“Do it badly; do it slowly; do it fearfully; do it any way you have to, but do it.”
― Steve Chandler
Update for the week of April 10 – April 16 – The quote above is very appropriate for me since I did things badly and slowly last week! 😉
I’m back to report my goals progress. Will I accomplish every goal? Maybe not and I’m totally okay with it. But if these goals are in the forefront of my mind, I know I will end up being in a better place at year end having focused on these goals/choices then I would be otherwise.
So thank you for being my accountability partner.
Here is this past week’s progress:
1. Pay off the remaining $40,000 of debt. – COMPLETED
Well, something amazing happened this past weekend. This last debt of our (besides our mortgage) was a loan from my parents which we borrowed almost about 10 years ago when I opened my photography studio. It was for some renovation work that we did. My parents didn’t want us to take out an interest bearing loan and offered to loan us the money interest free.
Well, this past weekend as we presented the $7,000 check to them towards the loan, they sat us down and told us that the debt was forgiven and we owed them no more $.
You would think that I should have been happy about this, but I wasn’t. I actually didn’t want them to forgive us this loan as I felt that I had borrowed it and needed to pay it back. I was proud of us that were finally at a place where we could start paying it back. But they would have none of it.
So I guess that means we are DEBT FREE (except for the mortgage).
2. Ebay sales of $20,000 and track how many hours I work each week.
I made $408.46 in Ebay sales. And I spent 7 hours on my ebay business last week. It seems that the more time I spend on ebay tasks like photographing and listing, the more $ I make. I’m wondering how much one could make if they actually put it a 40 hour work week? I’m happy about last week’s sales!
3. Weekly date night with my husband.
No date night last week. It was Easter week and we were hosting Easter dinner for my parents and in-laws and spent some time cleaning and straightening. Plus I had all 3 of my boys basically clean and organize their rooms from top to bottom for most of last week. That required a lot of attention and supervision (otherwise nothing gets done). So no date night last week.
Although I don’t care that we don’t go every week. We went from not ever going on a date to going quite often. And I’m really enjoying it. Maybe this week? Not sure. Another busy week and hubby is working overtime.
4. Track our spending.
Need to catch up. Behind a couple of weeks. Doing so much better as I’m usually only behind a couple of weeks. There were years where I did all the record keeping at the end of the year (going through all receipts and statements for the whole year). So I’m doing much better now.
5. Be more active/exercise.
Nada! Just as the quote above, this is where I’ve been doing badly! 🙁
6. Let go of unnecessary stuff in my life (declutter/minimize/simplify – whatever you want to call it).
As I mentioned above, I had all 3 of my boys cleaning out their rooms last week. They spent about 4 days doing so. We got rid of a lot of garbage from their rooms and a lot of stuff got donated. I also went through a little bit of their stuff when they were in school. I even had them go through all their drawers. The rooms are much neater. I also got rid of another 3 boxes of client files from the studio. I had a lot more shredding to do. Feels great!!
7. Organize and digitize all of our photographs.
Nothing to report.
8. Take more photos of my family and life.
Got a few photos this time around.
9. An attitude of gratitude. I am grateful…
That our last debt (which I talked about abobve) was forgiven and we are debt-free except for our mortgage.
That hubby is back on overtime. We will be having some more medical expenses coming up and this will help.
That I semi punished the kids. I was just tired of their messy rooms and getting upset about it. So they were not allowed to go anywhere, or be on their screens until they cleaned (I mean really cleaned) their rooms. It took them 4 days, but it’s all done and I’m grateful for it. It was nice having spent time with them in the late evenings (the 2 older ones seems to never be around anymore).
For the fabulous weather we had on Easter weekend. It was just glorious. I don’t really mind winter, but it was so nice to be outside in short sleeves!
That we got to see my parents for Easter. They came into town on Saturday and it was fun hanging out with them all weekend long.
I know there is more that I am grateful for, but these are the things that come to mind. 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.
Nothing this time.
12. Try new recipes.
Nothing new this time.
13. Chore free weekends. Try to get all our chores completed during the week so that weekends will be chore-free and guilt-free!
Besides hosting Easter dinner on Sunday, it was a really nice chore-free and relaxing weekend. And the weather was glorious!
14. Read 52 books. Last year I read a total of 53 books. So I’m hoping to read at least 52 this year. You can see which books I’ve read on my 2016 Books board on Pinterest. Here’s what I’m currently reading:
Everything I Never Told You by Celeste Ng. Wow, I really enjoyed this book. It really hit home as I could relate to the characters so well. My family isn’t interracial, but we did immigrate to the United States in 1981. Coming to this country not knowing the land or the people or language was quite the struggle. I know I picked up the language quickly as I was almost 7 when I came, but I know how much my parents struggled. It was a fascinating story and a really sad, but triumphant story. I highly recommend it!NAMED A BEST BOOK OF THE YEAR BY:
NPR · San Francisco Chronicle · Entertainment Weekly · The Huffington Post · Buzzfeed · Amazon · Grantland · Booklist · St. Louis Post Dispatch · Shelf Awareness · Book Riot · School Library Journal · Bustle · Time Out New York · Mashable · Cleveland Plain Dealer“Lydia is dead. But they don’t know this yet.” So begins this exquisite novel about a Chinese American family living in 1970s small-town Ohio. Lydia is the favorite child of Marilyn and James Lee, and her parents are determined that she will fulfill the dreams they were unable to pursue. But when Lydia’s body is found in the local lake, the delicate balancing act that has been keeping the Lee family together is destroyed, tumbling them into chaos. A profoundly moving story of family, secrets, and longing, Everything I Never Told You is both a gripping page-turner and a sensitive family portrait, uncovering the ways in which mothers and daughters, fathers and sons, and husbands and wives struggle, all their lives, to understand one another.
It’s What I Do: A Photographer’s Life of Love and War by Lynsey Addario. Another fantastic book. This one about a war photographer and everything she’s experienced. It’s a different look into current events, one that is not told by the media. Truly fascinating book and memoir. I love these kind of books!“An unflinching memoir . . . [that] offers insight into international events and the challenges faced by the journalists who capture them.” —The Washington PostWar photographer Lynsey Addario’s memoir is the story of how the relentless pursuit of truth, in virtually every major theater of war in the twenty-first century, has shaped her life. What she does, with clarity, beauty, and candor, is to document, often in their most extreme moments, the complex lives of others. It’s her work, but it’s much more than that: it’s her singular calling.Lynsey Addario was just finding her way as a young photographer when September 11 changed the world. One of the few photojournalists with experience in Afghanistan, she gets the call to return and cover the American invasion. She decides to set out across the world, face the chaos of crisis, and make a name for herself.Addario finds a way to travel with a purpose. She photographs the Afghan people before and after the Taliban reign, the civilian casualties and misunderstood insurgents of the Iraq War, as well as the burned villages and countless dead in Darfur. She exposes a culture of violence against women in the Congo and tells the riveting story of her headline-making kidnapping by pro-Qaddafi forces in the Libyan civil war.As a woman photojournalist determined to be taken as seriously as her male peers, Addario fights her way into a boys’ club of a profession. Rather than choose between her personal life and her career, Addario learns to strike a necessary balance. In the man who will become her husband, she finds at last a real love to complement her work, not take away from it, and as a new mother, she gains an all the more intensely personal understanding of the fragility of life.Watching uprisings unfold and people fight to the death for their freedom, Addario understands she is documenting not only news but also the fate of societies. It’s What I Do is more than just a snapshot of life on the front lines; it is witness to the human cost of war.
Here’s a video I plan on watching of Lynsey sharing photos and stories of her work documenting Afghanistan before and after Taliban reign and American soldiers during war, as well as her kidnapping by pro-Qaddafi forces in the Libyan civil war. She also talks about how she managed to strike a balance between life and work as a wife, mother, and conflict photographer.