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2022: October Goal Reflection

2022: October Goal Reflection
1. Leave the state of Florida once.

Not this month, but we have our trip to Germany coming up in November for my sister’s wedding.

2. Complete at least 3 arm-specific workouts per months.
  1. putting out all the Halloween decor totally counts for this!
  2. I did a Barre Class at the district office (for FREE)
  3. Nike Training Center: All-Out Shoulders and Arms

I actually accomplished this goal for once!

3. Spend an average of less than $550/month on groceries.
  • $59.65 at Publix (post-hurricane, we need stuff for Monday order)
  • $94.86 at Winn-Dixie
  • $102.57 at ALDI’s (my 4 times a year ALDI trip extravaganza)
    $17.32 at Publix
  • $50.62 via Kroger Delivery
  • $170.89 via Kroger Delivery
  • $15.67 at Winn-Dixie
  • $121.51 at Publix (I spent wayyyy more than I thought because 3 things were BOGO that we buy on the regular, so I stocked up, & $20 was wine)
  • $44.51 at Winn-Dixie

TOTAL: $707.30

Inflation is playing a role in this spike, obviously, but I need to find other ways to reign in costs too.

4. Jog at least once a week.
  • Week 1: negative but I did walk around the neighborhood 3 times
  • Week 2: thought about it
  • Week 3: no
  • Week 4: mmm no
  • Week 5: negative
5. Use no more than a roll of paper towel per month.

I used a few more sheets this month than last (blotting up greece) but still doing awesome!

6. Complete a deep analysis of The Iliad.

lololol deep analysis isn’t happening for anything right now

7. Grow my emergency savings account to at least $5,000.

We got our AP bonuses so I have a little bump to add to this goal.

8. Use my slowcooker at least 4 times a month.
  1. Slowcooker Sweet Potato, Lentil and Cauliflower Curry served with naan and yogurt
  2. Slowcooker Farro Risotto
9. Spend no more than $50 on frivolous personal spending.
  • $15 for a gorgeous nativity at a garage sale
  • $41 at the consignment shop ($20 were boots I need for our Germany trip, I’m leaving the amount in here, but I took out a black shirt & pants that were for homecoming at school)
  • $4.58 for a year-long membership to – I bought this in December of 2021 sooo it technically doesn’t count for this goal BUT it should because I am using the membership in 2022 ($55 for a year-long membership, so I am splitting up the cost per month to be fair)
  • $2.83 National Geographic History Magazine 1-Year Subscription (6 issues – $34 for a year-long membership, so I am splitting up the cost per month to be fair)
  • $10 a dress at Goodwill

TOTAL: $73.41

10. Make a meatless dinner at least twice a week, especially Friday.
  • Week 1: Cheese Fondue (the only meat item was sausage to dip); Black Bean Chili, Slowcooker Sweet Potato, Lentil and Cauliflower Curry served with naan and yogurt; & Vegetarian Sloppy Joes with roasted red potatoes
  • Week 2: actually no meals were vegetarian – woops
  • Week 3: Mujaddara, Hummus & Cucumber-Yogurt Salad; St. Luke’s Little Summer Salad; Penne alla Betsy; Pepper, Pesto & Spinach Stromboli with Parmesan White Beans
  • Week 4: Slowcooker Farro Risotto; Gemelli Pasta; Spiced Lentils with Ethiopian Collard Greens & Naan; Sopa de Ajo Castellana; Red Lentil Curry
11. Go to church every Sunday & Holy Day of Obligation.
  • Week 1: Sunday 8am
  • Week 2: Sunday 8am (I was going to do daily mass during a teacher workday but my SIL came over instead)
  • Week 3: Sunday 8am (& we made it in the pews until the eucharist! winning!)
  • Week 4: Sunday 8am (alone because Will was sick, yikes!)
  • Week 5: Sunday 8am
12. Send someone a surprise postcard once a month.

I received a surprise letter from my cousin butttt then never wrote her back. Woops!

13. Travel internationally at least once.

Check to Oxford!

Upcoming: Germany & Bahamas

14. Listen to at least 2 hours of Spanish language learning a week.


15. Listen to at least 2 hours of Italian language learning a week.

mmmmm no

16. Go out on a date with the hubby at least once a month.

Sort of, we went to Rock n Brews for a teachers-eat-free dinner with William & have enjoyed the cooler weather for drinks on the patio.

17. Do yoga at least twice a month.
18. Only shop second-hand for clothes I want (& do not need).

Yes! At one trip to the consignment. I bought 3 tops (because I have too many skirts but not enough tops), a new fancy green skirt, shoes & a new cardigan. I had $13 in credit from things I sold.

I went again to the consignment to sell stuff I couldn’t last trip (wrong day) & picked up ankle boots (for our upcoming Germany trip). I also bought a black t-shirt & some ugly pants – all for homecoming at school.

Lastly, I popped into Goodwill to donate stuff and find stuff for homecoming. I happened to pick up a cute mustard yellow dress which perusing.

19. Vacuum at least once a week.
  • Week 1: because of the hurricane I vacuumed three times
  • Week 2: Will vacuumed
  • Week 3: no
  • Week 4: yes
  • Week 5: no
20. Write at least 1 art history blog post a month.

I’m too busy tweaking my art history lesson plans to worry about blog posts, but I still share them on the AP Art History Facebook page.

21. Waste more time with the baby (& hubby).

Oh so much unstructured outside time now that the weather isn’t sweltering!!

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