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My 2017 Goals – Week of July 31 – August 6

August 7, 2017
“Some quit due to slow progress, never grasping the fact that slow progress. . . is progress!”
~ Rosley

 

Update for the week of July 31 – August 6

 

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 really thought that for the first time, I would be reporting $0 sales for this past week.  It was slowwww.   I made $97.49 in ebay sales.  I only spent about 20 minutes in packing/shipping.

3. Weekly date night with my husband. 

Besides grocery shopping (which feels kind of like a date as the kids are all old enough to stay home now), we didn’t do anything.  I have a bunch of gift cards for restaurants, but we just haven’t felt like going out.

4. Track our spending.

Yes.  Pretty much current on the tracking.  It’s nice and scary to see all of our recent spending.  I’m looking forward to finishing our projects (which will take months, but we have most of the material already) and the kids starting school so that we can reign in our spending again.  I hate not putting money away into savings.

5. Be more active/exercise.

Ahh.  So happy to report that I’ve been rocking this goal.  This past week I went for 5 really long walks.  Feels so good.  Two times with good friends and 3 times with my hubby.  Hubby and I were talking that we’d like to go for a stroll each night before bed.  I hope he means it, cuz I love going on walks with him.

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

Yes.  Decluttered my work desk and a huge pile of papers that I’ve been meaning to get to.  Got everything filed/purged.  I am not a naturally organized person.  But I’ve put in place a filing system now that makes it easy to file papers as they come in…instead of just piling up on desks and counters as I don’t know what to do with them.  So glad about this!

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.

A bouquet of dahlias from my garden.

A ham that hubby made on the grill. We rarely purchase lunch meat and make a large piece of meat that we then make into sandwiches, quesadillas, tacos, pulled port sandwiches, etc. This huge ham was $1.29/pound and it only came out to $12. Will be enough for several dinners and a whole bunch of lunches for my hubby. And it’s a cook once, eat a whole bunch of times food. I love it!

A late night bonfire. We have several tree stumps in our backyard. Hubby created a fire pit/ring around it and we’re burning it so that we can get rid of the stump…plus enjoy some nice bonfires while we’re at it!

Some of our harvest from the garden. Cucumbers, turnips, kohlarbi and peppers.

9. An attitude of gratitude. I am grateful…

  • That my 2 oldest boys are back home from their 6 day long fishing trip in Northern Wisconsin.
  • That both our kids are a bit older and that my cousin and I can get together, just the 2 of us, for long walks and conversations.
  • For other people’s generosity.  Our microwave is breaking and my cousin just got all new appliances and gave us her older (perfect) microwave.
  • For long walks with my hubby
  • For an unexpected visit from an out of town friend.  We hadn’t seen each other in a couple of years and it was so great to chat and catch up.
  • For late evening bonfires.
  • For crossing off items from hubby’s honey do list.
  • For cool weather that required a thicker comforter at night and a sweater while outside. (My favorite kind of weather.)
  • For so many things to be grateful for.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.

No Microadventures this time around.

12. Try new recipes.

We planted our garden a little late this year, but I’m happy to report that I’ve been able to harvest zucchini.  And besides the regular recipes that I make with zucchini (zucchini pancakes and zucchini bread), I found this amazing recipe for a marinated zucchini salad.  It is amazing.  Tastes quite like brined pickles actually.    We all loved it.

Here is the zucchini salad we had with steak tacos and a leftover pasta salad.

I also had a whole bunch of turnip greens from the turnips we picked from the garden (see above photo).  So I found a recipe for turnip greens.  It came out pretty good, but the greens were still a teeny bit on the bitter side.  But I’m happy to report that even though they were a little bitter, all three of my sons ate the greens without complaint.  If makes a mama feel good that the kids are eating nutritious greens from the garden.  🙂

Perhaps the leaves were a bit too large..maybe they are less bitter when smaller?  Anyone know?  But I enjoyed it nonetheless.

The turnip greens with some sauteed chicken and rice.

 

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:

Wow…I actually got through 3 books last week.  Two audio books and 1 printed book.  And I did read a book the week before that I forgot about…so this week will actually include 4 books.

I will start with the most recent:

Chasing Slow: Courage to Journey Off the Beaten Path by Erin Loechner.  Ahh..another book that I would rate at a top read for 2017.  It covers the topic of slowing down and appreciating the slowness of life, minimalism and contentment.  I really love her writing.  I would HIGHLY recommend this book.  It’s a great read! And one of my favorite quotes from her book (and I have many) is, “My house my not be perfect, but it is also perfect.”

You’re here, but you want to be there.

So you spend your life narrowing this divide, and you call this your race, your journey, your path. You live your days tightening your boot straps, wiping the sweat from your brow, chasing undiscovered happiness just around the bend. Higher! Faster! Better! Stronger!

And on and on you run.

Viral sensation and HGTV.com star Erin Loechner knows about the chase. Before turning 30, she’d built a fan base of one million women worldwide and earned the title “The Nicest Girl Online” as she was praised for her authentic voice and effortless style. The New York Times applauded her, her friends and church admired her, and her husband and baby adored her.

She had arrived at the ultimate destination.

So why did she feel so lost?

In Chasing Slow, Erin turns away from fast and fame and frenzy. Follow along as she blazes the trail toward a new-fashioned lifestyle—one that will refresh your perspective, renew your priorities, and shift your focus to the journey that matters most. Through a series of steep climbs—her husband’s brain tumor, bankruptcy, family loss, and public criticism—Erin learns just how much strength it takes to surrender it all, and to veer right into grace.

Life’s answers are not always hidden where they seem. It’s time to venture off the beaten path to see that we’ve already been given everything we need. We’ve already arrived.

You see?

You’ll see.

The Cleaning Ninja: How to Clean Your Home in 8 Minutes Flat and Other Clever Housekeeping Techniques by Courtenay Hartford.  What wife or mother doesn’t want ideas and techniques to keep better house?  I know that I do.  I’ve gleaned some really great ideas from reading this hardcover book.  I’ve actually taken notes. Some people are neat freaks by nature and other people like me are not…but I’d like to be.

Hi-Ya! That’s the sound of you―cleaning your home in eight minutes flat. Yes, it is possible!

The funny and savvy Courtenay Hartford takes readers on a journey to work smarter, not harder, and get back to the real life–living they’d rather be doing. Unlike stuffy cleaning books, Courtenay shows readers how to speed clean their homes with clever shortcuts and innovative cleaning techniques, intertwined with her hilarious, down-to-earth banter.

Get your home the sparkly clean you’ve only dreamed about incredibly fast! Make your life easier with tips and tricks and deep cleaning checklists, as well as learn which steps in your laundry routine you can skip to make tackling Mount Dirtyclothes so much speedier. Tackle your roughest cleaning jobs in the dirtiest of rooms with quick, helpful and realistic tips in this fun and easy-to-read guide.

I Found You: A Novel by Lisa Jewell.  I’ve been more into non-fiction recently, but came upon this one through my amazon prime free audible books and figured why not.  I’m really glad that I did listen to this audiobook.  It was really interesting and I think I finished this book in about 1.5 days.  Now remember that when I listen to audio books I’m usually listening at 1.5 to 2x the speed…depending on the device I’m listening to.  So I can get through an audio book pretty quickly.  This book had a lot of suspense and I had a hard time putting it down.  I really enjoyed it.

“Readers of Liane Moriarty, Paula Hawkins, and Ruth Ware will love.” —Library Journal (starred review)

“Jewell’s novel explores the space between going missing and being lost….how the plots intersect and finally collide is one of the great thrills of reading Jewell’s book. She ratchets up the tension masterfully, and her writing is lively.” —New York Times 

In the windswept British seaside town of Ridinghouse Bay, single mom Alice Lake finds a man sitting on a beach outside her house. He has no name, no jacket, and no idea how he got there. Against her better judgment, she invites him inside.

Meanwhile, in a suburb of London, newlywed Lily Monrose grows anxious when her husband fails to return home from work one night. Soon, she receives even worse news: according to the police, the man she married never even existed.

Twenty-three years earlier, Gray and Kirsty Ross are teenagers on a summer holiday with their parents. The annual trip to Ridinghouse Bay is uneventful, until an enigmatic young man starts paying extra attention to Kirsty. Something about him makes Gray uncomfortable—and it’s not just because he’s a protective older brother.

Who is the man on the beach? Where is Lily’s missing husband? And what ever happened to the man who made such a lasting and disturbing impression on Gray?

“A mystery with substance” (Kirkus Reviews), I Found You is a delicious collision course of a novel, filled with the believable characters, stunning writing, and “surprising revelations all the way up to the ending” (Booklist) that make New York Times bestselling author Lisa Jewell so beloved by audiences on both sides of the Atlantic.

Hillbilly Elegy: A Memoir of a Family and Culture in Crisis by J. D. Vance.  What a fascinating memior.  I tell my husband that real life is oftentimes more interesting than the made up books and movies that we watch.  This book was one fascinating look into America’s southern dirt poor communities.  Truly fascinating.

#1 NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER, NAMED BY THE TIMES AS ONE OF “6 BOOKS TO HELP UNDERSTAND TRUMP’S WIN” AND SOON TO BE A MAJOR-MOTION PICTURE DIRECTED BY RON HOWARD

“You will not read a more important book about America this year.“—The Economist

“A riveting book.”—The Wall Street Journal

“Essential reading.”—David Brooks, New York Times

From a former marine and Yale Law School graduate, a powerful account of growing up in a poor Rust Belt town that offers a broader, probing look at the struggles of America’s white working class

Hillbilly Elegy is a passionate and personal analysis of a culture in crisis—that of white working-class Americans. The decline of this group, a demographic of our country that has been slowly disintegrating over forty years, has been reported on with growing frequency and alarm, but has never before been written about as searingly from the inside. J. D. Vance tells the true story of what a social, regional, and class decline feels like when you were born with it hung around your neck.

The Vance family story begins hopefully in postwar America. J. D.’s grandparents were “dirt poor and in love,” and moved north from Kentucky’s Appalachia region to Ohio in the hopes of escaping the dreadful poverty around them. They raised a middle-class family, and eventually their grandchild (the author) would graduate from Yale Law School, a conventional marker of their success in achieving generational upward mobility.

But as the family saga of Hillbilly Elegy plays out, we learn that this is only the short, superficial version. Vance’s grandparents, aunt, uncle, sister, and, most of all, his mother, struggled profoundly with the demands of their new middle-class life, and were never able to fully escape the legacy of abuse, alcoholism, poverty, and trauma so characteristic of their part of America. Vance piercingly shows how he himself still carries around the demons of their chaotic family history.

A deeply moving memoir with its share of humor and vividly colorful figures, Hillbilly Elegy is the story of how upward mobility really feels. And it is an urgent and troubling meditation on the loss of the American dream for a large segment of this country.

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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2 comments

  1. You are doing great with keeping up with your goals. Congrats on paying off all your consumer debt. Your garden veggies look wonderful. I enjoy long walks too. They help me clear my head.

    1. Thanks Lorraine. That is one thing that I am happy about is getting rid of that debt. Now I want to get rid of my mortgage and be totally debt free like you!! 🙂

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