It’s the first day of the second month of 2015! I think that was the fastest January I’ve ever experienced. Time disappears when you’re a wife, mom, and working two jobs.
February won’t be much different, but at least it’s a shorter month. Lord willing, by the end of it, we’ll finally be in a financial place where I can say goodbye to my old job and eliminate much busyness.
Where am I at with my goals one month in?
Start a blog
- Hit the ground running with my court reporting career. For now that means starting with simpler, easier work; learning as much as I can; working as often as possible to get the financial ball rolling; and working my way up the totem pole as my skills, knowledge, resources, and equipment investments increase. :: I wish I could have jumped in completely, but the first paycheck takes a while to come in. At least I’ve started!
- Pay off debt; namely, the credit cards, car payment, a contract we don’t use anymore, and (at least put a dent in) my school loans.
- Do the GAPS diet with my family. We’ll spend from January to May gradually eliminating foods and stocking up on supplies until we start the Introduction phase in June. I am praying this will be most helpful for my husband who is desperate to solve some major neurological and digestive complaints; but I also hope it will resolve some hormonal, digestive, immune, and skin issues for myself and food sensitivities for our daughter.
January means no more gluten.:: I ate gluten twice, but it was out of necessity. February was going to be grain-free, but it’s not in the budget and will have to wait until March. Until then, I will keep avoiding wheat and refined sugar at the very least.
- Start an organic pot garden on our apartment patio. I’ll start with some fresh herbs and flowers, maybe branching out to some fruits and vegetables that can grow in small spaces.
- Grow my hair out long again. :: It looks so terrible but reaches the bottom of my neck!
- Potty train our daughter (preferably by springtime). :: This is in slow and painful progress.
- Print and frame several family pictures; send small prints to grandparents and family members.
- Stock up on earthquake emergency food, water, and supplies. Start out by filling up our empty containers with beans, rice, and other grains/seeds/legumes to store for a rainy day. Purchase two 5-gallon water jugs to fill and store, switching out as needed to keep fresh. Have medicine and first aid supplies, sources of power and light, etc.
- Continue building physical strength and stamina. I am already moderately active, but I’m physically not where I’d like to be. By the end of the year, I want to be strong enough to bust out 10 pull-ups from a dead hang and 50 push-ups. Attainable enough, right? My workouts certainly won’t be limited to these things, however; those are just my weak spots. Something to keep in mind, though: the GAPS diet is a higher priority, and that may interfere with my progress when we begin this summer. Maybe that means I can try out the T-Tapp program, which is another goal of mine. We’ll see!
- Create art and music again. :: I’ve played the piano a few glorious times, but haven’t touched my ukulele since before Christmas.