January Personal Goals Review – Part 2

I am finally back at home after what seems like an extremely long 3 weeks away for work, and so I was taking a look at what I had posted while I was away…

Did you read my last post?  The one where I was supposed to do a monthly review my personal goals for 2018?  Did you wonder what happened to the last 2 goals?  (My original list had 5… My review only covered 3…)

Yeah… Basically, I just flat out forgot about them… And I didn’t take the time to review my blog to make sure I was being consistent… My bad… (Blogging fail!)

So, let’s just quickly correct that. (And yes, I realize that it is almost time to do another monthly review, but whatever…)

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January Personal Goals Review

Here we are, over a month in to 2018 already!  How are you doing with your new year’s resolutions or goals?  I am going to try and post a monthly review for accountability on my personal goals.  It may not be the most exciting read, but it’ll help me keep up with my goals, and also give me a better idea of what I need to work on each month…  Of course, I am already quite late in getting this first review out since we are now pretty much half way through February… Oh well…

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February 2018 – Financial Update

I’m a bit late getting this out… But I’m away for work right now, so it’s a little harder to get all my numbers sorted out… And I’m missing some because I have them saved on my home computer… Which is obviously at home…

Anyway…

We are already over a month in to 2018, so it is time to do a quick check-in on the finances to see if I’m on track to meet my financial goals for 2018. Continue reading

Broccoli Soup

A little diversion from normal topics today, I am going to share with you my successful experimental soup recipe that I made on the weekend.  (I say diversion from normal topics, but honestly, I don’t think I have a real consistent theme for my posts anyway, so I guess everything goes… And I actually have done a couple posts about food… )

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The Experiment

So, how did this experimental soup come about?  It was Saturday afternoon, and I had just returned home from walking the dog with a friend (and her dog), and I asked my husband what he wanted to do for dinner… But I added in the stipulation that we need to use up the broccoli that was in the fridge… (Broccoli had been on sale that week, and I had bought it with several ideas in mind for my weekly meal plan, but the meals that week didn’t exactly follow the plan, so I had a large amount of broccoli that needed to be used up.)  His immediate suggestion was to add it to soup (it was a very windy, wet, miserable evening here on Saturday – thankfully it was okay while I was out walking the dog.)

That got me thinking about what sort of soup has broccoli in it, and I thought of a cream of broccoli soup that is often on the menu at Tim Hortons, or a cheddar broccoli soup that I see on menus elsewhere… Both of those sound delicious, but maybe not the healthiest… And my favourite soup of all time is potato leek (also maybe not the most healthy soup option, but it’s my favourite, so I’ll just let it go).  Could I make a potato broccoli soup?  But what about adding some protein to the soup?  I know it is important to have protein…  We have some ham in the fridge, I’ll just add that…

And so, this is what came from that train of thought… And it was surprisingly delicious!  Even my husband liked it! Continue reading

January 2018 Bullet Journal Set-up

It has been a while since I did an updated show and tell of my bullet journal.  I still use it daily, and have made some adjustments throughout the months, but rather than going through all of the various iterations, I will just show how I have set everything up for January.

I don’t normally have a title or intro page for my months, but I figured the start of a new year deserved something special.  I got inspiration from Pinterest (so I cannot take full credit for my designs).  I also added a washi tape border so that I could flip easily to the beginning of the new year.  I am very happy with how it turned out, so I may continue doing something like this in the future… We will see…

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Personal Goals for 2018

This post took a bit longer to get written and posted than I had anticipated… I kept getting distracted reading everyone else’s posts on their goals for 2018… I posted my financial goals for 2018 already, and now I want to go over my personal goals for 2018.

Personal Goals for 2018

Photo by Joanna Kosinska on Unsplash

As I mentioned when I wrote about my financial goals, it is very hard to predict what this year will hold for me, or know how everything will play out with baby-to-be, and so it is very hard to think up personal goals that will be applicable for the whole year.  I was considering only doing monthly goals, but I think I can find a few goals that I can work on all year.  If you followed along with my personal goals from 2017, some of these might seem a little familiar… Continue reading

Financial Goals for 2018

To quote one of my all time favourite books, Anne of Green Gables, “isn’t it nice to think that tomorrow is a new day with no mistakes in it yet?”  And so, with the beginning of a whole new year of tomorrows with no mistakes in them yet, it’s fun to give ourselves a reset, a fresh start, to work towards new goals.

Last week I reviewed our financial goals from 2017, and so I wanted to move from that to discussing our financial goals for 2018.  It is difficult to think too far in advance for this year because so much is up in the air once March hits and baby is scheduled to arrive.  We haven’t made any final decisions with respect to maternity or paternity leave yet, so that also makes it hard to plan too far in advance…  But, even if everything changes and I have to re-evaluate my goals in 3 months, I’d rather have something to work toward than not… So, here goes with my financial goals for 2018: Continue reading

2017 in Review: Financial Goals

Happy New Year!

As is the trend in the blogging world, the start of a new year is when we review the year before and make new plans or goals for the new year.  I am no different.  I reviewed my personal/miscellaneous goals already, but it is now time to review my financial goals for 2017.  I’ve been reviewing these every month all year long, so none of these results should come as a complete shock, but it is always good to review and reflect. Continue reading

2017 in Review: Misc. Goals

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As usual, I totally underestimated how busy I’d be over the holidays, so I haven’t finished up all my goals review posts ahead of time, like I thought I would, but here we are on New Year’s Eve, so I figured I’d quickly review my goals for 2017 and see how I did… Then next week I can go over what I want to accomplish in 2018.

For 2017 I gave myself 5 miscellaneous/personal goals.  I did a review back in September, and honestly, I don’t know that I have too much to add my review right now, but I’ll go over each one anyway… Continue reading

Tidying, Instead of Decluttering…

I hope everyone had a very Merry Christmas!  I enjoyed a very relaxing day with family, and am now attempting to get myself organized for the new year… 

A couple weeks ago now, Anne Lene over at Minimalist Sometimes finished up a 7 day decluttering and blogging challenge.  I was inspired to declutter, until I went home and looked around my messy mid-renovation chaos of a house, and then sat down on the couch completely discouraged to pout…

But, instead of a decluttering challenge, I decided to just try and reign in some of the chaos of my house… Each day I would try to do at least 20 minutes of tidying.  Some sort of tidying…

I recently finished reading the book “Unf*ck your habitat : you’re better than your mess” by Rachel Hoffman.  It wasn’t anything ground breaking or mind blowing, but it was a funny read and it was refreshing because she understands that we are human and have lives and might not actually enjoy the act of cleaning… She also has a website.  The book and the website have all sorts of challenges to help get you going on the road to a nice clean home.  Maybe some day I’ll go through her challenges, but for now… 20 minutes…

One of the mainstays of Rachel’s method is the 20/10.  20 minutes of cleaning or tidying, then 10 minutes of rest.  The idea is that 20 minutes isn’t a very long commitment, so it should be easy enough to get enough motivation to get off the couch and *do something* for 20 minutes, and then you reward yourself with a full 10 minutes of rest or fun…

I decided that for the month of December, I would try my hardest to complete 1 x 20 minute tidy each day.  In a hopes that it will at least keep some of the renovation chaos at bay, and allow me to feel somewhat relaxed in my renovation-chaos-ridden house.

Well… How have I done, you ask?  We are currently 27 days in to December, and I’ve completed my daily 20 minute tidy only 12 times… Not exactly a resounding success… Especially when a lot of those tidying times were repeating something that was “tidied” the time before…  But I still have a few days in December to improve…

Anyway, I thought I’d share some of my before and after shots of my 20 minute tidy sessions… Continue reading