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My 2017 Goals – Week of September 25 – October 1

October 5, 2017

You cannot change your destination overnight, but you can change your direction overnight.

~ Jim Rohn

Update for the week of September 25 – October 1

 

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 $85.63 on eBay and $46.99 on Amazon for a total of $132.62 in online sales.  We’re back to a much slower week.  But I only spent about 30 minutes in packaging the items that sold.

3. Weekly date night with my husband. 

No date night last week as we headed up to University of Wisconsin at Stevens Point for our son’s Family Day (see below in micro-adventures).

4. Track our spending.

Hanging my head in shame, 4 weeks behind now.

5. Be more active/exercise.

Not too proud of last week.  I did a little bit of running up and down the stairs into our basement maybe a couple of times last week.  That’s it.

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

Nope…nothing last week.

7. Organize and digitize all of our photographs. 

Still ongoing.  Taking lots of photos recently, so really just been going through those and backing them up.

8. Take more photos of my family and life.

Yes, very much so.

So glad we ended up getting a 2nd dog. Our first dog is not so friendly, but Daisy puts up with our very affectionate son.

Hubby showed the kids his collection of $2 bills that he used to collect when he was younger. The kids had never seen them before and were in awe.

The sunsets were just incredible this weekend in Wisconsin.  All of these images where taken while we were driving.  I love sunsets.  And they can change so much from minute to minute.

9. An attitude of gratitude. I am grateful…

  • For getting to spend all day Saturday with our oldest son (Family Day at his University).
  • For having a place to stay while we’re there.  (Luckily my parents live about 1.5 hours from my son’s school.)
  • That my middle son’s room is back together after several months of work (putting in new moulding/trim, refinishing floor and painting.
  • That hubby’s back on overtime.
  • For all of the vegetables and fruit that we have growing in our backyard.  I’ve been making lots of fruit/veggie smoothies.
  • For having quite a bit of photography work lately.

    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.

Saturday, Sept. 30th was Family Day at my son’s school, The University of Wisconsin at Steven’s Point.  It was great hanging out with him for most of the day.

We all went out for breakfast. I love family restaurants. Four of us had the country fried steak and only my middle son had a chopped steak for breakfast. It was delicious.

We stopped at the Wisconsin river that is near the University. Finally got a chance to explore Stevens Point a little bit. And of course my middle son had to fish a little bit too.

Stopped at an antique store in town. My youngest found a set of vintage playing cards (with fish on them). It said that they were wildlife cards, thinking they would have different animals, but it was all of the fish only. He still likes then. He also purchased an old coin. No one else purchased anything…but it was fun to look around.

We stopped at a really neat park (Iverson Park) and played Uno for a little bit. But only the kids and I. Hubby hates playing any kinds of cards (we all love playing cards). So he went out and got us some coffee and milkshakes for the kids.

And then did a little more fishing. My middle son was the only one that had a pole, so hubby improvised and make one for my youngest out of a stick. He had quite a few nibbles, but didn’t catch anything. He had a lot of fun though.

We then went back to the school and my son showed us the building where most of his classes were.

He has to sit in the very front as his long legs don’t fit in any of the rows. He’s over 6’7″. At least he’ll be forced to pay attention in class.

The next day we spent at my parent’s house in the Dells. They are out of the country so we hung out, cut the grass, cleaned up a bit and then did a little more fishing on the river in Dells.

It was a nice weekend.  It’s nice to get away from the real world for a couple of days!  🙂

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)

Besides cutting my parents’ lawn at Wisconsin Dells, it was a chore free 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:

I’m on a roll.  Another two books last week.

  • The first I read was Minimalist Parenting: Enjoy Modern Family Life More by Doing Less by Christine K. Koh and Asha Dornfest .   You know I’m all about minimalism and when this book popped up as a recommendation on Hoopla (which I get free through my library), I thought I’d give it a try.Although this book is geared more towards families with younger kids, it does go through and give great suggestions on simplifying family life.  Ideas for decluttering the home, simplifying mealtimes, not overscheduling activities, etc.

    If you’ve got younger kids and feeling overwhelmed about choices to make regarding education, nutrition, entertainment, overscheduling, etc.?  This book will give some great ideas!  I enjoyed listening to the audiobook.

  • The 2nd book that I finished is Bomb: The Race to Build–and Steal–the World’s Most Dangerous Weapon (Newbery Honor Book) by Steve Sheinkin. The whole family actually listening to this book as we had it playing while traveling this weekend.  Both my boys (ages 12 and almost 16) really enjoyed it too.It was crazy interesting.  Some nonfiction and history books are quite boring, but I never wanted this book to end.  It was about all of the people involved in discovering and developing the world’s first atomic bomb during World War II.  It discussed their backgrounds and how they came to be involved, as well as how much work and sacrifice was required to win this race.

    Truly a fascinating book!

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!

Image via Unsplash

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2 comments

  1. I really enjoyed all the photos in this post Margaret, especially the sunset pics and the one of your son with Daisy. So sweet. One of my goals this year was to look for some better home and auto insurance. We did not have a wind/hurricane policy because they are insanely expensive ($1800 a year for our little house!!), but with all the hurricanes happening now, I got worried. I found an agent that got our auto insurance rate down, so we could work in the wind policy. Right now there is a tropical storm in the gulf headed our way, so I’m glad I went ahead and did that. $1800 a year is lot for insurance, but if our house blew away, we’d be left with nothing, so I guess it’s worth it.

    1. Hey Lorraine. Glad you liked the pics. I love the setting sun. It’s one of my favorite things to watch. Wow..$1800 is alot for the insurance, but I agree, the peace of mind that you have is worth it. Hope the storm passes you guys. It’s scary what’s going on with all the storms. It’s times like this that I’m glad we’re in the midwest…not too much happening out these parts. 🙂

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