December: Three Things

Ahhh hello, friends.

I hope you all had a fulfilling Thanksgiving weekend. I had planned on popping in here with an “I’m grateful for…” post, but instead, I decided to be grateful for the opportunity to go to bed at 9 pm and sleep a full 10 hours on Wednesday night to rest up for my family to arrive on Thursday. Alas, no post happened.

But know this: everything I’m grateful for can be summed up in three main buckets: the people in my life, the opportunities I have had/earned, and the love I have encountered.

So, of course, you all fit into the people that I am abundantly grateful for – thank you, again, for checking in here from time to time. You make me smile so so much just thinking about you.

Now, the intention of this post: to be ever so slightly more intentional with the coming days and weeks.


I have a weird attitude attached to this month. It is both the end of the calendar year and the end of my 23rd year of life. Like most Decembers, I tend to approach it with equal parts enthusiasm and reflection.  Time to look back and to look forward. Review 2013, plan for 2014, and savor the celebrations that this month will undoubtably entail.

Last month’s Three Things were to re-commit to exercise (check!), to plan for holiday cards (check!) and to print photos to have around the house (uncheck.) I’m really pleased with myself on the first two, but just didn’t take the time to follow through on the third – in all honesty, I’m not that upset about it. Priorities change over the course of the month. Maybe in January I’ll get on the new photos train again.

OK. Today I’m doing something that’s a combo of old and new: I’m marrying Three Things (which has been around since March) with Weekly Wishes, a link-up hosted by Melyssa at the Nectar Collective. I love the idea behind this link-up and am excited to participate.

First things first:

Three Things: December

  1. Set solid, achievable goals for 2014 and create an overall “theme” for the year (initial thoughts: simplify - though this may change).
  2. Try out two new work-out spots: St. Louis Spinning and Southtown Yoga.
  3. Track down addresses & send my holiday cards.


Now, for this week, specifically:

Weekly Wishes: December, Week 1

  1. Leave my desk everyday for lunch. I have recently gotten into the (bad) habit of eating at my desk. It’s horrible and I need to stop. I’m going to mix things up this week and run a few errands, maybe catch a yoga class, take a walk, or at least go elsewhere in the building to eat my lunch this week.
  2. Make a “plan of attack” for Christmas gifting. I usually wait until the very last minute to buy gifts, but this year, I’m focusing on thoughtful, small gifts and/or experiences and those require a bit of planning.
  3. Try one of two new workouts I have been eyeing. This week is guaranteed to be stress-city at work, so I’m going to need some relaxation time – yoga sounds like the perfect escape.
The Nectar Collective

What are you guys up to this week and month?

  • Amber Marie

    I had to focus on making my goals “solid, and achievable” this week, too. It’s good to be realistic and practical so that we actually meet success :) Looks like you have some good, healthy goals.

    • Erika Sevigny

      Thanks Amber!

  • Vaida Tamošauskaitė

    well done you last week!
    and so glad that I came across – such a lovely blog of yours! :)
    that photo of your pup is gorgeous! :)

    Wish you all the best luck this week!

    • Erika Sevigny

      Thank you for stopping by, Vaida!

  • Lix Hewett

    I think I may have accidentally made “relax” my goal for December. I’ve been so stressed out lately that I’ve decided to take lorazepam (for my anxiety) more often, and now I’m getting used to that. My motivation and energy are limited at best — I’m just hoping this will allow me to say, “I’m going to do x” and do it.

    I’m a little scared to look back on my goals for 2013. I really just had one and I’m still here, so… bit of a failure there. I really need to make a plan for moving to the UK in early 2014. As early as possible. I need it so badly.

    • Erika Sevigny

      “Relax” is a great intention, especially if you’ve been stressed lately! A month of less stress may be just what the doctor ordered.

      As for 2014: new year, new possibilities. You can do it! :)

  • Allie @ Between Dreams

    OH MY GOODNESS. I slept 10 hours on Friday and just… well, isn’t it the BEST? I ended up waking up close to 11am. ELEVEN AM. I felt like my teenage-self again! Haha.

    Also, simplify is a BEAUTIFUL intention for the year.

    • Erika Sevigny

      The absolute BEST.

  • Alicia | Jaybird Blog

    I love leaving my desk for lunch! I spent my first year of work eating at my desk, until a wonderful coworker arrived and announced a daily “lunch club”–a break from desktop drudgery and an insistence on taking some personal time in the middle of the day. Now in year three I’ve brought the tradition to a new office and coworkers.

    You’ve set some great actionable goals here and I love the photo of your sweet Libby!

  • Crystal @ Dreams, etc.

    Beautiful dog!

    I love your idea of setting an overall goal for the year of 2014. I think without intending to I have also created an overall goal for the coming year for myself, however maybe I should make it an intention rather than an idea just floating around in my mind.

    I also liked your comment that priorities change throughout the month. I have also noticed through participating in Weekly Wishes that sometimes they change throughout the week. Sometimes I check in the next week, look at a few of the goals that I set and think, “Well, that wasn’t as important as I thought it would be, but I did accomplish all of this instead.”

    Good luck with your Three Things and Weekly Wishes this month/week! :)

    • Erika Sevigny

      Thanks Crystal! I haven’t set a “theme” so to say in the past for the entire year, but I really like the idea. I’d like to think that focusing on one major thing will help me stick to my priorities throughout the year. We’ll see!

      Thanks for stopping by :)

  • Millie

    Love your way of setting goals for each week. Am trying to set some goals for myself too.. Thank you for this idea!