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My 2017 Goals – Week of August 7 – August 13

August 15, 2017
“There are only two options:  make progress or make excuses!”
~ unknown

 

Update for the week of August 7 – August 13

 

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 was much better than last.  I made $300.58 on eBay and $58.20 on Amazon for a total of $358.78 in online sales.  Much better than the prior week.  I also spent a little more time on Ebay.  Had my son photograph a whole bunch of shoes and I listed 16 pairs of shoes and spend about 3.5 hours total with listing and packaging.  It would have been less really, but eBay’s server was acting up and it took a long time for the listings to upload.

3. Weekly date night with my husband. 

We had a date trip this time around.  (See mirco-adventures below.)

4. Track our spending.

Yes.  It feels good to be current.

5. Be more active/exercise.

Yes, I’ve still been walking almost every day and sometimes 2x a day.  Really feel good about this.

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

Yes.  Still doing lots of this.  This past week’s decluttering list includes:

  • Got rid of 6 old bikes that we’ve not used in many many years.

    These bikes were really old..we haven’t used them in probably 3-5 years. Yet they were stored away in a shed. Hubby was going to use parts to put together at least one good bike. But finally decided to let them go. We were going to donate them to Goodwill, but I put up an ad on craigslist for salvage/needing repair bikes. Withing the first 10 minutes of the post, we had 5 inquiries. Had to get that listing down asap. I’m wondering if it was a reseller?

  • Got rid of everything from the shelf above my bedroom closet.

    This shelf housed my scrapbooking books. It was almost full. I haven’t touched these in about 8 years. Took everything down, cleaned it and photographed them for resale on Ebay. Sometimes you have stuff in your home that you see for so long, it becomes invisible. So glad those books are gone.

  • Got rid of everything from shelf in closet nook in my bedroom.
  • God rid of 4 blouses that I liked, but then I would non-stop have to adjust them while wearing them.  Decided I was done with them. If the fit isn’t perfect and you have to mess with your top, get rid of it!

7. Organize and digitize all of our photographs. 

Yes, still finding old photos on old cards and double backing them up.

8. Take more photos of my family and life.

I294 headed south into Indiana. This highway seems to always be like this..regardless of which direction you are traveling or the time of day.

The coneflowers on the left and the big beautiful hardy hibiscus were both started from seed.

9. An attitude of gratitude. I am grateful…

  • For early morning coffee dates with best friends. My cousin/best friend is a teacher so she is home during the summer.  Nice to be able to get together.
  •  For date nights and micro adventures (see below).
  • For fall-like weather (I love cooler weather, not cold, just cooler – more like sweater weather).  And we had some this past weekend.
  • For being alive.  One of my hubby’s coworkers was driving to work on Thursday and crashed his bike.  Had brain-surgery but was brain dead and was to be taken off life support on Saturday.  I’m thankful to wake up and have one more day on this earth and with my family.
  • For being able to bring a little joy to another person.  I’m selling a few plants on craigslist and a woman came by on Friday.  She loved my backyard and wanted to hang out for just a little bit.  Said she felt like she was in paradise.  Brought me joy to hear her say that!
  • For having the flexibility and time for a leisurely cup of coffee every morning and night.  For me it’s one of life’s most simple pleasures.
  • For being able to get in the car and be two states over in a matter of an hour and a half.
  • For having convinced hubby that Saturday was to be a no-chore/no home project day and we got to go on a micro-adventure.
  • For gas being less expensive these days encouraging me to explore more by car.
  • For my kids being older now and more independent, allowing hubby and I more time for dates and alone time.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.

Aahh..yes.  We got to take a little one this past Saturday.  And it was just hubby and I as my oldest had to go to work, my middle son made plans to go fishing with friends and my youngest hurt his foot at the pool on Friday and didn’t want to walk around.

We visited New Buffalo, MI.  What a cute little town on Lake Michigan.  I’ve heard about it so much, but we had never been so off we went.  It’s only about 1.5 hours from Chicago.

 

We try to get to the beach at least a few times during the summer, but this was our first time. And it was quite chilly and windy. But sitting in the sand and watching/listening to the water and sea gulls is one of my most favorite things to do.

It was only about 67 degrees and yet there were people still swimming.

I knew they had a lighthouse…I was expecting it to be a little bigger though. Cute nonetheless!

My hubby just chillin’ and enjoying the views.

Gailen River Park. That’s a canopy boardwalk overlooking a river and marsh. It was So cool to be up in the canopy of the trees. I liked the silhouette against the sky.

We stopped for dinner at a Bar and Grill that was called the “Tree House”. That tree is actually inside the restaurant. It really felt like a tree house.

They had a great band playing. I’ve never been to a bar and grill before and haven’t seen a live band play at a restaurant in a long time. Even though our wait time to get our food was seriously about an hour…it was still quite enjoyable. We had a good time.

12. Try new recipes.

I still had some frozen yellow squash from our garden last year and found this awesome Yellow Squash Muffin recipe.  I made 24 muffins and my family devoured almost all of them in one sitting.  These were seriously good eats!

 

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)

Lots of projects that we’re working on, so this will be on hold for a little while.

Although we did go on a micro-adventure (above) on Saturday.

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 and an description from Amazon:

 

Encyclopedia of an Ordinary Life by Amy Krouse Rosenthal.  I have been hearing about this book for years and finally decided to read it. I read it in about 2 days.  I could not put it down!  I didn’t know it, but the author was a local here in Chicago and she died this past March of ovarian cancer.  I was so saddened by her death as I felt like I knew her and she was a friend after reading her book.  She was a children’s author and wrote a really amazing modern day love letter shortly before her death.  It is a tear jerker, but oh so beautiful.  It’s entitled “You May Want To Marry My Husband.”

What I loved most about this book/memoir is that an ordinary life can truly be something extraordinary.  That each of our stories is special!  Another book that I highly recommend.

In Encyclopedia of an Ordinary Life, Amy Krouse Rosenthal has ingeniously adapted the centuries-old format of the encyclopedia to convey the accumulated knowledge of her lifetime in a poignant, wise, often funny, fully realized memoir. Using mostly short entries organized from A to Z, many of which are cross-referenced, Rosenthal captures in wonderful and episodic detail the moments, observations, and emotions that comprise a contemporary life. Start anywhere—preferably at the beginning—and see how one young woman’s alphabetized existence can open up and define the world in new and unexpected ways.

An ordinary life, perhaps, but an extraordinary book.

White Like Me: Reflections on Race from a Privileged Son by Tim Wise.  I’m halfway through this book and am finding it really interesting.  This book discusses a lot of aspects that white people (like myself) enjoy simply because of our skin color…ones that are taken for granted.  It’s really, really interesting and I can’t wait to finish it.

This book also reminds me of a great article on the Frugalwoods blog entitled The Privilege Of Pursuing Financial Independence.

With a new preface and updated chapters, White Like Me is one-part memoir, one-part polemical essay collection. It is a personal examination of the way in which racial privilege shapes the daily lives of white Americans in every realm: employment, education, housing, criminal justice, and elsewhere.

Using stories from his own life, Tim Wise demonstrates the ways in which racism not only burdens people of color, but also benefits, in relative terms, those who are “white like him.” He discusses how racial privilege can harm whites in the long run and make progressive social change less likely. He explores the ways in which whites can challenge their unjust privileges, and explains in clear and convincing language why it is in the best interest of whites themselves to do so. Using anecdotes instead of stale statistics, Wise weaves a narrative that is at once readable and yet scholarly, analytical and yet accessible.

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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