October Goals

That’s right, it’s time for some good old-fashioned monthly goals! It’s been a while since I posted one of these goal lists, so lets see if I can cross everything off this month. Here’s what I’m hoping to achieve in the month of October –

– Work as much overtime as possible
– Work on the garden to make it “summer BBQ” friendly
– Participate in the Spookathon
– Watch the movies on my Halloween ‘to-watch’ list
– Go to Adelaide for a mini holiday
– Make a summer-y music playlist to listen to while driving
– Cook something from the Donna Hay ‘seasons’ cookbook

Quite a lot of these goals are on my Spring/Summer bucket list for the year, so if I can cross them off it’ll be two birds with one stone… Wish me luck!

July Goals

Soooooooooooooo….. it’s July, which is mildly terrifying. Can we officially start counting down the days until Christmas yet? YOU BET WE CAN! (116) There are a lot of things I want to try and get done this month, I have two weeks off work towards the end of July and we’re going on a little holiday. I’m really looking forward to it and I’m especially looking forward to a little bit of time off work as it’s been rather hectic lately. Here are some of the things I want to try and tick off my to-do list in July –

– Go on a Ghost Tour with Sebastian
– Refinance our mortgage
– Do my tax return
– Make Chrissy Teigen’s Chinese Chicken Salad
– Update my resume
– Re-plant the herb garden in the back yard
– Organize our trip to Adelaide/Melbourne
– Plan some fun things for Sebastian’s birthday
– Start up the #goldstarchallenge again

Do you have any goals for this month? I’d love to hear about them, so be sure to let me know in the comments below!

May 2016: Goal #3

My friends and I get together every few months as a group for something we call ‘Pot Luck Dinner Club’. One couple (or pair of friends) hosts the dinner, and they get to pick the theme of the food that everyone is to bring. We’ve also started dressing up to suit the theme, which has made things a lot more interesting. This month’s Pot Luck Dinner Club was “Medieval”. Everyone’s costumes were amazing, and hosts Lauren and Joel went above and beyond with decorating for the theme. Lauren researched and printed out everyone’s family crest to hang on the wall, and Joel built some wooden shackles (which ended up being the cause of many laughs throughout the evening).

The food was just as excellent – roast pork, beef stew, homemade loaves of bread (passed around and torn apart at the table), meat and cheese platters, roast pumpkin and brussel sprouts, with poached pears and an apple and rhubarb pie for dessert. So that’s one of my goals crossed off for the month! And it looks like we’ll be hosting the next dinner party, so you’ll probably see something similar pop up in my monthly goals in July. Any ideas for a theme?

2016 Monthly To-Do List

I think it’s important to treat yourself every now and then. With that in mind, I decided to write myself a list of things to do throughout 2016 to bring myself (and those around me) some joy. I’d love to know what you have planned for 2016 – any fun “treat yourself” type to-do’s planned?

January: Kick start a healthy lifestyle for 2016. I’m feeling (as I’m sure most of us are) a bit sluggish following the holiday season. So the first month of the year will be dedicated to eating well and exercising regularly.
February: Celebrate “Galantines” Day. I’m thinking a nice bunch of roses this year. Because who wouldn’t want to spoil their girlfriends and make them feel extra special on this typically romantic holiday?
March: Spend the night in a hotel. Luxury!
April: Easter Book Haul! Who’s with me?
May: Take my parents out for dinner somewhere nice.
June: Treat myself to a trip to the salon for a fresh cut and colour.
July: Organise a birthday surprise, or a trip for Sebastian’s birthday.
August: Treat myself to a hydrating facial, or a hot stone massage.
September: Finish my online course. Hopefully I can achieve this a bit earlier on in the year, but this is my deadline!
October: Treat myself to a pedicure! A great way to kick start the summer.
November: Organise a small trip away for my birthday.
December: Host a Christmas event of some sort at our house. Perhaps a fun themed dinner party?

December Goals

Excuse me while I have a slight panic attack at the fact 2015 is nearly over. Where the heck did this year go? And more importantly, why did my holiday go so quickly?! Not fair. Nevertheless, the months tick on and my goals keep comin’. Here’s how I went with last month’s goals, and a few new ones for December –

November Goals
* Pick a “death row dinners” themed dessert to make for our pot luck dinner party club dinner – I ended up making decadent chocolate brownies and caramel slice. Delicious.
* Weed, tidy, and re-mulch the back garden – My parents and I spent 3 days working on our backyard, and it looks SO much better, I’m so happy with it.
* Cancel an old credit card – Not yet
* Replace the washing machine
* Organize my birthday celebrations
* Write a Christmas shopping list
* Write a Christmas to-do list

December Goals
* Finish the Christmas shopping and get everything wrapped and under the tree
* Finish writing and send out Christmas cards
* Get everything prepped + sorted out for my return to work next month
* Write a packing list for our trip to Adelaide for NYE
* Get back into studying regularly
* Try my hardest to complete the 50 Book Challenge!
* Work out a plan for the front garden of our house