Friday, June 29, 2018

18 Goals for 2018 - Halfway Check In

I'm supposed to check in quarterly, but somehow it is the end of June and I haven't done any updates. That should make this post more impressive right? Or maybe it will just show me how slack I've been on my goals...

Oh well. Life happens. Let's see how I'm doing!

1. Put $2,000 extra on the mortgage Completed! This was actually done within the first few months, and we even put an extra $1,000. Go us!
2. Put 15% of my income into retirement savings This one is ongoing, but we have been putting money aside each month so far.
3. Read 15 books I'm slow at this one, I think I've only read 4 so far. Gotta step up my game!
4. Donate my hair again A pending one, since I usually cut my hair in the fall in order to not have short hair during the height of humidity. Smart thinking, right?
5. Do some front yard landscaping In progress, since our front yard currently looks like death. They say it gets worse before it gets better...
6. Eat dinner at the table together at least 8 times a month Slacker slacker slacker. I stopped keeping track, so I don't know how we're doing. I need to stop making goals that involve monthly tallies.
7. Run my 7th 5k I don't even have one planned, I need to look into that!
8. Go away for our 10th anniversary Still have like 5 months to plan something.
9. Take a yoga class Got to get on this one.
10. Invite a different family/couple over for dinner at least once a month Doing pretty good actually!
11. Replace sun room Need to save all the money first.
12. Complete the Couch to 5k program (FOR REAL GUYS) I did awesome until April and then got off track. Time to get back on!
13. Visit the Grand Canyon Realistically, probably never going to happen.
14. Knit myself a pair of socks Almost done!
15. Replace cleaners and personal hygiene items with greener options Making good progress with this one.
16. Organize and run the second annual Rejuvenate Retreat It was held in May and was a success!
17. Have a vegetable garden Garden is planted and growing, but I'll wait until after harvest before crossing this one off.
18. Repair my ring from my mom Should be done in the next couple of weeks. Hooray!

Wow, so not doing too shabby. Haven't crossed a lot off but have a lot in the works! I'll see if I can do a check in at the end of October, in order to give me a good kick in the butt to finish the year off strong. 

Anyone else want to share how they're doing with their goals?  

Friday, June 22, 2018

Five Things Friday!

Hello readers! That is, if I have any readers left. Life has been crazy and I just haven't been in a mindset to write lately. I might write a post more on all that's been going on later, but for now I thought I'd share a few pictures of some happenings.

1. We bought ourselves a hammock! The backyard has seen a mighty overhaul since we moved in and after a few years with no backyard, I decided a hammock was a necessary purchase to celebrate having grass again. Plus, those two lonely trees were just calling for a hammock between them.


2. I HAVE A CLOTHESLINE AGAIN! Yes, that required all caps because I'm seriously more excited than I should be about this. We put it up at 9:30pm last Saturday and before noon on Sunday I had 3 loads of laundry done. Wash all the things! Plus, there is nothing better than drying sheets on the line and getting into bed that night with the fresh air scent. Bliss.


3. Work has been hard on me lately. Nothing has really changed with it, I'm just personally going through a hard time and going to work has been harder. I wonder how many times I can say hard/harder without it sounding repetitive... Anyways, this picture was taken on my morning break the other day and it was one of those moments that I felt happy and I just sat there under the big birch tree and soaked it in. Deep breaths.


4. Anonymous care packages are the best. Seriously, how could this basket full of awesomeness not cheer someone up? Like I just mentioned, I've been struggling lately, so this little bundle of treats came at the perfect time. Friends make life better.


5. Posing for pictures is my fave, as evidenced by this "candid" shot taken of me at my Mom's wedding a few weeks back. I felt super cute and confident that day, which this picture my brother-in-law snapped shows. I figured I may as well share it, since I don't get dressed up often.


That wraps up this edition of Five Things Friday, I hope you enjoyed my mini pop in to my near dead blog! Have a fabulous weekend (and summer if I don't get back here again anytime soon)!

Monday, January 1, 2018

18 Goals for 2018

It's the most wonderful day of the year! I love the beginning of January for all the newness and freshness and wonderfulness of it. Something about a brand new year with so much potential always motivates me and inspires me. So on that note, I'm going to share my 2018 goals with you all! Although seriously, this whole as many goals as what year it is thing, not going to keep working for me for much longer. I think I'll have to rethink things when I hit 2020. But until then, enjoy my goals for this upcoming year.

1. Put $2,000 extra on the mortgage
2. Put 15% of my income into retirement savings
3. Read 15 books
4. Donate my hair again
5. Do some front yard landscaping
6. Eat dinner at the table together at least 8 times a month
7. Run my 7th 5k
8. Go away for our 10th anniversary
9. Take a yoga class
10. Invite a different family/couple over for dinner at least once a month
11. Replace sun room
12. Complete the Couch to 5k program (FOR REAL GUYS)
13. Visit the Grand Canyon
14. Knit myself a pair of socks
15. Replace cleaners and personal hygiene items with greener options
16. Organize and run the second annual Rejuvenate Retreat
17. Have a vegetable garden
18. Repair my ring from my mom

Let's see how I do this year! Maybe for once I will actually complete 100% of them? That may be wishful thinking but you never know. 2018 could be a year full of surprises.

If you have made any goals, feel free to share them in the comments. We can keep each other accountable throughout the year.

Sunday, December 31, 2017

17 Goals for 2017 - Progress Report #4

Maybe this blog will just be for sharing goals now. Or maybe I'll get around to posting more in 2018. Who knows what the future holds, but for now I still enjoy sharing my goals with you all and being able to keep track of how I'm doing. So I will continue to do so!

2017 turned out to be a pretty good year in the goal department and I'm proud of how I did!

1. Read 12 books Done! Joining a book club definitely helped this year, although my goal was pretty small as it is.
2. Renovate basement It's done!!! We still need to do some serious cleaning/organizing/purging but the renos are officially done on the interior of the house. Woot woot!
3. Run my fifth 5k Done! And I ran the whole thing! Time was 38:47. I actually also ran another one in September and my time was 35:28. Go me!
4. Set up a nursery No nursery because no baby. I just coudn't handle having a set up nursery so instead I have made the room into my workout room. Maybe I'll share pics once it's done being set up.
5. Blog at least twice a month Not at all! I did well the first 6 months and then seriously fell off the wagon on this one.
6. Take a pottery class with Dan Done!
7. Visit the ocean I went in July and it was amazing! I need to go to the ocean more.
8. Go on a weekend camping trip We got out in August and the weather couldn't have been better.
9. Clear backyard and bring in fill This one finally got done in November and it's looking good back there! I can't wait for some grass and a garden next summer.
10. Make a budget We are rocking this one by having a monthly budget for the last 4 months and actually sticking to it!
11. Go on a date once a month with Dan I can't remember specific dates but I'm pretty sure we did something at least once a month so I'm calling it done.
12. Buy new windows for the basement Windows are done and are beautiful!
13. Start a couples infertility support group Done!
14. Colour more often Work sort of got in the way.
15. Start organizing photos on the computer Not one photograph was organized.
16. Attend a dance workshop Attended one the end of March. Read more about it here.
17. Do bookkeeping at least once a month Mission accomplished.

Go me! I actually completed 13/17 goals this year, which is like 76%. 

For the fun of it, let's look back at some previous years goals and my success rates:
12 Goals for 2012 - 58% complete
13 Goals for 2013 - 85% complete
14 Goals for 2014 - 86% complete
15 Goals for 2015 - 67% complete
16 Goals for 2016 - 50% complete

If you really want a good chuckle, click on the links for each year and see how my goal making skills have improved. 

How did you guys do with your goals? I love hearing from you, even if you don't hear from me much!

Saturday, September 30, 2017

17 Goals for 2017 - Progress Report #3

So want to know how much I suck? I haven't written one single post since my last goals update. That means, in exactly three months, nothing has been posted to my poor neglected blog. I'm pretty sure that's a record for me. I won't make you any promises for how the next three months will go, but hopefully I'll be able to get one ore two posts up before my final goal update at the end of December. Sorry to my readers, if I have any left. 

Now on to my goals, I think I'm doing okay. 

1. Read 12 books Done! Joining a book club definitely helped this year, although my goal was pretty small as it is.
2. Renovate basement It's so close! I'm still aiming to be done all the interior renovations by the end of November (our 2 year anniversary of living in the house) and then after that I should be able to post lots of updated house pictures.
3. Run my fifth 5k Done! And I ran the whole thing! Time was 38:47. I actually also ran another one in September and my time was 35:28. Go me!
4. Set up a nursery So the room is getting emptier, but I'm not sure if my heart can take a set up nursery with no baby. So this might not happen...
5. Blog at least twice a month Haha! This one went out the window!
6. Take a pottery class with Dan Done! We had so much fun and I will be blogging about it soon
7. Visit the ocean I went in July and it was amazing! I need to go to the ocean more.
8. Go on a weekend camping trip We got out in August and the weather couldn't have been better.
9. Clear backyard and bring in fill It looks like a wild jungle out there. Seriously, thistles taller than me and giant holes with crazy amounts of greenery. Eek! Hopefully soon though....
10. Make a budget We are starting this up again and are doing well so far. We're even hosting and leading Dave Ramsey's Financial Peace University course.
11. Go on a date once a month with Dan I'm going to say we're still rocking this one, even though our dates aren't overly exciting. Dancing last night though, that was fun!
12. Buy new windows for the basement I'm crossing this off my list because we have ordered them and paid for them, so it totally counts. And they'll be installed before the end of the year.
13. Start a couples infertility support group Done!
14. Colour more often Oh.... I haven't coloured in ages.
15. Start organizing photos on the computer This may have been a lofty goal. Although if I wasn't working full time, I'd for sure be able to spend more time organizing myself.
16. Attend a dance workshop Attended one the end of March. Read more about it here.
17. Do bookkeeping at least once a month Keeping up with this one! Woohoo!

I'm really impressed with how many things I was able to cross off over the last few months and am excited about the fact I will be able to cross off at least four more things by the end of the year! Not too shabby at all!

So there you have it, my goal update and "I'm still alive" blog post all wrapped up into one. Is anyone still reading my blog? Comment if you are!

Friday, June 30, 2017

17 Goals for 2017 - Progress Report #2

The year is half over already! Which means it's time for me to share how I'm doing with my goals.

1. Read 12 books I'm at 11! I joined a book club, which is totally helping with my goal.
2. Renovate basement It's looking good guys! Oh so good.
3. Run my fifth 5k Done! And I ran the whole thing! Time was 38:47
4. Set up a nursery Still working on emptying the room.
5. Blog at least twice a month Barely. This month I sort of cheated.
6. Take a pottery class with Dan Done! We had so much fun and I will be blogging about it soon
7. Visit the ocean I'll be there in 3 weeks!
8. Go on a weekend camping trip We plan to do a mini one this weekend but are planning a bigger one for August.
9. Clear backyard and bring in fill It still looks like a woodlot. The trees are down, but the stumps are still there.
10. Make a budget Kind of fell off the wagon with this one. But I'm crossing it off because I never specified monthly.
11. Go on a date once a month with Dan Still doing good!
12. Buy new windows for the basement Next step, get quotes.
13. Start a couples infertility support group Done!
14. Colour more often Haven't coloured much since I started my new job.
15. Start organizing photos on the computer So super daunting...
16. Attend a dance workshop Attended one the end of March. Read more about it here.
17. Do bookkeeping at least once a month Rocking this one so far.

Only five have been completed so far, but a few more will be crossed off in the next few weeks. So go me!

How is everyone else doing with there goals? Share an update in the comments!

Thursday, June 29, 2017

Random Thursday Post

Basically, I'm writing this post because I've been super silent on here for the last month and partly because I need two posts for the month of June in order to keep up with my yearly goals. Yup, I'm cheating a little.

But I am going to share some pictures, so you shouldn't be too mad at me. I planned on doing a whole bathroom reveal post but I don't have time for that right now. Maybe in the next few weeks?

1. This is my newest favourite chocolate treat. So good. And since it's organic, I pretend it's healthy.


2. I saw this snack hack on Facebook and thought I would try it. Use an old applesauce container to put peanut butter in and have a handy little snack on the go, all kept together in one jar. I've been taking it to work and feeling very cool indeed.


3. I got my haircut recently (just a trim) and felt so cute afterwards. But since I wasn't actually going anywhere I thought I would take a few selfies at home. I love hairdresser hair.


4. We are looking at getting a sectional for the basement and this is the one I currently have my eye on. I haven't actually gone and sat on it yet, but I like the look of it and it has a pull out couch!


5. We signed up for a vegetable CSA (Community Shared Agriculture) this year and I picked up our first basket on Tuesday. SO EXCITING! Seriously, it totally was the highlight of my week.


And there you have it, a quick little post to share some fun pictures and sneak in at the end of the month to keep fulfilling my goals. Sneaky sneaky me.