2018 Goals - Week 34 of 52

This update is for the week of August 19-25. I was on vacation and had limited data so I wasn't able to check in last Monday.

Holden Beach, NC

1. Complete 30 days of yoga. COMPLETE! I followed YouTube channel Yoga with Adriene to complete this goal. True 30 day yoga journey. 30/30

2. Read 20 books. 29/20 COMPLETE! 
1. MaddAddam - Margaret Atwood
2. Your Money or Your Life - Vicki Robin
3. The Cold Dish (Longmire Mystery series)- Craig Johnson
4. A Man Called Ove - Fredrik Backman
5. Better Than Before - Gretchen Rubin
6. The Whole30 - Melissa Hartwig
7. Hidden Figures - Margot Lee Shetterly
8. Manhattan Beach - Jennifer Egan
9. Hillbilly Elegy - JD  Vance
10. The Perfect Stranger - Megan Miranda
11. Outliers: A Story of Success - Malcolm Gladwell
12. The Salt Line - Holly Goddard Jones
13. Flat Broke with Two Goats: A Memoir - Jennifer McGaha
14. Endurance - Scott Kelly
15. Counting by 7s - Holly Goldberg Sloan
16. The Great Alone - Kristen Hannah
17. The Genius of Birds - Jennifer Ackerman
18. Into the Water - Paula Hawkins
19. The Nightingale - Kristen Hannah
20. To Kill a Mockingbird - Harper Lee
21. The Year of Less - Cait Flanders
22. Wicked Plants - Amy Stewart
23. Go Set a Watchman - Harper Lee
24. Marry Him - Lori Gottlieb
25. Stories I Only Tell My Friends - Rob Lowe
26. The Outsiders - S.E. Hinton
27. Beartown - Fredrik Backman
28. My Grandmother Asked Me to Tell You She's Sorry - Fredrik Backman (LOVED this book!)
29. Eleanor Oliphant is Completely Fine - Gail Honeyman
Currently reading A Sand County Almanac - Aldo Leopold
Currently reading Us Against You - Fredrik Backman
Currently listening to Britt-Marie Was Here - Fredik Backman
Up Next: Educated: A Memoir - Tara Westover
Stumbling on Happiness

3. Visit a National Park. COMPLETE! I visited the San Antonio Missions National Historical Park in July.

4. Save $2500 for house updates. I need to put $154 into the account every other paycheck (13 times) to make my goal. I haven't been able to save much lately because of vacations and small house updates (like the ceiling fan). I am wanting to kick it into high gear by mid September and get this goal complete.  $2200/$2500

5. Save $1000 towards a new car. I have an automatic draft set up for $50 every month to go into my car savings account. No saving this go round. I had to pay for auto insurance. $907/$1000

6. Add 3 chicks to my flock. COMPLETE! 

7. Cut back my food budget to $325/month ($3900/year). I don't really know how much I spent on food this week. We went to the beach for the weekend so I bought about $50 worth of snacks, lunch and breakfast and beer for that. We left for vacation on Monday so I didn't go to the store Sunday night like normal. $2636/$3900

8. No buying personal clothing and other items other than the following few items. FAILED $542/$300
Even though I failed this goal, I am happy with my purchases. I will still aim to not spend anymore this year on clothing and other personal items. I will still get a few haircuts and replace anything that becomes ruined.

Here are my estimates on the cost of the items I plan on buying in 2018 and what I really spent:
Hiking shoes $90 $73
Running shoes $60  $30
Mascara $10 $5
Bra $30 $68
Undies $20 $9
Haircuts $90 $36 so far
Not planned:
Work pants $0 $20
Summer tops $0 $40
Prana shorts and two tanks $0 $87
Chacos $0 $110
2 Brooks sports bras and running shorts $0 $64

9. Complete a third round of Whole30. Be active 3 days a week. So I have decided to nix the Whole30 reboot. I am instead going to make a goal of being active at least 3 times a week for 30 minutes or more.

Last week I exceeded my goal!
Monday - 33 minutes on elliptical at the gym, weights
Wednesday - 33 minutes on elliptical at the gym, weights
Friday - 33 minutes on elliptical at the gym, weights
Saturday - 30 minute walk on the beach

10. Have a better, more efficient garden. I can't quite remember what happened in the garden two weeks ago. I planted spinach, lettuce and cabbage seeds and they sprouted.

11. Sell excess produce, honey and eggs at my neighborhood farmers market. And just as I think I'll have extra eggs... the fall molt begins.

12. Be a better beekeeper. I have been a real slacker. It's been well over 2 months. I love the bees but I just can't seem to find time to care for them. I hope they are fending for themselves well enough.

13. Finish a craft project. COMPLETE! Let's see if I can do some more.
I darned one sock.
I sewed a bandanna for my pup Ellie. Then I made a second one for my mom's dog.
I patched a hole in a Smartwool sock that Ellie chewed when she was a pup. 
Painted a mirror frame with chalk paint.

Need to do:
We found three chairs for our mix-match dining room. I need to recover all three and paint one.


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