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Goal in focus Pay off all debt before the end of 2018 4 people are doing this
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01/03/2017
10/03/2019
  • ExplorerSoul
    ExplorerSoul Doing 1 cheers 2017-10-15 23:40:49

    I was watching a video on debt and they made reference to the following: "the rapid growth in the cost of living has outpaced income growth in the past 13 years.” The person then said, "so cost of living goes up, you’re not making as much money so you have to cover that gap with debt." Things that have increased include food, medical expenses, etc.

    It makes you wonder if it is on purpose. Companies benefit from raising prices. Employers benefit from not increasing salaries. Banks benefit from consumer debt.

    But then you have people who have never found themselves in debt. Is it because they have chosen to live more simply? I think that is definitely part of it. Obviously, the more expenses you have, the tougher it will be, unless you have a really good salary. The video mentioned how we live in a credit-based society. I think those living without debt - especially credit card debt - either use their cards to their advantage and only spend what they can pay back every month, or they don't use credit cards at all.

    I was thinking about the second loan I requested and how they said I could try again in six months (after improving my credit). I wondered if by then whatever debt I would have left would be worth requesting another loan for, but I think it might be. I'm also wondering if I should look into a balance transfer (I haven't received those types of offers in a while) or ask about a lower rate (does this ever work?). Can't hurt to try.

    I think I have generally been feeling more hopeful lately but it's still a struggle and there are days when it feels tougher, like today for some reason. It is somehow worse when you are aware of how dependent you are on your income, how you may not be living the life you would like for yourself and how stuck you are until your debt is paid.

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    ExplorerSoul Doing 0 cheers 2017-10-13 03:15:36

    I saw a job posting for a position with the same title I currently have, for less than half the hours I am currently working, but for 20-40K more per year.

    The catch is it is in a very remote location (I'm also not sure if it could be potentially dangerous), and there is a language component I am lacking.

    I see things like this and usually never apply, and I always say it's not all about the money. It really isn't, and I feel like I'm more on track now with my debt repayment (though it's still early in terms of the improvement), but when I start to think about how I still have a ways to go before the debt is paid, and how I will then still have to save for an emergency fund and maybe for an eventual home, I wonder how I am going to do it in a reasonable time frame. I feel tied to my current job until I am more stable financially, so sometimes, an offer like this is tempting. I think, it could help me reach my goals more quickly. But is it really worth it when considering all the other aspects? I'm not so sure.

    I was just about to place an order for three clothing/shoe items (which then turned into two), but I feel like I can't really afford it so the items are just sitting in the cart. I don't feel like I buy these types of items often, so it's disappointing to feel I can't. I'm also thinking about a few other things I would have liked to buy. I'm thinking about a pedicure. I'm thinking about the hair appointment I scheduled and am not sure I can keep.

    These aren't the most important things, I know, and I am grateful for what I do have. I was actually just reading what different people did or are doing to get by when completely broke and I know I haven't experienced the worst.

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    ExplorerSoul Doing 1 cheers 2017-10-07 16:39:55

    This month's budget will look a little different (because of snowball method and having added in amounts for restaurants, entertainment, etc.) so we'll see how that goes. The goal is still to not add any new debt and to continue to lower the overall debt.

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    ExplorerSoul Doing 3 cheers 2017-09-30 22:13:16

    In December 2017, I hope to write a little update considering it will have been two years since my worst-ever debt figure was calculated.

    It looks like this September was one of my better months in terms of the difference from the previous month's total debt remaining. Considering this was also the month I lowered the amount I would dedicate to my credit card payments, I think this is a testament to lower spending and credit card usage this month.

    For my credit card payments specifically, I've been doing the 3/4 on the higher interest card and 1/4 on the other for a while. I'm thinking about changing things and trying the snowball method.

    The loan payments would remain the same but I would pay the minimum on the other three debts except credit card #1 (which has the smallest balance) and try to get that paid off, the move on to credit card #2 (next smallest balance).

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  • ExplorerSoul
    ExplorerSoul Doing 4 cheers 2017-09-30 17:26:09

    Update #7 (September 2017)

    Loan #1 (Royal Bank - interest rate: 10.33%)
    Last month's balance: $6,638.69
    Planned to pay: regular/minimum bi-weekly payments
    Actually paid: regular/minimum bi-weekly payment
    New balance: $6,207.91

    Loan #2 (Family - interest rate: 0%)
    Last month's balance: $4,600.00
    Planned to pay: regular/minimum monthly payment
    Actually paid: regular/minimum monthly payment
    New balance: $4,300.00

    Credit Card #1 (Royal Bank - interest rate: 11.99% for both purchases and cash advances)
    Last month's balance: $1,988.44
    Planned to pay: $93.75
    Actually paid: $93.76
    New balance: $1,815.02

    Credit Card #2 (CIBC - interest rate: 19.99% for purchases and 22.99% for cash advances)
    Last month's balance: $2,088.07
    Planned to pay: $281.25
    Actually paid: $281.46+?
    New balance: $1,902.16

    Credit Line (CIBC - interest rate: 10.20%)
    Last month’s balance: $4,925.05
    Planned to pay: $100
    Actually paid: $300 ($260 recent transfers paid back, and was going to cut $100 monthly payment to $50 for this month exceptionally because of this, but went with $40 in the end to have a round number)
    New balance: around $4,625.05 (TBC) Edit: $4,617.82

    Total debt remaining: $18,850.14 (TBC) Edit: 18,842.91

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14/03/2017
  • ExplorerSoul
    ExplorerSoul Doing 1 cheers 2017-10-20 03:18:16

    I had made two purchases on my card yesterday (food/drink-related) and I thought I would only be able to pay one of the charges back. I still had a bit of money from my gifts account leftover (I never seem able to keep any money in that account) so I was able to cover the second charge.

    In the evening, I decided to order something online that I'd been thinking about for a little while (and could use). I knew I would only be able to pay for it in about a week but I had a coupon code that was only good until the end of this week and didn't want to miss out on the discount. It ended up being a little more expensive than I would have liked though.

    I used my card four times today (that actually feels like a lot as I'm writing it), in addition to using my debit card once, and I didn't feel as good about that. It reminded me of the mindless use of my card before I started trying to be more careful. Instead of trying to find another way (change jar for example), I used the card and told myself I would pay it back later. Just a small amount here. Small amount there. And before you know it, you owe more money than you've accounted for.

    The largest of the charges today (again food-related), I was able to pay back. So now I have $15.81 left to pay back.
    Not the worse but still. One of the charges was for something I didn't even end up consuming fully. I told myself I had made my choice and should just try to enjoy it but I ended up dumping it and going out to get something else later.

    (Edit: I had enough to pay one of the other charges of $3.67, so two out of four charges have been paid. And I don't have less than a dollar left in my account.. not at all...)

    I did go ahead and cancel my hair appointment.

    I was thinking about different things I would like to buy and was hoping I could maybe buy something with my next pay, but with last night's purchase, I'm not so sure. But if I could, I'm trying to decide what I should get, because I can't get it all. At least not all at once.

    Some of the considerations:

    Jeans
    Shoes/Boots
    Jacket
    Leggings
    Underwear
    Coffee
    Moisturizer
    Dress

    I'm trying to consider what would be most practical or needed at this time and what I could do without for now.

    Jeans: I would like to get one or two nice pairs, but this can wait. Definitely more of a want.
    Shoes/Boots: one of the items I am considering getting, but it costs a bit more (not unreasonably but still) and while it's a practical item, I'm also trying to see if I should make due with what I have for now.
    Jacket: this was more of a want. Something I've never really had for this season of the year and that I thought would be nice to finally have. And I liked the style. But I could do without it for now.
    Leggings: second item I am leaning towards more strongly. I feel it's an item I would get good use out of for the price.
    Underwear: I've been wanting to buy another set of underwear I bought recently and liked. Not cheap though.
    Coffee: there is a coffee I am interested in buying but there are different reasons for putting this on hold for now.
    Moisturizer: since I finished the moisturizer I was using, I decided to give this facial oil a try. It's alright but I think I preferred what I was using before. But I'm telling myself I should try to use up what I have first.
    Dress: I saw this very pretty dress recently. It's funny because although most of the items on my list are clothes related, I really don't buy clothes very often.

    Edit: I just checked and the pair of boots I was considering are on sale (I'm glad I waited). I kind of want to jump on them, but can I afford it? Calculating.

    I'd still have a bit of money left. I think I could make it work for two items off the list.

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  • ExplorerSoul
    ExplorerSoul Doing 2 cheers 2017-10-16 02:40:43

    It's funny how just feeling like you can't get the things you want can bring you down, even if they aren't absolutely necessary. Maybe it's the restriction. And you can find justification for why you need (or feel you deserve) something. In some cases, it would actually be a practical item to buy but the bottom line is if you can't afford it, you can't afford it.

    Even so, you sometimes want to put that sense of responsibility aside. You want to get and enjoy the item (or whatever it is you want) now. You don't want to wait. So you go ahead and charge it to your card and tell yourself you will pay for it later. But if you don't have the money for it in the first place, it's probable that you won't have it later either.

    So it becomes about practicing resistance when those urges to spend come up, especially when we're feeling weaker. I'm finding it tougher these days, and I think it can be tougher when you start feeling that way often - that you can't afford things.
    It's that justification again. Thinking (for example) that you've been good during the week, so you can spend a little during the weekend. Telling yourself you've been compromising and trying to do the right thing, but you also deserve to treat yourself.

    It can be easy to think this way, and I think many of us do, especially when we feel restricted a lot of the time. But I really do think working those discipline muscles can make a difference in the long run.

    There are several things I've considered buying these days but put off. Yet I've already gone over the restaurant and clothes/toiletries monthly budget amounts I've set for myself. It's also the first month of including these amounts in my budget, so I still figure that as long as I am not adding new charges to my card that I'm unable to pay off, I'm not doing so bad.

    I'm already calculating my expenses for my next pay though, trying to see if I can afford to buy any of those things. One thing I do know is I will almost surely have to cancel the hair appointment I made for a balayage. I've been going back and forth on this, telling myself I can't afford it but wanting to do it anyway and figure it out later. Maybe I wanted to do something nice for myself. But the reality is I just don't have the money.

    It's a little disappointing and I was curious about what the result might be. I liked the person's work based on the pictures I saw, but in the brief minute or two I spoke to them on the phone for more information, I didn't find them very warm. I remember thinking, do I really want to fork my hard-earned money over to someone who doesn't even seem that nice? But I tried to tell myself maybe they were just busy and if they did a good job, would it matter so much if their bedside manner wasn't the best? In the end, maybe it is for the best.

    While this was more of a treat, one thing I've really felt the need for is a haircut. I found a coupon for a more affordable haircut at a department store salon but they couldn't tell me ahead of time whether the coupon was valid. They said they would only know once they charged the full price, then scanned the coupon, whether the discount would be applied. It seems they should have been able to tell me if the coupon was valid before rendering the service, especially because the whole point was that I would get my hair cut there if it was at the lower price (the full price wasn't so bad, but I was trying to save money).

    They had a spot for a later time but I decided to hold off. I thought maybe I could try going during the week but I also started looking at tutorials on cutting your own hair, wondering if I could do it myself (before this, I was looking at how to cut your own bangs). I'm feeling a little ambitious now, but I don't know if I would actually dare try. We'll see!

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    • Andia
      Andia 1 cheers 2017-10-16 12:17:46

      @ExplorerSoul lol I just chopped my own bangs last night due to they were in my eyes and I wanted more bangs. My hair is growing longer but will need to get it shaped up for the next cut. My last cut was awful and when I walked out of the salon I looked like a cow had licked me up the side of my head. I told myself maybe he was a bad stylist but good at the cut, lol nope it was awful too.

      My thought was I couldn’t do much worse and my hair I like on the long side anyway so I would just let it grow out and i would trim the front as needed. If I had short hair I don’t think I could get away with it due to my scissor skills are ok, but not great. The tutorials should help a lot! YouTube is awesome. :)Let us know how it goes!

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      • ExplorerSoul
        ExplorerSoul Doing 0 cheers 2017-10-16 22:26:31

        @Andia So funny! And thank you, I will let you know if I take the plunge! lol (Some days I like my longer hair and some days it just feels like more to manage. When it starts to fall out more, I feel I'm due for a cut.)

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  • ExplorerSoul
    ExplorerSoul Doing 3 cheers 2017-10-14 16:14:03

    Since my last post, I had used my credit card once more, but I have since paid the amounts back.

    These days, I do feel there are more wants and needs, so I have to be extra mindful.

    Since I've been paid, I mainly spent on food. I also spent on one purchase for myself and on a gift.

    Considering the new amounts I've budgeted for restaurants, clothes/toiletries, and entertainment ($50 each), I've already used $42.63 of the restaurant budget and $38.63 of the toiletries budget. Not great seeing as the budgeted amount is for the whole month.

    I have about $75 left.

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    ExplorerSoul Doing 0 cheers 2017-10-09 18:57:10

    I feel like I had a bit of a spending fail.

    Yesterday (or rather, early this morning) I purchased a book on Kindle that cost me around $2. Seemed reasonable. But I actually had less than that in my account (any money I had left was on me and in cash) so when I went to transfer the amount, I didn't have enough and couldn't pay it back as I wanted to.

    Today I had to get some groceries and I only had a certain amount of cash in hand. I didn't get a whole lot, and I put a few things on hold for another visit, but a few of the items thrown in put me over the top (a couple of frozen things and a couple of toiletries, which were some of the first things scanned and it was quickly evident that I wouldn't be able to pay in cash) so I ended up using my credit card.

    I wondered if I should go to the bank and deposit one bill I had so I could at least pay for part of it but I decided against it, thinking it would probably be best to have some money left (which I ended up spending. Go me!).

    All this to say that when I get paid, I will owe these two amounts. It should be fine this time but I don't want to use my card unless I have the money now to pay for it. Otherwise it just feels backwards and like a game of catch up. And what would happen in the past is I would spend more than I could pay back. This is what I'm trying to change.

    There shouldn't be any need for me to spend from now until I receive my next pay. I'm just a little disappointed that I already have this IOU to myself.

    It can be easy to slip into old patterns but I do find myself thinking more about what is worth spending on and what I am supporting with my money.

    I actually started watching a documentary which I think touches on the changes we can make by supporting companies trying to do better. I was only at the very beginning but will be watching the rest now.

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16/03/2017
  • ExplorerSoul
    ExplorerSoul Doing 1 cheers 2017-10-07 22:05:48
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    ExplorerSoul Doing 1 cheers 2017-10-07 21:03:03

    Lately, I have found myself thinking about the end of the world, and whether the events occurring all around us are possible signs that it is approaching.

    It's not something I usually ever think about. I don't usually find myself thinking about the return of Jesus either, although this is supposed to be part of my faith.

    I was once asked about it. I think I was asked what I believed with regard to his coming back again or if I thought he would and I didn't have a clear answer, and I feel like I should.

    In one of my older entries, I talked about a book I wanted to read. I started reading it again recently and really want to keep reading it. It's just tough for me to get through any book these days. So many I've started and haven't finished, but I'd like to try to finish this one.

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    • Andia
      Andia 1 cheers 2017-10-07 21:11:58

      @ExplorerSoul it’s been on my mind a lot too and I was frustrated with myself for not having an answer on something as well. The person was quoting a scripture out of context but they had a better grasp of the scripture memorization than I did. Not saying I know everything, far from it, but in this instance I had studied on it and yet couldn’t voice the scriptures so I sat silent.

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      • ExplorerSoul
        ExplorerSoul Doing 0 cheers 2017-10-07 21:35:59

        Oh, I know the feeling @Andia This is why I am unable to engage in a conversation involving scripture and the general theory of it all. You seem to be in a better position than I am though, and I want to work on it. I feel like the book I mentioned would be a good place to start (for me) - something I can manage right now.

        This is the description:

        God Enters Stage Left offers a fresh, front row view to an ancient faith. The grand story of the Bible is narrated as a six act play, shining a light on an irreligious plot line that is all too often misunderstood. Spoiler alert: this story may deliver a plot twist that could change your life.

        I've only read the beginning but I like his approachable writing style.

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    ExplorerSoul Doing 2 cheers 2017-08-22 00:33:43

    It may sound silly but I was listening to music this evening and started to dance. I started off dancing with a sense of love and appreciation for myself and my body, and then found myself looking up, reaching my arms up, and imagining the people in heaven joining me in this happy moment. I felt like I was dancing for and with them. I tried to picture my grandparents when they were younger and a couple of other people. I imagined them smiling down at me, with me in that moment.

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    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 2 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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22/02/2017
  • ExplorerSoul
    ExplorerSoul Doing 1 cheers 2017-09-13 23:29:59

    I really want to get this done. I think it will help create a sense of order to my days and make the time I have more productive.

    At the same time, when I quickly calculated the basics like work and sleep in my head, I realized it didn't leave me with very many hours in the day. It feels a little depressing when I think about it so I'm also a little hesitant to create the pie chart I've had in mind.

    That said, even if I had all the hours available to me, without some sort of structure, many of those hours would be lost, and that's one of the reasons I want to do this.

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    ExplorerSoul Doing 0 cheers 2017-08-28 00:41:28

    I think a weekly routine I would like to establish is some time towards prepping ingredients for my lunches. I always feel it takes me longer than it should to prepare even a simple lunch. Some of it is due to some habits I have but I think I could save lots of time by having the things I need ready (i.e.: already cut, washed, etc.). But this would mean having a menu for the week planned in advance, at least for breakfasts and lunches. At least I have ideas!

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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
        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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01/04/2017
10/03/2018
  • ExplorerSoul
    ExplorerSoul Doing 1 cheers 2017-09-17 19:48:37

    I copy/pasted all the lessons shared so far and will look at Step 1 today. Participants are given three days to accomplish each step, so even if I am doing this on my own, I will try to keep this guideline in mind.

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    ExplorerSoul Doing 0 cheers 2017-09-13 02:23:25

    I fell behind on the first two lessons due to a very busy week, as I was afraid might happen. I thought about trying to catch up but didn't know if it was possible. I also thought about just taking the information and doing it at my own pace. The down side is that I won't have the exchange with others through the forum, but I also don't want to rush through the information.

    I'll try to start working on it this weekend.

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    ExplorerSoul Doing 3 cheers 2017-09-05 02:33:41

    I'm officially signed up. Gulp! I really hope I can find time to dedicate to this and I hope I can benefit from the course and make some progress.

    I also remembered that I will be getting some money back soon so I feel a little bit better knowing I will be able to pay the person back.

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    ExplorerSoul Doing 2 cheers 2017-09-04 20:51:12

    In an entry in July, I mentioned online courses offered by an author whose book I read. I am still interested in the paper clutter course but there is a general clutter clearing course beginning tomorrow and I am debating over what to do.

    It's difficult to know whether it will be helpful until/unless I try it but I thought that maybe it could help me to get back into the right frame of mind and momentum, and maybe help me to still be able to achieve my goal of emptying out the storage unit before the end of the year. So in that sense, the timing is great but in another sense, it's already a very busy time for me and I'm worried I won't be able to follow through. But the next one is in six months. That's too far away and I need and want to make progress sooner.

    There is also naturally a cost involved and the truth is I can't exactly afford it, so it would mean receiving help to pay for it, which makes me uncomfortable, especially if it doesn't work out. But maybe it could also serve as motivation to do as much as I can.

    Part of me wonders if I could continue to make progress on my own, but right now I'm not and maybe this could serve as a guideline for me, giving me tasks and a timeline for achieving them. Maybe I could learn something new. I don't know.

    I'm not sure what to do and don't have long to decide.

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    • cia007
      cia007 0 cheers 2017-09-05 05:36:54

      @ExplorerSoul where is this paper clutter course?? I badly need one!!

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    • Andia
      Andia 2 cheers 2017-09-05 13:02:13

      @ExplorerSoul I started surrounding myself in every simplify, reduce, streamline, clutter buster thought and idea possible when I did my first huge get rid of reduction. I mainly did audiobooks so I would work while listening to them. It kept me motivated.

      I am about to revisit as I make my way through my house again. Good job in seeking out motivators!

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  • ExplorerSoul
    ExplorerSoul Doing 1 cheers 2017-09-03 22:50:09

    I need to try to break the task down so that it is more manageable and I can continue to make progress.

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26/06/2017
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9 entries 12 cheers
19/05/2017
  • ExplorerSoul
    ExplorerSoul Doing 1 cheers 2017-09-12 03:01:01

    This is definitely more at the forefront these days. I can see and feel it more and I am less comfortable overall.

    I learned that my estimated body fat is just under 35%. According to my doctor, a good range for me would be between 28 and 32% so I am not too far off from the top of the range, but ideally, I would aim for around 30%.

    Interesting to learn through a body composition test that a little over a third of my composition is fat, while the rest is a blend of muscle, bone, organs, etc.

    I was also able to have my measurements taken (waist, hips) which I had been meaning to do so I feel like I have a good base and starting point.

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  • ExplorerSoul
    ExplorerSoul Doing 0 cheers 2017-09-03 21:45:49

    A couple of weeks ago, I stumbled upon a comment from someone who practices intermittent fasting. They explained a little bit about it and my first impression was that it seemed sound. I plan to read more about it and I may give it a try, not only for the possible weight loss but also for the general health benefits.

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  • 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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2 entries 2 cheers
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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3 entries 25 cheers
19/03/2017
  • ExplorerSoul
    ExplorerSoul Doing 1 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 3 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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6 entries 25 cheers
16/03/2017
  • ExplorerSoul
    ExplorerSoul Doing 4 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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    • garrin
      garrin 2 cheers 2017-10-03 02:59:45

      @ExplorerSoul Now I get to check in with you : ) Are you earning a side income or have plans to?

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      • ExplorerSoul
        ExplorerSoul Doing 2 cheers 2017-10-07 18:47:54

        @garrin Thank you. 🙂

        I still think about it, but I'm also trying to be realistic. I don't have a lot of leftover energy as it is, so it might have to be something more passive, or at least, that wouldn't require too much more energy. Something may also change that would allow me to earn a little bit more per month, which would help.

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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 4 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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20/03/2017
  • ExplorerSoul
    ExplorerSoul Doing 3 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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5 entries 27 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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12 entries 10 cheers
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
    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. 🙂

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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.
Write an article 3 people are doing this
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4 entries 14 cheers
14/03/2017
  • ExplorerSoul
    ExplorerSoul Doing 2 cheers 2017-09-25 22:36:31

    Had another idea for an article recently.

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  • 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
    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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1 entries 27 cheers
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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8 entries 9 cheers
21/06/2017
  • ExplorerSoul
    ExplorerSoul Doing 2 cheers 2017-10-14 01:50:09

    8-Message Man.

    No no no no no no
    Yeah yeah yeah yeah yeah yeah

    The loser hides behind
    A mask of my disguise
    And who I am today
    Is worse than other times
    You don't know what I've done
    I'm wanted and on the run
    I'm wanted and on the run
    So I'm taking this moment to live in the future

    Release me from the present
    I'm obsessing, all these questions
    Why I'm in denial
    That they tried this suicidal session
    Please use discretion
    When you're messing with the message man
    These lyrics aren't for everyone
    Only few understand

    No no no no no no
    Yeah yeah yeah yeah yeah yeah

    You don't know my brain
    The way you know my name
    You don't know my heart
    The way you know my face
    You don't know what I've done
    I'm wanted and on the run
    I'm wanted and on the run
    So I'm taking this moment to live in the future

    Release me from the present
    I'm obsessing, all these questions
    Why I'm in denial
    That they tried this suicidal session
    Please use discretion
    When you're messing with the message man
    These lyrics aren't for everyone
    Only few understand

    My people singing
    My people singing

    Hope you're dead 'cause how could you sleep at a time like this?
    People they rhyme like this, we're all impressed by this
    They rip it, flip it but these are just triplets
    Wrote this in three minutes, three words to a line
    It's just poetry divided, I'm the kind of guy
    Who takes every moment, he knows he can fight it
    And music to use it, for others to use it
    You're dead 'cause how could you sleep at a time like this?

    Life is up here but you comment below
    When the comments will always become common motivation
    To promote you choose next episode
    So your brain knows to keep going even though hope
    Is far from this moment but you would not know it
    Gets better when morning finally rears its head
    Together we'll lose this, remember the future
    Remember that morning is when night is dead

    Release me from the present
    I'm obsessing, all these questions
    Why I'm in denial
    That they tried this suicidal session
    Please use discretion
    When you're messing with the message man
    These lyrics aren't for everyone
    Only few understand

    Please use discretion
    When you're messing with the message man
    These lyrics aren't for everyone
    Only few understand

    My people singing
    My people singing
    My people singing

    Songwriters: Tyler Joseph
    Message Man lyrics © Warner/Chappell Music, Inc

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  • ExplorerSoul
    ExplorerSoul Doing 1 cheers 2017-09-29 00:21:34

    7-Love Triangle.

    Sittin’ on the front step
    Little white suitcase
    Hearing that diesel
    ‘Fore it hit the front gate
    His headlights burnin’ down a Friday night

    Southern Belle statue
    Standing in the screen door
    Watching her whole world
    Head for an old Ford
    With a man that can’t look her in the eye

    Then I run, to him
    Big hug, jump in
    And I cry for her
    Out the window

    Some mommas and daddies
    Are loving in a straight line
    Take forever to harden
    And take a long sweet ride
    But some mommas and daddies
    Let their heart strings tear and tangle
    And some of us get stuck
    In a love triangle

    Bowling alley burger
    Fries and a milkshake
    Heading to the same old
    Two-dollar matinee
    Baby, how’s your school been
    and how’s your mom?

    Patsy Cline echoes
    Back off the dashboard
    Staring at my boots
    And the dusty old floorboards
    Baby, two weeks ain’t really all that long

    Then I run, to her
    Wrap my arms, around her skirt
    And I cry for him
    Out the window

    Some mommas and daddies
    Are loving in a straight line
    Take forever to harden
    And take a long sweet ride
    But some mommas and daddies
    Let their heart strings tear and tangle
    And some of us get stuck
    In a love triangle

    And some mommas and daddies
    Ran outta love in ninety-four
    And some mommas and daddies
    Don’t even talk no more
    And some mommas and daddies
    Let their heart strings tear and tangle

    And some of us get stuck
    And some of us grow up
    In a love triangle

    Written by Nicolle Anne Galyon, Racheal Woodward, Jimmy Robbins • Copyright © Warner/Chappell Music, Inc, Universal Music Publishing Group

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  • ExplorerSoul
    ExplorerSoul Doing 0 cheers 2017-09-03 23:02:13

    6-Sink My Feet.

    I wanna sink my feet
    Down in security
    Unmoved by changing tides
    And shadows shifting lines
    I'm tired of getting worn
    Let me wake with the morn
    Once again be reborn
    And think about eternity a little more

    Then I'd see the stars
    See the sun
    And I'd see all that has been done
    And I'd

    I'd leave my fear alone
    I'd leave my fear alone
    Not asking for anything
    Just keep me by you
    And sink my feet in the stone
    Sink my feet in your stone
    Not asking for anything
    Just keep me by you
    Keep me by you

    'Cause I wander, I get caught
    I lift and I drift off
    My forgetful mind runs all the time
    To places I don't care to find
    Cause I wander like the wind
    Here today gone tomorrow
    And back again
    I'm blinded through and through
    'Til I'm touched by you
    Then I

    I leave my fear alone
    I leave my fear alone
    Not asking for anything
    Just keep me by you
    And sink my feet in the stone
    Sink my feet in your stone
    Not asking for anything
    Just keep me by you
    Keep me by you

    If you are the sea, go on, send me deep
    If you are the wind, set my sail free
    If you are the rock, set my feet upon you
    Never let me move
    Keep me by you
    Keep me by you

    I wanna sink my feet
    Down in security
    Unmoved by changing tides
    And shadows shifting lines

    Then I'd see the stars
    See the sun
    And I'd see all that has been done
    And I'd

    I'd leave my fear alone
    I'd leave my fear alone
    Not asking for anything
    Just keep me by you
    And sink my feet in the stone
    Sink my feet in your stone
    Not asking for anything
    Just keep me by you
    Keep me by you

    Lyrics by Jillian Edwards

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    ExplorerSoul Doing 0 cheers 2017-08-25 02:19:21

    5-Playground.

    Summer time in that old sand box
    Filthy rich, when my jewels were rocks
    No holes in my soul, just my socks
    Kickball kickin' with Goldilocks
    That's why they call 'em the good ole days
    Making up rules to the games we played
    Too damn young to appreciate we already had it made

    If I knew then, what I know right now
    I would've stayed on the playground
    I left my heart in the lost and found
    I should've stayed on the playground
    Should've stayed, should've stayed,
    should've stayed, should've stayed on the playground
    Should've stayed, should've stayed,
    should've stayed, should've stayed on the playground

    Flyin' high on the tire swing, head back livin' in luxury
    In the cul de sac, I was the king
    with the four square championship ring
    That's why they call e'm the good ole days
    Taking on the world cause we weren't afraid
    Jumping off rooftops in our skates
    cause we didn't know we could break

    If I knew then, what I know right now
    I would've stayed on the playground
    I left my heart in the lost and found
    I should've stayed on the playground
    Should've stayed, should've stayed,
    should've stayed, should've stayed on the playground
    Should've stayed, should've stayed,
    should've stayed, should've stayed on the playground

    Remember when we were punk ass kids
    Didn't know enough to give a shit
    And we can't get back our innocence
    but for now let's reminisce

    If I knew then, what I know right now
    I would've stayed on the playground
    I left my heart in the lost and found
    I should've stayed on the playground
    Should've stayed, should've stayed,
    should've stayed, should've stayed on the playground
    Should've stayed, should've stayed,
    should've stayed, should've stayed on the playground

    We don't wanna grow (4x)

    If I knew then, what I know right now
    I would've stayed on the playground
    I left my heart in the lost and found
    I should've stayed on the playground

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    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 0 cheers 2017-09-23 02:42:56

    This goal was added after I had written an entry for all of my other goals.

    Making a difference was always something that mattered to me growing up but at a certain point in recent memory, I realized it wasn't as obvious anymore.

    Somewhere along the way, it stopped standing out in my mind. I didn't feel that same desire or passion. It was just lost, or forgotten, or not at the forefront as much.

    Earlier this week I was talking to a friend about how some interests we have just seem to be innate. We don't always know the reason why something draws us in or intrigues us, but it does.

    I thought about a group/culture I have always been drawn towards, and I also thought about one of the causes that I could see myself becoming involved with if I were to volunteer for example.

    But for the first time, I made a link between the two - one I'm not sure I had necessarily made before.

    I know this is all a bit vague, but I'm a little cautious about what I share on the site sometimes and these are really just thoughts I wanted to get down on paper, so to speak.

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    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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    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 “W” 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, “Get in shape.” But a specific goal would say, “Join 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? “Someday” won’t work. But if you anchor it within a timeframe, “by 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 Doing 0 cheers 2017-09-17 20:07:34

    I'm not sure how I feel about this goal lately. I find myself thinking of ways to still include coffee but lower the cost and waste.

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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 2 cheers 2017-10-03 02:27:12

    Lately, the commute to and from work has been taking its toll. I am far from being the only one to experience rush-hour traffic (though other things cause additional delays as well), but I am really feeling the effects on my quality of life.

    I was experiencing a great deal of tension this morning and again this afternoon. I haven't felt that kind of physical stress in a while, and I still feel it now. It's just an accumulation, I think, and it's not a positive way to begin or end the day.

    Trying to think of how this can be made better.

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    ExplorerSoul Doing 0 cheers 2017-09-03 22:46:56

    Some days will be better and worse than others and that's normal.

    Part of me is bracing myself for another tough year but I'm also trying to focus on the positive aspects. Last year was better than the year before and this year may be better than the last, too. I'm also trying to break it up into periods so it is more manageable in my mind.

    I am grateful to have a job and an income and I do appreciate the good things, but it's difficult to put in so much effort yet still ultimately feel unfulfilled.

    What's also especially tough is having so little time and energy for anything else. I think about doing something to earn a side income, but I am so tired. I think about continuing to work on my clutter, but I just feel zapped. There is also always the question of what I will do next and I don't have a clear answer. In many ways, until my debt is paid and I have a cushion, it all feels temporary. I am stuck and not truly free to live the kind of life I may like to live (though it still needs some more defining).

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    ExplorerSoul Doing 3 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 2 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 2 cheers 2017-10-14 17:18:09

    Goal 1: roll coins.

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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 2 cheers 2017-09-20 22:12:15

    5-On Monday I discovered the word hubris (excessive pride or self-confidence), which I don't think I'd ever heard before. I thought it was interesting.

    Then yesterday I learned about a term called virtue signalling, which was also new to me.
    It represents "the conspicuous expression of moral values done primarily with the intent of enhancing standing within a social group."

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    ExplorerSoul Doing 1 cheers 2017-09-17 20:11:53

    4-Yesterday I learned that McDonald's sells compostable pods. I usually try to stay away from pods, but I would consider using these. Would reduce my spending and my waste contribution.

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    ExplorerSoul Doing 3 cheers 2017-09-10 14:40:38

    3-I learned in July that chiropractic can help to improve the nervous system.

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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 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 2017-09-17 20:03:34

    Went to the store today and bought three cans of food. I planned to say no to a bag when asked, but once I finished paying, I realized the cashier already placed them in a bag without asking. I thought about just letting it go but then I said I didn't need the bag as I took the cans out and that I was trying to eliminate where I could. She was nice about it.

    When I stopped for a small burger after, I was getting ready to ask if they could hand me the burger without the bag but they were too quick. They handed me the bag along with my change and seemed in a rush, so I didn't feel comfortable saying anything. In this case, though, it was a paper bag so I could recycle or compost it. The other bag I left behind was plastic, so I feel better about that.

    I haven't started my two things for the month yet, but I think I will focus on the reusable bags and water bottle first.

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    ExplorerSoul Doing 0 cheers 2017-08-25 02:30:09

    Starting in September, I will try to take more concrete steps and accomplish two things per month from the original list I posted (30 Days to Zero Waste), and from other sources if I feel some of them don't apply to me or I come across new ideas.

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    ExplorerSoul Doing 1 cheers 2017-08-25 01:52:17

    What if we just didn't keep garbage bins in our homes anymore? Would this encourage us to stop producing so much waste or to only buy and use things that could be recycled or composted?

    Today I went to McDonald's and was asked if I wanted a bag for my apple pie. I said no and was so happy that I reduced my waste by one unnecessary bag.

    On a different note, I was all worked up after a visit to a different fast food chain this summer, and I was determined to send some feedback. It's not exactly negative but it's bringing to light something I felt was important. Of course time passed and the intensity of my emotions lessened but I reached out to the company recently to see who I could contact. Then I said I would be sending them my feedback this weekend.
    😯

    So I kind of locked myself in and have to follow through with it now. But I wanted to do it. I don't know if it will yield any results or if they will consider what I have to say, but I can feel good knowing I did my part and shared my thoughts on the matter. And who knows? Maybe it will make a difference somehow.

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    • Andia
      Andia 1 cheers 2017-08-25 02:09:00

      @ExplorerSoul I noticed since I've started eating all organic and whole foods that my trash bag takes a lot longer to fill 🙂. Most everything is recycled but I should start a compost pile. :)

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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
    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 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 2017-07-13 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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    ExplorerSoul Doing 0 cheers 2017-08-25 02:40:09

    Strange dream right before waking up, and it made me think of this goal. But I'd like to start this in January, just as something fun (and maybe insightful) to do. 🙂

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