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Wednesday, June 29, 2016

Jubilant June

June 29 - Half a year gone already.  Seems like just yesterday it was January and I was making my vision boards for the year.  Now we are almost at the end of June and I am reflecting on what I/we've accomplished so far this year and what needs work on for the next six months.  Using my vision boards I can see that there actually has been quite a bit of progress!

Starting with the "Home" card, I think this is where we have made the most changes.  We got a new mattress, and purged some things from the closets, but most of all, gave the outside a much needed facelift!

Isn't she pretty?  Next comes yard work, but we need to build up our financial reserve a bit first.  For now it will be just making some dump runs and using the weed whacker to clean it up. 

The other card that has gotten a lot of attention is Travel.  

I really wanted to get away, just my husband and I, for a few days to relax.  I guess we could have picked a calmer place than Las Vegas, maybe somewhere in the mountains?  But, I knew that he's been wanting to go to Vegas for a while now so that's where we went.  We did get to see the Grand Canyon, and we did spend time with each other, without the distractions of our usual surroundings.  Maybe later in the year we'll go to Carmel...

The next card is about finances.  

You might think that we are deeper in debt now because of the home improvements, but with a bit of creative money juggling, we actually are not that far in the hole.  We were able to shave $4000 off our "pre-remodel" debt and now that hubby's Social Security Disability has been accepted, we will have a better income than we have had for the past year. 

Business is another card.  

This is one of the areas that I think I need to focus on over the next six months.  I have two things going on, the transcription business that is my real job and the crafting business that I want to be my real job.    
I have read the book by Marc and Angel Chernoff about being happy and successful and found that a lot of their ideas I was practicing already, so I know I'm on the right track.  Here again, organization and planning will help, so I have made an inventory notebook of a lot of my crafting tools (stamps, punches, templates, etc) so that will help when I am looking for something particular and so that I don't buy duplicates.  I also participated in one vendor fair and have an application ready for another.  They won't buy what they can't see, right?  

I am hoping at some point to be able to transcribe less and craft more, but I still have some learning to do about different techniques and how to incorporate blogging and a website into my creative endeavors.  I'm thinking about adding videos and showing how I make some of my projects. My main goal is to be able to continue to work for myself from home and not have to go back out into that jungle.  

And last but not least, is the Healthy Me card.  It seems that I just get started on a healthy program for myself and something happens to derail me (or I should admit, I allow myself to be derailed).  I need to realize that I am worth taking the time and effort to be the best person that I can be and also to know that I am pretty darn good right now as well.   
I am taking steps to get more activity into my life, as I feel my joints starting to stiffen up from sitting so much and I already have bad knees and diabetes.  I know I am capable of following a healthy eating plan because I have done it and had some success.  

But it is important to have mind and spirit health as well as physical health and to that end I am going on an "Inner Excavation" with Liz Lamoreux.  It is a six week exploration of self-care and the inner me.  I started it last year but didn't finish.  I'm hoping to get farther along this time.  You can read all about it here.  Feel free to join in!  

And that is how we end the first half of 2016.  I am sure there are many more adventures awaiting us for the next 6 months, after all, we still have 8 concerts to go to, include ADELE, that I just was able to score tickets to.  You will remember what a hard time I had trying to get them when they were first on sale.

How about you?  Did you have goals set for this year?  Are you meeting them?  Love to hear about your experiences!  Leave me a comment :)



  1. I think you've accomplished a lot!! I'm really pleased things are going well and that you are organised :)Enjoy the next half of the year. I hope you achieve all your desires :)

    1. Thanks Nicola! I find it really helps to write things down and put my "intentions" out there. Somehow things find a way! Glad you stopped by :)

  2. You are so focused. I love the idea of thinking about each area of your life as a card one has been dealt. I've started many projects this year, but they all seem to be time-consuming so I don't feel like I've accomplished anything... yet. Ever onward, eh?

    1. Yes, Ally! I totally know what you mean about time-consuming projects. Sometimes I feel like I'm swimming forever against the current! Good to pause and see where you've been and where you're headed once in a while, right?

  3. You did great on your goals Janet! That's great. The house looks awesome! Isn't remodeling fun? I have done complete remodel on my home and loved every second of it. If I had money, I'd buy, renovate and flip houses for a living!

    I didn't make any New Years Resolutions or set goals for the year so I really don't have anything on which to measure my progress. I guess I'm doing okay. Nothing to complain about anyway... :)

    Michele at Angels Bark

    1. Thanks, Michele. I went for many years without setting goals other than the standard "lose weight" one. The last three years I've been doing the vision cards and in "my mind" they've been helpful. I think flipping houses would be too stressful for me.

  4. Congratulations on coming do far! And the house looks wonderful. I don't make such organized goals. And that might be a failing, I'm not sure. But by and large, 2016 is proceeding as I expected.
    Barbara from Life & Faith in Caneyhead

    1. Thanks, Barbara! I wouldn't say it was necessarily a failing. Some people are just motivated differently. If things are going as you expect, you are doing okay!

  5. Sounds like some great ideas here, especially the vision boards. There are times I start something and never finish because I forget about them.
    Enjoy the Adele concert. I'd love to see that.
    Once again, stopping over from the road trip.
    Enjoy the road trip and congrats on your finishing of the challenge.

    1. Thanks, Jeff. I find the vision boards very helpful!


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