I’ve been all over the place lately. I have so many projects and goals that it’s hard to keep up with myself.
What I really want to do is put on a cape and organize and clean my whole house, own my own bookkeeping/consulting business, earn my CMA, cook dinner every night all while spending time with my family for a couple hours every day. I’m trying really hard to establish some good habits but the list is pretty overwhelming and I feel like it shouldn’t feel overwhelming. I wish I could just take a couple weeks off from work and focus on all the things that I want to be doing. While financially that’s an option, it is pretty hard to walk away from a job that I like with no other income stream to replace the paycheck.
Organizing – I’m on a mission to reorganize the areas of my house that are not functioning very well. I’m starting with my kitchen which is likely the biggest project. I find myself walking around in circles, collecting everything I need to chop veggies so this stuff needs to be located together.
Cleaning – I’m in maintenance mode right now. Dishes and laundry are being done but I haven’t done a deep cleaning project in a couple weeks and I feel the pressure to fit one into the schedule. I have a long list of things that I want to do in this area.
Becoming a business owner – I’ve been reading every self help book under the sun in this category. I understand business and accounting, which is the field I want to work in for myself. But I need to find clients! This is proving to be the hardest part. How do you find people willing to give you a shot? I’ve tried mailing out flyers and advertising on craigslist. I’m trying to do this around my 9-5 day job and I’m feeling a bit discouraged.
CMA certification – I’m a procrastinator. I always have been and probably always will be. I have 12 weeks before I sit for part 1 of the exam and while I don’t want to waste the $410 it costs to sit for the exam I’m having a hard time squeezing study time into my schedule. I have 1 hour scheduled 3 times a week on my google calendar and I just need to stick to it.
Renovation – I set a deadline for my little renovation project of the end of August and it is fast approaching. I feel like we haven’t made any progress in this area besides selling a few things from craigslist and Facebook from the yard sale pile.
And for the positives: I’m loving how organized I’ve been keeping our food stuff. Meal planning has given me so much time during the week. I subscribed to our Sunday paper to get the coupons. I’m reading a couple books about couponing and while it is very informative, I think I’ll just figure out my own method for shopping and not worry so much about trying to get my groceries for free. I would love to spend more time on this, but if I can save $10-$50 by spending an hour messing with shopping lists and coupons then I’ll be happy. I don’t want to have crazy stock piles of deodorant and toilet paper, I am a minimalist after all! Next month I’m going to try to cut down my grocery trips even more. There are a lot of things that I can buy a month’s worth at once and then just go to the store for the sales, fresh produce, and milk. If you want to see my grocery list from last week you can find it here. Being a minimalist isn’t just about having less stuff, but also about maximizing your efficiency. Every time I go to the store it takes time away from something else. Reclaiming some of that time is the goal, even if it means that I’ll have 6 cans of olives in my pantry to last us the month. I’m a bit obsessed with my groceries, can you tell?
Lets take a minute to focus on what we have been doing well in our lives. What are some accomplishments that you have made in the past few weeks?