Day 112 – Intention is an awesome thing

Posted on May 26, 2009. Filed under: Daily Summary | Tags: , , , , , , |

I know I haven’t been keeping up with this the way I should. Honestly, I’ve been too busy doing and not worrying about the details. So here’s were I’m at:

Exercise – is coming along. Gardening is the main source, but I’m also working on throwing some regular sessions of exercise in as well.
Water Drinking – Getting better at it.
The past few weeks have been a write off food wise, but I’m getting back on track with that too. Being busy with other things is not an excuse for not eating healthfully. Fruit and veggie intake is up overall.

Budget – not tracking, but I’ve been thinking a lot more about do I want something vs. do I need something. A lot of times with the wants, I’m willing to put it off for a while so I can adequately save for it. And I think that strategy is paying off (more about this in a minute) and overall I am spending less. When I do spend it tends to be much less and I open myself up to the options and really consider what I need vs. what would be nice to have.

Housework – I’m making headway. I’ve decided to discontinue my paper subscription because it truly makes a huge mess. With all the doing going on, it’s really more convenient for me to pick up just the Sunday paper on the weekend for the coupons and read my news online. The rest of it is just a waste.

Writing – it’s happening. I’m combining web stuff with actually articles and getting some good results (you can see some of those thoughts on http://www.dontbeapicklebump.com).
Photography – its also happening and in 5 days I get to take some pictures of a lifetime (more on that in a minute too).

Spiritually – faltering a little bit but getting back on track. Have been reading more out of the Bible the past few days and saying lots of verbal prayers (God is awesome!)

Being nice to myself – have purchased some new new clothes and really come to understand that taking care of yourself begins where you are not, not were you are going to be 6 months from now. I also took some time off and had an extended holiday weekend.
Don’t procrastinate – I’m getting things taken care of in a timely manner.

Notes for the past two weeks
Five days until the photography opportunity of a lifetime for me. The Houston Museum of Natural Science is sponsoring a photography session where a small group of local photographers will get to go in and take photographs of the Terra Cotta Warriors Exhibit. I’m thrilled to be one of the lucky people who get to do this and I can’t wait until Sunday morning (even though it means I have to get up super early on the weekend). You couldn’t get this close if you were able to visit the Tomb in Xian China.

Today was a really good day for me – I got a promotion. One of surprising side effects of this project is that I’m much more focused at work and I’m knocking homeruns out of the ballpark employmentwise. My efforts have been noticed and I’m really proud of that. I’m also fortunate that with the promotion comes a nice raise. Which means come June 15, I’ll be adjusting my overall budget and really focused on knocking some of my outstanding debt down. If I am careful, I should have the majority of my personal debt out of way by this time next year.

I really feel like the last two weeks have been the result of making good choices and living intently.

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Day 32 – March 7, 2009

Posted on March 8, 2009. Filed under: Daily Summary | Tags: , , , , |

Health
Exercise – yes, gardening and lugging stuff around.
5 servings of fruit – no
5 servings of veggies – no
2-3 servings of whole grains and legumes – yes
Drink at least 64 oz of water a day – yes
Sleep – almost 9 hours

Home
Thoughtful spending – $166.66 spent – Ran more errands this afternoon – got some garden stuff at Houston Garden Center in Pasadena and saved $10 there. I’ll be planting stuff later today.

Also went to walmart for a few things and to do some comparison shopping. In some cases WalMart was Cheaper and in other cases not so much. I need to put together a price book for couponing.

I did the best at Kroger. I saved 45% on my bill between sales and coupons. That’s the best I think I’ve ever done!

20 minutes of house work – Put stuff away when I got home and worked on the paper mess.

Spiritual
Bible Reading – yes
Prayer – yes

Creativity
Daily Picture – yes – I really hate flash photography though
Daily Writing – no

Self Care
Do something nice for me – Asked R if we could go out for Sushi for dinner. I was beat after running errands yesterday. Also got myself of herbs for a garden box.
Don’t Procrastinate – Finished most of my grocery shopping yesterday even though I was really tired and cranky by the time I got out of wal-mart. Also stopped Mrs. B’s to drop off my plants for the garden so they will be there and ready for me to put in the ground today.

Notes:
This was a productive day. I like the fact that I got to do things on my time instead of having to be somewhere by a certain time which is what has happened the last two weekends with the Houston Zoo Trip and the Trips to the Houston Musuem of Natural Science.

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