2018 Goals - Week 38 of 52

One day late isn't too terribly bad. I love that my goals keep me in check but gosh sometimes I don't like the restriction. It's been a restrictive feeling two weeks.

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 I am thinking about doing a second 30 day yoga session. I miss yoga. I wanted to keep up with it and practice once a week but it hasn't happened this year.

2. Read 20 books. 32/20 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
30. Britt-Marie Was Here - Fredik Backman
31. Us Against You - Fredrik Backman
32. Educated: A Memoir - Tara Westover
Currently reading A Sand County Almanac - Aldo Leopold (I need to finish this book. I usually pick it up and read a few pages at the end of the workday while I wait on the clock.)
Currently reading Furiously Happy - Jenny Lawson
Currently listening to The Woman in Cabin 10 - Ruth Ware (The loan expired and I only had 30 minutes left!!!!!)
Up Next: Stumbling on Happiness - Daniel Gilbert

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

4. Save $2500 for house updates. I need to put $154 into the account every other paycheck (13 times) to make my goal. So I know I won't tick this off this month but look at how close I am? Only $250 left to save to make this goal complete. $2250/$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. The draft will come out later this week so this goal is about to be toast! $957/$1000

6. Add 3 chicks to my flock. COMPLETE! I am so happy I added 3 girls to my flock. They are feeding me breakfast everyday!

7. Cut back my food budget to $325/month ($3900/year).  $2861/$3900 I spent $103 at Aldi on Sunday. G is leaving for a work trip next week so I should be able to squeak by on $47.

8. No buying personal clothing and other items other than the following few items. FAILED $594/$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.

The zipper on my one pair of work appropriate jeans finally broke last Friday. I knew it was coming. A tooth had already broken off and another was wiggling so it was a matter of time. I am thankful that it happened when the Gap outlet was having a 50% off jeans sale! Plus they were giving $10 off your purchase and I had an extra 20% code to use. If I was going to pay full price I would have just bought one pair but $23 for a pair of jeans that fit me well and that I wear every day to work I figured I needed a second pair. I did get a different color for some variety.

Gap outlet was not my first stop. I tried Loft because I love their clothes but their in-store petite section didn't have my size in the straight leg jean. I also checked their outlet and they didn't have any straight leg jeans, neither did Banana Republic. When combing through Gap outlet I couldn't find any jeans labeled straight leg. I asked a sales associate and she recommended the Girlfriend jean. They are perfect for shorter girls (I'm 5'3") because they are cropped. They also are not a true skinny and have some room below the calf and ankle. They are slightly slimmer than my old Gap true straight leg jeans but I love them!
product photo
Girlfriend Jeans
Here they are! But picture me wearing them unrolled and with hiking shoes. ;)

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 $19
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 (old pair destroyed)
2 Brooks sports bras and running shorts $0 $64
2 pairs of jeans (zipper broke on work jeans) $0 $42

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.

I exceeded my goal this week!
Monday - 33 minutes on the elliptical and 15 minutes weights at the gym. 15 minute hike
Tuesday - 60 minute hike
Wednesday - 60 minute hike
Thursday - 30 minute dog walk
Friday - 33 minutes on the elliptical and 15 minutes weights at the gym

10. Have a better, more efficient garden. G pulled some weeds this past weekend. I had intentions of sowing some seeds but it didn't happen. Maybe this week!

11. Sell excess produce, honey and eggs at my neighborhood farmers market. This goal isn't happening this year. With losing 3 honey been hives over the winter, only having 3 reliable egg layers and having a crappy summer garden I don't have anything to sell. My neighborhood market has also started charging a vendor fee. I wouldn't have enough product to sell to cover it so it just doesn't make sense. I've thought about having a small stand on the sidewalk but it never happened. Maybe next year!

12. Be a better beekeeper. ha ha ha!

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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