Hey December, I like your scarf.

It’s December! Next month it will be 2010, that’s like, the future or something.

November was a crazy month. I didn’t cross off as many goals this time, but a lot happened. Here’s how it went.

-Improve what I can improve at work (I’m crossing this off. Turns out the best way to improve things was for me to leave. Some have called me crazy, but I know it was the right thing to do. I’m at the paper till Dec 31, then it’s a new job for the new year)
-Get most, if not all, of our Christmas shopping done (We were at the 24-hour Wal-Mart at 2 a.m. to wait for the 5 a.m. sale.  It was surprisingly organized, orderly and calm.)
-Start training for the Alston & Bird Cup Half Marathon in March (Worked out a training schedule, mostly sticking to it).
-Write at least 5,000 words in one or both of my books
-Go see New Moon with Brooke…and budget for her multiple viewings (She saw it twice opening weekend with different friends, I’ll be seeing it this weekend, it’s not in November, but I’m crossing it off)
-Have the patience to wait for the awesome deals on Black Friday (I did, and they were awesome—new TV and The Dark Knight on blu ray for 10 bucks!)
-Give to our church, they need it
-Give my time to someone who needs it
-When Thanksgiving comes, don’t do any kind of work! None! (Did a little job hunting, but spent most of the time with Brooke just hanging out, it was glorious)
-On that note, make sure to get back to unplugging on Wednesdays (yep, that’s been nice).
-Update my blog at least twice a week, and reply to comments (more or less)
-Go to the dentist (No, but I started flossing more, because I had a friend tell me his dentist said that not flossing every day is like taking a shower and not washing under your arms.)

Not bad, but I think I might scale back some for December, as my priorities have changed. I would look back on my whole year in this post, but we’ve still got 30 days and a lot can (hopefully) happen in that time. Here’s what I’m going to accomplish this month.

-Get a job
-Finish some artwork for some friends and family
-Have faith in God, not in myself
-Get the Thunderbird registered in NC
-Go to the dentist
-Get new glasses
-Don’t be a scrooge! Ignore those introverted tendencies during holiday fellowship times
-Keep on training for that half marathon
-Get a job

I think those are doable. I’ve got a few job prospects, which is better than this time last year when I was interviewing at Bed Bath & Beyond and getting rejected for being over qualified (I still don’t see how that made sense). I’m willing to go anywhere and try anything new. I’m really excited about what happens next for me. I learned a lot of tough lessons about where pride can get you last year, so this time I’m trusting in God, doing a lot of networking, and going with the flow. I made a promise to Brooke that I wouldn’t make job searching a yearly tradition, and that I won’t get all mopey if I don’t have anything by Jan 1. Those didn’t make the goal list because they’re a little more long term. I’m optimistic though, always am, so I don’t think it will be too long before I cross some of those things off.

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So what are your goals for the last month of 2009?