Monday, November 6, 2017

October Goal Review

October was a very mixed month, with a fabulous vacation & then a business trip with some seriously long travel. As a result, we didn't accomplish as much as I'd like.

1) Financial - 
  • Meet with a financial planner - Nope. This got pushed off. 
  • Finalize our 2018 budget - We're in pretty good shape. Now the question remains about my timing for leaving my job, which has us a bit up in the air. I need to finalize this in November. 
  • Finalize our 2018 travel plans - I have the first half of the year sorted, but need to finalize the second half. 
  • Make progress on list of house projects (i.e. prioritize a couple that are not dependent on other projects, and work on budget & timeline for those) - Nope. This got pushed off. 
  • Find one alternative cost cutting option - Well, we are selling our car & bought an electric car. We should be just a smidge under the monthly price, all things considered. We paid $5K up front for a lease, and expect to get almost exactly that back on the sale of the other car. The cost of gas negates the $120 monthly lease fee. We can charge for free at work. I'm optimistic that this could be a cost savings for us, as we will try & get our gas bill down to the bare minimum. 
  • Sell another $100 of items on either eBay or my local Facebook swap site. If nothing sells, donate & get rid of the clutter. - I sold $85 worth of stuff, so at least some progress!
  • Stay on budget for our Hawaii trip - yes!

2) Family - Spend more time together as a family!
  • Cook one meal with each kid, so they can start helping with the cooking. - This definitely didn't happen in October. 
  • Have a family game night. - Yes, we had an Uno party. :-) 
  • Start our planning for Christmas - Yes, I kicked off the process. 
  • More decluttering & organizing in our new house (would like to get the boys closet shelving installed, so they can put away/organize all of their games & toys) - This hasn't happened yet. 

    3) Fitness/health - Lose 2 pounds in October
    • Stay on track on our vacation & my business trip - I worked out a ton on my vacation, and twice on my work trip. The jet lag made anything else challenging. 
    • Eat five servings of fruit & vegetables (combined) per day - eh, not while on my business trip. 
    • Complete 1000 minutes of cardio - yes! I completed 1075 minutes. 
    • Complete 6 strength workouts. - Yes! I completed 9 strength workouts. 
    • Complete 6 stretching workouts - And, 9 stretching workouts!
    • Register for a Turkey Trot - I found one, but haven't registered. Will take care of this in November. 

    4) Work/career - Improve my work life balance.
    • Keep better perspective at work/reduce stress - Eh, I did get promoted, but any time I travel for work, I realize how very hard it is for me. 
    • Work from home 2x this month. - I managed only once, but I was on vacation for a couple of the days. 
    • Brainstorm how I would spend my time if I wasn't working. Really think creatively about what this would mean, what the challenges would be, etc. - I made no progress on this one. 
    • No driving to/from work - use only carpool options - I was over 75%, but we had a few days where I had childcare responsibilities, so had to drive. 

      5) Personal/creative - Spend more time on myself/creative pursuits.
      • Try a new recipe using my new crockpot - Yes! I made a yummy potato soup. 
      • Do something social at least once per month. - Yes! I went on a hike with a friend. 
      • Volunteer a minimum of 1x/month. - They no longer need volunteers for the one school event that worked with my schedule, so I need to find another alternative. 

      The colors nicely reflected what happened in October - a mixed month. Our vacation was absolutely fabulous, so no regrets there at all!

      What about you? How did you do with your October goals? Any big wins to celebrate? 


      1. Even if you didn't get everything done you made progress and that is important!

      2. No big wins other than 10,000 steps a day, I managed that at least, much harder now with less sunlight and crappy weather, thank god my hubby insisted we buy a treadmill a few years ago (used of course lol). If you are away so much difficult to accomplish things, I am always shocked at how much you do manage :)