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Goal in focus Pay off all debt before the end of 2018 2 people are doing this
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01/03/2017
10/03/2019
  • ExplorerSoul
    ExplorerSoul Doing 0 cheers 2017-08-20 15:45:56

    Not doing so great with credit cards. I think knowing there were many charges I wouldn't be able to cover and feeling I am never really caught up led me to give up trying a little bit. Just a sense of feeling resigned, and that maybe I will only really make a dent once other debts are paid (this isn't necessarily true, of course). I added some more charges and made a few purchases for things I both wanted and needed and I feel there will be more before the month is over.

    My budget still feels tight and I find myself using my cards. Some things, like groceries or gas, are hard to avoid, but other things are not necessities for sure. I recently bought two items of clothing but it's pretty rare that I do. I ordered a couple of items from my 'Make a list of things I am thinking of buying' goal.

    I will see how it goes next month when I start a regular month again and try to be more conscious of my spending. I know I have to stop adding new charges but it's tough. I think with a little more planning, I could at least reduce my spending on things like coffee and takeout. But sometimes, there is something about picking up a coffee rather than bringing your own. I'm not sure what it is exactly. Still, I've got to get serious if I want to see any real change.

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  • ExplorerSoul
    ExplorerSoul Doing 2 cheers 2017-08-04 03:43:31

    Looking at my budget starting in September, I realized it wouldn't work. I was asked where I could cut if I had to and I didn't see much wiggle room. I just felt discouraged to be honest. The idea of prolonging my deadline again was something I didn't want to consider, especially seeing as how it has already felt so slow. I feel stuck in many ways until this debt is paid.

    But I readjusted and reduced the payment amounts towards my credit cards yet again. It will give me a little bit more breathing room and according to the calculator I've used in the past as well as the balances in update #5 (though the balances have increased since...), the cards could be paid by August of next year. I'm okay with this because it's still within the time frame I had in mind (before the end of 2018). I'm also hoping that by reducing my payments, I won't have to revert to using my cards as I have been (vicious cycle), but part of it is just about better management and better choices, too.

    I'll recalculate once I have the new balances at the end of August and we'll see how things go starting next month.

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  • ExplorerSoul
    ExplorerSoul Doing 1 cheers 2017-07-29 18:18:43

    Still more charges and I'm having trouble keeping track. It ends up being more than I can afford paying back. (Hey, that rhymes.)

    Almost at my limit now for credit card #2 and haven't done groceries yet and there will probably be a few more expenses before the weekend is through. Sigh. I'll get back on track soon.

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  • ExplorerSoul
    ExplorerSoul Doing 2 cheers 2017-07-29 02:52:11

    I used a certain website recently (https://www.myinvestorsbank.com/Resources/Calculators/Make-Bi-Weekly-Payments) to try to see when I would finish paying loan #1.

    According to the information provided, I would have 16 months left with monthly payments and 15 months with bi-weekly payments.

    By making bi-weekly payments, you will repay your loan 1 months earlier and save $58 in interest charges over the remaining term of the loan.

    If this is accurate, I wouldn't be saving much in interest, but it seems I would be paying off my loan in October. I want to verify this because there was one payment I skipped throughout the term of my loan so far.

    I had hoped to pay my loans off sooner so I could use the amounts towards the rest of my debt, but it doesn't look like this will be the case. I'm especially bothered by the amount of my line of credit, and worried in general that I won't have all my debt paid off before the end of 2018.

    Bi-Weekly Loan Payment Calculator | Pay Off Loan | Investors Bank
    Making bi-weekly payments is a popular way to pay off your loan quicker. Use the Bi-Weekly Loan Payment Calculator to see how these payments can help you.
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  • ExplorerSoul
    ExplorerSoul Doing 5 cheers 2017-07-28 20:35:47

    Close to breaking past the 20K mark. Still a long way to go but at least it's moving in the right direction.

    So all is still on track except the credit cards (see July 18 entry). I had planned how I would pay back the charges next month, but recently, I've added more charges to credit card #2 so I'll have to look at things again.

    Thinking about some future goals lately is an added incentive, even if the thought of having zero debt is an incentive in itself.

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24 entries 29 cheers
14/03/2017
  • ExplorerSoul
    ExplorerSoul Doing 2 cheers 2017-07-28 20:38:32

    Haven't been as focused on this lately but need to get back into it. August will be a bit of an irregular month in terms of payments, so I'm looking at my budget starting in September.

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  • ExplorerSoul
    ExplorerSoul Doing 2 cheers 2017-07-06 04:06:31

    So in the past week or so, I probably accumulated over $340 in credit card charges. This doesn't even include spending from my checking account or with cash. Not good.

    Luckily, I was able to pay over half of it back thanks to some money from the government and switching two payments this month but I have to try to get back on track with spending less. The worst thing for my debt is to rack up charges I can't pay off.

    With regard to the three additional expenses this month, two of the three are now covered so that's good.

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  • ExplorerSoul
    ExplorerSoul Doing 0 cheers 2017-07-04 05:24:36

    Found this old entry:

    Goal: Improve my finances (previously: pay off debt and save)
    Title: Contemplating my spending habits, and some new goals
    Date: 2009-09-24T03:31:13Z

    Body: Since my last entry, I've been thinking a lot about the little things I spend money on, from a clearer perspective and with an added awareness, it seems. I feel a certain little shift somehow.

    The starter list of toiletry items was quite simple, but because I may not have found the ideal product in a particular category, I have bought different types of the same item to try. Some of the main examples of this are shampoos, facial products, and lip balms. Fortunately, certain other products have become regulars and I have stuck with them.

    I have also spent money on magazines, and I now have a collection to show for it (and clear up).

    I know that food can be a problem and I need to better monitor my spending habits in this area.

    Other things might be certain expenses related to spending time with loved ones. And there are those unplanned-for expenses which I eventually want to budget for but that are difficult to include right now. These are often related to occasions - birthdays, etc. And then the occasional random purchase, sometimes useful and sometimes not.

    Reading this, I can say that I have my reduced spending on products and magazines but food is still an issue.

    Now I'm just waiting to see the damage in terms of my spending recently and hoping I can pay the charges off and get back on track.

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  • ExplorerSoul
    ExplorerSoul Doing 0 cheers 2017-07-03 03:39:19

    I haven't been as careful with my spending the last several days but I'm hoping to make more of an effort again this upcoming week.

    There will be at least three additional expenses this month and if I wanted to do any traveling for summer holidays, that would be an expense, too.

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  • ExplorerSoul
    ExplorerSoul Doing 1 cheers 2017-06-30 03:11:57

    Well, with less than a week to go, my efforts kind of fell to pieces.

    Overall I think I've done well. I was thinking about continuing to limit my spending but maybe upping the budget to include $20 during the week, but the truth is, even with my reduced spending, it still felt a little tight so it's a little challenging to know where to go from here.

    I seem to be inching along with my debt repayment - it just feels slower than I remember progress feeling in the past.

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16/03/2017
  • ExplorerSoul
    ExplorerSoul Doing 2 cheers 2017-07-02 18:57:29

    Still considering the tutor idea and I've also had this craft idea in mind. Something I could maybe sell. Problem is it would involve some art and I am not the best drawer in this sense. Today I was thinking that maybe I could pay someone or more than one person (fiverr or something similar) to draw up a few samples for me that I could use for the project. It would take some time and money so I may not look into this right away but it's a thought for later on.

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  • ExplorerSoul
    ExplorerSoul Doing 0 cheers 2017-06-24 15:34:14

    I inquired about a direct selling type opportunity that I've been considering for a while but it is not yet available in my country. Still considering ways I might be able to earn an additional income but also considering my health and the time I have available.

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  • ExplorerSoul
    ExplorerSoul Doing 3 cheers 2017-05-22 15:02:33

    I am thinking that before trying to obtain an additional income, I should see how far I can stretch my current income, and this will probably come from a spending challenge I hope to start in the near future.

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  • ExplorerSoul
    ExplorerSoul Doing 3 cheers 2017-04-30 22:26:56

    In addition to the tutoring idea, there is also a center near home that offers certain therapies and seems to be open in the evenings. I thought about contacting them to see if they might need help.

    I am also thinking about making and selling crafts.

    An additional amount won't solve everything but it could help.

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  • ExplorerSoul
    ExplorerSoul Doing 3 cheers 2017-04-23 18:12:24

    For some time, I've been thinking about online tutoring and wondering if this could be a viable option. It ties into an old interest of mine related to teaching English abroad (and another interest of working more independently). I was thinking today that it could be a way to earn a side income (which I could really use) while also being flexible.

    I still find myself thinking about getting a part-time job in another way, but my concern is that my current job is already quite time consuming and then I wouldn't want to come into any trouble when vacation time rolls around, feeling like I have this second commitment I have to consider.

    With regard to the online tutoring, I remember seeing an ad once and I'm not sure if that's where the idea stems from or if I had it earlier, but I don't currently hold a degree, so it's always a question of whether I am qualified to offer this service. In terms of being native and fluent, absolutely, and I am ready to put in the work of organizing lessons and finding the best way to teach someone to speak the language but I wondered if I could really charge at this point for what would be more of a conversational chat.

    I came across an article today though that I will explore a bit more, to see if there is anything that could be helpful in maybe taking the next step as far as this goes. It's not just about making money, but also about feeling like I'm doing a good job - good work worthy of the extra income.

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    • joycultivation
      joycultivation 1 cheers 2017-04-30 20:21:53

      @ExplorerSoul personally I have always had a second (or 3rd or 4th) job or a "side hustle" to bring in extra income when i need it. i keep my side hustles flexible (there is always permission to say no or take a break if i start to feel like i am burning out or if i want to focus on other priorities), but i would say it is definitely definitely worth it in terms of taking off the financial stress and strain of trying to get all of my money goals accomplished on one income. having something flexible allows you to generate extra income if you need the money and take a break if you need the free time to recharge or pursue other interests or passions - or vacation!

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24 entries 39 cheers
01/04/2017
10/03/2018
  • ExplorerSoul
    ExplorerSoul Doing 5 cheers 2017-07-17 00:11:44

    A little bit worried about falling by the wayside with this due to more limited time. And I realized that the day I had planned to work on this this upcoming week is a day I already have another commitment.

    It's okay, I'll just switch my days and try to stay on track with making progress, a little bit at a time.

    I also received a notification that the author of a book I read in the past made her online courses on clutter available again. One of the courses in particular (on paper and digital clutter) interested me but is too expensive for my budget right now. It would have been interesting to focus on this and receive guidance during a specific period but I will do my best on my own with what I have and know.

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  • ExplorerSoul
    ExplorerSoul Doing 3 cheers 2017-07-12 21:25:33

    Emptied trash box and most of recycling box (a few magazines were put aside to deal with later).

    One garbage bag and one recycling bag going out this week.

    I have a tiny bit left to go through on the bed and unfortunately I didn't get to focus on the floor yet.

    Still a lot to do.

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  • ExplorerSoul
    ExplorerSoul Doing 2 cheers 2017-07-08 16:52:29

    I probably went through about half of what was on my bed yesterday. I would have liked to finish, and I'm trying not to let the boxes cluttering up my space/floor discourage me. I will probably have to start new garbage and recycling boxes, and a new item box for that matter (right now I'm lumping all items together - things to keep, or give or sell) and some of the paper put in my paper box could have probably been put in the garbage box instead and some of the paper is important documents or things to be shredded (I usually have boxes for each of these categories too).

    I'm feeling a bit of pressure to make a certain amount of progress with the time I have but I don't think I'll be making much more headway today. Tomorrow I may try to finish the bed, then I will have to take some time to empty the trash and recycling boxes at least before continuing.

    The floor will take longer - several boxes and loose items.

    My items are always an issue, too. My space is limited and I just don't know where to put things I might want to keep.

    And the clothes. This will be my next step after this. I really need to do some serious sorting and discarding.

    I still have to take pictures of and list the items I want to sell or give away, but maybe it's best to wait and do it all at once, once I know all that I have.

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  • ExplorerSoul
    ExplorerSoul Doing 2 cheers 2017-07-07 03:52:35

    Yesterday I spent about an hour focusing on one side of the room and with some time alone, used a more condensed box system (garbage, recycling, items and paper) to help sort through things. I had these boxes out in the hallway as I worked.

    It is sometimes tough if I think that I am just moving things from one spot to another but in reality, it is part of the sorting process and two of these boxes will be eliminated as soon as I empty them. It feels good knowing that.

    I didn't quite get to finish (was close) so I was hoping to do that today and start working on clearing off my bed (there are four boxes and a few loose things there) but I didn't end up working on any of it today. Had I done so, tomorrow would have been focused on tackling what is left on the floor.

    I didn't think I would be going through the boxes in my space just yet, but I did go through most of one box and a small recycling bin yesterday, and glancing at the contents of the boxes on the bed, I feel good about making an attempt to go through those, too. It will have to get done at one time or another anyway.

    So tomorrow I am planning to do what I had set out to do today (I will only have a little bit of time alone), and hoping for some cooler weather.

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  • ExplorerSoul
    ExplorerSoul Doing 1 cheers 2017-07-05 17:38:36

    Was able to get another garbage bag ready yesterday - so full it looked like it was close to popping. I finished what was leftover from the third bag and emptied the garbage box that was in my space. Took several breaks but got it done.

    So that makes a total of four garbage bags set to go out this week.

    I don't think there is any other garbage box or bag that I have left to go through (at least I hope not) but I'm sure I will have a new one as I continue to go through my space.

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16/03/2017
  • ExplorerSoul
    ExplorerSoul Doing 0 cheers 2017-08-05 14:07:46

    Inspiring video I came across today:

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=T9-DsBAbL2k

    Walk The Way TV Episode 40: It's A Relationship
    Are you satisfied with your relationship with Jesus? Do you experience Him, or have you just read about Him? Because the real, living Jesus is waiting, and H...
    YouTube
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  • ExplorerSoul
    ExplorerSoul Doing 1 cheers 2017-07-30 21:43:31

    When the stresses of life take over, our preoccupations can make it that we forget to take time for God and our relationship with Him. Everything else somehow becomes a priority.

    Unfortunately, I think when we allow ourselves to create more distance between ourselves and God, we allow more room for the dark thoughts and more negative emotions to enter our lives. We can feel more alone. We can try to deal with all of our difficulties on our own. We can turn away from loved ones.

    I sometimes feel like I ask God for help a lot, but in reality, I don't often ask for help for the bigger things that gnaw at me on a regular basis. I worry about my prayers being too self-centered and not focused enough on others. But I think if I remember to put God first - the rest will fall into place. He is our best ally, and wants our best.

    I felt a bit overwhelmed today thinking of finances, clutter, work, health appointments, living at home, etc. and I felt myself getting down. I told myself at one point not to let the darker thoughts take over.

    I was looking through my goals and realized that this goal is just not as much of a priority as some others, maybe because I feel it requires more effort and energy - energy I don't feel I have. It's almost as though I am waiting for a better time to focus on this but I think I need to remind myself that it doesn't have to be perfect. I am thinking of a quote I read once - I will have to try to find it.

    The further down God is on our list and the wider the distance between us and Him, the greater our challenges will be. I don't believe we are meant to walk through this life and its struggles alone.

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    • aenea
      aenea 1 cheers 2017-08-03 07:10:02

      @ExplorerSoul nice post. I'm not religious but I am somewhat spiritual and I agree it's important to take the time to recenter yourself around your values periodically. I have been feeing overwhelmed and drained as well lately so this is a good reminder for me too.

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  • ExplorerSoul
    ExplorerSoul Doing 0 cheers 2017-06-30 06:12:17

    Today (Thursday), I discovered a blog through an article on faithit, and in turn discovered an online faith community for women. I think it could be nice to be part of for different reasons. There is a free trial and then a monthly fee to join (not too expensive) so I'm not sure I will explore it right away, but it's something I'm considering.

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  • ExplorerSoul
    ExplorerSoul Doing 0 cheers 2017-06-28 03:28:08

    Just came across this as I was finishing my entry. Some food for thought.

    http://faithit.com/worst-consequence-skipping-church-tim-challies/

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  • ExplorerSoul
    ExplorerSoul Doing 0 cheers 2017-06-28 03:18:35

    Recently, I found myself thinking that I wanted to give myself to God. I wasn't sure exactly what that meant for me, and while there was something comforting in the thought, there was also something scary about it.

    Last week, the friend who invited me to their church brought up a few things related to faith during a conversation that struck a chord somehow, and I found myself holding back tears. It's a sensitive, personal topic and journey for me - not one that I seem to share very often - and in some ways, this person is one of the few who is directly and indirectly encouraging me and challenging me without necessarily pushing me.

    I think they felt badly for my almost crying and felt they may have been hard on me but it wasn't their fault and I told them so. They said they hadn't exactly been on the straight and narrow for a good number of years.

    Some of the things being said were important but maybe just hit a sensitive spot and I just didn't have the best response or answers. Maybe my ego also didn't want to be viewed as less-than, or flimsy in my faith. While I care about this person's thoughts, in the end I am truly only accountable to God.

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4 entries 20 cheers
27/02/2017
Before The End Of The Year
  • ExplorerSoul
    ExplorerSoul Doing 3 cheers 2017-07-12 15:44:49

    My appointment is approaching and I wish I was in better shape for it but it is what it is. I hope it goes well.

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  • ExplorerSoul
    ExplorerSoul Doing 1 cheers 2017-05-30 23:57:30

    I was able to make an appointment with the ND for this summer. I am looking forward to seeing how it goes.

    From a practical standpoint, some of my concerns include cost and location. Ordinarily, a medical doctor visit would be covered in my province, but seeing a naturopath can often cost over $100 per visit.

    It would also mean driving several hours round trip.

    With regard to the cost, naturally if it was covered or if I could pay less, I would (especially considering my current financial situation), but I also consider the time of the visit to be a factor. An average visit with an MD is often shorter, whereas I feel that with an ND, the visit and discussion will be more comprehensive.

    I also don't mind driving out of the way for good care. It is more in the case of a serious medical issue requiring me to see a doctor more quickly or regularly that I would be concerned.

    I also require a prescription for a contraceptive, and I don't think this can be provided through the ND. It would be wonderful to have someone I could see for all my health and medical needs, but in the end, an ND is more in line with what I am seeking health-wise. Hopefully I can continue to obtain the prescription through the doctor I saw before.

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  • ExplorerSoul
    ExplorerSoul Doing 0 cheers 2017-05-28 06:21:00

    Another reason I feel a naturopathic doctor would be a better fit is due to a greater focus on nutrition and a more holistic approach.

    I had come across a different ND before that I was considering but somehow lost track of her. After a new search, I came across a couple of other NDs, including the one I decided to see if I could get an appointment with (there are so many options and it can be difficult to know who to take a chance on, but something told me this doctor would be worth checking out).

    So hopefully I will hear back from the health centre and hopefully she is still accepting new patients. There is no particular rush, but I do feel due for a full check-up and if I'm not able to see someone this summer, hopefully I can schedule something before the end of the year.

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  • ExplorerSoul
    ExplorerSoul Doing 0 cheers 2017-03-27 00:36:35

    Already started doing some research. I care about my health and I would like to find someone I can feel comfortable with to assist me in taking care of it.

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26/06/2017
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5 entries 24 cheers
05/03/2017
Within The Next Year
  • ExplorerSoul
    ExplorerSoul Doing 1 cheers 2017-06-05 03:37:47

    My plan to eat better hasn't been the most successful yet because my stomach has felt sensitive lately and I find myself wanting to stick to crackers and bread when that queasy feeling hits.

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  • ExplorerSoul
    ExplorerSoul Doing 4 cheers 2017-05-27 17:51:08

    It's been a while of not eating so well, but this week I just feel tired of it. It reminds me of some periods where, when I was spending more money on a regular basis, I would find myself feeling fed up of that, too.

    Yesterday I was driving home and it was late, and I was hungry, and the convenient stop would have been McDonald's, but I already had it for lunch and I really didn't want to go again. I was going back and forth in my mind thinking about cost, convenience, etc. I ended up ordering takeout from a different place, which costed me more, and I couldn't even finish it. I don't know if I was simply full or if it was due to emotions, but I had to put the rest aside.

    There just seems to be a lot of fast food and not very nutritional food in my diet lately, and I am realizing that convenience probably has a bigger part to play in this than I may have thought, but I need to start making better choices again. I feel confident that I will.

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    • aenea
      aenea 1 cheers 2017-05-31 08:51:48

      @ExplorerSoul I have limited time to prep meals and I find that hampers my nutrition. So I end up buying prepared salads at the grocery store or even McDonald's in hopes of boosting my nutrition factor, only to feel guilty the whole time for all the excess plastic waste my purchase entails. Can't win for losing.

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      • ExplorerSoul
        ExplorerSoul Doing 0 cheers 2017-05-31 23:36:49

        @aenea That's part of it, too, for me. The waste of it all. That's why I can't help but consider giving it up. There are so many good reasons to. I'm just not there yet, unfortunately.

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  • ExplorerSoul
    ExplorerSoul Doing 2 cheers 2017-05-05 02:58:36

    Sometimes I think about having a few simple meal options - mainly for breakfasts and lunches - and rotating. I've also thought about having the same thing for a week at a time but I'm not sure if I would grow tired of that.

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  • ExplorerSoul
    ExplorerSoul Doing 1 cheers 2017-04-29 04:47:44

    So obviously I'm not there yet, otherwise this goal wouldn't exist!

    Someone made a comment to me recently about my eating habits and while I didn't agree with it fully, I thought about the part that might be true and it's not a bad thing.

    I have been thinking more about my fast food habit lately and today I thought, what if I stopped eating it? There were different reasons for it. Money, the environment, being healthier, etc. And now that I think of it, it would also be a step towards the way of eating I am ultimately aiming for.

    I also thought about a family member whose health I worry about and who could probably stand to benefit from certain changes. But if I want those things for them and if I would ask that of them (hypothetically), what could/should I be asking or expecting of myself?

    Ordinarily, eliminating it completely would seem more difficult but today the idea felt less challenging somehow. I also nixed this kind of food for a certain period and it wasn't necessarily an enormous feat. It took some effort, to be sure, but it resulted in my making use of the groceries I had available. It was probably most challenging when I was feeling tired. The ease and convenience (and taste) are probably what gets most of us who include this in our diet but it is more a habit than anything, I think.

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  • ExplorerSoul
    ExplorerSoul Doing 2 cheers 2017-03-27 01:16:57

    I always have it in mind to move toward a more plant-based, whole foods diet. I think ultimately, a way of eating that suits me is one that becomes second nature and doesn't require a lot of thought. One that allows me to feel healthy and strong and helps my body to function at its best.

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19/03/2017
  • ExplorerSoul
    ExplorerSoul Doing 0 cheers 2017-07-23 16:02:19

    One of the main reasons I haven't started this yet I think is that I don't feel I have a source a water I feel confident in.

    I know they say tap is supposed to be as good as bottled, but I occasionally hear of different areas in the news, not so far from where I live, and how the citizens are told not to consume the water or to boil it first due to safety concerns. I have also noticed the color change in my own water at times, most likely due to work the city is doing. There is also fluoride in tap water, which I would prefer to avoid.

    I would ideally like to stop using bottled water.

    We have filtered water at work but it is one of those continuous systems and the bottle has never been replaced (that I've seen). I didn't feel as good about it after seeing it cleaned by hand and I also don't like that it is exposed to sunlight on a regular basis.

    I would like to buy some sort of pitcher and when I think of it, this is what I did when I lived on my own.
    The trouble is I live with others now and space in the fridge is limited. But if I could do this, then I could use a glass bottle I was given as a gift and start drinking more water again.

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    • wethepeople
      wethepeople Done 0 cheers 2017-07-27 19:11:13

      @ExplorerSoul You should at least use a decent water filter. I understand limited space in the fridge but do not let that stop you from reaching your goal. You have to be creative and determine.

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  • ExplorerSoul
    ExplorerSoul Doing 2 cheers 2017-07-16 20:43:38

    Found this and thought it could be helpful for me and others wanting to get more water in.

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  • ExplorerSoul
    ExplorerSoul Doing 0 cheers 2017-04-15 14:44:02

    There is no question that I am falling waaay short on my daily water intake and I want to find ways to improve this.

    Like some others, I don't find myself craving it and it often feels forced. There are moments though when it feels more natural (probably when I've reached the point of extreme thirst) and I can knock out a good amount in a short amount of time. Otherwise, I take a little sip and the water sits there untouched.

    I think I am also a bit particular about the taste. Okay, so at the moment I mainly drink bottled water (bad, I know. Another goal.) but there are some that are more difficult for me to drink.

    Lately I've been thinking about whether it is worth investing in a pitcher with a filter, and just fill up a reusable bottle every day. It makes absolute sense environmentally, but I'm not sure if it will help with actually drinking more water.

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30/05/2017
  • ExplorerSoul
    ExplorerSoul Doing 1 cheers 2017-06-30 18:16:07

    At least once a week starting in July.

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  • ExplorerSoul
    ExplorerSoul Doing 1 cheers 2017-05-31 02:43:53

    I have never been a yoga aficionado, but there are two instructors whose videos I have liked. One was on VHS (and eventually transferred to DVD - just have to find it!), and the other instructor's videos can be found on YouTube.

    I tried a few of the YouTube ones when I was exercising more regularly and I revisited one of them more recently, and it felt nice.

    I think aiming to do this at least once a week is definitely achievable, and would be good for my overall fitness (building strength and flexibility, etc.) and for stress relief. I even have some new yoga pants!

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19/05/2017
  • ExplorerSoul
    ExplorerSoul Doing 0 cheers 2017-07-21 20:09:46

    I could feel my arms jiggling as I was typing yesterday. 😯

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  • ExplorerSoul
    ExplorerSoul Doing 0 cheers 2017-07-19 01:50:34

    Weight is creeping up and I am trying to make sure it stays below a certain line because if it goes beyond it, I am on my way to reaching my highest weight again.

    Sometimes I think about people who have a certain daily habit (e.g.: one can of soda a day, dessert every day, etc.) and how if they just eliminated that one thing, they could maybe see a difference.

    I always felt like I didn't have that one regular thing like some people did but then today I thought about how, even though I might not have that thing to eliminate (there are definitely things to reduce or eliminate - just not necessarily a regular, everyday thing), I could have a thing to add in instead, that could maybe make as much of a difference.

    Mainly, I was thinking about water as one of those things (maybe because of my entry on drinking more water).

    This would be something I could incorporate, along with other habits, to help with this goal.

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  • ExplorerSoul
    ExplorerSoul Doing 1 cheers 2017-07-12 17:44:12

    Have definitely been feeling heavier for a while and I can see the difference, too. Extra weight for me seems to show most in my arms, stomach and hips.

    I know that I need to start making better choices.

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  • ExplorerSoul
    ExplorerSoul Doing 2 cheers 2017-07-10 03:53:21

    I watched 'That Sugar Film' tonight. I think I saw the cover a few times but it was only recently that I became more interested in watching it. I found it important and impactful, possibly even more than some other food documentaries I've watched in a while. It is a documentary I would want my loved ones to watch, and it is a documentary that makes me want to go against what is mainstream.

    It is good timing, too, as I have been thinking about the elimination of sugar.

    I feel like I am still processing the film. Whether I decide to go ahead with the plan or not, I definitely want to try to reduce or eliminate any added sugar in my diet.

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    ExplorerSoul Doing 1 cheers 2017-07-05 04:35:51

    Weighed myself today for the first time in a while.

    I'd been debating and delaying ordering a food scale as recommended for the plan I was considering as I never imagined myself weighing food and I just wasn't sure if I could or wanted to embark on this right now. But it is for a short time and I am interested in trying and seeing. This part (food scale) was a little hard for me to get past though, so I was putting it off. Actually, I did try to order it over the weekend and for some reason it didn't go through so the window was just left open ever since as I tried to decide what to do. I finally took the plunge and should be able to pick it up on Thursday. I still don't know if I can actually do this but I'm trying to be open to it and in the end, even if I do not follow it to a tee, I am hoping I can gain something from it.

    I think it's the knowledge that I can lose weight without resorting to extremes that is also making me hesitate. Maybe part of me is thinking, why make it harder on myself? But it's the fact that I'm interested in seeing what changes I might feel (other than weight loss) and that it's short-term that help.

    I completed most of the getting started checklist but I'm not ready to click on the start button just yet. I have to review the food plan, wait for my scale, get my food ready, etc.

    I really thought if any time would be good to try this, it would be now, but I'm wondering if I should wait until later this month. There is the vegan challenge I was interested in that starts next week. I also have the appointment soon with the ND.

    It's funny, just the other day, I also came across one month's worth of meals for someone who is trying to eliminate sugar.

    So I'm not sure exactly when I'll start but I want to be ready when I do.

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09/03/2017
Within The Next Year
  • ExplorerSoul
    ExplorerSoul Doing 0 cheers 2017-08-08 03:39:06

    I decided to put this on hold until the fall so I could enjoy some sandal time.

    During my pedicure (it's always a little embarrassing for me initially), the lady mentioned a product from her country (Vietnam) that might help. It wasn't expensive so I decided to buy it, though I could have waited considering I won't be doing this right away. They told me it needed to be applied twice a day and gave me a print out with instructions on soaking, too. Curious to see if it will make any difference.

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  • ExplorerSoul
    ExplorerSoul Doing 0 cheers 2017-07-28 20:45:03

    Stopped being regular with my treatment. 😕

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    ExplorerSoul Doing 5 cheers 2017-07-19 02:02:12

    Started again today. Day 1 of a new treatment. One of those liquids that you paint on. @spatz I only remembered the Loceryl after buying this treatment!

    I've often read that these types of treatments don't really penetrate and are not the most effective but I am giving it a go. I had also bought an antifungal spray but I'm unsure about mixing the two.

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    • spatz
      spatz 1 cheers 2017-07-20 19:07:58

      @ExplorerSoul I'm keeping my fingers crossed for the new treatment. Hope it works fast. Is it one of those apply daily liquids?

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      • ExplorerSoul
        ExplorerSoul Doing 0 cheers 2017-07-21 04:25:03

        @spatz Yes, twice a day. I realized yesterday though that it isn't really meant for the nails (name and picture are a bit misleading in my opinion) but rather for the skin. I'm still a bit torn between treating it and going ahead with the pedicure so I can enjoy some sandals in summer. I started and want to continue until at least an occasion where I may have to go for the pedicure but I hate to do the treatment halfway. I would like to complete it and I believe it is four weeks.

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        • spatz
          spatz 1 cheers 2017-07-21 17:44:24

          @ExplorerSoul hope it's still useful! It can help to file the top of the nail very gently so the fluid can penetrate the top layer better - I used disposable nail files for that. I'm keeping my fingers crossed for it to work great!

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          • ExplorerSoul
            ExplorerSoul Doing 0 cheers 2017-07-21 18:30:55

            @spatz Thank you. Will take an update picture once a week to track any improvement. Just trimmed the nails and tried to use the sharp tool to clean underneath a little, and with regard to the liquid penetrating, there is actually a good amount of space under the large nail so I am trying to make sure some of the liquid gets in there. The last couple of days, I have still been applying on the nail but also on the skin a bit - at the base, around the nail and on top and underneath if I can.

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      • ExplorerSoul
        ExplorerSoul Doing 0 cheers 2017-07-21 04:53:44

        @spatz Was wrong about both name and picture. Silly me!

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    • garrin
      garrin 1 cheers 2017-08-19 12:53:43

      @ExplorerSoul Good luck with this. Something I've been meaning to do forever. I've read that apple cider vinegar works well, consistently applied.

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      • ExplorerSoul
        ExplorerSoul Doing 0 cheers 2017-08-19 18:33:04

        @garrin So many possible treatment options. Do you think you might try the ACV?

        Most recently, I was recommended a product from Vietnam and given a soaking plan to combine with it. Once I start focusing on this again, I will give this treatment a try for a good two weeks at least and see. πŸ™‚

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        • garrin
          garrin 0 cheers 2017-08-19 19:29:58

          @ExplorerSoul I'm just not consistent enough. And this is the sort of thing you have to treat daily, without fail. I'm going to try the ACV again, just need a little motivation. : ) This product you mention, I hope it works for you.

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  • ExplorerSoul
    ExplorerSoul Doing 0 cheers 2017-07-10 18:29:48

    I haven't been good with this at all. It's been over a week without doing anything. Part of me is thinking about postponing this and just getting these nails painted.

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  • ExplorerSoul
    ExplorerSoul Doing 1 cheers 2017-07-04 05:32:52

    So this past week was a bit of a mix in terms of what I was doing. I tried two different kinds of soaks and a homemade fungal spread and I've been trying to apply oil both at the start and end of the day.

    Going forward, I will continue with the oil (coconut oil in the AM and oregano oil in the PM) and will do a bleach soak 2-3 times per week. The claim is that
    "most cases resolve in two to three months. Severe cases may take longer." We'll see.

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14/03/2017
  • ExplorerSoul
    ExplorerSoul Doing 2 cheers 2017-08-21 03:21:15

    It occurred to me that by the time my article is ready, it won't exactly be timely.

    Wait a minute.

    It now occurred to me that I am just focusing on the weather where I live.

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  • ExplorerSoul
    ExplorerSoul Doing 3 cheers 2017-08-13 19:45:15

    An idea came to mind yesterday. It's something that I would be interested in reading about and I feel the subject would allow me to be more precise with my direction and would make for a good length article (not too short, not too long).

    I think part of me is afraid to really put the effort and research into it, in case it goes nowhere, but I won't know unless I try. I have to brush up on article writing and how to submit a query.

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    ExplorerSoul Doing 2 cheers 2017-04-15 00:58:01

    I remember trying to write a story when I was younger. It's possible I tried to write more than one.

    In my adult years, I seemed to think more about journalistic type writing, and writing for magazines. I even thought about creating a magazine at one point. I took a little course for magazine writing as well.

    I sometimes considered buying a digital recorder with the intention of eventually recording an interview with someone (of course there are many more ways to record nowadays, but there is still value in something small and portable I suppose).

    I once followed a completely unrelated program in a different field, wanting to explore it more, and when I returned, feeling a little bit discouraged, one of my first thoughts was "I want to write."

    I am interested in people, and in subjects that matter to them or to me. There is one person I have in mind as a subject to interview. It wouldn't be anything groundbreaking, but it could be an opportunity to dip my feet in the water and gain a certain experience (probably one that will teach me many lessons in what I could improve upon!). I wrote a couple of question ideas down, but I feel like I need more of an angle. I am a bit nervous at the thought of asking this person to do this for me when I am no official writer and there is no guarantee that anything would become of it. But I suppose I could tell them I am practicing and would like to try to submit it to a magazine.

    Gotta work on the angle.

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19/02/2017
Within The Next Two Years
  • ExplorerSoul
    ExplorerSoul Doing 3 cheers 2017-04-15 05:08:37

    I feel like this is something to aim for and something that would bring a sense of achievement. While writing for pleasure is important, receiving payment for something I've written would give me hope that something I enjoy could maybe turn into a source of revenue in the future.

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21/06/2017
  • ExplorerSoul
    ExplorerSoul Doing 1 cheers 2017-08-01 23:30:33

    4-Speak Easier.

    They say life’s for the livin’
    Are you livin’ or not?
    You only get what you put in
    You only get one shot

    Your love is a given,
    But you can you give it away?
    Can you speak with your heart?
    When there’s nothing left to say

    Speak just a little bit easier
    And your voice will get a little bit stronger
    Don’t be afraid, don’t bite your tongue
    Lift the bottom of your heart to the top of your lungs
    Speak just a little bit easier

    You say you can’t believe in
    Something you’ve never seen
    Just because you didn’t notice
    Doesn’t mean it’s never been… There

    Nothing lasts forever
    You’ll take nothing when you go
    We’re all in it together
    Doing the best with what we know

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    ExplorerSoul Doing 2 cheers 2017-06-21 23:25:20

    3-Heart of the Wood.

    I think what made granddaddy great is that he didn't work all day
    I'd love the time we spent and I'd go everywhere he went
    We'd end up on some old deer trail
    And I'd listen hard as he would spin his tales

    We were in a field of stumps he said I got a new one for you hon
    These trees once stood tall and I'm the man that made them fall
    I cut 'em up, sanded them down
    And you wouldn't believe what I found

    'Cause past the bark and all the scars
    Our home was in the heart of those old trees
    God bless who sowed those seeds
    A hundred years and they just grew
    And only heaven knew just what they'd mean, to our family
    All that time to become what they should
    You know our home was in the heart of the wood

    He smiled, said there's my favorite one, pointed at a cherry stump
    He said I couldn't afford the one at Sears so the good lord planted one right here
    He carved out what he saw within and he gave it to my dad when he turned ten

    Past the bark and all the scars
    There was a guitar in the heart of that old tree
    All from just one seed
    A hundred years and it just grew
    And only heaven knew just what it'd be
    And how that tree could sing
    All the time to become what it should
    There were songs in the heart of the wood

    He said we can mark a tree to keep from getting lost
    And it'll always point our way home like that old rugged cross

    A hundred years and it just grew and only heaven knew just what it'd be
    And who'd hang on that tree it held the Son of God like it should
    But I know it broke the heart of the wood

    I think what made granddaddy great was that he didn't work all day
    I'd love the time we spent and
    I'd go everywhere that old man went

    Songwriters: Daniel Demay / Tony Villanueva
    Heart of the Wood lyrics Β© Sony/ATV Music Publishing LLC

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    ExplorerSoul Doing 2 cheers 2017-06-21 23:21:42

    2-Faust, Midas, and Myself.

    This one's about a dream
    I had last night
    How an old man tracked me home
    And stepped inside
    Put his foot inside the door
    And gave a crooked smile
    Something in his eyes
    Something in his laugh
    Something in his voice
    That made my skin crawl off
    He said I've seen you here before
    I know your name
    Yeah, you could have your pick
    Of pretty things
    You could have it all
    Everything at once
    Everything you've seen
    Everything you'll need
    Everything you've ever had in fantasies

    You have one life, you have one life
    You have one life left to leave
    You have one life, you have one life
    You have one life left to leave

    I woke up from my dream
    As a golden man
    With a girl I've never seen
    With golden skin
    I jumped up to my feet
    And she asked me what was wrong
    And I began to scream
    I don't think this is me
    Is this just a dream
    Or really happening

    You have one life, you have one life
    You have one life left to leave
    You have one life, you have one life
    You have one life left to leave

    What direction, what direction
    What direction, what direction
    I'm splitting up, I'm splitting up
    This is my personal disaffection
    What direction, what direction
    What direction now

    I looked outside the glass
    At golden shores
    Golden ships and masts
    With golden cords
    As my reflection passed
    I hated what I saw
    My golden eyes were dead
    And a thought passed through my head
    A heart that's made of gold can't really beat at all
    I wanted to wake up again
    I wanted to wake up again
    Without a touch of gold
    Without a touch of gold

    What direction, what direction
    What direction, what direction
    What direction, what direction
    What direction, what direction
    What direction, what direction
    What direction, what direction
    What direction
    Death or action
    Life begins at the intersection
    What direction, what direction
    What direction now

    I woke up as before
    But the gold was gone
    My wife was at the door
    With her night robe on
    My heart beat once or twice
    And life flooded my veins
    Everything had changed
    My lungs had found their voice
    And what was once routine
    Was now the perfect joy

    You have one life, you have one life
    You have one life left to lead
    You have one life, you have one life
    You have one life left to lead

    Songwriters: Jon Foreman
    Faust, Midas, and Myself lyrics Β© The Bicycle Music Company

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    ExplorerSoul Doing 2 cheers 2017-06-21 23:16:58

    1-The Whole of the Moon.

    I pictured a rainbow
    You held it in your hands
    I had flashes
    But you saw the plan
    I wandered out in the world for years
    While you just stayed in your room
    I saw the crescent
    You saw the whole of the moon
    The whole of the moon

    Hmm, you were there in the turnstiles, with the wind at your heels
    You stretched for the stars and you know how it feels to reach too high
    Too far
    Too soon
    You saw the whole of the moon
    I was grounded
    While you filled the skies
    I was dumbfounded by truth
    You cut through lies
    I saw the rain dirty valley
    You saw Brigadoon
    I saw the crescent
    You saw the whole of the moon

    I spoke about wings
    You just flew
    I wondered, I guessed and I tried
    You just knew
    I sighed
    But you swooned, I saw the crescent
    You saw the whole of the moon
    The whole of the moon

    with a torch in your pocket and the wind at your heels
    You climbed on the ladder and you know how it feels to get too high
    Too far
    Too soon
    You saw the whole of the moon
    The whole of the moon, hey yeah!

    Unicorns and cannonballs, palaces and piers
    Trumpets, towers and tenements
    Wide oceans full of tears
    Flags, rags ferryboats
    Scimitars and scarves
    Every precious dream and vision
    Underneath the stars, yes, you climbed on the ladder
    With the wind in your sails
    You came like a comet
    Blazing your trail too high
    Too far
    Too soon
    You saw the whole of the moon

    Written by Michael Scott β€’ Copyright Β© Sony/ATV Music Publishing LLC, Warner/Chappell Music, Inc

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28/05/2017
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01/04/2017
  • ExplorerSoul
    ExplorerSoul Doing 2 cheers 2017-04-09 03:32:26

    I started on a certain contraceptive again and I wondered if it might have any effect on my mental or emotional state.

    I've had my struggles regardless and I think I wanted to see if there was a pattern in terms of how I was feeling and when, and whether there might be any triggers, physically/hormonally or otherwise, just to have a better understanding of my mental and emotional state.

    I know my thoughts play an important role in how we feel so it's a good opportunity to track those as well.

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01/04/2017
09/03/2019
  • ExplorerSoul
    ExplorerSoul Doing 2 cheers 2017-06-04 22:15:17

    As the result of another goal, I ended up trying a new recipe.

    I have been interested in trying something like this for a while and so it came at a good time. Came out of the oven a short while ago.

    I used this recipe as a guide (http://www.food.com/recipe/muffin-sized-breakfast-quiche-163211), replacing the spinach with kale and adding some pesto to the egg mixture.

    These will serve as part of my breakfast for the week. I will rate the recipe once I've tried one. :)

    Muffin Sized Breakfast Quiche Recipe - Food.com
    From the kitchen of Leanne Ely author of Saving Dinner. Measurements are approximate and cooking time and servings depends on the size of your muffin tin cups and of course the size and appetite of who you are serving. This is a great and easy idea and Im sure there could be many variations; different types of cheese, a little garlic, maybe some crumbled bacon, etc.
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    ExplorerSoul Doing 1 cheers 2017-04-09 03:33:07

    Have two in mind - one of which I am hoping to try soon!

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01/04/2017
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26/03/2017
  • ExplorerSoul
    ExplorerSoul Doing 3 cheers 2017-04-01 05:08:58

    I was told that some of my goals seemed vague and maybe needed to be more quantitative.

    I have to agree that several could stand to be more specific. Some of my goals are larger and more long-term while some are more general, and I think they could be broken down into more measurable sub-goals.

    Creating S.M.A.R.T. Goals

    Specific

    Measurable

    Attainable

    Realistic

    Timely

    Specific: A specific goal has a much greater chance of being accomplished than a general goal. To set a specific goal you must answer the six β€œW” questions:

    Who: Who is involved?

    What: What do I want to accomplish?

    Where: Identify a location.

    When: Establish a time frame.

    Which: Identify requirements and constraints.

    Why: Specific reasons, purpose or benefits of accomplishing the goal.

    EXAMPLE: A general goal would be, β€œGet in shape.” But a specific goal would say, β€œJoin a health club and workout 3 days a week.”

    Measurable - Establish concrete criteria for measuring progress toward the attainment of each goal you set.

    When you measure your progress, you stay on track, reach your target dates, and experience the exhilaration of achievement that spurs you on to continued effort required to reach your goal.

    To determine if your goal is measurable, ask questions such as……

    How much? How many?

    How will I know when it is accomplished?

    Attainable – When you identify goals that are most important to you, you begin to figure out ways you can make them come true. You develop the attitudes, abilities, skills, and financial capacity to reach them. You begin seeing previously overlooked opportunities to bring yourself closer to the achievement of your goals.

    You can attain most any goal you set when you plan your steps wisely and establish a time frame that allows you to carry out those steps. Goals that may have seemed far away and out of reach eventually move closer and become attainable, not because your goals shrink, but because you grow and expand to match them. When you list your goals you build your self-image. You see yourself as worthy of these goals, and develop the traits and personality that allow you to possess them.

    Realistic- To be realistic, a goal must represent an objective toward which you are both willing and able to work. A goal can be both high and realistic; you are the only one who can decide just how high your goal should be. But be sure that every goal represents substantial progress.

    A high goal is frequently easier to reach than a low one because a low goal exerts low motivational force. Some of the hardest jobs you ever accomplished actually seem easy simply because they were a labor of love.

    Timely – A goal should be grounded within a time frame. With no time frame tied to it there’s no sense of urgency. If you want to lose 10 lbs, when do you want to lose it by? β€œSomeday” won’t work. But if you anchor it within a timeframe, β€œby May 1st”, then you’ve set your unconscious mind into motion to begin working on the goal.
    Your goal is probably realistic if you truly believe that it can be accomplished. Additional ways to know if your goal is realistic is to determine if you have accomplished anything similar in the past or ask yourself what conditions would have to exist to accomplish this goal.

    T can also stand for Tangible – A goal is tangible when you can experience it with one of the senses, that is, taste, touch, smell, sight or hearing.

    When your goal is tangible you have a better chance of making it specific and measurable and thus attainable.

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20/03/2017
  • ExplorerSoul
    ExplorerSoul Doing 1 cheers 2017-08-12 02:49:47

    I feel like I should be focusing on this now. I have reason to start getting to bed earlier. I need to start waking up earlier as I will have to start leaving for work earlier and want to make sure I'm getting enough sleep.

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  • ExplorerSoul
    ExplorerSoul Doing 5 cheers 2017-04-03 03:49:49

    I need more rest, and keep saying I want to get to bed earlier but it is a challenge.

    I often feel there is already little time left in the day by the time I get home from work. To add to that, nighttime is when it feels calm, when I can just relax without disturbance and maybe I am trying to make it last so I end up staying up later than I should. On days off, I sometimes feel like I am just passing time during the day, waiting for evening to arrive.

    Not getting enough sleep surely has an effect on my energy level and productivity throughout the day.

    Need to make a plan for this.

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19/03/2017
  • ExplorerSoul
    ExplorerSoul Doing 1 cheers 2017-06-16 18:06:59

    Tried the recipe from my last entry and it's actually not bad. Nice golden color. Frothy which is nice. Not overly sweet but I don't mind that, and the turmeric is not overwhelming either (I wonder if it can make a difference depending on the source of your turmeric). I used almond milk and maple syrup as a sweetener. A nice, comforting drink that I could imagine having in the evening (or in the morning, for that matter). Only downside is that it takes some time, and the blending can be less than an ideal if you have other people to consider in the morning. Also, if I wanted to bring it in a reusable mug to keep it warm, I would probably want to at least double the recipe.

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    ExplorerSoul Doing 0 cheers 2017-06-01 03:28:37
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  • ExplorerSoul
    ExplorerSoul Doing 0 cheers 2017-06-01 02:15:47

    So if I were to consider some of the guidelines from the book I mentioned in goal 22, it would be a little tough to drink the turmeric latte, which I thought would be a healthy alternative.

    I usually think of honey as being good for you, but it is very high in sugar so I am looking to see if I can find a recipe with no sugar, though I don't know that it would taste the same.

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  • ExplorerSoul
    ExplorerSoul Doing 1 cheers 2017-04-23 22:18:38

    Article about coffee and recipe for turmeric latte I mentioned in my last post: http://www.alldayenergydiet.com/coffee-conspiracy

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  • ExplorerSoul
    ExplorerSoul Doing 3 cheers 2017-04-15 14:31:30

    I was never really a coffee drinker until about five years ago, when circumstances led to my having at least a cup most days.

    It has become part of my routine now but I think it is more of an emotional thing - or at least the morning stop seems to be. I usually have a regular coffee then but my preference seems to be cappuccinos or lattes (maybe because the coffee I'm having isn't the best?), which unfortunately are more expensive.

    In an effort to reduce waste (and save money), I now have a reusable mug and I bought coffee to make and bring to work, but I have yet to start using them. I think the stopping for coffee has become more routine than the coffee itself.

    I don't have coffee for the reason many others seem to - for the pick-me-up. It doesn't seem to have this effect on me, though on certain days, I do feel the physical effects of the caffeine in a not so pleasant way.

    Some time ago, I somehow ended up on a mailing list for a nutritionist/fitness expert and unlike many other e-mails you receive and want to unsubscribe from, I found myself interested in the information I was receiving from this person. There was one article about caffeine and one of the alternatives suggested was a turmeric latte. I had the recipe and wanted to try making it one day. Then one day I stopped at a cafe and they were selling them! I had to try it. It definitely was different taste-wise. It wasn't bad but I wasn't sure about it. It made me think a little bit about food. I then found myself craving the coffee taste and ordering a regular latte, which was made so well and was so tasty, but it didn't take long before I felt a drop in energy. The turmeric latte was caffeine-free and I felt fine after having it. I didn't feel as fine after the latte.

    I had the turmeric latte a second time and it tasted better, but I still found myself craving the coffee taste I am used to. There is always the option of decaf of course, which I have been starting to get with regular coffees but it isn't always available for specialty coffees.

    So the question is whether to have decaf or to give up coffee completely (I guess it does have some staining effects, too!). Do I want to replace my morning (and other times of the day) drink with something healthier for me?

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    • aenea
      aenea 1 cheers 2017-04-15 15:26:24

      @ExplorerSoul same boat. I started drinking coffee about six years ago when I went back to grad school and I have a similar relatonship with it. I like it but I often feel more drained than not. And in the past two years I feel like I've also become sensitized to either the caffeine or the acidity or both. I can't have even half a cup these days without drowning it in milk. Otherwise I feel unwell.

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    ExplorerSoul Doing 2 cheers 2017-08-12 02:46:15

    I am thinking I might stay at my current workplace for another year and then make a change, but it's not certain. At this point I'm still unsure what my next direction will be.

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    ExplorerSoul Doing 1 cheers 2017-04-16 03:45:13

    Last goal out of my current 30 that I had left to write an entry for. This, and my other goal about growing closer to God, felt toughest to write entries for somehow.

    On my former 43Things list, I had at least two related goals, including "Find a job I feel right about" and "Find a career that suits my needs and values." It's interesting that a work-related goal has once again found its way on my list.

    It makes me feel a little bit guilty, because I am truly appreciative that I have a job and I don't want this "search" to leave people close to me with the impression I am never satisfied. I've also felt guilty at the thought that I may be placing too much important on this particular aspect of my life.

    I recognize the positive aspects of my current job, and I am not actively looking for another job, but there are several reasons why I may consider new work at some point.

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    ExplorerSoul Doing 0 cheers 2017-07-28 20:55:29

    On one of my bank's websites, there was some brief information on saving towards your first home and it inspired me. Obviously with my debt, it would be difficult to focus on this right now but when I am able to, I think I would like to try to save $20,000 in three years or less.

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    ExplorerSoul Doing 0 cheers 2017-04-09 03:33:41

    Home, etc.

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    ExplorerSoul Doing 0 cheers 2017-08-15 04:41:16

    Interesting website: http://www.findaspring.com

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    ExplorerSoul Doing 0 cheers 2017-08-12 02:50:13

    Thinking about trying soap nuts for laundry and eventually a DIY shampoo.

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    ExplorerSoul Doing 2 cheers 2017-08-09 03:15:51

    I feel proud that my city has implemented a composting program. It is an effective way to greatly reduce one's waste.

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    ExplorerSoul Doing 0 cheers 2017-07-13 01:49:37

    Yesterday I was gifted a bring your own cutlery set. The outside was plastic but the fork, knife and spoon were stainless steel.

    Usually when I bring my lunch to work, I bring reusable cutlery so while it doesn't eliminate one of my waste issues per se, I was excited to receive it. It's nice to have a set to use every day and it could be useful in other situations where I would normally receive plastic utensils (fast food, etc. - which is the bigger problem needing to be eliminated). If I keep this set with me, I can be reminded to tell them I don't need any plastic ones.

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    ExplorerSoul Doing 2 cheers 2017-06-30 17:23:11

    To follow up on my last post, I feel a bit guilty.

    The other day I was planning to go to Starbucks and then came across a post on Facebook from someone who was making efforts to bring in their own mason jar but then noticing that they were making her drink in a plastic cup first before transferring it to her jar. I let this fact, and the fact that I wasn't sure about which size (small or medium) would be right for my reusable mug, stop me from bringing mine along with me. I actually experienced the same issue at a different restaurant. I asked in advance if I could use it and they said yes, but then they handed me a disposable cup. When I presented mine saying I was told I could use it, they just transferred it over, but in my mind this experience defeated the purpose. I tried to tell myself at least it wasn't my waste but still. I understand why they may do this in some cases, but I'm not sure how to avoid it.

    I was recently reading a story on a site related to plastic-free July. It was in a section for inspiring stories of people making a difference in their communities. This one person helped reduce 70,000 annual cups from her workplace annually. Around the same time, I read an article about a restaurant nearby that has existed for quite some time. They are known in part for a drink they offer, and as I was reading this article, one part stood out to me: "we go through a lot of disposable cups here."

    I saw an opportunity to make this place even better. As far as how, I'm not sure yet, but it's something to think about.

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    ExplorerSoul Doing 2 cheers 2017-08-19 19:33:59

    Have been having trouble finding the book to order, and while it's always nice to have a visual, I was able to find the written information I think I was looking for.

    This particular chart referred to dedicating one hour a day to your body and spirit. The suggested breakdown was:

    20 minutes towards hygiene (fresh shower, protecting your skin, wearing comfortable clothes, loving your body)
    20 minutes towards caring for your spirit (revitalizing, deep breathing, rest and relaxation)
    20 minutes towards physical exercise (walking, running, cycling, swimming, jumping, having fun)

    I wanted to sort of use this as a base and create my own sort of chart to help find a bit more balance in my days. Time is limited as it is, but there is also a lot of time lost on unnecessary things, no doubt. There are things I would like to be doing that I'm not (exercising, reading, etc.). It probably takes me a good hour and a half to get ready in the morning and I'm looking at where I can make improvements.

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    ExplorerSoul Doing 1 cheers 2017-08-08 04:11:40

    This is one of the goals I am anxious to accomplish, and I feel several other goals would tie into it nicely.

    I kept thinking of the book that included the pie chart I referred to in my last entry, and I didn't know when or if I would find it. Today I thought about how, if I could remember the title, I could maybe buy it again. I remembered that I started an inventory of my books a while back and wondered if that book would have been included. I found the list and found the book title! It's a little pricey but maybe at some point, I can get it again. I'm not sure if the chart will be as interesting as I felt it was before but I hope it can be helpful with organizing my days.

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    ExplorerSoul Doing 1 cheers 2017-03-27 01:46:13

    The inspiration behind this was a sort of pie chart I discovered in a book a long time ago, which offered a breakdown of certain categories and time spent on each (I will try to find it to share).

    I feel like developing a personal chart of my own would be helpful in different ways (e.g.: creating more balance and consistency and feeling more organized and productive instead of feeling like hours have gone by and I have not accomplished what I would have liked to).

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    • aenea
      aenea 1 cheers 2017-05-08 02:58:00

      @ExplorerSoul did you find this pie chart? sounds interesting.

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        ExplorerSoul Doing 0 cheers 2017-05-08 03:03:36

        @aenea Not yet unfortunately. It is surely buried somewhere. 😞

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        • aenea
          aenea 1 cheers 2017-05-08 03:07:30

          @ExplorerSoul no worries just curious. many of your goals are things I aspire to as well. you seem to be making bigger strides than me though, and I'm inspired by your progress. :)

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            ExplorerSoul Doing 0 cheers 2017-05-08 03:12:07

            @aenea That's very kind of you to say and it's really the support of others that helps. Today I was actually feeling like not much progress at all was being made in any of the more important goals and was trying not to feel discouraged. I'm trying to stay focused on the goals but my energy and planning are greatly lacking right now.

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    ExplorerSoul Doing 4 cheers 2017-02-28 11:39:31

    Initial goal

    Just a little over $2000.

    I'm not sure that I will be able to devote a regular amount from my paycheck towards this just yet, but I will try to put in any extra money from things such as: items sold, change counted, and any other side income, towards this.

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    ExplorerSoul Doing 1 cheers 2017-02-26 21:40:45

    Curious: to those of you who have saved for an emergency account or are in the process of doing so, what do you consider an emergency? In other words, what types of things could you justify dipping into your emergency account for?

    I am still trying to lock in what it means for me but a few situations that seem appropriate are an unexpected job loss, unexpected car repair (not regular maintenance) and unexpected medical payment.

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    ExplorerSoul Doing 1 cheers 2017-06-24 17:28:03

    2-Today I learned that 50 to 70% of our oxygen comes from the ocean. I don't think I knew this, or at least, my impression might have been more that most of our oxygen came from trees. Apparently the amount from the ocean is more than all the rainforests combined.

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    ExplorerSoul Doing 2 cheers 2017-05-30 18:37:28

    1-Today I learned that pears are not ripened on the tree.

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    ExplorerSoul Doing 1 cheers 2017-06-27 00:51:46

    Have the guitar back so might be practicing some more soon. 🙂

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    ExplorerSoul Doing 0 cheers 2017-06-04 17:08:18

    For some reason, this has taken a back seat and I will also have to return the guitar as it is needed for the next couple of weeks at least.

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    ExplorerSoul Doing 0 cheers 2017-05-14 03:02:11

    Haven't picked it up in a couple of weeks.

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    ExplorerSoul Doing 0 cheers 2017-04-23 18:16:57

    Practiced some more earlier this week. Explored a few other songs but mainly practiced the two I was already working with.

    I finished feeling uncertain about whether I was progressing. I wondered if there was a certain technique to help make the transitions smoother or whether it will just take time.

    I might practice a bit today. I'm not sure how much longer I will have the guitar for, though.

    I was thinking about how I would consider this goal accomplished. I think being able to play one song strumming and one song finger picking, with smooth transitions (bonus for singing along!) is the goal I'm aiming for right now.

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    ExplorerSoul Doing 0 cheers 2017-04-11 01:58:01

    After several days without practicing (and feeling a lot of sensitivity in my fingers in recent days), I browsed some videos online and practiced for a little while today. I found two songs that each had about four chords and that were helpful with practicing chord changes. I wasn't sure of the strumming pattern though. Either way, my rhythm was off, especially as I tried to sing along!

    I do find myself wanting to practice finger picking more.

    Anyway, it was enough on my fingers for today!

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    ExplorerSoul Doing 0 cheers 2017-08-20 21:38:23

    This is the list.



    1. Read a book with more than 500 pages



    2. Read a classic romance book



    3. Read a book that became a movie



    4. Read a book published this year



    5. Read a book with a number in the title



    6. Read a book written by someone under 30



    7. Read a book with nonhuman characters



    8. Read a funny book


    9. Read a book by a female author




    1. Read a mystery or thriller



    2. Read a book with a one-word title



    3. Read a book of short stories



    4. Read a book set in a different country



    5. Read a nonfiction book



    6. Read a popular author's first book



    7. Read a book from an author I love that I haven't read yet



    8. Read a book a friend recommended



    9. Read a Pulitzer Prize-winning book



    10. Read a book based on a true story



    11. Read a book at the bottom of my to-read list



    12. Read a book my mom loves



    13. Read a book that scares me



    14. Read a book more than 100 years old



    15. Read a book based entirely on its cover



    16. Read a book I was supposed to read in school but didn't



    17. Read a memoir



    18. Read a book you can finish in one day



    19. Read a book with antonyms in the title



    20. Read a book set somewhere I have always wanted to visit



    21. Read a book that came out the year I was born



    22. Read a book with bad reviews



    23. Read a trilogy



    24. Read a book from my childhood



    25. Read a book with a love triange



    26. Read a book set in the future



    27. Read a book set in high school



    28. Read a book with a color in the title



    29. Read a book that makes me cry



    30. Read a book with magic



    31. Read a graphic novel



    32. Read a book by an author I have never read before



    33. Read a book I own but have never read



    34. Read a book that takes place in your hometown



    35. Read a book that was originally written in a different language



    36. Read a book set during Christmas



    37. Read a book written by an author with my same initials



    38. Read a play



    39. Read a banned book



    40. Read a book based on or turned into a TV show


    41. Read a book I started but never finished

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  • ExplorerSoul
    ExplorerSoul Doing 0 cheers 2017-08-14 04:06:35

    Would a book on tape count? I typically never listen to books on tape, but I started one and am wondering if I should count it.

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    ExplorerSoul Doing 1 cheers 2017-04-24 23:41:45

    Right now I feel like I have so many unfinished books. Trying to focus on two right now.

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    • aenea
      aenea 1 cheers 2017-05-08 03:01:07

      @ExplorerSoul what are you reading, if I may ask? does this include the budgeting book?

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        ExplorerSoul Doing 1 cheers 2017-05-08 03:07:52

        @aenea It did, yes. I have been so tired lately and have let reading slip. I actually just glanced at both today but am having trouble devoting time and attention to either. I was even planning to read a bit of one before bed but I'm not sure I'll have a chance.

        The two are 30 Days to 1K and The Art of Discarding - both interesting but both requiring more of an investment than just reading.

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        • aenea
          aenea 1 cheers 2017-05-08 03:27:37

          @ExplorerSoul yes i know how it goes. seems to take forever for me to finish a book because i always have to steal the time to read, usually taking it away from my sleep.

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            ExplorerSoul Doing 0 cheers 2017-05-08 03:51:20

            @aenea Are you trying to read anything now?

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              aenea 1 cheers 2017-05-08 04:02:39

              @ExplorerSoul yes I'm reading several things right now. so many books interest me and I will start them but then take forever to finish any of them. I'm trying to focus on Hocus Pocus by Kurt Vonnegut and The Underground Railroad by Colson Whitehead at the moment. I think I have about 10 books listed under 'currently reading' on goodreads though. With luck I may finish half of them by the end of the year.

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    ExplorerSoul Doing 2 cheers 2017-03-19 15:39:42

    https://dayzeroproject.com/feature/43/the-ultimate-reading-challenge

    Thank you @mycupofstars for sharing!

    The Ultimate Reading Challenge
    The Ultimate Reading Challenge is a very comprehensive list of book reading goals compiled by PopSugar.
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    • aenea
      aenea 1 cheers 2017-05-08 03:05:25

      @ExplorerSoul are you on dayzeroproject as well? I really like some of the features they have over there - especially being able to group goals - but it doesn't seem to be as community oriented/active.

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    ExplorerSoul Doing 2 cheers 2017-04-24 23:43:20

    Recently got my hair cut and received a gift certificate for a mani/pedi that I will have to try to schedule once I feel a little bit better about my feet! Maybe I'll save it for a special occasion.

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    ExplorerSoul Doing 4 cheers 2017-04-01 04:55:18

    Unfortunately didn't get to accomplish this in the winter season, but hoping to knock out at least two of the four in the spring.

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    ExplorerSoul Doing 2 cheers 2017-07-13 02:03:47

    This goal is inspired by @joycultivation 's goal 'Send my "Little Prince" action figure on a journey around the globe!'.

    I loved this as it reminded me of the travelling gnome in Amelie. Whimsical was a good way to describe it.

    Today I had a thought as I looked at a recent picture I had printed of myself and a family member. If a picture of myself or someone I knew was left somewhere random (preferably not where I live) with some kind of message, how long would it take for people to find out who the person in the photo is? With technology and social media these days, I bet it would be pretty quick.

    The bringing people together bit is another reason I think games like 'Sneaky Cards' or 'Anywhere Connections' interest me. They just add a little bit of joy and uniqueness to people's day.

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      joycultivation 1 cheers 2017-07-13 02:20:24

      @ExplorerSoul love this!! I know i am behind in responding to a bunch of your 43T comments. I am in a grad school black hole. Gotta getterdone. Coming up for air again in 2 weeks. #earnyourcheers #getthegoalsdone

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    ExplorerSoul Doing 1 cheers 2017-04-16 03:30:32

    I remember wanting to record a demo when I was younger.

    In recent years, I've sometimes thought about putting a cover up on YouTube for fun, but I think I would have preferred being able to accompany myself with an instrument. I've thought about recording a little CD.

    What song would I cover? That's the question. But I did have an idea for a theme in recent times (I think the same idea may have come to mind in the past) that could at least narrow things down and give me a bit of direction.

    What's tricky is that sometimes a song you like may not be an ideal match for your voice. And it's nice when you can honour the original but also make it your own in some way, I think.

    Will try to compile a little list of possibilities. This is probably not a goal I will get to very soon!

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    ExplorerSoul Doing 1 cheers 2017-04-10 02:03:23

    I've been following Rory Feek's blog for some time and was touched by his latest post "outskirts of heaven."

    It is not close by, but I thought about how one day, I would like to be able to attend a service there. It seemed like the kind of place where I could feel at home.

    This morning, a day after my first entry for my "Grow closer to God" goal, I was fortunate to get to tune into roughly 20 minutes of the service through Facebook live, and to read a few comments from people watching as far away as, or even further away from me and from someone who had driven from a different state to attend one of their services in person. The humility and welcoming quality present during the service were what I had envisioned.

    Maybe one day.
    🙂

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