November Goals

Yay, it’s Friday! Now that I’ve finished recapping my whole Birthday week (my birthday, WIAW: last day as a 24 year-old, and Thursday Thoughts: Birthday Edition), it’s time to recognize the fact that October is behind us and it’s time to embrace the very busy month of November!

For those of you who’ve been reading for a while, you know that each month I re-cap my goals from the month before and then make new ones for the next month. These are just general guidelines that I like to make. I find it helpful to stop and assess how my life is going and write down a few changes or things I want to work on.

Since I’ve been doing this for over a year, I thought it would be interesting to look at my goals for November a year ago!

Last Year’s November Goals:

1) Make School a Higher Priority (hmm… yea still relevant)

2) Have fun with my races this month! (I had a 10 miler that was my first distance beyond a 10K!)

3) Be better about keeping up relationships with friends (I think I’ve gotten a little better about this!)

Alright, enough of that, time for this year! First, let’s recap how I did on my goals for October:

October Goals

1) Start weightlifting again. CHECK! Back into weight lifting, especially now that I’m doing Tina’s Best Body Bootcamp. And I like the boot camp because it mixes up my strength training rather than me just using the same weight machines all the time…


2) Stop watching so much TV. hmmm better. Mostly because 1) I’ve run out of shows to watch and 2) things have gotten way busier with school and I’ve had no choice but to peel myself away.

3) Continue career-soul searching. I met with a career counselor in the middle of the month (we’re required to) and it was much more helpful than I anticipated. Basically it made me feel better about not knowing what to do ASAP, and about jobs that I could do that I wouldn’t NEED a law degree for, but that the degree would just put me above other applicants. Right now school is so busy that my career search is on hold.

4) Keep on top of/get a head start on school work. Meh… I think I’ve gotten better about this just because I’ve better figured out what reading I really needto do, and what classes I can just take notes in and be fine. But other than that I am incredibly overwhelmed but trying to stay calm about it and trusting that I’ll be able to get everything done without going back to the anxiety I felt my first year. Deep breaths, I’ll get it all done. Pray for me.


Alright! Now that we’ve wrapped up October, time for my new November Goals:

November Goals

1) Work on my relationship with God. I know I don’t talk religion much on my blog, and I choose not to because 1) it’s something that’s newer to me in my life and 2) I don’t want to isolate any of my readers. However, it’s important to me so I wanted to add it to my goals.

I’ve been trying to read devotions in the morning, as well as praying and keeping God in my thoughts more, especially when I need to be thankful. I want to keep this up and be better about it in November because I know it will help me stay calm with everything going on.


2) Make time for new friends. I’ve been living in Chicago for 2 years and FINALLY feel like I have friends (yes that sounds sad). But I want to keep up with these girls and get to know them more, so I need to put in an effort to spend time with them even though I’m busy with school. One great opportunity? MY BIRTHDAY PARTY TOMORROW NIGHT! Be jealous. There will be dancing. And wine.


3) Do yoga. Anyone notice I’ve been injured a lot recently? Um yea, me too. I have a hard time doing it when I’m busy because I feel like I’m wasting my time. Obviously this is untrue since it’s so great for cross training and injury prevention, but I’m so ADD during a yoga workout…  I haven’t done yoga in ages but I’ve decided to do my best to re-incorporate it into my workout schedule and hope to do so through Fitnessista’s Namaste November. I’m hoping it will hold me accountable…


And that’s it! I’m sticking to three this month since I’m already overwhelmed with school, half marathon training, boot camp and trying to be social. Haha, no need to overload more than that!


What are some things you want to work on?

38 thoughts on “November Goals

  1. Megan @ runningonjava

    I totally need to do yoga/weightlifting. I trained and completed two half marathons in the past two months, so needless to say, my workouts were focused around running. I always read about how much weightlifting can actually enhance your running, but have always been to scared to try! I’ve made that a goal this month too. Hope you have fun at your birthday party!

  2. Katie Post author

    Definitely try weighlifting! I forget how intimidating it can be, I actually started with weights and then became a runner!

  3. Emily @ Perfection Isn't Happy

    You don’t sound sad for saying that you finally have friends — keeping friendships is really difficult, especially because everyone is always so busy! I need to work on maintaining my friendships too — but it’s a two way street, so sometimes it’s out of my control!

    1. Katie Post author

      I’m glad you like it! Hot yoga is by far my favorite, I love sweating and the heat really loosens up your muscles!

    1. Katie Post author

      I’m an introvert too, especially since I moved to Chicago, so I have to really make an effort to make friends!

  4. Chelsie @ Balance, Not Scale

    Spending the month on stretching, yoga, weights, and the elliptical while trying to recuperate my knee. My next race isn’t until February, and it’s a full marathon (my first!) — I have a great strength, cardio, and running background, but I know that if I don’t nip this injury in the bud it’ll stick with me.
    I love how well you’ve done with your goals, Katie!! It’s especially fabulous to see that you’re a little less confused about the future!

    1. Katie Post author

      Good job sticking with your rehab work, it will all be worth it in the end! Lol and I’m just as confused, just not quite as worried, haha.

  5. Lia

    Those are very true to you goals, a little mix of internal development thrown in there with the external development. Good luck with them! I’ve been doing this at home on my dry erase board, but I’m totally going to follow suite and post a goals list on my blog. It is a great way to keep focused, and like you said check-in to see how you’re doing in life. I like that intention behind the action!

    I want to work on reducing/eliminating sugar from my diet. It screws with me more and more as I clean up my diet and do more yoga and meditation. I don’t know if it’s just because I’m more aware of any tiny changes in my mood or body, or if I’m a “cleaner palate” so I react more to toxins. Thanks for making us think about our own aspirations for ourselves!

    1. Katie Post author

      I also want to work on reducing my added sugar intake, it really affects me when I eat too much sugar!

  6. Sierra @ Posh Meets Pavement

    I need to start a weight training program badly. I felt so strong when I was doing crossfit and now I feel weak.

    I can also relate to the relationship with God. It’s easy to be close when things are tough, but when life is busy and wonderful, I tend to forget about prayer, gratitude, and having daily conversations with Him for guidance and understanding.

  7. Lindsay @ Running the Windy City

    I’m so bummed I’m missing your birthday night!! But like Kelsey said, girls night will be awesome 🙂

    I’m so bad w/ lifting and yoga. I just can’t get into it. I do like to swim though and I think it makes my body feel like yoga would (if I were any good at it). I’ve been bad about swimming lately too. It needs to be a priority next week.

    Have fun tomorrow night!

    1. Katie Post author

      Swimming is a blast! I wish I did it more, but it seems to be more of an inconvenience since I have to bring extra clothes to change and my hair is wet when I leave (not good in the cold!). Plus I hate lane sharing…

  8. molly @ heart, sole & cereal

    i always love reading your goals posts. i love seeing how much you’ve accomplished and that you’re always pushing yourself to do more. i can’t wait to see how you do with yoga – i was so good for a while there about going but i’ve let it fall by the wayside again and lo and behold, my aching glute and hamstring is back. you’d think that would be a clue? hmmmm.

    1. Katie Post author

      Lol we’ll see how I do with yoga… I need to come up with some sort of game plan so that I’ll actually do it, because right now it’s just a distant thought in my mind.

  9. Annette Perkins (@FitnessPerks)

    Wow, girl. You are BUSY! Have SOOOO much fun tomorrow night! AHHH dancing?!? I want to be there 🙁 I will be there in spirit celebrating you, mmmkay??

    And yes, don’t worry, things WILL fall into place, esp as you put God first. Trust Him and His plans for you!

  10. Tina @ Best Body Fitness

    Those are some great goals. And you know where to find me if you ever want recommendations for devotionals or studies or anything.

    PS – I wish I was going out to celebrate your bday with you and Chelsey this weekend!

    1. Katie Post author

      I wish you were here too! And I’ll let you know once I’m done working through the one I have!

  11. Christina

    Have fun at your birthday party tonight! 🙂 Yoga is awesome! It helped me get through my IT band injury. Im glad that you met some friends in Chicago. Im a junior in college and have one friend. I am so lame but its ok. Haha. Have a great time tonight 🙂

  12. Chelsea @ One Healthy Munchkin

    Great goals Katie! I actually have some similar ones. I really want to start doing yoga more often too because I feel like it will be a good way to destress and I seriously need that!

    Also ditto to seeing friends more often. I’ve become so stressed this semester that it’s really affecting my social life which is no good!

    1. Katie Post author

      It’s hard when you get overwhelmed with school, but I have to remember that when I look back do I want to remember studying all the time, or making friends?!

  13. Amy H. @ Run with Perseverance

    I totally understand your goal #2! I lived in Athens, GA for the past two years and didn’t feel like I had friends until after living there for a year and a half. Too bad I moved in July…now, I have to start all over 🙁

    P.S. I just found your blog via PBFinger’s book reviews, and I’m training for a half-marathon, too! Feel free to read my blog as I train, too.

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