40 Goals for 2017: Week 4


I’m keeping myself accountable this year by tracking my progress on my 40 Goals for 2017 every week. 

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Week Three


  1. Max Roth IRAs for the mister and I: $11000. I have $250 in my fund. The mister hasn’t closed out his month yet.
  2. Cash flow 4 months of swim lessons at Aquatots for our son and older daughter: $1200. This will start in late May.
  3. Save $3000 for HVAC replacement. Not yet.
  4. Save $4000 towards the mister’s car replacement fund. Not yet. Waiting to see the fallout from the ceiling repair.
  5. Save $1050 for Christmas. I transferred $88 to my savings fund.
  6. Save $1800 for outdoor playset.  We’re talking about moving to make sure we have space in case family needs to move in with us. We’re shelving this completely.
  7. Save $750 towards next year’s 2018 family vacation and $ 750 towards my 2018 40th birthday trip ($125/month). We have $113 from last year’s garage sale earnings that I put towards our vacation fund.
  8. Spend $500/mo or less on groceries and $100/mo or less on entertainmentI spent $119.25 for groceries out of my $500/month budget this week.  My monthly total was $502.93. I will get a $1 Ibotta rebate, $0.25 from Savings Star, and $0.75 from Checkout 51 that will get tucked away and eventually added to my Roth IRA fund.  As far as entertainment, I spent $10 on parking when I went to see a show. My sister and I got milk and donuts beforehand at Holtman’s Donuts for a cheap $3. This place was featured by Alton Brown as one of his favorite’s in the US. We tried the maple bacon donut to be adventurous, and it was good! We could barely taste the bacon. It was more of a slight salty counterpoint to the sweet maple donut.
  9. Finally roll over one of my 401Ks. Not this week!
  10. Give: 5 hours of volunteer time and $50/mo. So far, I have given 90 minutes of my time to the Girl Scouts. We have a meeting tonight, plus a field trip to the police station on Saturday,and that should max my volunteer hours. The kindergarten was raising funds for a local foster program, and we donated $2. We sent in about 50 box tops that the school collects as a fundraiser, half of which my MIL kindly collected for me. I also donated $10 to another organization. My monthly charity total is $74. Tip: if you collect box tops, use a magnetic clip on the fridge to hold your box top baggie for easy collection.


  1. Complete my master’s degree! I completed an orientation last week for my OB clinical site. Today my practicum officially begins! I have three quick pieces of writing to do, two of which I completed this morning. I am touching base with my preceptors today, but I will start planning my project, getting an idea of what is going on in the three classes I am teaching, and will help run  a labor and delivery simulation Thursday and Friday. Thursday night I will sit in on the population health class I teach for my shadowing hours. Tomorrow the girls go to the sitter so I have uninterrupted time to prepare and do work.
  2. One date per month with the mister. Impromptu Chik-Fil-A date. Check! We are planning an in-home date night Saturday night. I’m going to try and make our own Chick-Fil-A nuggets and we will use a free Redbox code to rent a movie.
  3. Read 1 book/month. I did it! I read Harry Potter and the Cursed Child , finishing up last night. I have now started reading Joan Chittister’s The Rule of Benedict: A Spirituality for the 21st Century. I have been reading some historical cooking blogs about medieval monastery food, and am interested to read about other monastic rules and traditions as well as modern interpretations.
  4. Monthly me-time with friends. I met my two fellow Girl Scout troop leaders at a local place for drinks to plan some meetings and kvetch. I saw A Gentleman’s Guide to Love and Murder and lunched with a friend beforehand. My sister and I saw a show on Saturday and ate donuts in the park across the street beforehand. Monthly outing with friends: check!
  5. Complete one freelance submission. Nothing this week.
  6. Finish the afghan languishing in the closet. This is going to be languishing until April.
  7. Learn how to set up my sewing machine and complete one simple project. It’s still in its container. My Aunt Judy gave me scrap fabric to practice with for Christmas. No time this week.
  8. Conquer iced cookies and icing a cake. The toddler officially became a preschooler last week and I made Ice Cream Cone Cupcakes and fancy icing using a YouTube tutorial
  9. Drink 64 ounces water daily.  I have hit it 4 out of 7 days this week so far.
  10. Survive my practicum without eating fast food. It starts this week. Last week I ate a packed snack and water from my bottle instead of hitting the cafeteria. This week I have to drive to Richmond twice,and I will be using the same strategy. On Thursday I drive straight from OB clinicals to another class I m teaching, and I will have to bring twice as much.


  1. Visit family in Cleveland. Sometime this summer.
  2. Weekly 1:1 time with each child. The Boy had a man’s night with the Mister on Saturday. He had a robotics tournament and I took the girls to Grandma’s while my sister and I saw a show, then we spent the night. The menfolk had pizza and an epic video game night. The girls and I each did art projects during the week. The Toddler and I have done some bean counting, and the Kindergartener and I worked on her Montessori Hundred Board.
  3. Sell my son’s old clothes. These are hiding in the closet.
  4. Complete kitchen counter clear-off to prepare for a fish tank. We plan on making the girls’ combined birthday present a fish tank. We want to be ready by their birthday party next month. We didn’t do any more clearing off this week, but have kept up the progress from last week.
  5. Clear out our study corner hot spot. I spent Sunday afternoon working on this. It has four shelves and I took out all of the books and dusted the three main shelves. I then replaced the most important books and sent a few non-sellable books to the Goodwill box. It looks pretty good, but I need to tackle the top and find homes for things. I have a box of old grade school papers and mementos and have no idea how to preserve and keep them. Any ideas?
  6. Get the toddler potty trained! We are using a free printable reward chart. Our youngest has been keeping dry pretty often during the day. She has a cold this week and is fighting it a bit, but we are keeping on keeping on.
  7. Hang pictures in front hallway. Nope. They are now neatly stacked and ready to go though.
  8. Plant front yard tree. It’s still winter.
  9. Paint half bath. Not yet.
  10. Visit 6 different parks. Too cold!


  1. Complete Etsy Essentials and Brilliant Pins courses. Not yet. School has the priority this week again.
  2. Start posting regularly on my Best Geeky Baby Names site. I’m working on this today.
  3. Purchase the virtual real estate for the other four sites I want to create. Not yet. Waiting for a sale.
  4. Incorporate as an LLC. I am putting this off until after my practicum.
  5. Explore affiliates for my sites. I signed up for Share a Sale but need to look at which ones to work with.
  6. Double my daily traffic for Frugal Stepping Stones. I’ve hit it maybe two days this week.
  7. Start a monthly newsletter. Not yet.
  8. Expand my Emergency Menu Plans by one new plan each month this year. These are my most popular posts by far! I have the ideas for four more menus. This is on my agenda for this week.
  9. Do one guest post. Not yet, but I have a few ideas where to reach out.
  10. Interview one person for the blog. I have someone who is interested in being interviewed.

How are your goals going?


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  • This seems like a really good way to keep yourself accountable to your goals. Instead of a single accountability partner, you have hundreds of readers to answer to. I love it!

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