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June 2019 Goals

It’s about time I got back into the habit of sharing my goals.  Putting them down for the world to see (all of my 7 subscribers!) somehow makes them more real.

Health & Weight – My big honking goal for 2018 was to lose 33 pounds by my 60th birthday in April 2019.  I did really well in 2018, losing 22 pounds, but somewhere around mid-January I lost my focus.  Not quite sure why, but I began eating snacks and sweets like crazy.  I’d like to blame it on the winter, but I’ve never gained 10 pounds in four months any other winter, which is exactly what happened this year. 

Recently, though, I’ve regrouped, refocused, joined a 100% ETL Challenge for June, and am getting back into the habit of daily exercising.  Since June 1st, I’ve lost 3.5 pound, so I know what I’m doing is working.  So now I have a new goal – to get back down to my previous low weight by August 1, sooner if I work hard at it, and then back to my original goal weight by New Year’s.  I know I can do it.  I will take this brief blip as a learning experience and do differently in the future.

So, for this month, my goals concerning health & weight are pretty simple.

  • Daily 100% ETL (Eat To Live, the way of eating {WOE} that I’ve followed for the past 8 years.
  • Daily 100% 2B Vegan Mindset ( a complementary {with ETL} eating plan that I was doing the last half of 2018 and worked well for me).
  • Daily Intentional exercise of some fashion.
June 2019 Tracker
June 2019 Tracker in my Bullet Journal

As you can see from this month’s tracker, I’m doing fairly well in most areas.  Those first 5 days have a lot of colored boxes!  I’m finding that this type of tracker is fairly motivating.

Quicken – One goal that I’ve had forever and ever is to keep up to date with Quicken and to reach year’s end and not have a mad, frenetic three-week marathon to catch it all up in time for taxes. I kept it up to date until mid-April, this week I’m playing catch up again.

Blog posts – 2 blog posts per week.  Hmmm… only one so far in June.  I’d best get busy!

40th Wedding Anniversary trip – need to get that planned.  Vacation dates from work have been approved, now we just need to pin down and itinerary and make some reservations.

So, that’s June.  And already it’s the 6th!  June is just flying by. Time to go work on some of those goals!

2018 Accomplishments

I often begin the New Year with a few lofty goals and, like most everyone else, they fall away by the time the calendar page turns to February.  This year, I tried something a little different.  I spent a couple of hours assessing the past year and planning for the coming year.  To do so, I downloaded a small printable booklet from YearCompass and worked through the steps laid out in the booklet.  I didn’t answer every question, but most of them, and it was rather interesting and even enlightening in a few areas.

One of the exercises for ending the old year was to go through your 2018 calendar/planner/bullet journal and note down the highlights of the year – places you visited, events with family and friends, projects completed, and accomplishments you were proud of.   Create a record of what made 2018 a good year.  You know how the year just whizzes by and you feel like you didn’t do anything, accomplish anything – it was all just mundane day-to-day routine stuff?  When in actuality you did a lot!

So here’s my list of 2018 Highlights:

  • 2 square dance weekends (January in Waco,Texas, and February in Paris, Texas)
  • Bonus Room Project – put up dry wall and all that entailed, painted the entire room & ceiling plus the hallway wall, and acquired the oak trim needed to finish off the room.
  • 3 weekend trips (San Antonio, Texas, to see The Alamo in January; Hot Springs, Arkansas, in July; Fall Foliage in Oklahoma in October)
  • Took on the job of DCMGA Newsletter Editor and successfully published 9 issues that were extremely well received by the membership.
  • Rain Barrel Project – completed the installation of 7 rain barrels around the house, along with drip line along the foundation and in several flower beds.
  • Veggie Bed Project – completed the building of a large vegetable bed in the side yard and have been harvesting greens all winter.
  • DCMGA – successfully volunteered for several projects, including the annual Plant Sale and Fall Festival, the Jr. Master Naturalist camp in June, and monthly Preschool Master Naturalist classes.
  • Several local day trips (the DCMGA Garden Tour in May with friends; the Dallas Arboretum to see the Kinetic Sculpture exhibit in July; the Perot Natural Science Museum in Dallas in August; the Fort Worth Botanical Gardens & Japanese Gardens in November to see the spectacular fall foliage).
  • Hosted family & friends here in May, June, July, September, October, and November, including Liana’s first ever visit on her own to Grandma & Grandpa’s.
  • Bought new mattresses for our bed and the guest room bed.
  • Settled up the auction part of my Dad’s estate and closed out the bank account.
  • Kept Quicken up to date until August.
  • Got new life insurance policies in place for both Bill & myself.
  • Made a 17 day road trip in September to visit family in New York and Alabama, and also take care https://www.landbetweenthelakes.us/of leftover auction items in Alabama.  Also made a side trip to the Land Between the Lakes in Tennessee/Kentucky, which was pretty nice.
  • Created a photo book on Shutterfly chronicling my mom’s 75th year, 2017, and all the milestones of that year.

I also completed several crochet projects:

  • 2 60th birthday afghans for cousins
  • 2 doggie afghans
  • Blocked & starched the 2017 granddaughter snowflakes
  • 6 small doilies for Christmas gifts
  • A filet crochet panel for myself of a mother cat and three kittens
  • A large afghan for myself in reds & golds (almost completed, not quite)
  • 2 granny square lapghans for Christmas gifts
  • One wedding afghan for a cousin

And best of all, for myself, I lost 22 pounds!  I still have 11 more to go to reach my goal, but I’m very pleased with my progress.

Completing this booklet is going to be an annual New Year’s Day project from now on.  If you are interested and would like to see what the YearCompass is all about, visit their website and download the free pdf booklet.

July 2018 Goals

Yet another month with my goals being published a tad bit late, but here goes:

  • Get Quicken caught up for 2018 – I got a bit behind in June
  • Visit the Dallas Arboretum to see the Kinetic Sculpture Exhibit before it ends
  • Work towards finishing the auction/probate legal stuff on my dad’s estate – progress has actually occurred this week and it’s possible that the probate stuff will be done by September.
  • Complete DCMGA Newsletter for August 1st publication date
  • Continue regular blogging here on Musings, Mischief, and Mayhem
  • Continue walking / exercising / swimming
  • Maintain the pool / yard / gardens
  • Finish spraying for fleas in the carpeted areas of the house as a precaution (Blackie had a few fleas on him when he visited last month)
  • 100% ETL and continued weight loss – time to set a new weight goal!
  • Prepare for Liana’s visit the last week of the month, which means working on the DCMGA newsletter ahead of time and also laying in some art supplies or fun things to do the few days she’s here. We can’t stay in the pool all day, every day!
  • Set up the plant terrarium for my begonia cuttings/rootings
  • Finish one picture project – the one for Mom’s very belated Mother’s Day gift or the wildflower photos for my office wall
  • Decide on paint color for new inside wall of the bonus room

That seems like quite a long list, doesn’t it?!  Too many of these are carry-overs from previous months.  With Liana visiting the last week of the month and the travel that will incur to pick her up and take her back, I doubt I’ll be cleaning up many of the carry-overs this month either.

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