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My 2017 Goals – The Final Week of December 25 – December 31

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 You must accept that you might fail; then, if you do your best and still don’t win, at least you can be satisfied that you’ve tried. If you don’t accept failure as a possibility, you don’t set high goals, you don’t branch out, you don’t try – you don’t take the risk.
~ Rosalynn Carter

Update for the week of December 25 – December 31

 

Ahhh..the last week of 2017 and I’m back to report my final goals update for the year.  I’m already thinking about the goals for 2018.  It’s been a little slow lately because of all the holidays.

Here is this past week’s progress:

Note:  Hope everyone had a wonderful Christmas! Due to the holiday and all the preparations that come with it (presents, out of town family, etc.) it was a very slow week in terms of goal accomplishments.

1. Pay off the remaining consumer debt. – consumer debt free – 4/16/17  – Paid off $137,000 since January 2013

NEW GOAL:  Start saving as much as possible for future goals!
(3 month emergency reserve – done – 11/15/17)
(pay off mortgage).

Nothing here.

2.  Ebay sales of $20,000 and track how many hours I work each week.  (I’m embarrassed to have listed that number so high when I’ve not made this goal a priority whatsoever this year.)

This week I made $144.62.  Quite a bit slower than it’s been the last couple of weeks.  But it’s a good week when I have any sales at all as I haven’t done much listing.  Spent about 20-30 minutes in packing/shipping.

 

Totals for 2017:

Ebay  $        8,841.52
Amazon  $           438.74
Bonanza  $           250.42
Craigslist  $          204.00

YTD Total Sales:  $9,734.68

3. Weekly date night with my husband. 

Hubby and I actually went out to the movies twice this last week.  We saw Downsizing (which was very different and pretty funny) and All The Money In The World (really good movie inspired by the true story of J.P. Getty’s grandson’s kidnapping).

4. Track our spending.

Not really.  Too busy with family and just hanging out, celebrating and chilling out. 🙂

5. Be more active/exercise.

It’s been quite freezing here in Chicago so I’ve dragged my hubby to the mall twice to go walking.

6. Let go of unnecessary stuff in my life (declutter/minimize/simplify – whatever you want to call it).

I almost forgot that I did do a little decluttering.  I have a tall jewelry box (which I need to go through) that had a drawer full of old prescription glasses.  There were probably 15 or more glasses in there.  Donated those worth donating and got rid of the broken ones.  Some of these were probably 20 years old.  It’s another one of those 5 minute projects that took 20 years to complete.

7. Organize and digitize all of our photographs. 

Nope.

8. Take more photos of my family and life.

Nope.

9. An attitude of gratitude. I am grateful…

  • For great food and great company during Christmas.
  • For some down time that we’ve had over the holidays.
  • That hubby had enough vacations left that he was home the last two weeks of the year.  It was a nice staycation.
  • For reconnecting with an old friend that called me.  Looking forward to meeting up with her soon to sit down and catch up as we haven’t seen each other in over probably 7 years.
  • For the excitement of the new year and the future.
  • For being healthy.  Colds and flu’s have been going around and besides a little cold that my eldest soon has, we are all still healthy..and I hope we stay that way.

I’m certain there’s more that I’m grateful for, but this is all that I ca recall without having taken any notes.  What are you grateful for?

10. Microadventures. I love to get away.  It could be a day trip to the beach.  It could be exploring a new park or forest preserve.  And this year I want to focus more on little microadventures. I hope for 1 per month.

Nothing.

12. Try new recipes.

Nothing this time around.

13. Chore free weekends. Try to get all our chores completed during the week so that weekends will be chore-free and guilt-free!

Yes…another chore-free weekend.

14. Read 52 books.  Accomplished end of August.  I’m currently up to 76 books. You can see which books I’ve read this year on my 2017 Books I’v Read Pinterest board.

I finished up reading 2 gardening books finally.  I’ve had them for almost a month and would read a little bit here and there.  The first book is called Top Ten Lists for Beautiful Shade Gardens: Seeing Your Way Out of the Dark: 52 Garden-Transforming Lists, Money-Saving Shortcuts, Design Tips & Smart Plant Picks for Zones 3 Through 7.  I have quite a bit of shade areas in my gardens and wanted to see what this gardening expert had to say.  I have most of the plants that she recommends so I’m happy for the confirmation that I’m doing something right.

I also finished The Ultimate Flower Gardener’s Top Ten Lists: 70 Garden-Transforming Lists, Money Saving Shortcuts, Design Tips & Smart Plant Picks for Zones 3 Through 7.  This book is pretty great as it discusses all kinds of top ten lists.  Are you looking for spring blooming perennials for full to part sun?  There’s a top 10 list for those.  It’s actually a really great reference books.

There are lists for the following:

  1. Top Ten Perennial Lists (for all kinds of perennials).
  2. Top Ten Perennial Lists for Challenging Sites or Specific Uses.
  3. Top Ten Lists for Flowering Shrubs, Bulbs, Annuals and Biennials.
  4. Top Ten Lists for Foliage Plants.
  5. Top Ten Lists for Garden Design and Garden Care, etc.

It’s a great book if you’re interested in learning the best types of plants and flowers to have in your gardens.

Have you read any fabulous books lately?  Tell me about it?

How are your goals coming along??  I’d love to read about them in the comments!

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