January 17, 2011

on the week ahead...

inspiration.

As always, there are hundreds of tiny things I hope to accomplish each week. However, in an effort to cut myself some slack, I'm going to try and focus on the following things (and let everything else take care of itself):

1. Take more photos. I have this glorious camera that is hardly ever put to good use. I would love to take one photo every day, but I know how I react to challenges like that (too much pressure makes me weep) and I will most likely take a more leisurely pace.

2. Start budgeting. This year, it's all about saving like there is no tomorrow. (Or like we hope to own a home at some point in the next decade.) I'm thankful that Jay and I are "savers" but I'm constantly thinking about different things we can do to put even more away in the months ahead. I'm planning on writing a "penny-pinching" post later in the week and am eager to get some feedback on what other people are doing to cut back this year! First up? Setting a budget. I always say I'm going to do this, but it never happens and I usually just eat a cookie instead. NO MORE COOKIES.

3. Finish thank you notes. Yes, I'm the person who still hasn't sent out thank you notes for all the Christmas goodies she received. For shame. But the cards are all ready to go once I sit down to write them!

4. Stay calm. Those of you who know me well know that I tend to work myself up into a frenzy. I refuse to do that anymore. Things work themselves out. Mistakes happen. Life gets busy. And then tomorrow comes and we get to start all over again. I'd prefer to make it through my days without feeling like I am hanging on by a thread.

5. Begin purging. And by "purging", I mean: get rid of clothes I haven't worn in two years, organize the kitchen so I don't have fifteen spatulas floating around in one drawer, and donate items that Jay and I will simply never get around to using again. (Spring Cleaning is on my brain as the sunshine comes out and the weather warms up.)

Anything special on your to-do list this week?

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  2. I need to get new glasses! That's been on my to-do list forever but I'm so picky to find new ones! Being picky, isn't fun.
    By the way, it's great to see you posting something new on your blog!
    Wondered what happened to you! Hope the new year is treating you good!

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  3. Book driving lessons and finally cancel my old mobile phone contract. Fun times!

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  4. I still need to write Christmas thank-you notes too! And tweak our budget. And I'm always purging things, so on my to-do list is convincing my husband HE needs to purge things ...

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  5. I'm already making SPRING CLEANING lists.

    Out in the midwest, the weather is going to be miserable until March - so I'm trying to organize my thoughts NOW while the feelings of clutter and claustrophobia are fresh!

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  6. i'm definitely writing out my schedule every day and trying to make the best decisions possible with food...not perfect, but it's a start!

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  7. http://teuxdeux.com/

    That site, along with Gmail and GCalendar, are my whole life. I would be lost (and completely unproductive) without them.

    According to them, I need to blog, and read some things for my friends. Tidying up is pretty much a constant to-do. And oh yeah, write! :)

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  8. I have been reading your blog for a while and love it!

    I have a suggestion for #2 Budgeting I use www.mint.com! It is free and you can load all of your transactions into their system super fast and easy and see how much you spend each month on groceries, gas, restaurants, shopping, etc. You can even set goals like say you only want to spend a total of $100 a month at restaurants it will show you how you are doing on your goal as the month progresses. You can even have any unused money roll into the next month. It has really helped me to see just how much money is realistic for me especially on groceries...I am a foodie so occasionally I would get a little out of hand. Check it out and Good Luck!

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  9. hey kerri! budgeting, purging and general life organization is so exciting and so refreshing once it's done! :) good luck! also, my husband and i LOVE mint.com it's a really neat money organizing tool!

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  10. Mani/pedi/wax: DONE (this morning.)

    Prune my rose bushes: DONE (this morning.)

    Call and thank my mother-in-law for the surprise subscription to Better Homes & Gardens AND get her mother's address so I can finally send her a thank you note for the Christmas gift card she sent us.

    Send the two things that I've been meaning to send for over a week now, but have just been floating around in the trunk of my car.

    It's not much, but hey, it's only this week's to-do list!

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  11. Your to do list sounds familiar. I need to accomplish some of the very same things.

    I really want to do a better job of writing for my blog, having fun, and sending out resumes.

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  12. See Black Swan, make a new resume, and run three times this week!

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  13. A good list if I do say so myself! (And I do.)

    Also, I say that I miss the crap out of you, missy! Can we fix this? xo

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  14. To-do list? Lots of homework, figure out a sticky situation involving school, and make a budget! I'm on the "I'd rather eat cookies than make a budget" bandwagon right with ya!

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  15. purging - definitely a good idea!
    sometimes i laugh at myself for hanging on to too-short denim mini skirts and size XS abercrombie tee shirts from high school. why... why!

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  16. I feel like I am in my own head reading this post. I have a Nikon D40 that I don't use to it's potential at all. I am doing a 365 project and it's from my itouch. I also need to start budgeting better. Firefighter bf and I need to get out of where we are and he eats out waaaay too much! And I have started purging of late due to a significant weight loss. Thanks for sharing...i don't feel alone.

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  17. Ditto on the budgeting! I/we have attempted to a few times but it never lasts very long. Fail. I buy too many random things online, too. Good luck with all your stuff this week :) Wish we lived closer because we could go on some photo shooting adventures sometime :)

    This week I am re-organizing my craft room and spare room. They are total disasters. GAH!!

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  18. way to give yourself some slack. you deserve it! looking forward to the penny-pinching post. i will def be taking notes ;)

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  19. A to-do list is a good thing to keep yourself on track! Good luck this week! :)

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  20. Your posts always speak to my organization-loving soul. I think purging is kind of addictive once you get the ball rolling.

    So excited about your budgeting and house talks. Not the sexiest conversations ever, but there is something about getting serious and talking about the future that draws couples closer to one another.

    Best to you, wishcakey. <3

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  21. I mean, if I was going to save like there was no tomorrow, I'd just spend all my money. Better to consider a future home instead. :)

    As for my to-do list, I need to wake up 30 minutes earlier everyday this week than I did last week, go through my closet for clothing swap (wink), get a new gym card, go to a work-related screening on Thursday, and order my new camera YAY!

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  22. Oh man, I love that last one! Getting rid of things I don't need or use always makes me feel better about things. My to-do list is all about settling - get ready for job interviews, sort out the lease for the apartment were moving into. Moving country is so much work!

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  23. I haven't written my thank you notes yet, either! I feel awful but so much has been happening I just haven't had the time. And purging- DEFINITELY something I need to do. My philosophy is if its not something I pack when I go to school, its probably not important enough to keep anyway. Miss You!

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  24. GIVE ME UR CLOTHES KERRI!

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  25. I have clothes in my closet that I haven't worn in 5+ years. Sad, isn't it. I keep telling myself that I will wear them soon. But I never do. Time to get rid of them, I suppose. Or wait for the next trend. ;)

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  26. Two of the things on your list are the same as mine!! Thank you notes are the first and purging is the second. I feel as though I have too much clutter and I keep losing things!

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  27. I mentioned you in my blog today, I adore reading your blog.

    -Elle

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  28. Your to-do list sounds amazing, and I hope that you accomplished all your goals this past week!

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  29. I just found your blog ... I'm so wayback :)
    Your list sounds like my lists ... goodluck with it.

    Jacinta

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