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Monthly Life Update: December 2023

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Monthly Life Update: December 2023

December 2023 Goals


I’ve met and succeeded my goals this year. I almost didn’t make my full reading list, but I ended up reading 12 books in December to meet it. I am definitely going to drop next year’s goal down quite a bit, then try to focus on quality rather than quantity.

Read more about my 2023 Goals. And read the Review of the 2023 Goals.

A Review of My 2023 Goals


I did not shop a lot or plan for sales this year around Black Friday or the Christmas sales. I went to a few Christmas events and went out to eat at La Parisienne with some friends at the end of the month.

LTK: December had 269 clicks and $40.14 in open commissions.


I had a couple ideas this month, but I wasn’t feel interested in writing much this month.

Here’s what I shared on the blog this month:

  1. Midsize Fashion Bloggers You Will Love to Follow
  2. November 2023 Best Sellers
  3. Selling Your Clothes at Crossroads Trading
  4. December 2023 Reading List – 12 Books
  5. and this Monthly Life Update: December 2023!

December 2023 Side Hustle Income


I removed all my listings on Poshmark, then sent everything to Crossroads Trading. I had them donate/recycle everything that they didn’t buy so I didn’t have to manage the listings. They only bought two items, so it was only $12.


I completed both the Running and Walking Holly Jolly Fitness Challenges on iFit. The running I finished on December 13 and the Walking I finished on December 17. And somewhere in there I injured my foot. I did two workouts on the 17th and I had two stretching workouts on the 24th.

Total Miles: 30.73
Total Hours: 7:52:10
Total Workouts: 18


During the week of Christmas, Zack and I started a closet makeover. We planned out the Ikea PAX wardrobes to fit our space and then DIY’d them to look built-in. We also removed the carpet and installed matching vinyl planks to the rest of the house. Read more on the HSH blog!



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Hailing from the great state of Wisconsin, Katie Kinsley is a content creating, email marketing, overambitious plant-lover (read: killer). She's obsessed with planning detailed vacations and finding and building an affordable wardrobe. She's an individualist at heart discovering self-growth, a parent to a dog and a cat and in love with productivity hacks.
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Katie Kinsley is a Texas-based digital marketer and aspiring influencer. This is a lifestyle blog focused on Katie’s work-in-progress life. She’s focused on creating joy in the everyday, sharing adventures throughout Dallas/Ft. Worth (and the world), and empowering women to find their confidence — all in her unique unfiltered style.
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