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October was a whirlwind. It was GOOD, but it was a whirlwind. It included:

3 booked weddings on October 5th to begin the month (!) • 5 hot yoga classes that kicked my butt • 5 weddings total • weekend in Beaufort to spend time with Will and photograph Callie & Jamie’s engagement session • strength training with an amazing personal trainer • online google hangout (watch here if you didn’t get to see it) • 11 sessions • 1 rehearsal dinner • Making Things Happen Conference • the NC State Fair with Will • running in my neighborhood • annual Bridge costume party

Bare with me for a few moments while I just dump out my heart and my thoughts into this post. You’ve been warned.

My heart is full. It is heavy and refreshed at the same time. Making Things Happen gave me the gift that it always gives : a renewed perspective, focus on my life goals, determination to make time for what matters: reading, date nights, exercise, etc.

Yet at the same time,  I have been so frustrated lately because I feel like there isn’t enough time in the day to get everything done. Sometimes, I literally say out loud, “There IS enough time. God gave me enough time!” Which is true. But HOW I manage that time plays out in my life in so many different ways. The truth is that my to-do list exceeds the realistic time I have to check it all off. I put too much on my plate for the day. Then I leave my work day feeling defeated and guilty when I stop to watch a movie with Will or exercise or take the time to cook dinner.

In the midst of all of this, I’m reading an incredible book : 168 hours – you have more time than you think. It has helped me immensely, and I’m so grateful for it. The first thing it tells you to do is log every single hour of your day and write down how you spend it. So instead of logging “work,” I write down “emails” or “blogging.”  I have logged 2 weeks, and I am still logging my hours and learning about this crazy life that I lead. I am learning how to exercise and answer all these emails that will never stop filling my inbox and how to train my team and how to be a good wife and get enough sleep and plan time for me and rest and edit and update my business to stay current (read: USB drives instead of DVDs) and I feel just plain overwhelmed sometimes. I am just one person.

Want to know what I’ve discovered in all of this?

I still have a lot of learning to do.

I want more boundaries, a more productive schedule, more adventures, a healthier lifestyle, and happier clients.

You know what else I’ve learned?

These things take time.

Small changes over time = a BIG change. So this month, I will be faithful with what is right in front of me: November. I will continue to make goals and learn how to better myself and my life. I will whisper prayers of thanks, because while I’m not perfect and I’m not where I want to be, I have come so far.

Lord, give me perspective so that do not become discouraged. Give me strength to change where I need to.

November Goals

– Continue 15 in 12 : Finish 168 Hours, Read The Advantage as part of the #readsplendid Book Club
– Begin training for my Christmas Day 10K! (Yes it’s a race that my sister and I made up!)
– Launch Mentor Sessions with Will
– Teach a finance class on the Influence Network
– Eat only 2 desserts / week
– Celebrate Will’s birthday!
– Photograph 3 weddings, which will wrap up my 2013 wedding season
– See Gravity and the Hunger Games in Theaters. Scared about Gravity. Pumped about Hunger Games!
– Enjoy the mountains with my family
– Lead a few songs of worship on the guitar (!) at the Celebration Staff Retreat
– Complete all my Christmas shopping by Cyber Monday
– Order USB drives to replace DVD’s for Digital Negatives

What are your November Goals? Leave a comment with a link to your blog below! Even if this is the very first month you’ve ever blogged your goals – leave your link. You never know who you will inspire!

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Yes yes yes! Working on how I spend my time too. We only have so much and I so desire to spend it wisely. Hope you have a wonderful month :)

Here’s my goals post:

Nancy, I love love love love reading your goals. It inspires me so much. There is a reason I was only able to read your post today, because today is the day I’m feeling overwhelmed about not having enough time and I’ve been in an awful mood. But then I read this and I feel better knowing I’m not the only one and also that it’s okay to feel like that sometimes. You rock!!! Thank you!
Here are my goals for this month:

Yay for made up races with your sister!!!

Can I just say go you!! I just wish I could finish my Christmas shopping before Christmas Eve!! :)

Nancy, I always love reading your goals! I just got 168 Hours and am looking forward to reading it this month. I really loved her previous book – a collection of what the most successful people do before breakfast/on the weekend/etc – and I’m sure I will get a lot out of this one too. I’m with you, there is no way I could see Gravity – but I did recently see Captain Phillips and it was fantastic! Happy November! xo

Nancy, your goals always inspire me! mine are posted on my blog. I went right out and downloaded 168 Hours. Can’t wait to read it. :)

Thanks for sharing! They are short and sweet since we are having a BABY, but here are my November goals! :)

I started bikram last month too! So hard, yet so good.

I’m with Jenn! It’s been fun following your blog and instagram! This is my first month of publishing my monthly goals, so here’s to a little more accountability and getting alot more done 😉

You are so encouraging! Thanks for the reminder about using time wisely.

Love reading your monthly goals! You’re so inspiring! I hope to meet you one day :) Also, I saw Gravity last night. THE most suspenseful movie ever.

You inspire me so much Nancy! I have been following your blog and instagram for quite some time now, and I sincerely love reading each of your posts and your honesty about life. God is teaching you so much and even though I live completely across the country from you and somehow randomly stumbled across your blog several months ago, He is totally using you as an inspiration in my life and others people’s lives! Thank you for sharing your goals. I wrote mine in my blog today :)


Great post, friend! Inspired by you, per usual.

Not sure what you are looking for for your USB’s, but I ended up going with Flashbay….got 4GB’s for sessions and 8GB’s for weddings. Here’s what they look like:

I also looked at USB Memory Direct and PhotoFlashDrive dot com.

And here are my November goals:

Love you!

Can’t say I’m on board with the 2 desserts/week goal, but I love you still :)

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