So I posted about my Spring goals back in March and then… never mentioned them again. I thought I should probably address that today. Here’s how I did with my Spring goals, and I’ve made some late in the game Summer ones too. I do think having goals was a good motivation, so I’m going to try and keep it up over the Summer.
Sort out the back bedroom ¦¦ Alright so this is partially sorted. I’ve got the furniture moved around and I can successful use my cross trainer whilst watching Netflix on my laptop so that’s the main thing. It still looks like a total hodge podge of a room but that’s ok… because it is. The main downside to the new arrangement is that we can’t fold out our sofabed any more because the cross trainer is in the way. Still, our spare room still has a real bed in it and I use my cross trainer more than we have >2 people to stay over, so I’ve prioritised. And there’s really nowhere else the cross trainer could go. I feel like I’ve talked about the cross trainer a lot at this point so I’m going to move right along.
Use my Fitbit properly ¦¦ I’ve been using my Fitbit to the best of my ability, and I’ve worn it most days. Unfortunately I’ve fallen victim to the fabled Fitbit Rash, so I have to alternate wrists and take breaks to try and hold it off. I don’t normally react to jewellery at all so I’m quite disappointed in my wrists. Get it together, guys.
Other than rash related issues, I think it’s been going really well. I’m enjoying monitoring my activity levels – or lack thereof, and using it as a motivational tool. I’ll often opt to walk somewhere as opposed to driving or taking public transport just so I can get my steps up for the day. I like how much data it gives me and I like doing challenges with my Fitbit friends – let me know if you’re up for joining one!
Spruce up our houseplants ¦¦ Yes! I totally did this. I repotted our Devil’s Ivy and it’s so much happier. I also repotted Roger and have tried my best with the orchids but they are apparently just happy to hang out with nice healthy green leaves but no flowers. Ok, cool. Do your thing.
Our Devil’s Ivy
Grow some herbs and vegetables for our garden ¦¦ We are trying so hard with this, and it’s kind of working! S has done most of the work, I have to admit. But I did do some planting and watering and I’ve given vague hand-waving advice in the interim. We’ve got coriander, which grew so fast it went leggy before we could harvest it.
We have alllll the parsley
There’s also parsley, spearmint, squash plants, pepper plants, carrots, basil, and a really sickly
redcurrant turns out it’s actually a blueberry. No wonder it wasn’t happy, we didn’t even know what it was! Sorry, blueberry!
The poor misclassified blueberry
Sell clothes on eBay ¦¦ No… no I did not do this. No surprises. However, writing this has made me even more determined to do it so I’ve just listed five things. From small beginnings…
Do my expenses on time ¦¦ Er no, I didn’t really do this. However, there’s a light at the end of the tunnel because we’re getting a new time and expenses system this month! My issue with the previous one was that it was an old clunky system, which took ages to update because you couldn’t do anything helpful like duplicate lines of expenses. Then you had to find all your receipts from the month, organise them in order and post them in. It was just a whole big thing and I put it off so badly. However, with our new system you can just take photos of your expenses and upload them using your phone on the go, so I’m hoping I’ll be way more efficient with this new system. Watch this space.
Sell clothes on eBay ¦¦ This one is going straight back on the list. It just needs to get done! And with the fall in the pound I could really do with some extra holiday money, so this should motivate me. Now I’ve got those first five things posted, the remaining 50 should be no problem. Right?
Prepare for our cruise in good time ¦¦ We’ve never cruised before and I’m getting the distinct impression it’s really quite different from the kind of holidays we’ve been on before. We’re not departing until the end of August but already we can book restaurants, excursions and on-board extras. It’s all a bit bewildering and I’ve realised I’m going to need to prepare properly to avoid poor performance (and added expense, by the looks of things). Also Kristen has kindly offered to help me pack for it so thanks in advance, girl!
Walk whenever I can & go for at least one evening walk during the week ¦¦ I need to be more active and evening walks are one of my favourite things to do. I find them a great way to wind down after the day and if S comes too it’s a good chance to chat. We had a lovely walk all around the river last week and it helped me hit my step target, too. I need to do more of these, especially if I’ve been working from home.
Try at least one new meat-free recipe per week¦¦ I think we’ve been doing a lot better with eating less meat, but we’ve just got a few meat-free meals that we use on rotation. It can get a bit dull so I’m on the lookout for new recipes to work into our meal plans. I invented my own creation the other day, and it came out pretty well. This is a chickpea thing with buffalo mozzarella:
Go to the lavender farm near us ¦¦ I’m very keen to visit when the lavender is out in full and take all the purple pictures. Plus they have all kids of lavender related goods for sale, and I love lavender. Fun fact, at our wedding people threw lavender at us instead of confetti. It was cute but I kept finding bits of lavender about my person for days afterwards. I think I even found some in my ear.
Harvest our veg and herbs before they go over ¦¦ Now we have our veg patch, we need to look after it properly which includes harvesting things at the right time. We failed with our coriander so I’m hoping to improve with the rest.
Do you make goals? What are you aiming to do this summer?