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December 6, 2017

My 2017 Goals – Week of November 27 – December 3

December 6, 2017

My 2017 Goals – Week of November 27 – December 3

December 6, 2017

 “Our beliefs are like unquestioned commands, telling us how things are, what’s possible and impossible and what we can and can not do. They shape every action, every thought and every feeling that we experience. As a result, changing our belief systems is central to making any real and lasting change in our lives.”

~ Anthony Robbins

Update for the week of November 27 – December 3

 

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!
(3 month emergency reserve – done – 11/15/17)
(pay off mortgage).

Sent in an extra $1500 principal payment on our mortgage.

2.  Ebay sales of $20,000 and track how many hours I work each week.  (I’m embarrassed to have listed that number so high when I’ve not made this goal a priority whatsoever this year.)

I made $194 on Ebay and $10.98 on Amazon for a total of $204.98 in online sales.

I spent about 1.5 hours in packing and I photographed a few things that I need to list.

Year to date (I finally went through and totaled everything up):

Ebay  $        7,517.40
Amazon  $           438.74
Bonanza  $           250.42
Craigslist  $           174.00

YTD Total Sales:  $8,380.56

3. Weekly date night with my husband. 

We had a very cheap date last Friday.  I wanted to read the most recent issue of Magnolia Journal (affiliate) and the library doesn’t allow checking out of the recent issues.  So hubby and I just hung out at the library reading.  It’s the first time I actually read at the library…I’m usually just there browsing and checking out materials.  It was actually nice.  Something different and a very frugal date!  🙂

4. Track our spending.

Not much of this last week.

5. Be more active/exercise.

I went biking with the dog a couple of times.

And the weather was quite nice so I actually did quite a bit of garden cleanup.  I weeded (fall is also a good time to weed as there will be less weeding to do in the spring).  I also cut a lot of my hosta leaves off and cleaned up.  Not quite done with that task yet though.

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

Nothing to report for last week

7. Organize and digitize all of our photographs. 

Nothing to report.

8. Take more photos of my family and life.

I took quite a few photos this time around.

The new nail polish that I picked up at a thrift store. High end polish for $.97 each.

My youngest son’s first attempt at making brownies. They were perfect after they went into the over for a little while longer.

Monster salmon fishing on Lake Michigan in downtown Chicago.

Mitchell is supposed to be raking leaves…I love how I caught Daisy’s tongue in action and Mitchell squirming away from her.

My son Mitchell playing with candles. Hubby and I were cuddling under blankets. It was so calm and peaceful.

The magic of gold spray paint. I purchased these cute squirrels from a thrift store about a year ago. They sat on the mantle and I finally got around to spray painting them gold. They look amazing now!

9. An attitude of gratitude. I am grateful…

  • For the beautiful warm weather we’ve been having.
  • For having a great dog.  At least 1 out of our 2 is good.  She basically lets you do whatever you want with her.  Which is good, because my youngest loves to cuddle with her.
  • For helpful kids.  They helped rake up the leaves in the back yard.
  • That my oldest is finally getting his act together and took care of all necessary paperwork and transfers dealing with his school payment and loans.  It only took him not being able to register for his 2nd semester classes until payment was made for him to do it..but I’m happy it’s done.
  • For not having any electricity one night.  We lit candles and cuddled under the blankets together.  It was so nice.
  • That my almost 16 year old has friends that take him to downtown Chicago to fish on Lake Michigan.
  • For 3 free Bears vs. 49ers tickets that hubby got from a co-worker.  We’re not huge football fans so we’d probably never go see a live game.  But the boys had a blast.  These were $100 per ticket.  What a great gift!  The co-worker has season passes and couldn’t go this past Sunday.
  • For a kid that likes to bake once in a while..even when his brownies don’t come out right the first time around.  (See photo below, once it went back in the oven for a bit, it was fine.)
  • For gold Rustoleum spray paint (affiliate).  I’ve been painting squirrels (see photo above, vases and planters.  It takes something that is ho-hum and transforms it into something beautiful and glamorous!)
  • For thrift stores.  I got quite a few things for myself last week.  The above high-end brand new nail polish, I bought a pair of awesome flats (like new condition) and a really nice candle holder for a candle that one of my sons got me.  I love thrift stores.

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 time around.

12. Try new recipes.

Nothing 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! (ON HOLD FOR NOW – working on some house projects )

This was a wonderful chore-free weekend!

14. Read 52 books.  Accomplished end of August.  I’m currently up to 70 books. You can see which books I’ve read this year on my 2017 Books I’v Read Pinterest board.

Last week I read two books.  And I finally got a chance to go back and count how many books I’ve read. I’m happy to report that I actually reached this goal at the end of August.

I read This I Believe: The Personal Philosophies of Remarkable Men and Women.  This book features eighty Americans―from the famous to the unknown―completing the thought that the book’s title begins. Each piece compels readers to rethink not only how they have arrived at their own personal beliefs but also the extent to which they share them with others.

This book is based on a radio show from the 50s that had people come on air and talk very briefly about their beliefs.  I’m so glad that once again someone started this program.  This was a very good and inspirational book.  I had hubby listen to this too.  We listened to the audiobook on Hoopla through our library.

I also finished listening to The Christmas Train.  This was a wonderful light read about a reporter that gets banned from flying and must take a train across the country.  It’s a wonderful story full of interesting characters.  The author has definitely made me want to take a trip across the country by train.  A wonderful story.

 

Have you read any fabulous books lately?  Tell me about it?

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

Image via Unsplash

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