Back in January, I posted a list of seven goals of things I would like to accomplish this year. Today, I am doing an update for the last month.
1) Moving Without Murder
Can you believe my parents still haven’t moved in? Everything is locked and loaded for them, except for a walkway so my mom can get her chair from the driveway in to the house.
You know, details.
My dad was having it contracted out (it wasn’t our fabulous contractors), and the dude bailed on it! Now, my dad has to get new bids at a time when everyone and their mother (like mine) are needing cement work (or is it “concrete” Brian?) done. Jack keeps asking if they will be living with us by April 4th (his birthday) because “that would be a great birthday present Momma”.
2) Find a Better Work/Life/Blog Balance
It hasn’t happened, and probably won’t until April 2016 because of the nature of a giant project we are working on right now.
Between that, some stuff at home (remodeling and other projects), my blog time has slipped lately. I really hate when this place takes a backseat, because I have so much fun here. This space is a source of therapy and laughter for me. If you have emailed me in the last month, I probably have very likely not responded to you. My inbox is overflowing and I am behind on life. I suck, I’m terrible, but I will respond.
3) Be More Selfish
Hmmm, I haven’t done much except strongly encourage Troy to install our beautiful wood floors in our new bedroom. We have been staying in a temporary cubby for six months, with about 10 outfits shoved in to our kid’s closet, and the rest of our belongings in the attic.
I have been patient and not whiny, but I was ready for it to be DONE. Troy and my father-in-law did an amazing job, and I am so happy we can have a real room again.
On the work front, I’ve been working a lot. But I also have some days coming up where I need flexibility to either not be there, or come late, or leave early. So I told my boss my schedule would be kinda squishy over the next few weeks. I didn’t really ask, just basically said “I’ll be late” or whatever, blah, blah, blah. I’m choosing to take time for myself to get some shit done.
4) Pay off my Car
I did it!!!!! I paid it off on March 3rd, 2.5 years early. We worked so hard to accomplish this. I basically ignored some other things that needed attention, and spent months devoting half of Troy’s paycheck to this endeavor. We also did a grocery challenge, sold some stuff, and generally just killed our fun spending for an extended period of time.
It was so fun to go to the credit union and ask for the payoff balance (I had a general idea, but knew there would be a few more dollars of interest since the last time I looked), and said “HERE YOU GO”!
The teller did a little clapping dance for me, and said “congratulations” while I smiled a big dumb smile. Now, I can go back to using that money for other things.
5) Cull the Herd
This isn’t something I am working on, because essentially I am just no longer expelling energy towards relationships (friendships) that no longer make sense. It’s been freeing.
Nice to be able to check something off of the list and call it done.
6) Learn to Knit Something Using a Pattern
Giant fail on this one. I have made a point to stay out of Joann Fabrics to save cash (see goal 4), and I have yet to get the needles I need to start learning the mitten pattern I am going to be learning with my coworker.
7) Be a Better Mom
Let’s just call this a work in progress, and end it there, m’kay?
How are you done with your own goals?