Goals – August 2012

Current Goals:

  • Take and pass the exam that will give me my professional engineering license so that I can move up in my current job.
  • Sell my rental property that is 6 hours away and a real pain in the tookus.
  • Make a happy healthy Baby!!!
  • Loose 15 pounds.
  • Move into town.

How I’m doing:

It’s no wonder I never accomplish anything.  My goals usually take longer than a month to realize and I get bored faster than that.  In going back and reading my goals I am already bored with them.  Well except making a baby.  That is still exciting.  I still want all of the other things but motivation is seriously lacking and I can’t bring myself to do much in the way of moving forward with them.

I still want my PE license because it will mean a raise and more job security.  But seriously? BORING.  I have been studying a bit, but October still seems far enough away that I am procrastinating more than studying.  Part of my problem is that there is so much material I need to refresh myself on that it seems over whelming.  I need to create a study schedule and stick to it.

The house is not generating much interest, and to be fair I’m not sure what more I can be doing.  It’s just going to take the right buyer I suppose.  Not a very active goal and…BORING

With the never ending twists and turns in baby making my body is keeping me guessing and holding my interest.  I’m trying not to make this 2 ww consumed with thoughts of what is or isn’t going on in my fallopian tubes but I am not doing very well.  I think about it every 3 min or so.  The good news is that my temperature was still up today so that is looking good.  12 days to go unless flo comes early again.

Cloudy likes to say things like “Pink is the new Black” or “40 is the new 20” (since he is turning 40 this year).  When I stepped on the scale yesterday I caught myself saying “140 is the new 130”.  That last 10 lbs has decided to hold tight.  It’s not budging.  To be fair, I am not working that hard at it.  My clothes fit well again, my big jeans are even too big again.  I feel good about how I look actually.  Well good enough that strict dieting and workout regimens don’t sound worth it.  I have been swimming but not really pushing myself.  Mostly just dragging my butt back and forth through the water a few times before I grab my book and head for the sunshine or the soaking tub.  We are getting our CSA and I have made lots of new delicious good-for-us recipes with the fresh veggies.  I am loving that.  I am also drinking warm water with lemon throughout the day because I heard it will make the body more alkaline and thus more friendly for sperm, and it supposedly helps with digestion and weight loss.  It’s tastes good and is easy enough that I think I can stick with it for a while.

We are still waiting to hear about the job Cloudy applied for that would cause us to move before we start looking into moving closer to the town we are in now.  He had the first of two interviews yesterday and should hear about final interviews by the end of the week.  With as slow as the system  is we will hopefully know more in a few weeks to a month.  I asked Cloudy “Don’t you wish you could just wait a week and then pee on a stick that would magically revel ‘job’ or ‘no job’?”  He did not get it…….

That’s all for now on my lazy ass and my boring goals.  Maybe I should make up some new goals, really fun exciting ones that I will love sticking too.

 
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Goals July 2012

So I am a day behind but luckily my goals haven’t’ changed from yesterday to today.  I want to check in with my goals that I started in June and see if I have made any progress.

Current Goals:

  • Take and pass the exam that will give me my professional engineering license so that I can move up in my current job.
  • Sell my rental property that is 6 hours away and a real pain in the tookus.
  • Make a happy healthy Baby!!!
  • Loose 15 pounds.
  • Move into town.

How I’m doing:

My application to take the PE was accepted!!! That’s great except that now I have to study.   I bought books and practice problems to start studying.  I have them all sitting on my desk with the plan to study for an hour or two each day.  So far I have not really committed this much time but I have started going through the material in an attempt to prime  my brain.  It is not as sharp as it was right out of college and it is going to take a serious effort to dust it off and get it running properly again.  Just going through the background and support chapter has me a little intimidated.  It’s a start.

I found out that my tenants cancelled all of the showings that were scheduled at my property.  I was so mad.  Luckily as of yesterday they are gone so hopefully now that it is vacant there will be lots of showings and it will sell quickly.   The only problem is that now I need to find someone to take care of the yard and mow the lawn once a week so that it looks good on the outside.  I keep saying “When I sell the house next week…”  Maybe I should start saying this week 🙂

I may be into the third week of 40 on goal number 3!  This is the most exciting progress of all.  I am feeling pretty good about it.  I have one week of the dreadful 2 week wait done and gone.  Currently in this moment I am not feeling too crazy about it but that could all change by the time I hit publish.  All of you wise wise blog women have convinced my to wait to test so I won’t really have any more news on this front until Sunday.  I will most definitely keep you informed on this one!

As far as my weight loss goal this one probably has the best effort/results ratio.   I am down 5 pounds in the last month which I am very excited about since I have not put any effort into this goal at all.  I have not been very active since I have been out of town and then trying to keep up with my dogs medication schedule.  I have not been putting an effort into healthy eating and quite frankly haven’t really been eating very much at all.  This is probably the reason for my success but I don’t think that sad and stressed and tired is a very sustainable healthy diet program.  I am so used to working out on my lunch hour that when I had to give that up to go home and take care of the dog I pretty much resigned myself to the fact that I wasn’t going to work out ever again.   (I get a little over dramatic sometimes)  When I decided to be more realistic I determined that for now while it is so light out so late that I can go to the gym or the pool after work for an hour or so.  This works really well actually because Cloudy can ride his bike and we can still carpool.  The doggie doesn’t need his evening meds until 8:30 so we have plenty of time to get home and eat and not worry about him.  Tonight I am going swimming and I can’t wait.   Also our CSA begins this week so starting on wed we will have fresh local produce to eat!!  I am going to try and plan meals around what veggies we get in order to make sure that we are eating well and nothing goes to waste.

Moving to town may or may not be on hold.  Cloudy actually applied for a job last week that could possibly move us a few hours away from where we are. I am trying to go with the flow and not stress this one.  It would be a great job and it would allow me to work part time if when we have a baby.  That would be great.  But I am not excited about the town we would be moving to and I would miss so much of my life here.  We will see where that goes.  It is a promotion in the organization we currently work for and he has already spoken with the the hiring manager.  I think his chances of being offered the job are really good but it might come down to negotiations of salary and the potential to move back here in a couple of years.  Mostly I am just kind of tired of thinking about how this will play out so I am just open to what comes.

I don’t really have any new goals to add to the list this month so I am going to just keep moving forward and I look forward to seeing where I am at with these things in august.

Goals 6-1-12

I was reading a quote to my yoga class the other day and it said that you should write down your goals and revisit them and check in every month.  It said to make short term goals realistic and long term goals idealistic.  I really like this concept.  Making short term goals realistic sets you up for success from the beginning and I am definitely more likely to start a project that seems doable.  But having the option of setting idealistic goals in the long term really allows the imagination to play and grow.  Without the pressure of a deadline my mind allows me the gift of hope in achieving my wildest dreams.   One of my other favorite quotes is this

“At first, dreams seem impossible, then improbable, and eventually inevitable.”

-Christopher Reeve

So I thought I should start with June and write down my goals. Once they were written I could decide if they were short term based on if getting them done was my priority or making them idealistic was more important to me.  Here are my goals right now.

  • Take and pass the exam that will give me my professional license so that I can move up in my current job.
  • Sell my rental property that is 6 hours away and a real pain in the tookus.
  • Make a happy healthy Baby!!!
  • Loose 15 pounds.
  • Move into town.

I learned something about my self.  I am rather impatient or unimaginative.  I want all of these things now.  The two that are most long term for me are making that baby, which will hopefully start cooking next month but then I will have a long road ahead of that one.  And moving into town.  We currently live about 14 miles outside of our little town in an even smaller unincorporated town (which is really like 3 houses, a fire station, and a post office).  It really is fairly close to everything we do and our work but it would be nice to live right in the heart of town.  Or at least a better school district and within biking distance of our office.  The problem is that the town we claim to be from (the actual “big” small town) is pretty expensive to buy property.  Cloudy and I both have good jobs for the area (I should have been a doctor) and currently no kids, even still, moving into town would be a stretch for us.  If I could sell the property I own in the Big City far away and if we could sell or rent out the house we are currently living in, then it might be possible.  But selling houses is not really very easy right now.  So, where we are will work perfectly fine until we are able to make some money on our current properties and find the house of our dreams.  I’ll make move to town a “long term” goal.

The short term goals are in the works and I am trying to be realistic about them.  My application for the PE exam is in.  As soon as I get the green light from the board I can study to take the next exam which is in October.  Not much else I can do on that one.

My rental property will hopefully be on the market by next week.  I am having some minor repairs done to the porch and rain gutters next week and then it will be ready to show.   I am really putting quick and easy into the universe on this one!  My current tenants lease is up at the end of this month so every month after that that is sits empty is an entire mortgage payment we have to come up with.

We will start making that perfect baby next month if we are lucky but you all know how that short term goal can stay on the list month after month.  I’m staying positive though and again asking for quick and easy!

Ok ok, losing the 15 pounds is looking like it will most likely be long term too.  I don’t think I will drop it in the next 6 weeks before we start trying again and if I do get that magic fertilization I will probably start gaining again and won’t think about loosing weight for at least another 10 months.  And 15 is pretty idealistic.

There are my current life goals.  I will revisit in July and see what my priorities are at that point and where I am at with all of this.  Thanks for reading!