2020 Goals

Goal Update for Week 41

1. Walk at least 500 miles this year (401 miles down and 99 to go)

I get so excited when I see that I am below 100 miles left for the year!! I completed ten miles this week by doing Bodyfit by Amy videos on YouTube and walking.

2. Eat at least five fruits/vegetables daily (+ drink 96 oz. of water)

I did this for four days last week. We had a cold at our house so I ate mostly comfort foods. It wasn’t Covid we checked!

3. Read more nonfiction and classics

Born a Crime: Stories from a South African Childhood  7: An Experimental Mutiny Against Excess (Updated and Revised)

This past week I read Born a Crime by Trevor Noah and 7 by Jen Hatmaker. I found Born a Crime very interesting because I knew little about apartheid before this book. The writing was really good, but some of the subject matter I skimmed over because I am a highly sensitive person and things bother me long after I read them. This was the fourth time I read 7 by Jen Hatmaker. Anytime I am feeling lost or worry that my world is spinning out of control, reading books like 7 always help to reground me. 

4. Take a family outing each month

Not yet

5. Have more family game nights

Not yet

*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

I found a Old Navy cardigan for $5 and two packages of picture hanging hardware for just $1 at the thrift store this week. 

Estimated running total saved by buying used for the year: $550

**I am doing a rough estimate based on how much I could find the items on sale or on clearance at a store for minus what I paid for the items…so its not a perfect guess, but close.

7. Finish my 2019 NaNoWriMo novel (~35,000 words) and publish it before January 1st, 2021.

I actually worked a little more on my novel this past week. I had to go back over what I had actually written and get back into the story again, but at least that is progress. 

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. $5 Weekly Charity Challenge

My youth group is holding a baby shower event during the month of October for our local Sav-a-life organization. So this week I bought diapers to add to the pile.

9. Make a spiritual checklist to do with my kids each month

For October:

-Learn one hymn a week

-Read one saint story a week

-Read the daily mass readings at least once each week 

-Pray a decade of the rosary together once a week

10. Home Improvement projects I hope to complete by the end of the year

  • Build a wood shed to contain all of our firewood
  • Have a tree cut down in our yard
  • Add gravel to our driveway 
  • Build a cat tree for our kittens (Almost done!)
  • Build a display shelf for Ben’s room
  • Take a load to the dump Our yard is mostly debris free!!
  • Finish the trim on the kitchen cabinets

God Bless!

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