December Goals (10 in 30)

It's that time of year! A time to think back over all that you've accomplished #boss and also a time to set some goals for December. Don't let this month slip by, it's can be the biggest game changer for you #monthlygoals #winterwonderland

We have made it to the last month of 2018. Even saying that sounds so crazy!! I’m going to write 2018 and scratch it out so many times next month. This year more than others has gone so quickly. I have spent quite a lot of it at work, which I don’t regret because it has caused me to be where I am right now.

Over the past few months I’ve really been working though what a work/life balance is and what that looks like, and how I want that to look in my life. I’ve been working through who’s opinion matters and who’s doesn’t. I’ve also been working though a lot when it comes to my own expectations. I’ve had a lot of expectations of what this year was going to bring.

I remember at the beginning of the year I wanted to be more grateful than I had ever been. I really enjoy that I did that. I’ll definitely be praying bout what I feel God wants me to focus on next year. I feel like there have been moments and months of this year that I was very grateful, and times where I truly failed in that department.

Let’s put together some goals for this last month of 2018 shall we!

1// FINISH OUT THE YEAR WITH A GRATEFUL HEART

Over the past month there have been some truly hard days. I’ve been faced with some real subjects that aren’t the most fun to think about. I’m very grateful for my health, and my love ones! November being such a difficult month has really had me focused on how grateful I am for the people around me!

2// GO HOME!

This is my most exciting goal this month! I’m finally getting to go home! I haven’t been home in over a year. I don't want that to happen again. I enjoy visiting Florida and Disney and my friends and family! I’m ready for my tan lines!

3// DECORATE FOR CHRISTMAS

Because November was so difficult I really considered not decorating for Christmas at all. This would have been the first year in my life that I didn’t decorate where I was living. Last night I started putting up a few decorations, and I’m glad. You can’t let a difficult season impact a new season!

4// GO TO DISNEY AND/OR UNIVERSAL

Out of the two I will definitely picking Disney, but I would love if I have the opportunity to go to both. I truly do get a Disney itch that I really need to scratch. There’s a Disney magic that you really can’t find anywhere else. I want to see the fireworks! Ohh, but I also want to have butter beer and go on the Hogwarts ride, I’m torn. I also need to save money though, so that solves that dilemma.

5// FINISH WHAT I NEED TO AT WORK BEFORE FLORIDA

Boo work goal, I know. But it’s also important. I really want to make sure my team is set up for success before I have some time on my own. I also am not excited for the hundreds of emails I will come back to, but it’s important to unplug and refresh!

6// GET THE HEAT FIXED AT MY PLACE

Even as I think of my goals, I am sitting next to a space heater, *face palm* , but life gets busy and I have to choose what to focus on. I can make sure work is good and I’m cooking dinner each night, or I can call about a space heater. I need to find the time I know, but for lack of a better phrase, it’s on my back burner right now.

7// ENJOY THE WINTER SEASON

This is another goal that has been difficult. Since the sun has been leaving me at like 4:30pm each day, it’s been hard for me to do anything after work other than come home and start to prepare for bed. Last year was the first time I had been subject to the “winter blues” and I will say I would return to sender if I could! It’s hard to not be a little bleh when you leave and come home from work it’s dark both times.

8// FINISH WATCHING GILMORE GIRLS FOR THE I’M NOT EVEN SURE WHAT TIME IN TOTAL

Every once in a while I start to run through the entire series and I’m about half way though at this point. Every time I find funny moments that I didn’t catch last time, or that I forgot about. I also really love seeing the characters from a new perspective at each age I watch the show! Not sure if I’m going to watch the “A Year in the Life” after, we shall see.

FURTHER READING: GILMORE GIRLS TAUGHT ME…

9// COME UP WITH AN ACTUAL SCHEDULE FOR POSTING ON HERE AND ON PINTEREST.

I started using Tailwind for my Pinterest because I’m not even sure how many blogs I’ve seen at this point that use and love Tailwind. I actually really do love it to. I’m still working through what makes sense for me, but I love that I can find something and post it later!

Do you have a posting schedule? Do you use Tailwind?

10// KEEP UP WITH MY SELF CARE

This year has been a major eye opener for me when it comes to self care. I’ve gone from really having no self care or boundaries to realizing how important self care is! I saw how self care, or the lack there of, was really effecting me both mentally and physically! I want to keep up the healthy version of self care, and deepen my knowledge of that moving forward!

There they are! My last 10 in 30 for 2018. If you want to catch up on my other goals of 2018, you can click here!

What are you end of the year goals?

How do you feel you did on your goals this year? I would love to hear!

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November Goals (10 in 30)

Goals keep your months on track. What are your goals for this month? These are mine!

Get ready people, because it’s going to snow soon! Fall is in full swing and I love that! My tires need some extra pressure before the snow really starts to fall though, so please wait until I do that snow!

1// HALLMARK MOVIE MARATHON

I’m ready! This is not a drill. It’s that time where all of the very cheesy movies come back on of people visiting small towns, or a farm, and they find their “true love”.

2// BAKE A PIE

pumpkin, cherry, or apple I’m not picky! I just want to make a pie. The smell of it in the house is so wonderful, and I honestly don’t think I’ve baked a cherry pie before, so that would be interesting!

3// PREPARE FOR WINTER

So, it snowed again today, and I’m not ready! My heat in my place is still not working, and I really need to put air in my tires. There’s a lot to prep for when it starts to get to that winter time!

I also need more tights. I only have one pair and that isn’t going to work for work. I need a couple new pairs!

4// SLEEP THE CORRECT AMOUNT OF HOURS

I’ve very feast for famine when it comes to sleep. Either I’m getting five hours of sleep a night and drinking copious amounts of coffee, or my body says “enough” and I’ll sleep all day for two days. I want to add this to my balanced life by making sure I’m sleeping the correct amount each night!

5// STICK TO MY BUDGET/ BUDGET WHERE ALL MY MONEY IS GOING

Because of how busy life has been, I’ve been very bad at my budgeting app. I haven’t been following along with everything I’ve been spending. We all have those months, where the bills and life gets away from you and then you realize how much you’re spending on eating out or coffee and it’s shocking! I don’t want to do that this month. If I can save on my coffee and make it at home, then I can purchase my Disney ticket I really want to get for December.

Keep my priorities in line!

6// SAVE 20% ON TOP OF TITHING 10%

Yes I understand this is a lofty goal, but I want to have my life reject what I out loud say my priority are. Therefore, I need to save. I want to be able to have the financial freedom to do what I want when I want, and right now I can’t do that.

I have, worked my way through college, I live off of one income and own my own place, but I’m not there yet. I’m not at that place where I have full financial freedom. I really want to get there!

Further Reading: HOW I LIVE ON ONE INCOME

SEVEN STEPS TO GET AHEAD OF YOUR FINANCES

Further Watching: I love this video by Sorelle: THE REAL COST OF ONE YEAR AS A DIGITAL NOMAD

I thought it was such an honest look at what being a digital nomad looks like for her. Not that I necessarily want to be a digital nomad, bu tI would like to have the financial freedom she’s talking about.

7// DO TWO THINGS PER DAY THAT MOVE ME TOWARDS MY GOALS

It’s almost the end of the year somehow. This year more than most in the past I’ve spend working. I am very grateful to have a job, but I want to make action steps to move me towards my end goals.

8// FINISH UP MY BACK ROOM

There is this one room in my place that keep plaguing me! It’s so unfinished and it has definitely become my catch all. It’s the room in the apartment that when people come over I’m always like “Don’t go in there. It’s unfinished.” I’m tired of saying that. I just want it to be complete!

9// TRY TO GET UP BEFORE 6AM

You’ve all seen the posts floating around about how to wake up earlier, and I’m obsessed with them. I want to be that navy seal that wakes up early and gets everything done before 11am! But I also know me, and I’m a night owl. So it’s going to be a balancing act.

10// BRING SOMETHING TO FRIENDSGIVING/ THANKSGIVING

I’m going to be in Colorado for Thanksgiving this year, and I really want to full on bake something to bring to Thanksgiving. One of my friends has invited me to come to her house, and I don’t wan to show up empty handed!

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October Goals (10 in 30)

10 Goals in 30 Days, what are your goals this month? - AVintageJoy

Anyone else super confused how it’s already October!! I was so ready for all of the fall goodness, and then it snowed three days into my Fall. Why you do that weather? It stopped though, thank God!

Also, giving myself some grace this month for posting this like halfway through the month. We’re all works in progress people! Ok, let’s do some planning shall we…

1// Y’ALL! GIRL WASH YOUR FACE IS ON SALE!

IF you haven’t read this book yet. You should! The exact day I was looking into purchasing it, one of my best friends texted me and was like “You need to read this!” It’s that good. It’s easy for us to get overwhelmed and it’s nice to see that you’re not alone! You’ll thank me later, click click.

2// FIGHT THE URGE TO SLEEP IN

I find it so discouraging when I wake up and it’s noon. Like where did my day go! Self care is so important, read about some tips on how to have a full week of Self Care here!, but Self Care is also listening to my body. I’m pretty much done sleeping by hour eight, so why am I laying around when I could be up and doing things!

3// START CHRISTMAS SHOPPING

I love the hunt for the perfect Christmas present, and the earlier you start the easier it is! I have some tips I’ve learned over the years coming soon, but the more I can start to find good items now the less stressed I will be when the Holidays come around.

4// BAKE

Fall is my FAVORITE time of year, I just love that it’s chilly, but I’m not freezing yet. There’s nothing like watching a good movie and baking on a chilly night. This month I want to bake some delicious muffins that I can take with me on the way to work in the mornings.

5// ONE HOUR A DAY FOR MY PASSION!

Even in a very busy day or week, there is absolutely time to find one hour a day to focus on my more longterm goals. I really want to get better at this! Over the past few months, I’ve really been focusing on what my long term goals are and what that looks like. Am I taking one step a day to move towards those goals? Yes!

6// TAKE MY VITAMINS

It’s that time of year again and it has already snowed twice here! Snow, please get out of my fall! I love you, but not yet. I also have been having problems with the heat at my place so thank God for my space heater! I really don’t want to get sick

C.S. Lewis - AVintageJoy

7// CREATE A “QUOTE OF THE WEEK” EACH WEEK

I love speaking to myself more than I like listening to myself. By that I mean we tend to listen to our negative self talk, but when you actually have to say those words out loud you realize how horrible that sounds. A simple way that I like to get out of that habit is to write down a quote that I can read before I head out each day. Something that reminds me of the truth!

8// MASTER AT LEAST ONE BRAID FOR MY HAIR

There is something about braids that seem so fall to me. However, this is a weakness of mine. I am not good at doing my hair. I have mastered the hair straightener curl, which was probably my biggest hair win, but I’m the worst at braids. I really love Abby from TwistMePretty, I can only wish to correctly do one of those braids! This month I’m going to try!!

9// SELF CARE FALL STYLE

I firmly believe that if you don’t do self care mentally and physically you won’t be able to perform your best. It’s definitely easier said than done, but this month it’s time to switch things up a little with my self care. Moving more towards what my body needs in fall. Still focusing on fruits and vegetables, but also making sure my skin has the moisture it needs from drinking water and using lotions. Making sure I’m mentally prepared for the week through mediation and spending time in the Word. It’s time to switch from summer to fall self care!

10// CONNECT WITH FRIENDS

This one is so important! We are made to be in community, and when I’m so busy that I don’t “have the time” for community I feel it. I want to call friends, and go to the movies with friends. Take time to be around those who I truly appreciate, and make sure they know it!

Disclaimer: This post contains affiliate links. I love that book, and if you decide to give it a try I would receive a small amount of money, at no additional cost to you. That would help go towards my “more books please” fund.

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September Goals (10 in 30)

September Goals - AVintageJoy

Ya'll, the fall vibes are here and I can finally set them free! It's time to pull out the pumpkins and sweaters, and spices for our coffee! I'm so ready. I truly love summer, and I will be sad to see it go, but I'm ready for the cozy to return!

1// FIND PORTCH FURNITURE

Since it will be getting cold soon, I'm hoping that the porch furniture will go on sale and I can snag some good times for cheap!

2// TAKE A DAY TO GO OUT AND TAKE PICTURES

I really do love photography, like so many of us do. But I feel nervous going out in public with my camera, which makes no sense because so many do it already, but it's something I want to get over. I want to take a day and drive to locations specifically for photography!

3// ESCAPE FOR THE WEEKEND

I've been wanting to go to either Portland or Seattle with one of my friends and I want it to be this month! Even a small weekend trip to explore sounds wonderful! 

4// ORGANIZE MY BOOKSHELF

I got one from Ikea specifically because I can add some contact paper to it and have it look like what I want! Or maybe use wood pieces and drill those to the shelves for some dimension, not sure yet! I just need to actually take the time to do that.

5// CONTINUE TO GIVE MYSELF RESOURCES

I'm going to talk more in-depth about this in a later post, but in August I realized I was falling into an incorrect mindset. I want to keep on the path I'm on now!

UPDATE! Check out the post HERE!

6// TIGHTEN UP MY BUDGET

 I remember back in school, when I would feel so expensive when I bought actual brands as opposed to the store brand! I kind of miss that Joy, she really knew how to save and budget. Since having a "real job" I've gotten more loose with my money. I want to get a little closer to that Joy excited about the real brands and save that difference for my future! Take myself more seriously! If nothing changes, nothing changes. 

7// FOCUS ON THE RIGHT QUESTIONS

 When something happens at work or in my personal life, I want to make sure I'm focusing on the real issue. The other day I had someone angry with me at work, but I knew that they were going through something in their life that was the real cause of their frustration. Focusing on the real problem helped me to stay calm and work through what was happening. Sometimes when someone is frustrated it has nothing to do with that particular situation. It's hard in those emotionally charged moments, but I want to make sure I'm focusing on what is really happening in others lives and in my own life.

8// COZY UP MY HOME FOR FALL

It's that time of year and I'm ready! time for the pumpkin everything! If you don't like pumpkin and fall things, I'm sorry! but also, not sorry! I'm Demi Lovato in fall form. (If you haven't heard that song, just ignore me)

9// CHANGE THE OIL IN MY CAR

It's that time again. Exciting goal I know! Try to contain yourself with excitement for me.

10// SEE THE ASPENS

Around this time of year the Aspen trees in the mountains start to turn a golden color and it looks beautiful! They've started a little early this year so some of them have already changed. I want to see them :)

What are your goals for this first Fall Month?

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August Goals (10 in 30)

Wildflowers - AVintageJoy

Happy Summer ya'll. Summer is in full swing over here in Colorado, and it's hot! Everyone keeps telling me this is unusually hot, but for me it just feels normal but without the humidity, and that I'm definitely ok with. It's also my Birthday Month! Which isn't as exciting as it was when I was a kid, but I'm trying to be more excited about it. So let's put some goals up shall we!

1// BE CONSISTENT WITH MY MOOD TRACKING.

 I've really enjoyed doing this in July and I feel that it helps me to look back each day and take a moment to think about my mindset throughout the day. It also gives me an excuse to use my bullet journal, which I'm always down with!

2// STICK TO MY BUDGET.

 I'm focusing more and more on my longterm goals, and in order to focus on one I need to make sure my budget is tight and locked in! I'm pretty good with not overspending, but I'm not saving as much as I would like.

3// READ ONE BOOK.

I think I want it to be "Girl, Wash Your Face" because I've heard so any great things about that book! I also just got "Jesus, CEO" in the mail so it may be that one instead. And I have a few audio books...I'm just excited about reading again! 

4// TWO MORE HIKES

I went on a few hikes in July, and I want to keep that up! Plus it allows me to be outdoors which is always a wonderful reason to hike, not that you hike indoors. You know what I mean though.

5// FOCUS ON THE POSITIVE

 This is going to be a huge goal on mine this month. There are days, like yesterday, that I work 12+ hrs and that can be tiring, but it's also worth it! I want to make sure I'm setting the right example and coming to work with a positive attitude! 

6// UPDATE SOMETHING IN MY HOME

I have thought of so many projects that I want to do! Unfortunately, I've reached that part of living in a place when you're like "well, this works for now." But I rebuke that phase!! I want to keep doing small and big updates that make my home even cozier and more me. Home is suppose to be a place that is very "sanctuary like", you know without all of the quasimodo references, but with the HGTV "I just love how my home is a reflection of me" feel.

7// GIVE MYSELF MORE RESOURCES

 This I kind of touched on in goal 3, but I really want to give myself more resources for my job and my future. I do really feel called to do more than I'm doing, but I need some tips, tricks, and ideas of how to get there. The internet is such a huge place I know there are great resources out there for me!

8// HAVE SOMEONE COME LOOK AT MY HEATER

t's summer so everything is hot, so it's not a big deal now, but in a few months it will be! My heater in my home hasn't been working for a few months now. I really need to have someone come look at it!

9// CONSISTENTLY POST ON INSTAGRAM

 I really love that platform, I love seeing all of the creativity it produces and it's so inspiring to see beautiful locations. I really need to get better at using it! I tend to scroll for an hour, but I never post anything. This month my goal is to post every other day! Consistency is key!

10// ENJOY MY BIRTHDAY

 I'm not a huge birthday person the older I've gotten, but why is that? I feel like as adults we skip some of those WOW moments we had as kids; we forget how precious every day is. I really want to get back to that childlike wonder and times, and enjoy the day for what it is! Not oversized either, but just a day to relax and recharge. :)

What are your goals this month?

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June Goals (10 in 30)

June Goals 2018 (10  in 30) - AVintageJoy

It's around this time of the year that I feel like my brain goes "ahhhhh" because the year is going so quickly and I have so many things I want to accomplish! We all have so many small and big goals that we're working towards every day. It's important to celebrate those. 

1// Purchase my Sugarland Tickets! If you don't know who they are, it's a country music band that I loved when I was younger and then they broke up to have kids....but they're back together now!! And they're coming to my part of the world and I really want to see them! 

2// Find lotion that I love, that's also better for my body than the lotion I'm using now. I never thought I had dry skin, but now I'm realizing I do, and lotion is important. The lotion I want to find though is lotion that has only a few ingredients so that it's better for my skin! Any thoughts?

3// Go to bed earlier. I have to get up so early for work, and yet in my heart I'm a night owl, therefore I tend to only get six hours of sleep a night, and recently those have been restless hours, no bueno.

4// Use my Levenger notebook to its fullest potential. I may even do a post on how great this notebook is. I love it so much! 

5// Learn more about my Lightroom presets. I've always been so intrigued by them and how they work so I finally purchased a set from Peter McKinnon and I love them! But I feel like they need to be tweaked on my pictures because of where I tend to shoot vs. where he tends to shoot. 

6// I want to find two things this month that I can cut out that will help me save more money! Because I feel like it's been so long since I've traveled I've been settling down. Getting use to a place isn't bad, but I don't want all of my money going for that instead of towards a future vacation!! 

7// Keep up with my at home workout routine! I'm starting to craft an at home workout routine that I really enjoy, I just need to keep it up!!

8// Look into options for AC units either in the window or something that I can put in the wall. I just moved and my new place has a window unit, but 20 minutes after I started it up, the cold air just became air *cries*.

9// On that same home remodel path: check to see how much a simple crown molding would be. I had it in my last place and I feel like it gave so much character. I wonder how much it would cost to do that in my place now?

10// See the outdoors! I'm keeping this one from months past because I wasn't very successful! I typically work 10-12 hrs a day, so seeing the sun is something that not only is important for my mental health, but also my physical! Go outdoors people! 

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May Goals (10 in 30)

May Goals - 2018 - AVintageJoy

I "May" be a little late, see what I did there. But here we go! NSYNC got a star on the Hollywood walk of fame, and "It's gunna be May" meme is alive and well, all is right with the world. If you haven't seen the meme you should look it up, and if you have you'll already know I posted about it on my instagram story! Now that it's half way through May, what are my goals...

1// Make one video. I've really been wanting to start with videos because it is so much fun to look back and see my travels through videos. 

2// Get enough sLeEp (do you remember when we used to do that online) not sure how I just thought of it, but yeah get enough sleep. I have a super bad habit of sleeping too little!

3// Read One book from start to finish. I'm pretty bad at reading honestly, but I know it will help me mentally. This month I will complete this!

4// Learn and apply four new things about editing pictures. I think editing is so much fun, but some of those presets are so expensive. Youtube school it is!

5// Fully move into my new place. It has been a long road and a tiring one, but with all Jesus and none of me, I have a new place!! I'm so grateful!

6// Have a "new place party" I can't think of the actual word for that. 

7// Start an actual workout routine. Work has been more and more stressful and I need to find a way to "work" through the stress of it all. I've heard wonderful things about working out. I'm going to try that! Maybe I'll walk or run around my neighborhood?

8// Don't hate me but.....Renew my passport! And yes ladies and gentlemen if you're following along that is the third time this goal has been on my monthly goals *face palm*

9// Find ways to relax. As work becomes more and more stressful it's important for me to find new ways to relax. The other day I was at brunch with friends and consciously realized that it was the first time I had really felt relaxed in a while. I honestly still can't think of a time recently that I felt that relaxed, that's sad!

10// Keep my identity in line. There are so many incorrect aspects that try to talk into our lives, sometimes out of the best hearts, but they're incorrect. They try to tell us what our identity is in and what it should be in, but I know the truth! My identity is not in my job, nor should it be! I always want to do my best in anything I do, but if something goes wrong at work that does not change who my identity is as a person! I need to remember what defines me, and who has the authority to define me! 

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