This post is going to be a two-parter with the first (today's) post including a recap and celebration of December's goals and then the second (later this week) a jumpstart into 2019's and January's goals. I just finished reading Your Best Year Ever by Michael Hyatt which is all about goal setting. An important part of goal setting is reflecting and celebrating your goals,  accomplishments and progress towards said goals. That being said, I didn't want to try and cram a review of December and a look ahead to the new year and January into one single post. And, while most of this post is for my own recording and accountability, I still feel its worth sharing. Perhaps you'll get some ideas and inspirations for goals of your own in the new year. So for today, let's take a look back at December's goals and how things went!

To quickly recap, below is a list of my goals for the month of December. Following the list, the individual goal details/measurements/etc are in italics and the update for each is just below.

December Goals
Continue my gratitude journal
Read one new non-fiction, self-improvement book
Attend a new workout class
Plan a get-together with old friends

Continue my gratitude journal
I could remove this, as this is something I am going to be doing ongoing, but because I still haven't completed an entire month, I want to keep this on the goal list. My goal for December will be to continue the practice and aim to hit each day this month with ten things I'm grateful for.

I did this one 100%, finally made it every day!! Each day in December I sat down at my desk and spent a few minutes with my gratitude journal. I love it and dare I say it is starting to become routine. I learned in the book mentioned above Your Best Year Ever that there is a difference between Achievement goals and Habitual goals. Achievement goals, for example, are something you're striving to complete perhaps just once with a single, definable end point. Habitual goals can help you reach an achievement goal or just be something you are working to become better/more routine at and has a repeated frequency either daily, weekly, monthly and so on. Gratitude journaling definitely falls under the Habitual category and will be staying a Habitual goal well into 2019. It is so rewarding and empowering to sit down and give thanks. I've learned to be more patient and appreciative of my life and all that is around me through this daily practice. And, those days when I feel like I may not have it all together or feeling a little less-than, a quick look back in my journal reminds me that I am pretty blessed.

Read one new non-fiction, self-improvement book
I love to read but lately it has been taken a bit of a backseat. My goal for this month is to finish my current read, A Mind At Home with Itself, which has been taking longer than expected and then find a new good read to finish out the year. If you have any suggestions, I am all ears!

Another successful goal for December! I finally finished A Mind at Home with Itself and I read not one, but two additional non-fiction, self improvement books. The most recent finish is the aforementioned Your Best Year Ever which I am going to dedicate an entire blog post to in the new year. There are so many great takeaways from that book and anyone that is looking to set a few goals for the new year should definitely read it! I also read Little Flower Yoga for Kids. As the momma to two small boys, I absolutely loved this mindfulness book for kiddos. There are several takeawyas from the book I can use with my boys and I'm excited to put some of my learnings into practice. I actually ended up buying the book from Amazon (the copy I read was from the library) so I can refer back to the exercises and ideas all year round. If you're kids are wild and crazy like mine and you're looking for some strategies to help them be more calm and mindful using the practice of breathing and yoga, this would be a great resource to check out.

Attend a new workout class
Last month I wrote about ways to keep motivated with workouts through the holiday season. One item on that list was to attend a new or different workout class. I've been in the same routine for the last several weeks with half-marathon training but I want to make an effort to take one new-to-me class this month.

Half-marathon training has been in full-swing the entire month of December but I did manage to attend one new-to-me group fitness class. This makes me three for three! My YMCA held special classes outside of the Y at our local CoreLife Eatery so I was able to attend an express version of Les Mills Tone which I had never attended before. The class was a mix of cardio, strength and core which I really enjoyed. Once this half-marathon is done at the end of January I'll try to pop into this class once again. I'm also going to work to attend other, new-to-me group classes in the new year, but more to come on that later.

Plan a get-together with old friends
I am so blessed with all of the new friendships I have made over the last year. That said, it is still important to me to place value and importance in friendships that go all the way back to high school. Since being back in Champaign, I am so much closer, distance-wise that we should meet up more often. To that end, I want to try to get together with these old friends this month. December is a busy month but I hope that we can pull it off!

This goal was met but not quite in the way I originally wrote it, so let me reframe. When I wrote the goal in November my thought process was to get together with some high school girlfriends since we live pretty close now but we don't see each other often. While that goal itself is still in progress, I did have the opportunity in December to meet up with some Chicago area girl-friends that I hadn't seen all-together in quite some time. So, in many ways, I did accomplish this goal just not in the way I had orginally set out to do. And speaking of that get-together with my Chicago friends, we had such an amazing time! I don't recall the last time that all four of us were together hanging out but it definitely didn't feel like it had been that long and that's just one reason I love those girls so much!

I have to say, I am pretty happy with how I did against my December goals! No single one of the goals was too lofty in nature, but with December being a super-busy month, I am proud of myself for the accomplishments I made. I am beyond pumped to work on my 2019/January goals and having just read that book on goal-setting I feel motivated and excited to start thinking of what I want to accomplish in the new year. I will be taking a little different approach in the new year with creating 7-10 larger goals that will stretch over the year but setting mini-goals within each month that will help me to reach the bigger picture. I will be sharing an update on those in a Pt. 2 to this post the first week of January. Stay tuned!

In addition, if you are looking for some help in creating goals for 2019, I'd love to assist you! Let me know if there is any way that I can work with you to help create and define goals for you in the new year. Having a friend to help not only determine but reach your goals can be so, so helpful!