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)!