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My HHWP Update: November Review & New Goals for December

We are now officially in the last month of 2020, a fact that I am sure many people will be celebrating this year more than the typical year. 

Today I’d like to update you on how the rest of my Happy.Healthy Whole Project (HHWP) goals went for November, as well as share my goals going forward for December.

November was a very hectic month for me, but also an extremely exciting one, as you’ll soon see. I’ve got some pretty big things planned for December as well!

If you’re just joining me and are not familiar with the HHWP yet, or if you have been following along, but would like to do some catching up, you can do so on my HHWP page.

November Overview

What Didn’t Go So Well In November

As you might recall from my mid-November HHWP update, the first part of November was pretty rough for me. I was very anxious about the presidential election on November 3rd, and I had a bit of a Covid-19 scare. 

Because of these things, I was not nearly as productive as I had planned to be in the first part of the month. 

I ended up having to quarantine in one room of my house, away from my partner, for about a week, which I can tell you was no fun. 

However, being locked up with nothing but my computer did give me the opportunity to catch up on some of the productivity I had lost out on earlier on in the month, which is I suppose, a silver lining of the whole situation.

Fortunately, I was given a clean bill of health with two negative covid-19 tests.

Update On My Wrist

As those of you that have been following along with my HHWP know, I had an accident at work in early January, of 2020.

I had surgery to repair my shoulder which has been healing nicely, but my wrist has not been improving much at all.

At the end of October I got a cortisone injection in my wrist, and my doctor said that the pain would go away for at least two weeks. After which he said, one of two things would happen: the pain would either come back in two weeks when the medication wore off, or not at all. 

Instead, the pain never really went away at all. So I called back my orthopedic doctor (the one who had done my shoulder surgery) and he referred me to a hand doctor to take a closer look at my wrist.

When I saw the hand specialist, she decided that since the physical therapy and cortisone shots had not worked for my wrist pain so far, and the pain was still persisting 11 months after the accident, that it was time to take the next step. She ordered an MRI to see what is going on and to determine if surgery is necessary. 

I am currently waiting for my workers compensation to approve that procedure. So keep your fingers crossed that I will be able to get the MRI done and figure out what I’m dealing with before Christmas!

November Highlights

November had some pretty amazing highlights as well. As I pointed out in my mid-November update I got to spend a little time with my sister and meet my one and only niece for the first time, which was absolutely amazing.

Since then, I was also able to set up an office for myself in a spare bedroom in my house.

I was previously writing at the kitchen table while sitting in a wooden chair which was terrible on my back. So I am beyond excited to have my own dedicated work space and office chair now!

I am also happy to report that my goal of contacting my family and closest friends every other week on a schedule has now become a habit!

Whereas before I would think about reaching out and then didn’t, telling myself I was too busy and I’d do it later, now I have become quite good at this and feel that my relationships (even though they are quite long distance) have improved significantly. 

I feel much more in the loop about what is going on in their lives, which is a very good feeling. I plan to maintain this habit from here on out now that it is formed.

And finally, as you might recall, one of my November HHWP goals was to produce my first digital product to begin selling. I am beyond proud to say that I did in fact accomplish this goal!

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Introducing,The Happy.Healthy.Whole Workbook & Planner!

On November 30th I officially launched my first digital product called The Happy.Healthy.Whole Workbook & Planner [AD]. This 142 page ebook is both a workbook and a planner.

The workbook contains:

  • A chapter on how to get rid of limiting beliefs and adopt a mindset that will allow you to achieve your goals.
  • 4 self-discovery activities to help you decide what you want from your personal HHWP.
  • Instructions for how to personalize your own HHWP for maximum benefit.
  • Chapters on best practices for goal setting, action planning, habit tracking, and self-reflection.

The planner includes 12 months of:

  • Calendar pages for important dates, goal deadlines and space for notes.
  • Goal setting and action planning templates.
  • Monthly habit tracking sheets.
  • Weekly self-reflection worksheets.
  • Quarterly well-being assessments to measure the overall effectiveness of your HHWP.

If this 2021 workbook and planner sounds like something you could benefit from, check it out below!

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November Lessons

With the start of November being pretty bumpy, I learned an important lesson.

Namely, that I am still struggling to stick to my personal commandment of “one thing at a time”.

I often have so many ideas and things I’m passionate about, that I try to take them all on at once. However, that leads me to be spread too thin and struggle to give the necessary time to my different projects.

In November my main priority was getting my ebook completed. Because of this my social media presence and studying for my exam suffered a bit.

In December I will think carefully about what I’d like to prioritize.

December HHWP Goals

One of the main areas of life that my HHWP has focused on from the start, is career. Specifically I wanted to find my calling and then turn it into a new career path for me when I have recovered from my injuries. 

I have 2 main long-term goals in this category.

  1. To begin my own health coaching practice.
  2. To develop alternative income streams through my blog.

In the spirit of these overall goals, here are my December career goals in these categories.

Begin My Own Health Coaching Practice

My December goal in this category is to take and pass the Health Coach Certification Exam before 12/31/2020.

In order to accomplish this goal, I will take the following action steps:

  • Study at least one hour a day, every day, including reading the textbook, taking notes, watching online lectures, and taking practice exams.
  • Renew my CPR certification.
  • Submit proof that I meet the prerequisites to sit for the exam.

Develop Alternative Income Streams Through My Blog

The two main ways that I have decided to monetize my blog are through affiliate marketing, and by selling my own products.

Last month I laid the groundwork for these goals by applying and getting accepted to 3 affiliate programs, and launching my first product [AD].

This month my main goal is to promote my product and affiliate links on the run up to New Year’s Eve, which is the most important time of the year for my niche which is of course, healthy lifestyle.

I will do that through more organized and purposeful social media and email marketing campaigns.

I was really tempted to do Blogmas this year. I really enjoyed and saw a lot of benefit from my daily posting in Blogtober. 

After much back and forth thought, I decided it would be putting too much on my plate, and it would end up taking away time that I should be dedicating to my priorities for the month. So, instead I will keep to my regular 2 post a week schedule.

In summary, my blogging goals for December are to:

  • Continue posting twice a week.
  • Promote my digital product on the run up to New Year’s Eve to make the most of resolution season.
  • Add affiliate links to old posts.
  • Schedule my social media and email campaigns at least 1 week in advance.

Recover From My Injuries

Finally, the other big focus for my HHWP, in addition to career, is recovering from my injuries so that my surgeon can clear me for return to work.

The initial intention was for my shoulder surgeon to release me back to work at our upcoming appointment on 12/22/2020. However, this date is now uncertain due to my unresolved wrist issues.

This makes it even more important for me to focus on my recovery. 

My goals for recovery this month are to:

  • Continue physical therapy (PT) 2x/week as prescribed.
  • Perform my PT exercises 4x/week at home.
  • Cardio 5x/week at home.
  • Add lower body strength exercises 3x/week.

Conclusion

After a bit of a rough start in November, I was pleased with my ability to overcome obstacles, and refocus on my goals in the second part of the month.

I am extremely proud of my first ebook, The Happy.Healthy.Whole Workbook & Planner [AD], and cannot wait to promote it this month to help people reach their new goals in 2021!

This month should also bring a little more clarity to what is going on with my wrist, hopefully prior to the one year anniversary of my injury on January 2nd.

Thanks for tuning in and following along with my project! Look for another progress update on my HHWP goals mid-December. 

And if you think you might want to join me and do your own HHWP in 2021, check out the benefits of doing your own HHWP here!

A hui hou (until then),

~Clarissa

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Author: clarissa.cabbage

Clarissa is a teacher, a coach, and an avid adventurer! Armed with a master's degree in Exercise and Wellness, she is on a mission to teach people how to build healthier habits that support the adventurous lifestyle of their dreams. There is nothing Clarissa is more passionate about than helping people get active and live their lives to the fullest!

56 Replies to “My HHWP Update: November Review & New Goals for December

  1. I am so sorry to hear of your health complications! I hope you get all things sorted out before Christmas!

    I am inspired by the way you look to the up side even while quarantine. Having a writing space is a wonderful way to get more words to flow. 🙂

    I feel you on having trouble doing one thing at a time! I am always tempted to multi-task . . . sometimes I do and it goes well. Other times I do and halfway through I realize I need to focus to accomplish anything.
    Thanks for sharing your November update and future goals!

    1. Thank you so much for following along with my journey these past few months Jaya! Unfortunately I just learned that I won’t be able to get my MRI for the wrist until January 18th so definitely not before Christmas. But it is nice to have a date at least to get a little bit more clarity on what is going on.

      I hear you on the multitasking! I think I personally have always been not a very great multitasker, and yet I still often try. 🤷‍♀️😂 I’m trying to play to my strengths here and focus on one thing at a time, although it’s harder to do than you would think. Wish me luck!

  2. You did a great job in November despite having to face some challenges along the way and I can’t wait to see what December will bring. I was debating taking part in Blogmas but decided to pass on it this year for the same reason that you mentioned – I have so much on my plate already and don’t need to add anything more to it right now. Maybe next year.

    1. Thank you Britt! Yes I was a little sad to have to pass on Blogmas this year as well. I went back and forth on it for quite a while. But after doing my little monthly review it seemed quite clear that my main priorities needed to be getting my certification before the new year so that I’m ready to go when I’m cleared for work again, and of course promoting the product that I have already made. I agree, I think next year I’ll be in a better place to participate. Thanks for reading and your support!

  3. In the midst of some big obstacles it sounds like you’re accomplishing a lot! I’m really excited for you about your ebook and planner. I hope you have some great success with it! Congrats on the affiliate programs too. We’re still looking into income streams for our blog so it’s inspiring to see someone taking those steps. I hope you get your answers about your wrist soon.

    1. Thanks so much Alison I really have appreciated your continued support thus far on my project! I am just getting started with the monetization. There sure is a lot to navigate but I do enjoy learning all of it. Hopefully by next year I can really have the blog up and going as far as an alternate income stream. You guys will get there too, I am sure of it!

    1. Thank you so much Tiffany! November was a bit of a strange month but I’m pleased with the way I was able to navigate it. Unfortunately, I just learned yesterday that I will not be able to get in for my MRI until the 18th of January, a little longer than I had hoped to wait, but I am glad to have a date at least. Thanks for following along with my project!

  4. I hope your wrist is recovering – and so are you!
    The goal-setting you do it’s very fascinating, and I am sure you’ll get to what you want as you want it, determination is key!

    1. Thank you Simona, I definitely agree that determination is extremely important. I’m glad that you find the goal setting to be fascinating. Thank you for your well wishes on my wrist, progress can be slow at times but there is progress so I’m happy about that!

  5. Thank you for sharing your journey with us. I’m glad you were negative for COVID. Sharing your goals and progress is really encouraging and inspriational. I’m hoping to make better strides in 2021.

    1. I’m happy to share my journey with you guys, I’m so glad to hear that you find it inspiring. That makes it all worth it. Hope that all your goals become a reality in 2021, thanks so much for reading!

  6. You did a great job blogging in November. I hope your health gets better and you continue to flourish. You are doing great. Thanks for sharing

    1. Thank you for reading Johana! I have definitely come a long way since my accident last January and while I still have a ways to go I’m definitely encouraged by my progress. Thank you for following along with my journey!

  7. It’s great that you kept in touch with your family, finished your ebook, got your product, and affiliate links. I hope everything will go smoothly for you this month and wish you lots of health.

    1. Thanks so much Jodie! I just got a follow-up appointment after my MRI for my wrist, and unfortunately it’s another 6 months. The good news is that this project really helps giving me something I’m passionate about to focus on. Thanks for following along!

  8. Hi Clarissa.
    Well, all things considered, it sounds as though you had an excellent November! Congratulations on the release of your ebook – you are right to be proud of this fantastic achievement. Well done. I wish you luck with your plans for December and I really hope that you can get some relief for your wrist – that must be such a pain, in more ways than one. Keep fighting! 🙂

    1. Haha thank you Richie I most certainly will – no left hooks though. 😂 And thank you about the book, I am very excited about it and am working hard to learn all about promoting it! That’s a beast in and of itself. Thank you for the support!

  9. What an interesting read – really great to hear about your goals leading up to the new year. We certainly struggle with the “one thing at a time” concept too, so that’s firmly on our list.

    Hope your injury can improve and get resolved soon – well done for persevering through it all!

    1. Thank you Matt! Why is it we humans love to multitask so much? All the research shows that humans aren’t well equipped for it, yet we (try to) do it anyway. 😂🤷‍♀️ It’s a lesson that’s taking me far too long to learn, but I am determined to learn it!

  10. This is super exciting. I am so happy for you, deostie the covid scare you had the beginning of November.

    First off, congrats on your first product!!! Whoop whoop 🙌🙌🙌.

    I too wanted to participate in blogmas, especially as a first time blogger, but with work and working on launching a business in 2021, it would be too for me emotionally and mentally.

    I wish nothing but greatness for you as you crush your December goals 🙌🙌🙌

    1. Awwww thanks Rebekah! We both started blogging around the same time it seems. Next year I think we will be more ready to participate in the blogmas festivities! In the early stages of blogging I just feel that there is so much to learn in addition to writing. Thank you for your ongoing support! 🥰

    1. Thank you Sue! I am beyond excited about the ebook, and think that a lot of people will really find it useful. It’s time to focus on the promotion now, which is a whole different thing. So many things to learn! Thank you for stopping by and giving this a read!

  11. It sounds like there have been challenges that you’ve worked through really well (never nice to be dealing with an injury, etc). I was very nervous about the election here in the U.S. too and just so many other things going on personally that made it extremely stressful overall — here’s to new, more positive things coming in 2021!

    1. Thank you Molly! Yes, I think the election was especially stressful for everyone, on both sides it seemed. I also saw a lot of non-Americans expressing a lot of anxiety about it on social media as well. I’m glad that’s almost behind us now. Thank you so much for reading and best of luck in the new year!

    1. Thank you Ali! This year has definitely been an exercise and patience but I have learned a lot along the way. We can’t always control what happens to us, but we can control how we react to it. I just keep reminding myself of that!

  12. So sad to hear about your bad health in November. Congratulations on completion of your e- book. This year has been hard on you health wise still you are so positive and spread positivity in all your posts, really happy for you.

    1. Thank you so much Priyanka, I am very proud that I was able to complete the e-book this year, and in time for new years. Now I’m learning all about promoting it! Thank you for following along with my journey.

  13. Though you’ve had to deal with some complications, you’ve also had some great accomplishments! Congrats on the Ebook! It sounds so amazing and like you put so much work into it. Congrats on all the success and wishing for even more this month ♥

    1. Aww thanks for the kind words Deandra! The ebook was a lot of work, I’m more than I had anticipated actually. But I’m so glad that I did it, and proud of myself too! Thanks for stopping by and following along with my journey!

  14. I really hope you get approval to get the MRI scan! And hope you get well soon. It’s great that you managed to achieve your goals and congrats on the workbook and planner, what a great plan!

    1. Thank you so much Laila! I did get approval for the MRI scan, and it is now scheduled for January 18th. A little later than I was hoping for but it’s nice to finally have a date! Thanks for the well wishes and for reading!

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