Thursday, March 22, 2018

Spring '18 Goals & Winter 2017-18 Report Card

Before Christmas, I set some goals, goals I wanted to achieve before spring.  Here's how I did.

✔ Change up my exercise regime

I continued doing some planking, like 10 different kinds, when my tennis elbow allowed.  Although this is a minor, I'm still counting this as a win.

✗ Complete Book Challenge by Erin 8.0 (Round One) before the Spring Equinox

I was rather slow out of the gate on this one.  My first book was almost the length of two books and took me practically the entire month of January to finish. But, I was optimistic that I'd make up for lost ground come February, but... I didn't.  As of today, I've completed 8/10 categories and, given that the challenge runs until the end of April, I still have plenty of time to finish it.  I did the exact same thing last year, made a goal to finish it early and didn't.  Lesson learned - Ericka, quit putting time restraints on your reading.

✗ Have a specific credit card 50% paid off.

As of today, it is 25% paid off.  I'm still plugging away at it.  I'll get there.

✔ Buy nothing the entire month of January other than food and any toiletries that run out and need replacing

Confession: I bought two e-books ($8.46) for my Kindle using a gift card.  I also bought a new coat to walk in because I found one on sale for 50% off.  BUT - I used the money that I made by selling my old walking coat and a Columbia fleece jacket, both that were way too big for me, on eBay to pay for the new coat.  So, yes, technically I failed this one, but considering I wasn't out any money for either purchase, I'm considering this a win.

✗ Organize my Christmas ornaments and purge decorations I no longer want or use

I had the best of intentions for this one, but the weather interfered.  I store my ornaments and decorations in an outside shed and by the time we took down the tree, it was snowy and cold and I just said, "Screw it..."  Maybe I'll tackle this project when it's warmer.

Well, there you have it.  Not the best season I've had in terms of achieving goals, but that's just how it goes sometimes.  Such is life.  There's a part of me that feels like it's time to hang it up with the seasonal goals, especially given my dismissal success rate with my winter goals (40%). But, I'll give it one more shot.  
Here are my spring goals:
  • Finish KDF Mini Marathon injury free and with a smile of gratitude on my face.
  • Drink more water (because I really suck at it and know I don't drink enough).
  • Have all of my end of the year paperwork finished and filed on or before my last day of work. 
  • Be brave (but not stupid) when I go to Utah in June (more on this later).

I'll report on my progress around the first day of summer.  Check back then to see how I did.

Have a good one!


  1. Don't give up on your goals they keep you striving forward

  2. I think the spending goal is definitely a win. Selling old stuff to buy something new that you needed sounds like good financial management to me and buying books with a gift card also isn't spending money. Maybe tackle the decorations in advance of Christmas at some point (Autumn?)- get them out, organise and only keep what you need, plus make a list of what new ones you might like to get. Good luck with your spring goals.

    1. Thank you! Yeah, the Christmas ornaments... I'll have to do it before the weather gets too hot or before it gets too cold.

  3. I think maybe you can consider less goals for each season. Four or five each is kind of a high bar.

    1. Good point. Perhaps I'll try one more time and I won't do more than three.

  4. I have a 33 oz water bottle and just tell myself I have to drink 3 of them every day. It's just a non-option. Usually, I go over that too, but I think the challenge of it is what keeps me doing it.

    1. How in the world can you drink all that water during the workweek? The biggest complaint that my coworkers have, those who are classroom teachers anyway, is that they can't drink a lot of water because they can't make that many trips to the restroom. I have a little more luxury given that I can go to the restroom with more regularity.

  5. trick to drinking more water: keep a refillable water bottle (a big one) at your side during the day and target to refill 2-3x/day.


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