Thursday, December 01, 2016

Hello, December!

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Oh, hello, December!  When did you get here?  

Yep, it's that time of the year again.  Insert clichéd statement here about how the year has flown by, but it really has.  There are so many memories in my head of events that seem to have occurred recently, but were actually many months ago.  Does the passage of time seem faster as you get older because you have a lot more to do than you did as a kid?  Anyways, I am both excited and freaked out with wrapping up 2016.  I have a lot of work to do, but I am also excited to visit my families!  

December segues into the new year so it's time to do something fresh.  Welcome to the first monthly goals list on Lumière & Lens!

Goal #1.  I will be participating in Blogmas (going easy on the Christmas theme, though) this year with 3 posts per week, inclusive of Sundays.  I want to create better, more regular content and the only way to do that is to jump into it!

Goal #2.  Get a manuscript draft to my research advisor before I fly out for the holidays, no matter in-progress I am with some of the last experiments.

Goal #3.  Exercise/go to the gym a minimum of 4X a week.  My brain always think it's time to hibernate because of the winter darkness.  I've lost some weight as muscle mass disappeared.  Gotta turn it around!

Goal #4.  Update my LinkedIn, CVs, and start drafting ideas for my proposals examination. 

Goal #5.  Eat healthier.  Take vitamins and probiotics to keep from getting sick.

I keep thinking I have to add more goals because this list seems "short," but they are all more labor intensive than they seem written out.  I want this December to be productive and fulfilling, so here goes!

What are your December goals?  How do you keep yourself on task?


  1. I actually don't have December goals; I suppose to try and take it easy and spend more time out in the sun since it is summer here.

    Goodluck with all your goals! Very impressive

    nat // dignifiable

  2. I think time really does get faster as we get older, because it feels like it's slipping through my fingers! I haven't heard of Blogmas before. I'm guessing it's a Christmas themed blogging challenge? Is there a list of topics to post about?

  3. Looking forward to seeing your blogmas posts! I'm off on a trip in a week so I guess my main goal is to get myself organised for it!

  4. good luck with blogmas! and good luck with the gym goals. i tried to stretch myself in the morning regularly and it's still hard to get used to, even after a month! my december goal is to stay healthy. although i'm down with the flu already :(((

  5. These are great goals, Alyse. I don't think that the list is short, it's better to focus on few bigger ones than many small ones :) Also, I set myself few goals too: to finish reading a book, try to post at least 6 posts in December and few more. Hopefully, it will be a success :)

    -Leta | The Nerdy Me

  6. Yay, good luck with Blogmas! I can't wait to read. I'm trying to stay healthy too - lots of vitamins and fresh orange juice for me x

  7. 5 Goals is fine girl, the more you have the more harder they are to achieve from my experience! I need to get fit again, I feel super lazy but that's a big goal of mine as well :)

    Hanh | Hanhabelle

  8. I definitely need to hit the gym more this month! Cold weather just makes me so lazy

  9. Good luck with all your goals! I've felt very disorganised this past few months, so my goal is to get on top of things before Christmas comes around. x

    Kate Louise Blogs

  10. Now that I think about it, my professional online profiles like linkedin have become sooo outdated. I look forward to your blogmas!!!

    Tienne —

  11. perfect!
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  12. Happy December! Good luck on your goals! I'm glad you are joining the Blogmas (although im not doing it). Anyways, same here! I need vitamins in my system.

    Love, Kandice & Thoughts