What you get by achieving your goals is not as important as what you become by achieving your goals!~ Zig Ziglar
Update for the week of March 6 – March 12 (Sorry for the delay)
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’d like to preface this week’s goals progress as MEH! 🙁 Not every week will be amazing.
1. Pay off the remaining $40,000 of debt.
Nothing. Still leaving $34,000 left on the debt.
2. Ebay sales of $20,000 and track how many hours I work each week.
I made a total of $134.05 in ebay sales this week. I spent a total of 45 minutes on listing and shipping. When I went to get my sales numbers is showed me that I’m at about $1400 in sales over the last 90 days. I used to make that every 30 days. Need to start listing!
3. Weekly date night with my husband.
Well, we’ve been going out quite a lot, but not out to eat. We’ve actually been doing a lot of thrifting. I have almost replaced my entire wardrobe with some amazing finds. I just found out that here in the Chicago area “Savers” and “Unique” thrift stores have 50% off everything on Mondays. I took some of my birthday and Christmas money and have been buying so much awesome stuff. I’ve also found some stuff for resale too. Luckily hubby enjoys thrifting probably more than me, but it’s been taking me a lot more time (and he’s been patient with me) as I’ve been looking through all the clothes.
Any thrifters out there? The first time I went (I haven’t been thrifting for clothes for a long while), especially for the 50% off sales, I was so excited I wanted to should out to everyone “Can you believe this?”. Seriously, I was so excited. So many amazing new and like new things you can get. I bought a lot of high end items that I would never buy for myself because of the cost. Some of these I was getting for $2.50/$3.00 a piece. Wow!
Brand new shoes from Target that I picked up at Goodwill. The grey loafers were $4.99 and the plum ones were $3.99. New with tags!
4. Track our spending.
3 weeks behind now. 🙁 I find that spending goes up when I’m not tracking our spending. Will Catch Up Soon!
5. Be more active/exercise.
Nada. Really having issues with my leg. I had a commercial photography assignment Saturday night and I was freaking out as Thursday and Friday were really bad. Friday I had a hard time walking. WTH! Luckily, thank the Lord, I was fine for the 6 hours assignment Saturday night.
6. Let go of unnecessary stuff in my life (declutter/minimize/simplify – whatever you want to call it).
Been getting rid of a lot of old clothes. 🙂
7. Organize and digitize all of our photographs.
Yes. This is probably one of my favorite goals. It feels so good to be working on this and so wonderful to reflect on our life.
Here’s one of me taken when I’m guessing I was about 3 years old in Poland. 39 years ago. We lived in a very small village and getting professional photos taken was a rare occurrence. One of the very few that I have. I love them.
8. Take more photos of my family and life.
Yes, still happily doing so!
My 14yo is still at the fishing. Went downtown to fish off the pier on Lake Michigan. Brought home a couple of perch that he prepared and made a little fish fry for us. They were actually really good. It was funny as he had a Youtube video that he kept referring to while cutting up the fish. What would we do without Youtube?! 🙂
9. An attitude of gratitude. I am grateful…
“It’s hard to be hateful when you’re grateful!” ~ Chris Hogan (Dave Ramsey personality)
Grateful that we have such an abundance of food. I was recently complaining about all the chocolate that I’ve been given over Christmas and my birthday. I love chocolate, but don’t want too much of it. And my Mom and I were reminiscing about when we lived in Poland and would have chocolates maybe once a year. The things we take for granted. We are truly blessed here in America. I have to say it, but even the poor here in America have it better that a lot of people around the world, even better than I had it when I was little and growing up in Poland. We didn’t even have indoor plumbing!
That hubby agreed that we need to finish everything from our freezers and pantry and only buy absolute necessities. We have so much canned food, beens, rice, etc. We have got to eat all of that instead of buying more stuff and letting all of those things get older and older. We recently found something in the back of the pantry that was like 7 years old. Eeek!
That we have a dehydrator. We bought it early last year. I dehydrated 15 lbs of pears this week (mentioned below in new recipes post). They have been sitting for about week. Happy to have completed this little project.
For thrift stores. You can find such amazing things there. (See date night post).
Thrift store fashion hauls and try-ons on Youtube – fashion (so much fun..I’ve been binge watching these types of videos).Here’s one of my favorite Youtube channels that shows what she purchased at thrift stores and then tries them on so you can see how cute the outfits are:
That my 14yo son caught a few fish and figured out how to filet them, make a batter and fry them (see “take more photos of family life” above). Treated us to a little fish fry. My first time trying fried pickles too. Fishing makes him so happy and seeing him so happy and excited makes this mama happy to! 🙂
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 would also consider our thrifting trips as Microadventures. You should see some of the interesting people you meet. It’s awesome! 🙂
12. Try new recipes.
Yes. We bought a whole bunch of 3lb bags of pears for $.99 each and I had to look up dehydrating recipes. Do you have a dehydrator? THIS is like the one that we have. There are 5 of us and 3 are large men so I need to make a lot. There is also a smaller version HERE. I absolutely love ours. The dried pears are really good. I’ve also done apples too and the kids prefer those over the pears, but will eat both. My cousin has a whole bunch of apple trees in her yard and I think I will be raiding her backyard this year so that I can dehydrate them all. We’ve also done beef jerky. It’s definitely wonderful to have.
I also read read on a blog and in the book I was listening to about having dinner with just what you have on hand in the pantry. Just some fruit, crackers, cheese, hummus, etc. I had never thought of doing something as simple as this. Tried that a couple of times this week. It’s great on those days when you don’t have time to cook. I used to feel that It need to be a full home-cooked meal. But really it doesn’t. We all enjoyed it.
13. Chore free weekends. Try to get all our chores completed during the week so that weekends will be chore-free and guilt-free!
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’m currently reading:
Own Your Life: Living with Deep Intention, Bold Faith, and Generous Love by Sally Clarkson. I really loved this book. It is about Faith and Christianity. I am a Believer. But sometimes I’m not even a Sunday Christian as we don’t go to church every Sunday (if you don’t know what that is, it’s basically just a person who goes to church on Sundays and that’s the only time they practice their faith). But I find that I am a better person when I read faith-based books or listen to Christian radio. I find that I have more patience with my children and I am more loving and forgiving. It’s helpful when good thoughts and ideas are on my mind, so the more of these times of books that I read, the better I become! Amazon did a nice job explaining the book:
Do you ever long for days full of joy and energy―days that bring out the best version of you rather than leave you exhausted? Do you sometimes catch yourself wishing life was more impactful and fulfilling? In a world that’s moving so fast, it’s easy to lose your sense of purpose. So now is the time to make each moment of your ordinary, everyday, beautiful existence count. It’s time to own your life.
Sally Clarkson’s Own Your Life is a breath of fresh air into the life and soul of a busy woman. Like a faithful friend, Sally journeys with you to explore what it means to live meaningfully, follow God truly, and bring much-needed order to your chaos. Each page offers deeply personal, authentic, and practical guidance to help you build an intentional life. Discover what it means to own your life, and dare to trust God’s hands as He richly shapes your character, family, work, and soul.
Have you made any goals this year? Would you like to share them here in the comments? I’d love to read about them!