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July 25, 2017

My 2017 Goals – Week of July 24 – July 30

July 25, 2017

My 2017 Goals – Week of July 17 – July 23

July 25, 2017
“I may not be there yet, but I’m closer than I was yesterday!”

 

Update for the week of July 17 – July 23

 

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!

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.

I was worried when I went to look at my sales for last week hoping it wasn’t as bad as the week before.  And you know what, It’s not as bad as I thought.   I made $205.42 last week on ebay and $6.90 on Amazon for a total of $212.32.  I’m up 137% from the previous week.  🙂

I spent 4 hours listing, organizing and packing items.  Of those 4 hours, I spent like 25 minutes looking for an item that I somehow missed and didn’t write an inventory number for.  Grrr…I hate when that happens.

3. Weekly date night with my husband. 

No date night last week.

4. Track our spending.

Spent quite a bit of time on this last week.  Almost caught up.  It’s been kind of scary looking at how much money we are spending currently. Mostly house projects.  Glad it’s all cash, no debt.

5. Be more active/exercise.

No.  Lots of planting/replanting, etc.  Does that count?

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

Not much decluttering last week.

7. Organize and digitize all of our photographs. 

I’ve been good at getting current images backed up!

8. Take more photos of my family and life.

Yes.

Sunday we celebrated my youngest’s birthday. He turned 12.

My oldest and my youngest messing around. We went to a really nice waterfall park on Sunday (see Micro-adventure below).

I gave my cousin some flowers from my garden and she sent me this photo. Love it!

My other dog Tiger just hanging out on the mattress (not done painting in the boys’ rooms yet as we’re now redoing the moulding, window trim/sills and the floor. Tiger doesn’t want to sleep in his cage at night ’cause he’s been chilling on the mattresses all day.

9. An attitude of gratitude. I am grateful…

  • For hubby fixing the brakes on our son’s truck.
  • For free ice cream month at Mars Co. (just a few blocks away from our house).
  • For the crazy rain storm that came through with crazy winds.  I can’t get enough of the sounds of thunder and strong winds.  I know they can be dangerous..but they are very relaxing to me.  And the gardens are loving the rain.
  • That a good friend of mine is okay after being hospitalized last Thursday.  So glad she’s okay.
  • For childhood friends that send you photos of when you were little.
  • For the excitement from my dogs when we come home.
  • For having a surplus of garden flowers to share with friends and neighbors (see photo above).

    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. I hope for 1 per month.

On Sunday my in-laws took us out for breakfast as a treat for our youngest’s birthday.  On the way home we stopped at Waterfall Park.  It’s a cool park with lots of man made waterfalls (for aeration) and some nice trails along the Calumet River.  It was a great day…just a bit too hot and sunny.  But we enjoyed sitting under the shade of some big beautiful weeping willows and watching the ducks. #simplepleasures

  

12. Try new recipes.

I made a jello and fruit dessert that my Mom made when we visited a few weeks ago.  It was delicious.  You can find the recipe HERE.

 

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.

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:

I read two books last week.  Both non fiction and about gardening.  They were outstanding!!

The first is Floret Farm’s Cut Flower Garden: Grow, Harvest, and Arrange Stunning Seasonal Blooms by Erin Benzakein and Julie Chai.  I’m crazy about gardening and flowers and the author of this book runs a flower farm.  I tried growing a cut flower garden last year and learned a lot from the experience.  I didn’t do so this year, but still have enough flowers to cut for arrangements just from my existing flower gardens.  But I will be trying my hand at a dedicated cutting garden again next year.  I cannot recommend this book enough.  It was phenomenal!

From Erin Benzakein, a leader in the locaflor farm-to-centerpiece movement and owner of internationally renowned Floret Flower Farm, Cut Flower Garden is equal parts instruction and inspiration—a book overflowing with lush photography of magnificent flowers and breathtaking arrangements organized by season. This beautiful guide to growing, harvesting, and arranging gorgeous blooms year-round gives readers vital tools to nurture a stunning flower garden and use their blossoms to create showstopping arrangements. With irresistible photos of Erin’s flower farm that showcase exquisite blooms, tips for growing in a variety of spaces and climates as well as step-by-step instructions for lavish garlands, airy centerpieces, and romantic floral décor for every season, Floret Farm’s Cut Flower Garden informs and entices gardeners of all skill levels. ~ Amazon

The second book was Cutting Back: My Apprenticeship in the Gardens of Kyoto by Leslie Buck.  It was so fascinating to hear of her experience as the first American woman to ever study tree pruning in Kyoto, Japan.  As a woman in an almost male only dominated field, it was really interesting to hear of her day to day journey.  I listened to the audiobook and couldn’t put it down!

At thirty-five, Leslie Buck made an impulsive decision to put her personal life on hold to pursue her passion. Leaving behind a full life of friends, love, and professional security, she became the first American woman to learn pruning from one of the most storied landscaping companies in Kyoto. Cutting Back recounts Buck’s bold journey and the revelations she has along the way. During her apprenticeship in Japan, she learns that the best Kyoto gardens look so natural they appear untouched by human hands, even though her crew spends hours meticulously cleaning every pebble in the streams. She is taught how to bring nature’s essence into a garden scene, how to design with native plants, and how to subtly direct a visitor through a landscape. But she learns the most important lessons from her fellow gardeners: how to balance strength with grace, seriousness with humor, and technique with heart. ~ Amazon

 

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

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