1. Walk at least 500 miles this year (220 miles down and 280 to go)
This week I pulled weed, walked, and then did kettlebell/dumbbell workouts thanks to Bodyfit by Amy on YouTube. **Its free and fabulous!
2. Read more nonfiction and classic books
I really enjoy the way that David McCullough retells a historical event. I am amazed that I never heard of the Johnstown Flood. It was a horrific disaster that could have so easily been prevented if someone had spoken up earlier. Basically a really large man-made dam failed after a record breaking rainfall and wiped out numerous towns in its path. This sounds like a cut and dry story, but McCullough tracks down all of the interesting details that really help you to see what it would have been like if you were in the flood’s path. Like people floating down streets on mattresses, a woman giving birth in an attic while her house is floating down a hillside, people completely stripped of all their clothes by the raging waters, etc. The death toll was in the thousands and they never really could identify all of the bodies. Whole families were wiped out. This sounds miserable (and it was) but the humanity that came out of this tragedy was amazing. Americans from all over the country sent money and goods to help rebuild the towns and during the flood people risked (and lost) their lives trying to save others. This was also the first natural disaster that Clara Barton’s newly found Red Cross spear-headed so that was cool to learn about.
Ever since the pandemic started I have been having the hardest time making decisions, so when I heard about this book I downloaded it straight away. Emily Freeman gives really practical, gentle tips for how to make any decision. Her whole premise is that if you just do the “next right thing” that will get you on the path to making the right decision. We all tend to over think things, but really sometimes there are multiple “right decisions” when we think there is only one. I plan on going back and taking notes again because I flew through it the first time. I loved her philosophy of recognizing if something is energy draining or energy giving while you are trying to sort things out too. Life changing.
3. Keep a gratitude journal
This week I am thankful for:
- We got a dishwasher! I have waffled back and forth over whether we should get a new one for the past two years (yes, I have been handwashing dishes for two years now) I personally like handwashing dishes, but I am the only one in my family who does….so in hopes that this will open up some free time for me in the evenings, we took the plunge. Now I will have to find another time to listen to my favorite podcasts….
- That my mom loves to pick up things off of the side of the road. She passed a cat tower that had a “Free” sign on it and picked it up for my daughter’s cats. They love it! **We sprayed it with sanitizer and left it sitting in the sun for the afternoon, so hopefully it will be okay.
4. Try one new recipe each week
Yuck! I did try a recipe out this week, but it was awful. It was supposed to be Thai chicken tenders, but there was no flavor at all on the chicken after we grilled it. I promise I marinaded it for the suggested time, but it was still bland and tasteless. But….I did try out a new recipe, so there is that.
5. Do more things as a family
We have taken a lot of family walks lately.
6. Buy more used items
We found a cat toy, a planter, t-shirts, and books at the thrift store last week. My mom also passed by someone giving away a cat tower, so she brought it home for us. It was in great condition and the cats loved it.
Estimated savings for the year: $140
7. Take my children on monthly outings by themselves
8. Finish my 2019 NaNoWriMo novel
Okay, I figured out who the killer is…
**If you would like to check out my last novel, Murder at Kelsey Hall, its available to purchase on Amazon as an eBook (or if you have Kindle Unlimited, it is currently free to read with your subscription)
9. Work on my bullet journaling skills
I have been attempting to keep a bullet journal this year and have really enjoyed it. My favorite things to draw involve plants and flowers and I get all of my ideas from Pinterest. Thank goodness there are talented people out there who share their ideas with us.
10. Eat five fruits and veggies + drink 96 ounces of water each day
I did this for five days this week.
Have a great week!