3 Dec 2018 24 comments

My December Goals.

The last month of the year…

HAPPY CHRISTMAS MONTH! I managed to hold the festivities in for as long as possible this year but as soon as December first hit, it was all advent calendars and Christmas films!
I love this time of year; my calendar is full, the shops are full of sequins and my birthday falls in December too.

It’s set to be a bloody good month, so let me fill you in on what I’ve got going on…

01. Home updates. I always, ALWAYS get the itch to work on our flat at this time of year, and I hate myself for it! So much chaos.
I’m sure I’ve mentioned this by now, but around three years ago we went through the big job of sanding our floorboards but they weren’t varnished properly so they’ve been marked and scratched to death and in a terrible condition. It’s one of those things that has really, really bothered me – I even thought about moving at one point to get away from it!
They’re finally getting fixed, and hopefully in the new year we’ll get some plans in place to redecorate this room because it is a bit scruffy (the perks of buying a Victorian tenement, eh?)
So while I’m in Paris this week, Jordan and the cats are next door staying with my brother while our flat is in a state of disarray!

I’m hoping to completely change up our living room in the new year; I want a sort of SoCal, chilled vibe in here! Lots of rugs, rattan and brass – the dream.

02. Birthday fun. My birthday is 21st December, which is an absolutely terrible date for a birthday but I don’t know any different really. I always joke that I only look forward to my birthday because it’s the Winter Solstice so the days finally start getting lighter from then on!
Anyway, when Jordan asked me what I wanted to do for my birthday, I said I wanted to stay in a nice hotel, have a long bath and get in a robe, order room service and watch Christmas films, and then wake up in Edinburgh for my birthday. It sounds like it’s my 90th birthday… but isn’t that just the dream?!
We ended up booking The Principal Charlotte Square and yes I am hitting up an Oskia facial in the spa and afternoon tea in their Garden restaurant. Excitement levels are maxed out.

03. Time off! I think one of the reasons I love Christmas so much is because I actually get time off. I feel like no matter what I do, whether it be a trip away or a weekend at home, I am always doing a bit of work here and there.
Christmas gives me a proper break, and I don’t feel guilty for it either. No emails, no reason to leave the house. Bliss!

04. I’m starting to think about travel plans for the coming year, which is always exciting! We have to plan trips around our regular, expensive, exhausting trips to New Zealand – don’t get me wrong, I love going back but oh my god. So far, so pricey!! I wish we didn’t have to go all that way.
So far we’re thinking maybe Marrakech at the start of the year, New Zealand around March/April, and New York again if we can do it cheap!

So that’s my month ahead! Along with many social events and work committments that will no doubt leave me absolutely done in by the middle of December.

I’ve added a little KLV edit below of some bits I have on my wishlist, and please do leave a comment with what’s on for you in December – I love reading them!

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  • Ah! I am so happy is holiday season.

    Candice | NatalyaAmour.com

  • kforkarli

    I loved Busy Philipps’ book. I’m keen to get to NZ next year but as an Aussie it is a bit more affordable. I’d really like to do a walk through France too but that’s a bit more spendy so not sure how I’ll go!

  • That sounds like the perfect way to spend a birthday!! Good luck on your home updates 🙂


  • Lisa Autumn

    Oh this sounds amazing girl! Happy December!

    x Lisa | lisaautumn.com

  • Great inspirational post. Love ♥️it. Happy Decembre and joyeux Noel!

    ❄️🎅🏻🎄ROSES FOR FRIDAYS ❄️🎅🏻🎄 | by mia | A Creative Lifestyle Blog

  • I cannot believe that we are already in December! I hope you have a magical month babe


    Ellie xx

  • I hope you will achieve all of your goals xx


  • Have a lovely birthday!


  • Good luck, Happy Holidays! Even though I don’t celebrate Christmas, I do celebrate Chanukka.


  • I hope you have a lovely birthday along with a wonderful Christmas lovely, I love planning trips for the year ahead and hopefully I’ll be off to Santorini next year!

    Lucy | Forever September

  • I can’t believe we’re already in December! I’m so excited to start planning trips for next year as well ❤️

    Arianna | Southernbelleforver.com

  • I can’t believe December is here so fast! <3 🙂 And yes, one of my favorite things about December is Christmas and all of the festivities!

    XO, Elizabeth T.

  • Natalie Redman

    I love that golden cabinet, so pretty!


  • StrawberryMakeupBag

    Your birthday plans sound absolutely dreamy! Hope you have a beautiful day x

    Beatrice | Strawberry Makeup bag

  • Ivy Decker

    It sounds like you’re in for a lovely month, and happy birthday, Kate! Actually, this post has been a good kick in the pants for me: it’s this time of year I feel myself slack off and get the most disorganized, but reading how much stuff you’re planning to do (while still budgeting in time for fun and relaxation) makes me feel a little more likely to still get some things done. 💖

    Ivy | ivyjuneblog.wordpress.com

  • Amazing blog Katie, well done! http://www.rss-bathrooms.co.uk/

  • Okay, I’ve gotta admit that your birthday plans sound exactly like something I would do, and I’ve just turned 19 :’) 100% am a little grandma myself! Sounds like such a busy month, and your travel plans for 2019 sound fab! Can’t wait to see what you share from New Zealand x

  • Good luck with your December goals – your birthday sounds like a dream! <3 x


  • I hope you have a lovely birthday – I can’t imagine having a birthday so close to the 25th!


  • Fortune Dushey

    Happy Birthday!
    You birthday plan sounds dreamy!

  • Good luck with your December goals ❤️❤️

  • ninegrandstudent

    Your birthday plans sound absolutely dreamy – I did a similar thing last weekend for my birthday, though in the Cotswolds!

    LIFE & LOVES: A Foodie Blog

  • Victoria

    December is always the best and worst for me; I have to finish exams before I can truly enjoy! It’s the last year that this will be the case though, so I’m SO excited to finish up. Next year I’m heading to Australia, NYC and Peru as my last summer off before I start work full time, and I couldn’t be more excited for it!
    xx Victoria

  • My goodness your sideboard is AMAZING xxxx Your styling is sublime – perfect decor inspiration 💕

    I feel your pain about difficult birthday dates, mines Jan 1st and everyone’s broke and fun on my day (the nerve) haha x

    Hayley (www.ourdubailife.com)