10 Weekly Goals

Happy Monday! I’m recovering from a whirlwind trip to Southern California with my mom to visit my sister. We packed SO MUCH into this weekend. I plan to write a short weekend recap later this week.

I did pretty well on my goals for the week. I was able to cross off 70% of my goals. My biggest accomplishment was drinking at least 8 glasses of water every day! I know this might not seem like a huge deal, but I have a lot of trouble getting my water in. I started by trying to drink a certain amount while I work, and then I heard about a free app called Water Logged. I downloaded it and immediately began tracking my water intake. So far, I love it!

I also tried assigning certain organizing tasks to specific days. While it was a good idea in theory, I ended up doing different tasks on different days based on how badly I needed to organize them. It did add a sense of urgency to my to do list each day, knowing that I wanted to accomplish one organizing task each day before I left on vacation.

Last week’s goals:

Marriage/Homemaking Goals:

  1. Write a love note to Spencer
  2. Finish reading A Faith Full Marriage: Building a Lifetime Love on Biblical Principles
  3. Meal planning
  4. Do a closet purge
  5. Declutter kitchen cabinets, cart, & cubbies
  6. Establish a daily cleaning routine

Personal Goals:

  1. Finish reading Judges and Ruth
  2. Drink 8 glasses of water daily
  3. Walk 3x

Financial/Hobby Goals:

  1. Post 3 blogs

This week’s goals:

Marriage/Homemaking Goals:

  1. Write a love note to Spencer
  2. Read Happily Ever After: Six Secrets to a Successful Marriage
  3. Fix broken dresser drawer
  4. Declutter linen closet & bathroom cabinet
  5. Establish a daily cleaning routine

Personal Goals:

  1. Finish reading Judges and Ruth
  2. Drink 8 glasses of water daily
  3. Walk 3x

Financial/Hobby Goals:

  1. Post 3 blogs
  2. Read Drama Ministry

 

What are your goals for the week?

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What I Read

Now that I’m finally out of school, I finally have time to read for fun again! I am beyond thrilled about this. The only problem is I have so many options, I don’t know where to start!

During the month of May, I tried to read through some of my ebook collection, as well as re-reading a favorite novel. I’d love to read even more in June.

Books I read in May:

Ebooks I read in May:

I LOVE Redeeming Love. I think that was my 4th time reading it.

I wasn’t impressed with most of the ebooks I read, except for one. Eat that Frog was great. If you’re a procrastinator, and you’re looking for a kick in the butt, check this book out. It’s got practical tips for getting stuff done, starting with the hardest thing first. I’ve gotten so much done since adapting this principle when prioritizing my to-do list. Highly recommend it!

What did you read last month? Do you have any book suggestions for me?

Patting Myself on the Back (Photo Dump)

Who remembers this song from the glorious year 2000?

The fashion kills me. I can’t decide what my favorite part is – the belly shirts, the decorative chain hanging from the beltloops, the hairstyles. It’s just so 90s. Or 2000s trying to get out of the 90s. This song was released two years before I graduated 8th grade, and 6 years before I graduated high school. No matter the school, every graduation season this song gets stuck in my head without fail. Well, 14 years after the original release, I am officially a college graduate.

And it only took me 7 years to complete my college education.

In the last 7 years, I:

  • started college at Tyler Junior College in Tyler, TX,
  • left my internship at Teen Mania Ministries and moved back to my hometown of Modesto, CA,
  • transferred to Modesto Junior College,
  • got married in June of 2010,
  • endured two miscarriages,
  • graduated from MJC with a double major in English and Language Studies in 2012 while working 2-3 part-time jobs,
  • transferred to California State University, Stanislaus to finish my BA in English,
  • lost all of my part-time jobs and had to move to accommodate our lower income,
  • decided not to pursue a teaching credential,
  • took on two consecutive 18-unit semesters of upper-division English coursework,
  • tutored two semesters in the university writing center, which became our sole income for almost 8 months after my husband got laid off,
  • praised God for constantly providing for us, especially for each of our current jobs,
  • endured 3 car thefts (all for the car I am still currently driving),
  • and graduated Cum Laude with a BA in English and a TESOL certificate from CSU Stanislaus.

I know it’s lame to toot my own horn, but TOOT TOOT. I am patting myself on the back right now. I did it, and I’m proud of myself.

 

Now for pictures!

Graduation pictures from my iPhone:

Empty chairs

Empty chairs

The sun melting me at rehearsal

The sun melting me at rehearsal

Necessary reading material for a long ceremony

Necessary reading material for a long ceremony

My favorite professor

My favorite professor

The real work begins

The real work begins


At the beginning of my senior year, I got to take some “Last First Day of School” photos with Giana Silva Photography. I loved doing this fun photoshoot with Giana (and all my books for one semester).

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I’m so blessed to have gotten my professional grad photos from Scot Woodman Photography. Witty, quirky, and with an eye for detail, Scot is a brilliant photographer and a wonderful guy.

(All following photos are copyright Scot Woodman Photography.)

 

So that’s my college education in a nutshell. It was a lot of hard work, and I’m so glad to be DONE. I’m definitely checking “graduate college” off the proverbial bucket list. Onwards and upwards!

10 Weekly Goals

 

What a busy week! Between Memorial Day, graduation, party planning, and a big announcement, I’m completely wiped. I didn’t reach all of my goals this week (not even close!), but again, I’m focusing on progress, not perfection.

Last week’s goals:

Marriage/Homemaking Goals:

  1. Write a love note to Spencer
  2. Read A Faith Full Marriage: Building a Lifetime Love on Biblical Principles
  3. Rearrange living room, reorganize board games
  4. Declutter kitchen cabinets, cart, & cubbies
  5. Establish a daily cleaning routine

Personal Goals:

  1. Read Joshuaand Judges
  2. Drink 8 glasses of water daily (I did this three days).
  3. Walk 3x

Financial/Hobby Goals:

  1. Blog 2 Shakespeare recipes and Weekly Goals
  2. Read Amazing Coconut Oil, Healthy Snacks For Kids: Step-By-Step Easy And Delicious Snack Recipes, Detox Your Finances, and 47 Ways to Make $100 in a Day

 

I’ve got another list of goals for this week. I’m going to try to assign the organization tasks to specific days in my planner this week. On the other hand, I like the idea of leaving it open to work on what I want when I want. I’ll see how this goes and report  back next week.

This week’s goals:

Marriage/Homemaking Goals:

  1. Write a love note to Spencer
  2. Finish reading A Faith Full Marriage: Building a Lifetime Love on Biblical Principles
  3. Meal planning
  4. Do a closet purge
  5. Declutter kitchen cabinets, cart, & cubbies
  6. Establish a daily cleaning routine

Personal Goals:

  1. Finish reading Judges and Ruth
  2. Drink 8 glasses of water daily
  3. Walk 3x

Financial/Hobby Goals:

  1. Post 3 blogs

 

Do you make weekly/daily/monthly goals? What system works best for you?

10 Weekly Goals

 

Now that I’m out of school, I’m finding myself with so much extra time on my hands. I don’t know about you, but I don’t do so well with lots of unstructured free time. I need to feel productive – not maxed out on busyness 24/7, but still able to feel accomplished at the end of the day.

For the last few months, I’ve been attempting to form a habit of making 10 weekly goals (following the model of Crystal at MoneySavingMom). For extra accountability, I want to start sharing my weekly goals on this blog. I don’t expect to hit every goal every week. My focus is on progress, not perfection.

One major goal I’m slowly chipping away at is getting through my extensive library of free ebook downloads. The majority of them are cookbooks, so I don’t expect those to take a lot of time. I’m choosing a few random ones to read through each week.

Last week’s goals:

Marriage/Homemaking Goals:

  1. Write a love note to Spencer
  2. Declutter pantry
  3. Rearrange living room
  4. Organize/file papers
  5. Meal planning

Personal Goals:

  1. Finish reading Deuteronomy
  2. Drink 8 glasses of water daily (I did this two days.)
  3. Walk 3x

Financial/Hobby Goals:

  1. Blog 1 Shakespeare recipe
  2. Read Eat that Frog

 

I’m still working on getting into the habit of drinking more water (she writes as she finishes off glass #1 for the day). Otherwise, I feel pretty good about getting the rest of my goals accomplished.

 

This week’s goals:

Marriage/Homemaking Goals:

  1. Write a love note to Spencer
  2. Read A Faith Full Marriage: Building a Lifetime Love on Biblical Principles
  3. Rearrange living room, reorganize board games
  4. Declutter kitchen cabinets, cart, & cubbies
  5. Establish a daily cleaning routine

Personal Goals:

  1. Read Joshua and Judges
  2. Drink 8 glasses of water daily (I did this two days.)
  3. Walk 3x

Financial/Hobby Goals:

  1. Blog 2 Shakespeare recipes and Weekly Goals
  2. Read Amazing Coconut Oil, Healthy Snacks For Kids: Step-By-Step Easy And Delicious Snack Recipes, Detox Your Finances, and 47 Ways to Make $100 in a Day

10 Goals for the Week {3}

How did your week go? I found myself losing motivation once the weekend hit. I’m hoping a fresh list will rekindle the fire.

Last week’s goals:

Family:

1. Go on a date with Spencer On Friday night, we went out to celebrate a friend’s birthday. It wasn’t one-on-one, but it still was a great date!

2. Spend time with my mom I went out to lunch with my mom on Wednesday this past week. It was good to catch up with her, especially considering that it’s tax season.

Home:

3. Empty all boxes labeled “kitchen” and put everything away Aside from a box of cookbooks and half a box of spice jars, everything is put away. I only got 20 magnetic spice jars from Ikea, so the rest will stay in a box for a few more weeks.

4. Hang up all clothes in closet We hung up clothes until we ran out of hangers. We need a dresser – badly!

Health:

5. Exercise 4 times Done and done.

Financial:

6. Fill out our first cash-flow budget plan for Financial Peace University My husband took care of this, and I approved it. 🙂

7. Apply for unemployment Done. Now we wait.

Education:

8. Finish reading for Second Language Acquisition & finish my Summary & Response assignment – I found out I was doing this assignment waaaaaay too early. It’s not due until the 28th. Crazy, right?

9. Finish watching Richard II on YouTube It was so good. I cried.

10. Read chapter 7 for Computers & finish all assignments for the week I finished this up yesterday.

This week’s goals:

Family:

1. Go on a date with Spencer

Home:

2. Do a freezer cooking in an hour session (homemade freezer biscuits, sausage patties, slow-cooker tomato sauce, freezer pizza dough, and chili stuffed peppers)

3. Sort through 4 boxes

Health:

4. Exercise 5 times

5. Do Ab Ripper dvd 3 times (from P90X)

6. Track my calories on MyFitnessPal every day

Financial:

7. Don’t spend any money until payday (Friday)

Education:

8. Shakespeare: Locate & watch As You Like It, and begin brainstorming ideas for final project

9. SLA & Language: Finish video response paper, summary & response paper, and continue research analysis for final project

10. Computers: Read chapter 9 & finish all assignments for the week

What are your goals for the week?

10 Goals for the Week {1}

I have so much to do. Don’t we all? It’s easy to get overwhelmed by a long to-do list. I decided to make 10 goals for the week. It’s not everything on my list, but it will help a ton if I get everything done.

Family:
1. Go on a date with Spencer
2. Take Pippin to get fixed

Home:
3. Move the rest of our stuff from the old house
4. Spend 4 hours organizing
5. Do a freezer cooking in an hour session

Health:
6. Exercise 4 times
7. Call doctor for an appointment

Education:
8. Watch 1 Henry IV on YouTube
9. Read 2 chapters for Second Language Acquisition
10. Research summer classes