At the start of each month I like to set myself a list of goals for the coming weeks, a monthly bucket list if you will. I’ve found that it really helps to keep me on track and by publishing it on the blog there is an element of accountability that gives me the proverbial kick up the butt needed. I like to have a mix of blog/family/life/home goals to keep life balanced. Each month I will quickly recap how I got on with the previous months goals before listing the goals for the month ahead.

Last month was a bit of a write off if I’m honest. L was poorly for the first half and I’ve been ill for the second half so all goals kind of went out the window. I about halfway through the month I was getting myself in a bit of a state about it and that’s when I got ill too. Following my own advice from an old post (Listen To Your Body), I took it as a sign I needed to give myself a break and I’ve done just that.

Do you set yourself goals for the month ahead? It really helps keep me on track, check out how I got on during November and my goals for December ...

November Round-Up


  • Get on top of meal planning. Started off well but once L became poorly the plan went out the window and it was case of making whatever I could get her to eat that day.
  • Try out some new recipes. I tried a few but the kids didn’t like any of them, not a great surprise.
  • Book a holiday for after Christmas. Done!!!!!! I’m so excited, we are all in desperate need of a break, sunshine here we come.


  • Sort out the drawers in the sideboard. Nope
  • Clear out the kid’s wardrobes. Fail.


  • Keep on top of comments daily. Epic fail. Sorry guys, I really do need to sort my life out on this one as I’m so appreciative of each and every comment I receive.
  • Get ahead with my posts so that I can take time off in December. No. I’ve struggled keeping up with them on a day to day basis and have even had to cancel a few so getting ahead was impossible. 


  • Meditate every single day for the whole month. Yes. There were a few days when I really couldn’t be bothered but I forced myself and always felt better afterwards. I also fell asleep during a few which was actually a bonus as sleep has been hit and miss the past couple of weeks.
  • Weave in the ends of all those crochet squares (there’s only 700 of them, can’t be too hard right?) and get them blocked ready for sewing together. Done. I’ve even started sewing them together.
  • Complete module three of NCC Home Learning’s Life Coaching CourseNo. I haven’t even looked at this the past month but given everything that’s been going on I’m not going to beat myself up about it.

December Goals


  • Get all the Christmas shopping done in decent time this year and not leave it all to the last minute like I normally do.
  • See M in his school play. I haven’t heard yet if pre-school are doing one but I know they did when M was there so I’ll have to wait and see.
  • Have a great Christmas.
  • Jet off on Holiday!


  • Have a toy clear-out in preparation for Christmas.


  • Complete the 2017 Wrap Party from Aby at You Baby Me Mummy. Last year’s was amazing so I’m really excited to get going again.
  • Schedule a few posts to go out while I’m on holiday to keep things ticking over.


  • Finish the Stormtrooper blanket in time for Christmas.
  • Keep up the meditations.
  • Remind myself it’s ok to slow things down for a while.

How about you? How did you get on in Novemberr? Did you achieve all you set out to? What are your plans for December?

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24 thoughts on “Monthly Bucket List: December 2017

  1. When they say a woman’s work is never done they weren’t kidding were they!? Go on girl you can do it! xx #TheListLinky

    Posted on 1 December, 2017 at 7:45 am
  2. Glad you’ve taken some time out to rest lovely, hope you’re feeling better soon! I’m joining in with The Wrap Party too! Looking forward to starting. 😀

    Posted on 1 December, 2017 at 11:16 pm
  3. I hoping to join in with the wrap party too. I very much doubt my little girl will allow me to watch live though so I’ll have to play catch up I think. X #thesatsesh

    Posted on 3 December, 2017 at 5:39 pm
  4. I would love to see the stormtrooper blanket – sounds fab! Hope this month is a healthier one for you all x #TheListLinky

    Posted on 3 December, 2017 at 9:30 pm
  5. It’s so easy to find yourself derailed if you’re ill. You have to make plans assuming nothing will get in the way , but like you say sometimes we just need to listen to our bodies and slow the hell down a bit . I like your December goals … especially the jet off on holiday one!!! #FamilyFunLinky
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    Posted on 4 December, 2017 at 8:44 am
  6. I think you still managed to squeeze a lot in despite being unwell and looking after a poorly child. Good luck for this month and enjoy your holiday 🙂 #FamilyFunLinky
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    Posted on 4 December, 2017 at 9:53 am
  7. I know what you mean – I constantly need to remind myself it’s okay to slow down…. self-care is so important. I’m so pleased the meditation is embedded and it’s helping you. I’m sorry L was poorly and really hope she’s better now – all plans go on hold when illness strikes and that’s just the way it has to be isn’t it?! So pleased (and a little jealous!) you’ve got a holiday booked for the festive period. You guys deserve it though xx #thesatsesh xx
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    Posted on 4 December, 2017 at 11:02 am
  8. I never get round to goals. Part of me is terrified of failing to meet them so I never do them! I’m going to challenge myself in the New Year to start making goals.


    Posted on 4 December, 2017 at 11:23 am
  9. I love these posts, I think it’s fab you go back and comment on how you did with last month’s goals. My new planning regime starts now!
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    Posted on 4 December, 2017 at 12:52 pm
  10. Don’t worry about failing to keep up with blog comments – I almost never do! I also let blog stuff fall behind this month, but it’s always the first thing to go when real life gets in the way. That any housework. 🙂 #familyfunlinky
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    Posted on 4 December, 2017 at 1:09 pm
  11. You booked a holiday so I’d call that a successful month!! #Familyfun

    Posted on 4 December, 2017 at 1:11 pm
  12. You did not fail – you succeeding in looking after yourself when you needed to. Goals can always be returned to anyway but I do admire you for setting them and wish you all the best for an amazing December
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    Posted on 4 December, 2017 at 2:50 pm
  13. It is so hard to get things done when the kids are ill. I hope you are feeling better now. I didn’t do too well in Novemeber either. I have been working at my job more so haven’t has as much time for blogging etc.

    Posted on 4 December, 2017 at 4:00 pm
  14. Sorry to hear November was a bit of a washout for you, hope you’re feeling better now. I think I need to get into the habit of setting goals every month, rather than just having a big to-do list on the go! x #TheListLinky
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    Posted on 4 December, 2017 at 7:51 pm
  15. Good luck with December’s list; You can’t help it when things like illness get in the way.
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    Posted on 4 December, 2017 at 11:14 pm
  16. December bucket life 1. Survive! That seems to be mine, survive the mum flu, this really stressful week and get through Christmas lol. That’s basically it for me. However hurrah for a holiday you will have an amazing time – make sure you switch off and have the best time! #familyfun
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    Posted on 5 December, 2017 at 9:40 am
  17. I am doing the wrap party too (first time) and hoping for some great words of wisdom so I can do things to help get my blog out there more #familyfunlinky
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    Posted on 5 December, 2017 at 11:51 am
  18. I read every single blog comment I get but I no longer respond to them – it’s just not possible to stay on top of it anymore! #thelistlinky
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    Posted on 5 December, 2017 at 2:39 pm
  19. my November was a complete bust. barely wrote anything and didn’t accomplish much at all. I’m hoping Dec is a bit more productive! #familyfun

    Posted on 5 December, 2017 at 3:51 pm
  20. I like the idea of a holiday after Christmas. It will be something to look forward to after the post Christmas Blues X #familyfunlinky

    Posted on 5 December, 2017 at 7:03 pm
  21. I’m glad to see you know how to step back when things are getting overwhelming. I hope you succeed in getting healthy, and getting your home Christmas ready (including that all important toy clean out!) We had to do a serious sort and clean so we could get the Christmas tree out, and somehow we managed!
    All the best and I hope you find some quiet time to enjoy the season with your family!
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    Posted on 6 December, 2017 at 1:09 am
  22. I was chuffed to bits to actually clear out my wardrobe whoop whoop, massive achievement for me:)

    Posted on 8 December, 2017 at 7:40 am
  23. Wow! You have a lot going on. just reading about you finishing a blanket was enough to make me feel overwhelmed. I’m not a sewer or crocheter so that kind of stuff would take me a long time to do lol. I hope you’re still enjoying your meditation though. I do that too just to make sure I’m keeping myself calm throughout the day, especially with all that goes on in this month:) #FamilyFunLinky

    Posted on 8 December, 2017 at 7:01 pm
  24. Lovely idea, I’ve been totally failing in all my goals lately though so put off making any more! Very jealous of your holiday, can I come?!!

    And congratulations because someone loved this post so much, they added it to the #BlogCrush linky! Feel free to collect your “I’ve been featured” blog badge 🙂

    Posted on 12 December, 2017 at 8:56 pm