2019 Goals - Week 8 of 52

Well we still aren't finished with painting. I finished the moldings and I just need to edge the walls and roll a second coat in a few spots. G is sick so I painted alone over the weekend and I'm not sure if he'll be able to help this weekend either.

Financial Goals

1. Make a monthly budget and check in regularly.
I set up my budges using Every Dollar and have been keeping track of my expenses. So far things are running smoothly. I check in 1-2 times per week or when I spend money. I set up my March budget yesterday.
January ✔✔✔✔✔
February ✔✔✔✔

2. Save $1500 for car fund. $450/$1500
I have an automated transfer set up to save $50 every 4 weeks. No extra saving last week.

3. Save $2000 for house updates. $850/$2000
I saved $400 last week.

4. Limit personal spending to $500 for the year. $74/$500
My personal items will include clothes, shoes, cosmetics, haircuts and personal gadgets.
REI sent me a coupon code and I've been eyeing a prAna sweatshirt to replace a 15 year old hoodie that bit the dust last year. I also ordered a pair of socks to get free shipping. :D
Skinny Jeans $20
REI (sweatshirt and socks) $54

Home and Garden Goals

5. Build a new chicken coop.
I think we will work on the coop in the spring or on a warm weekend.

6. Redesign front yard garden.
This will be something G and I do in the spring.

7. Paint trim, ceiling, walls and built-ins in living room.
We still are not finished but getting close! We are still undecided on what to do with the fireplace brick and mantel. It's been painted an off white that matched the old trim color. It either needs to be painted extra white to match or stripped.

8. Complete one large project.
We bought our home in 2015, had a new roof put on in 2016, painted our house in 2017 and did nothing in 2018 besides small projects so we are ready to do something big this year. We have many things we want to do to our home. Attic and crawlspace insulation, windows, driveway, or regrade backyard are some that come to mind.

The perk of living in the city limits is they repair sidewalks. The workers were super nice and even poured a new "ramp" to our driveway. The old one was completely crumbled. We had plans to replace it but when the city workers said they'd do it we said have at it! We are now thinking that replacing the entire driveway will be what we do this year.

Lifestyle Goals

9. Read/listen to 24 books. 5/24
I keep track of my progress on Good Reads.
1. Crazy Rich Asians - Kevin Kwan
2. China Rich Girlfriend - Kevin Kwan
3. The Stranger in the Woods - Michael Finkel
4. Rich People Problems - Kevin Kwan
5. The Safest Lies - Megan Miranda
6. The Dark Horse - Craig Johnson

Currently listening to Little Women - Lousia May Alcott
Currently listening to Nine Perfect Strangers - Liane Moriarty (loan ended)
Currently reading Firefly Lane - Kristin Hannah

10. Try weekly meal prepping for four weeks. 4/4 Complete!
Not a typical meal prep week again.

11. 30 Days of Yoga. 30/30 Complete!
I followed along the YouTube channel Yoga with Adriene. I need to practice ASAP!

12. Travel to a new place.
G and I usually have our annual vacation in late summer or fall. We had a couples trip in early January.

1. The Homestead in Hotsprings, Virginia


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