• Daily Life

    Spring 2021 Goals

    I’ve kept a lot the same, as I was too ambitious in my goals and too lazy in my actions. I tried to simplify these, and there are some things up in the air at the time of writing.

     

    • General
      1. Get moved into my apartment and get it set up
      2. Unpack and declutter, hopefully sell a considerable amount of stuff at a yardsale
      3. Start and keep up on Bjorn’s habits, training, and health
      4. Work on my routines and habits
      5. Start working on more eco practices
    • Health
      1. Clean rest on Sundays (and keep working on cutting down my Internet time)
        1. what did you enjoy as a child (making things, messes, play do, Legos, models, dolls, crafts
      2. End seasons with week off, maybe a 3 day weekend cabin
      3. Work on my eating habits
      4. Find a therapist I like and try Parsley health if I can or something similar, possibly may have to put this on hold.
      5. Start walking a round about way to avoid the sugar bowl, really work on the sugar issue, maybe with a fast
      6. Walk a couple times a week, preferably outside, this should be fairly easy as I need to walk Bjorn
      7. Stretch
      8. Some small exercise routines on an app
      9. Start tennis and horseback riding lessons
      10. I’d really like to lose 15-20 pounds (I need to lose more, but I think this range is doable for this period of time).
    • Career
      1. Private goal #1
      2. Private goal #2
      3. Private goal #3
      4. Private goal #4
      5. Improve my job situation. I’m still waiting to hear on a few things which will affect my course of action in many spheres.
      6. Work on my tech learning plan, lets see if I can aim for around 150 hours (depends on work situation).
    • Self-Improvement
      1. Break the lateness habit (look up tips)
      2. Try to work on no gossip, whining, complaining, cussing/exclaiming, exaggeration/imprecise speech, and petty politics rule and when someone else brings it up, don’t take the bait or state your resolution. When angry with family talk it out in the car and therapy
      3. Figure out how to ask questions to get people to think, rather than stating my own opinion (usually defensively)
      4. Work on Spanish and learning tech
      5. Work on habits and morning and evening routines.
      6. Work on my screen time (overlapping goal with Health).
      7. Work on blogging more consistently and better. Work on improving my writing.
    • Finances
      1. Improve job situation
      2. Pay off all debts, try not to get new ones or at least as many (I’ve gotten into the habit of collecting a variety of installment loans, you know, like Affirm, and Paypal).
      3. Save a lot in backup and emergency funds
      4. Have a 2nd source of income
      5. Brainstorm a 3rd source of income, preferable passive?
    • Learn to Live
      1. Horseback riding and tennis
      2. Do more online book groups and discussions.
      3. Take one in person craft class
      4. Attend at least one in person event (Arts on the Green June 12th at Yew Dell).
      5. Do some fun Springy things
      6. Those series of blog posts
      7. Work through my movie lists as well as any that interest me from the AFI and BFI lists. I’m trying to watch two movies a weekend. Really sit down and watch without hoping to other tabs, stopping in the middle etc. I’ve done pretty good, I’ve had to stop to walk Bjorn, but I’ve been watching far better than I have been for awhile now.
    • Beauty
      1. Start getting facials
      2. Start getting laser
      3. Start getting 2nd braces
    • Crafts
      1. Finish Mom’s gift (frame and all)
      2. Finish Harper’s frog, toad, and frances by end of February
      3. Finish three more baby blankets
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    How I Did on My Winter/1st Quarter 2021 Goals

    I’m trying to go by seasons and pick a theme. The theme from now until March 20th is Foundations.

    Health

    • Clean rest on Sunday (I heard this term for guilt free rest on The Perfectionism Project podcast, I don’t listen to it much, I find it hard to listen to, but I’ve received a few really great one point things that really strike me). Enjoy things I liked as a child and teen or similar things: reading, crafts, Legos, models, puzzles. NO screens.
    • Speaking of screen time, I’m going to try and lock down my computer and phone with Cold Turkey for Sunday through F, meaning no social media, blogs, Youtube, news. I also will do any self-improvement stuff in the morning. And shut down the computer and put away the phone when I come home from work (overlapping goal with Self-Improvement). I’ve done better the last few weeks because I’ve been more interested in reading Georgette Heyer novels on my Kindle, but I’m still pretty bad on weekends.
    • End each season with a week off or 3 day weekend in a screen free cabin.
    • Start exercise and stretch habits, including some fun sport like ice skating.
    • Work on my diet. I have eaten a frightening amount of candy at work lately. I might have to detour and walking around the sugar bowl which is right near my desk. I’m starting off with a sugar fast. I’m on day 6th as of Jan 9th, I’ve not had candy but I think I do need to be more careful about any added sugar.
    • Find a therapist.
    • Try Parsley health, see if there is someone in my state.

    Career

    • Private plan #1.
    • Private plan #2.
    • Private plan #3.
    • Set up and start on my tech learning plan. I’ve got to get into better habits, but yes, I’ve started this.

    Self-Improvement

    • Break the lateness habit (I need to look up tips).
    • Institute a no gossip, whining, dumping (and calling in ranting), and petty politics rule and when someone else brings it up, either don’t take the bait or state my resolution not to talk in this manner.
    • Figure out how to ask questions to get people to think, rather than stating my own opinion (usually defensively).
    • Work on Spanish.
    • Work on habits and morning and evening routines.
    • Work on my screen time (overlapping goal with Health).
    • Work on blogging and Instagramming more consistently and better.

    Finances

    • Maybe get a weekend temp job to finance some large apartment expenses and pay off some debts. I’m working on the job situation right now, fingers crossed it turns out in my favor.
    • Save for a big vacation.
    • Keep saving in down and emergency. I did, but then I made an expensive purchase.
    • Start a non retirement investment account.
    • Have a 2nd source of income from my private career plans.
    • Brainstorm a 3rd source of income, preferable passive?

    Learn to Live

    • Take set of exercise classes such as ice skating lessons (overlapping goal with Health)
    • Join an online book group, I’d like to join The Enchanted Book Club deluxe, maybe in March, depends on what they are reading (overlapping goal with Reading). I didn’t join this one yet, but I am participating in two readalongs.
    • Take one craft class.
    • Attend one event.
    • Do some wintery fun things.
    • Work on a certain series of blog posts, maybe.

    Beauty

    • Start getting facials if possible
    • Start getting laser (in my dreams)

    Crafts

    • Make paper, crochet, and maybe tatted snowflakes. I did quill two snowflakes from which are super pretty.
    • Finish Mom’s gift by end of January (frame and all).
    • Make valentine decorations.
    • Finish Harper’s Frog, Toad, and Frances by end of February.
    • Finish two more baby blankets by end of March.

    Study Subjects. I think that I may have to shelve this one for now, I have too many things going, and perhaps one or two subjects at a time would be better and right now those are/ought to be tech and Spanish.

    • Sunday: Rest
    • Monday: Logic
    • Tuesday: History
    • Wednesday: Geography
    • Thursday: Christian Apologetics (even though I’m not a Christian, I still find this important)
    • Friday: World Religion
    • Saturday: Genealogy and Civics
  • Daily Life

    Interim Goals and Life Lately

    I have tons and tons of random opinions in the form of blog drafts, word docs, and Evernote notes, not all of them need to be for public consumption, but I’d like to be posting a bit more than summaries as well as work on my writing and better analyze books and movies and such. However, that probably won’t be happening until I move and can get settled, especially since I’ve another huge thing for me up in the air.

    I decided that since I feel like I’m in such a waiting period that I’m using it as an excuse not to do anything that I would make some interim goals. I made these with the idea that at most I’d get my apartment in 3.5 weeks and at least 2.5, but right now it’s looking like 3.5 from then I think or 2 weeks from now. I’ve modified these as I do.

    My room, closet, and car are jam-packed with stuff, and I don’t really like working downstairs unless most people are gone as it’s distracting plus having to tote anything up and down stairs plus having my puppy upstairs.

    Plan pantry stock list and put Mom’s recipes into Evernote notebook. I really need to work on this while I’m still here. I know I’ve written stuff on my recipe cards, but really, I prefer to read a recipe off my computer anyway.
    Finish Mom’s and Georgette gifts. Well, maybe if I’d worked on them earlier, if I can work on them significantly, I will be doing good.
    Get towels, security system, and printer.
    Careful with money. I think I’ve done pretty well thus far.
    See if I could get a job nearer tech related job. I’m actually a bit in flux in the job situation at the moment, I asked for a change that led to possibly an even better change.
    Do 6 hours of Spanish.
    15 exercise sessions. I’m talking about short and quick.
    Do at least 25 hours of Codecademy/Treehouse. I’ve done about 3.5 hours thus far.

    This is the view of my room from the bed, I’ll spare you the closet. The car has a piece of furniture I want to sell, boxes, my shopping cart, my collapsible table, a duvet, and my insulated shopping bags.

  • Daily Life

    How I Did on My March Goals 2021

    Didn’t I just put up these goals? Oh, yeah, I did them late.

    • Bjorn Stuff
      • Get the rest of his health, grooming, and fun stuff. I have one more set of shots to schedule, and then everything is scheduled. I’ve given him a bath, it was hilarious and sad, but I’ve got to work on the teeth and brushing.
      • Work on the feeding system and plan. I’ve got to work on the nighttime food, but I’ve got a plan.
      • Really work on the potty training. Since I started taking him out for walks, he’s had fewer accidents, I think he’s gaining more control and prefers to go outside rather than his litterbox as well.
      • Maybe start of the command training? It’s a little early, so research
    • Moving Prep
      • Try to sell stuff, especially large stuff, before I leave, clear out and list fridge a week or two before, computer, etc. Partial, I’ve listed stuff on FB marketplace. I’m thinking that eventually I’d like to do a yard sale or join a larger yard sale as those seem to have more success.
      • Go through Mom’s recipes and get some meal plans in place
      • Plan container garden
    • Health
      • Start doing simple exercise and stretching. Well, I’m walking a bit with Bjorn.
      • Work on getting to bed by 9:30. I think I’m just going to have to be satisfied with 10 to 7 sleep for now, it’s just a struggle to do otherwise, I kept thinking it was environment only, but I think it might be just biology as well, after all, a 9 o’clock bedtime is really early. Besides, it would rather hinder life trying to get home and wind down enough that early.
      • Work on my Staywell
      • Work on morning and evening routine, digital limits and controls
        • Website and app blockers during week and Sunday, only sat can I read blogs, social media, watch youtube
        • Night time needs to be puppy time, walk time, craft time, and reading and wind down
    • Career
      • Private goal
      • Really work on Codecademy. I’ve started working on Treehouse and Codedademy together, this works better for me. I’ve set some intermediate goals for the waiting period before I get my apartment.
    • Self-Improvement
      • Work on lateness. Haha, this is SO bad combined with not enough work to do, I’m hoping the later situation is going to change soon.
      • Work on no gossip, politics, complaining, cussing, exaggerating set up
      • Work on Spanish
      • Work on habits
      • Work on training and grooming and caring for Bjorn (see above)
      • Start planning for 2nd quarter
      • Work on blogging, using up drafts and planning to cover a lot of April since I will be swamped
    • Finances
      • Financial Goals Before I Move into New Apartment
          • Have all funds for Bjorn’s shots, meds, supplies, and neutering, buy rest of purchases.  I think I’ve done pretty good on this, obviously, I have to budget a bit every few months for refills of things for him. Also, the vet bills have been significantly less than budgeted.
          • Increase income streams?
          • Sell some more stuff, furniture, fridge, comforter, etc.
          • Pay off debt. I’ve made decent progress, I think.
          • Build up checking account balance
          • Buy exercises items
          • Work on saving enough for laser, dermatologist, orthodontist
          • Have all apartment fees ready in account by end of the month
          • Build back all savings
          • Buy printer
          • Buy security system
          • Have almost everything I need for my house and some money towards purchasing groceries, toiletries, paper goods, and cleaning supplies, particularly low waste items
    • Beauty
      • Research what is open in terms of facials
      • Get back on track with skincare
      • Work on body care and sunscreen reapplication
      • Work on pedicure habit
    • Crafts
      • finish Mom’s gift
      • Finish niece #2 blanket
      • Finish niece #1 gifts (Frog and Toad and maybe Francis)
      • Work on 3 more family baby blankets
  • Daily Life

    March Goals 2021

    Yeah, so I know it’s halfway through March. It’s kind of a holding month for me. I really feel that I can’t do anything big until I move out, so I really need to start working on habits. A lot of things are going to be the same for last month, just simplified.

    • Bjorn Stuff
      • Get the rest of his health, grooming, and fun stuff
      • Work on the feeding system and plan
      • Really work on the potty training
      • Maybe start of the command training? It’s a little early, so research
    • Moving Prep
      • Try to sell stuff, especially large stuff, before I leave, clear out and list fridge a week or two before, computer, etc.
      • Go through Mom’s recipes and get some meal plans in place
      • Plan container garden
    • Health
      • Start doing simple exercise and stretching
      • Work on getting to bed by 9:30
      • Work on my Staywell
      • Work on morning and evening routine, digital limits and controls
        • Website and app blockers during week and Sunday, only sat can I read blogs, social media, watch youtube
        • Night time needs to be puppy time, walk time, craft time, and reading and wind down
    • Career
      • Private goal
      • Really work on Codecademy
    • Self-Improvement
      • Work on lateness
      • Work on no gossip, politics, complaining, cussing, exaggerating set up
      • Work on Spanish
      • Work on habits
      • Work on training and grooming and caring for Bjorn (see above)
      • Start planning for 2nd quarter
      • Work on blogging, using up drafts and planning to cover a lot of April since I will be swamped
    • Finances
      • Financial Goals Before I Move into New Apartment
          • Have all funds for Bjorn’s shots, meds, supplies, and neutering, buy rest of purchases
          • Increase income streams?
          • Sell some more stuff, furniture, fridge, comforter, etc.
          • Pay off debt
          • Build up checking account balance
          • Buy exercises items
          • Work on Saving enough for laser, dermatologist, orthodontist
          • Have all apartment fees ready in account by end of the month
          • Build back all savings
          • Buy printer
          • Buy security system
          • Have almost everything I need for my house and some money towards purchasing groceries, toiletries, paper goods, and cleaning supplies, particularly low waste items
    • Beauty
      • Research what is open in terms of facials
      • Get back on track with skincare
      • Work on body care and sunscreen reapplication
      • Work on pedicure habit
    • Crafts
      • finish Mom’s gift
      • Finish niece #2 blanket
      • Finish niece #1 gifts (Frog and Toad and maybe Francis)
      • Work on 3 more family baby blankets
  • Daily Life

    Life Lately

    So, a lot of life was lived during the last week of Feb and the first week of March. It all culminated the first week of March.

    I was planning on putting a deposit down on an apartment in the city, not my first choice because I work in a town outside the city and its got more expensive costs for utilities and such (whereas a few utilities were included in the rent for the apartments in the town plus just a cheaper area) plus safety. Apartments were moving slow in the town, and I did something that required me to move. And I’d expected to be in an apartment in February. Anyway, I was going to see this city apartment and put a deposit down on Wednesday when I got a call on Tuesday from the apartment complex I’d first applied to, so I went and put a deposit down on my lunch break.

    I’d called my mom to ask/tell her about it, and she was all in a flurry because my sister-in-law had gone into labor. My brother and sister-in-law were planning on bringing my niece that night to prepare in case my sister-in-law could be induced on Wednesday. Mom had moved all her work to Tuesday, so there was some scrambling to make sure my niece was picked up. Unlike with the first baby this niece arrived quickly. Because of covid not even her sister could see her in the hospital, and I was able to leave early on Friday to go over and watch niece 1 meet her sister when they came home.

    And then Saturday, I drove backroad state roads 1.5 hours (I’ve never driven further than 45″ not counting traffic and only in areas I grew up around) to pick up my Pomeranian puppy. Thankfully the route back was different, because I was afraid the little furball would be so sick. I was rather stressed about him anyway. I think he was a bit stunned for the first several days as he didn’t make much noise, because when he found his voice, oh he found it.

    I’m trying to retrain him to use the litterbox. I thought I was prepared with most of my stuff, but then had to run to Lowe’s Sunday (after visiting my baby niece again) to put up some linoleum to put under his pen. Then we had a traumatizing vet visit, I didn’t realize they still had drop-off only rules in place which makes me uncomfortable, I couldn’t look at his papers and make sure we were on the same page, next time I’m going to make copies. Anyway, it’s been a learning curve, we’ve never had a puppy this small or this young, he doesn’t have all his shots so he has to be kept away from outdoors and other dogs (well that will always require supervision as he’s a tiny mite).

    So yeah, I’d put a deposit down on him, not thinking it would be April before I’d get into an apartment (here’s to hoping the people leave sooner and haven’t trashed the place). It’s probably better though, he’ll be bigger and better able to be on his own (I’ll be able to go home during lunch since its only 10-15″ away from work).

    Meet Bjorn Cub

    He looks like a little teddy bear. I was wanting Teddy Graham, but wasn’t sure. “Teddy” is awfully close to my sister’s “Theo.” The names, the dogs are about as different as could be. I found a site that listed all the dogs in the Rosemary Sutcliff books. I ended up going with Bjorn from Shield Ring (the man not a dog), it means bear after all, and Cub, for Esca’s dog.

    The one and only time he actually got in his bed, maybe when he’s bigger he will like it.

     I feel like he’s gotten bigger in the one week between the top and bottom photos. Oh, he’s about 12 weeks right now.

  • Daily Life

    How I Did on My February Plans

    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. I did put a deposit down on an apartment, the on paper date I get it is April 16, but I could get it sooner.
    • 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. I had to reset that process this month since I basically turned off Cold Turkey whenever I wanted.
    • Set up news controls/limits.
    • Memory journal setup. Partial
    • 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. I did get a Fitbit on sale.
    • 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. Apparently this was stuff I’d already been taught, and they forgot that they taught me.
    • Private goal #1.
    • Private Goal #2.
    • Set up tech learning plan.
    Self-Improvement
    • Continue to work on lateness. Yeah, that crashed and burned with the ice and then the snow storm. And then the new addition to my life, but I’m working on it.
    • Work on no gossip, politics, complaining, cussing, exaggerating set up. I should add work on my repetitive, obsessive speech as well, try to figure out how to redirect myself.
    • Work on Spanish.
    • Work on habits.
    Finances
    • Increase income streams.
    • Pay off debt. I paid off a little
    • Build up checking to remain at certain amount.
    • Buy CodeAcademy pro. Did this, and I have used it, I’m also working on another plan as well which I need to get back on track on.
    • Buy exercises classes and materials, one event, Kindle (if it goes on sale), and Fitbit. Partial, I bought the later two things both on sale! Fitbit happened to be on sale when I looked but I used camelcamelcamel.com to track sales of specific Amazon items, starting with the Kindle.
    • 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. Well, did the opposite, as I will explain in another post.
    • Buy certain significant purchases. Partial.
    • 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. Done
    • 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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    Animal People

    Since my two youngest sisters are still at home with my parents and will probably be for a few years, I’m not sure where their pets will end up.

    Family: 1 dog, 2 cats

    Youngest sister: 1 cat

    Second youngest sister: 2 dogs, she has also had a fish or two, but none currently

    3rd youngest sister and brother-in-law: 1 dog, 1 cat

    Brother and sister-in-law: 0 animals (they also got married first, they are the least animal people, but I think my niece is going to want one)

    Sister right after me and brother-in-law: 1 bunny (they are in a condo, I think they will get a dog if/when they get a yard, my brother in law is allergic to cats otherwise I’m pretty sure my sister would have gotten one)

    Self: 0 at the moment, depending on what my apartments allow, I want at least 1 cat, hoping I can get a more lenient apartment, so I can have 2 cats and 1 dog eventually (I have my heart set on an expensive dog).

    Oh, and I’m going to have a horse one of these days. I’ll make it happen. Possibly also an angora rabbit so I can spin it’s fur. Possible a mini farm.

    Current Total: 4 cats, 4 dogs, and 1 bunny.

  • Daily Life

    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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    Posting Schedule

    I was rather brain dead earlier this month and thought that I’d just set the goal to one post a week, but I think I came up with more ideas on that same day, plus this snow day and after seeing others’ posts, I’ve just feel a re-burst of energy/inspiration/ideas. So February is going to be pretty full. And I’m hoping to better manage my time and energy and interests to keep it up. Hopefully at the lowest ebb, I can manage around 2 posts a week.

    I’m still at around 20 drafts (I’d prefer to keep it much lower, but I think some of them I need to reread books or get more to add to them) plus my list of blog posts ideas (a better way to store things than tons of drafts).

    I think my sweet spot is scheduling around several weeks to a month at a time, leaving plenty of days to add in any tags or randomly thought of posts. I usually like accumulating several ideas then having a time where I’m inspired to blog and then whipping up a bunch of posts. If I schedule too far in advance as I’ve done in the past, I’ve sort of emotionally and mentally moved on from the posts and its a little off kilter feeling, whereas if I have to post too close every single week, I wouldn’t have the ideas or energy.

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    More Fun

    The first I found through a link roundup of a link roundup here, I didn’t even watch the whole list at first, but Mom said the goat one was hilarious (eventually we watched all of them together while showing various family members. But this one, was definitely the favorite.

    Hilarious and darling at the same time.

    Your Guide to Not Getting Murdered in a Quaint English Village

    The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey. “He’s tiny Aragorn” and “Oh, offensively so.”

    Star Wars: Attack of the Clones.  “Yeah, the assassin hired an assassin to assassinate somebody and then followed the assassin to supervise the assassination and then assassinated the assassin when the assassination went wrong.” And that is one of the lesser funny ones, there are a ton of zingers in this one.

    The Minimalists home tours, Josh and Ryan. Watch in that order.