2018 Goals: Progress Made in June, July Revisit

As always, July is when I revisit my goals, drop the ones that are no longer feasible, add new ones, etc.  With the expenses of the girls, I’ve had to pare down some of the big, expensive goals or drop them all together.  I’ve also added new financial goals that speak more to my current status versus where I was in January.  Suffice to say, lots of changes and comments below, wee!


  1. Contribute $2,000 to my Roth IRACANCELLED; due to the girls medical expenses, I had to halt contributions so this one is a no go
  2. Mortgage balance under $120,000CANCELLED; after buying the car plus the girls, not enough extra money to throw at the mortgage now
  3. Credit Card paid in fullCANCELLED; with it at $9,000 and likely to hold steady or go a little higher, paying it in full by December just isn’t happening…instead…
  4. Credit card balance below $6,000 – NEW!
  5. Set up Flexible Spending Account for medical expenses – NEW!
  6. Emergency fund back to $1,000 – NEW!

Fitness and Health

  1. Strength training targets – I’m still on track for these and determined to keep going! I did reorder them in the order we actually do them at the Rec though LOL
    1. 30 lbs dumbbells for the bench exercises
    2. 50 lbs for lat pull downs
    3. 50 lbs for triceps push downs
    4. 60 lbs on seated row
    5. 40 lbs for leg extension
    6. 40 lbs for lying leg curl
    7. 60 lbs for fly
    8. 40 lbs for reverse lateral
  2. Swimming targets – the swimming ones are going to be tougher, but I’m keeping it in the plan for now, main thing is I need to get back to consistently swimming!
    1. 30 minutes, 800 yards
    2. 45 minutes, 1000 yards
    3. 50m freestyle without having to pause at the wall
    4. 100m freestyle without having to pause
    5. 200m kick without having to pause
  3. Dental work
    1. Fillings (three rounds)
    2. Deep cleaningDONE!
    3. CleaningDONE!
    4. Teeth replacement – may get pushed to 2019, just depends
  4. Get back to following Naturally Slim principles

Around the House

  1. Insulate atticCANCELLED; due to funds going to other priorities
  2. Get an estimate on converting living room grate to trap doorCANCELLED; not going to get it done this year, so don’t want to waste the time
  3. Mow once a month
  4. Declutter/straighten every room in the houseCANCELLED; more due to them being too nebulous for me to have a “done” point than anything else
    1. Living room
    2. Dining room
    3. Kitchen
    4. Breakfast Nook
    5. Bathroom
    6. Master Bedroom
    7. “Cat room”
    8. Library
    9. Utility Room
  5. Replace master bedroom mattress and box springCANCELLED; again due to funds and higher priority items being the focus the rest of this year
  6. Finish metal fence
  7. Redo networking so both desktops are hard-wired, along with TV, PS4, and maybe PS3 – since I have everything, this one is still on, though may not happen until it cools off again now LOL
  8. Build shoe rackCANCELLED; due to funds and other priorities
  9. Paint home officeCANCELLED; due to funds going to other priorities
  10. Paint kitchen
  11. Garage remodel – don’t know if I’ll finish this year, but continuing on with it 🙂

Everything Else

  1. Non-goal blog post at least once a month
  2. Learning Japanese
    1. Finish Human Japanese Beginner
    2. Finish Human Japanese Intermediate
  3. Buy new laptop or fix current one
  4. Play at least 5 console games – DONE!
  5. Read at least three hours a week
  6. Take either the Zend Framework or PHP Certification exam
  7. Get all pictures currently on CD moved to comp; get all negatives in sleeve albumDONE!
  8. Get all negatives scanned and digitized as wellCANCELLED I grossly underestimated how many negatives I have LOL; I’ll keep working on the project but it isn’t getting done this year
  9. Go through Wilton Cake Decorating courses
  10. Learn PHP 7 – NEW! 
  11. Play at least 5 games from the backlog – NEW! Can be console or PC