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September 5, 2017

My 2017 Goals – Week of September 4 – September 10

September 5, 2017

My 2017 Goals – Week of August 28 – September 3

September 5, 2017
“Don’t wait until everything is just right. It will never be perfect. There will always be challenges, obstacles and less than perfect conditions. So what. Get started now. With each step you take, you will grow stronger and stronger, more and more skilled, more and more self-confident and more and more successful.”
~ Mark Victor Hansen

 

Update for the week of August 28 – September 3

 

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 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! – ON HOLD UNTIL WE COMPLETE SOME HOME PROJECTS.

Nothing still.  Any extra that we have is going towards projects around the house right now.

2.  Ebay sales of $20,000 and track how many hours I work each week.

This week I only made made $107.98 on eBay.  It’s been slow, but I also haven’t done any more listings.  Last week I only spent about 30 minutes shipping out orders.

3. Weekly date night with my husband. 

No date night last week.  We’ve been really busy getting ready for our son to leave for University.

4. Track our spending.

Yes, still current.  Still tracking weekly.  Although I am seriously getting sick when I see how much money we’ve been spending recently.  School registrations and books, and clothing and getting stuff for our oldest for college.  Eek..it’s been crazy.  But we’ve been still living within our means, not incurring any credit card debt.  I refuse to pay another penny in interest to a credit card company.

5. Be more active/exercise.

I walked a little bit last week.  We went out of town on Wednesday and returned on the weekend.  Just been a busy, busy week.  I walked maybe 2 days only last week.

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

As my oldest was getting ready to leave for school, we went through all of his dressers/closet and got rid of a lot of stuff he doesn’t wear any more.  Also went through some of his other stuff and donated a bunch of things.  It’s so nice to get rid of more stuff!  I am realizing that too much stuff is really stressing me out.

7. Organize and digitize all of our photographs. 

Yes.  Still backing up images.

8. Take more photos of my family and life.

The big thing that happened last week was our oldest son going off to college. Luckily he’s only about 4.5 hours from our house. He’s off to the University of Wisconsin Stevens Point. Luckily my parents live in Wisconsin Dells – only about 1 hour 15 minutes away. So he has family pretty close. We all shed a few tears as we were leaving, but our youngest cried the most. Poor guy. They all fight when they are together, but I see that they do really love each other!

We stopped in to check on my parents’ house as they are out of the country right now. Needed to take care of a few things like mowing the grass. My son found a salamander in the grass.

We all went to play a round of mini golf. It was a lot of fun. Haven’t played that since the kids were very little.

And stopped to watch a street performing magician. He was very good and entertaining.

My garden bounty. We have tons of veggies this year!

 

9. An attitude of gratitude. I am grateful…

  • For rain two days in a row..and the crazy hail that lasted for a few minutes (thankfully no damage to my car).  We were in Wisconsin a few years ago and the hail started coming down so bad that our older car has a whole bunch of dents from it.
  • For having experienced poison ivy…I’ve never had it and thought that perhaps I’m immune. But we think the dogs got it on their coats and that’s how I got it. I’m grateful for the experience, but it was really bad.  I do hate it!
  • For the experience of sending a child off to college.  It was exciting to send him off on this new chapter of his life..but also sad that my little boy is now a man and off on his own.
  • That my oldest has already made lots of friends at college.
  • And that he, so far, really loves his university!  Seems to be a perfect fit.  He is going for Wildlife Ecology.  A field that has interested him since he was a little boy.
  • For the WhatsApp app that allows me to talk to my parents (who are currently in Europe) for free without paying for long distance!
  • For all the veggies we are currently harvesting from our garden.
  • That my dad is still with us. His brother died in Europe last week.  My dad is getting up there in age and I’m so grateful he’s still in excellent health.

    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.

There’s a really cute little park not too far from my son’s campus.  We all went there to take some photos of the kids.  Unfortunately, we were running a bit late for a meeting my son had so we literally had about 10 minutes to explore.  Just enough time for a couple of pics.  We really do need to come back and explore.  It was such a cute park right on the Plover River.

 

12. Try new recipes.

No new recipes 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! (ON HOLD FOR NOW)

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 read/listened to last week:

Since we’ve been doing a little bit of remodeling, I’ve started watching Fixer Upper on Hulu.  I am hooked on this show.  I really like Joanna’s design ideas.  Some of it is a little too distressed for me.  But I do like the modern farmhouse look.  I like things to be casual and open.

And I read somewhere that they have a book out called The Magnolia Story by both Chip and Joanna Gaines.  It’s a quite interesting read.  It’s funny how people oftentimes call people overnight successes not really realizing how much time actually goes into becoming an overnight success.  Chip actually started rehabbing homes when he was still in college.  It was nice to get an insider’s look into their life and business.

If you’ve never seen the show, you should check it out.  It’s on HGTV, but Hulu has the first 3 seasons.  And if you love the show like I do.  You should check out the above book.  I think you’ll really enjoy it!Septemb er

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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