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My first goal was to update my goal list each week.  I have to say having a post on goal setting has helped me to stay focused on what goals I want to accomplish this year. The biggest drawback is to remind myself that I have the whole year to work on accomplishing these goals. Hopefully you, my faithful readers will remember this as well and not get tired of reading about my progress! I tend to get a little stressed when I realize just how fast the year is flying by. However, I am making progress!goal-setting 14

 

      1. Find a new hosting site for my blog and make the site secure. Done!! So excited after all this time I finally have a secure website!
      2. 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.
      3. Create a cookbook! One step at a time, get the blog running smoothly, increase readership and then I’ll be working on the cookbook!
      4. Be diligent about getting 10 K steps in 5 out of 7 days each week. Our week was pretty rainy. However being away for the weekend meant I did a lot of walking! Fun to be in an area with sidewalks and so much to see! To top it off Saturday was an absolutely beautiful spring day!goal setting
      5. As we continue to prepare for an eventual house sale, continue to de-clutter. Get rid of at least 250 items from the house this year!  More decluttering, I am amazed at the things I continue to find to pass along, this week it was only 6 items  to be exact, out the door! I have a new game with our grown children. I take a picture of something and they say keep or toss? For example, I was going to get rid of our fondue pot as we haven’t used it in ages. My daughter quickly spoke up and said “NO” she wanted it! 159 items to go!goal setting
      6. Read more  25 books this year! Managed to read two books by one of my favorite authors Kristin Hannah. Read Home Front and The Nightingale. Enjoyed both of them. Since The Nightingale is another WWII book I think I’ll take a break from WWII! Still reading Bob Goff’s book, Everybody Always out loud everyday. Such a good book.  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, 10 to go! Beginning to think my goal here should have been a few more books!goals week 14
      7. Have a consistent meal plan each week and prepare ahead! We were gone over the weekend so meal planning kind of took a back seat. Helped a friend celebrate her 60th and attended a funeral. A weekend with both highs and lows.
      8. Finish 4 2 knitting projects. Second project finished! I am loving this mobius infinity scarf I’m working on.The colors are my favorite and I may have a hard time giving this one up. since we had a short road trip this last weekend I got a lot of knitting completed. By the time we get back home the scarf should be completed!goal setting

    9. Clean out our freezer. Such progress! Freezer is well under control now. Downstairs there is just some tomato sauce and one more container of frozen blueberries! Making progress!

  1. 10. 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 is coming together. We’ll be gone a week and will be able to visit family and at least four 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!
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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!

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goal-setting week oneMy first goal was to update my goal list each week. However with all the blog issues I’ve been having transferring my blog to a new host I’m a week behind! Oh well, the blog is back up and running and should be a secure site very soon. Having a post on goal setting has helped me to stay focused on what goals I want to accomplish this year.

 

Here is how I’m doing on my goals.

 

  1. Find a new hosting site for my blog and make the site secure. Done!! This has been on my to do list for months but actually making the jump was kind of scary. I am so happy with my new host and am so excited to move forward from this point on.
  2. Monetize my blog.  Right now I have no ads running on my blog. I would like to start earning something on my blog instead of it just being a hobby. As soon as my site is secure I will be looking into advertisers. Who do you use? I have some recommendations but haven’t committed yet.goal setting
  3. Create a cookbook! I have been writing my blog for over six year and have accumulated many recipes online. Time to make them available in a cookbook form, either as a downloadable PDF or in a hardcopy or both! This is in the planing stage and really I just have to start!
  4. Be diligent about getting 10 K steps in 5 out of 7 days each week. Maybe I should try for at least 3 days out of 7! This goal is harder than I thought especially this time of year. I walk on a dirt road so if the weather is icy I really don’t want to venture out. I am very good at getting 5-6 thousand steps a day but right now I am only getting the full 10K steps in once or twice a week. I will get better!goal setting week 1
  5. As we continue to prepare for an eventual house sale continue to de-clutter. Get rid of at least 250 items from the house this year! I’m not going to have trouble with this goal, this past week I cleared out 11 pieces of clothing from our closet and three cookies cutters from my collection. I also went through our everyday china and got rid of three chipped plates. 233 items to go!goal setting week one
  6. Read more books this year!  This goal should not be an issue either, I love to read and have already finished 2 books. I have books by the bed and books on my iPad so I always have something to read! I enjoyed both of these books. My favorite was The Curious Charms of Arthur Pepper, just so uplifting and such a charming story. Arthur Pepper’s wife has recently passed away and he finds a charm bracelet that he’s never seen when going through her belongings. He ends up taking an trip to find out more about each charm. It’s a quick and delightful read.goal setting week 1
  7. Have a consistent meal plan each week and prepare ahead!  I did much better with this goal this week. I actually thought about what we would be eating each and every day and made a calendar to follow. It took a little time but it sure is helpful. I stick to the meal plan and no snacking! That way my clothes should still fit come spring!goal setting week 1
  8. Finish 4 3 knitting projects.  First project completed, I made a hat for my daughter. It’s been a project in the works and it is so nice to have it completed. She even sent me a photo! Three more projects to go!goal setting week one
  9. Clean out our freezer. First step was to take inventory which I did. I have the inventory now on my kitchen desk so I can see what I have and plan how to use the food up.
  10. 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. We came up with a list of three people that we would like to visit while we’re still living on the east coast. Now to take a hard look at the calendar and plan these trips. Probably won’t happen until April at the earliest.goal setting

 

So we’re well into January and I’m looking at my goals and working on them. Having this post has kept my goals in the forefront of my mind. I just have to remember the key is to keep looking forward!

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