Relocating

Y’all, life is hilARious. Like slap your mama kinda funny.

You know how I mentioned on Tuesday that I’ll be moving in 2018 or 2019? Well, yeah. I’m actually moving this weekend. Mmhmm. You read that right.

My apartment has had… odor issues since I moved in (turns out it may actually be sewer gas coming from the building next door – which would mean I’ve been slowly getting poisoned for the last year or so – cheers!). They weren’t constant, but would come and go at the most inconvenient of times. Recently, the odors combined with fibro have been making me miserably ill. After the millionth attempt to get my landlord to correct the problem, they offered to let me out of my lease, reimburse me this month’s rent and refund my deposit, so that I can move.

Hallelujah.

ish.

I’m not gonna lie, I’m fairly excited about the new apartment. What I’m not excited about is the headache of moving when I’m at 50% health and the curve ball this will throw into my afore mentioned money goals. Gah. Life.

Trying to think of this as an adventure. ‘Cause that’s exactly what it is.

Since I’ll be moving on Friday, I decided that keeping the clutter around until January 1st is entirely pointless. Why would I move it to the new apartment, only to move it again a week later? Nah, I ain’t about that life. So this morning I dropped off an entire trunk full of donations and gave a very hearty “Merry Christmas!” as I drove away. It felt amazing. Especially since the moment was book-ended by doctor appointments that really had me in a mood.

Anyway.

I’ll have to review my goals and see what’s going to change. I know a couple right off the bat are my “keep it under $1,500” and “pay off $10,000.” They’re going to need some modifying. Hopefully not too much; I was dang excited about that biz.

My apartment is packed and everything hurts, but soon I’ll be thriving in my new home. It’s been a busy weekend.

How was yours?

 

My 5-Year Plan ain’t Goin’ so Good

The title of this post pretty much sums it up. As I mentioned last week, I’ve decided to spend the remainder of 2017 reviewing my goals and intentions and figuring out how far behind I am + what I can do to make it up before 12:01 AM strikes on January 1st.

The first project was to tackle my 5-Year plan. It was in sore need of an update as quite a bit has changed for me. If you head over there now, it looks fairly different than it did at the start of 2017, but that’s okay. Life changes us, it changes our priorities, our desires. To me, an overhaul of the plan represents the growth I’ve (hopefully) experienced this year.

This is actually Year Two in the plan I put into motion in 2016. Let’s review my original thoughts for the year, shall we?

Pay off remaining debt: I did do this thing. I did it faster than anticipated (thank you random bonus!) and was so relieved once that final payment finished processing. BUT. I guess I didn’t appreciate that feeling of freedom enough, because I jumped right back into the pit and took on a car payment. I will say, the car has proven itself to be quite the blessing, but it came with shackles and I’m not sure if it was my brightest idea.

Continue in school, working towards my AA in Human Services: I did take a couple more courses, but then I quit again. A couple of weeks ago, I blogged about my life as a 4-Time College Drop-Out and why I’m beginning to think maybe college isn’t for me.

Complete the German Mango Languages course: Nope.

Walk/run a 5k: Notta.

Complete the Couch to 5k exercise plan: Yeah, no.

Establish an exercise routine that sticks: Take a guess? Did you say “No”? You’re right.

Finish writing the ebook on Chronic Illness, then self-publish: I made progress on this one and added a couple of chapters. That said, it’s certainly not finished, beta-tested, or published.

Visit Prince Edward Island with my grams: I DID THE THING! Grams I went to the island in early October. Can you say wow? That place is stunning.

Visit 1-2 never been states: Knocked this one out of the park – visited 6 states on my list +21 state revisits. Hello beautiful, US of A. 🙂

Begin fundraising and planning for Undignified Event 2018: I’ve had a few brainstorming sessions and redesigned the website, but that’s as far as I got.

Become a more consistent blogger and transfer to self-hosting or upgrade WP plan: L.O.L. Okay, so I did upgrade my WordPress plan (which is why those pesky ads are gone), but I have been anything other than consistent.

Participate in/win NaNoWriMo: I participated. I really did! But then I gave up. I know there are still 9 more days of opportunity, and I could technically win as I only need 37,000 more words (4,112 words a day is totally doable) but………

As for my 2017 | A Year of Self-Care goals…

The following are the items that remain unchecked on my list (you’ll notice some repetitiveness as a lot of these were pulled from my 5-year plan) :

  1. Stewardship
    1. Pay off remaining debt
    2. Save more money for the future (read: travel, emergencies, new-to-me car)
  2. Self Growth
    1. Start studying German again
    2. Finish writing the first draft of my e-book
    3. Walk/Run a 5k
  3. Health
    1. Gluten-free all year
      • Third Quarter: July, August, September – I fell off the bandwagon…
      • Fourth Quarter: October, November, December – I’m still off it…
    2. Only drink soda once a week
    3. Use previously mentioned gym membership – One time, then decided to cancel as it was so awkward
    4. Keep up with Doctor/Dental appointments all year long
    5. Check into getting braces and make decision once and for all
    6. Fix that posture girl

What now?

I’m going to be real here, a lot of this still applies to my life but isn’t very likely to be accomplished by 2018. So I’ve compiled a list of tasks that are achievable, and hopefully will be achieved, by the new year. These tasks are more specific and less “in general” than most of what we’ve just review. Hopefully that helps my success rate climb a little higher..

  • Start the German Mango Languages course – just one lesson and I can cross this off.
  • Walk 10 miles. That’s 2 per week that remains this year, it’s totally doable.
  • Write 1,000 words for the chronic illness e-book.
  • Write a minimum of 5 more blog posts, so that one post goes up every week that remains this year. (✔)
  • Make lady doctor (✔), dentist (✔), and eye doctor appointments (✔) for December and/or January (based on availability).

That’s it. With those five steps, I’ll feel like I’ve accomplished something that kind of sort of realigns me with where I’m supposed to be right now.

This post is getting long, so I’m going to sign off here with promises that more exciting goal-posts are coming soon (minor sarcasm used with the term “exciting”).

What are some things you’d like to accomplish before the year is up?

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Preparing for the New Year

I can’t believe 2018 is almost upon us. How is that even possible?

I realize you’re probably thinking that I’ve skipped ahead two whole holidays and am jumping straight into the new year posts – no worries, that’s not the case. But it struck me today that I have 40 days left in the year, and after a brief flashback to the previous 324, I’m not sure I can say 2017 has been very successful. I mean, I did a lot of great things (like travel to/through 27 states, 1 country and 1 island), but my goals are still.. well.. unchecked.

40 days is a pretty nice chunk of time, and I’m pretty sure that if I put my head to it, I can accomplish a lot of those unchecked items and set myself up for an incredible 2018.

So here are several things I plan to do over the next 40 days in order to be fully prepared for 12:01 AM on January 1st, 2018. Blog posts are coming soon for several of the following, so get ready for an eyes-wide-open look at my life! No such thing as TMI, eh? 😉

  • Review goals and five-year plan:
    • What have I accomplished?
    • What have I not accomplished that I can accomplish before the 1st?
    • What am I okay with taking off the list?
    • What do I want to move to 2018’s list?
    • Who is The Woman I want to be now?
    • Update the five-year plan to fit my current goals and desires.
  • Review budget:
    • What has my spending pattern been this year?
    • What changes do I want to make for next year?
    • What challenges do I want to take on?
  • Minimalism check-in:
  • And on that same stream of thought… Wardrobe Clear-Out:
    • Track my wardrobe usage for December
    • How many of each category do I have?
    • What do I think I’ll wear? What can go?
    • What did I actually wear? What actually went?
  • Exercise and Diet Detox:
    • No soda
    • No gluten
    • Finish up the BaeTea detox (I bought this almost three months ago and have only used 4 of the 15 day detox teabags)
    • Make better decisions overall (no seriously)
    • I can’t do much right now for exercise, but I’m committing myself to 15 minutes of walking every day, whether that’s in place or outside. It isn’t much, but it’s something.

As you can tell, I’ve got a lot of review work ahead of me.

How about you? How are your 2017 goals coming along?

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