My first goal was to update my goal list each week. We are almost halfway through the year, can you believe it! I am really enjoying keeping my goals in the forefront. Some goals I am doing really well at, like reading and completing my knitting projects. Others, like getting 10 K steps at least 5 days each week, I still haven’t accomplished! I have to say that thinking about the goals each week is keeping me motivated to complete them.
Find a new hosting site for my blog and make it secure.Done!! So excited after all this time I finally have a secure website!
- Monetize my blog. In the works, I have set up an account with Amazon Affiliates! Soon you’ll be seeing links to my favorite items on Amazon. Next on the list is to look into Google Ad Sense. I’ve also teamed up with an amazing heirloom seed company. Mary’s Heirloom Seeds are a great source. check out their site, right now they are having an amazing 99 Cent Seed Pack sale! Click here for more information.
- Create a cookbook! One step at a time, get the blog running smoothly, increase readership and then I’ll be working on the cookbook!
- Be diligent about getting 10 K steps in 5 out of 7 days each week. We’ve had some absolutely gorgeous days and my husband and I have been getting some evening walks in. No bugs yet and the light is just beautiful! Maybe my goal should just be to walk more! I did manage to get my 10K steps in 4 days this week! Almost to my goal! Went on a beautiful walk along an old trolley bed. Love when you can discover new places to walk!
- As we continue to prepare for an eventual house sale, continue to de-clutter. We were away over the weekend and I only managed to get 5 things added to the pile that is going to the school big yard sale – 134 items to go!
- Read 25 books this year! With the nicer weather I am spending less time reading and more time outdoors. I did manage to finish one book this week called The Big Oyster: The History on the Half Shell. It’s an interesting read all about the history of the oyster in New York City.. Still keeping track of the books I’ve read on Good Reads,what a wonderful app. I can keep track of all the books I have read, the books I want to read and the books I am reading. I listed on the app that I want to read 25 books this year, 8 to go! Beginning to think my goal here should have been a few more books!
- Have a consistent meal plan each week and prepare ahead! Not so much food prep going on as far as making meals ahead but I was given a new cookbook to review and this may be happening more often. The cookbook, Prep Ahead Breakfasts & Lunches, is amazing. Prep-Ahead Breakfasts and Lunches will be released on May 15, 2018. This book is filled with delicious make-ahead breakfast and lunch recipes, so you can quickly and easily make breakfasts and lunches for the whole week in just an hour or two on the weekend. Make your mornings flow smoother with premade breakfasts and prepacked lunches! Each recipe includes storage tips and if necessary, reheating instructions. If you pre-order the cookbook there is a bonus: Free enrollment in my Meal Prep Online Cooking Class (regularly $39.99)! Click on the image below to order!
- Finish 4 knitting projects. Third project finished. Loved the yarn I used to make my last scarf so I decided to use up what I had and make a hat! I love knitting hats as they go so quickly. The sweater ornament will have to wait.
- Clean out our freezer. Such progress! Freezer is well under control now. Downstairs there is just some tomato sauce and one loaf of bread I recently made! Making progress on the kitchen freezer and used up all the meat on hand with this weeks meals! Used up the package of hot dogs I had on hand and made an old family favorite Hot Dogs & Beans for dinner!
- Take a few road trips and visit family and friends on the east coast that we will not see so often once we make a move to the west coast. Our trip to North Carolina will be next month. We’ll be gone a week and will be able to visit family and at least three friends! Looks like we’ll have a long day of driving the first day but after that it will be manageable. It will be the perfect way to celebrate the beginning of summer. Plus we’ve been meaning to visit our friends in North Carolina for years! Hoping to get two other trips in this summer one to Maine and the other to upstate New York.
Can you believe it’s May already! Another month and half the year will be gone. I’m so thankful to be keeping track of my goals, I think I will have a good chance at completing them all!
This month I also have a few goals related to the self-reliance challengeI am part of. My husband and I have always had the goal of being more self-sufficient each year.
The goals for this month of May Challenge are the following:
- Get my vegetable garden planted.Managed to get some seeds in the ground, still too chilly for many vegetables.
- Do a foray and look for wild leeks.Think it’s still too early but am hoping to get into the woods this week and take a look. We have several spots we like to check out.
- Make my own bread this month and don’t buy any store bought bread!Made bread two weeks ago and have one loaf still in the freezer, I sure don’t make bread as often as I used to with four children under the roof!
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