Wednesday, September 30, 2020

September Goals Recap

 September, what a month! Wildfires, heat waves & plenty of other COVID fun. But, good progress was made in some areas, and I'm reminded that flexibility is key, now more than ever. 


  • Stick to the budget - yes, with the exception of groceries. We continue to go over our grocery budget substantially. I need to give some thought to this, particularly for our 2021 budget planning & how we want to adapt. 
  • Pay down our mortgage to the next milestone - absolutely squeaking in on this one, but yes. 
  • No shoes/clothing purchases for me - nothing purchased
  • Make $750 in side hustle - I "only" made $456 in September, thanks to a couple of cancellations at our vacation house due to the wildfires. We charge a very nominal fee to friends to cover expenses, and I apply all of it to our side hustle. 
  • Work through freezer/pantry clean out (10 random items out) - used up two boxes of lasagna noodles (pantry), two containers of chicken broth (freezer) & made a dent in items in our fridge. I'll give it a passing grade. 
  • Set up will/guardianship appointment - Just today I went ahead & got on the list for an appointment. I was so embarrassed to roll this over to October without progress, so the motivation of the goal & check in really helped! I should hear back about referrals in the next few days. 
  • Socially distanced & active family fun, regularly - this is mostly still happening, but I'd like to add in more tennis & walks. The weather & heat have been a bad combination, but we did make time to be in the pool and make dinner together, etc. 
  • Off the computer by 7:30 each evening - mostly a pass, minus a few later nights, thanks to work
  • Have a weekly half hour alone with M - We're still trying for this. COVID has made this such a challenge! :-) 
  • Schedule a call with M's family - No, and I think I'll schedule this for the weekend
  • Two hours a week language practice - I've been barely scraping up the Duolingo time, and need to get back into it. I was making good progress. 
  • Compliment M every day - Still working at this one, and mostly remembering. 
  • Complete one project/day - Yes! Lots of projects have been completed
  • Lose 2 lbs - Yes! I lost exactly two pounds. 
  • Work out every day - I got in 36 workouts this month
  • Track calories & aim for 1440/day - My calories are around 1650, so still a bit higher, but I'm seeing progress. 
  • Complete 1400 minutes of cardio, 10 strength & 5 stretching workouts - 1530, 4, & 4. 
  • Meditate 20 times - I meditated 8 times, this one sort of fell off of my daily to do list
  • Run 15 times - I ran 9 times, which I'm reasonably happy with. The main reason I couldn't run much in September was due to the wildfire smoke. 

  • Do something social at least 2x/month (virtual is okay) - I continue to do a virtual happy hour with friends weekly
  • Volunteer - I donated money this month, but no volunteering
  • Journal 25 times -28 times
  • Improve myself
    • Judge less - always a work in progress
    • Listen more often - always a work in progress
    • Reduce/eliminate swearing - always a work in progress
    • One kind deed/day - while they were a bit irregularly spaced out (some days had several activities, and others had none,) overall I achieved this one & it's made me so much happier to focus on this
  • Read one non-fiction book - No, but I have a book I need to read this month for work

All things told, I'm pretty happy with how I adapted to the month. It was a crazy work month, combined with lots of other factors, and I made the best of most of the challenges. I'm going to keep on keeping on! What about you? Did you set goals for the month? How did you do? 


  1. As a Mom of guys only I will tell you to just accept that your grocery budget will be going up. They consume and expend a huge amount of calories which requires lots of food.
    I am super impressed with your workouts!

    1. They really do eat so much. They've gotten a bit more into physical activity again (not where they were pre COVID, but getting closer) & that also just means more food.

      Thanks! The workouts are really helping me with my mental health right now, as well as physically.

  2. You did so well! It's odd for me to realize that after nearly 32 ears of parenting, we no longer nee to use our guardianship paperwork. We do need to update wills and planning though and have not done that since our daughter turned 18 and graduated high school.

    1. I'm sure it's so strange to look back & realize that you've hit a milestone like that. Our kids are at the age where our thinking about guardianship is a bit different. I'm not sure we would have asked my parents to take on toddlers, but they are in the home stretch right now in the teen years, and exceptionally close to my parents, but the age has definitely changed our philosophy from the previous years.