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June 15, 2017

My 2017 Goals – Week of June 12 – June 18

June 15, 2017

My 2017 Goals – Week of June 5 to June 11

June 15, 2017
“In order to achieve accomplishments, one must first accomplish determination.”
―Jon Walters
Wow, that’s a powerful one!

 

Update for the week of May June 5 – June 11

 

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:

I’m a little late in posting this week as we’ve been crazy busy lately.  So please accept my apologies for the late post.

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 last week.

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

I made $415.72 on Ebay and $79.82 on Amazon for a total of $495.54 in online sales last week. And I only spent about 30 minutes packaging the items I sold. Not a bad week!  🙂

3. Weekly date night with my husband. 

No date night.  We’ve just been too busy.

4. Track our spending.

Yes.  But I’m not caught up.  This is an ongoing process as money is always being spent!

5. Be more active/exercise.

Continuing to do lots of weeding in the garden.  Just as before.  But we just got a whole bunch of mulch that will help with the weeds.

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

Yep.  Went through a big box of shoes in the garage.  Some were thrown out, some were donated and I washed a whole bunch of them that are in good condition for my youngest to wear in the next couple of years (hand-me-downs from his older brothers).

7. Organize and digitize all of our photographs. 

Yes, still backing up photos.  I’m currently at 26,000 photos that I’ve backed up.  I have a hard time getting rid of images.  One of these days I will go through and just save the best 1 or 2 of a series.  Digital makes it way too easy to keep way too many photos.  Don’t you think?

8. Take more photos of my family and life.

We were coming back from Wisconsin (see Mirco-adventure below) when we happened upon this beautiful hot air balloon.  I was totally mesmerized.  We were luck to be able to see it way up in the sky above us on the highway and saw it land.  Very cool!  I thought this image came out kind of cool with the balloon on top and the setting sun in the side mirror.

My oldest son and I had a doctor’s appointment in downtown Chicago and the clouds were so low that day.  It was neat to see them lower than the Willis Tower (Sears Tower).  But I have to say that I like going into the city when my husband is driving.  I was crazy stressed.  I don’t know how people can manage that kind of traffic everyday.

 

9. An attitude of gratitude. I am grateful…

  • For some really good news about my oldest son.  We had to have some tests run to see if he would need to go in for a surgery.  But luckily, no surgery is necessary!  🙂
  • For how much fun it was to go with our oldest son to his University orientation day.  It was so fun and exciting for not only him, but for us as well.  I still can’t believe I have a child that is going to college already.  I just had him not too long ago, I swear!
  • Little micro-adventures.
  • That my son is trying to earn as much money for college as possible and he was able to get another part-time  job last week.
  • That we splurged and bought a season pass to a water park this year.  The kids are really enjoying it!  And I’m happy to do this for the boys as we’ve decided not to take a family vacation this year.

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. Micro-adventures. 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.

Last week it was a fishing tournament in Springfield, IL.  This time it was orientation for my son’s college in Steven’s Point, WI.

It was a blast and very exciting.  My son can’t wait to start school.  He is studying Wildlife Ecology (basically wildlife biology).  Happy that he is pursuing a degree that is not only his passion, but also has a lot of career possibilities for him.

11. Try new recipes.

Nope, not this time.

12. Chore free weekends. Try to get all our chores completed during the week so that weekends will be chore-free and guilt-free!

Well, we did a little painting.  But we also did a lot of fun stuff too.  Spent most of the day Saturday garage saling with hubby.  Love doing that.  It’s been a long time since we did that.  We didn’t do much of it last year.

13. 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 took last week off from listening.  No audiobooks, no podcasts.  I listened to my head and nature when I was outside.  Sometimes I need a break!

 

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

Image via Unsplash

 

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2 comments

  1. Current goal: get the kitchen back into working order. Currently don’t have a sink! New cabinets are in, room is painted, and counter tops are going to be installed on this Thursday, so we’ll be able to do the plumbing later that day. It’s been a pain, but not as bad as I thought it would be. The hardest part has been eating well. Not having a counter top to prep on makes everything more difficult. I’ve been keeping count on my calories though, so it’s not all bad.

    Congrats to your son on school. College is such a great time. Tough but when I look back at it, it was my last moments of fake adulthood. 🙂

    eBay – Just keep shipping. I want to start moving some of the other stuff that I haven’t listed but there’s too much going on in life to justify it right now.

    1. Thanks Chris. He’s pretty excited to get out of the house and be on his own. We’re excited for him too! Kitchen renovations…that must be a challenge. I hate having all of the furniture etc that we moved out of the kids rooms all over the house. But at least I have a working kitchen. For now…we plant on painting our cabinets this year too. I remember when my cousin was gutting her kitchen. They had no kitchen for 2 months. All they did was grill. LOL. Re ebay, I know how it is…priorities…that’s where it’s at. Great thing about ebay is the ability to do what you want with it. Good luck with the kitchen! 🙂

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