December 2016 Goals

December 2016 Goals

It’s six days into December and one day until my finals, so what better way to spend some down time than writing down a few goals for December. I’ve been very stressed, to say the least. It’s a different kind of stress because I’m not crying in libraries to random strangers anymore. It’s more like I have a lot to do and very little time to do it so I’m just doing everything I can do to stay afloat.

I have finals one right after the other, because the universe likes to torture me. But before I get into a long and winding tale of complaining about my woes, let’s get into this post.


I didn’t make a post like this for November because I wanted to see what I can do without forcing myself to complete a list that I could have no time for. After November, I’ve realized that I kind of like having goals, but I need to stop thinking of things that I have to do, but more of things that I want to get done. That way, if I don’t finish, I don’t feel like I’ve failed.

But still, November was pretty good to me. There are a lot of things I did that I’m proud of. Here are some highlights:

  • Apply for jobs. // I actually applied for a lot of jobs. I know, I know. Why would I take on more than I can handle? The extra income would be nice to have, and I’m excited to add things into my work experience, sine I’m just relying on my past volunteer experience to carry me and my resume. I’m also interested in gaining work experience just to be able to grow myself as a person.
  • Make a study plan for finals. // I’m really proud of this one. I’m usually just a study as I go type of person, but with all my exams on the same day (Eep! This Wednesday!), it was absolutely necessary. I’m proud to say that I’ve stuck with it quite well too!
  • Meet with professors. // I finally took everyone’s advice and went to my professors’ office hours! I don’t know why I was so against it before. Maybe I never thought I needed it? Regardless, I went and spoke to them to build connections and find my place in the class. Three cheers for me!

It's that time of the month again. Even though this is far too late, here are some od the things I'm looking forward to accomplishing in December! // #december #goals #monthlygoals #todolist


Get into the Christmas spirit.

I’ll be honest, I’ve been a bit of a Grinch the past few years. It’s not that I hate Christmas, I’ve just been too busy and distracted to really get into it. I actually quite like the holidays; I just don’t particularly like Christmas movies or music, except for a select few. Christmas parties give me headaches and gift exchanges are weirdly stressful? Besides, living in Florida means that it’s pretty much summer year round, so there’s not even the crisp cold weather to keep me in the mood.

Oh, and I absolutely hate eggnog. Bah, humbug!

But this time around, I’m determined.

  • Watch my favorite Christmas movies: The Nightmare Before Christmas, Elf, and How the Grinch Stole Christmas.
  • Learn a holiday song on the piano.
  • Buy a Christmas sweater.

Actually get serious about this blog.

know that everyone tells you to treat your blog like a business. I get it. But it;s kind of hard when I still see this blog as my little side project. I feel like I’m stuck on the idea that this is just something I do for fun, you know?

(Heck, my parents don’t even know about it.)

Now that I’ll have quite some time once finals are over, I’m determined to work on this blog.

  • Finish rebranding.
  • Create a new logo.
  • Make the rest of my social media accounts cohesive.
  • Make a Facebook page for this blog.
  • Publish 8 blog posts this month.

Pass my finals.

Pretty self explanatory, if I do say so myself. This semester has been rough, but I’m determined to go out with a bang. All my finals are on Wednesday (ugh way too soon) so this is my small break before hardcore review mode.

I’ve been good on studying the past few weeks, so here’s to hoping that it all pays off!

Update my resume + LinkedIn

This semester has been good to me in terms of new opportunities and experiences. That being said, it’s time to give my resume and LinkedIn a revamp to take into account everything I’ve done this semester.

Maybe I’ll finally get a job if I send out a brand new shiny resume.

Clean out my closet.

My taste in clothes is… weird, to say the least. I fluctuate a lot on how I like to dress and what I like to wear, but I like to think that I’m becoming way more cohesive in how I dress. If you follow me on twitter or instagram, you’ll now that I have a tendency to dress like a mom from the 80s. (You know the look: extremely large shirts tucked into mom jeans or shorts.) But you’ll also know that my most worn articles of clothing is my sheep poncho (it’s kind of an obsession).

But despite my very… broad clothing tastes, I do have a lot that I never wear. I’m thinking for either donating it or selling them so I could get a little cash on the side. And, hopefully, I’ll have less things to cram into my small dresser in college. (Or more space to buy more clothes!)

Get ready for the next semester.

Since my first semester, I’ve been on a slow but steady upward trajectory. I’ve been doing better and better, and I hope that this semester is no difference. I still want to do a few things differently this time around, especially now that I think I know how I study best. So I want to take this December to readjust my plan for success and start the next semester on a high note.

Here are some of the things I hope to do:

  • Create a flexible weekly schedule.
  • Potentially buy a new planner. (I kind of want to upgrade to a planner where I can plan my days hourly.) If you’ve have success with this, please let me know!)
  • Buy school supplies.
  • Create a list of organizations I want to join and be a part of.

Knit a blanket.

I know I definitely won’t finish this by December, but I want to seriously work on it. Right now, it’s a sometimes project where if I have free time I’ll put on some Netflix and knit while I’m binge watching some shows. I want to finish about 1/4 of it by December so I can have the completed blanket by the time my sophomore year ends.

What are your December goals? Is your month filled with fun activities and goals or are you excited to relax over the break?

Published by Joanne
I'm Joanne, an eighteen year old college student living in rainy, rainy Florida. On this blog, you can find a collection of all my random thoughts and maybe some actually helpful college advice here and there.

4 thoughts on “December 2016 Goals

  1. I’m having a hard time treating my blog like a business too, for me especially since I’m not making any money from it and it’s not getting a lot of traffic. But it’s worth a try. I also have to clean out my closet. It’s a mess

    • In my first few weeks of having this blog, I felt like I read thousands of guides and what-not-to-do posts so I could start off with a bang. Unfortunately, this blog took the backseat as my classes got more and more intense, but it’s never too late to get back on track! Feel free to shoot me an email and we can talk about blog stuff!

      And haha, I completely understand! My closet situation is a disaster right now and I feel like I’m just doing everything in my power to avoid cleaning it out. Good luck to you on your blog and closet!

  2. I wrote about the same thing on my blog – my Winter Break Goals! At least if we put our goals out there, we’ll be held accountable for them and then we’ll have to do them lol!
    I hope you have an awesome Christmas break!!!


    • Hey! I’ll definitely go check yours out; I love getting inspired by others’ goals and to-do lists!

      And I definitely agree! Writing things you want to get down is one thing, but putting them out there put some kind of pressure to actually get them done haha. Fingers crossed that I actually do half the things I said I would! And thank you, I wish your break is absolutely lovely!

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