My 2017 Goals – Week of November 6 – November 12

November 29, 2017

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November 29, 2017

My 2017 Goals – Weeks of November 13 – November 19 & November 20 – 26

November 29, 2017

“Our goals can only be reached through a vehicle of a plan, in which we must fervently believe, and upon which we must vigorously act. There is no other route to success.”
~ Pablo Picasso

Update for the weeks of November 13-19 & November 20-26

Hope everyone had a wonderful Thanksgiving!

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 the progress for the last two weeks.  I didn’t get a chance to post last week as I went out of town on Tuesday and Monday was spent catching up with photography work that I had.

 

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! (3 month emergency reserve – done – 11/15/17) (pay off mortgage).

November 13-19:  Another good week.  We put $1068 away, fully funding our 3 month emergency reserve.  This is the first time in my life that I have an actual cash emergency reserve.  It actually feels really good.

November 20-26:  Put sent in an extra $700 principal payment on our mortgage.

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.)

November 13-19:  I made $26.64 on Ebay and $18.70 on Amazon for a total of $45.34 in online sales.  I only spent about 10 minutes packaging/shipping.

November 20-26: This week was better for a total of $135.31 in sales on Ebay.  I spent 15 minutes in packaging/shipping.  I haven’t listed or photographed anything in a while.

3. Weekly date night with my husband. 

November 13-19:  On Saturday, 11/18, hubby and I went out for burgers at Meatheads and then went to the movies to see Murder on the Orient Express (trailer).  Hubby loves Agatha Christie books and Hercule Poirot is probably hubby’s favorite literary character of all time.  Hubby and I are both 42 and we were definitely one of the youngest at the theatre…but I was happy to see a family with teenagers there as well.  It was amazing! It was a little hard getting used to this particular actor that played Poirot as hubby and I have seen all of the collections that feature David Suchet, but we quickly fell in love with him.

Anyone else a Poirot fan?

November 20-26: Nothing this week as it was Thanksgiving week and we were out of town.

4. Track our spending.

Not much of this the last couple of weeks.

5. Be more active/exercise.

November 13-19:  I did quite a bit of bike riding and walking with the dogs on both Monday and Tuesday…then I got very busy with work and didn’t do so well for the rest of the week.

November 20-26:  Lots of long walks with my Mom and separate walks with hubby during our time in Wisconsin.  I really, really love walks.

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

Nope, nothing.

7. Organize and digitize all of our photographs. 

Nope.

8. Take more photos of my family and life.

November 13-19:  Nothing this week really.  I’ve been getting bad about this.

November 20-26:  I even took my good camera with me so that I can take some nice photos for Thanksgiving.  I even was planning to take a nice one of our family for Christmas cards this year.  I used to send a photo card every year and stopped doing so a couple of years ago but thought it would be nice to send one this year.  Well, my camera stayed put away the whole time.  Hubby took (luckily) a couple of pics with his phone.  But the only ones I took are the following:

We took both our dogs to Wisconsin for Thanksgiving and I loved how Tiger would lay on the rug and stare out the window into my parents’ back yard.

My dad mentioned a park full of metal art in North Freedom, WI. We all took a ride and what a cool place it was to visit.  It’s a huge park of metal sculptures.  It’s quite popular of a place.  You can see more info here:  http://worldofdrevermor.com/

9. An attitude of gratitude. I am grateful…

November 13-19:

  • For a 5 minute project that took 6 months to complete.  I finally set up our new printer.  It was purchased 6 months ago and never set up.  I do have a black and white laser printer that I use…I couldn’t go that long without one.  Especially since I sell on Ebay.
  • For the commercial photography projects that I’m working on.
  • For being able to work from home (allows me to do laundry, etc), which then gives me free time to spend with my husband when he’s home from work.
  • The sound of the heavy rain while I’m working.  The only thing that would be better is if I were out in the woods and listening to the rain from inside/outside in a cabin.  Nature, I love it!I’m sure this was more for this week, but I didn’t write them down and I now I can’t remember.

November 20-26:

  • For not having hosted Thanksgiving this year.  I’ve been hosting last several years and it was so nice to have my Mom host this time around.  I did help her of course.
  • For long walks with hubby while were out of town.
  •  For amazing weather during Thanksgiving.  It got up in the 50s.
  •  For having a chance to see our oldest son who’s away at college.
  •  For audiobooks that made the drive to Wisconsin so quick.  Hubby and I drove separately as the kids were off on Wed so we left Tuesday night, while hubby had to work on Wednesday and came Thanksgiving morning.
  •  For dreams and little out of the way towns.  We drove through some back road towns in Wisconsin and dreamed of living in little rural towns like that.

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.

Does traveling to Wisconsin for Thanksgiving count?

Have you gone on any microadventures?

12. Try new recipes.

Not this time around.

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 )

The last 2 weekends WERE chorefree!  🙂

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 did do a lot of reading recently.

November 13-19:  It’s getting cold outside and I’m not doing much gardening.  So what’s the next best thing?  Reading about it, of course.  I read The Right-Size Flower Garden: Simplify Your Outdoor Space with Smart Design Solutions and Plant Choices (affiliate link).  It was a great read.

I also listened to 2 audiobooks.  I purchased both of these books at a garage sale for my Mom and both were available through my library on Hoopla so I figured I would listen/read the sames ones my Mom will.  I enjoyed both of them a lot.  I’ve been on a non-fiction kick recently and this was a nice change.  Really takes you into a world other than your own.  The books were:  The Sugar Camp Quilt (Elm Creek Quilts Series #7) (affiliate) and Circle of Quilters (Elm Creek Quilts Series #9) (affiliate).  Both of these books are by Jennifer Chiaverini and they are about quilting and are excellent.  They have piqued my interest for sure.

And then I come across this article that shows the artist’s amazing quilt that was made by her grandmother. I would LOVE to have one like that.  I searched on etsy to see if there is something similar, but there isn’t.  I need a quilt like that.  It is stunning.  I would want to learn to crochet (I think it’s crocheted) just to be able to make one like it.

November 20-26: While driving to Wisconsin (3 hours), I downloaded this book:  This Is the Story of a Happy Marriage by Ann Pratchett (affiliate) .  I’ve heard of this author before, but never read any of her books.  I guess she is a fiction writer, but this book is actually a collection of short articles she’s written about her life.  So fascinating.  I really loved this book and think I’d like to check out some of her fictional writing.  I really enjoy her writing style.  And it made my 3 hour trip fly!

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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