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Accountability: November Goals + October Recap

October to December is my favorite time of year. October brings Halloween, November Thanksgiving, December Christmas. This is where I thrive, celebrating holidays, baking all the things, hosting friends and family… And decorating. I love decorating for the holidays. I’ll be taking my Halloween decor down today and transitioning to Thanksgiving. I might cave and put up my Christmas tree before Thanksgiving though… 

As we transition into a new month – how perfect that today, Monday, is the first of the month! – it’s time for my November goals post where I share my goals for November and recap how my October goals went. Before we dive into November goals though, let’s take a look at October. If you’ll recall, I purposefully kept my October goals doable after bombing out in September

Let’s take a look: 

  • Try something new in Los Angeles – Check! I went hiking in Rancho Palos Verdes and have been spending a fair amount of time in San Pedro. The owners of my Pure Barre studio (Pure Barre Redondo Beach) opened a sister studio in San Pedro and I’ve been teaching down there a couple of times a week. It’s not the trendiest part of L.A county, but it’s got a few hidden gyms (and great hiking!) 
  • Work from a coffee shop – Check! I worked from a Panera for several hours while Griff was at the vet being neutered and was super productive. I also met up with a friend for coffee at The Boy and The Bear which has become one of my favorite coffee shops in Redondo Beach (great coffee, but it’s unnecessarily expensive).
  • Continue working on my query – Sort of… More below on this month’s goals, but essentially there was a trickle down effect of sorts that shifted my focus from the manuscript I intended to query to a new one I’m 30,000+ words into the first draft of and will query within a few months. It might sound wishy-washy to jump ship like this, but I assure you there is quite the story behind this decision. 
  • Exercise more – Check! I managed to get at least three days of movement in each week and the impact on my mental health was substantial. I need to move my body and being intentional about that movement was a great reminder of it. 
  • Finish two books – Check! I finished The Source by Dr. Tara Swart which is a great book about neuroplasticity and manifestation. It breaks down the science of the brain in relation to the law of attraction and habit building in a way that is engaging and informative. I also read Signs: The Secret Language of the Universe by Laura Lynne Jackson. I couldn’t put it down – it’s a great book about how the universe communicates with us, something I believe in thoroughly. (More on signs from me soon!) 

Now, November goals! 

I’m approaching November as a fresh slate in a number of ways. I’ll be sharing more about that soon, but in the meantime, here are my November goals: 

  • Write an average of 1,700 words a day – I’m participating in NaNoWriMo this month and my goal is 50,000 words which will finish the first draft of the above mentioned manuscript. I’m also writing two pilots for school, but this 1,700 average is solely for my manuscript. I know I won’t be able to write 1,700 words each day – see, pilots – but I also know there will be days when I can write more than 1,700 to average out the days where I’m less productive. 
  • Wake up at 5:30AM M-F – I used to wake up around 5AM on weekdays to either train or have some time to write/work on my side hustle(s) before going to my full-time job. While I’m largely working from home now, I start work at 7AM most days and miss that quiet time first thing in the AM. Plus, it will help with the goal above. 
  • Read two books – The forever monthly goal that just won’t quit! 
  • More movement – Move with intention at least four days a week. 
  • Try something new in Los Angeles – another goal I keep each month! 
  • Focus on self-improvement – As I alluded to above, I’m dedicated to making some major self-improvements. I’ll be sharing more soon, but it’s an ongoing focus – stay tuned for more! 

As part of that last November goal of self-improvement – and because I’m the three-ist enneagram three you will ever meet – I made myself a habit tracker to print out and keep on the fridge for accountability. If you want to download one, grab it right here

There you have it – my November goals. 

What are your goals this month? 

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