Here we are nearing the end of the month! How are you doing with your goals? Have you written them down yet? I find when I’ve got them written down and in front of me I can focus on getting them completed!

1. Continue to monetize my blog. This is an ongoing goal. I made a start last year and plan to continue on with it this year. Part of this goal involves getting my readership up. If you enjoy reading my blog please recommend it to your friends. The more the merrier!

2. Create a cookbook. You may remember this goal was on my list last year and I finally put it aside. My goal for this year is to have my cookbook ready by November 2019. The recipes are there it’s just a matter of organizing them into a book! This week I finally started copying my recipes into a document which I can then have published. Have any of you ever self published a cookbook? Any advice? I’ve been blogging for over eight years and have quite a collection of recipes!

3. Have 20 minutes of exercise at least 5 times a week. Every time the sun shines we’re out walking. Living in a small apartment limits the steps we get on a rainy day!

4. Explore ten parks or hiking trails in this new state of Washington we now call home! Have not made it to another park this week. We had a few nice days and then the rain set in again. I guess we have to learn to explore in the rain! Checking out the atlases to find some areas to explore!

5. Incorporate 20 19 new recipes into our dinner plans with the focus being on healthy eating. I love finding new recipes so this should be fun. This past week I made a new turkey chili, a simple recipe with very few ingredients. Plus it was delicious!

6. Read 35 31 new books this year. Finished my third and fourth books of 2019, I just finished book three in the BoonsBoro Inn trilogy by Nora Roberts called The Perfect Hope. Fun read about a small town in North Carolina where a close knit family is renovating an inn. Another quick read this week was The Story of Arthur TruLuv by Elizabeth Berg. I just loved this book although I wish it were longer. Arthur recently lost his wife and has been grieving for the last six months. He ends up meeting a young teenager and becoming friends with her as well as his elderly neighbor. Such a sweet read and I wish I could meet Arthur Truluv in person!

7. Complete Four 2 knitting or sewing projects this year. Second project is finished! Remember the placemats I started last week? They are complete. Think I’ll set them aside to give away at Christmas!

8. Visit family on the west coast. Haven’t made any progress on this goal yet. However my brother-in-law is planning a family reunion on the east coast this summer! Exciting to have such a trip in the works. The difficulty will be getting all four of our grown children, plus spouses and three grandchildren to fly east in August! I’m excited as the reunion will be held in my favorite place, Nantucket. It’s my happy place, although I don’t get there very often!

9. Explore 6 new museums in the area. There is so much to learn about this new area we are living in. First on the list will be the Tacoma Glass Museum. The best news is that our local library has free passes to the museum so it won’t cost us anything! The downside is that the pass is very popular so we have to be patient!

Goal Setting

10. Find a new home. 

Still looking, our realtor has been on vacation for the last week. We’ve continued to look but nothing has caught our eye yet.

“All who have accomplished great things have had a great aim, have fixed their gaze on a goal which was high, one which sometimes seemed impossible.”

Orison Swett Marden

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