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My 2017 Goals – Week of May 8 – May 14

May 16, 2017
“People with clear, written goals, accomplish far more in a shorter period of time than people without them could ever imagine!”
― Brian Tracy

 

Update for the week of May 8 – May 14

 

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!

I was able to add $500 into savings.

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

I made $277.71 in Ebay sales last week. And I spent about 3 hours on my ebay business.  Not much time spent.  I still need to catch up on listing the items that my son photographed for me.

3. Weekly date night with my husband. 

No date night last week.  Hubby worked late all week.

4. Track our spending.

Yes, trying to do this consistently.

5. Be more active/exercise.

I spent about 6 hours weeding this week.  The back of my upper legs were killing me.  It’s a muscle that isn’t used unless you are bending over and weeding!  🙂  Maybe that amount of time seems excessive, but we have a larger property and I have a lot of flower gardens.  And I’m nowhere done.

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

I Got rid of one knife block off the kitchen counter and put away the blender (use it at least once a week, but I’d rather run into the basement to get it than leave it on the counter).  Less visual clutter and the kitchen looks cleaner.

I also cleaned out our utility drawer.  Got rid of some things we don’t use and I lined the bottom of the drawer.  It’s nice and organized now.  Organizing and decluttering feels good!

7. Organize and digitize all of our photographs. 

Yes, but I ran out of desktop space and spent some time trying to figure out how to back up the rest of my photos (from external drives).  I copy and back them up to my google and amazon drive folders and I had no more space on my computer to back up the rest.  Finally figured this out.  I was syncing things back and forth…so everything that was uploaded also remained on my C drive.  Now I’m just uploading without syncing.  That took a while for me to figure out.

8. Take more photos of my family and life.

Daisy, my early morning reading partner. 🙂

9. An attitude of gratitude. I am grateful…

  • For seeing the proud look on my middle son’s face when he carpeted the deck of our new-to-us boat all by himself.
  • For the cooler weather and no mosquitos out yet.  It’s so wonderful to work in the garden this way.  No bites and no sweating!
  •  For more of my indoor orchids reblooming.  I finally figured out that unless my orchids are in a South facing window after they bloom, they will not rebloom.
  • That both of our Moms are still alive.
  • That my youngest son is a super thoughtful young man.  He spent like 4 days secretly working on a Mother’s Day gift for me and when he found out that his older brother had no gift, gave him something that he could give me.
  • For late blooming tulips.  A lot of my tulips have finished blooming, but I have several varieties that bloom late and are still going strong.
  • For podcasts and youtube videos.  I will forever be grateful for these resources that help me learn and be inspired.
  • For microadventures (see below). Just taking 1 day to get out of town feels like a mini vacation.  Away from the normal.

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.

On Mother’s Day, we took a road trip that was about 3.5 hours away.  We went to visit Galena, IL.  It’s a little town near the Mississipi River.  It was pretty and picturesque, but maybe a little too touristy for me.  We did enjoy a quick walk around town and then proceeded to visit more of the natural landmarks.  We then also took a quickie ride into Dubuque Iowa for dinner.  I love taking day trips and exploring.  The ride was beautiful!

I love covered bridges. We don’t have them near us, but there are quite a few of them towards Iowa..especially Madison County. We spotted this one as we were traveling along the Mississippi River on the Illinois side towards Galena.  We took the longer route so we could do a little site seeing.

Main Street in Galena. It was nice to stroll and visit some of the little stores. I didn’t buy anything and am actually kicking myself as I like to buy a little something that I can hang on our Christmas tree as a memory of all our little trips.

This was on the outskirts of the main strip. More to my liking. We walked around the little river. Visited a park and strolled through the regular residential neighborhood too.

I love sunrises and sunsets. The sunset was just amazing as we were headed home from our trip.

12. Try new recipes.

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

Last week I made a modified version of Paula Dean’s moist and easy cornbread and Alton Brown’s Baked beans.  I do like to use recipes, but I find that I have enough experience in cooking that I like to modify recipes a bit.  I made the cornbread even more moist by adding a can of creamed corn and a little more sugar (her recipe has very little and my family likes it a little sweeter) and substituted a few things from the baked beans recipe.  The cornbread and baked beans were phenominal (according to the hubby and kids).  The kids want me to make the cornbread every week! 🙂

This was a great pantry meal as everything I needed I had either in the pantry or the freezer.  Very good and inexpensive too!

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!

Image via Unsplash


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