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My 2017 Goals – Week of May 15 – May 21

May 23, 2017
“Remember, Discipline is the bridge between goals and accomplishments.”
― Jim Rohn

 

Update for the week of May 15 – May 21

 

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 – NEW GOAL:  Start saving as much as possible for future goals!

We added another $2000 into savings this week.

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

I made a measly $57.18 in Ebay sales last week. And I spent about 15 minutes just packing.  There’s a definite correlation between time spend on the business and earnings.

3. Weekly date night with my husband. 

Last week our date night consisted of just doing some grocery shopping and thrifting together.  We were going to use one of our gift cards to go out to dinner, but we wanted to have dinner with the kids as all 3 of them were going to be home for dinner time.  I always made it a priority for all of us to have dinner together.  If the kids had some type of sporting event, we would all eat a late dinner together.  Now with 2 older boys, it’s harder and harder to have a day when everyone is together.  So we decided to spend it with the kids.  Soon our oldest will be off to college and we won’t have dinners together anymore (starting to cry as I write this sentence).  🙁

4. Track our spending.

Yes, not falling much behind.  Helps curb spending for sure.

5. Be more active/exercise.

Lots and lots of time weeding in the garden.  🙂

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

I cleaned out a small part of our basement (had more bags to donate).

Also somewhat cleaned and organized my ebay shipping area (boxes and bags). They were getting a little messy.

And I did a little bit of organizing my gardening stuff (seeds, label markers, etc).  (I have tons of seeds that I have to go through and consolidate, as well as get rid of some of the chaff off the seeds as it takes up too much space).

7. Organize and digitize all of our photographs. 

Yes, still backing up our digital photos to Prime Photos (which gives you unlimited cloud photo storage with your Amazon Prime membership).

8. Take more photos of my family and life.

This was a gift for me from my youngest son.  These are homemade candles that my hubby helped him make our of some plumbing pipes, old melted candles and gold spray paint.  They are probably one of my most favorite mother’s day gifts ever.

I love candles burning where our fireplace is.  In the summer, I have a whole bunch of candles that I put into the fireplace and I burn those until the fall and cold temperatures when we can burn logs in the fire again.

And because I normally post photos of my Chihuahua (I had to look up the spelling…I was nowhere close) Daisy, I thought I should put up a picture of my Min Pin Tiger.

This us from 2015. Same dog, but we have a different hand me down couch today. This is what he spends most of his day doing. Just sitting and staring out the front window.

9. An attitude of gratitude. I am grateful…

  • For the rain this week.  Thought I’d have to start watering..but the rain came to the rescue.
  •  For a very productive week.  I do love simplicity, but I also love productivity.  There are slow days and then there are days when we’re just killin’ it.
  •  For weeds.  Allows be to be outside in the fresh air and beautiful sunshine.  Keeps me active.
  •  For little bits of time when all 5 of us spend time together.  With a 15 and almost 18 year old, those times are becoming more rare.
  •  For my parents deciding to move to the US when I was little.  So glad and grateful.  I love this country.
  •  For recyclebank.com.  I spent about 15 minutes on the site and earned enough points to get a free Better Homes and Gardens magazine subscription. I’ve been subscribing to this magazine for probably 20 years.  I stopped a couple of years ago and then I just got the magazine from my library.  But I’m so happy I got a free subscription.  I love this magazine and I love getting it in the mail and having my own real paper copy.
  •  For the sweet smell of Honey Locust tree flowers coming in through our windows.  Next to lilac, this may be my 2nd favorite spring smell.
  •  For hubby’s continued overtime.  This allowed us to save a good amount of $ this week.

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 this past week.

12. Try new recipes.

Nope, not this time.

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

Hubby worked on Saturday and then spent quite a bit of time with his birds and cleaning his bird room.  One of his hobbies is canary breeding.  And I did some gardening and organizing.

I am also hoping that we’ll be painting the house this upcoming Memorial Day weekend.  So chore-free weekends may be put 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:

Nothing last week…did a whole lot of podcast listening.

 

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

Image via Unsplash


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