Thursday, February 5, 2015

Choose Your Own Adventure - January Linkup & February Goals

Life According to Steph
January's Choose Your Own Adventure challenge had the monthly theme of COMPLETE. My goals were:

1) Prep for taxes. I gathered all necessary forms, made a spreadsheet for the accountant with expenses and charity donations, and got through seven months of bank statements gathering info for MFD's business stuff. I'm calling this a win even though I have five months to go on the statements.
2) Deal with loose photos. By the skin of my teeth, I did this last weekend.
3) Take car in for tune up. Dunzo.
4) Finish out the month sticking to the activity schedule I've set up in my planner. Done. I'm most proud of this, I usually crap out on myself. It helps that MFD is being more active too.
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February's theme is CREATE. I don't consider myself a creative person, so this was difficult for me.

My CREATE Theme Goals:
1) Increase weekly off-blog writing to three times a week. 
2) Paint bookcases in the basement.
3) Create a birthday month itinerary.

The link up to report in on how you did with February - Create will be Thursday, March 5. Mark your calendars!

For those that like to look ahead, upcoming themes are
March - Relationships...Do you need more face time with friends? To call your parents or siblings more frequently? Does your dog need more walks? Do you and your partner need to put the phones down when you're together? Do you need to be more respectful of your own time and kind to yourself? This is the month to work on relationships - with family, friends, partner, pets, self.
Link up on Thursday, April 2.

April - Finances...Perfect timing as it's tax month. Do you want to save for a trip? Pay off a credit card? Put an extra $20 a week in savings? Stop using change and save it instead?
Link up on Thursday, May 7.

May - Read...Put the remote control down and pick up those books. Or work your way through the backlog of New Yorker issues next to your chair, read a real live newspaper once a week, catch up on your blog reading. Any goal in any medium that involves reading fits here.
Link up on Thursday, June 4.
NOTE: After May, we will be breaking for the summer.
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What about you? Link up and share how you did with your simplify goals.




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31 comments:

  1. Looks like you did good on your goals for January! Taxes are a bitch and you gotta spread that stuff out a little anyways to not go crazy!

    Create is going to be one of my harder months too. I don't put a lot of time aside for my creative side. We shall see how this pans out!

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  2. love seeing what other bloggers have for goals and how they accomplish them. my #jals goal is to go caffeine free twice a week! i'm drinking coffee as i write this, ha!

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  3. I would definitely say you did great with the taxes spreading them out and you totally killed all the other goals! Looking forward to Creating this month!!

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  4. I haven't even thought about taxes yet. You're far more prepared than I am! And I like the "skin of my teeth" comment. Lol! I had a couple things that I had to tweak yesterday. So it goes...

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  5. Ughh... taxes. I am happy to say we submitted ours last weekend, but I have an excuse... husband is a CPA :-P

    Love your relationship goals, it's so important to get actual facetime with those you care about instead of just messaging all the time.

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  6. You did great on your goals! Taxes are on my list for this weekend! I don't have nearly that much to prepare though.

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  7. UGGGHHHH! I don't even want to think about taxes.

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  8. I started gathering tax info and need to finish. If I ever earn a paycheck that will go into savings for later years. Can't wrap my head around spending money on travel when our living expenses and upkeep of houses and cars is a ton. And being able to give to our offspring for holidays, etc.
    I love keeping in touch easily through the internet with my people.
    Awesome job in the exercise to you and Mike Doyle.
    Love, your Momma

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  9. You did great on your goals for January!
    Good luck with February! You can do it!

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  10. you did awesome on your Jan goals! i forgot about this linkup but will def be joining for Feb.

    omg the pictures. i have that on my to do as well and i'm so not wanting to even go there! i have pics from my wedding in 2004 that i have to organize.

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  11. My goal was to get my taxes in by the same day I did last year--February 3. I beat it by a day, woohooo. Paying someone to do our taxes is some of the best money I spend.

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  12. I really need to start blogging my monthly goals...just for some accountability!

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  13. Finishing my tax stuff today at the behest and prodding of the husband. I hate tax stuff.

    You did awesome on your goals, as per usual. I love the theme for March as I've become a huge hermit and definitely need to spend more time with people outside my house and foster those relationships.

    Excited to learn about your off-blog writing!

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  14. Birthday month itinerary!!! That sounds like fun! xo, Biana - BlovedBoston

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  15. Great job on the goals. I can't wait to hear more about this birthday month itinerary. My birthday is my favorite day of the year & if there's a way to make it last a month I am game!

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  16. Uh oh! Can't wait to hear the birthday month itinerary. :) Have fun with this months adventure! :) Have a great one Stephanie! -Iva

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  17. I really really REALLY want to start writing more aside from blog writing. I gotta get on this!

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  18. These are all so good! Every month I mean to join on to this and every month I forget!

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  19. stupid question, april is tax month? i thought tax month was right now? do you have up until april to file or something? (at home our financial year is july-june so i'm all messed up).
    birthday month itinerary! why didnt i think of that. can it be may already because i want to do ALL the reading lol

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  20. Our taxes are done and done so don't have to worry about that anymore. I like this link up and the themes for the upcoming months!

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  21. Nicely done! I'm really excited about your next months cause I cannot wait to see them! And to be fair it while I did get my taxes done it doesn't sound like I had nearly as much to do as you do!

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  22. I could read about people's goals forever, always inspires me in some way to do something like that! I love the varying themes among the months. Good job on completing January's!

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  23. Can't wait to see what you have planned for your birthday month!

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  24. Yay for your goals. We finished our taxes, praise chocolate.

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  25. What is your off-blog writing? I'm impressed - you already post so much, it's awesome that you're even doing more writing on top of that.

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  26. Nicely done on January! Certainly further along on taxes than I am, I'm jealous. Birthday month itinerary! I love it, I love it so much.

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  27. I'm proud to say that we finished our taxes already! I think this is actually the earliest I've ever gotten them done (though, to be fair, my husband basically did all the work and it was super simple to complete everything).

    Your goal for off-blog writing is awesome. I've really been slacking when it comes to my own creative writing, so it's inspiring to see that someone else (particularly a blogger who posts as often as you do!) is finding time to work on other writing projects 3 times each week.

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  28. Yey, for January ending in an spectacular note! Looking forward to the next link-up! :)

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  29. You did fantastic on these goals! I so wanted to link up but I thought this month was create. And I cant create a thing haha and now this upcoming month is create so it sucks. I will for March though.

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  30. Did you file taxes? I like your goals this month!

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  31. I did my taxes at the beginning of last week and had my return by the end of the week. It was awesome! Feels good to have it out of the way.

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