October 2018 goals – what I’m planning to do

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Hello October! Can you believe how fast this year is going? As every new month arrives, it provides an opportunity to evaluate your life, see what areas you want to work on and create a plan for that. This is where creating monthly goals comes in handy. Having an easy-to-access list of what you want to work on will truly help you work towards those goals. Sharing that list with friends and family gives extra accountability. Each month, I take a bit of time to go over the previous month’s goals, see what I accomplished and what still needs improvement, and base the current month’s goals on that. Before I get into my October 2018 goals, I want to take a moment and look back on my September goals and see how well I did with them.

How I did in September

  • Weed the garden. Not so much. The weeds got the better of me.
  • Harvest the garden. Done! Got lots of beans, shelling peas, and snap peas picked.
  • Prep the garden for winter. Some of this is done. However, with some plants still occupying the beds, not all of it is done.
  • Clean garden tools. Since I’m still using these, they didn’t get their pre-winter cleaning yet.
  • Go foraging. I missed out on this one. Kind of forgot about it for a bit and then by the time I remembered, most of the things were already done.
  • Declutter the kitchen. Done. This was quite the task, but I got it done.
  • Organize the kitchen. For the most part, I think I got this done. I may fiddle with a few things in the coming weeks to make them more friendly.
  • Start canning. Got quite a bit done towards this. With 21 pints of beans and 26 pints of tomato vegetable soup, we are slowly but steadily building up our canning pantry.
  • Start bullet journaling again. Nope! Didn’t even think about working on this.
  • Read at least 2 books. Got close on this one. I did read an entire omnibus in one day, so in a way, I guess that could count, since there were multiple books in it.
  • Exercise regularly. Not so much. I did some, but then I got hurt and had to take it easy for a bit.
  • Seal the deck. Nope. It was too cold, then too wet and then too cold and too wet. So this will have to wait until the spring.
  • Watch 1 season of a show. Give me a shiny gold star for this one! I finished 1 season of Hercules The Legendary Journeys. Then I watched 2 seasons of Sword Art Online, 1 season of The Irregular At Magic High School, 1 season of Ouran High School Host Club, and 1 season of Scrapped Princess. I also watched several episodes of Dr. Pimple Popper, Alone, and Deadliest Catch.
  • Try a new recipe. Done! We made tin foil dinners one night and really enjoyed them.
  • Start winter prep. Hubby and I busted our arses getting a lot of this done. We aren’t done yet, but I’m really happy with how much we got done.
  • Start getting ready for NaNoWriMo. I have made some progress on this, but not as much as I would have liked.
  • Get ahead on blog posts. I did, then I fell behind and then I got ahead, so yeah, I got this one done for the most part.
  • Do some background blog work. I think I got all of this done.
  • Work on social media. I got some work done on Pinterest, but not so much on Facebook.
  • Take more pictures. Yup, I did well with this one. Don’t recall how many I took, but it was a lot.

October 2018 goals

Honestly, October feels like it is going to be a busy month. I have things that need to get done, along with plenty that I want to get done. There is also Thanksgiving, my husband’s birthday, our anniversary, and Halloween in the mix.


  • Finish harvesting the garden. There isn’t a lot left to harvest, but I want to get everything pulled soon.
  • Get the garden ready for winter. Once everything is harvested, I will be prepping all of the beds for winter.
  • Clean the garden tools. This is always the final gardening task of the year. I want them cleaned and properly put away so they don’t get rusty over the winter.
The garden as of September 25th. It needs a lot of work.
The garden as of September 25th.


  • Do more canning. I did a decent amount of this in September, but there is more to do. October means Thanksgiving, which leads to large amounts of leftover turkey which I plan to turn into turkey soup. This is also part of getting ready for winter.
  • Try a new recipe. I think this will be a long-term monthly goal. I really enjoy trying new recipes, so getting to at least one every month is great.
  • Do more NaNoWriMo prep. I started this in September, but I still have a ways to go. This is the month I will truly get ready for NaNoWriMo.
  • Get ready for winter. We knocked out so much of this in September, but there is still a bit more to do. Mostly it’s doing a bit of shopping for what we need and the garden work.
  • Exercise regularly. Yup, I’m going for this one again.
  • Organize the kitchen. I got a lot of this done in September, but I feel like there is some room for improvement, so I will be working on that this month.
  • Read at least 2 books. This is another goal that will likely make an appearance on a monthly basis. I like the idea of setting aside time to read and making a goal to read a certain amount of books.
  • Paint the bathroom. I had hoped to get this done in September, but it just didn’t get done. Mostly I was delayed by needing to patch the drywall in a few places.
  • Paint the kitchen and entryway. This will be a big project that will happen during a week that hubby is off because there is just so much to paint. Plus, I don’t do ladders.
  • Watch 1 season of a show. Yes, this one again. I don’t foresee myself watching as much as I did in September, but if I can watch at least one season of something, then I will be happy.


  • Get and stay ahead. I managed to get ahead in September, for the most part, so I would like to keep that going through October.
  • Take pictures. Now is the month to squeeze in those last non-snow-filled outdoor pictures. Plus who doesn’t love taking pictures of the leaves changing colors? Lots of great picture opportunities to be had this month.

Those are my October 2018 goals. What goals do you have for the month? Did you get all of your previous month’s goals done, or did some of them slide into this month?


  1. Wow! I wish I had your green thumb! Everything that is green and alive tends to turn brown and die when I get my hands on it. 🙂

    1. Anyone can get a green thumb, it just takes practice! My own sister used to kill cactus, which are the easiest plants to take care of, but now she has a huge garden.

  2. These are some good goals! What a great way to create some accountability for the to-do list. September went by way too fast here too, and I didn’t get to a lot of things on my list – starting on the decluttering is the first thing that comes to mind, also I have been slacking on the exercise front a bit.

    These posts are fun to read because of how honest you are, and also because you use words like “arses”. Haha! Keep it coming!

    1. Thanks. I have found that since posting them on the blog, I’m much more apt to try and get everything done. Whereas if I just wrote it on a piece of paper, I would probably ignore most of it. I foresee winter being a great time for decluttering, since I’m stuck indoors anyway, might as well tackle something like that then. Haha, I always try to be honest.

  3. A great set of goals. I must admit. I don’t work on goals, partly because my job as a priest means my schedule is always shifting. However, I’m going to be reading and writing more about food production and how we eat.

    1. Ah yes, I would imagine it would be more difficult to make and stick to goals when your schedules are constantly shifting. Reading is a great activity. That sounds like a great thing to write about, I look forward to reading it.

  4. These are great goals! I have come up with some goals for blogging but not really much else. I mean I have some for coaching and fitness but not life goals. I need to make some life goals!

    1. Thanks. It’s great that you have some goals to work on yourself, but yes, make some life goals as well!

  5. Great post! You have inspired me. I need to at least watch one season of a show. I have five shows that are begging me to chill with them lol.

    1. Thanks. Oh what shows are begging for your attention? I’m sure if you set a goal to watch at least one season each month, you will get through them in no time.

  6. Great goals! I like how you organize them too. I still have about a month to get my winter prep todrher. We usually don’t get winter weather until mid December. Painting is on my to-do list as well. Are you touching up paint or doing a new color? Good luck with your goals.

    1. Keeping them organized like this makes it easier for me to keep track of what has and hasn’t been done in various aspects of my life. Lucky, we could have snow any day now, so we are about out of time to get our winter prep done. We are doing a bit of both painting wise. A couple of rooms just need some spots touched up, but then the bathroom is getting a whole new color, though it will be similar to the old color.

  7. I love that you are so specific about your monthly goals! Sounds like some good ones! We painted the bathroom last month… (When I say “we” I mean hubby 😉 LOL!) Getting winter ready is a big task!

    1. Thanks, being specific seems to help me keep up with them better than going for vaguer goals. Haha, I use ‘we’ when referring to things hubby has done or needs to get done as well. Although last time we did painting, I was the one to do it all. Getting ready for winter really is a big job, but I think we will get it all done in time.

  8. Really love seeing your progress as the months go by, I hope you will achieve even more in October

    1. Thanks. I like sharing all my goals and how I am doing with all of them. It not only makes me more accountable but might inspire others to give making goals a try.

  9. I love how you’re keeping track of all of your goals. A lot of stuff going on. Keep at it!

    1. Thank you. I found this is the best way to keep track of it and also get it done.

  10. These are great goals! I haven’t really made any goals lately because I feel like I’m too busy…

    1. Maybe start with a single goal. Even when you are busy, you should be able to find time for that single goal and then build up from there.

  11. Oh wow you are ambitious! This is quite a list for October… I need to take a page out of your book!

    1. As they say, you gotta make hay while the sun shines. It does feel like a lot, but I’m confident I can get most of it done. Yes, get out there and make some goals! You will be happy that you did.

    1. I know! This year is going by crazy fast. I’m quite happy with how I did in September. If I put my mind to it, I’m sure I can get through Octobers goals no problem.

  12. Love your goals – especially the blogging ones! It’s great to get ahead if possible, makes life a lot easier.

    1. Thanks. Getting ahead will benefit me a lot, especially with NaNoWriMo happening next month.

  13. Awesome post! I can’t believe it’s already October. I am also planning to get ahead with my blogging now that we have colder evenings and also try some new recipes and watch some new series. Keep up the good work! x

    1. I know, this year has been going by so far! Crazy to think that there are only three months left of 2018. Good luck getting ahead on blogging.

  14. I love your goal posts! You always set out to do a bunch of things I wish I had the time and aptitude for. One day I hope to be as motivated as you!

    1. Aw, thank you! I haven’t always been this motivated, so it’s nice to be able to make and tackle these monthly goals. I’m sure you will be able to make time for goals like this. Just start small and work your way up from there.

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