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My 2017 Goals – Week of May 22 – May 28

May 31, 2017
“What could we accomplish if we knew we could not fail?”
― Eleanor Roosevelt

 

Update for the week of May 22 – May 28

 

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 this week.

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

I made only $56.35 in Ebay sales last week. I did have a lot of items sell, but those items were low value items.  Most of them were Boy Scout patches that sold between $4.99 and $6.99. Were they worth listing?  They sure were as I had my son photograph them.  I’ve already made enough to pay him for his time plus profit a bit.  So yes, they are worth it.  Easy to photograph and list too!

I spent about 35 minutes just packing.

3. Weekly date night with my husband. 

No date night last week as Friday was my son’s High School graduation.  Wow..it’s really hard to believe that I have a son that just graduated high school.  I still feel like I’m 18 on the inside!  😉

4. Track our spending.

No tracking last week.

5. Be more active/exercise.

Lots and lots of time weeding in the garden. Also lots and lots of digging and transplanting.  It’s amazing how well a person sleeps at night after doing lots of physical labor.  It’s wonderful!

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

Completely cleared out our son’s 2 bedrooms for our painting project.  Donated 2 large bags of clothes to the Salvation Army.  I’m certain there will be more stuff to throw out and donate once we move everything back into the bedrooms.  I also cleared out a huge bookshelf of my books.  I only left about 5 books that I would still like to read, one of which is an old one that is not even available at any library in our system.  The rest I can get from the library if I really want to read them (which I don’t think that I will).  Why should books take up space in your home and accumulate dust.

I once was a book collector and am no longer.  For those that still have lots of books, why do you keep them?

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.

Here’s a photo of the family on my son’s high school graduation night.  Both hubby and I are pretty tall.  I’m 5’11” and hubby is 5’3″, yet we look so small compared to our 6’7″ oldest son.

 

The photo is in black and white as the lighting was awful.  Looks much better this way.

And here’s a snapshot of the neutral tones that I’ll be using to repaint our house.  It’s currently painted in like a butter yellow and I hate it.  I liked it in the beginning, but you know, tastes change.  I’ve lived with it for 11 years, plus oak trim.  So excited for the changes to come!

9. An attitude of gratitude. I am grateful…

  • For being debt free and having a little extra money now that we can use to fix things up at the house…like new paint.
  • That my hubby agreed to finally paint the interior of our house.
  • That I have a husband that is totally okay with me being home right now and not bringing in much money. For 5 years I was the single breadwinner for our family..hubby got laid off and came to work for me.  It stresses me out unbelievably that I’m not earning much money now and just focusing on our home.  I was having a bit of anxiety about it lately and he made me feel better.
  • That Lowes, Home Depot and Menards have a 1 year warranty on all their perennials.  There are a few things that didn’t make it through the winter and I’ll be returning.
  • That my son graduated high school.  I’m excited for this next step in his life and that I am healthy and alive to see it (many parent’s aren’t so lucky).
  • That my husband is coming along and starting to agree with me about simplifying and decluttering our house and life.  I’ve been trying to lead by example.  I need to work on myself and my stuff first, before I encourage/ask him to do the same.  🙂
  • For easy recipes and ingredients on hand for busy nights.
  • For hubby loving what I’ve done with our landscaping.  He says he enjoys it every day when he leaves for work and when he comes home.

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. But a little microadventure will be happening this 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!

Well no.  As I’ve mentioned before that we have some projects we’ll be undertaking this year?  That has begun.  We just finished emptying out the kids bedrooms.  We’ll be painting walls, trim and re polyurethaning the hard wood floors.  The work has begun. 🙂

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:

Unstuffed: Decluttering Your Home, Mind, and Soul by Ruth Soukup.  A great book and a wonderful reminder and reinforcement for me as I’m still working on decluttering and simplifying my life.  I feel that unless you have an accountability partner (like this blog is to me) or a friend to check in with on your progress, life gets in the way and we sometimes forget our goals.  So listening to these types of books gets me inspired about my goal and progress.

I knew this book was for me when I read the Amazon description:

Want to know if this book is for you?

  • Have you ever found yourself buying more storage containers to organize stuff you probably should have just gotten rid of?
  • Do you ever find yourself frustrated that even when you do manage to get your house cleaned up, it never seems to stay that way?
  • Do you sometimes feel like you can’t keep up with all the activities and obligations you have committed to?
  • Do you ever struggle to find an important piece of paper because there are just too many pieces of paper to keep track of?
  • Have you ever felt guilty for getting rid of something that was a gift, or held on to something you didn’t really like because someone gave it to you?
  • Do you feel like there are people in your life who simply suck the life out of you?
  • Have you ever felt like you need more balance?

If the answer to any of these questions is YES, this book provides realand practical solutions from someone who has been there.

This book is for EVERYONE.  Seriously, is there anyone that reads the above bullet points that hasn’t at least once in a while answered yes?  Great book!

The More of Less: Finding the Life You Want Under Everything You Own by Joshua Becker of the Becoming Minimalist blog (one of my favorites).  Along the same lines as the above book.  But this book is phenomenal because it’s not so much a how to, but it’s a book that gives you a glimpse of WHY minimizing is so good for you!  It’s about all the benefits of having less and how you actually end up with MORE.

Live a better life with less.

In The More of Less, Joshua Becker, helps you….

•          recognize the life-giving benefits of owning less
•          realize how all the stuff you own is keeping you from pursuing your dreams
•          craft a personal, practical approach to decluttering your home and life
•          experience the joys of generosity
•          learn why the best part of minimalism isn’t a clean house, it’s a full life

The beauty of minimalism isn’t in what it takes away. It’s in what it gives.

This book here…it could be life changing!

 

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

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4 comments

  1. “I need to work on myself and my stuff first”

    This is so true! When I look at clutter in our bedroom, I single out all of the crap that my wife leaves around… ignoring the crap that I leave around! It’s amazing how we just edit out our own junk from our vision.

    Glad you’re doing well at home. I go back and forth on the idea of it, but my wife and I have really great incomes so it’s hard to imagine walking away from it. But then there’s the other side of things that we can improve: as we get closer to daughter #3 being born, I’m going to be working from home more. After the birth, I’d like to be full time work from home with the odd-day in the office. I just don’t find value in it and I have a super long drive that makes it even worse. When my boss gets back from Europe I’m going to force the discussion.

    What’s the worst thing that happens? They say no and then I can quit and just stay at home. 😛

    I’m all over the place, but I think the fact that you guys don’t have any debt opens up so many possibilities. We only have a mortgage and can easily live on just my wife or my salary alone. We’ve “gone without” (not really) for a long time but have been upgrading now. It’s good to refresh, but it’s definitely not cheap.

    1. Hey Chris. Isn’t that the truth! I’m learning from experience. Plenty of times I’ve brought up his “stuff” only to have him remind me of all of “my stuff”. 😉 I’m working on it!

      And congrats on baby #3. How exciting!!

      I know it’s difficult in your situation because of your great incomes. Trust me, I battle with possibly going back to work all the time. Thinking to myself that I should just go and work for several years and sock away ALL of that money…but them I think about the story of the Mexican Fisherman and how right now I am doing what I want to be doing in retirement. But then I feel guilty that hubby is still working. I have an MBA, maybe I can find a decent job. This work at home thing is difficult for me as there are too many distractions (home-making, gardening, etc.). I keep telling myself that I should just work on Ebay as if it’s a 9-5 job, but I don’t. Can I make money blogging full time and writing about homemaking, gardening, thriftiness, etc.? I don’t know as I don’t put in the time. I even purchase a professional blogging course last year that I haven’t gone through yet. I’m struggling with all of this!

      Ahh..thanks for letting me vent a little. LOL and best of luck to you guys!!!

      1. We have the ability to more than at any point in history, but we still have about the same amount of time to fit it in!

        It’s crazy when you look back at the course/path you’ve taken and where you’re at today. I think that we get too hung up on the prestige thing. I’m struggling with this now since my (sort of) boss is also a very good friend. He wants to develop our office and its culture, and I don’t want to drive to it. I’m not sure how it’s all going to pan out, but I’m definitely willing to leave if need be. I see people that retired early, and I know people who make a lot less than us and still do great.

        You’re doing a great job and I think that we all need to take some time to enjoy life while we’re mobile and fit before we end up in a wheel chair! I mean, you can still enjoy life then but you’re definitely limited a bit. 🙂

        1. Hey Chris…thanks for your advice. You are right…I keep hearing more and more people barely making it to retirement and then passing. This is why I want early retirement…which I’m kind of in right now. LOL My biggest guilt is that hubby still needs to work and we can’t both be retired now. It may not be 45 when we retire, but it sure won’t be when we’re 65..even if that means moving from out kind of high end area to a very low cost of living area.

          Good luck with your boss..let me know how it goes. 🙂

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