Three Goals For December

1 Dec 2018

Three Goals For December

Happy December! My Saturday started with getting my nails painted a delightful shade of glittery red, a cinnamon bun and a healthy dose of Christmas music. Not even the rain lashing down outside is going to ruin my festive mood.

Just 31 days left of 2018. I am having to work hard to not say something about how fast the year has gone; I swear I say it about once a day atm like some broken cliché-record.


Anyway, along with everything being glittery and not being able to escape the sound of Slade, December usually incites some reflection on the previous twelve months. But before I hit my period of reflection, I thought I’d note down the things I want to squeeze in before those fireworks explode around the London Eye. Just a couple of little mini-goals before I breeze into 2019 intoxicated on prosecco.

Run 30 minutes straight 

So I think I’ve finally found my exercise niche. After dabbling with running on a more consistent basis over the last year or two but it still never really sticking, I joined the gym with G. I can’t avoid running during the winter because ‘the park has no lighting’ (a legitimate but frustrating excuse) if I’m running on the treadmill. Inside exercise can be done in any weather. Twice a week, I get on that treadmill, stick on the couch to 5k app and a YouTube video and just GO. And it’s working. I can now run continuously for longer than I have ever been able to and I am tantalisingly close to being able to run for half an hour straight (this is a Big Deal for an exercise-hating asthmatic like myself). I’m really hoping I’ll manage it just before I break for Christmas.

Have five full chapters completed 

Back in January, I set myself the goal of having the first draft of my novel written by the end of the year. HA HA HA HA. Admittedly, this was a goal I never actually took that seriously; I was just hoping that it might give me a bit of a kick up the arse. And it did. I’ve written more of my novel this year than I have in a long time. But I write out of order; random scraps of chapters all over the shop. By the end of the December, I’d like to have the first five chapters assembled and at least vaguely coherent. This is definitely possible but I will need to carve out a few full days of solid writing time. In December. My busiest month of the year. Not sure why I like to make things hard for myself but hey ho.

Those bloody photos  

If I had a pound for every time I said ‘I need to put my photo albums together’, no saving would be required for my wedding and honeymoon. It’s not that I constantly say and never do anything; it’s just that there’s SO MANY PHOTOS. It is a never-ending task. Anyway, I have a big pile of photos that I borrowed off my dad forever ago which I’m determined to scan asap so I can return them to him when I go visit at Christmas, and I’d quite like to have the first-year-of-mine-and-G’s-relationship album finished as well.

Other goals include listening to Christmas music all the damn time, eating my weight in all forms of festive food and losing my shit every time I see some epic Christmas lights.


  1. I can't believe how quickly this year has gone, last Christmas literally feels as though it was last month like I don't understand how we're back in December already haha! Good luck with your goals lovely, sorting photos can seem like a daunting task but once they're done they'll look so lovely!

    Lucy | Forever September

    1. Tell me about it. So, so fast! Thank you - can't wait for them to be sorted!