My 2017 Goals – Week of October 30 – November 5

November 14, 2017

My 2017 Goals – Week of November 6 – November 12

November 14, 2017

 “Give me a stock clerk with a goal and I’ll give you a man who will make history.
Give me a man with no goals and I’ll give you a stock clerk.”
~ J.C. Penney

Update for the week of November 6 – November 12

 

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! 

Another good week.  We put $1500 away.  We are $1000 away from a fully funded 3 month emergency reserve.

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.)

Well this week was better.  Not great, but better…especially since I’m up 189%.  🙂  I only made $145.59 on Ebay and no other online sales.

I spent maybe 30 minutes in packaging.

3. Weekly date night with my husband. 

Well, I’m glad we had to date nights the previous week as we didn’t have time last week.  Hubby’s crazy overtime schedule leaves little time for anything.  Hubby’s been leaving at 5:30 am and returning at 7pm.

4. Track our spending.

Not much of this last week.

5. Be more active/exercise.

YES!  I’m getting better.  This was probably my best exercise week so far.  Here’s what I did:

Tuesday – long walk w/ Tiger

Thursday – long bike ride with Tiger

Friday – walk with Daisy and Tiger

Saturday – bike ride with Tiger

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

Nope.

7. Organize and digitize all of our photographs. 

Nope.

8. Take more photos of my family and life.

Not much going on this time around.

First real frost last week. Got down to 11 degrees.

Hubby took this photo of me “home-making”. I was pickling 17 jars of green tomatoes. Sorry for the bad quality low light photo.

Where’s the beef? Hubby ordered a cheeseburger from Burger King…the patty was barely bigger than the pickle. LOL

9. An attitude of gratitude. I am grateful…

  • For afternoon naps (was chilly on Monday and we got home kind of late and finished dinner at 6:30.  Sat on the couch to watch cesar millan and couldn’t finish 1 episode..fell asleep and then went to sleep and slept through th whole night.
  • For great cell phone deals.  We were normally paying about $90 for 5 phones…but only hubby and I had data.  I only had 1 gig and hubby .5 gigs.  Boost mobile just had a special of 5 lines with unlimited data, talk and text, with 5 free phones for only $100/mo.  WHAT??  You bet we switched…I’m so excited to have unlimited…as are our kids.
  • Hubby’s crazy overtime schedule…he’s on 12 hour days including weekends.
  • For being able to save a good chunk of $ again.  We are $1000 away from fully funding our emergency reserve.
  • For the seasons first snow…it flurried for a couple of hours…a very light flurry that didn’t show on the ground, but at least I saw it.  I get so giddy with the first few snows of the year.
  • For take out (domino’s pizza).  No time for a date last week, but take out once in a while is nice.
  • For cooking once and eating for several days.  I made several dishes last week that I doubled/tripled and we’ve been able to eat for many, many days.
  • For some lunchmeat that my Godmother brought over.  Saved me $ on lunches for the kids and hubby.They are vacuum packed and already lasted for a whole week and will probably be enough for another week.  Ham and oven roasted turkey.
  • For my son Danny bringing up his grades.  He brought home a disappointing report card, so we had to tighten the ropes a little bit until he proved to be responsible.  He’s kicking but now and is quickly bringing up his grades.
  • For a huge bounty of green tomatoes.  I pickled 17 jars.

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.

This is the recipe I used for my picked green tomatoes:  http://www.simplycanning.com/pickled-green-tomatoes.html

And here are my 17 jars:

Can’t wait until they are done.  It takes about 5-7 weeks.

Have you ever picked green tomatoes?

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 )

Hubby had to work all weekend and I was doing a bit of garden clean up and overwintering of some plants that aren’t cold hardy, but that I’d like to keep.

So not every weekend will be chore free.  But when this idea is in the forefront of your mind, it helps you try to get done all that you can during the week so that the weekends will be more leisurely and spent on things you WANT to do instead of things you need to do.

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.

I finally finished reading More Ideas About Parenting With Less Stress by Jim Fay.  A really great book.  I just ordered a few more resources from the Love and Logic website (not an affiliate link). They have, collectively, worked and studied with kids and teens over the last 50 years.  I figure that they know about it a little more than me.  I am using the methods that I’ve learned in the stuff I’ve already purchased and it IS making parenting less stressful for me.

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!

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1 comment

  1. Your pickled green tomatoes look beautiful. That’s something I never learned to do. In a perfect world, I would grow veggies and can them. Oh that frost looks so chilly. Temps here in AL are in the 50s overnight. I can barely tolerate it.What a wimp I have become. lol

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