It’s here! It’s here!
My goal post for the quarter. You know the obligatory post that every blogger writes because readers are their bestest accountability buddies?
Ok, OK. The post that every blogger writes because people love to snoop and we want to indulge you?
OK, FINE. It’s the post that should, in theory, be pretty easy to churn out and also benefits the blogger greatly.
I, friends, am not that blogger.
I set out to write this post a handful of times and just couldn’t decide. Or I didn’t feel precise enough. Or I felt too boxed in.
But I’m trying to learn a new habit of goal setting and reflecting on it. While I’ve mustered through more than a year of it, that’s not actually saying much. Because I’ve only done it…five times. So onward with post six!
Health is wealth. I look healthy, and I am for the most part. After panicking that I was crashing and burning into Goal Mountain, I actually spent most of my spring break taking care of myself. One of those things included a long-overdue follow-up appointment with my internist. Because apparently you can only push your luck for so long on maintenance med refills.
And my numbers are still good!
But I’ve also been doing a pretty poor job of taking care of myself. So I’m going to baby-step it up. I’m going to keep my steps and floor goals the same, but I’m also going to make it a point to meditate 5 times a week. After being really bad at this for a really long time, I got surprisingly good at it.
And then I just…stopped.
So I’m going to focus on that, along with my FitBit. I’m also working on getting back into a regular exercise routine but that’s another post for another time.
Goal 1 – Hit at least 10,000 steps a day.
Goal 2 – Climb at least 12 floors a day.
Goal 3 – Meditate using the Calm app 5x a week.
March ended as a three-paycheck month. Plus we have smaller refunds, both federal and state. I’ve received the federal refund and am still awaiting for the state to pay up…or audit me or throw me in jail for clicking the wrong box on TaxAct.
Additionally, we got some seemingly good news on the 403b front for my husband. It looks like he does have the option this year to invest in a mutual fund, not just an annuity. However, he has to go through a company to go through another company. We’re anxiously awaiting the fee sheet to see if and how we will proceed.
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Goal 1 – Spend our windfalls strategically.
Goal 2 – Increase my 403b again.
Goal 3 – Set up a 403b for my husband.
Decluttering is going well. We found two different charities that seem to have a real need for items that we are getting rid of, which feels like a kind of clutter kismet. As much as I’m working on getting rid of things in our house, I have noticed that I continue to do a terrible job decluttering my days.
Of course, having less stuff helps. We don’t lose things hardly ever anymore. Tidying up takes a lot less time. Less physical clutters makes for a more efficient day. But I’m noticing a new kind of clutter: commitment clutter. So I’m working on paring back. Side hustling just for the sake of side hustling? Pass. More committee work for no pay or no credit? Pass. I’ve juggled all the plates; it’s time to give someone else a shot at it.
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Goal 1 – Continue my monthly decluttering posts.
Goal 2 – Donate more and funnel my clutter to our vacation.
Goal 3 – Declutter my commitments by scaling back at least one thing a month if it doesn’t serve me.
I don’t talk a ton about green living on my blog, but I do spend quite a bit of time talking about it at home and at work, especially now. It’s something about this season. Seeds are sprouting. Last year’s compost is turned in the beds. Everything just feels green.
So I’m going to keep watch on my single-use cups. This also goes for plastic soda bottles. I’ll only buy one every once in a while, but I really shouldn’t buy any. I don’t need pop, and I don’t need plastic. And if I do really need pop, I can find a can.
I’ve also committed to adding $20 to my budget, and I’m going to stick with that. Basically, it’s a small rainy day fund…but for someone else. I intend to do a full post on it soon-ish (I know, I know, I said that during my last goal post).
Goal 1 – Keep up my surprise $20 gift giving.
Goal 2 – Use 4 or less single-use cups.
I’m still really struggling with making myself a priority. If I’m being totally honest, it feels like time is so fleeting with my husband and my son, I just don’t want to spend time doing things without them. Still, I had so much fun meeting up for a solo coffee date with my best friend. She’s great about coming to hang out with HP and me at our house or the park or anything. But it was just plain nice to see her, so I’m going to focus on that.
Also, I’m going to get my nails done. I know this is the opposite of all things frugal. But I have a gift certificate, and I honestly hate doing my own nails. It’s not for lack of trying, but I honestly don’t possess the patience. So I’m going to make time for some kind of reasonable splurge.
Goal 1 – Go out with a friend once a month.
Goal 2 – Get my nails done or do something else for myself.
Final Thoughts on Q2 2019 Goals
I’ll share some other plans and ambitions for our money, my clutter, and my freelancing throughout the next few months. But I am still so bad at goal setting. It is unnatural and clunky. I either want checklists that I can cross off immediately or dreams that I can run through in my head whenever I want. This in-between stuff? Well, I’m learning. So here’s my practice. What are you working on this quarter?
So Tell Me…Are you focusing on anything specific for this quarter? Do you have plans or dreams for the new year?