It’s Almost The End Of The Year?!


2014 has been incredible… there have been SO many transitions. Some were welcomed and others were dreaded. Every year, December looks like the finish line for me. It’s the exclamation point at the end of a run-on sentence. It’s the last drop of a much-needed drink. It’s the familiar eye-contact between two strangers.

I’m 50% full of anticipation for the promises of a New Year, and 50% slamming on the breaks to make sure I accomplish all that I set out to do this year, tie up lose ends and close & deadlock doors that were meant to be shut. So here is what I intend to do with the last month of this year:

1. Finish up end of the year docs, reports and applications for work. We’ve been doing a lot of internal work at Donda’s House – business plan & grant writing, goal-setting, etc. The goal is get everything done by 12/31.

2. Put a dent in my “to scrapbook” bin. I’m almost embarrassed to say that I only spent 3 days scrapbooking this year. I went away for a 3 day scrapbooking retreat with some of my “scrap sisters,” and that was pretty much the only scrapbooking I’ve done this year.

3. Set personal and family goals for 2015. I believe in personal goals, but I also believe in collective goals. Hubby and I have been doing that for two years. We review our progress from the previous year and set goals for the next year.

4. Clean, purge, & donate. I always clean my house top to bottom. It’s important to get rid of clutter and make space for new things. This also includes digital clutter, and I try to get my inbox down to inbox zero to start the new year fresh.

5. Hang out with loved ones. Of course I enjoy the holidays because it’s all about spending time with family, but I also like to connect with my friends. I am very much looking forward to celebrating 2014 with my girls!

Here are the tools that I recommend as you reflect on this year and plan for next year:

31 Days to Reset Your Life –

Create a Vision Board –

Conduct an Annual Review×5/how-to-conduct-your-own-annual-review/ This is the most thorough goal-setting planner I’ve ever seen. If you love details, check this out!

I still have words for Ferguson. For now, please visit my Twitter Account: to see my commentary since the verdict. I also had my first TV appearance today on WTTW Channel 11’s “Chicago Tonight.” I’ll have a longer post on Black Friday about Ferguson.

What are your rituals and traditions for closing out the current year and ushering in the new one? I’d love to hear what you do.


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