New Month Resolutions

Blogging every day in October turned out to be a major light bulb for me–


I stuck with it because a distinct end was in sight and I knew I could survive the short length of time before I was able to return to tending the neglected areas of my life.

And I didn’t realize this yesterday, on the last day of October, and it didn’t hit me until I woke up today and it was the first day of a brand new month, but every month is the perfect reason to try something new, to set a goal and stick with it.

So here it is November 1st and the calendar is screaming at me, “Opportunity!” I know I hinted that I would clean and cook during this month, since these two things went by the wayside during October, but you didn’t really believe that nonsense, did you? Me neither.

I have some better ideas. I am calling these my November Resolutions and I’m already thinking the heck with New Year’s Resolutions, from now on I’m going strictly with New Month Resolutions.

November Resolution #1 – NaNoWriMonanowrimo

Shortly after I posted my last NaBloPoMo (National Blog Posting Month) post, I signed up for NaNoWriMo (National Novel Writing Month). I knew nothing, really, about NaNoWriMo. Something came through my inbox about it yesterday and I started reading. The goal, as I understand it, is to pound out 50,000 words–the length of a short novel–during the month of November. I am not writing a novel, but I did start a memoir last summer that I figure I can continue working on for this. I doubt I’ll add another 50,000 words to it by the end of the month, but this I do know–if signing up results in me adding another 1,000 or 10,000 or 25,000 words, then the NaNoWriMo will have served its purpose of motivating me and giving me the confidence to move forward with the memoir. Also, I believe the rationale behind NaNoWriMo is to get as much down as possible, as fast as you can, and then go back and tweak words and perfect sentences and all that later on. This is exactly the encouragement I need. I tend to want to get things as good as I can as I’m going and that really doesn’t make sense with a full length book because some of the original content could be cut anyway.

November Resolution #2 – The Racquetball Tally

My friend and I have played racquetball two or three times a week for about three years now. We have a ton of fun with it, mostly because we are so well matched. He wins about half of the games and so do I. This morning when I went to the gym, right after the whole first day of a brand new month hit me, I told him we should keep a tally this month of how many games we’re winning against each other. I don’t recall him agreeing to it, per se, but… it’s happening! We both played harder than usual, I do know that.

Psst. Just for the record, which I will periodically post, I am ahead three games to one.

November Resolution #3 – My Fitness Pal and The Seven Minute Workout

I need to lose those few pounds I gained while sitting on my butt writing all of October. So, in addition to my regular exercise, I am going to monitor my calorie intake with the My Fitness Pal app and try to do the Seven Minute Workout app daily. The latter works on body parts that running and swimming and racquetball don’t.

There they are, my November resolutions. I’m putting them out there. And even though I realize that probably not many of you would have noticed or cared had I not posted something on my blog every single day in October, and therefore you won’t be keeping track of whether I stick with these new resolutions, the fact that I announced the post-a-day kept me motivated and held me accountable, just as, hopefully, this will during all of November.

Now, what are you planning on doing with your November?

12 Comments (+add yours?)

  1. Deborah
    Nov 02, 2013 @ 04:38:45

    I had a similar realization after blogging for 31 days, so for November (and December), I’ve
    1) joined a quilt-along to FINALLY work on the quilt I’ve been “thinking” about for my daughter for the last six years.
    2) joined Curves to start working out 3 times a week, and
    3) made an intention to finish the work on one of my textbook projects this month.
    Isn’t it amazing? :-).


  2. Beverly Horyza
    Nov 02, 2013 @ 14:46:01

    Clean my house because you and the girls are coming!!! I’ve already done all the upstairs sheer curtains and windows, and this weekend Jackson and I are cleaning and rearranging upstairs closets. Next come conditioning the leather furniture and cleaning the hutch and etegere. Can’t wait to see you. Date: Sat, 2 Nov 2013 01:45:05 +0000 To:


  3. farfetchedfriends
    Nov 02, 2013 @ 21:49:31

    Wow, what AM I planning to do in November/ I know I planned more freeway driving. We’re going to CA in December and between telecommuting and everything being within 5 miles, I NEVER drive the freeway. I’m planning some distance “in town” trips to get my freeway grace back.
    Writing? I’ll have to come up with something…
    Thanks for the challenge!


  4. Deborah
    Jan 31, 2014 @ 18:56:01

    Hey Randee,

    I just came upon this again! And it’s February 1st in my corner of the world. I’ve been struggling with motivation lately. I think I need to do a three-some for February. Thanks for the reminder. 🙂


    • randee
      Jan 31, 2014 @ 19:54:51

      Ooo, yeah, but I don’t think these goals went so well. Ha! Maybe I’ll stick with one solid goal for each month. There’s just too much to focus on with work, family, hobbies, projects, exercise, etc. One goal I can keep straight; three major goals, not so much.

      But… YOU can do it, Deb!

      And thanks for the reminder that it’s February 1st because a new month really is a great opportunity to get focused on something.


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