Monthly Bucket List – December 2015

Crazily it’s now the end of November, and therefore time for my monthly bucket list post, this time for December 2015. It may not be quite December yet….but I may already have my Christmas tree up, anyone else want to confess to that?!

Monthly Bucket List December

Every month I use this post to set myself goals for the coming month, and to let you know how I got on with the previous month’s goals. First here’s how my November goals have gone.

Increase my stats and followers – At the end of last month there had been 58164 site views on my blog, there have now been 70841 views to my blog since I started it in January this year – not long til my first blog birthday! This month has been my highest ever number of views, which may have made me a little bit smiley.

My Twitter was at 8326 followers and now I have 9200

My Facebook page was at 1026 likes, and now has 1142 – this one is definitely the one I find hardest to grow by far, but this means it gives me even more satisfaction when it does go up!

Instagram was 3639 now 4241

Pinterest was 3688 and now is at 3906

Tots 100 – I am currently number 118 out of over 8000 blogs, so that’s six months of being in the top 200 now.

Lose 6 lbs – I very almost succeeded at this one, I lost 5 lbs this months…if only I hadn’t put weight on last month, but still it’s going in the right direction and I’m feeling a lot healthier t the moment.

Buy a new car – done! I have a ‘new to me’ Vauxhall Astra estate, and she’s a bit of a beast. Much faster than my old Zafira with her 1.9 diesel engine, she’s also pretty and I’m a little bit in love….and feeling poor now. I have no idea why I always say ‘she’ for cars by the way, I’ve been calling the Christmas tree a ‘he’ this week, maybe I am just a little bit odd…

My car

Do a good job on my first blog Christmas gift guides – I’m almost at the end of doing these, and they’ve had a good reception so far. I’m especially proud of my Cornish Christmas gift guide, as I do like to support local companies where possible.

Have family time on holiday – We had a brilliant time away at our Silverspring Hideaway pod, some quality family time and I mostly stayed away from my blog. My favourite part of our holiday was Halloween, when we had a fire under more stars than I have ever seen and ate sweets and marshmallows.

Harley Halloween

Overall I’ve had a brilliant month, and since next month is December and Christmas I’m hoping it’s an even better one. Here are my goals for December 2015.

Increase my stats and follower numbers – I always add this one, as it keeps me working on it.

Give the boys an amazing Christmas – well me and Si too, but Christmas is always extra special for children, and I love making memories for them.

Get posts drafted and scheduled – I want to do this before the holidays to make sure I’m not working and can enjoy family time more.

Use my treadmill a lot more – I still use it, but I’ve been so busy lately it is collecting duct, and if I want to keep strengthening my dodgy back I need to keep losing weight, and keep up the exercise.

Make a serious dent in my 47 reasons clothes – I wrote a 47 reasons why I will lose weight post a while ago about all the clothes I want to get back in to, and I want to be in to a lot of them over the next month – especially as my original target to empty the bag was the end of the year – gulp.

What are your plans and goals for this month?

Stevie x


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  1. Robyn
    30 November 2015 / 11:50 pm

    Good luck with your Dec 2015 bucket list, I especially hope you have a wonderful Christmas. You may have inspired me to make some monthly goals, mostly I’m just trying to keep on top of daily to-do lists – I can’t see the wood for the trees! It would be nice to look back at the end of the month with a feeling of accomplishment :)

    • 1 December 2015 / 8:50 am

      You could always join in the bucket list monthly linky with Beth at Twinderelmo as well if you wanted :)

      Stevie x

      • Robyn
        4 December 2015 / 8:10 am

        I’ll check it out, thanks for letting me know about it Stevie – always keen to hear about new linkies :)

    • 4 December 2015 / 2:12 pm

      Most definitely, plus making them public makes me stick to them ;)

      Stevie x

  2. 4 December 2015 / 9:52 am

    Wow you overachiever! – fab job on your 5lb weightloss that’s fantastic especially during the festive seasons! Great job on your stats too! I loved your cornish Christmas gift guide! I need to do myself one of these! #PicknMix

    • 4 December 2015 / 2:16 pm

      Ha thank you ;) I’ve enjoyed doing my gift lists a little too much, have a huge wish list in my head now ;)

      Stevie x

  3. Sarah Admissions of a Working Mother
    4 December 2015 / 10:53 am

    I am enjoying your gift guides! Love the header photo on this #PicknMix

    • 4 December 2015 / 2:22 pm

      I am too a little too much, having to resist treating myself ha ;)

      Stevie x

  4. 4 December 2015 / 2:20 pm

    congrats on the site stats. Its always great to see those increasing. My month started off gangbusters and then tailed off. Somehow I also seemed to have gained the five pounds you lost.

    • 4 December 2015 / 2:28 pm

      Ha sorry about that – eek don’t go losing that 5lbs I don’t want them back ;)

      Stevie :)

  5. Kirsty Ho Fat
    4 December 2015 / 3:34 pm

    Wow, that’s an impressive month you’ve had. Really inspired reading all of this. Although I don’t have a monthly bucket list, each year I write a list of things I want to do to match my age. So in 2016, it’s going to be 30 things. Covers a wide spectrum of activities, including for 2016, going back to work, running a half marathon, walking the Cotswold Way with Sprog!

    • 4 December 2015 / 6:06 pm

      That sounds like a fun list idea, and wow to the half marathon! I’m 33 next year – which seems mad I’m sure I was only 14 about 2 years ago ;)

      Stevie x

  6. Sara @ Handy Herbs
    4 December 2015 / 6:56 pm

    Well done on achieving so much!! It is amazing how focused you are. Well done for the weight loss – that was probably the hardest to achieve – well I know it is for me at this time of the year! Great stats, you must be chuffed :) I think I need to be a bit more focused although I am determined to spend a lot of time together as a family (extended too) this Christmas #PicknMix

    • 4 December 2015 / 8:58 pm

      I’m not sure how good my willpower will be once it’s closer to Christmas and there’s yummy food everywhere ;) Thanks lovely,

      Stevie x

  7. 4 December 2015 / 8:10 pm

    Woweee you’re social media stuff is doing fab!! Go you! So well deserved. You’re fab at what you do #picknmix xx

    • 4 December 2015 / 9:00 pm

      Aw thanks Rachel, I can’t actually believe how well it’s all going myself. I work hard, but still all seems a bit crazy ha!

      Stevie xx

  8. Joe Bartell
    4 December 2015 / 8:34 pm

    Those stats are very inspiring, great job on increasing every month. This linky #picknmix helps and is very cool. I look forward to it next week. Joe

    • 4 December 2015 / 9:20 pm

      Thanks, and as much as I love hosting Pick ‘n’ Mix it only represents a small percentage of my traffic every month, I have some posts that are much more popular ;)

      Stevie :)

  9. 4 December 2015 / 9:57 pm

    I love this, sounds like you are very focused and it’s great to review a list of goals each month. I’m tempted to try it actually…but I find so many new things pop into my head throughout a month I’d probably just be adding to it constantly and not achieving any of it if that makes sense! Hope you have a lovely Christmas, completely with you on that aim. #picknmix

    • 4 December 2015 / 11:27 pm

      I try to be focused, these sort of posts give me the kick up the bum I need sometimes though ;) I hope you have a brilliant Christmas as well, it’s really not long to go now!

      Stevie x

  10. 5 December 2015 / 11:06 pm

    Well done on your stats, they’re amazing in such a short time. I think it does help to have goals written down and spurs you on. I did start doing this a while ago but then life just got busy, should really start doing it again though. Something to start in 2016! #picknmix

    • 5 December 2015 / 11:37 pm

      Thank you :) Beth’s Monthly Bucket list is a good one to keep organised, it keeps me on track and publishing my stats definitely makes me work on them :)

      Stevie x

  11. 6 December 2015 / 8:59 am

    Wow well done on being amazing losing 5lb and getting such great stats! I hope your December list is as successful. Wishing you and your family a very good Christmas. Xx#MonthlyBucketList

    • 6 December 2015 / 11:08 am

      Thanks lovely, December will have to work hard to beat November, but I am so excited about Christmas!

      Stevie x

  12. 6 December 2015 / 4:03 pm

    I am in complete and utter awe of how much your blog has grown and how it continues to grow and grow, its so inspiring. You need to do a gurus guide!
    well done on the excellent weight loss too. I hope you & the kids all have a lovely Christmas and I await your blog birthday xx

    • 6 December 2015 / 4:17 pm

      Aw thank you lovely, there is no way I can beat last months viewing stats though this month, that’d just be crazy! I’m getting so excited about Christmas now, we’ve just hung our outside lights up :) Hope you have an amazing one Beth

      Stevie xx

  13. Jodie Allen at Budget Beauty and Babies
    7 December 2015 / 11:32 am

    Sounds like a very productive month for you :) congratulations on the 5lb loss, that’s great! I have just started a bit of health kick – trying to beat the new year rush haha! I love the idea of using fitting into clothes as motivation. I might just steal that tip to help motivate myself too! #PicknMix

    • 7 December 2015 / 1:51 pm

      That bin bag full of clothes si still giving me dirty looks from the spare room ;) need to have another trying on session soon to see how many I can now get in to – crossed fingers!

      Stevie x

  14. 7 December 2015 / 12:20 pm

    Great list and you.have done so much achieved. You should be proud, well done and here’s to more celebrational moments for next month X #PicknMix

  15. 7 December 2015 / 12:36 pm

    I really love reading your stats updates each month – it’s so wonderful to see those numbers go up and up =)
    I hope you have a lovely December and well done for losing 5lb!

    • 7 December 2015 / 1:48 pm

      Aw thanks lovely, November was an especially good month stat wise, I’m not sure I’ll be topping it for a while ;) I hope you have a fab December too lovely, it’s almost Christmas yay!

      Stevie x

    • 9 December 2015 / 10:17 am

      Thanks lovely, it’s been a crazy (almost) 11 months! :)

      Stevie xx

  16. 10 December 2015 / 9:04 pm

    Well done hun and good luck for December. I really want to schedule some posts in for over christmas. Will see if it happens x

    • 10 December 2015 / 11:07 pm

      Thanks gorgeous, I’ve been so manic this week with short deadlines, scheduling is still a bit of a pipe dream!

      Stevie x

  17. 10 December 2015 / 10:02 pm

    Wow your stats are brilliant :) I am waiting on my new blog planner to turn up and then I will be keeping a track of mine so I can see by how much each month. I really struggle with FB too! Hope you get everything scheduled so you enjoy the festive season. Thank you for hosting #PicknMix xx

    • 10 December 2015 / 11:09 pm

      My pleasure and thanks lovely, it was a crazy month stat wise it’ll take some beating!

      Stevie x

  18. 30 December 2015 / 10:21 pm

    Doing well with your stats as always! Although I imagine they’re even better now, I’m late commenting this month. Hope you had time to relax in the holidays and I love your Cornish gift guide, you really do a great job of promoting Cornwall. Hope you had a fab Christmas! :) x #monthlybucketlist

    • 31 December 2015 / 4:45 pm

      Thanks lovely, now writing this months one. Viewing stats way down on last month as I actually took some time off, and don;t regret a second of it ha! Was lovely to have more proper family time :)

      Stevie xx