This blog is to track action and progress, this secret page is to track my goals and the steps to get there, which will get their own, reflective blog posts.
Clearly explain what the goal is. Any additional information beyond a simple heading. These will be SMART goals, Simple (baby steps), Measurable (metrics), Attainable (metrics), Realistic (why & metrics) and Timely (metrics). This is where I will track my goals in a broad way, the blog will be tracking the habits, and reflecting on how I achieved the goals. As well as musings about the struggles of goals and habit building. These are all things that combine to living an intentional life. With a focus on things that bring joy, which is mostly not things.
A house that is clean, everything has a place and everything is in its place. Stuff is set up in a way where it's easy to clear off tables, easy to keep bedding and clothing clean and organized. There are only things in my house that are useful and/or beautiful, things that bring me joy.
1. I am tired of only being aware of the extra weight I am carrying after I clean things up. I want to keep my home clean and tidy, with only things that bring me joy so that my stuff causes me less issues.
2. I don't want to spend time maintaining my things, I want to spend time making things, being creative, and exploring and sending time with friends.
3. I would like my house to always be guest-ready. So I could on a whim invite friends over to play board games without worrying where they will all sit and what my house looks like
4. SYNCHRONICITY This will overlap with my desire to not spend money (less desire for THINGS), as well as live an active life because there will be less stress about the stuff in my house and more time for the things that matter, like self care and puppy care. Having a home that is decluttered and only full of things that bring me joy will make it easier to travel and enjoy my home.
Monthly check in, have base photographs to compare with for starters.
Weekly action checklist of what I have gone through
Take photos of things I get rid of
-$7,300 on a credit card (balance transfer, 15 months 0% APR)
-$2,365.42 I owe my mom and pay in $97.71 increments every month (at 3% interest)
-$138,000 house approx remaining on 15 year refinanced mortgage
Goal is to have $5k puppy emergency fund (aka "College Fund") and $10k personal emergency fund
1. When Felix got sick suddenly, I hated the feeling at the hospital that my decisions were based on money. If Howland gets sick, (or just gets old) I do not want to be stressing too much about finances when I want to take the best care of him that I can. I want to have the set amount I would spend on him in the bank so I'm not going into debt to take care of him.
2. I am tired of picking up the ipeces of Past Kaydee's mistakes, spending my whole paycheck to pay off stuff I already bought/used up. I want to spend cash for things so that it's one and done. I'm not spending Future Kaydee's earnings before she has a say in what her spending ought to be.
3. I want to feel in control of my choices, and not afraid of the what ifs when it revolves around money. If something breaks, or I need to get home from a trip to attend a funeral or something... I don't want money to be the reason I can't do something that I would normally do.
4. SYNCHRONICITY This overlaps with my desire to declutter because I will save money by buying less things, it overlaps with my desire to get my eating habits under control because eating homemade is cheaper than eating out, also eating homemade overlaps with creativity. As well as creativity and sewing I can make clothes with fabric I already have, and do creative projects to give as gifts (which have more meaning than something storebought anyway which is reaffirming living an intentional life).
Spreadsheet showing amounts paid and saved each month including deadlines [LINK-05.01.2018]
I would love to be ahead of time on this, when I achieve each goal in red though, my friend KC is gonna make me chocolate pudding :D [LINK]
Looking back, when I lived in NYC I maintained my weight pretty well through an active life (walking everywhere, all the stairs in the subway) and generally eating pretty intuitively with a few bad habits. Fast forward to today over the past 6 years living in Salem I have become less active, and I have developed some emotional eating coping strategies that are clearly not working for me.
Daily creative practice, preferably about the same time of day, and more time on weekends. Writing counts but more interested in fine and crafty arts: painting, calligraphy, weaving, sewing (clothes and quilts and useful items). Also includes creative cooking (all that requires is that i feel that I was creative about it, might be in presentation, in making a recipe of my own or in the details of how I made it).
Activity as part of my everyday, not just big activities. Choosing the active thing like taking the stairs always. Being ready to do something active at a moment's notice.
Travel, near and far. New parts of the coast, bring Howland and leave him. Short term day trips and long weekends and month long trips. Possibly even longer depending on career and finances (could be a way to transition between)