Sunday, December 22, 2013

False Starting...

Well, so far I'm not doing as well as I wanted to.  I kept a food journal for exactly two days.  Then, I forgot. So I'm starting over. Hopefully this time I make it more than 2 days. Or at least don't miss more than a day or two...

I have been working to set up a monthly menu. It's harder than I thought!  I think I may have to schedule in a few "empty" days for new recipes or things I want to try, or days we don't eat here or days we just don't feel like eating...  But that makes things more difficult.  I'm getting it done though. I suppose that's what counts.

Now, for the financial journal. I got as far as buying the notebook. It's proving to be harder than I thought it would be. I have no idea where Jay spends his money. And with it being just pre-holidays spending is a little more extravagant than normal. BUT I have created a small savings plan and I have started putting cash away each week. Of course I doubt I'll ever really save to much towards the big goals, but it may help towards the smaller ones. If nothing else, this time next year I won't need to worry about where the money for gifts is coming from. Or hell, maybe I'll use it for that new wardrobe I've been needing - and will be needing after I loose all this weight from eating healthy! YEA!

I still need to buy a bathroom scale! Maybe I'll add that to today's list. I honestly have no idea what I weigh, which I guess is an important piece of information when you're trying to get healthy.

I need to start getting that workout in too! It seems like such a little thing - 30mins a day. But I just can't ever seem to get it done. I guess that's because I hate doing it. I have this one workout DVD and the woman says "No one has ever worked out and then wished later that they didn't." Seriously? I wish that EVERY TIME I workout. I hate it! It's hot and sweaty and gross... And then I'm in pain after. The last thing I want is more pain. But I know I need to fit it in...  So I suppose I should get on it!

Tuesday, December 10, 2013

First Steps

So I suppose once you have goals, you need to have a plan on how you're going to get there.  Quite frankly, I'm good at plans. I'm just not always that good at follow through. Of course that's always the plan, and I tend to do good for the first few weeks. Then I have a bad day and fall off. My biggest issue is getting back on the horse right away. I always find myself doing this thing where it's Tuesday and I don't workout, so they I wait til Monday to start again...  WTH? Why didn't I just do it on Wednesday? Who knows. Because I'm tired! Because I don't feel well! But I'm never going to feel well or well rested if I don't work to get healthy. Talk Catch 22.

But I suppose my next step is making the plans. How do I get from where I am, to where I want to be? I understand it can't all happen over night. But I have issues understanding how long it should or will take. My goal is to open a shop in town in 10 years... But I wonder if I shouldn't aim for 5 years. I mean, my biggest reason for not working outside the home is that I still have a kid at home full time... But she'll start school in just 3 years, at which point I should be able to put all day (while she's at school) in to my projects and shop. From then on aiming to open a shop in town in 2 years shouldn't seem like such a huge thing. But here I am starting out and unsure as to where to aim. I don't want to aim for something unattainable - like opening a shop in town in 6mos. And I don't want to aim for something that won't give me something to work for - like a 25 year goal - because I'll drag my feet. So I tend to feel overwhelmed when it comes to setting time lines for goals, and that makes it hard to build a good solid workable plan.

Anyways, plans... I can do plans. And hopefully I can stick to them. I just have to remember to take baby steps, and not drag my feet all at the same time.

So what goals do I need to work on first? I suppose if I want the big stuff I need to get the "little stuff" out of the way first. Can't buy a house if you have a ton of debt, can't get healthy if you're eating junk...  And those sound like good places to start.

Here goes...  I'm going to try to break up my goals and then make 30 day plans that I can work on. At the end of 30 days, I hope to reevaluate and see what needs changed, added or removed to make things work better.

Goal 1: Journalling
I'm going to say the first step to making change is knowing where you are. Because of this, I'm going to head out and get a few notebooks that I can use for journalling.  In one I will keep a record of everything I eat, drink and whenever I workout.  And in another I will keep a record of our finances. What is coming in and exactly where is it going?

Goal 2: Meal Plan & Budget
If my first month is going to be about learning where I stand, the second needs to be about making changes for the better. So I need to work on creating a 30 day meal plan for Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner and 2 Snacks a day! That way I will always know what needs prepared, what needs bought and I (hopefully) won't wonder in to the kitchen and reach for cookies more than I should either.  And a budget is a MUST if we are ever going to pay off our debts or get a savings going. Way to often we aren't paying real bills because we're wasting our cash on junk we don't need.

Goal 3: 50 Items in Shop
As of the moment I'm writing this I have 13 items listed for sale in my etsy shop. You can NOT build a business on 13 items! I have quite a few items that I hope to list and even a few that are ready to list and I simply haven't done it yet. That needs to be changed! I need to have a minimum of 50 items in my shop at all times, and get to the point where I'm adding 5 or 6 listings a week! Since many of my herbal listings just need mixed & packaged there is really no reason I can't do that!

Goal 4: Daily Docket
One of my biggest hurdles in getting and staying organized is creating a system that will allow me to get on and stay on track. I found one woman's option on Pinterest that she called her "daily docket." It allowed her to break down her day and keep it all visible and accessible at all times through her day. I love the idea but printing up a new one each day just sounds like a waste of paper and money, plus if I have to type up one each night, it's a lot of time...  Instead, I took her idea and created my own that now simply needs finished,  printed and placed in a "report cover" so that I can use a dry erase marker to cross off or add to it each day. Hopefully with a simply and portable system in place I won't get so off track.

Now, if I can get all this "prep work" done before January first, I will really be setting myself up for a win in the next year. It's going to take some time and a lot of work, but I believe I can do it all if I really work on it.

Good Luck To Me!

Monday, December 9, 2013

Starting My Journey - Goals

I define myself in a great many ways. But I don't ever feel as if any of those definitions truly fit me well. I am a Mother, but I not the mother I want to be. I am a Woman, but I look in the mirror and don't love what I see. I'm a Pagan Witch, but I have gotten side tracked from my path. And quite frankly, I could go on like this forever. So I have decided it's time for some changes! I'm hoping that creating a place where I can share this journey to finding me will help me to focus on that journey, as well as the destination.

So what are my goals? What do I want to be? Who do I want to be? I suppose I should really define those things which I hope to get here.  So here goes...

I sat down with a pen & paper and made a list of all my goals. Some may seem simple, others may seem like they need a 10 year plan, but they are all goals which I hope to fulfill over this journey.

Personal -
  1. 75% Vegetarian Diet
  2. Daily Workouts
  3. Daily Meditation & Energy Work
  4. Daily Devotional Ritual
  5. Lose Weight - Goal 155-165lbs
  6. Learn to Kickbox
  7. Learn Tai-Chi
  8. Learn Yoga
  9. Earn a Ph.D. in Holistic Health & Wellness
  10. Earn Degrees in Comparative Religion 
  11. Earn Degree in Immunology
  12. Learn Middle English
  13. Learn Latin
  14. "Master" Craft

Household -
  1. Make a Meal Plan
  2. "Perfect" and Use Household Notebook
  3. Fully Clean & Organize House, Cupboards & Closets
  4. Compost & Recycle Everything Possible
  5. Grow & Preserve Our Fruits & Veggies 
  6. Create a Diet that's 75% Fruit & Veggie
  7. Plastic Free
  8. Teflon Free
  9. Chemical Free
  10. GMO & Chemical Free Diet
  12. No Pre-Packaged Food - All From Scratch

Business -
  1. Open Etsy Shop - DONE!!
  2. Build Website
  3. Become Yearly Vendor at Local Vendor Shows
    - Renaissance Festival
    - Pagan Pride Day
  4. Open Local Storefront
  5. Teach In-store "Classes"
    - Natural Living
    - Holistic Parenting
    - Holistic Health 101
    - Growing & Using Herbs
    - Religious Tolerance
  6. Publish Books
    - Sabbat Celebration
    - Year & a Day Course
    - Daily Witchery
    - Herbs & Oils
    - Healthy Living Cookbooks
    - Vax Free Health & Children
  7. Create & Market Wholesale Lines to Major Metaphysical & Holistic Retailers
    - Jewelry
    - Cosmetics
    - Cleaners
  8. Earn an income of $5000/mo or more

Financial -

  1. Pay off ALL debt.
  2. Buy a House
  3. Buy Burial Plots
  4. Get Life Insurance ($750K for Jay, $150K for Me)
  5. Vow Renewal Service & Reception (Dream Wedding)
  6. College Funds for All Kids