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My 2017 Goals – Week of May 29 – June 4

June 6, 2017
“It always seems impossible until it’s done!”
― Unknown

 

Update for the week of May 29 – June 4

 

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 $94.63 in Ebay sales last week. I spent about 30 minutes packaging the items I sold.

3. Weekly date night with my husband. 

No date night last week as we went out of town on Friday on a little micro adventure!

4. Track our spending.

No tracking last week.

5. Be more active/exercise.

Continuing to do lots of weeding in the garden.  Large gardens call for lots of weeding.  But I am working on a plan to naturally eradicate those suckers!

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

Not much of this last week.

7. Organize and digitize all of our photographs. 

Not much of this last weed either.

8. Take more photos of my family and life.

So here’s what one wall in my boy’s room looks like after it’s been patched.  This is only 1 wall, they all looked this way.  There were so many holes and nicks in the wall.  Is this normal for a boy’s room.  Or are my boys just maniacs?!  LOL   And we touched up this room about 3 years ago.

 

9. An attitude of gratitude. I am grateful…

  • For celebrating my Mom’s 69th birthday.
  • That hubby took Friday off so that we could go on a little microadventure (see below).
  • That hubby’s company has summer hours now on Fridays until Labor Day weekend. They work for 6 hours but get paid for 8.  It’s nice cause hubby starts at 6am and will only be working until noon on Fridays.  Will make for a nice longer weekend.
  • That I’m privileged to have the time to work in my gardens everyday. It is so peaceful and relaxing for me.  I think once you catch the gardening bug, you have it for life.
  • That we happened upon a neighborhood wide garage sale while on our microadventure.  I was able to find some stuff for resale and for home.  There were several things on my wish list that I found.  An urn planter and a beautiful quilt to use for picnics/outings.  It is so beautiful though that I might just use it in my bedroom.
  • That I was able to pick up 3 nice sized Bloomstruck hydrangeas on clearance for $6 each.  They were $18 each regular price. They looked pretty bad as they must not have been watered, but I know I can bring them back to life.  I’ve had them home for 2 days and they are already putting on new growth.  🙂

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.

Our middle son had a fishing tournament in Springfield, IL this past weekend and went up there with some friends and his sponsor on Thursday.  Hubby and I decided to go up there for a couple of days to cheer him on and to explore our state’s capitol.

They placed #8 out of 35 boats. This was a high school tournament and both my son and his friend are freshman.

The tournament was on Lake Springfield. It was a neat lake. That’s our group on the left.

My youngest and I in front of the state capitol building. We didn’t go inside though as the building was closed to the public when we were there.

One of our most favorite parts of the trip (besides rooting for our son) was seeing Lincoln’s Tomb.

It was really neat being there.

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!

We did start painting, but took this weekend off as we went on our little trip.  It was fun to get away.

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:

A Long Way Home: A Memoir by Saroo Brierly.  Wow, what a fabulous book about an Indian boy who gets lost at the age of 5 and wasn’t able to find his way back home until his 30s.  It’s amazing to be able to get a glimpse into what life is like in other parts of the world.  It makes you grateful to live in this country..that’s for sure.  Fascinating book.

Here’s what Amazon has to say about it:

This is the miraculous and triumphant story of Saroo Brierley, a young man who used Google Earth to rediscover his childhood life and home in an incredible journey from India to Australia and back again…

At only five years old, Saroo Brierley got lost on a train in India. Unable to read or write or recall the name of his hometown or even his own last name, he survived alone for weeks on the rough streets of Calcutta before ultimately being transferred to an agency and adopted by a couple in Australia.

Despite his gratitude, Brierley always wondered about his origins. Eventually, with the advent of Google Earth, he had the opportunity to look for the needle in a haystack he once called home, and pore over satellite images for landmarks he might recognize or mathematical equations that might further narrow down the labyrinthine map of India. One day, after years of searching, he miraculously found what he was looking for and set off to find his family.

A Long Way Home 
is a moving, poignant, and inspirational true story of survival and triumph against incredible odds. It celebrates the importance of never letting go of what drives the human spirit: hope.

 

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

Image via Unsplash


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5 comments

    1. Yes, I actually knew that and forgot to mention it. That’s how I heard about the book. I was looking at trailers and noticed this movie and that it was based on a true story. I always try to get the book before I see the movie. There’s no way to fit everything into a movie, so I prefer the books. But I do plan on watching the movie as well. Thanks for mentioning it and reminding me. 🙂

    1. Do I have to tell you? I’m embarrassed at how bad I’m doing this year. I actually keep telling myself to have that listed in the post as well. Just on ebay, I have sold $2595.76 and after store fees and final valuation fees, my net so far this year is $1936.52. The number does look higher if you include shipping income ($3327.75), but that’s expensed anyway. I’m nowhere near my target. I don’t know what I was thinking when I decided on that goal…It isn’t one that I’ve been focusing much on. LOL

      1. Oh..and that doesn’t include a vintage camera that I sold yesterday for $360. They paid this morning and I’m shipping it off in the next 30 min. 🙂 This week will look better. LOL

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