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May 9, 2017
“Always believe in yourself and always stretch yourself beyond your limits. Your life is worth a lot more than you think because you are capable of accomplishing more than you know. You have more potential than you think, but you will never know your full potential unless you keep challenging yourself and pushing beyond your own self imposed limits.”
― Roy T. Bennett

 

Update for the week of May 1 – May 7

 

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

🙂

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

I made $202.61 in Ebay  and $14 on bonanza  for a total of 216.61 in online sales last week. And I spent about 4 hours on my ebay business.  Besides shipping items out, most of that time was showing my 15 year old son how to prep, photograph and write up items for listing.  He seems to enjoy it and wants to earn some money.  We’ll see how long that will last.  A couple of years ago, my oldest son tried to help.  Worked a few days and then stopped.

I have a lot of unlisted inventory and if (by chance) he continues helping me out, it might really increase my ebay listings/sales.  That would be nice.  I’m paying him $.75 per item.

3. Weekly date night with my husband. 

No date night last week.  We were and are still a bit sick.  We just wanted to stay home and do nothing.

4. Track our spending.

I spent quite a bit of time updating my expense sheets.  Almost caught up.

5. Be more active/exercise.

Still lots of weeding in the garden.

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

Didn’t do much of this last week.

7. Organize and digitize all of our photographs. 

I have a whole set of insert style albums with photos from 2006 to 2009.  I don’t like having them on my shelf anymore as I don’t like the style and they take up a lot of space.  (This is also a part of my minimizing – I thought that having the albums out and visible would encourage us to go through them more often. It didn’t.)

A while back I bought a creative memories photo box on ebay that can store 2400 photos so we all sat down in the living room and starting going through the album photos and putting them into the box. The kids really enjoy looking through old photos of themselves. I have to buy a couple more probably, as I want ALL of our printed photos in one place.

The upside down album is the one we started to empty. Kids just can’t put things back the way they belong! 😉

8. Take more photos of my family and life.

I’ve been taking a lot of photos of my gardens. I’d like to document the changes in the garden this year ever couple of weeks.

9. An attitude of gratitude. I am grateful…

  • For half off Mondays at Savers where I’m able to find some great stuff for the family and resale.
  • For not having to go to work when I’m sick as I stay home/work from home.
  • For today’s technology. Especially cameras.  The simplest of phones today have such great cameras that allow us to record our daily lives.
  • For the crazy wind we had on Friday. I opened the windows as it was a pretty nice day, 60 degrees, and the sounds and whistling of the wind was so loud and strong, almost unreal, but such a beautiful sound.  Sound of thunderstorms and sound of wind – I love it.
  • That hubby and I celebrated 21 years of marriage on Thursday and hubby remembered! The week before it was 26 years together, last Thursday it was 21 years of marriage.  🙂

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.

Nothing.  We were going to take a ride this past Sunday, but since we woke up still feeling miserable, we decided not to.

12. Try new recipes.

I made chicken noodle soup one day and then always like to make a different soup from the original broth soup.  So this time I tried the Prudent Homemaker’s Chicken and Rice Soup.

It was perfect as I had all the ingredients and just really needed to add rice to the soup and debone all of the meat.  So it was slightly modified as I didn’t need any canned meat.  It was very good.

You may be wondering why this has noodles instead of rice? Well, I also had some leftover noddles and one of my sons prefers the noodles. And this was on the 2nd day of the soup where my other son took most of the broth out of the soup (he likes to drink broth) and left us with mostly veggies and chicken plus the rice/pasta. 🙂

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

Yes!  This time we were too sick to do anything! 🙂

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:

 

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

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