Even though I am about a week late, I want to set some Goals for November. Last week I was busy having too much fun at Disney World and Universal Studios, but now I’m back home and ready to resume my regular writing schedule. Don’t worry, I have so many tips and recaps to share with you about our Orlando trip very soon.
October was time to enjoy ALL THINGS FALL! We visited the pumpkin patch (which was not as successful as I had envisioned) and attended my company’s family event at the Dallas Arboretum that has a Pumpkin Village. Fall is when I crave comfort food, so during the few cool days we had in Dallas, I made chili and homemade chicken and dumplings. I also baked pumpkin muffins, made pumpkin pancakes, pumpkin waffles.
Sophia and I also visited Sprout’s for ALL the pumpkin goodies. We bought pumpkin cream cheese to spread on our bagels, maple pumpkin butter for pancakes and waffles, and pumpkin apple cider. My plan was to make apple cider donuts but Sophia drank it all before I could make them!
Around the house we decorated the mantle, living room and dining room with fall decor and mini pumpkins from the pumpkin patch. I never got around to buying mums for the front porch, but we did put up a skeleton and giant spider by the front door. However, we were in Disney World for Halloween so we missed out on trick-or-treating this year (which was fine by me).
Other fun events included:
- Attended my Writer’s Group with Art House Dallas, where we received and gave feedback on our writing
- Celebrated the Two Year Anniversary of Dallas Fitness Ambassadors at the Star Complex in Frisco
- Volunteered at the Moxie Matters Tour with Jen Hatmaker and Nichole Nordeman
- Participated in the #MyCozyFallHome Instagram photo challenge with The Nester
So what went well last month?
My free time in October was mainly focused on studying for my Professional Engineering (PE)exam in Petroleum Engineering. Passing the exam and obtaining my PE license is a requirement by my employer, so I set up a study schedule and stuck to it fairly well. Some days I studied at home, but I also visited several local coffee shops for study sessions.
I crossed of several items on my Fall Bucket List. Also, I posted more than fifteen time in the #MyCozyFallHome Instagram photo challenge. It challenged me to take better photos and to focus on decorating our home for Fall!
What could have gone better?
Exercise was extremely lacking during October, as almost all of my free time was spent studying. Yes, we got in several walks at the park. But I don’t think I got to the gym once for weight training. According to my Runkeeper App, I only ran once. Which was not the best training schedule for my upcoming 5K race!
If you follow me on Instagram, you might know this already. My husband, who trained for 6 weeks to run the Wine and Dine 5K with me at Disney, broke his pinkie toe and foot four days before our trip! He ended up in a walking boot for vacation, which slowed him down quite a bit. So instead of running the 5K with him, I ran through Animal Kingdom with my niece.
What’s ahead in November?
ALL THE HOLIDAY MEALS! Since the Thanksgiving and Christmas holidays are approaching, I am excited to cook big, festive meals for family and friends. This weekend, I am hosting DFW Bloggers Friendsgiving at my house. Later in the week, I am attending another Thanksgiving dinner with my Girls Night Out/Book Club group. On Thanksgiving day, my mom will be here visiting us (from West Virginia), so I will cook dinner and bake pies for the big day.
As for running, it is time to start training for a half marathon in March! Several months ago, a friend and I signed up for the ZOOMA Texas Half Marathon in Austin on March 10th, 2018. It seemed far away at the time, but now I need to begin training for the race! Since I had good luck training for my marathon using Jeff Galloway’s Run/Walk method, I will use it again for my half marathon.
- Have FUN hosting Friendsgiving and Thanksgiving dinners and don’t stress about everything turning out perfect!
- Take my family to pick out our Christmas Tree the weekend after Thanksgiving and don’t worry about taking photos of the entire ordeal. My kids are very anti photo-taking these days.
- Decorate the house for Christmas the weekend after Thanksgiving while my mom is visiting
- Make a weekly schedule for working overtime, so my family knows when I will not be home for dinner
- Keep weekly to-do lists to ensure I meet major deadlines for projects
- Write 3 blog posts about our trip to Disney World and Universal Studios
- Stick to my half marathon training plan, a fifteen week plan that begins on November 27th
- Incorporate 30 minute of yoga/stretching and foam rolling before bed at least once a week
- Get back to drinking 60-80 ounces of water each day
- Run the North Texas Turkey Trot on Thanksgiving morning with my neighbors
- Pick out a tree and decorate the house for Christmas the weekend after Thanksgiving
- Bake sugar cookies with the kids and decorate them for Christmas
- Make/Buy/Create an Advent Calendar
- Wrap Christmas presents as I buy them, so I don’t have to STRESS over all the last-minute wrapping!
Do you have any monthly goals for November? How are you celebrating the Thanksgiving holidays?