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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 4 cheers 2017-06-06 04:34:50

    I had looked over my budget again and was hoping to pay about $700 towards my credit cards starting this month, but I forgot about one expense and also thought about other things I might need some wiggle room for. In the end, I decided on $500, which seemed more reasonable. It's not as much as I'd like to be putting in, but I'm trying to be realistic. There won't be much leftover after having made all my payments.

    I'm curious to see how reducing my spending might impact my next update.

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  • ExplorerSoul
    ExplorerSoul Doing 0 cheers 2017-05-31 23:57:06

    Update #3 (May 2017)

    Loan #1 (Royal Bank - interest rate: 9.83%)
    Last month's balance: $8,517.32
    Planned to pay: regular/minimum monthly payment
    Actually paid: regular/minimum monthly payment
    New balance: $8,098.98

    Loan #2 (Family - interest rate: 0%)
    Last month's balance: $5,800.00
    Planned to pay: regular/minimum monthly payment
    Actually paid: regular/minimum monthly payment
    New balance: $5,500.00

    Credit Card #1 (Royal Bank - interest rate: 11.99% for both purchases and cash advances)
    Last month's balance: $1,930.66
    Planned to pay: minimum monthly payment + some charges
    Actually paid: $176.91 (including minimum)
    New balance: $1,881.80

    Credit Card #2 (CIBC - interest rate: 19.99% for purchases and 22.99% for cash advances)
    Last month's balance: $1,411.00
    Planned to pay: Not sure
    Actually paid: $455.66 (mainly towards new charges)
    New balance: around $1,935.00

    Credit Line (CIBC - interest rate: 7.2%)
    Starting balance: $4,754.27
    Planned to pay: minimum monthly payment
    Actually paid: a few dollars more
    New balance: $4691.60

    Total debt remaining: $22,107.38

    Still on track overall except credit cards. Obviously I shifted much of my spending from Credit Card #1 to Credit Card #2.

    Hoping next month will be better.

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  • ExplorerSoul
    ExplorerSoul Doing 1 cheers 2017-05-18 03:58:48

    Today I received an offer to increase the limit on credit card #2, around twice its current limit. Go figure!

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    • aenea
      aenea 1 cheers 2017-05-18 20:45:35

      @ExplorerSoul ha don't you love it when they tempt you like that? so kind. so supportive. so self-interested.

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    • flutterbyyou
      flutterbyyou 1 cheers 2017-05-19 04:40:23

      @aenea it might not be a bad idea to take it. A higher limit gives you a better credit score. You just need to keep from using any of the increased limit. I try to treat my credit cards like debit cards and only change what I can pay off at the moment.🌼

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      • joycultivation
        joycultivation 1 cheers 2017-05-20 03:35:38

        @flutterbyyou @ExplorerSoul I agree. credit scores are all about ratios - how much you have available vs. how much you owe. a higher credit score will lower your interest rate on your line of credit. lower interest is always helpful.

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        • ExplorerSoul
          ExplorerSoul Doing 1 cheers 2017-05-20 14:05:07

          @joycultivation @flutterbyyou Thank you. I agree that it can help with the ratio, especially if the balance is very high and close to the limit, but I don't feel accepting the increase would be good for me right now as I am struggling to manage with the limit I already have. I used to have a much higher limit on both cards, but when I took out the loan and credit line, the limits were reduced to $1000 if I'm not mistaken. Since then, they have been increased once and part of me wishes they had remained at $1000.

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          • joycultivation
            joycultivation 1 cheers 2017-05-21 04:46:48

            @ExplorerSoul sounds like you know what is best for you and you will make a responsible decision based on your self awareness. trust your intuition on this. good luck and we are cheering you on!! money stuff is hard. because shopping.

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            • ExplorerSoul
              ExplorerSoul Doing 0 cheers 2017-05-22 15:03:52

              @joycultivation The unfortunate part is I am quickly nearing my limit, but I don't want that to be a reason to increase my limit.

              Thank you for your support.

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              • joycultivation
                joycultivation 1 cheers 2017-05-22 17:13:41

                @ExplorerSoul Yes. You definitely do not want to take on MORE debt. Accepting a credit limit increase is usually a good idea when you are nowhere near your limit. For example, an increase from $10K to 13K when you only owe $500 or $1000 in the first place will not put you at risk of going over your original limit. Forcing yourself to stick within the original limit by turning down the increase sounds wise.

                Getting everything paid to zero will boost your credit score as well.

                Good luck with this. You have been working hard at it and you are doing great. I believe in you!!

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  • ExplorerSoul
    ExplorerSoul Doing 0 cheers 2017-05-15 23:48:33

    So today I received a letter informing me that the annual interest rate on my line of credit is going up in June (used to be prime + 4.50% - now it is prime + 7.00%). Yay!

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    • joycultivation
      joycultivation 0 cheers 2017-05-16 02:47:26

      @ExplorerSoul ugh. booo!!!

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      • ExplorerSoul
        ExplorerSoul Doing 1 cheers 2017-05-17 00:56:00

        @joycultivation I know. 😞

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        • joycultivation
          joycultivation 1 cheers 2017-05-20 03:36:37

          @ExplorerSoul get the credit limit increase and improve your credit score! then you can qualify for a lower LOC rate!

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          • ExplorerSoul
            ExplorerSoul Doing 0 cheers 2017-05-20 14:05:41
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          • ExplorerSoul
            ExplorerSoul Doing 0 cheers 2017-05-20 14:07:46

            @joycultivation Oh, do you think my rate went up because my credit score has worsened? It's funny though because it's the first time in a while that I haven't touched my line of credit and am just focusing on paying it (even though it is only the minimum right now).

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            • joycultivation
              joycultivation 2 cheers 2017-05-21 04:44:45

              @ExplorerSoul LOC = Line of Credit. usually your credit score is used to calculate the interest rate on your line of credit, at least initially when you first apply for the credit. all of your credit impacts your credit score, not just your line of credit. so if you owe money on other things like visa cards etc. that will also impact your credit score.

              the credit score is calculated based on ratios. for example, if you have a $5000 credit card and owe only $100 on it, they look at the ratio of $100/$5000. if you owe $3000 on it, the ratio $3000/$5000 is much different. in order to get a high credit score you want to have the biggest possible difference between the amount available to you ($5000) and the amount you owe ($100 vs. $3000).

              this is why it can be strategic to take on a credit limit increase but then never ever spend the money - it will boost your ratios and you prove to the banks that you are responsible at managing the money you borrowed (by not touching it basically).

              however if you know that having money available to you will put you at risk of spending it and then taking on more debt, then the wiser decision would be to turn down the credit increase. it is all about what is best for you in your situation and if you get tempted, the temptation might be worth paying more attention to than strategically increasing your credit score. the strategic stuff only works if you plan on taking on a higher limit without touching it.

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              • ExplorerSoul
                ExplorerSoul Doing 0 cheers 2017-05-30 16:21:42

                @joycultivation The last time I checked my credit score, it was higher than expected (surprisingly). But yes, at this time I think I need to focus on better management before another potential increase.

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                • joycultivation
                  joycultivation 1 cheers 2017-05-31 12:49:38

                  @ExplorerSoul it is great that you are checking your credit score regularly and building that awareness.
                  one thing i am learning through using an app to track every penny is that i have more than i think and that life is more affordable than i realize.

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                  • ExplorerSoul
                    ExplorerSoul Doing 0 cheers 2017-05-31 23:30:50

                    @joycultivation It usually is when we stop spending on frivolous things.

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                    • joycultivation
                      joycultivation 1 cheers 2017-06-01 03:21:45

                      @ExplorerSoul Yes. I am learning that I really love frivolous things. Like, sometimes resisting the shopping feels like I am trying to break an addiction.

                      I have been doing well lately - the last 2 weeks I have been super frugal and managed to save a bit of each paycheque.

                      I am paying lots of attention to the tiny microspends that add up. Today i bought a tim hortons coffee for $1.50 instead of a $5 starbucks latte. it worked the same to wake up my brain.

                      total eat out spend today = $1.50 which is far less than $15 or $30. baby steps.

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                      • ExplorerSoul
                        ExplorerSoul Doing 0 cheers 2017-06-01 03:27:13

                        @joycultivation Oh, I don't think this is surprising. Marketers know how to target us consumers (probably in ways we don't even realize), and I think those of us who do spend more on unnecessary things probably have our weak areas, whether it be food, clothes, shoes, products, etc.

                        Really glad for you and your progress. πŸ™‚

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  • ExplorerSoul
    ExplorerSoul Doing 1 cheers 2017-05-04 03:17:38

    Not a good week so far in terms of spending. And the vicious cycle continues.

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14/03/2017
  • ExplorerSoul
    ExplorerSoul Doing 0 cheers 2017-06-28 00:11:51

    Weekend spending: $33.74, in one day and in one purchase (food and drinks). A little over and this is mostly because of a tip I gave.

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  • ExplorerSoul
    ExplorerSoul Doing 0 cheers 2017-06-24 15:21:02

    I feel like I almost cracked one day this week. The amount I would have spent would have been minimal but still.

    I was also treated several times (last week someone asked if I could pick something up for them and offered to treat me but I passed on myself) - five times if I'm not mistaken. One of those days was the day I thought I would end up spending.

    I really had to push myself some days to make lunches, etc. In the end I was able to stick to the plan.

    Grocery bill was lower but still not as low as I would have liked.

    Will update on my weekend spending soon.

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  • ExplorerSoul
    ExplorerSoul Doing 1 cheers 2017-06-19 03:21:39

    Weekend spending total: $29.25, which is just under the $30 budget.

    Saturday:
    -Fast food (this was going to be an IOU but the person said we could call it even because of something else they were using that was mine, and because of something else I paid for). Saving on this allowed me to treat myself to dinner on the Sunday.
    -Snacks

    I used part of my gift certificate earlier in the day.

    Sunday:
    -Breakfast
    -Fast food

    I also ended up spending money on gifts ($52.11) but I count this as separate.

    The disappointing part for me is that because of the amount I spent during my last grocery trip, I ran myself short. I hadn't touched my credit cards until the last few days. My first credit card charge from Saturday, I have paid back, but the others I will have to pay back when my next pay hits, putting me behind right from the get-go. I also still have groceries to get and this will end up on my credit card, too.

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  • ExplorerSoul
    ExplorerSoul Doing 2 cheers 2017-06-17 13:57:55

    Second week went well in that I didn't spend on food, entertainment or other items during the week.

    I ended up getting some groceries and unfortunately my bill was way more than I intended. This was because I decided to get some of the basic ingredients I would need for the drink I wanted to make. I got a couple of frozen, convenient items (pizza, pasta dish and some waffles) but overall I held back from getting other things I was curious about but that weren't really necessary. So I have mixed feelings about this shopping trip. It was groceries, and other than these ingredients that I now have and won't have to get again for a while (this should therefore make a difference in the cost of my next trip), I don't feel I went overboard in terms of what I bought (I really didn't get a whole lot), and I've been making use of everything, including using some things I already had on hand. It was just difficult that the amount was similar to what I had been spending on groceries when it was costing me more.

    I'm not sure if my idea of spending $20 or less on groceries was the most realistic.

    After this grocery trip and having spent a lot of money, I was really hungry and would have liked to just stop for something. I was contemplating the idea of throwing the challenge out the window for that moment and reducing my spending amount over the weekend to compensate, but I went home and had something there instead.

    Because I overextended myself in terms of the grocery amount, it affected what I had left. Fortunately my bills and other basic expenses were covered, but I think I literally had about $20 left, which is all I can spend. Because of this, my gift budget was affected.

    One positive thing is I received an unexpected gift card so I will probably be using it this weekend.

    There are a couple of items I have in mind to buy and I am struggling with whether these should be allowed during the challenge. I am waiting it out, to determine whether they are really necessary, but I don't feel these are frivolous items.

    Will update on my weekend spending soon.

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  • ExplorerSoul
    ExplorerSoul Doing 1 cheers 2017-06-12 13:05:00

    So my total weekend spending equaled $32.37, which is technically over budget, even if I up it to $30. Can I factor in the $5 I had leftover in my account before starting the challenge and say it was 27.37?

    This is what I spent my money on:

    Saturday:
    -Small iced coffee, brownie and croissant
    -Small cappuccino that I used a coupon for

    Sunday:
    -Breakfast
    -Medium iced drink from Starbucks
    -Fast food combo

    The purchase that probably made the least sense financially was the Starbucks drink, but I did enjoy it (unlike the other iced drink that I barely drank).

    The fast food meal ended up costing more than I expected (and I was getting what I wanted as opposed to what was more economical like the day before) and ended up being the most expensive purchase of the weekend (it was good at least). Next was my breakfast, but that seemed more worth it somehow.

    I really don't feel like I went crazy with purchases, but of course things add up and I could have spent less on Sunday, but it was also nice to have things to enjoy. Overall, the amount to spend really doesn't feel like a lot.

    I haven't done my usual grocery shopping for the week yet, but will try to use some things I have at home and get a few extras during the week.

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    • joycultivation
      joycultivation 0 cheers 2017-06-17 05:49:41

      @ExplorerSoul I am just curious (since I am also working hard at getting my monthly food spend lowered, and at improving the ratio between eating out spend and groceries spend) - what are your monthly stats on food spend?

      total groceries?
      total eating out / snacks / lattes / etc. ?
      total food spend including both categories?

      i have been working hard at improving my ratio but I feel like i have hit a bit of a plateau ...

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01/04/2017
10/03/2018
  • ExplorerSoul
    ExplorerSoul Doing 5 cheers 2017-06-27 01:06:33

    I would have liked to prepare another garbage bag today but I just didn't have the energy. Aiming to do at least one this week (and hopefully more).

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    • alysse14
      alysse14 0 cheers 2017-06-27 12:39:48

      @ExplorerSoul woohoo keep up the good work! It must be very overwhelming, but just keep at it and you will get there. Do you have a close friend or family member that you could trust to assist you without judgment? Is there somewhere, perhaps outside the house, where you could keep filled garbage bags and recycling while you're waiting to dispose of them, just to give yourself more space inside to keep working?

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      • ExplorerSoul
        ExplorerSoul Doing 0 cheers 2017-06-28 01:06:34

        @alysse14 Thanks so much for your support. It's true that it can be overwhelming at times, but I am trying to just keep chipping away at it.

        I wish I did feel at ease with someone assisting me, but at this point, it's really something I feel more comfortable doing alone.

        I've been putting together garbage bags and recycling outside of my space, and the garbage that hasn't been put together yet is in another area of the home for now, which is another motivator in a way (to clear it up).

        Thank you for taking the time to write.
        πŸ™‚

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  • ExplorerSoul
    ExplorerSoul Doing 1 cheers 2017-06-24 19:52:27

    Already looking forward to continuing next week. I hope I don't lose this new momentum.

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  • ExplorerSoul
    ExplorerSoul Doing 2 cheers 2017-06-23 03:47:58

    Emptied two garbage boxes this week (thus putting out two bags). Trying to keep at it. 🙂

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  • ExplorerSoul
    ExplorerSoul Doing 4 cheers 2017-06-19 03:59:01

    Didn't progress as much as I hoped I would, but I am trying to be patient and gentle with myself and recognize what I did accomplish.

    One garbage bag out and emptied several recycling boxes. Emptied shredding box (there wasn't an abundance, but I shredded what was there). Emptied 2-3 boxes of things to put back, and put the documents to file in my filing cabinet (not organized yet).

    The main things bothering me are:

    -Garbage. There is a lot of it and to most people, getting rid of this would be a simple task but it takes me more time. I know that once I get rid of all the garbage, I will feel much better. I was hoping to get this done with the time I had available, but it wasn't possible.

    -Clothes, etc. I don't consider myself someone with a whole lot in the clothing department, but I have a lot to go through.

    -Boxes that were already in my space before I began.

    -That my space isn't tidy yet in terms of loose items, etc.

    In the process of sorting things into boxes, what I don't want it to just be moving things from one spot to another. I also didn't want to clutter up other areas, but some things were moved temporarily and this is necessary to give me more room to work.

    I also wanted to take pictures of items to donate or sell so far. but this is still on my to-do list.

    Right now I just want to focus on not adding to the clutter, and continue making progress, even if it is slower than I would like. Steady and manageable. Trying to stay positive.

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  • ExplorerSoul
    ExplorerSoul Doing 1 cheers 2017-06-17 02:51:02

    Trying not to feel discouraged but I feel like I missed the opportunity to progress with one of my days. I also thought I would have another full day but now I'm feeling my time coming to an end and I am just seeing how far I still have to go.

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22/02/2017
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16/03/2017
  • 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 2 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 2 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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  • ExplorerSoul
    ExplorerSoul Doing 2 cheers 2017-03-27 00:02:30

    The main reason for this goal is to help me achieve my goal of paying off debt more quickly. But I do question whether the additional amount would be worth the impact on my time and energy.

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16/03/2017
  • 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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  • ExplorerSoul
    ExplorerSoul Doing 2 cheers 2017-05-07 20:22:23

    I haven't been to church in a while and I'm not sure that I'm ready to go back. At least not where I was going.

    A friend invited me to their church several times but I haven't gone yet. I'm not sure that I would feel at home there and maybe there are a couple of other reasons, too. I do think the invitation is with my spiritual wellbeing in mind, though, and I appreciate the thought.

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    • Queen Purrs Like A Kitten
      Queen Purrs Like A Kitten 1 cheers 2017-05-07 21:42:42

      @ExplorerSoul to be perfectly honest the idea for me anyways, of going "to church" scares me. I picked up the bible I think three years ago now and decided that I wanted to learn about God and Jesus. I've been doing various bible studies along the way and learning at home, I do a bible study class at home every Friday morning and I am loving that, its really picking through the bible and not being influenced by distracting glittery church places... for me, reading the bible and becoming closer to God and his son are enough for me right now. I mean God wants us to read his word, and not all churches do that.

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      • ExplorerSoul
        ExplorerSoul Doing 1 cheers 2017-05-30 16:18:19

        @Queen Purrs Like A Kitten I think there is something to be said for being united with others in faith (β€œFor where two or three are gathered together in my name, there am I in the midst of them.”) and it sounds like you are doing that in your own way.

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  • ExplorerSoul
    ExplorerSoul Doing 0 cheers 2017-04-11 01:46:20

    Every so often, I may just share something of inspiration that is related to this goal.

    Not too long ago, I came across this video, in which Brooke Fraser describes very beautifully and eloquently how our faith is more significant than how we may feel:
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yXUa0zkMyss

    I also recently discovered the following interesting magazine at the drugstore (I wish I had noticed sooner that the period was just ending; I would have waited to buy the current edition): http://lifebeautifulmagazine.com/magazine/winter-2016-17

    I came across the website faithit.com.
    "Our mission is to go through the never-ending sea of information on the Internet to uncover the most important faith-based stories and give them massive attention. What makes us different from all the other Christian videos sites? We’re not just hunting for viral videos to boost page views, we’re searching for stories that fit our mission and have the potential to create a catalyzing movement online. Whether it’s creating awareness about sex trafficking, sponsoring children in extreme poverty, helping missionaries on the field, praying for families who’ve experienced loss, or even donating funds for a prison ministry or women’s center."

    I believe it was through this site that I saw an ad for the film Case for Christ, which I would have been interested in seeing but that is not available in my area yet. It is based on a book, which I haven't read. Have any of you?
    http://caseforchristmovie.pureflix.com

    Hillsong Worship - Up Close and Personal - My Feelings
    http://www.klove.com/music/artists/hillsong-worship/
    YouTube
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  • ExplorerSoul
    ExplorerSoul Doing 1 cheers 2017-04-09 03:11:39

    I am struggling with a first entry for this one.

    I suppose I would like to get to know Jesus and God more, and build a stronger faith.

    My faith and relationship with God have always been more simple and in some ways, I'm not sure I want that to change. But I feel somewhat hypocritical calling myself a Christian when there is still so much I don't know and don't do.

    A few years ago, I took certain steps to try to be more faithful, despite a part of me that was afraid certain specifics might cause me to lose sight of the bigger picture somehow, or might actually make me feel less close to God. It was an interesting time. I did feel a difference and there was a certain purity I felt that is difficult to explain, but there were also challenges and I did feel a little bit further from God as I would get caught in the details. I ended up at a point where I didn't feel at ease receiving communion for certain reasons and where I began to question certain things, and I ultimately stopped going to church.

    I am a bit unsure where to go from here because in a sense, things have gone back to the way they were before and maybe there is comfort in that, but there are remnants I'm sure and a certain call to reach out and find closeness in Him. There is also some guilt when I feel that I am not putting God first, and the all or nothing feeling can be difficult.

    Guilt aside, I do find myself wanting to take steps to grow stronger in my faith. I don't want to be afraid. Despite any doubts I may have, my faith is still there and I need to discover it more deeply and figure out what it means to me.

    At a certain point in recent months, I came across the picture you see below that inspired me.

    A few of the things I would like to do:

    -read the Bible
    -clarify my thoughts on communion and confession
    -complete the Faith Zone Challenge (I signed up for it recently but haven't felt ready to look at it yet)
    -pray for others more
    -read God Enters Stage Left, by Tim Day

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27/02/2017
Before The End Of The Year
  • 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 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 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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09/03/2017
Within The Next Year
  • ExplorerSoul
    ExplorerSoul Doing 0 cheers 2017-06-28 00:53:31

    Day 2 done. Will update after a week.

    My treatment is all over the place!

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    ExplorerSoul Doing 3 cheers 2017-06-27 00:21:18

    Day 1 treatment down.
    🙂

    Nails not in great condition but they've been worse.

    We'll see how this goes.

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    ExplorerSoul Doing 2 cheers 2017-06-24 20:42:36

    Still haven't started this and I would really like to be wearing sandals!

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    • spatz
      spatz 1 cheers 2017-06-25 06:08:47

      @ExplorerSoul What is holding you back? Too much going on?

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        ExplorerSoul Doing 3 cheers 2017-06-25 06:15:31

        @spatz I think so. It's as though I want to do it fully and because I lack the time to do it all, I let go of doing even one part that I would have time for. But lately I've been thinking that even doing one thing is better than doing nothing. As of Monday, I will commit to at least the oil in the evening.

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    ExplorerSoul Doing 0 cheers 2017-06-05 03:13:28

    I would like to start by applying a homemade mixture in the morning (then rinsing) and applying oregano oil at night, and see how that goes.

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    ExplorerSoul Doing 2 cheers 2017-06-01 03:22:35

    I should have started this earlier! Now it's warmer weather and I'd like to wear sandals, but I don't feel comfortable unless I have nail polish on. And I would prefer to treat my nails first.

    I will try to start a routine next week.

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    • spatz
      spatz 0 cheers 2017-06-01 04:55:16

      @ExplorerSoul There are a few treatments that go under nail polish and just have to be applied weekly or biweekly. That might be an option?

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        ExplorerSoul Doing 0 cheers 2017-06-04 19:24:03

        @spatz Hmm, I'm not sure I know of these. Have you tried them or do you know the names? I might give a self-treatment plan a month's time and see how it goes, and if that doesn't help, maybe I'll consider these. πŸ™‚

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30/05/2017
  • 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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19/03/2017
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    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 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 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 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 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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22/02/2017
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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
        ExplorerSoul Doing 0 cheers 2017-05-08 03:03:36

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

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          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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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 Doing 2 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 0 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 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 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 Doing 0 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 Doing 1 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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19/05/2017
  • ExplorerSoul
    ExplorerSoul Doing 4 cheers 2017-06-26 14:02:09

    I am considering trying a 14-Day Challenge that would cost around $30.

    My main motivation is my interest in seeing how I would feel after eliminating flour and sugar. My main concern is whether I could actually do it.

    I usually tend to steer away from anything that seems too extreme, too structured, not flexible/adaptable enough for each individual, and more importantly, that seems unsustainable. I don't know for certain if this plan would indeed be unsustainable.

    I'm not exactly sure what to expect from it other than it would be difficult. I do feel like there might be something to it, though.

    When I was in my early 20s, I think, I felt that I had an issue with candida. I feel it has improved (it's not something I think about now the way I did back then) but there are certain things that could still be better, for example the coating on the tongue or the lesions (?) in the inner cheeks that are more prominent at certain times. I remember years ago having this idea for Project Pink Tongue or something similar. I wanted to have a healthy, smooth, pink tongue. It's not the worse it could be, and I take care of my oral hygiene, but it would be nice to not have this. Sugar of course does not help with any kind of yeast overgrowth.

    I've also been experiencing some heartburn symptoms, so I am curious to see if this plan could help with these things, too.

    Naturally, if it helped me to lose the excess weight, too, that would be great, but my main concern is being healthy and feeling comfortable with what I'm doing.

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    ExplorerSoul Doing 3 cheers 2017-05-29 01:35:05

    I have never liked to focus too much on weight. I am able to recognize when my weight is creeping up and at those times I just try to be more conscious and make better choices. I certainly have some extra pounds I could stand to lose, and of course I would like to feel comfortable in my own skin and clothes, but I care more about eating well and having weight loss be a natural side effect, rather than the main focus. This actually happened unexpectedly at a certain point, just as a result of my choices.

    I would usually try to weigh myself once a week, in the morning, just to keep track. I haven't been as regular for a while now, so I think I have weighed myself once in April and once in May.

    I came across a book by accident that deals with weight loss, and the reviews piqued my interest. That said, I was concerned that it might be more for those with food addiction or having struggled with weight loss for a long time and thus might not be quite suitable for me. I finally decided to go ahead and order the Kindle version and it was one of the most interesting books I had started reading in a long time. Now that I've reached the main part of the book though (what to do and how), I'm a little unsure and also unclear and trying not to feel overwhelmed. I am considering trying the plan, but I have to make sure I am prepared and fully understand it first. Part of me wonders if I could make similar changes on my own and still see results.

    For me, it's important that my diet be sustainable and one thing about this plan is that there doesn't seem to be the moderation aspect when it comes to sugar or flour. It is complete elimination, mainly. The truth is, I'd like to reduce these things anyway, and I do believe reducing or eliminating certain starchy foods can make a big difference, but there were other restrictions I was unsure about.

    According to the author, it's an intense process and it might be worthwhile but I just don't know if I can devote myself to it right now.

    Either way, I'm hoping to eat a bit better this upcoming week!

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21/06/2017
  • ExplorerSoul
    ExplorerSoul Doing 1 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 1 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 1 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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01/04/2017
  • ExplorerSoul
    ExplorerSoul Doing 1 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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19/02/2017
  • ExplorerSoul
    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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26/02/2017
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Write an article 3 people are doing this
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1 entries 10 cheers
14/03/2017
  • ExplorerSoul
    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 2 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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    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 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 2017-04-16 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
    ExplorerSoul Doing 0 cheers 2017-04-15 14:49:11

    Nearly 1000 requests. Just have to spend a dedicated period, with some help, knocking this out. They just keep coming though! :S

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    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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  • 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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    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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  • ExplorerSoul
    ExplorerSoul Doing 0 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 1 cheers 2017-05-30 18:37:28

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

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  • ExplorerSoul
    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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  • ExplorerSoul
    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
    ExplorerSoul Doing 3 cheers 2017-06-26 14:28:44

    Found this old entry:

    Goal: Take care of my body.
    Title: Untitled
    Date: 2011-08-15T19:50:14Z
    Body: I have been thinking lately about ways to improve my health, including my physical health.

    Of course there is the general idea of eating well, getting enough sleep and exercise, reducing stress, etc.

    I asked myself what would make me feel healthier and started to identify specific areas I would like to improve. I like that this way, I can take concrete steps and see the progress.

    The following are some of the things that would make me feel better, healthier (in no particular order):

    -Having more energy

    -Having a flat stomach/not being bloated

    -Having healthy bowel movements regularly

    -Having stronger legs

    -Improving my cardio (being able to run longer without tiring)

    -Improving the quality of the toenails on one of my feet (fungus)

    -Having a healthy mouth

    -Going for regular check-ups (medical, dental, etc.)

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You can type any date in plain English like in 3 weeks or next month.
You can also type in recurring due date like every day, every week and every month.