**Every season, I post a set of goals that I set out to accomplish. I track my progress here on my blog. I like the challenge of setting goals – it helps me to accomplish so much more. This post features an update of my Summer 13 goals**
We’re a little over halfway through the summer now, so I thought it would be a good time to update you on how I’m doing with my Summer 13 goals.
- Do a sun salutation every morning - I’ve been pretty consistent about this, and I’ve also started going back to yoga one day a week. The only thing I don’t like is that I don’t get the full range of motion when I practice sun salutations first thing – my hamstrings are usually pretty tight when I first wake up. But if I wait until my muscles are warmed up, I forget to do it.
- Revamp my recipe notebook - Done! Will have a proper post with pictures soon.
- Try three new Paleo slow cooker recipes - Two down (Bacon bruschetta chicken, Asian marinated spare ribs), one to go (Indian Lamb stew). Also, used my slow cooker to render pork lard this week, but that’s not really a recipe for eating, so I’m not counting it.
- Turn mud room into pantry – Done! Still has a few last details left, but it’s amazing. This one will get a proper post soon too.
- Use up or donate fabric, fiber and yarn stash - I’ve made progress here. I’ve gone through my stash and cleaned out and donated what I know I’m not going to use. I’ve written up plans for what I’m going to make with the remainders. I don’t think I’ll finish all the projects by the end of the summer, but at least I know what I’m doing.
- Rehab end table – Still trying to decide what color to paint it.
- Try no-poo for at least a month - Two weeks in, and my head is a grease bomb. This is normal from what I’ve read, so I’m pushing through. I’m also researching variations on no-poo. Right now I’m using the baking soda/apple cider vinegar method, but I’m looking at coconut milk and aloe gel as another option. I’m also trying J.R. Liggett’s Herbal Shampoo Bar for an upcoming vacation – it’s made from olive, coconut, castor and essential oils.
- Get family photos scanned - Found out that I can get these scanned at Kinko’s. Have to look into the cost.
- Have at least 3 “fancy” outfit shoots – 2 down, 1 to go. See my “fancy” outfit shoots here and here.
- Find my FICO score & improve it – Done! I’m happy to say that my FICO score is 790, which is pretty good. I decided to open up a new credit card account that I’ll pay off each time I use it, because increasing your available credit and paying things on time improves your score. I’ve also increased my student loan payments by $50 a month to pay them off faster.
- Save my receipts and track my expenses once a week – Tried this method for several weeks, but it wasn’t working for me. I bought a Moleskine Cahier Pocket Plain Notebook to write down every penny I spend, and I then transfer this once a week to my budget spreadsheet. This seems to be working pretty well.
- Read at least two – three professional development books – Halfway through one.
- Read at least 15 young adult novels - 8 down. Most of them were pretty good. My favorites so far were The Apothecary and Abby Carnelia’s One and Only Magical Power. I like novels with plucky heroines and magical realism.