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My 2017 Goals – Week of September 18 – September 24

September 26, 2017
A goal properly set is halfway reached.” ~ Zig Ziglar

 

Update for the week of September 18 – September 24

 

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! – ON HOLD UNTIL WE COMPLETE SOME HOME PROJECTS.

Nothing still.  Any extra that we have is going towards projects around the house right now.

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

This week I made $373.81 on eBay, $26.72 on Bonanza and $24 on Craigslist for a total of $424.53 in online sales.  Ahhh…so much better.  See that green number below, that’s a whopping 893% better than last week.  It was slooowww last week.  Seems like it was all around slow.  Other sellers reporter low numbers too.  Glad this week was so much better.

I spent about 3.5 hours on ebay last week.  A lot more than usual as in addition to packaging/shipping what sold, I photographed and listed 14 items.

3. Weekly date night with my husband. 

I had a $25 gift card to Red Robin so hubby and I went for burgers.  After our dinner we went walking around at the mall and people watched (Red Robin was in a mall).  But we didn’t buy anything, as we don’t need anything.

Our oldest son sent us a pic saying that he was out on a date, so we sent him this one letting him know that we were on a date too!

4. Track our spending.

A little embarrassed here as I’m now about 3 week behind.  However, it’s not too bad as we really haven’t been spending money.  So I’m not too concerned.

5. Be more active/exercise.

Last week was not so good.  I actually only exercised 1 day last week…for about 15 minutes.  We’ve been really busy and it’s been really hot so we haven’t gone on any walks.  Excuses, excuses!

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

None of this last week.

7. Organize and digitize all of our photographs. 

Still ongoing.  A little here and a little there.

8. Take more photos of my family and life.

Ahh…yes.  I pulled out my work camera and started using it to document more of our lives.  I’ll share more of those below in Micro-adventures.  But here are also a couple of just everyday stuff.

When hubby and I were going out for date night, the sky and the moon were so beautiful. Wish I had my better camera, but happy with how my phone captured it. It was so gorgeous!

9. An attitude of gratitude. I am grateful…

  • That I had over $400 in online sales last week.
  • That even though my husband and I rarely have a disagreement, when we do, we are both quick to apologize and make things right.
  • That the religious education program in our church has started.  My youngest is in 7th grade so he still has this year and next to go.  It forces us to go to church on Sundays.  We’re not so good about it during the summer.
  • For all the beautiful forest preserves we have near us.  Allowing us to escape into nature whenever we want.
  • That my youngest son’s friends are all very generous and took him to Six Flags Great America on Saturday.
  • That the same son is punished from screens and is hanging around his Mom and Dad so much more.  I know screens are something that I need to accept (and I use mine all the time too), but I feel that my kids spend too much time on them.
  • That hubby started overtime at work again.
  • For a girls’ garage saling date.  My cousin and I went to a few garage sales in Geneva, IL (one of my favorite towns about 40 minutes away).  We went to a cute cafe and walking near the river.  It was a little hot, but a really fun time none-the-less.

    I’m certain there’s more I should be thankful/grateful for, but this is all I can think of right now.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.

I guess the weekend up in Door County, Wi wasn’t enough for me because the first day back (Monday), I was already itching to go somewhere.  We had some hotdogs leftover from our trip so we grabbed the grill and food and took off to a nearby forest preserve where we grilled, picnic-ed and the kids and hubby did a little fishing.

 

12. Try new recipes.

Nothing new last week

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)

This weekend was chore free.  Hubby worked on Saturday and we just hung out all weekend.

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:

Last week I finished another 2 books.

The first I read was  The Science of Getting Rich by Wallace D. Wattles.   It was a book that was recommended in last week’s  You Are a Badass: How to Stop Doubting Your Greatness and Start Living an Awesome Life by Jen Sincero.

It’s s the classic guide to creating wealth through the Law of Attraction.  It was written in 1910 and actually inspired the author of The Secret.  It’s a good quick read and I enjoyed it.  I want to go through it one more down so that I can take notes.

According to Wallace D. Wattles,

There is a science of getting rich, and it is an exact science, like algebra or arithmetic. There are certain laws which govern the process of acquiring riches; once these laws are learned and obeyed by any man, he will get rich with mathematical certainty.

The 2nd book that I finished is The Secrets of Happy Families: Improve Your Mornings, Tell Your Family History, Fight Smarter, Go Out and Play, and Much More by Bruce Feiler.  Another phenomenal book.  Really great perspectives and information inspired by cutting-edge techniques gathered from experts in the disciplines of science, business, sports, and the military.

I loved this audiobook.  I’m thinking that I’d like to get the book version too as I found myself constantly saying “I need to write this down.”

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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