November 2017 Goals

It’s hard to believe that November is here. The last month has literally flown by, and I find myself on the threshold of another month grateful for what the last held and excited for the next. Since so many of you have expressed interest in goals posts, I am planning to make that a monthly feature here on the blog.

Here are my November 2017 Goals:

1. Finish reading “Reading People” and “Raving Fans“.

Reading is something I have really been working to fit in these days. It is really rewarding, and I’m never sorry when I take time to read, even if just for 10 or 15 minutes.

(see my disclosure policy here.)

2. Send a package to my cousin in law school.

3. Complete current hiring process.

4. Plan Chelsy’s bachelorette party (can’t believe it!!!!!)

Oh, this is probably my favorite! As Chelsy’s maid of honor, I am so honored to not only stand beside her on the Big Day, but to bless and serve her however I possibly can in the weeks leading up to her wedding. One way I have always looked forward to doing that is planning her bachelorette party.

5. Practice violin 3x per week.

This one is challenging for me currently, but I really want to make it a priority!

6. Plan December schedule for my team (employees).

7. Send snail mail notes to my siblings and parents.

Since I am not living at home right now, this is a simple way for me to let them know I am thinking of them. It’s also a special gesture that I hope says, “I love you” to them- I mean, who doesn’t love getting mail?

8. Take off work for 4 days to road trip to the National Bible Bee with Mitchell/Bryn + Josh/Cass.

Fully engage in the family time and disconnect from work (except for emergencies).

9. Eat more vegetables!

It’s easy to get into a rut with food (mine would be eating too many sweets or living on meat/eggs/cheese), but intentionally eating for health + wellness is especially important in the winter months. I need to ramp up the veggies!

10. Practice the principle of “Wherever you are, be all there”.

Whether enjoying time with family, working, or resting, to be fully present + engaged in that activity.

“You don’t have to have it all figured out to move forward…just take the next step.”

What are some goals you have for this month? Join the conversation in the comment section- I always love hearing from you!


ps. Thanks for the feedback on my recent reader survey. That was so helpful, and your feedback is so valuable as I brainstorm for upcoming blog content. Always feel free to shoot me an email or comment if you have specific ideas or requests. I always read + appreciate what you have to say!

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  1. Hi, Allison! One of my ongoing goals, which I never seem to really get off the ground, is Scripture memory. Would you share how you decide which verses to memorize and how you go about it? Also, would you consider leading us (your blog family) through a weekly-ish Scripture memorization program for 2018–either full chapters or individual verses? I know it would be a blessing!

  2. Hi Allison! Thank you so, so much for blogging. You are such an encouragement to me and I especially appreciate your posts since I know the discipline it takes to blog regularly. I am wondering if you are still going to do the blog post about gender roles in work? You mentioned that in our discussion here
    I hope you can, I’m so interested to know your thoughts and the suspense is just killing me!! 🙂

  3. Such a fun post, Alli! Thanks for encouraging all us readers to set goals, and then to be accountable for them! I do have several goals for this month…=)
    1. Study for/take the final for a Christian Worldview class this Thursday
    2. Fly to San Antonio, Texas, for the National Bible Bee(leaving 11/11, early!!!)
    3. Fulfill my role as a Junior Division Guide at the NBBC, encouraging the contestants and letting the love of Jesus show through me
    4. Make my little sister a dress for her birthday in December(has to be done this month because I’ll be gone much of December), find gifts for my brother and materials for a gift for another sister=)
    5. Practice the “Sleigh Ride” duet with Ella
    6. workout every weekday if absolutely possible(I’m not sure if my schedule at NBBC will allow for workout, but I hope for at least a quick one each morning=)
    7. Finish reading “Wrestling Prayer” by Eric and Leslie Ludy
    8. Spend some extra time doing different things with siblings

    Oh, and can’t wait to see you soon, Allison! <3

  4. Hello. I have a “different” request. I am a 40yr old mama of a big family and as much I enjoy your posts , I am obviously not a 20 yr old anymore! However, I still read your blog to find encouragement to help guide my newly teen daughter. I would love to if your mom would shine light on subjects for us in the season of teens/older children, our own health, spiritual encouragement, and anything else to share. I would so appreciate it! Blessings from Texas!

  5. Some of my goals for November…
    1) Write more song lyrics and compose more arrangement for music I’ve already written
    2) Post on my blog once a week at least
    3) Choose a passage of scripture and memorize it
    4) Get in +88 hours of study in for college
    5) Work on character qualities of being encouraging and patience
    6) Spend more time with my 3rd, 4th, and 5th youngest siblings
    7) Put together a daily (but flexible) schedule
    8) Pull out my poor, neglected fiddle…
    These are all based on things I didn’t do as well in October… The Lord has been laying it on my heart to go back and try to see what I can do to keep up better in those areas, especially in 3-7!

  6. Thank you for sharing your goals — I always love hearing them! 🙂 I usually make goals each month, but this month I’m keeping them more mental instead of actually writing them out. I did, however, complete most of my goals from October (!!) and then some extra things too that I didn’t expect to accomplish. I also was reminded this past month that there’s so much beauty in the simple things, like the cooler weather, beautiful music, lunch with my oldest brother… Just today, my mom and I took a spontaneous day-getaway to Toccoa, GA, to watch a couple volleyball games, and while we were there we went and saw the Falls and it was breathtaking! And the time spent with my mom was something I’m sure I’ll always cherish. These things are SO priceless! I haven’t done a very good job on cherishing the beautiful simple things in the life, but that’s something I’m definitely learning right now. I need to slow down and smile and be in awe of the beauty God has placed around me!

  7. Allison, reading your blog is a purpose of encouragement and entertainment. I appreciate that you put time aside from your heaps of goals so you can give us a little peek in your personal life.
    And as far as goals, here are afew of mine
    1. Draw closer to God
    2. Finish 12th grade (with God’s help, half-an-year early)
    3. Learn how to play bluegrass style on mandolin.

  8. I love making goals, even when I don’t manage to complete all of them I’m more likely to be on target when I have them.

    My goals are:
    1. Christmas cakes to be made – I make them for my family and for a few people who for various reasons cannot make their own.

    2. Commit the Christmas service music to memory (I play flute in the orchestra at the Church I attend)

    3. Try to help my closest friend (God’s guidance most certainly needed here)

    4. Finish memorizing John’s Gospel – was on October’s list but didn’t quite get done

    I’m so glad I found your blog and I wish you well with your goals.

    1. Those are great goals, Ann! I agree, making goals helps one accomplish more than they would otherwise, and can also be a guide for setting priorities.

  9. I love your ideas! My goals for this month are to get Christmas cards written, unpack boxes from my recent move, and have almost all Christmas shopping done by the end of the month! I also have some niece/nephew and sibling time to catch up on!☺

I'd love to hear your thoughts!