December Goals & 7 Steps for Taking Control of 2017

Monthly Goals for December

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If you are looking for direction as you set goals or intentions for 2017, make sure you check out Michael Hyatt’s FREE webinar: 7 Steps for Taking Control of 2017.

New York Times bestselling author Michael Hyatt is going to show you, step-by-step, how to use goal-setting to reclaim control of your days. His goal-setting webinars and resources are top-notch!

7 STEPS FOR TAKING CONTROL OF 2017

Michael will share:

  • The one single strategy that will instantly make you 42% more likely to accomplish your goals — it’s shocking how many people miss it
  • How to “quit-proof” your goals and ensure 2017 is the year you finally cross “that big one” off your list 
  • Why detailed action plans work against you and an alternate strategy that will take a huge weight off your shoulders
  • The secret to sustaining your initial momentum and keep making progress toward your goals no matter what life throws at you
  • The common and seemingly positive goal-setting strategy that is likely sabotaging your success (and what to do instead)

If you’ve felt stuck for awhile, this presentation will empower you to get unstuck and go after 2017. All you need to do right now is register. All registrants will get a special workbook designed specifically for this presentation.

Grab your spot here! There are multiple webinar dates available.

Monthly Goals for December and 7 Steps for Taking Control of 2017.

I am in the process of figuring out if I will continue my monthly blog posts into 2017. Because I am not able to spend as much time on the computer these days, I am leaning towards spending my blogging time writing posts and creating more printables and workbooks instead of spending time writing out my monthly blog posts. I just joined Haute Chocolate’s Styled Stock Library and I am excited to use some of the elements in new printables and workbooks in 2017. (See the December Goals image above?? It’s from Haute Chocolate. I am sooo excited to dig into the images and graphics packs!)

November Blog Goals

  • Create 2017 calendar printable freebie. – Almost done. I just need to finish and post!
  • One sponsored post. – Done. 20 Ways to Get Healthy
  • I set up a Blogging Tips & Resources e-mail list. I have a few e-mails planned, but want to set up more of a plan for these e-mails. Sign up for the Blogging Tips & Resources Newsletter here! – I have a tentative plan for January.

December Blog Goals

  • Create 2017 calendar printable freebie
  • Promote Michael Hyatt’s 5 Days to Your Best Year Ever
  • Update habit tracker printable for 2017
  • Update savings schedule printable
  • Convert Your Morning Manual eBook to a Mobi/ePub file
  • Post one sponsored post
  • Get 2 sponsored posts for January

Blogging Tips and Resources

If you blog about goals, I would love to have you linkup your goals post below. Please join us to share your goals and progress for the week, month, or year. We are all about building a positive community; please remember to read, comment on, and share the post of others. 

This will be the last With Grit & Grace linkup that I co-host. You can still link up with Keri, Callie, or Christina in 2017. The linkup with be Goals and Intentional-Living Focused and will move to the LAST Wednesday of the month. The first linkup of 2017 will be on January 25.

Monthly Goals - February. Stop by to link up your goals post on the first Wednesday of each month...With Grit and Grace...a monthly goals linkup

Just a reminder…
  • All forms of goal posts are welcome. They can be for a specific area in your life, or your general goals for the day, week, month, or year. We love to hear updates on your progress too. Please only link up posts involving goals.
  • Make sure to use the URL specific to your post and not your blog’s homepage.
  • Link back to With Grit & Grace with our image or link in your post or party page.
  • Comment on the post prior to yours in the link-up. Support others through comments and shares.
  • By linking up, you give us permission to feature an image on our blog and social media. Proper credit and links will be given.
  • Join in on social media with: #withgritandgrace.
  • We want to support you! Please follow your hosts in some way.
Emily | Instagram – FacebookPinterestTwitterBloglovinGoogle+
Keri | Keri Lynn Snyder
Callie | Through Clouded Glass
Christina | Waltzing in Beauty

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Hostess Gift Ideas

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Have you received invites to holiday parties and get-togethers? The time is coming when your calendar may be filling up with invites to Christmas parties, dinners, or cookie-baking days. You may even be planning overnight stays at your friend’s and family’s homes. If you want to show up with a gift of appreciation and holiday cheer for your host, I have a few ideas for you.

There is no need to blow your holiday budget on extravagant gifts, as your host will appreciate even a small gesture.

Hostess Gift Ideas

Scarf or Other Homemade Gift

If you don’t want to show up with another holiday trinket or decoration that your host may not want, consider a handmade scarf for your host. It’s both a personal and useful gift.

Don’t knit? For an extended stay, splurge on a cozy sweater from Olive + Oak.

Another idea for a handmade gift is soap. Try this recipe for milk and honey soap with lavender and oatmeal.

Hostess Gift Ideas

Christmas Mug

Pick a festive coffee mug for the hostess. Don’t forget to include a pound of their favorite coffee beans!


 

Hostess Gift Idea

A Basket of Holiday-Scented Home Products

I always look forward to getting new seasonal soaps and cleaners. The holiday scents make cleaning a little more fun. Put together a basket of scented soaps and lotions for your host. Add in a candle or dish towel and I’m sure the basket will be enjoyed!

You can purchase great holiday scents from Grove Collaborative and now is the perfect time! From November 16 – November 21, you can get the following items for FREE:

  • Mrs. Meyer’s holiday hand soap
  • Mrs. Meyer’s holiday dish soap
  • Mrs. Meyer’s holiday multi-surface spray
  • Grove Collaborative bubble up
  • Free shipping & VIP Trial

When there is no special deal going on, you can still get a free Mrs. Meyers hand soap and $10 credit with Grove Collaborative.

 

Hostess Gift Ideas

Candles or Essential Oils

I think most homeowners enjoy festive holiday scents in their home, especially when hosting a party in their home. Find a holiday-scented candle. Or give the gift of either the Fall Holiday Blends or the Winter Wonderland Holiday Blends from Plant Therapy. The Fall Holiday Blends essential oils set includes Autumn Breeze, Pumpkin Spice, and Spiced Orange. The Winter Wonderland essential oils set includes Merry Mistletoe, Snow Flurries, and Winter Wassail. 

Get $5 Off of your Purchase of $40 or more at Plant Therapy! Use Code ‘5OFF’ – Shop Today!

Plant Therapy Essential Oils

Hostess Gift Ideas

Fresh Flowers

Flowers are a great gift when you are short on time. Your host will enjoy having flowers to brighten her house for the days following the event! Wrap in festive holiday-themed paper. 

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Board Game

Does your host or hostess enjoy games? If so, pick out a new game to add to their collection. 


Other ideas:

Hostess Gift Ideas

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Christmas Planner

Get organized this Christmas! Christmas Planner. Holiday Planner.

Are you overwhelmed and stressed every holiday season? That is not the way it should be. A little planning can go a long way and can help us focus on the real meaning of the season: our Savior’s birth!

I encourage you to step back and focus on what matters the most this Christmas. While it can be easy to get caught up in the busyness of the season, I have found that planning ahead and staying organized minimizes the stress. It helps to keep my focus on the real joy of the season and helps me enjoy celebrating with family and friends.

I cannot promise you a stress-free holiday season, but I have a tool to help you get organized this Christmas.

My Christmas Planner is a simple 12 page printable planner. Many of the planners I have come across feel so hectic, so I wanted to create a simple version. I left off many of the pictures and icons to help save your printer ink.

I hope you find it helpful to plan ahead, get organized, stay under budget, enjoy your traditions, and create memories with your family.

Get Organized this Christmas

Get organized and minimize your stress this holiday and Christmas season with this 12 page Christmas Planner printable. Plus: print off the free gift list printable. Includes: Christmas Card List, Recipe List, Notes, Party Planner, Menu Planner, Traditions and Memories, Gift List, To-Do List, Christmas Budget Page, November and December holiday calendars.

The Christmas Planner includes the following pages:

  • Cover Page
  • Gift List – get this page free here!
  • Christmas Card List
  • Party Planner
  • Menu Planner
  • Recipe List
  • Traditions & Memories Tracker
  • Christmas Budget
  • To-Do List
  • Notes Page
  • November Calendar Page
  • December Calendar Page

Get organized and minimize your stress this holiday and Christmas season with this 12 page Christmas Planner printable. Plus: print off the free gift list printable. Includes: Christmas Card List, Recipe List, Notes, Party Planner, Menu Planner, Traditions and Memories, Gift List, To-Do List, Christmas Budget Page, November and December holiday calendars.Get organized and minimize your stress this holiday and Christmas season with this 12 page Christmas Planner printable. Plus: print off the free gift list printable. Includes: Christmas Card List, Recipe List, Notes, Party Planner, Menu Planner, Traditions and Memories, Gift List, To-Do List, Christmas Budget Page, November and December holiday calendars. Get organized and minimize your stress this holiday and Christmas season with this 12 page Christmas Planner printable. Plus: print off the free gift list printable. Includes: Christmas Card List, Recipe List, Notes, Party Planner, Menu Planner, Traditions and Memories, Gift List, To-Do List, Christmas Budget Page, November and December holiday calendars.

If you want to stay organized this holiday season, now is the time to start! 

While the calendar pages are for 2016, the rest of the pages are undated so you will be able to use the planner in future years.

Get your Christmas Planner here!

If you want to try out one of the pages, here is the Christmas Card List from the planner. Get the free PDF here. 

Christmas Gift List Printable

How do you plan to get organized this Christmas?

Get organized and minimize your stress this holiday and Christmas season with this 12 page Christmas Planner printable. Plus: print off the free gift list printable. Includes: Christmas Card List, Recipe List, Notes, Party Planner, Menu Planner, Traditions and Memories, Gift List, To-Do List, Christmas Budget Page, November and December holiday calendars.

Stop by to see where I link-up my posts each week: Link-Up List

20 Ways to Get Healthy

Sometimes BIG health changes are necessary, but I find that it’s easier to make small, simple changes when trying to improve on my health. It’s easier to make simple lifestyle changes that last than to make changes so drastic that the changes are hard to maintain. Today I am sharing 20 ways to get healthy. Some of the changes are bigger than others, but just starting somewhere is the key!

Exercise

Schedule your work outs in. If you don’t write exercise into your schedule, you may not get around to it. At the beginning of the week look at your schedule and make a plan. Add your work out to your calendar and stick to it!

Make a Health and Wellness plan. Sometimes just taking a step back and evaluating where you are with your health and wellness can be motivating. Use this Health & Wellness Planner to help you set goals and track your progress.

20 Ways to Get Healthy

Pick an efficient work out. HIIT (High-Intensity Interval Training) is an efficient work out when you are short on time. When you don’t have a large window of time, focus on quality, not quantity. This list also includes links to videos and other work outs that are helpful if you have trouble setting aside a large amount of time to work out.

Set out your clothes the night before. If you are off to work in the morning, all you have to do is grab your gym bag as you head out the door. As you leave work, you won’t have the excuse that you don’t have your gym clothes along.

Track your progress. Write out the detail of your exercise each week or just check off that you did something. Many say a key component of achieving a goal is to write it down. It’s motivating to see the number of days you work out add up. It can also motivate you to improve week to week. Use my free Fitness Tracker printable to record your weekly work outs.

Have a list of work outs ready to go. If you work out at home, don’t spend the first 10 minutes of your work out finding the perfect online work out video. Have a list of your favorites, so you can use your work out time efficiently. Here is a list to get you started.

Walk on your lunch break. Not only will you be efficiently fitting exercise into your day, but you will probably feel more alert in the afternoon. 

Get more fitness tips here: Over 30 Ways to Add Fitness to Your Daily Routine

Diet

Stay hydrated. Be careful about what beverages you consume. Stay away from sweetened beverages that are loaded with extra sugars and empty calories. Stick to water for most of your beverage intake throughout the day. Here are 8 Ways to Drink More Water Each Day.

Or make your own drink with less sugar. Try Pomegranate Spritzer or Thirst-Quencher’s Lemonade.

20 ways to get healthy

Keep the junk OUT of the house. This is key for me! When I have a bag of candy or quart of ice cream in the freezer, it’s on my mind. Often. I sometimes wonder why I have so much self-control in some areas and very little in others! If I don’t even buy the treat, I am much better off! Because I joined the #GoodbyeSugar30 Challenge I learned many of the names for sugar. My go-to treats contained quite a few of them. Keeping the treats out of the house makes it easier for me to avoid the extra sugars and calories.

Be prepared and keep healthy snacks on hand. If I have fresh fruit or veggies cut up and ready to go, I am much more likely to reach for them instead of a less healthy snack. When you get home from the grocery store, spend a few minutes washing and cutting up the fruits and veggies. Put them front and center in your refrigerator so you are more likely to grab them. Once your veggies are cut up, try this Sweet Red Pepper Hummus recipe and avoid the added sugars hidden in store‑bought dips. Consider fresh fruit topped with full fat, plain yogurt.

Watch for places where you have total control over removing the added sugars. Tea and coffee are great places to start. Instead of sweetening your coffee or tea with sugar, consider adding SPLENDA® Naturals Stevia Sweetener instead. For every two teaspoons, or two packets, of sugar you cut, you save yourself 8 grams of added sugar. You could also try a cappuccino or latte sprinkled with cinnamon or nutmeg, and sweetened with SPLENDA® Naturals Stevia Sweetener.

20 ways to get healthy

Watch for sugar in condiments, store bought sauces, and salad dressing. Consider making your own. Try out this recipe for Citrus Vinaigrette.

Experiment with reducing or replacing sugar in your favorite recipes. I have been trying this out recently. I have reduced or replaced sugar when making energy bites, granola, french toast, oatmeal, and more. SPLENDA® Naturals Stevia Sweetener gives a great sweet taste without the calories, added flavors, or artificial ingredients.

Get your entire family involved. It’s easier to make diet changes when you involve your family. Add more fruit and veggies to your entire family’s diet. Consider a garden and get your children involved in the maintenance. Teach your children the benefits of fueling their bodies with healthy food. 

Eat more whole foods. Your body will thank you if you eat more whole foods. Start with simply eating more fruits and vegetables and cutting out processed snack foods.

Focus on a daily habit. Sometimes the best way to start a new habit is to force yourself to do it daily until it becomes your new routine. Make it a daily habit to…

  • Start your day off with a healthy breakfast
  • Drink plenty of water each day
  • Eat fruit and veggies with each and every meal
  • Eliminate late-night snacking

You may notice that many of the diet changes focus on sugar. I joined the #GoodbyeSugar30 Challenge in October. It wasn’t always easy to cut back on sugar as I neared the end of my pregnancy, but I was still able to make changes and focus on my sugar intake. 

Simply being more educated about sugar made me more aware of all the sneaky places sugar can show up. There are more than 40 names for sugar that may appear on the ingredient lists of the food you eat. SPLENDA® Naturals Stevia Sweetener is an alternative that gives a great sweet taste with no added flavors and no bitter aftertaste. It’s available at retail stores nationwide in 40 and 80 count boxes. For more information, visit SplendaNaturals.com.

Self-Care

Focus on getting plenty of sleep. If you have trouble making sleep a priority, check out these helpful resources: 

Begin your day with quiet/alone time. I find that if I have even a few minutes alone in the morning, my day runs more smoothly. I enjoy waking up before my girls instead of with them, as this gives me time to enjoy my coffee, read my devotion, and hop on the computer. Consider creating a morning routine as a way to reset your morning and get your day started right.

Get outside. Getting outside can restore your mental energy, relieve stress, improve concentration and focus, and improve your mental health. Get fresh air, exercise, vitamin D, and a change of scenery by getting outside.

Know what refreshes you. Figure out what quick activity or treat refreshes and relaxes you. If that gives you a little more patience to get you through the day…schedule it in!

I was selected for this opportunity as a member of CLEVER and the content and opinions expressed here are all my own.

20 Ways to Get Healthy

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Monthly Goals – November

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My Monthly Goals…Why do I set them? Why do I share them here?

  • Setting goals helps me remain focused.
  • Sharing my goals helps to hold me accountable.
  • I hope that it may inspire you to set goals for yourself.

Are you new to goal setting? Here are a few posts that may help or inspire you:

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Sleep

October: I don’t have much control of my sleep at 36+ weeks pregnant and when the baby comes I definitely will NOT have control of my sleep! So my goal for October is to keep my daughters well-rested. I would like them in bed at or before 8:00 every night. I am contemplating moving this earlier. – The girls sleep was a success in October!

November: Haha! Sleep. Baby boy was born late October…

If you have trouble making sleep a priority, check out these helpful resources: 

Your Morning Manual: A Guide & Workbook for Resetting and Maximizing Your Mornings

November Home Goals

  • Enjoy newborn snuggles and get him sleeping stretches at night.
  • Spend one-on-one time with the older kiddos. There have already been a few struggles, so I want to make sure the older two are still getting quality attention from me.
  • Get my kindergartner to school on time. You may laugh at that goal, but 8 AM drop-offs won’t be easy on me with a newborn at home. If there is ever a morning that all 3 children are sleeping at 7 AM, I will be very sad to have to wake them all up and get up myself!
  • November Mini Goal: Be thankful and look for joyful moments. Record the moments in my Mom’s One Line a Day book each day.

 

October Blog Goals

  • Complete Christmas Planner (done!) and write blog posts for the planner.
  • Complete two sponsored posts. – Done.
  • Clean up subscriber list in Mailchimp. This is to keep e-mail list costs down. – Done, but I need to do another round of this within the next few months.
  • Update savings schedule printable. – Not yet complete.
  • Make tentative posting plan for October – December. – I worked ahead more than usual for me, but didn’t get through December.
  • Promote The Genius Blogger Toolkit. Sign up to be notified of the next bundle. – Somewhat done. Baby came mid-bundle, so it wasn’t as much a priority.

November Blog Goals

  • Create 2017 calendar printable freebie.
  • One sponsored post.
  • I set up a Blogging Tips & Resources e-mail list. I have a few e-mails planned, but want to set up more of a plan for these e-mails. Sign up for the Blogging Tips & Resources Newsletter here!

Blogging Tips and Resources

If you blog about goals, I would love to have you stop by the first Wednesday (at 7 AM EST/6 AM CST) of each month to linkup your goals post. We look forward to reading your posts and encourage you to look around at the other posts linked up here.

Please join us to share your goals and progress for the week, month, or year. We are all about building a positive community; please remember to read, comment on, and share the post of others. 

Monthly Goals - February. Stop by to link up your goals post on the first Wednesday of each month...With Grit and Grace...a monthly goals linkup

Just a reminder…
  • All forms of goal posts are welcome. They can be for a specific area in your life, or your general goals for the day, week, month, or year. We love to hear updates on your progress too. Please only link up posts involving goals.
  • Make sure to use the URL specific to your post and not your blog’s homepage.
  • Link back to With Grit & Grace with our image or link in your post or party page.
  • Comment on the post prior to yours in the link-up. Support others through comments and shares.
  • By linking up, you give us permission to feature an image on our blog and social media. Proper credit and links will be given.
  • Join in on social media with: #withgritandgrace.
  • We want to support you! Please follow your hosts in some way.
Emily | Instagram – FacebookPinterestTwitterBloglovinGoogle+
Keri | Keri Lynn Snyder
Callie | Through Clouded Glass
Christina | Waltzing in Beauty

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