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2020 Goals: Week 40 and Entering the Final Quarter

Sunday, October 04, 2020

2020 Goals

What a crazy year! We're in the final quarter, and I'm reviewing my progress. I'm slowly making progress, but, overall, I am disappointed in how little I've accomplished and redoubling my efforts to finish the year strong.

1. Say good-bye to one item a day, and if something comes in, something goes out = 366 fewer items.

Still off-track, but I made a BIG effort this past week and made up lost ground. I need to remain motivated and continue what I'm coming to realize is as much mental and emotional as it is physical. Being disabled right now makes it much more challenging to accomplish physical tasks. But if I'm honest, I think some of the things I have are because they remind me who I used to be. In some cases, they speak to who I wish I were. Part of this process is acknowledging reality and letting go of the past to focus on the future.

2. Read one pleasure book a week that meets the requirements to donate to the prison program = 52 books a year. Updated to 75 books.

I read five books this week. Most of them were disappointing, but I did read Joyce Meyers' Making Good Habits and Breaking Bad Ones. Nothing earth shattering, but her connection to God as the foundation for how she views change was really interesting and gave me something to consider.

Total for 2020: 59

3. Happiness Planner project.

Completed!! I review it periodically for inspiration.

4. I will try one new recipe each week.

Nothing new on this front, but I'm going to try a few emoticon recipes. And for you saucy sparkers out there, yes, I am talking about food. emoticon

5. Skin care
I cleaned out my bathroom cabinets and drawers and chucked out old product. Now to read up on what skin care needs I have now that I'm getting older.

6. Study French 30 minutes a day.

Nope. I need to be more disciplined.


7. Challenging myself to a no-spend month. Rent, utilities, a set food budget and - that's it, barring a genuine emergency.

I did much better this week and am realizing that I would much rather get my finances in order than own a lot of stuff.

emoticon This is a tough time for all of us. Let's all be kind to ourselves and to each other. Wash your hands, wear a mask when you go out, and remember that even if they can't see your mouth smile, people will see it in your eyes and appreciate your uplifting spirit. emoticon emoticon emoticon
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    I, too, have stalled out on my home decluttering project(s)... Trying to go easy on myself bcz it’s been a tough year, amirite?? I did manage to get some of my recipes arranged in a binder which is a start...
    292 days ago
    Don't be so hard on yourself! You are doing FABULOUS!
    302 days ago
    Wow! 5 books! That is amazing!
    No wonder you accumulate them. I only purchase books at charity sales.
    The best skin care is drinking lots of water. I drink lots and people are always saying I look younger than I am. Products have too many ingredients in them to be healthy.
    That would be something to learn a second language. French is almost mandatory in our country, but not in yours, what made you choose that?
    Good luck with your goals, I am sure you do well.
    Take care!
    302 days ago
  • L*I*T*A*
    this is 2020 and most people are in the same place including me.............

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    302 days ago
    It can be hard to get rid of things when we have an emotional attachment to them.

    It still sounds like you are doing pretty well in reaching your goals.
    Especially with the year this has been.

    Your last paragraph sums it up so well.

    Have a great week!
    303 days ago
    I wish I were doing better at getting rid of more things too but I have not given up and won't. We are in a similar situation - sometimes the body isn't willing, sometimes the mind isn't. It's is important that I get rid of and let go of things but I am resistant and do best when I let go of things I don't want.

    I am still reading about a book a week but am often only mildly interested. Due to 2020 I really don't wish to read anything regarding religion or politics. I am very disappointed in a lot of the people of this nation. I will always have a strong faith, just like I always have, but it is grounded in God and not in immoral men. If someone is not following the Ten Commandments then they don't get it. How many people are really?

    The happiness planner sounds good and I wish I would try a new recipe a week but seldom do. I think about it and get ready to do it and don't.

    I try with skin care too but not daily. I should.

    We are finding ways to save money and a month or so ago I saved $1000+ on property taxes. So that made hubby happy.

    I always wear a mask in public, social distance, and hand wash.
    303 days ago
  • JUSTME29
    After my big purge this summer, it feels like my "stuff" is encroaching on my again already. I got rid of so much stuff, but maybe not enough. I don't know. Even things that I actively enjoy add up to a lot. Getting rid of things that remind you of past you is hard, there's no fault with having a hard time letting go of that.

    My reading has stalled to almost nothing. It's not like me, I usually average about a book a week during the school year and now I've been reading the same book for 3 weeks. All the craziness just ends with me watching mindless tv or losing time on social media & YouTube.

    Let us know how your recipes come out. I've never had much luck with eggplant.
    303 days ago
    I think you should be a bit easier on this challenging year ANYTHING is a victory, and you've done so much more than the minimum!!!
    my goal for this coming week,,,,i have 2 small weddings..bringing my total weddings for the year to 5. a sad disappointment from the usually 50-70+ but i'm grateful for any. I'm scrubbing everything i can touch and reach with pine house smells like the forest and i kinda like it!! as i'm going along i'm also trying to purge and organize. making very small progress, but it IS progress nonetheless.
    and thats about it for me...trying to do things small and do them well....
    big hugs. I think you rock!!
    303 days ago
    emoticon here's to the rest of the year... cheers
    303 days ago
    I also haven't made the progress on my goals this year that I had intended. Keep your chin up, let go of the past, and move on to the future. You can do it!
    303 days ago
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