1. Walk at least 500 miles this year (31 miles down and 469 to go)
I felt a lot better this week, so we made it back to the gym.
2. Eat at least five fruits/vegetables every day
I did much better on this goal for the week as well. I ate five fruits and vegetables for six days.
3. Learn Spanish this year
This week I did Duolingo for 50 minutes.
4. Take a family outing each month Accomplished
We went to Applebee’s to use a gift card that we received at Christmas.
5. Have more family game nights
So far this month, we have played:
-Apples to Apples and Pass the Pigs
*If you need ideas as to what games are fun for families here is a list of our current favorites.
6. Buy more used items and keep track of the savings
This week, we found my son four new tshirts at the thrift store ($8 for all), a nice fleecy Columbia jacket ($4), and a cute baby wolf stuffed animal ($2). **I keep telling Ben he has enough stuffed animals, but he disagrees…
Total spent: $14
Estimated running total saved by buying used for the year: $95**
**I am doing a rough estimate based on how much I could find the items on clearance at a store for…so its not a perfect guess, but close.
7. Finish my 2019 NaNoWriMo novel (~35,000 words) and publish it before November 1st.
13,696 words and counting…
If you want to check out my novel from last year it is Murder at Kelsey Hall and is free right now with Kindle Unlimited on Amazon.
8. Complete one home improvement or project each month Accomplished!
I have been on a decluttering kick lately so I am counting that as my project for this month. Every year I go through each room and closet in our house and physically lay hands on everything we own. This way I know what we have and what we need to get rid of. (I usually do this following the Christmas season due to the influx of new items we receive as gifts. Somethings just need to be rehomed before we reach hoarder status….)
This month, I cleaned out under our stairs (so creepy), reorganized our laundry room/utility room, cleaned out every closet, and straightened out my pantry. I got rid of a lot of trash and made a huge donation to the local thrift store. Now all I need to do is find somewhere to take our broken electronics and we should be good for the year.
9. Make a spiritual checklist to do with my kids each month
For January, we plan on:
Attending the Mary, Mother of God mass on New Year’s day
Attending one daily mass
Praying the Rosary on the way to mass We did that this week. Going to an adoration We did an adoration with our Sunday School class last week
Going to confession
Cleaning the sanctuary
Washing the altar linens