Reflections On My Goals From 2017

January 10, 2018

Goals For 2018 – Week 2

January 10, 2018

Goals For 2018 – Week 1

January 10, 2018

 I don’t set New Year’s resolutions, but I do want to continue making goals.

My experience with last year’s goals was awesome and so I’m doing a weekly goals post again this year.  The following are my goals for 2018.

Here is this past week’s progress:

1. Focus a lot more on my Ebay business and track how many hours I work each week.  

This week I made $94.43 which is 34% less than the last week of December. But I’m certainly happy that it’s not crickets.

Here are my hours for last week:

Tues: 1hour 15min – photos – would have taken much shorter, but I had computer trouble and hand to hand write my descriptions.

Wed: 2.5 hours – organized inventory 2 bins.  Listed 14 items.

Friday – 2 hours 15 min (photographed/listed 7 items)

Total hours for last week:  6 hours worked and 21 items listed.

 

Totals for 2018:

Ebay  $        94.43
Amazon  $          0
Bonanza  $          0
Craigslist  $          0

YTD Total Sales:  $94.43

2.  Pay down the mortgage as much as possible.

Towards the end of last year we started to send in extra “principal only” payments in hopes of getting our mortgage paid off as quickly as possible.  I want to continue doing that and get rid of that last of our debts.

However, we didn’t add any extra payments last week.

3. Save $300/month into a vacation/micro-adventure fund. 

Last week we put in $1100 into our vacation fund.  Far exceeding our monthly goal for sure.   We received some Christmas money from our family and I transferred some Ebay earnings into our savings account.

We’re not exactly sure if we will be taking an actual vacation this year or not, but this money will be available for day excursions/weekend getaways, etc.

4. Weekly date night with my husband. 

This is the same goal from last year that I want to keep on the list for 2018 as I want to continue doing weekly date nights.  I love going out with my husband!

We went out to On the Border Mexican Grill and Cantina in Naperville, IL.  The food was amazing.  I had a dish with stead and some enchiladas and the steak was the best piece of meat I have ever eater.  I’m not a big steak person but even my husband said that it was delicious!

5. Track our spending.

This also is a repeat goal.  One that is super important if you want to get a handle on your expenses/savings.

However, I didn’t do any tracking last week.  I’m actually a little bit behind from last December.  I plan on working on this a little bit this week.

6. Be more active/exercise.

Yes, this is another repeat goal.  I did try working out last week.  I did the Scientific 7 minute workout.

This workout is pretty awesome as it combines aerobic exercise with strength training using just your body weight.  No machines, no weights.  You can pretty much do it anywhere.

The only problem is that I haven’t done it in a long time and it’s taken me 3 days just to recoup from a seemingly simple 7 minutes of exercise.  This thing kicks your but.  I know it will get easier once I do this more.

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

Another repeat goal.  This is something that I plan on doing until I feel that the only items that remain are things that I absolutely love and need.

Last week I took everything out from under the kitchen sink and got rid of stuff I don’t use.  I got rid of about half the stuff under there.  Mostly cleaners.

8. Take more photos of my family and life.

Another repeat.  I need this reminder every week.  It was so much easier to do when the boys were little because they were so cute and I just wanted to document them almost every day.  But even though the boys are almost grown, I still would like to document our life.  Even when the boys are out of the house, I will want to continue documenting it!

If we’re not burning in the fireplace, I’m always burning some types of candles in front of it. Usually I have tons..this time I only had two. I’m a nut about candles recently and the ambiance from them. Luckily all of the ones I purchase are thrifted and cheap. I just scored a bit bag of them for $2.99.

9. An attitude of gratitude. I am grateful for…

Now this is another repeat goal from last year and one that I hope to continue writing about forever.  I feel that I’m in the best place I’ve ever been in my life.  Is it getting older and wiser?  I’ll be 43 this month.  Is it that by writing down everything that I’m grateful for just helps me focus on positive things?  I think it has a lot to do with it!

  • Quiet mornings where I have to time to sit down with a cup of coffee and read or watch some youtube videos about some of my favorite topics
  • The beautiful slow falling snow that came early Wed morning and being able to enjoy it from indoors.
  • Not having to rush in the morning for outside work.
  • Being able to have some quiet alone time with my Christmas tree for one last time in the morning on Thursday, jan 4.  As a kid, I would always sleep in the living room a couple of times just looking at the tree and thinking/daydreaming.  I have started doing that as an adult too, but forgot to do so this year…so I said farewell to it.
  • Talking with and planning a get together with my best friend.  Haven’t seen her in quite some time and missed her.
  • Making time to list more items on Ebay.
  • Google calendar, without which I don’t think I could survive.

I’m certain there’s more that I’m grateful for, but this is all that I ca recall without having taken any notes.  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.

Again this is a repeat list from last year.  And again, this is another reminder that I need just to slow down, get out and explore our world.

12. Make ahead cooking and meals.

I want to focus more on making meals ahead of time.  For example, I want to start doubling up on recipes when I make meals so that we can enjoy them when I make them, but also to have extra that I can put in the freezer for another time.  It takes practically the same amount of time to prepare a double recipe as a single one, but saves time in the future.

Last week we bought some chicken breast on sale.  We bought 3 packages and we grilled two packages right away.  One package I’m using for lunches for hubby and the kids this week and the other package is frozen.  We can use it any way we like, either for sandwiches, or chicken salad or tacos, enchiladas, etc.  But how wonderful that all I will need to do is just pull it out of the freezer and let it thaw.

I also took a few minutes to bag up some snacks for hubby and the kids.  This way they are already portioned out and I can just grab them without having to figure out what to give them and then spend time portioning them out.

13. Blog more regularly and maybe start making videos.

This year I really want to blog more regularly.  There are so many things that I want to share.  Things that I’m passionate about such as ebay, thrifting, gardening, money, frugality, etc.  I look forward to being much more active this year.

14. Drink a lot more water.

I’ve always been very bad with drinking water.  The only liquids that I typically consume are 2 large cups of coffee a day.  One in the morning and one in the evening.  So this goal will be a reminder to myself to drink a lot more.

I’m currently average about 3-4 glasses per day.

15. Use a daily To Do List.

Do you use daily to do lists?  I find that I am so much more productive when I use them.  So I’m hoping to utilize them on a daily basis.

The lists really help me stay focused and allow me to plan what’s most important for me that day.

How are your goals coming along??  I’d love to read about them in the comments!

 

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