2018 Goals - Weeks 48 and 49 of 52

I have gotten really bad about checking in. Not sure if this blog is really working for me.

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. 41/20 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
33. Furiously Happy - Jenny Lawson
34. The Woman in Cabin 10 - Ruth Ware
35. Death Without Company (Longmire Mystery series # 2) - Craig Johnson
36. Spark Joy - Marie Kondo
37. Kindness Goes Unpunished (Longmire Mystery series # 3) - Craig Johnson
38. Stumbling on Happiness - Daniel Gilbert
39. Another Man's Moccasins (Longmire Mystery series # 4) - Craig Johnson
40. The Boys in the Boat - Daniel James Brown
41. Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them - JK Rowling
42. And Every Morning the Way Home Gets Longer and Longer - Fredrik Backman
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 listening to Little Women - Louisa May Alcott (I listened to about half and my loan ended.)
Currently listening to Something in the Water - Catherine Steadman (I listened to about half and my loan ended.)
Currently listening to Unsheltered - Barbara Kingsolver (I listened to about half and my loan ended.)

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. COMPLETE! I wasn't planning on saving any more but I did put $75 in 11/29 from birthday money and had the automatic $50 saved on 12/10 but that's probably it for the year. If I get any Christmas money I'll save that for the house. $2775/$2500

5. Save $1000 towards a new car. COMPLETE! $1307/$1000
I had an automatic draft on 11/27 for $50 and I should have one on 12/27 but that's it for the year.

6. Add 3 chicks to my flock. COMPLETE! Nothing new here.

7. Cut back my food budget to $325/month ($3900/year).  $3475/$3900 
I managed to save $20 of my food budget the last two weeks.

8. No buying personal clothing and other items other than the following few items. FAILED $621/$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 (2) $10 $12
Bra $30 $121 (bought 2 instead of 1)
Undies $20 $19
Haircuts $90 $36 so far
Not planned:
2 pairs work pants $0 $40
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.

G was sick so we only made it to the gym once last week. I did walk the dog and with the snow we got over the weekend I shoveled and was up moving a lot.

I did start intermittent fasting on Thursday November 29. So far it is going well. I fast from 8 pm to noon the next day. I get hungry around 11 am and usually just have a cup of tea to bat the growling demons away. I've lost 2 pounds and have maintained that for a week but haven't lost anymore. I think I need to change what I'm eating. I need more veggies and less bread and pasta and brownies. :)

10. Have a better, more efficient garden. The garden is covered in a foot of snow.

11. Sell excess produce, honey and eggs at my neighborhood farmers market. FAILED This goal isn't happening this year. With losing 3 honey bee 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. oh man. I blew it again. I noticed the bees weren't flying at my home hives. When we opened them up they were all dead. It hasn't been cold and they weren't in the flooded area of the yard. There were some hive beetles in there but not a large amount. My work hive is still strong with a lot of bees but I will need to feed them this winter.

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.


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