The First Day of Fall

September 21, 2018

I posted about my summer goals a few months ago; in case you don't remember, Betsy and Sara have brought back the seasonal goals link up, and that was my first post with them.  Well, the first day of fall is here so that means it's time for a whole new set of goals to work on over the next 3 months.  But first, a recap of how I did on my 8 summer goals.

Summer Goals Recap


Complete my mins game challenge.  I got all 30 days done, which was 465 items that left my house.  It's highlighted on my Instagram stories under Declutter, if you missed it.

✓ Finish out my cleanse with Tara and start one with Megan.  Tara and I did really well on our cleanse.  I did another one and while Megan started it with me, she didn't finish it out.  But I did, so I'm counting it as a win.

✓ Go to at least 4 street fests.  Done.  Market Days, Retro on Roscoe, Taste of River North, and Taste of Lincoln Ave.

✓ Celebrate my mom's half birthday.  I went with my mom and Ida to an adorable little brunch place and we got mimosa and food, it was fun.  Successful celebration!

✓ Make s'mores on a fire pit in the backyard.  We got a table with a little fire pit in it and new chairs and everything, and John bought the ingredients for s'mores one night.  So much fun.

X Publish at least 2 blog posts per week.  Nope.  I took, what, 2 or 3 weeks off in August.  Oh well.

~ Tailgate in Iowa!  Ahhhh so close.  We originally planned on last weekend but things came up so we're doing it this weekend - as you're reading this post, I'm either on the road to or already in Iowa.  And since technically the first day of fall is tomorrow, I haven't failed.

Hit and maintain goal weight before Iowa.  Haha nope, I forgot this was a goal.  I haven't gained weight or anything, but I've been the same all summer.


Fall Goals


This season goes right up to Christmas, can you believe it?  It's about 10 days before the end of the year that winter officially begins.  To me, that seems like a heck of a long time from now but I know how fast these holiday months fly by, and I want to be ready for 2019.  Here's what will get me there:

Complete an 'eat from the pantry' challenge.  And by pantry I also mean fridge and freezer.  I know I have a ton of quinoa and beans in the pantry for some reason, and I know John has a ton of meat in the freezer.  I'm going to go as long as possible in October by eating ONLY things that I have on hand - no trips to the grocery.  John is not nearly as dedicated to this idea, but he has agreed to only supplement the things he already has at home.  So I plan on buying no food for me during October, and he plans on buying no meat or frozen fruits and veggies.  Unless we finish off everything, which is highly unlikely if you ask me.  If this interests you, like you either want to participate or follow along, let me know in the comments and I'll see if I can set something up.

Have a blog weekend with Betsy.  We generally do this twice a year, at least, and it is on my 101 list to complete 6 of them.  It's just when we get together, sometimes only virtually, and work through the weekend on all things blog.  We make to do list and bounce ideas off each other, help where needed, and generally keep each other motivated to write posts and come up with new ideas.  We both get a ton of stuff done when we do this, which I think will be really good for getting things done for the holidays but also for getting the blog ready for next year.

Create a video of our Halloween decor.  We love Halloween and have so many creepy animatronics, I want to create a video to share when our decor is finally all up.

Complete 5 101 in 1001 list items.  I'm way ahead so I'm not worried about not finishing, but some are seasonal specific, like those related to Halloween.  I need to be mindful of things like that, because they have such a short time frame in which they can be done.  5 seems like a reasonable number and will keep me looking at these holiday related goals.

Go to Binny's for Black Friday with Eric.  There's some beer that's released there on Black Friday and John's brother, Eric, is all about the rare craft beers.  I told him I'd go with him bright and early to wait in line at Binny's.  Which, although I don't traditionally 'do' Black Friday, I feel like Binny's is a pretty fitting place for me to be.  But it's early and I hate crowds and people so this would be easy to me to back out of.  I'm going to suck it up and do this one.  Plus then I can get his Christmas gift out of the way at the same time.

Complete Christmas shopping before December 1.  I'm trying to cut down on the gifts that I buy (and receive) but there are some hold outs and I'll need to get a few gifts.  I'd like to be done as early as possible and December 1 is my target date.

Track daily spending.  From October 1 through the end of the year (and therefore the end of this goals season), I plan on tracking it very closely, closer than I've been doing.  Monday's post was a taste of that, but I'm going to Iowa this weekend and not tracking anything so I figure October 1 is a good date to begin.  It's also a Monday and I just love when a new month starts on a Monday.

Go Wire to Wire at TBOX.  Oh, it's happening.  TBOX is a Chicago thing, it's a huge, huge bar crawl.  Thousands and thousands of people, in Wrigleyville, going to the Twelve Bars of Christmas.  Except it's so big that there's over 40 bars or something like that that you can pick from to go to.  Going 'wire to wire' means making it from start (8 a.m.) to finish (closing ceremonies are until midnight or 1 a.m., I think), and hitting at least 12 bars.  And that's what we're doing this year.  Bar crawling for 16+ hours.  I have tickets already for me, Tara, John, and Billy.  I am confident in my and Tara's ability to go wire to wire, since we've (a) done it before and (b) tend to do the equivalent every time we hang out.  I'm less confident in John and Billy.  But as long as I make it, I'll be happy.

What do you need to get done before Christmas?  Feel free to link up your own goals list so I can read them, or let me know in the comments.



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