My December Goals

My December Goals

Wondering why I started this blog? As a multi-passionate creative, I used to be plagued by the idea that success meant choosing one thing and sticking with it. The problem was choosing just “one thing” left me unable to show up in the world as my most authentic, full self. One day I woke up and decided to finally embrace and share all of my gifts. My next thought: I should start a blog as a space for my passions to play. I never looked back after that moment. 

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Sharing my goals with you each month has become such a meaningful ritual for me. Even if some of my goals are not achieved, I still feel the value in intentionally setting and sharing them each month.

Before we get into what I’m focusing on for December, let’s take a look at how last month went:

November goals recap

1. Practicing intentional gratitude was my first and most highly coveted goal last month. I loved making gratitude into a goal. It even inspired me to create a free printable weekly gratitude list for you! Grab it here.

2. Moving for 30 minutes every day went better than expected. I skipped a few days but having the freedom to choose which type of movement I wanted to do was much easier than my goals in the past. Turns out my favorite way to get 30 minutes of movement is to walk my “future dog.” If you follow me on Instagram, you know all about this, from watching my stories. lol!

My December Goals

3. Batch-working new content was in more of the planning phase than execution stage last month. I now have a clear outline to implement for how to batch-work my content, just need to follow through.

4. Playing my ukulele every day definitely did not happen. Ha! I realized just saying “every day” is too vague. In the future, I’m going to try setting an alarm on my phone at the same time every day as a reminder.

5. New Etsy listings have been added to the shop! I’m super excited about them too. If you’re looking for some unique gifts this season, I recommend you check out my handmade holiday gift bundle, wood burned ornaments, and handmade holiday card.

My mantra for November was “Busy, but balanced.” I honestly don’t feel like I honored my mantra. I wish I could say that I repeated it out loud every day, but I didn’t. Part of me sharing my goals publicly is being honest about how it all went. I fell short on this one.

Overall, November was an amazing month for me, and I attribute a lot of that to my very first goal of practicing gratitude (which I have every intention of continuing). Now that you know how last month went, let’s get into my goals for December.

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My December Goals

My December Goals

1. End of Year Reflection

December offers the opportunity to take a look back and reflect upon the year. Last year a dear friend of mine gifted me a workbook called “My Shining Year.” Part of filling out the workbook is reflecting upon the lessons learned during the year prior. It’s such a powerful process and really allows for us to dive deeper into what we want the new year to look like.

I highly recommend this workbook for anyone who wants to go into 2019 with a clear vision for what they want to create. I already ordered mine and I can’t wait to fill it out this month.

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2. Closet Detox

Ah yes, it’s time for the annual closet detox! I’m always excited to go through my clothes and let go of what’s no longer needed. I do this every December and it always feels like I’m making room in my life for more of what truly matters.

3. Send Holiday Cards

While I’m known in my family to come up with the cutest handmade cards, I’m not known for sending them out on time. Can I change that this month? Let’s see. I’m setting a date to have my cards made and in the mail by Dec. 14th.

When was the last time you gave someone a handmade card? Check out this post for a super cute holiday card that you can make in just 10 minutes.

if you’re not much of a DIY person ( or just don’t have the time) but still want that handmade touch, check out the handmade holiday card that’s available in my Etsy shop.


4. Practice Meatless Monday

I used to be a “part-time vegan.” I ate meat here and there but mostly enjoyed vegan meals. When I went on the keto diet for a few months this year, that changed. Since falling off the keto diet, I’ve been eating whatever the heck I want. Needless to say, I’ve got plans to start keto again (the results are evidently more beneficial than my current, eat-all-the-carbs-I-want situation).

In order to make sure that I’m still eating a vegan meal at least once a week, I’m going to get back into the practice of Meatless Monday. Taking meat of our diets for just one day can have a positive impact on the environment and our health.

Here’s my fave veggie centered cookbook that I plan to use:

Love and Lemons Cookbook

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5. Bring Home a New Plant

You may not think this counts as a goal, but hear me out. On Dec, 9th I will be turning 30 years old. The houseplant that I bring home this month will signify the last plant of my 20’s. I’m a major plant mama, so allowing a plant to signify this transition in my life feels right.


Mantra of the month:

Create, connect, inspire, repeat.

I chose this mantra for the month because it represents my journey over this past year. More so, it’s the energy of creating, connecting, and inspiring that I want to repeat in the year to come.

Mantra of the Month



I started posting my goals here on the blog back in August, and now it’s hard to imagine not sharing them with you. Thank you for taking the time to read, and for holding me accountable to the intentions that I’ve set.

I’d love to know one of your goals for this month, or if any of my goals resonated with you. Let me know in the comments!

Until next time,


  1. Chantel

    December 3rd, 2018 at 7:36 pm

    My mom actually brought me home a poinsettia today. I don’t know how to take care of it, but it’s so Christmas-y and festive. I know you’re going to crush your goals this month. You’re always so inspiring.

  2. D'Ana Joi

    December 3rd, 2018 at 7:45 pm

    Hey chantel! Aw yes it’s that time of year again! I’m not sure about the care either but a quick Google search should do the trick.

    I honestly DON’T always crush my goals, but it’s been a really meaningful practice to reflect and reset each month either way.

    Thank you for the support my love!!

  3. Chantel

    December 3rd, 2018 at 7:50 pm

    Yes, I plan on googling it either later tonight (working on cleaning out my email box) or tomorrow before work.

    And while you may not crush them, you never give up and keep pushing yourself and that’s what inspires!

    Can’t wait to see where 2019 takes you.

  4. D'Ana Joi

    December 3rd, 2018 at 7:51 pm

    That seems to be the key. Returning again and again to set new goals/intentions. I realized I’ve been doing this since August. Crazy! Haha!

    You might really enjoy the workbook I linked to. It was a game changer for me this year.

  5. D'Ana Joi

    December 3rd, 2018 at 7:52 pm

    Thank you again for being SO supportive. I really appreciate you, Chantel!

  6. Courtney aka @court_tastic

    December 4th, 2018 at 9:01 pm

    Your goals definitely resonated with me and random enough I bought a Calathea plant this past Saturday! One of my goals this month is to redo my resume and submit it to at least 5 open positions that I’d actually like to do.

  7. D'Ana Joi

    December 4th, 2018 at 9:23 pm

    Those are AMAZING goals! And Calatheas are so gorgeous. Wishing you an awesome month! Thank you for reading. ☺️

  8. vanessaturner

    December 5th, 2018 at 3:14 pm

    Oh I’m loving your mantra this month Joi! I really believe connections can bring about inspiration. There’s something magical that happens when passionate people connect and support each other in their dreams. Your concept of batch working will really pay its way forward. Something like that takes time to develop and make habitual. And we already love your post so how exciting to hear that there is more to come (lol no pressure!)

    I did a wardrobe detox last year and thought I might be sorry that I gave away or tossed so many thing but it has actually made lie easier, and makes me a bit more conscious of my purchases. Keep us posted if you try it. I found that using a “capsule wardrobe” was a good basis and then throw in your favourites (capsule is too small for me but it’s a great starting point to make sure you have the basics).

    I’ll join you again this month. I’ll print out mine sometime this week… think my mantra will be ‘The day only has 24 hours, you can not create more time…you can only make better choices”. I heard those words during a motivational talk and they stuck with me because I’m always feeling so rushed/overwhelmed… hoping I can make better choices to reduce that bit by bit…

  9. D'Ana Joi

    December 6th, 2018 at 9:43 pm

    Hey Vanessa! Thanks for reading and for your reply.

    It’s true that bathworking takes time to develop, and it goes hand in hand with what you said about how we choose to treat our time. Time management has been a huge topic in our community lately as there are so many ways to approach it.

    I’ve thought about a capsule collection but I’m just not a very minimalist person haha I’m the opposite in so many ways, but giving away what no longer fits or that I’ve barely worn is always a great experience.

    Looking forward to seeing your goals and cheering you on!!!

  10. Lina

    December 15th, 2018 at 3:02 am

    Hey Joi! My goal this month is to
    -attend 8 pilates classes, which fulfills my studio membership
    – open savings accts for the kids
    – draft and submit an article to two favorite wellness resource brands
    – read for 15min 4 times a week.
    – interview 3 babysitters

    Will reward myself with a plant if I get three goals achieved!

  11. D'Ana Joi

    December 15th, 2018 at 9:40 am

    Sounds wonderful, Lina! I especially like that you have a reward system in place. 🙂

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