. esther julee

      yeah.. it was really entertaining. i like how he writes from the perspective of each character, and how the writing changes… and it made me learn some spanish! bc i had to look up a bunch of words from time to time. :P

      i do like RS. and i found that learning italian wasn’t too hard for me.. but i haven’t tried ones that are completely different characters that i wouldn’t even be able to phonetically read. i think chinese would be really hard bc of all the characters. but i do think that once you learn it you’ll retain it better than if you have to translate it back to english to understand.

  2. Solid set of goals! I definitely need to make more time for reading… I listen to audiobooks every day during my commute, but reading 4 books in a month? Kudos to you, darlin’!

    1. esther julee

      I know.. I might have bitten off more than I can chew.. haha it is a lot.. but I’m determined to finish my reading goal for 2013! I’m purposely picking shorter books over longer books, just so I can meet the reading goal. I hope I can do it! Are you on goodreads? Which audiobooks have you liked recently?

      1. I’m not on goodreads but maybe I should look into it! As for audiobooks… I’m currently listening to the Steve Jobs biography, and have really enjoyed Love with a Chance of Drowning by Torre DeRoche, Start With Why by Simon Senek, and Writing down the bones by Janet Conner.. but I’m pretty sure my list could go on forever :)

        1. esther julee

          yeah you should get on it! :) i’ve read the steve jobs bio and i found that very interesting. i haven’t had a chance to check out the other 3. i’ll put them in my queue.

  3. Jessica Angeles

    I’m totally with you on setting the goal of not buying gifts for yourself while shopping for others! It’s HARD! Good luck with your goals this month! Your blog is wonderful!

    1. esther julee

      It is seriously the hardest thing!! It’s so easy when you don’t expose yourself to things, but when you’re shopping for other people.. MAN.. it is hard! Thanks so much for reading! :)

  4. Britt @ One&20

    Ooooh! I love your goals!
    I am interested in starting Rosetta Stone (hopefully by January). How is it going so far?
    Britt @ One&20

    1. esther julee

      You should definitely try it! I think the RS system works for me. It helps me identify things much faster when I’m not translating it back to english in my head. It’s really great so far, but I also know after the lessons are done.. I’m going to need a language partner. I have no italians around me, so it’s going to be really tough retaining the language. Which language are you thinking about doing? :)

      I guess it would have been smarter for me to have taken spanish, since it’s much easier to find people who speak spanish, but i’ve always just loved the italian language.. and the food. :P

  5. Erika

    I really love the way you do goals! And the timing of me reading this is perfect because I’ve been wanting to do some sort of monthly goal thing on my blog and this inspires me. I used to do a monthly recap back in the summer, then I changed to weekly, then I changed to not at all. But for the new year, I want to sort of do a monthly reflective sort of thing, where I look at how I accomplished my goals and just reflect on what I did and everything.

    Anyway, anytime I read your blog, I just think: WE’RE SO ALIKE. And we really are!!! I think you accomplished a lot this month! Also, don’t be so hard on yourself about the family thing — yeah, definitely do it, but I find that ENFPs (which I am convinced you are as well) tend to over-commit or shoot for the stars. It’s true that we make time for the things that are priorities, but there are some of us who are prone to treating maybe a few too many things as a priority! Or thinking we have more time than we do!

    Good luck with this month’s goals! I’m probably going to do the blog 3x a week goal and the Xmas cards one! :)

    1. esther julee

      Thanks erika! I’m hoping monthly will work better for me. I realized that doing them weekly made me spend way too much time writing the weekly blog posts instead of spending that time to work on the goals. i also write and blog very slow.

      I haven’t done the test in a while, but that sounds about right. You’re right about overcommitting. I have to force myself to take a step back and take a few things off my plate every time I make a list.. BUT i still want to attempt to finish my resolutions for 2013. Of course I procrastinated and have to cram them all in the last few months. haha I know I’m overcommitting this time.

      Let’s help each other stay on track! :)

  6. at the risk of this sounding like a very generic blog comment, I am so happy that I found your blog through Weekly Wishes. I’ll be hopping around your archives today :)
    I love your goals for the month. I need to add some of those to my list as well. Especially working out …
    good luck with learning Italian! I gave up after just 2 lessons on RS :)

    1. esther julee

      haha not generic at all! we’re supposed to say it’s through weekly wishes, right? :P

      thanks!! :) working out is always a tough one. i can never relate to people who actually enjoy doing it. i always have to get the dreadful stuff out of the way first before i have time for second thoughts.

      why did you give up on RS? i’m sad that i probably won’t retain much of it though.. since I have no italians around me to practice with.

      1. honestly, I have always struggled with learning languages. I gave up because I frustrated with not being able to pass some of the speaking sections. I would like to try it again though. Maybe we could practice together :)

        1. esther julee

          yeah we should! it’s so much easier with a language partner. :) yeah the speaking sections are pretty difficult.. but you can actually change the setting so that it doesn’t have to be AS accurate. i think i put mine on medium setting… and that worked for me.

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