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    February 2021 Goals

    Set Up for the Month
    • Get into an apartment, call that one place every single weekday and Saturday!!!!!!!!! The apartment I want doesn’t have a wait or call back list (ugh!). I’ve not got a lot of great options plus would prefer to stay in one place for years until I can seriously upgrade or have a better opportunity elsewhere.
    • Set up easily maintained habits.
    • Get a weekend job.
    • Once in the apartment look for a better paying job, preferably with fewer hours.
    • Finish setting up digital limits and controls.
    • Set up news controls/limits.
    • Memory journal setup.
    • Digital clear out.
    Health
    • Parsley health (change to when I’m in my own place for privacy purposes).
    • Therapy.
    • Sugar and dairy fast (maybe next month/in my own place do elimination diet, sugar controls. If I have to keep restarting this all the time to have any control over my sugar consumption, if that is what it takes, I will do that.
    • Start doing simple exercise and stretching, get a Fitbit or something.
    • Work on getting to bed by 9:30 (if in my own place even earlier, I’d like to get up at 5:30).
    • Work on morning and evening routine, digital limits and controls.
    Career
    • Remind to be taught more AP.
    • Private goal #1.
    • Private Goal #2.
    • Set up tech learning plan.
    Self-Improvement
    • Continue to work on lateness.
    • Work on no gossip, politics, complaining, cussing, exaggerating set up.
    • Work on Spanish.
    • Work on habits.
    Finances
    • Increase income streams.
    • Pay off debt.
    • Build up checking to remain at certain amount.
    • Buy CodeAcademy pro.
    • Buy exercises classes and materials, one event, Kindle (if it goes on sale), and Fitbit.
    • Save enough for laser, dermatologist, orthodontist.
    • I need one month’s rent, pet deposit, pet purchase money, and security deposit.
    • Build up savings and emergency to at least a certain amount.
    • Increase all savings.
    • Buy certain significant purchases.
    • Pet supplies.
    • Have almost everything I need for my house and some money towards purchasing groceries, toiletries, paper goods, and cleaning supplies.
    Learn to Live
    • Schedule one thing.
    Beauty
    • Research what is open in terms of facials.
    • Get back on track with skincare.
    • Work on body care and sunscreen reapplication.
    Crafts
    • Make Valentine Decorations.
    • finish Mom’s gift.
    • Finish Georgie’s gift.
    • Finish Harper’s gifts (Frog and Toad and maybe Francis).
    Study Subjects
    • Build habits, work into to-do list.
    Reading
    • 12 book library limit!!!!! Don’t order any until I’m on my last book from the first batch!!!!!!
    • Work on my reading journal and my reading log. Try to make more of an effort to take notes.
    • Possibly buy a Kindle. I’m definitely leaning toward getting a Kindle, but I want to buy on sale, which means I may have to wait until Prime day, we shall see.
    • February Reading specifics:
      • Read some study subjects books
      • Finish
        • The Idiot, or at least make considerable process
        • Looking for Transwonderland: Travels in Nigeria
        • Hemingway Didn’t Say That
      • Overcoming Unwanted Thoughts
      • Antifragile
      • Your Move
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    How I Did on My January 2021 Goals

    I feel like I’m in a holding period, waiting to get into an apartment, but I’m using that as an excuse, it will be harder to do things, but there is plenty I could work on. I also think I set my expectations too high.

    To set up for the month

    1. Transfer old computer programs and docs and such to new computer
    2. Vision Board Pinterest and journal (actually not going to be too different from last year honestly)
    3. Set up digital limits and controls
    4. Fill out the beginning of the Artist of Life Workbook
    5. Bullet Journal Setup.
    6. Digital clear out (after computer transfer), especially phone, email and Evernote. Partial, I cleared out my phone after backing up the photos.

    Health

    1. Parsley health
    2. Therapy
    3. Sugar and dairy fast (maybe next month/in my own place do elimination diet, sugar controls). I did a short, maybe 6 day no candy/dessert fast, but not quite what I needed. I’ve gone backwards in my habits.
    4. Start doing simple exercise and stretching, get a Fitbit or something
    5. Work on getting to bed by 9:30
    6. Work on morning and evening routine, digital limits and controls (I’ll have another post about this)

    Career

    1. Remind to be taught more AP. I did but I haven’t been taught anything more, I took the day off that I was supposed learn to for snow and a rest day.
    2. Private step #1.
    3. Private step #2.
    4. Set up tech learning plan

    Self-Improvement

    1. Work on lateness
    2. Work on no gossip, politics, complaining, cussing, exaggerating set up.Well, I made a little card to keep as a reminder, but I feel like I’ve done worse with gossiping and complaining.
    3. Work on Spanish
    4. Work on habits, morning, and evening routine

    Finances

    1. Increase income streams
    2. Pay off some short term debt. Partial.
    3. Save enough for laser, dermatologist, orthodontist
    4. I need one month’s rent and security deposit and also a pet deposit
    5. Build up savings and emergency to a certain amount
    6. Increase all savings, esp one for car
    7. Have almost everything I need for my house and some money towards purchasing groceries, toiletries, paper goods, and cleaning supplies. Partial. I could move out now and just buy a few more things and do quite well.

    Learn to Live

    1. Schedule one thing

    Beauty

    1. Research what is open in terms of facials
    2. Get back on track with skincare (probably easier to try this once in my own place)
    3. Work on body care and sunscreen reapplication (probably easier to try this once in my own place)

    Crafts

    1. Make snowflakes (and this should be FUN, not a MUST)
    2. finish Mom’s gift. I made progress.

    Study Subjects

    1. Build habits, work into to-do list

    Reading

    1. 12 book library limit!!!!! I did well at first, but I think I need to add another step, don’t order more books until I’m done or on the last book of the ones I have.
    2. Order some study subjects books
    3. Finish The Idiot
    4. Overcoming Unwanted Thoughts
    5. The Shadow of the Wind
    6. Ethel Lina White mysteries
    7. Hemingway Didn’t Say That. I’m about 2/3 through it.
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    January 2021 Goals

    Better late than never, also nice to see that I feel like I’ve made some progress on these goals and this is a good reminder of things I need to work on.

    To set up for the month

    1. Transfer old computer programs and docs and such to new computer
    2. Vision Board Pinterest and journal (actually not going to be too different from last year honestly)
    3. Set up digital limits and controls
    4. Fill out the beginning of the Artist of Life Workbook
    5. Bullet Journal Setup
    6. Digital clear out (after computer transfer), especially phone, email and Evernote

    Health

    1. Parsley health
    2. Therapy
    3. Sugar and dairy fast (maybe next month/in my own place do elimination diet, sugar controls)
    4. Start doing simple exercise and stretching, get a Fitbit or something
    5. Work on getting to bed by 9:30
    6. Work on morning and evening routine, digital limits and controls (I’ll have another post about this)

    Career

    1. Remind to be taught more AP
    2. Private step #1
    3. Private step #2
    4. Set up tech learning plan

    Self-Improvement

    1. Work on lateness
    2. Work on no gossip, politics, complaining, cussing, exaggerating set up
    3. Work on Spanish
    4. Work on habits, morning, and evening routine

    Finances

    1. Increase income streams
    2. Pay off some short term debt
    3. Save enough for laser, dermontologist, orthodontist
    4. I need one month’s rent and security deposit and also a pet deposit
    5. Build up savings and emergency to a certain amount
    6. Increase all savings, esp one for car
    7. Have almost everything I need for my house and some money towards purchasing groceries, toiletries, paper goods, and cleaning supplies

    Learn to Live

    1. Schedule one thing

    Beauty

    1. Research what is open in terms of facials
    2. Get back on track with skincare (probably easier to try this once in my own place)
    3. Work on body care and sunscreen reapplication (probably easier to try this once in my own place)

    Crafts

    1. Make snowflakes (and this should be FUN, not a MUST)
    2. finish Mom’s gift

    Study Subjects

    1. Build habits, work into to-do list

    Reading

    1. 12 book library limit!!!!!
    2. Order some study subjects books
    3. Finish The Idiot
    4. Overcoming Unwanted Thoughts
    5. The Shadow of the Wind
    6. Ethel Lina White mysteries
    7. Hemingway Didn’t Say That
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    #lavinewyear Lavendaire 10 Days of Growth: Days 1-4

    Lavendaire (I have trouble spelling Lavender, and that follows through to Lavendaire, I keep wanting to add a’s instead of e’s) is the first Youtuber to get me motivated to just plan my life. I think it was the end of 2018? She just has such a feminine, calm aesthetic and tone which I love while so many goal sort of people are more fast-paced, loud, masculine, bold, and just too fast and too much for this little snail right here. I guess I just felt that goals felt more attainable or appealing for my personality after seeing her videos, a gentle nudge in the right direction rather than a drill-sergeant.

    I tend to follow more of Muchelle B’s stuff more recently (again, a soft aesthetic and a way of planning that just speaks to my brain language), and I went through a lot of her videos in my new year planning (more on that when I actually am finished, January is more of my planning, restart, prep month). But I felt that I hadn’t watched much Lavendaire lately and when she had this 10 Days of Growth Challenge, I thought I’d like to do it, and it’s just so refreshing and simple. I signed up late and you still get the emails one at a time so its gently paced.

    I had a lot more to-do’s and plans written out this year because I wanted to work things in while I think my goals were more in my head and similar to last year, so for day one I distilled I guess much of that down into the three life-changing goals:

    1. I want to get into the habit of enjoying life and making memories. So for day two I counted that I went to see Little Women. It’s kind of a big deal for me to go to the movie theater. I used to think oh, I can usually wait unless its something I KNOW I will adore, but the last year or so, I realized while I do want it to be special, I can still go a little more often for the experience (I think Star Wars and Aladdin really emphasized that, and I really wish I’d gone for Endgame, live and learn).
    2. I want to be healthy
    3. I want to be financially secure and healthy and independent

    Day 3 I read 15+ pages of Whose Body the first Lord Peter Wimsey mystery. I was re-reading Narnia as a Christmas treat to myself but got a bit stuck (I’m an extreme mood reader and my January treat of rereading the Lord Peter Wimsey mysteries felt more in tune with my mood).

    Day 4 is creating a vision board.

    I’ve heard a lot about vision boards but I tend to resist them or want to overdo them or think I will ignore them, but I decided I could do a small Pinterest board for this year, and I could check back on it from time to time. I think maybe it would be fun to do a vision board success board of MY photos to sort of match those of my vision board that I’ve actually achieved.

    The pins I chose I hope reflect: holistic health, healthy size for me, exercise, nature; a more “me” style; spending more money on experiences like travel, taking craft and art classes and seeing traveling broadway shows (already bought my Anastasia tickets, another big deal for me); getting a car and my own place; alternative income streams and working on my current career path; keeping my memories in a pretty journal; and reading well.

    #lavinewyear

     

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    April 2019 Goals

    I didn’t  even write out my April goals until the end of the month. Basically, I’m working to get back on track.

    Since I’m reading tons (for me) I did up my reading goals

    • 10+ books, aim for 6 nonfiction, work on War and Peace in Serial Reader (I need to set aside time to do this once per week, the sticking point is that I need my notebook for notes and to keep track of characters and plot), work on Classics Club (I need to revisit this list and be a bit more conscious about this goal).
    • Pay off CC debt and lower CC limit (apparently that is the only way to curb my spending short of going debit-card only which seems rather archaic).
    • Work on exercise and diet plans (surely I can hit on SOMETHING I am willing to keep up with).
    • Get back on track with habits, goals, spending, etc.
    • 2+ knitting projects and block the last two (probably should make sure blocking is included in finishing, but overall, doing well on the knitting category).

    I forgot to include how my March habit chart looked.

    photo of habits chart

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    2nd Quarter Goals

    Overall goal: Shake It Back Up! I’m slipping back into monotony and laziness and losing my drive, memory, and optimism. I marked some items with an “!” to help myself in this area. Obviously, this is edited a bit for privacy.

    Wellness and Habits

    • Lose 15 lbs, gain muscle, tone, and flexibility
    • Return to morning, lunch, and evening routine and identify sticking points to correct
    • Weekly reset (Saturday?), life admin, and monthly planning days
    • Set digital limits, have better options, use site blockers
    • Work on daily and weekly habits and aim for no school on weekend
    • Amp up meal prep, especially breakfast
    • Go outside more (work on strawberries for one thing) !

    Finances and Career

    • Figure out side gigs plus learn skills for more specialized gigs !
    • Pay off CC and personal loan
    • Live off last month’s income
    • Fund emergency fund to certain point, start fun savings and car savings
    • Plan career and internships
    • Make min amount per month
    • Purchase textbooks and set up school plan
    • Spanish, graphic design, future plans, re-evaluate habits

    Personal Development

    • Read 25 new-to-me books including several Classics Club and 12+ nonfiction books
    • Regency prep (outfit, tickets) and vacation prep
    • 6 major sewing projects and finish some partially complete ones
    • Work on room redesign
    • Weekly adventures !
    • Mother’s Day gift !
    • Reading journal, more in depth posts, etc. !
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    1st Quarter Goals Revisited

    I think that I will just focus on what I DID accomplish.

    • Made much more than I did this time last year
    • Read 40 books (!!!!), 8 of these are nonfiction and 2 re-reads
    • Worked a side gig
    • Got a temp job (one that I don’t want to quit every single day)
    • Have an A (cumulative) in my three CIT classes thus far
    • Signed up for two summer classes
    • Finished two knitting projects
    • Started workable planning and habit systems for me
    • Have generally been more optimistic
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    March 2019 Goals

    I need to “course correct” (an excellent concept I picked up in The Slight Edge) for this month, so a lot of items are going to be copy and paste from February.

    Wellness

    • Get back on track with habits
    • Prep meals regularly
    • Start facial care routine
    • Start a weekly reset habit (Sat/Sun?), get back on track with daily routines
    • Double down on the health habits
    • Set up tech guards, habits, and sabbaths
    • Be aware of needs to be vigilante on my habits (they slip more easily in certain circumstances)
    • Work on room

    Financial

    • Have enough to pay 1st quarter’s obligation, a little in emergency fund
    • Pay off credit card bill
    • Finish paying loan back
    • Make a certain minimum amount
    • Have a now spend/lowest spend month
    • Get a temporary job

    Personal Development

    • Read 8-9 books, including: 4 nonfiction, 1-2 Classics Club reads, and catch up and keep up on War and Peace on Serial Reader
    • 2 major knitting projects and 1-2 small ones
    • 2 major sewing projects
    • Begin taking mini-adventures/explorations
    • Determine next Spanish steps
    • Determine next graphic design steps
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    February 2019 Goals: What I Accomplished

    Wellness

    • Build up health habits, maintain other habitsI was especially excellent on keeping up with reading, Spanish, and school. I did start pre-packing some meals (which were healthier), and I ran out of my not-so-healthy snacks towards the end of the month, although that has nothing to do with self-control.
    • Lose 5+ lbs. Ahahaha . . .
    • Start a weekly reset habit (Sat/Sun?), maintain daily routines
    • Get hair cut
    • Buy cosmetic and health items
    • Set up tech guards, habits, and sabbaths
    • Buy some of my self-help books?

    Financial

    • Have enough to pay Jan and Feb’s obligation
    • Pay March’s credit card bill
    • Start paying loan back
    • Work on process of living off last month’s income (minimum account balance and max credit usage). Well, I think I raised my minimum a little, but financially, I was out of control this month, which is my usual, so I really need to work on this.
    • Get a temporary job
    • Pursue other side gig options
    • Put at least 1/3 of earnings towards emergency fund
    • File taxes and put at least 1/3 of refund towards emergency fund
    • Open a 2nd tiny (for now) savings account

    Personal Development

    • Read 8-9 books, including: 4 nonfiction, 1-2 Classics Club reads, and catch up and keep up on War and Peace on Serial Reader. I read 10 books, 5 fiction, 5 nonfiction.
    • 2 major knitting projects and 1-2 small ones. No, but I did knit as I added it to my habit chart.
    • 2 major sewing projects
    • Buy planner punch and fun stuff for planner
    • Determine next Spanish steps
    • Determine next graphic design steps
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    February 2019 Goals

    I’m adjusting some of my expectations in light of January and then setting a bit higher standards where I think I can/should.

    Wellness

    • Build up health habits, maintain other habits
    • Lose 5+ lbs
    • Start a weekly reset habit (Sat/Sun?), maintain daily routines
    • Get hair cut
    • Buy cosmetic and health items
    • Set up tech guards, habits, and sabbaths
    • Buy some of my self-help books?

    Financial

    • Have enough to pay Jan and Feb’s obligation
    • Pay March’s credit card bill
    • Start paying loan back
    • Work on process of living off last month’s income (minimum account balance and max credit usage)
    • Get a temporary job
    • Pursue other side gig options
    • Put at least 1/3 of earnings towards emergency fund
    • File taxes and put at least 1/3 of refund towards emergency fund
    • Open a 2nd tiny (for now) savings account

    Personal Development

    • Read 8-9 books, including: 4 nonfiction, 1-2 Classics Club reads, and catch up and keep up on War and Peace on Serial Reader
    • 2 major knitting projects and 1-2 small ones
    • 2 major sewing projects
    • Buy planner punch and fun stuff for planner
    • Determine next Spanish steps
    • Determine next graphic design steps
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    Daily Routine Checklist

    I used Evernote to create basic morning and evening routines. I took ideas from Sleep Smarter and Miracle Morning and the whole idea was from MuchelleB. As I used them I modified them. I tried to work all my habits in, and I decided I needed a midday routine as well. None of this is set in stone of course, but I’m happy with this for a basic guide. I ended up finalizing it in Word then printing and laminating it.

    Daily Routines
    Miracle Morning
     Drink and read to wake up (no more than 30”)
     Exercise, snack, stretch
     Affirmations, visualization, positive journaling
     Fill water jug and eat breakfast
     Get dressed and prepared for the day (ready to be on call)
     Review any to-do’s and goals
     Check email and apply for jobs (10″ max)
     School email and announcement check
     Start on school

    Midday Lunch
     Eat
     Refill water
     Make any phone calls
     Check email
     Duolingo and Tinycards
     Read intensive books

    Evening Routine
     Finish school
     Graphic Design, CodeAcademy and Treehouse
     Supper, refill water (don’t drink after 7) and any meal prepping
     Check email (10”) and unfinished to-do’s
     Write down tomorrows to-do’s and list daily accomplishments
     Check all battery charges, check weather/work, and turn off electronics
     10″ tidying, prep clothes and such for tomorrow
     Knit
     Put on a wash off face mask or treatment
     Journal
     Shower
     Put on a leave on face mask or treatment
     Make Sleepytime tea
     Read relaxing books
     Any other tips from Sleep Smarter

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    Habit Trackers for January and February 2019

    I liked how AmandaRachLee sets up her habit trackers. I’d really only seen and “tried” the more “log” style ones, but these are just more visually appealing. Also, I’ve tried to work every single habit into my daily routines (more on that in another post).

    Here is are my spreads. When noting goals and such that I hadn’t done in January, I decide to expand February’s habits.

    • Bedtime and rise time. I’ve been going to bed late and getting up around 8 (I need like 9-10 hours, at least recently) which means I don’t have much of a morning.
    • Hydration. I’m trying to aim for the optimum amount.
    • Exercise. I’ve been using the Leslie Sansone Walk at Home Instant Access app and the Fitify apps Ab & Core and Lower Body on my phone.
    • Stretch. I’ve been using the Fitify Stretching app.
    • Job search. I’m trying to be more proactive.
    • School. I need to make this a regular habit. Also, my school has started tracking everyone’s logons as participation! Anne @ Modern Mrs. Darcy mentioned setting fake deadlines for traveling planning, well I have been using “fake” deadlines for school for quite a while. I’m pursuing my associates in Computer and Information Technologies: Internet Technologies: Web Programming Specialization Sequence. The following two habits are to help me with the idea of becoming a website developer.
    • Coding. I’ve been using Treehouse (I have an account checked out via my library, be sure to see if your library has such a program), but I now want to add CodeAcademy as well.
    • Graphic design. I read a mention of needing to learn graphic design for website development and found this free sort of course, so I’m slowly working my way through the articles, resources, and the books my library has.
    • Spanish. I’m trying to get back into Duolingo. I got my 80 year old grandfather into it, and so he’s been learning Spanish the last week+ and even bought himself a book.
    • Reading. I am an erratic reading, so I wanted some discipline and habits.
    • Knitting. I am also an erratic knitter, so I wanted some discipline and habits.
    • Journaling. I feel like my memory isn’t great lately. And I never was good at keeping a record of memories, so I’m trying to prioritize that. I also wanted to incorporate the motivational kind of journaling from Miracle Morning.