Monday, October 3, 2016

One Little Word: October Goals

Zach and I have been throwing around the idea of a "no spend" goal for 2017, where we don't buy any "extras" for an entire year. No extra clothes, accessories, home decor, etc. We don't spend a whole lot on that stuff as it is, but I really have a feeling that doing this will help us make more advances toward gratitude and acceptance/contentment of the things that we have and to make the most of the simple little home that we have and living within our means. Additionally, we are working toward a new goal of paying off my student loans. We would really like to pay them off in the next year and half and I think it's possible--I really do. But we have to eliminate all other forms of spending, I am really excited about this. That being said, I'm not sure if I want to wait a full year to make some of the tiny/small changes to our home that I was/am hoping to make. So...I will have some lofty/probably repeat goals for our home for the next few months as we prepare to go without any additions, I'd like to get some of my main home goals taken care of. 

JaiseAnn and I did a fall leaves painting activity the other day. I was pretty pleased with how mine turned out. 

Now, my goals: 

*Prints (and frames) for "Faith Gallery Wall"
*Learn to Use/Use Dehydrater for fruit
*Way to display JaiseAnn's artwork
*Curtain Rods
*Quote for Living Room
*Quote for Kitchen
*New Blinds
*Update 72 hour kits with new clothes and food (I do this every Fall conference weekend.)

*Print JaiseAnn's 1-2 Year Baby Book
*update JaiseAnn's baby book
*Intentional time each day (even when we are out and about) to sit down and play together
*Structured counting activity each week
*Structured craft/themed activity each week
*Drive and picnic to see the leaves

*Go on a date night out (I have this one planned and so far Zach doesn't know about it and I am SO excited about it. I'll tell you when I report on these goals!!!)
*Family date night (to corn maze)
*Do something special for Zach's birthday
*Intentional Date nights at home--preplanned each week 
*Make plans for our anniversary next month

*Experiment with making natural sugar things/reduce refined sugar intake
*No eating after JaiseAnn goes to bed
*Go to bed early one night per week
*Get hair cut
*Read 2 books at least
*Schedule and enjoy a massage

*Put up a new scripture to reflect on on the fridge
*Have FHE every week this month--just a five minute message
*Scripture Study
*Create a conference schedule

*Email about academic writing (thesis and article)
*Apply for a job I have on my radar
*Work on improving my skills 

What are some of your goals this month?

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