Insane Goals: July 2013 Update

I wrote a crazy-long list of goals for this year.  Here is how I did last month on my Insane Goals.

July Accomplishments:

1. I cleaned and reorganized the attic.  Friends are storing some things in our attic while they look for a new house and this was the perfect motivation to finally get up there.

Blue Berries

2. I canned bread & butter and dill pickles.  I also froze 40 pounds of blue berries.  (The box pictured above is 20 lbs.)  Of course my children ate about 150 pounds worth while I was cleaning them, but I still got 17 quart size bags into my freezer.

3. I put an emergency kit/bucket in the van.  It only includes the bucket, some plastic trash bags, and an ice pack.  There are so many other things I should put in there, but I’m thankful I at least have the bucket!

Pantry Before & After Photo

4. I reorganized and decluttered two of my kitchen cabinets.  I only have… um… a lot more to go.  You can read about one of them in this guest post I wrote for A Slob Comes Clean.

5. Speaking of cleaning type stuff…  I completed the Just Clean Something Challenge!  This wasn’t on my original goal list, but I did it to help me keep up with my cleaning checklist.

6. Grace has been doing a really good job holding pencils.  I haven’t seen her grabbing one in her fist for a long time.  My sister just gave us some pencil grips to help tweak her finger placement.

July Disappointments:

1. Nate and I didn’t have a date night this month and I can feel it.  I am really craving some alone time for us to talk to each other without little ones interrupting every 30 seconds.

2. I had been making great progress on photo goals, but this month I didn’t upload any new pictures to Snapfish, sort & purge photo files on my computer, or work on my photo books.

3. I didn’t work on my eBook at all in July and I am so disappointed in myself.

4. The radon guy had to come back out to give us a new quote.  I was disappointed in the price and started dragging my feet on getting this finished.

You can see my complete list of goals below.  

My 2013 Insane Goals

House Goals

  • Organize & Declutter: office, Noah’s closet, kitchen steps, kitchen cabinets, attic, basement, upstairs bathroom, my night stand
  • Hang Pictures: dining room, Noah’s room, Grace’s Room, master bedroom, upstairs bathroom, downstairs bathroom, living room
  • Install a Radon Mitigation System
  • Fix the Microwave
  • Reorganize my Jewelry
  • Follow my Cleaning Checklist
  • Deep Clean the Dishwasher
  • Spring Clean All Rooms: living room, dining room, kitchen, downstairs bathroom, laundry room, stairs/hallway, Noah’s room, Grace’s room, master bedroom, upstairs bathroom

Finish Photo Books

  • The Year 2009
  • The Year 2010
  • The Year 2011
  • The Year 2012
  • Grace’s First Year Book
  • Noah’s First Year Book
  • Upload pictures to Snapfish monthly & catch up on uploading from 2012

Food Goals

  • Experiment with my Bread Machine
  • Make a Meal Directory
  • Think Outside the Cereal Box
  • Grow Something
  • Can & Freeze: salsa, pickles, blueberries, jam, applesauce, corn

Books to Read

  • Bright from the Start by Jill Stamm
  • 7 by Jen Hatmaker
  • Platform by Michael Hyatt
  • A Barn for the Harvest – written by my pastor in honor of our church’s 30th anniversary

Grace & Noah

  • Read Grace’s devotional book daily at nap time.
  • Eliminate Grace’s daily potty training accidents.
  • Re-teach Grace the alphabet.
  • Teach Grace to hold a pencil correctly.
  • Read to Noah daily. 
  • Breastfeed Noah for 12 months.
  • Buy & Install a new convertible car seat for Noah.
  • Have Noah’s 9 month, 12 month, and 18 month pictures taken.
  • Have Grace’s 4 year picture taken.

General Goals

  • Write a note of appreciation/thanks every month.
  • Have monthly date nights with Nate
  • Invite someone over for supper or dessert every two months.
  • Use & Enjoy our Gift Cards!
  • Create & Complete a Summer Fun List
  • Create & Complete a Festive Fall List
  • Mail out the my “girlfriends notebook”
  • Put an emergency kit/bucket in the van
  • Keep library fines under $5 for entire year.  Current total: $8.20
  • Watch Downton Abby Season 1, Season 2, & Season 3

The BIG One: Write an eBook.

Now it is your turn!  I would love to hear about your goals and progress in the comments.

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  1. Love how the blueberries multiplied. 🙂

    Your goal posts always motivate me. Makes me want to get all sorts of things done, unfortunately I end up stalling somewhere along the way.

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