Spiritual: My goal was to read the entire Book of Mormon, Old Testament, New Testament, Doctrine & Covenants and Pearl of Great Price this year. The good new is that I kept with it. I read every day, but didn't always read enough each day. So, I'm 100 pages behind which means this goal will take approximately 12 months and 2 weeks to achieve. I'm okay with that.
Physical: Ugh. This one was the worst. Between my injury in the spring when I did something nasty to my posterior tibial tendon and getting walking pneumonia at the end of August, running was no bueno this year. That being said. I would like to try again. But, I'll start small this time. Maybe just try to run 38 miles before my 38th birthday in a little less than 3 months. I'll have to run between 3-5 miles per week, but I think that's manageable. And if my body can handle that, I'll make a new goal for the spring.
One thing I found was that I am terrible at training while on vacation. We travel for at least 4 weeks in the summer and between all the driving and the wacko schedule and staying in new places, I'm terrible at sticking to a fitness routine. Although, I did discover some really fun fitness apps for my phone that I used a lot while travelling. I could listen to scriptures in my room in the morning and spend 20 minutes doing the fitness apps for sit-ups, crunches, push-ups, planks, and squats. My phone became my trainer. It worked really well on vacation, even if my normal routine didn't.
Financial: We were doing really well with financial goals until last month. And now we need some pretty major (major=expensive) service done on our van, a new refrigerator, and going over our financial's we realized that we needed to make a larger tithing payment than we'd originally budgeted for thanks to some stock sold earlier in the year that I didn't factor in. So, we paid the tithing, but are in some cases literally holding things together with duct tape until everything else is sorted. Just like last January, we're planning on spending money for the two family birthdays we have coming up, and signing up for the next round of classes at the rec center, but food will come as much as possible from our own cupboards and pantries, so we will have a much smaller grocery bill this month.
Last year I started off with a financial fast. We didn't do it for more than a few months, but it did make me more mindful about what I was buying when and more importantly, why I was buying it. At the beginning of each month, I would make a list of the things we needed to purchase that were outside of our typical budget and it definitely kept me more focused on our goals. I will definitely carry that over.
Organizing: The challenge was great for me. I confess that I didn't follow everything to the letter, and I didn't finish all the mini-challenges within, BUT it was great to take some projects by the horns, so to speak and get rid of a lot of clutter. There is still A LOT of room for improvement, so I'll be doing it again this year. I'll also be doing another month of winnowing, where I donate, throw away, or sell at least one item every day for the month of January. That's something I've been much better about doing this whole year. And while I still feel like I'm drowning in toys, clothes, papers, etc. I also feel like I have a better handle on it.
Books I Read this Month:
The Holy Bible (well, I finished it this month, anyway.)
Miranda's Big Mistake
The Nature of Jade
Aunt Dimity and the Lost Prince
The Secret Life of Prince Charming
Unspoken (WARNING: If I had not had the 2nd book in the series already in my possession, I would have thrown this one across the room at the end. WORST ENDING EVER! But very compelling story and the sequel left me more satisfied, though anxious for the 3rd to hurry up and come out already.)
Sweet Tea Revenge
Also, I was able to read a friend's manuscript and it was fantastic! I'm so excited for it to be published!