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November 6, 2017

My 2017 Goals – Week of November 6 – November 12

November 6, 2017

My 2017 Goals – Week of October 30 – November 5

November 6, 2017

“The greater danger for most of us isn’t that our aim is too high and we miss it, but that it is too low and we reach it.”
~ Michelangelo

Update for the week of October 30 – November 5

 

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 great week of savings.  We put $2000 away.  I’m happy because we are about 2/3 way done with having our emergency fund fully saved.

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 was a really slow week too.  I only made $50.23 on Ebay and no other online sales.

I spent a little more time this week, about 3.5 hours as I also spent time photographing and listing 12 items.  Was having quit a bit of issues with the ebay site…my pictures were not wanting to load.  This took longer than it should have.  But I’m hoping a little bit of ebay action will increase my search rank.  We’ll see.

3. Weekly date night with my husband. 

We actually had two date nights this past week.

Monday we went to Bonefish Grill as I had a coupon for a free entree with the purchase of an entree that expired Nov. 1.  We spend $24 with a tip.  It was excellent food.  But what I really enjoyed about this date was that hubby and I talked quite a bit about our future goals and investing our money vs. paying off our house.  I want to invest and he wants to pay off the house.  LOL

And then on Tuesday (Halloween) we went out to Burger King for there 2 for $6 Whoppers.  Both kids were gone so we went to BK (spent $11) and went thrifting too.

4. Track our spending.

Not much of this last week.

5. Be more active/exercise.

YES! I exercised 3 days last week.

Two days I went bike riding and went on a long walk with one of my dogs another day. Both bike rides and walk were actually with the dog and because of the dog. I’ve been watching a lot of Cesar Milan videos trying to deal with this dog as he has quite a lot of issues and I was at my wits end.  One of the things we are realizing is that he is just a very anxious and overly excited dog that needs a lot of exercise. We have a big yard and he’s out there running around a lot, but that’s not enough for him.  Just taking him with me on the bike is making a huge difference.  And the exercise is great for us both.

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

Nothing that I can recall this time.

7. Organize and digitize all of our photographs. 

Nothing else with the older photos, but I’m staying current with ones I’m taking.

8. Take more photos of my family and life.

Since hubby and I went out on Halloween, we just left out a bowl of candy. My son and his gang of friends (about 15 or more) came around and took all the candy. The candy that you see in the bowl was actually on the stairs on driveway. I don’t mind because the less candy in the house, the less temptation for me.

Starting to clean up the garden. Still tons of veggies. I’ve already processed and frozen all the swiss chard and kale. I plan on pickling the green tomatoes. Did that last year and they were awesome!

9. An attitude of gratitude. I am grateful…

  • For the crazy wind we had (3 days).  I do love the sound of it.
  • For buy one entrée, get one free from Bonefish Grill in the mail that we used for date night.
  • For Ceasar Millan and his dog psychology methods that seem to be helping with one of our dogs.
  • For being able to work at home..working on ebay this week.
  • For being able to save another $2000 this past week.
  • That my mom is hosting Thanksgiving in Wisconsin this year.  I’ve hosted that last two years and am excited to get away.
  • That we have a really good relationship with our boys.
  • That after 21 years of marriage, I’m still as excited as ever when my husband walks in the door from work.

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.

We went for a little ride yesterday (Sunday) to a cemetery about 25 minutes from our house.  I had no idea, but Al Capone is buried in this cemetery (Lady of Mount Carmel Cemetery) and his grave is a historical marker.  So we took the kids and stopped to see it.  My husband has been listening to a lot of historical audiobooks and a recent one was about Al Capone.  It was a fun little micro-adventure.

This is the family tombstone.

Al Capone has many visitors to his grave. They leave all kinds of stuff. This time is was flowers and cigarettes, but hubby says that he’s read about people leaving Scotch, Whiskey and all kinds of other things. To the left of his grave are his parents and his wife is to the right.  He did at the age of 48.  I didn’t realize he was so young when he passed.  His history is quite interesting.

12. Try new recipes.

Nothing new to report.

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 weekend WAS chore free.  Hubby worked on Saturday and then it was raining so we couldn’t do anything outside (we still have some fall cleaning up).  And Sunday was fun day – no chores.

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.

Last week I started reading More Ideas About Parenting With Less Stress by Jim Fay.  I mentioned in that last few goals posts about ordering some materials from the Love and Logic Institute.  I’m really loving all of their materials.  I love their philosophy about using love and logic.  Mainly working with kids without loosing your cool (which I always do).  I’ve been studying these materials for several weeks now and really can’t remember a single time in these past weeks when I’ve had to raise my voice at my sons…and I normally do as it seems they don’t listen unless I’m hollering.  This stuff is powerful and I would highly recommend it.  Being a parent is not easy!

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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