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July 6, 2017

My 2017 Goals – Week of July 3 – July 9

July 6, 2017

My 2017 Goals – Week of June 26 – July 2

July 6, 2017
“She believed she could, so she did.”
―Unknown

 

Update for the week of June 26 – July 2

 

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.

A decent week in ebay sales.  I made $196.87 last week.  I spent a total of about 2 hours.  30 minutes shipping items and about 1.5 hours organizing some inventory.

3. Weekly date night with my husband. 

Date night last week (Friday) was just doing some shopping and then stopping at McDonald’s for a cheeseburger and fries.  McDonald’s 2 Fridays in a row.  Wow…we’ve not been to a McDonald’s in a long time.  When we are on trips, I do stop there for coffee though.

4. Track our spending.

Yes, a little bit.

5. Be more active/exercise.

Still weeding.  And I’m purchased some new plants so I’ve been digging and planting.  We’ve also been mulching quite a bit.  So just physical stuff around the house.  I need to start going for walks.

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

Not much of this last week.

7. Organize and digitize all of our photographs. 

Still backing up our photos.  I currently have 63,000 photos and 1,500 videos backed up.

8. Take more photos of my family and life.

I went searching for some photos and realized I didn’t take many at all.  This is really the only one.  It cracks me up at how much our Daisy has to put up with our kids.  So glad that she takes it all.  She’s a good doggie!

9. An attitude of gratitude. I am grateful…

That we have connections at our local landscape supply company and were able to get 50% off on mushroom compost.

  • That we have connections at our local landscape supply company and were able to get 50% off on mushroom compost.
  • For planning a trip with my parents.  So glad that my Dad, now almost 73 is still a road warrior.  My middle and youngest sons and I are taking a week long trip to Colorado with my parents.
  • That I have the flexibility to take such spontaneous trips.
  • For Google Calendar.  I would be lost without it.  It is my daily, weekly, monthly and yearly planner and I don’t know what I would do without it!
  • For learning about Google Keep note application on my phone.  It’s saving me from having post it notes all over the house (I have to write things down asap or I forget.)
  • For the wood chips we got when our neighbors were cutting down some trees last year.  It is an amazing mulch for the vegetable garden.
  • For seeing friends I haven’t seen in a long while and catching up.  Two families came in from California and one from Michigan.

    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.

Nothing lasts week…but going on a macro-adventure soon!

12. Try new recipes.

Nothing last week.

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:

The Backyard Gardener: Simple, Easy, and Beautiful Gardening with Vegetables, Herbs, and Flowers byKelly Orzel.  What a great and informative book.  I’m growing a pretty large vegetable garden this year and wanted to learn more about some of the vegetables that I’m growing.  This is the first book on vegetable gardening that I’ve read from cover to cover and taken notes on.

A beautiful and simple guide to edible gardening

The “garden to table” movement is inspiring another generation of gardeners but many of them have questions. How important is composting? Is seed saving really worth it? Focusing on sustainable, organic growing practices and plants, The Backyard Gardener is a comprehensive handbook that will help get them started.
Kelly Orzel covers everything from soil selection to growing and harvesting. Sidebars such as “garden center survival tips” offer useful advice to help readers build their confidence and know-how. This guide also features photographs of beautiful plant bed designs, propagation techniques, and much more.

Every Last Word by Tamara Ireland Stone.  This book is a young adult book.  I’m not sure why, but I’m really enjoying some of the young adult books that I’ve been reading.  This one was a fascinating book.  It gave insight into a teenager suffering from OCD and all that she goes through.  About hiding your disorder and trying to fit in.  The book was inspired by a member of the Author’s family who was diagnosed with the disease at that age of 12.  A really good story.

If you could read my mind, you wouldn’t be smiling.

Samantha McAllister looks just like the rest of the popular girls in her junior class. But hidden beneath the straightened hair and expertly applied makeup is a secret that her friends would never understand: Sam has Purely-Obsessional OCD and is consumed by a stream of dark thoughts and worries that she can’t turn off.

Second-guessing every move, thought, and word makes daily life a struggle, and it doesn’t help that her lifelong friends will turn toxic at the first sign of a wrong outfit, wrong lunch, or wrong crush. Yet Sam knows she’d be truly crazy to leave the protection of the most popular girls in school. So when Sam meets Caroline, she has to keep her new friend with a refreshing sense of humor and no style a secret, right up there with Sam’s weekly visits to her psychiatrist.

Caroline introduces Sam to Poet’s Corner, a hidden room and a tight-knit group of misfits who have been ignored by the school at large. Sam is drawn to them immediately, especially a guitar-playing guy with a talent for verse, and starts to discover a whole new side of herself. Slowly, she begins to feel more “normal” than she ever has as part of the popular crowd . . . until she finds a new reason to question her sanity and all she holds dear.

I had an acquaintance that suffered from OCD.  I remember her difficulty in driving as she always feared that she drove someone over and would circle around her block 10-15 times to make sure she didn’t.  There are so many different things that people with OCD suffer, like washing hands, order and symmetry, counting, tapping, etc.

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

Image via Unsplash

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