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My 2017 Goals – Week of October 16 – October 22

October 23, 2017

“Life is short, fragile and does not wait for anyone.
There will NEVER be a perfect time to pursue your dreams and goals. ”

~ unknown

Update for the week of October 16 – October 22

 

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! 

We rocked the savings this past week.  We saved $4196.  We were able to put away this large (to me) amount due to hubby’s overtime and a big photography project I’m working on.

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.)

This week I made $51.97 on eBay, $72.99 on Amazon and $150 on craigslist for a total of $274.96 in online sales.  This would probably make ebay the 2nd lowest week I’ve had this year.  Glad for the sales on Amazon and Craigslist.  I spent about 1 hour of time total on all 3 platforms.

3. Weekly date night with my husband. 

No date night this past week.  Hubby’s been working 12 hour days, including Saturdays and Sundays.  So I’ve just been letting the poor guy rest as much as we can.  Those are some looong days!

4. Track our spending.

Yes, working on it still.  I’ve been updating all expenses that we have receipts for, but haven’t yet gone through all the statements to include all expenses (bills, etc.)

5. Be more active/exercise.

I don’t want to talk about it!

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

Yep.  This time I went through our large medicine cabinet.  Got rid of old and expired stuff, as well as stuff we really don’t use anymore.  Purchased some clear organizers at The Dollar Tree and the medicine cabinet looks awesome!

7. Organize and digitize all of our photographs. 

Yes, still ongoing.

8. Take more photos of my family and life.

Not too much going on this past week.  My parents actually came back from Europe, but I didn’t take any pictures of them.

When my oldest was leaving for college, he purchased himself a Nutribullet and couldn’t wait to start using. Then I went by my cousin’s and she had one and said it’s awesome and that they use it all the time. So I broke down and purchased the Nutribullet Lean (cause it has more capacity for our family) and Use it at least 3x a week. It’s awesome. I’m not big on fruits and veggies and this was a great solution for me. I drink fruit/veggie smoothies several times a week and make my kids drink them too.  This was my lunch on Wed:  frozen banana, bunch of frozen kale and spinach, handful of blueberries, an apple and a couple of dates.

My middle son’s halloween costume just came from Amazon. It’s pretty funny. He’s skinny as a toothpick and seeing him in a chub suit is ridiculously funny to me.  My son is 5’6″ and super thin, yet this adult suit (one size) fit well.  It’s pretty adjustable to any size.

9. An attitude of gratitude. I am grateful…

  • That my youngest, Mitchell is a pretty good writer.  Writes emails to his principal (once to change language classes, and she responded that the email was very well written, the other time wanting to bring his fishing pole.
  • That my parents came safely back from Europe.  It was nice to hang out for a bit before they headed back home to Wiscsonsin.
  • For the NutriBullet   Smoothies are so good.  I think that I’m finally getting my required fruits/veggies per day.
  • That it’s been a good week with my teen/preteen boys.  No attitudes or bad behavior.  Love and Logic really works.
  • That we were able to put a nice chunk of change into savings this week.
  • For comedies.  I watched two movies last week: The House on Friday and then my middle son Mitchell asked me to watch Daddy’s Home.  I didn’t think that I liked Will Ferrell, but I really enjoyed both movies.
  • For the nice weather on Saturday and that I had the time to plant my garlic, some tulips and do a little weeding.  I haven’t been working outside in my garden in a long time and it was really nice to be out.

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 new to report.

12. Try new recipes.

My middle son Mitchell was supposed to make dinner one day last week so I found a recipe that was simple enough for him to make and one that I knew we would all enjoy.  But he ended up going out and I made it instead.  It was baked macaroni and cheese and it was really good.  This is all that was left from a 9×13 pan.

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)

Yes..but again, hubby worked both Saturday and Sunday.

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:

This past week I read one book only, Organized Simplicity: The Clutter-Free Approach to Intentional Living by Tsh Oxenreider.  Anyone reading this probably already knows that one of my goals is about simplifying/decluttering my home and my life.  And this book is all about that.  I want to continue reading and listening about this topic because it helps me stay inspired and motivated to make changes so that all that remains in my home is what is useful and beautiful.

One of my favorite parts of the book is her guide for 10 days to simpler and more organized home.  It goes through each of the 10 days with a plan to get your house in order.  It’s a great read!

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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