Tuesday, October 5, 2021

September Goals Recap

I knew September would be crazy with work, and it was even nuttier than expected. I'm glad it's behind me! I wasn't as productive as I'd hoped, but did manage to get a few things done.


  • Set new savings goals. - Yes, done
  • Resolve outstanding vacation house item - YES! I'm so happy to mark it off the list. I had to wait for the buyers to set up a contract with a construction company, & couldn't make a payment until they had a signed contract. Over two months later, this is now done. Hurrah.
  • Figure out grocery budget & determine what's realistic - our grocery budget was less for the month, but this still needs more attention.
  • Make $150 in side hustle - I made $184.


  • Have two dates with M - yes, we went to lunch one Friday afternoon, & had a wine tasting on a weekend.
  • Build regular soccer carpool - I got into a good groove in September, but the shorter days has adjusted our practice schedule again, and we have minimal overlaps with others. 
  • Have Sam start working on a few things (test prep, drivers ed, etc) - Some progress made
  • Decide on anniversary itinerary - We've booked a few reservations, but that's pretty much it.
  • Have a family adventure - we finally got out to a restaurant we've been wanting to try. 


  • Fast until noon 20 days - I fasted 16 days (until noon)
  • Lose 2 lbs - I lost .5 a lb. I've been on an upward trajectory, so I'll take it
  • 1200 minutes of cardio - 1285 cardio minutes
  • 10 runs - I got in 7 runs
  • 10 strength workouts - 8 of 10
  • Meditate 12 times - 10 times
  • Continue doctor's stuff  - I've been going to a chiropractor for my back. 


  • Find 30 items to give away or donate - eh, not much progress. I think I tucked a few items into my Buy Nothing "closet", but nowhere close to 30 items.
  • Try two new recipes - I made a beef & cauliflower rice taco skillet & a Mediterranean coleslaw. Both were good & we will try them again.
  • Write for 30 minutes - nope
  • Plant a few fall items - yes, I planted kale, carrots, radishes & a few more English cucumbers

That's how I did with my September goals. What about you? Any wins to celebrate, or things you want to focus on in October?


  1. Nice job on beating your side hustle target. I want to step up that game.

    1. I enjoy it - it's a nice way to stay busy, get things out of the house, and the money just sort of trickles in.

  2. So happy for you that you are done with vacation house! Great goals! I am just trying to handle work. Waiting for Zoom. Zoom seems to control my life at all hours now and there are no boundaries… sigh. Although this is scheduled right after lunch, the calls at night are definitely not at regular work hours…but I am on call 24/7 so I just need to hush. My goal for the month is simple. Don’t stress over what I cannot control. Cindy in the South

    1. I'm hoping your work schedule slows down, & you can relax a bit! That sounds really stressful, to always be on call.

  3. One of my goals is to consistently use up what we have here for meals. It’s always. Work in progress. Congratulations to you on meeting so many of your goals for September. :)

    1. That's a great goal, and never seems to go away - like the laundry! :-)

  4. Yes, I am glad the vacation house is done with. Really you did very well on your goals in September.

    God bless.

    1. Oh, it was such a relief to get that last item checked off the list!

  5. I know the vacation house final details being over is a breath of fresh air.
    You always do all with your monthly goals!

    1. It was such a relief! I was thrilled, even though I was paying money. ;-)

  6. How much work is it to get English cucumbers to grow? We are big fans of Persian cucumbers and I wonder if we can add one more plant to our tiny container garden.

    1. Oh, we LOVE Persian cucumbers here. In fact, I think they are Nick's favorite food. We buy them at the local produce stand down the street. We haven't been able to buy them as starters, but we did find the English cucumbers & they were super easy to grow. (We still have some growing now.) They took a bit longer to get going, but produce beautiful cucumbers & they are delicious. I've kept some seeds for next season.