Usually people catch up with a mid-year review in June or July… you know, mid-year!? But here we are, mid-August, and I think it’s time for a check-in. School started Monday for the kiddos, so it feels like a good time to re-evaluate and figure out what needs to happen in the next 4 months.
- Self-Employment – Do one thing toward self-employment monthly. Verdict: FAIL. We discovered that it was too hard to focus on doing everything all at once. It was stressful trying to figure out one single thing to do each month. Instead, we decided to focus more on the life we’re currently living and get that the way we want it before causing more stress. Also, I’ve been getting more involved at my actual employment which means I’ve been spending more hours there. At this point, I don’t think this is a step backwards. I’m valued at work, I have time and geographic flexibility and I can fit it around my family. We still have tons of entrepreneurial plans but life is good right now and we don’t want to force ourselves out of our comfort zones just yet.
- Declutter – Touch every single thing in the house. Verdict: WIN! At the beginning of the year, we tackled this with gusto! We touched every single thing in the house including our books, our bathrooms, our clothes, and learned many lessons along the way. As promised, the result is not magazine-worthy, but it is certainly life-changing and things are calmer, more organized, and more streamlined. I actually like cleaning the house because I know what it can look like!
- Learn Khmer – Spend 40 hours studying the Cambodian language. Mr. T speaks Cambodian and I have been trying to learn it since we got married over ten years ago. Verdict: FAIL though, in my defense, I never planned to do this until school started. Starting next month, I will be taking Skype classes with an entrepreneur in Phnom Penh and will spend time studying for those lessons. There’s still definite hope for this one before the end of the year.
- Service – Make 12 meals for friends that could use it. Verdict: 5/12 – I still have 7 more meals to make before the end of the year, but that shouldn’t be too hard. I’ve really enjoyed this challenge because it makes me pay attention more to friends and when they could use a homemade meal to help make their lives easier. Being more aware has been great.
- Family History – Spend 1o hours studying family history to find out as much about my Yorkshire ancestors before heading to York. Verdict: WIN! I spent way more hours than ten, but was ready to know what parish records I wanted to see in person. I was able to go find some original records for those ancestors in Yorkshire during the trip and it was awesome!
- Exercise – Track steps and do more walking and basic exercises. Verdict: Partial Win – It turns out I’m pretty terrible at keeping my activity tracker charged and in my pocket. But I got a buddy to go mall-walking with me and I did that consistently, 4-days a week, up until our trip to the UK in June. On the trip, we walked and hiked everywhere. Since then, I’ve been getting my iron levels back up and out of anemic levels and doing absolutely nothing active. The Olympics motivated me to check out a Jillian Michaels DVD at the library. I did 20 minutes of it last week until Lui decided to sit on me. Then he and I just sat there and watched the rest of the video. Time to reassess what the plan is now that summer is over and keep this in the WIN category for the rest of the year.
- Add 7 Things to My Fill-the-Bucket List – As predicted, our big trip added several things to my list:
- I saw the Queen! – I was in the front row for Trooping the Colour and the whole Royal Family drove 10 yards from me. The Queen waved right at us!
- I saw the second-ever production of Harry Potter and the Cursed Child in London. This was a magical experience. For real.
- I happened upon the 45th Anniversary of the original Hard Rock Cafe and got to eat using the original menu (with original prices! Whole meal and dessert was less then ten pounds!)
- I got to see the Cardiff Castle set up for a joust. The grounds were covered with joust horses, medieval tents, and people dressed up accordingly. They were practicing for the event and from a tower view, I was transported to medieval days for a bit. It was awesome.
- I got into the Tower of London after hours. It was fun seeing a lit-up big screen up in one of the old towers late at night (since people live in the tower) as well as being one of a small group of only 20 in the tower at a time. It was much different than the crowded daytime tours.
- I was in Paris during the Euro 2016 Cup. It was crazy being part of the night-time crowd watching the games next to the Eiffel Tower. It was exciting to be a part of it all!
- I did promise that at least 3 of the items on the fill-the-bucket list would be non-travel related, so here’s the progress there so far:
- I rented a car (okay, so it’s travel related, but it was a solo trip I took for work). Maybe that’s not a big deal to you, but I hate driving. At 30, I had never rented my own car (you’ll recall I got married at 20, so I always made Mr. T drive it). I was nervous, but everything went great and it was a definite moment of: “I’m cooler than I thought I was. I can do anything!” (feel free to mock my fears!)
- I earned passive income! I don’t anticipate making a whole bunch of money on this blog. In fact, I didn’t make one cent the entire first year of blogging. But, I have to say, making that first $2.55 from my Bookscouter link back in March was really magical. It was like a pat on the back for all the work I’ve put in to this blog. (I only made 15 cents on that link this month, but it’s the thought of making money while I sleep that is magical!)
- So, I still have to add at least one more to this list before the end of the year, but that shouldn’t be a problem. There are opportunities everywhere!
How are you doing on your goals for the year?