As I write this, I am sniffling, sneezing, and blowing my nose constantly. E has infected me with the germ that kept her out of school all week last week. Ugh, I don’t have time for this! On the upside, working from home means I can be as whiney and loud as I want (I do not sneeze or blow my nose like a lady…), and I can get feel-better cuddles from the dogs any time I want.
Last week, despite unknowingly incubating The Germ, was pretty awesome:
FINDING JOY IN SMALL THINGS
more goat babies and desperate goat mama
I was back at the goat farm on Thursday evening for another volunteer shift. There were many, many more babies, but only three that needed to be bottle fed this time. I am happy to say my confidence as a nurturer of all things great and small was restored, as they all drank eagerly until their little tummies were full. Did you know that goat kids have baby breath like puppies? And it’s nearly as intoxicating!
There were two more new(ish) babies in the field…
…and one poor mama who waddled after us all the way back from the milking parlor. I can’t wait to go back this week and see how many she had packed in there!
I have to admit, as much as I love going to the farm and am so grateful for the opportunity, there is no small part of me that cringes with impatience knowing that the dream of owning my own farm is still so far away. But I also know that making space in my life to keep the dream alive even in this small way is ultimately benefiting me by keeping the fires of motivation stoked and burning strong.
a bit of the farm comes home
On Sunday I took E to visit a friend’s farm.
E fell in love with a farm dog…
…and I fell in love with something small and fluffy. This little girl came home with me!
STILL WAY TOO MUCH EATING OUT
There really isn’t too much to say here. I did not end up getting to the grocery store until the weekend. Honestly, grocery shopping is at the bottom of my list of things I ever want to do. I’d even rather do dishes and laundry! I actually sent J & E to do it yesterday, and they did a remarkably good job, so I think I will just work on delegating that weekly task to them!
ounce by ounce
I didn’t make any big changes in my diet last week (see above), but I did make an effort to get my body moving a little more.
I walked around the lake twice, went to the barn twice and rode and did barn chores, and carried a LOT of milk buckets at the goat farm.
I find that when I work on adding exercise into my routine, a healthier diet sort of falls into place. Also, in the spirit of small steps, I have decided this week (especially seeing as how I am sick) to simply concentrate on adding protein to my breakfast.
Being that I am a very visual person, I also added two trackers to my planner:
The habit tracker on the left is a printable available from Money Saving Mom. (I added the handwritten months and then downsized it for my A5 planner.)
I created the miles tracker on the right. It actually has 1000 circles waiting to be filled in this year, so feel free to chuckle about my 1% progress thus far!
Just from adding some activity to my week, I was rewarded with the loss of 16 ounces. All things considered, this is a big win and I’ll take it!
dollars and sense: the bigger picture
Last week I created my budget for April and also tried a new exercise to get more of a “big picture” view. I annualized my current and “one-year goal” budgets to see exactly what I need to be making to cover not only my anticipated expenses, but the things I want to have in my life like travel and my future farm.
I can definitely see areas where my spending is not in alignment with my priorities. I also have a better idea of what changes I need to start making to reach my goals, both in extra income and reduced expenses.
Some of you are going to roll your eyes at me when I tell you that this numbers geek finds budgeting fun, and some of you are nodding your head and thinking, “I know, right?!” Honestly, getting serious about creating my budget and tracking my expenses has been the absolute best thing I have done for myself this year!
…it’s been another good week. I’m continuing to exercise my “small steps” muscle and build on small successes. I am filling my life with things that make me happy and trying not to eat too much chocolate dealing with the things that don’t.
How is your week going?