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Setting Monthly Goals for November 2023

Monthly goals for November 2023. Every month I set a few reachable goals as a way to staying motivated and focusing on what I want to accomplish.

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Monthly goals for November 2023. Every month I set a few reachable goals as a way to staying motivated and focusing on what I want to accomplish.

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I’m not sure how this year has flown by so quickly, but November is here and it’s a time of year that I always enjoy.

How did October Go?

October was a lovely, busy month! Let’s take a look at how it went.

Cambridge in October

A highlight of the month was definitely flying solo across the Atlantic to go to my brother’s tiny wedding in Cambridge, England. I loved spending time with him and my newest sister-in-law, as well as one of our sisters who flew out. I got to know his amazing wife when we were in Oxford last year, and I’m thrilled to have her as another sister now!

I lived in Cambridge for three months when Emma was a baby, and it was so fun to go back to our old basement flat and to see the Botanic Gardens where she and I spent hours when she was tiny. The photos at the top and bottom of this post are both from those gardens.

a sunset view of Cambridge from St John's College Tower

My sister-in-law’s friend got us into St. John’s College Tower, which was a real treat – at least once we hiked up the very narrow, very twisty 198 stairs! We made it to the top just in time to capture this stunning sunset hour view of Cambridge!

My October Craft Project

Creating this Molly Weasley costume was my October craft project. I finished just in time, and I love how it turned out! It’s also super comfy.

I used this crochet sweater pattern to make the sleeves, and then I hand sewed them to this linen vest. I bought the crinkle skirt at Target a couple of years ago; the shirt was probably also from Target.

Decluttering Progress

I made decent progress on my decluttering goal. I collected a bunch of books and toys my children have outgrown and donated them. My children also decided to clean up the garage to turn it into a big kid hangout space. They have a ways to go, but I’m loving their progress so far!


I wrote up a post on our favorite teen approved road trip games and our visits to Blenheim Palace (well worth a read even if you don’t plan to go there in person – it’s a fascinating place) before heading across the pond for my brother’s wedding.

I didn’t get any brand new posts finished after the wedding, but I did revitalize and republish these posts:


I do plan to have something to show for this music goal someday. I’m working on it, but it’s a slow process.

Setting Monthly Goals for November 2023

Monthly Goals for November 2023

November always flies by, as does December. I’m sticking with simple goals:

  • Figure out what we are doing for Thanksgiving. We need to decide if we are traveling to see family or staying home, and if we’re staying home I need to figure out food!
  • Organize Christmas. I like to get everything done early, so we can relax and enjoy December.
  • Blog

I’ll keep playing music and crafting, too, but that’s getting pulled from the list because I probably won’t have anything to show for it.

What are your November goals for 2023?

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MaryAnne is a craft loving educator, musician, photographer, and writer who lives in Silicon Valley with her husband Mike and their four children.

2 thoughts on “Setting Monthly Goals for November 2023”

  1. Those pictures are gorgeous!
    I need to go look at the felt gnome post again, I’ve been making projects from my tea boxes, and the felt gnome would probably be useful for that.
    I LOVE your Mrs. Weasely costume, it’s so adorable.

    1. Aww thanks! I was so thrilled with how that costume turned out. And the botanic garden was one of my favorite places to spend time when we lived in Cambridge. Please share photos if you make the felt gnome.

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