40 Goals for 2017: Week 9

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

This post may contain referral/affiliate links.

Week Nine

Financial:

  1. Max Roth IRAs for the mister and I: $11000. I have $500 in my fund. The mister has $1000. The goal is for him to add $1000 every month until the 2017 fund is full, and then use that towards the HVAC, car replacement, play set, and extra savings. When I pick up more shifts this month and next, I want to save $460/month for this.
  2. Cash flow 4 months of swim lessons at Aquatots for our son and older daughter: $1200. This will start in late May. I will be working more then and should be able to easily cash flow this.
  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, which will probably happen early March. Right now we have it covered up.
  5. Save $1050 for Christmas. I transferred $88 to my savings fund in January and February. I have $176. I plan to save $88/month for this.
  6. Save $1800 for outdoor playset.  This is back on. My FIL suggested that even if we move (and that is up in the air still) we could always break it down and bring it with us. Nothing yet.
  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. This month I am knee-deep in my practicum and have cut my hours. I may have no bandwidth to do extra saving until next month.
  8. Spend $500/mo or less on groceries and $100/mo or less on entertainment. I spent $457.85 in February, and spent $138.84 for this first week of March.   I got $0.75 back from Ibotta.  This is a five-week month, so my budget is $625. We will spend money on Chick-Fil-A tonight, since it’s the last night of the class I am teaching and I’m bringing it for a carry-in.
  9. Finally roll over one of my 401Ks. Not this week!
  10. Give: 5 hours of volunteer time and $50/mo. We will have two Girl Scout meetings this month. I donated $27 for the child in Gambia we sponsor from Plan.

Personal:

  1. Complete my master’s degree! I am basically working 7 days a week now. By this time next week, I will be done with three of my four practicum experiences. At most, I may have a little grading to catch up on.
  2. Date night with the husband once per month.  We have a sitter scheduled at the end of the month for a date.
  3. Read 1 book per month– I am 50% of the way through The Rule of Benedict. I have had so much grading to do that I haven’t made any progress.
  4. Monthly me-time with friends. I have tickets to see Mamma Mia on the 11th, and I am having dinner with a couple girls from work one night soon.
  5. Complete one freelance submission. Nothing this week. This will probably happen when I am done with my master’s.
  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. I have Girl Scout patches that need to be sewn on, but those will have to wait.
  8. Conquer iced cookies and icing a cake. The mister and I have birthdays in March,  but I won’t be icing a fancy cake. Instead, I’ll be making our favorite Tuxedo Cake. Think of it as a giant Ding Dong. I’m thinking of doing some shamrock or flower sugar cookies with royal icing to work on those skills this month though. 
  9. Drink 64 ounces water daily.  I have hit it 4 out of 7 days this week.  Not a great week.
  10. Survive my practicum without eating fast food. This week = fail!

Family/Home:

  1. Visit family in Cleveland. Sometime this summer. We are figuring out summer camp right now (our older kids will do 1-2 weeks each, probably computer programming and cub scout camp for the boy, art for the girl, and a combined week of outdoor park camp for both).
  2. Weekly 1:1 time with each child. The Little and I have had lots of quality time while the big kids were in school. The Boy and the Mister worked on soap carving and knife skills with Cub Scouts this past week. Our 6 year old and I played a game together.
  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. The fish tank is on the counter and the Mister is getting it ready for a fish.
  5. Clear out our study corner hot spot. The clearing off I did is still intact and looking good. There are a couple more things on top to store away, but it looks good.
  6. Get the toddler potty trained! The Toddler has been waking up dry most mornings and had gotten herself to the potty a few times without help.
  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, but spring seems to be coming early. This may be happening in 2 months.
  9. Paint half bath. Not yet. We will need to repaint the ceiling when the ceiling is repaired, so we are talking about just painting the living room, which has never been painted since we moved in 12 years ago, the half bath, and the master bedroom.
  10. Visit 6 different parks.  It’s going to warm up soon, so I am starting to make plans. I have a couple places on my list. We will hit one on Spring Break for sure.

Business:

  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. It’s probably unrealistic to expect to do anything extra in February. I am committed seven days a week and am coasting on fumes and caffeine. 
  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 haven’t hit it once this week.
  7. Start a monthly newsletter. Not yet.
  8. Expand my Emergency Menu Plans by one new plan each month this year. I am barely treading water right now. I finish two of my practicum sites around March 7th, and my OB site on March 10th. I am shooting for after that point.
  9. Do one guest post. Not yet, but I have a few ideas where to reach out. This will happen after my practicum.
  10. Interview one person for the blog. I have someone who is interested in being interviewed.

How are your goals going?

 

40 Goals For 2017: Week 8

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

This post may contain referral/affiliate links.

Week Eight

Financial:

  1. Max Roth IRAs for the mister and I: $11000. I have $250 in my fund. The mister has $1000. The goal is for him to do this every month until the 2017 fund is full, and then use that towards the HVAC, car replacement, play set, and extra savings. I expect to add only $250 to mine this month, but once end of March/early April rolls around and I pick up more shifts, I want to save $460/month for this.
  2. Cash flow 4 months of swim lessons at Aquatots for our son and older daughter: $1200. This will start in late May. I will be working more then and should be able to easily cash flow this.
  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, which will probably happen early March. Right now we have it covered up. We were all sick this past weekend, so the toilet replacement is happening today.
  5. Save $1050 for Christmas. I transferred $88 to my savings fund in January. I plan to do the same at the end of this month.
  6. Save $1800 for outdoor playset.  This is back on. My FIL suggested that even if we move (and that is up in the air still) we could always break it down and bring it with us.
  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. This month I am knee-deep in my practicum and have cut my hours. I may not have the bandwidth to do extra saving.
  8. Spend $500/mo or less on groceries and $100/mo or less on entertainment. I spent $135.45 on groceries out of my $500/month budget this week, and spent $457.85 for the month.   I got $2.95 back from Ibotta.  As far as entertainment, had a date night at Olive Garden and used a gift card for part of it, spending another$20 on dinner. We are at $105 for the month.
  9. Finally roll over one of my 401Ks. Not this week!
  10. Give: 5 hours of volunteer time and $50/mo. We had two Girl Scout meetings this month, so 5 hours have been completed. I have donated $52 to charity this month, so that goal is met.

Personal:

  1. Complete my master’s degree! I am basically working 7 days a week now. This week is more teaching in the classroom and at the hospital and lots of grading papers.
  2. Date night with the husband once per month.  We went to the Olive Garden on Saturday. We were going to see a movie, but everyone was coming down with a cold and we went home and turned in early instead.
  3. Read 1 book per month– I am 50% of the way through The Rule of Benedict. I have this story idea and am getting some really good information about not only how a monastery is designed, but also in understanding the motivations of the people who may be living there. The Kane Chronicles is finally available to me on the digital library app, so I am reading that next. I haven’t had much time to read this week, so I haven’t made much progress.
  4. Monthly me-time with friends. My friend Jen and I love theater, and we’re seeing Something Rotten on Saturday.
  5. Complete one freelance submission. Nothing this week. This will probably happen when I am done with my master’s.
  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. I have Girl Scout patches that need to be sewn on, but those will have to wait.
  8. Conquer iced cookies and icing a cake. The mister and I have birthdays in March,  but I won’t be icing a fancy cake. Instead, I’ll be making our favorite Tuxedo Cake. Think of it as a giant Ding Dong. I’m thinking of doing some shamrock or flower sugar cookies with royal icing to work on those skills this month though. 
  9. Drink 64 ounces water daily.  I have hit it 6 out of 7 days this week.  I’m still not getting enough on the days I teach at the hospital.
  10. Survive my practicum without eating fast food. Last week I hit Wendy’s and got a Coke again. I have two to three long Fridays of teaching left and, well, it’s helping me survive.

Family/Home:

  1. Visit family in Cleveland. Sometime this summer. We are figuring out summer camp right now (our older kids will do 1-2 weeks each, probably computer programming and cub scout camp for the boy, art for the girl, and a combined week of outdoor park camp for both).
  2. Weekly 1:1 time with each child. The Little and I went to the park yesterday because it was a balmy 65 in February! The Boy and the Mister worked on his Pinewood Derby car for Cub Scouts this past week and our 6 year old and I did some reading together.
  3. Sell my son’s old clothes. These are hiding in the closet. Our sitter heard of a family that is moving here from the Philippines so their son can get treatment at the local children’s hospital. They will need furniture and winter clothes, and I am donating our son’s winter 18m-2T clothes and his 18M winter coat to them.
  4. Complete kitchen counter clear-off to prepare for a fish tank. We plan on making the girls’ combined birthday present a fish tank. I tackled this and cleared it off yesterday, and our kindergartener dusted it.
  5. Clear out our study corner hot spot. The clearing off I did is still intact and looking good.
  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 but still has daily accidents. She has been waking up dry pretty frequently though! No changes here.
  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, but spring seems to be coming early. This may be happening in 2 months.
  9. Paint half bath. Not yet. We will need to repaint the ceiling when the ceiling is repaired, so we are talking about just painting the living room, which has never been painted since we moved in 12 years ago, the half bath, and the master bedroom.
  10. Visit 6 different parks. The Little and I hit the neighborhood playground yesterday. It’s going to warm up soon, so I am starting to make plans.

Business:

  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. It’s probably unrealistic to expect to do anything extra in February. I am committed seven days a week and am coasting on fumes and caffeine. 
  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 haven’t hit it once this week.
  7. Start a monthly newsletter. Not yet.
  8. Expand my Emergency Menu Plans by one new plan each month this year. I am barely treading water right now. I finish two of my practicum sites around March 7th, and my OB site on March 10th. I am shooting for after that point.
  9. Do one guest post. Not yet, but I have a few ideas where to reach out. This will happen after my practicum.
  10. Interview one person for the blog. I have someone who is interested in being interviewed.

How are your goals going?

 

40 Goals for 2017: Week 7

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

This post may contain referral/affiliate links.

Week Seven

Financial:

  1. Max Roth IRAs for the mister and I: $11000. I have $250 in my fund. The mister has $1000. I expect to add only $250 to mine this month.
  2. Cash flow 4 months of swim lessons at Aquatots for our son and older daughter: $1200. This will start in late May. I will be working more then and should be able to easily cash flow this.
  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, which will probably happen late February or early March. Right now we have it covered up. The mister will replace the toilet Monday when he is off work, and then we will call a contractor for an estimate.
  5. Save $1050 for Christmas. I transferred $88 to my savings fund in January. I plan to do the same at the end of this month.
  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 for the moment until we have a better idea of what we will do.
  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. This month I am knee-deep in my practicum and have cut my hours. I may not have the bandwidth to do extra saving.
  8. Spend $500/mo or less on groceries and $100/mo or less on entertainment. I spent $74.68 for groceries out of my $500/month budget this week, for a total of $322.40 so far.   I didn’t get any rebates from my rebate apps.  As far as entertainment, we spent $16 on donuts for our kindergartener’s birthday treat and $20 at Wendy’s. That’s $85 spent this month so far.
  9. Finally roll over one of my 401Ks. Not this week!
  10. Give: 5 hours of volunteer time and $50/mo. We had a Girl Scout meeting last week:  2.5 hours completed. I have donated $52 to charity this month, so that goal is met.

Personal:

  1. Complete my master’s degree! I am basically working 7 days a week now. I did a lot of grading this week, hours of research for the course I am helping to rewrite, will teach Population Health for 4 hours tomorrow, and head out to teach students on the OB unit Friday for 5-6 hours.  I had two pieces of homework due by Saturday and I already completed them.
  2. Date night with the husband once per month  I have a Groupon for this movie/fine dining place, and we hoped to use it Saturday, but the only movie playing is Newsies the Musical- bleh! We have a sitter scheduled for the evening, so our alternative is to see a cheapie dollar movie and use our gift card to Olive Garden. We want to see Hidden Figures, so we may use our Fandango gift cards if it’s not at the cheapies yet.
  3. Read 1 book per month– I am 50% of the way through The Rule of Benedict. I have this story idea and am getting some really good information about not only how a monastery is designed, but also in understanding the motivations of the people who may be living there. The Kane Chronicles is finally available to me on the digital library app, so I am reading that next.
  4. Monthly me-time with friends. My friend Jen and I love theater, and we’re seeing Something Rotten at the end of February.
  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 birthday party was Saturday. I just didn’t have time to ice the cake like I planned, so we printed some pictures instead.  I’m calling it a delicious cakewreck, lol. My girls didn’t care. It was all made from scratch, including the icing. 
  9. Drink 64 ounces water daily.  I have hit it 6 out of 7 days this week.  Clinical days are the worst, as I have no time to eat or drink when I am with my students. I am basically chugging water as soon as I get to my car.
  10. Survive my practicum without eating fast food. Last week I hit Wendy’s and got a Coke. I teach until 10-1015 the night before my OB clinicals, and it is an hour drive there and back. I really need the caffeine to stay alert behind the wheel. It’s not healthy, but I am bringing a small can to fuel after clinical this week. It’s left over from the party. We usually don’t have pop in our home.

Family/Home:

  1. Visit family in Cleveland. Sometime this summer. We are figuring out summer camp right now (our older kids will do 1-2 weeks each, probably computer programming for the boy, art for the girl,and a combined week of outdoor park camp for both).
  2. Weekly 1:1 time with each child. I plan on playing a board game with the boy tonight (Battleship). The girls and I have made art projects and done reading together. The toddler gets lots of 1:1 time when the big kids are in school. Lucky girl!
  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. This is piling up again.
  5. Clear out our study corner hot spot. The clearing off I did is still intact and looking good.
  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 but still has daily accidents. She has been waking up dry pretty frequently though!
  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!

Business:

  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. It’s probably unrealistic to expect to do anything extra in February. I am committed seven days a week and am coasting on fumes and caffeine.
  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 haven’t hit it once this week.
  7. Start a monthly newsletter. Not yet.
  8. Expand my Emergency Menu Plans by one new plan each month this year. I am barely treading water right now. I finish two of my practicum sites around March 7th, and my OB site on March 10th. I am shooting for after that point.
  9. Do one guest post. Not yet, but I have a few ideas where to reach out. This will happen after my practicum.
  10. Interview one person for the blog. I have someone who is interested in being interviewed.

How are your goals going?

 

40 Goals For 2017: Week 5

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

This post may contain referral/affiliate links.

Week Five

Financial:

  1. Max Roth IRAs for the mister and I: $11000. I have $250 in my fund. The mister still 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. I will be working more then and should be able to easily cash flow this.
  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 $123.26 for groceries out of my $500/month budget this week.   I will get a $1.50 Ibotta rebate and $1 from Checkout 51 that will get tucked away and eventually added to my Roth IRA fund.  As far as entertainment, I spent nothing on activities this week, but I did spend $15 for a $30 Arcade day pass for my son’s birthday in three months, $10 for a $20 vegetarian restaurant group deal, and $8 for a special buy one child ticket get a free adult ticket to the new Beauty and the Beast movie. That’s $33 for February entertainment so far, even though they will be used in March, April, and May.
  9. Finally roll over one of my 401Ks. Not this week!
  10. Give: 5 hours of volunteer time and $50/mo. I maxed my January volunteer time with two Girl Scout meetings and one field trip to the police station. I also helped my neighbor with babysitting twice this week. I volunteered 5+ hours and donated $74.

Personal:

  1. Complete my master’s degree! I had three pieces of homework that I completed on time, plus I worked 21.5 of my practicum hours. Last week was not typical, and my usual number of hours will be more around 16 hours per week for the first 6 weeks. This does not include preparation time, so it was a rough week between practicum, the 16 hours I worked at my part-time job, the kids, and my homework.
  2. One date per month with the mister. Impromptu Chik-Fil-A date for January. Check! We have plans fora date in mid-February. I have a Groupon for this movie/fine dining place that we will use.
  3. Read 1 book/month. I did it! I read Harry Potter and the Cursed Child in January. I may have time for some more reading this Sunday to get a jump on February.
  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 January outing with friends: check! I’m seeing Something Rotten at the end of February, so there is something lined up.
  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.  I made Ice Cream Cone Cupcakes in January and we are hosting a combined birthday party for the girls in two weeks. I am going to stretch my icing skills by making an Octonauts cake.
  9. Drink 64 ounces water daily.  I have hit it 4 out of 7 days this week. I need to do better on days I am in clinical.
  10. Survive my practicum without eating fast food. I made it through last week without eating trash! This week, I bought frozen pizza and we will have it ready for when I get home.

Family/Home:

  1. Visit family in Cleveland. Sometime this summer.
  2. Weekly 1:1 time with each child. The girls and I did art several times. My son coached me on defeating Candy Crush. Our kindergartener and I played Sports Rivals on the Xbox One S with Kinect.
  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 need to finish this weekend because that birthday party is coming up!
  5. Clear out our study corner hot spot. The clearing off I did is still intact and looking good.
  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 but still has daily accidents.
  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!

Business:

  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. Woefully behind again.
  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 one day 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 but no time last week with my bust practicum hours.
  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?

 

40 Goals for 2017: Week 2

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

Week Two

Financial:

  1. Max Roth IRAs for the mister and I: $11000. We’ll see where we are end of month.
  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.
  5. Save $1050 for Christmas. Not yet.
  6. Save $1800 for outdoor playset. Our 6 year old flooded the kids’ bathroom two days ago, causing it to rain in our living room, and we had to cut a hole in the downstairs ceiling to let it dry out and keep mold from growing. Depending on the cost to fix the ceiling, we may be nixing this goal. Stay tuned. 
  7. Save $750 towards next year’s 2018 family vacation and $ 750 towards my 2018 40th birthday trip ($125/month). Not yet.
  8. Spend $500/mo or less on groceries and $100/mo or less on entertainmentI spent $126.02 for groceries out of my $500/month budget this week.  I will get a $1 Ibotta rebate that will get tucked away and eventually added to my Roth IRA fund. Why bother fussing with those rebates? Just $5 per week adds up to $260 to add to my fund by the end of the year. That’s about 5% of what I need to save to max my Roth.  As far as entertainment, we spent an impromptu $30 at Chick-Fil-A where we let the kids run wild and we had “date” time on Saturday, and I spent $18 on lunch and parking on Saturday before seeing a show. We’re already at$63!
  9. Finally roll over one of my 401Ks. Not this week!
  10. Give: 5 hours of volunteer time and $50/mo. Yesterday we had our Daisy troop meeting from 615-745. That clocks 90 minutes for me this week.

Personal:

  1. Complete my master’s degree! I was up to the wee hours Sunday night completing all of my portfolio submissions. I was up until 10 last night completing all of my homework that was due by midnight. Today is a new week, and we have work due in two classes instead of one. *sob* I had a meeting with my clinical preceptors at Indiana University East and we have set all of my clinical dates. It will all be OB, and I think it will be fun. I love OB! My preceptor sent a couple copies of the books home with me, so I didn’t have to purchase them. I also learned the campus police will allow me to park as a visitor as long as I check in every time I go there, so no need to buy a parking pass. I bought the books I needed to teach an online session of Leadership and Management, and since I will be helping to rewrite the course as part of my master’s project experience, I only had to buy books for a single class. I used my $25 Amazon gift card from Swagbucks to help with the costs. I did have to spent $72 to buy a scrub top, pants, and lab coat, and replace my watch, which appears to have croaked. Since I will probably be teaching again at some point, and am considering subbing as a school nurse in our district, that watch purchase is not a waste. I bought the scrubs on sale and I can sell my scrubs on Ebay if I need to do so.
  2. One date per month with the mister. Impromptu Chik-Fil-A date. Check!
  3. Read 1 book/month. There will be no time until next week.
  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. Monthly outing with friends: check!
  5. Complete one freelance submission. Nothing this week. So. Much. Homework.
  6. Finish the afghan languishing in the closet. This is going to be languishing until late spring.
  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. My friend Dawn is talking about coming up for a visit and teaching me to sew.
  8. Conquer iced cookies and icing a cake. I am detoxing from the holidays. No cake and cookies for us- at least until our Girl Scout Cookies are delivered.
  9. Drink 64 ounces water daily. I started keeping track on MyFitnessPal again.  I have hit it every day this week so far.
  10. Survive my practicum without eating fast food. It starts the last week of January. My clinicals will be from 12p-5p once a week with an hour drive each way. I won’t need a meal break but I think I may bring a small cooler in my van with cheese, crackers, jerky, nuts, and bottled water for the drive home.

Family/Home:

  1. Visit family in Cleveland. Sometime this summer.
  2. Weekly 1:1 time with each child. This week may be a bit of a fail. I have had to sequester myself writing papers.
  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. Don’t tell my kids, but I secretly threw away a few of the broken toy bits that had been shoved up on that counter.
  5. Clear out our study corner hot spot. I was forced to move things around to try and find out if I had some of the old textbooks from my BSN program. (Nope, I sold them all). I have three bankers boxes full of books in my hall now, but I shredded and recycled quite a few papers. I now have space on the bookcase to actually put all of my nursing texts. As a bonus, my wallet had been falling apart and I knew I had a Tommy Hilfiger wallet that my SIL gave me when she worked for Tommy Europe years ago. I just couldn’t find it! I found it on the bookcase and am now using it instead of buying a wallet on Ebay.
  6. Get the toddler potty trained! We are using a free printable reward chart. She had been refusing to even consider wearing underwear, and she let me put some on last night. She peed on our floor 4 times before bed.
  7. Hang pictures in front hallway. Nope.
  8. Plant front yard tree. It’s still winter.
  9. Paint half bath. Not yet.
  10. Visit 6 different parks. Too cold!

Business:

  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’ve been in school emergency mode and have not posted once.
  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. My traffic was up this week! Several days I hit double what I usually hit.
  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 weekend after I finish my school work.
  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?