November Mantras, Goals & Currently 24

A few months ago, our chill blogging group that goes by the name of Peaceful Posse launched a monthly link up called Monthly Mantras, Goals & Currently. For those that missed it, the link-up opens up the first Monday of each month and will remain open for 14 days. So for this month, it opens up today (Monday, November 6th) and it will close at midnight on Monday, November 16th.  The link up for December opens up on Monday, December 4th, and so on and so forth.

Monthly Mantras, Goals & Currently

It is totally up to you on how you want to layout or structure your posts. Do whatever works for you, how about that? 🙂

So here goes my update on my October Goals and then we’ll get crackin’ onNovember’s  mantras, goals and currently.

Let’s take a look at what my Goals for the month of October were and their results:

  1. Meal planning.  Meal planning has been going well and I will likely migrate this goal going forward to continue with it.  Evenings especially go much smoother if we know what we’re eating.
  2.  Play around with our Instant Pot more and experiment.  I
  3. Keep encouraging Jeff and joining in on our mini daily workouts.  This has been a fail mainly because I’ve been injured and unmotivated/frustrated with my own situation. He has been doing it here and there, though, I’ll give him that.


Mantras for November:

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November Goals:

  • Meal plan more and look at more of what we have so we can eliminate possible waste. 
  • Read more.
  • Get organized and get started with my 2018 bullet journal.
  • Get outdoors more. I tend to want to hibernate when the colder weather  comes, so sometimes I have to force myself out a bit more.



Reading… Heather’s usual Surfing Sunday posts that I usually enjoy and Stuart Woods Indecent Exposure and Fast and Loose.

Playing… cards with Jeff. 

Watching… Lethal Weapon, RHOC, Greys Anatomy, The Challenge: Dirty Thirty, Stranger Things Season 2, Icarus, Scandal, Narcos Season 3, Fargo, A Dog’s Purpose.

Trying… to lighten up a little.

Cooking… chicken for lunches, steaming eggs, baking a tray of bacon andtryibg to think of what to make for dinner. 

Eating… a chicken souvlaki pita.

Drinking… Still drinking water like a mad man.  Nothing changes. Lol

Calling… my sports massage therapist.

Texting… my usual rotation of friends and family.

Pinning… the usual: recipes, outfits, quotes, dog/pet stuff.

Tweeting… animal conservation messages, animal pictures, inspirational posts. 

Going… for a massage and getting some cupping later on this evening.

Loving… all the beautiful colours of Fall. 

Hating… that it gets dark so early now. 

Discovering… new routes going home from up north. 

Thinking… about plans for this coming week.

Feeling…sore from sleeping in a crappy bed up at Jeff’s Dad’s.

Hoping (for)… a drama-free holiday season.

Listening (to)… UFC in the background.

Celebrating… my 34th (!!) birthday on November 10th.

Smelling… key lime cheese cake that Jeff made.

Thankful… for having worked with a colleague over the last seven years and for becoming friends. She just left my workplace for some new adventures and I wish her all the best.

Considering… our options for dinner. 

Starting… my bullet journal once I get my stencil from the Netherlands.

Finishing… books.

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  • Kim Munoz

    Menu planning saves lives. I would be a bear if I didn’t do it. LOL . Happy Early Birthday 🙂 Cheesecake sounds so good right now! Im hoping for a drama free holiday too. My little brother and his fiancee are coming out with their 3 kids. 2 which I haven’t met and the other is my God Daughter. Im so excited, but family can be a little crazy at times. I am loving that it gets dark early but mostly because the boys settle down easier once the sun does HAHAHA! Plus with the sun up earlier, Im not so worried about Ant at the bus stop in the dark. Sending love up your way and wishing you and wonderful week!

  • Hi sweet pea! I agree, meal planning makes things go so much better. And I know it’s been hard for you to work out with your injuries, so don’t be too hard on yourself about that goal. We’ve been watching Stranger Things 2 as well and we’re almost done with it, sob. I do not like that it gets darker earlier now too. I need sunshine! Love to you my dear!

  • Great mantras!
    Menu planning saves so much time. Sorry about your injuries – I hope that you are feeling better with each day.
    Hope you have a drama free holiday season.
    I’m interested to hear more about your bullet journal – I have read about them and seen examples online and it seems so popular. I’ve always recorded my day in the usual format but I have a new journal which I plan to use differently.
    Hope you have an amazing birthday on Friday! 4 more sleeps! (I’m 34 and still do countdowns).

  • TheEmiTimes

    Love your goals. I hope you start feeling better soon. I’ve heard great things about bullet journals. I plan on buying a new planner soon for 2018.

  • I really hope you get better and start feeling better soon. I’m hating the time change and the early, dark nights. Nice job with your meal planning…I need some of that motivation over here. I’ve been thinking of getting an Instapot. Maybe santa will bring me one 😉 Happy early birthday!!!! I hope you have something fabulous planned!

  • I love that bravery quote. That seems to be a trend / reoccurring theme for me lately. I’m trying to read the signs. 😉

  • shootingstarsmag

    I’m a big fan of the “stronger than you seem” quote – it’s a Winnie the Pooh quote, which I also love. 🙂 Happy Early Birthday! I hope you have a great week. I really want to try and meal plan better. This is the first week of working on that, so we’ll see how things go. LOL Good for you on bullet journaling! I really think it would be fun to do one, though I like my regular planner too.


  • Corey Wheeland

    Oh my gosh, tonight it got so dark so early and it made me so bummed! This time of year just sneaks up on us! Happy early birthday to you!

  • I love that Kennedy quote! Also, I am all about meal planning. I used to have a habit of going grocery shopping every week, even if I didn’t need anything. When I started meal planning, I “shopped” out of my pantry and the freezer first and ended up using so much of what I already had. It saved on food waste and money!

  • San

    What are steaming eggs?
    Ugh, I hate it too that it’s dark so early now… I bascially leave when it’s dark and get home when it’s dark. DO NOT LIKE.

  • Nice job on your October goals! Your November ones could be mine too–I need to work on using up what we have when I’m planning our meals too. I also want to read more and start planning my 2018 planner or bullet journal too, ha! 🙂 Happy early birthday!

  • Kim Airhart

    How’s your meal planning going? I am so loving my Instant Pot now. I am thinking about getting another one.

  • You’re so great with your meal planning, I could definitely be a bit better that’s for sure. Thanks so much love. 🙂
    i hope you have a relatively drama free holiday but most of all, that it’s fun for you guys, including YOU. I hope you won’t be in the kitchen the entire time.

    Makes sense why you like the clocks back an hour. It always feels so late tho, don’t you out think? It can be 6 pm but feels like 11.

    I hope you have a great week babe! xo

  • I SAY my goal is meal planning and to get better at it, but I still struggle. Always room for improvement, I guess. 🙂
    It has been frustrating this injury but I’ve actually realized this has been in the making for a long time, all the way back to a few years ago when I thought I strained my abs/groin. Turns out it’s my psoas muscle deep within. My entire hip area seems to be a mess. But I won’t rush this… I can’t. So I’m getting by and that’s been far better than nothing at all. 🙂
    Much love darling xo

  • I’ll have to take some pictures once I put together January and February. I’ve been playing around with November and December and figuring out what works for me and I think I’ve got a plan. :).

    Thank you so much for he birthdays wishes. You’re so sweet. 🙂 xo

  • Thanks hun, it’s been frustrating but slow and steady, I guess, is my new mantra for the foreseeable future.
    Isn’t planner shopping so much fun? So many options and pretty books. I love it! 🙂

  • Instapots save time and they’re pretty impressive. That’s what jeff keeps making the cheesecakes in. We’ve never made a cheesecake in a regular oven! lol!
    My psoas is super tight and I got thinking last night that this injury has been a long time coming, like it’s slowly been creeping up on me in the last year and a half. Last year I thought I strained my abs/groin and I’m now realizing that wasn’t it at all; my psoas has been really aggravating and at times I press deep into my lower abs for some relief and I’ve never put two and two together. Anyways, I’ll get there. Still spinning and have a ton of new core exercises to do. 🙂 I’ll get there.

    Hope you’re having a good week hun!

  • I couldn’t definitely be better. I was at my mom’s for a week, now we’re back home so it’s been a bit of a struggle because of that. Next week will be much better though. 🙂

    I know someone that has THREE instapots. 🙂

  • Signs from the universe. 🙂

  • Hey girl,
    Thank you so much! I’m with you on the planners, which is why I was unsure about doing one in the first place, but I’ll give it a go and thus far, I can make my pages and collections fairly quickly once I’m at it.
    I think we are all so much stronger than we think or believe we are. 🙂

  • It’s a such a weird thing eh? It can feel like midnight and it’s only 6 pm.
    Thank you so much hun. 🙂

  • It’s pretty incredible how much food we waste and just how much we actually have on hand already without even really realizing it. You’ve just gotta open your eyes a bit more and be creative when you’re getting down to the last things. I could be better but I’m working on it. 🙂

  • Like steaming them instead of boiling them to make hard boiled eggs. Look up an egg steamer. They’re pretty handy/genius. 🙂
    You work long days girl, that’s why!!! lol

  • Thanks so much San! 🙂 My meal planning is pretty crappy this month but my goal is to improve for the last half of next November.
    Your week off is so close!! I hope you enjoy it hun! 🙂