Saturday, July 21, 2018

Getting in Shape for My Journey: Joining a Gym

One of my goals in the next year is to lose 40 pounds and get into shape. So far, I've done nothing toward that goal. I keep promising myself that I will work out, in fact, I go to bed every night saying

Friday, July 20, 2018

Indecision On My Life’s Path: Am I Lazy or Just Afraid?

As most of you know, I want to live in a van — sort of. What I really want is to travel, see the US and a bit of Mexico and Canada. I want to visit as many botanical gardens as I can find and

Sunday, July 15, 2018

The Kitchen Declutter and Reorganization Continues

I have this exact same quote, border and all, on a magnetic card on my refrigerator. I'm always complaining about not having enough kitchen counter space, so the universe fixed that for me

Saturday, July 14, 2018

How Hoarders Think and Why Decluttering Is So Hard For Us

A few months ago, I had a kitchen fire in my apartment. At the time, the washer/dryer closet, which I use as a pantry and general hidden hoarding place, couldn't be painted because it was full of

Wednesday, July 11, 2018

Vandwelling Finance: Making Money While You Sleep

For the next year, I'll be trying to learn to make money while I sleep. There are so many ways to make money online, but there are three that I'm most interested in, and all have potential to make

Tuesday, July 10, 2018

Day 10 - Fears and Second Thoughts

As with all my large dreams and plans, I'm starting to second guess myself and become afraid. What am I giving up that I may never have again? What will I do with all the things I can't bear to

Monday, July 9, 2018

Recap of the First Week - Disappointing, But Not Discouraged

I went through a period of depression last week, that I allowed to keep me from meeting my goals, small as they were. I was disappointed in some work I had hoped would bring in good money, but it didn't turn out that way. I also was pretty unmotivated and couldn't seem to discipline myself, so I didn't accomplish any of my goals.

I have to fight hard to keep disappointments in life, especially disappointment in myself, to discourage me from pushing forward. I try to take one day at a time, and not dwell on what I didn't get done, but what I did.

All Accomplishments Count

Last week, I didn't get much writing done, and didn't make my monetary goal, but I got a lot done in my garden, like getting my dozens of containers organized and put in one place in the courtyard, which had been bothering me for awhile. I also got things planted and repotted that had been sitting overgrown in pots for ever.

I did some reading on affiliate marketing, and pulled up a lot of my old articles from now-defunct sites to rewrite and put into blogs or sell online. I must rewrite them because black hatters stole them when it was announced that the sites were closing, so they are already online a thousand times.

I also got some household chores I had been putting off done, like working on removing stains from a number of my shirts that had been piling up for weeks. I wanted to pull everything out of my kitchen pantry and re-organize it, but that was such an overwhelming chore, I didn't get it done.

So I didn't do nothing, just not enough that earns me money. This week, I'm putting the earning front and center, while trying not to let other essential things go undone.

My general goals for this week are:

Earn at least $35 a day M-Sat towards my savings goal, plus whatever I need for my incidentals and essentials.
Start decluttering the bedroom by bringing a large piece of furniture back out into the LR so I'll have space to work going through boxes.
Finish up the courtyard project and repot plants to grow out for sale.
Start decluttering the kitchen pantry.

My diet and exercise goals are:

Order a kitchen scale to weigh food for cooking, and to freeze and store food in serving sizes to make meal prep easier.
Start tracking my food and exercise on SparkPeople
Exercise at least 10 minutes a day, trying to make it as intense as possible. If there is time, do additional 10-minute sets.
Make daily menus up using the items I have so I'll know what I need to buy

Well, that's enough for now. I'll try to report in daily to report on how I'm doing.

Leave me a comment about what your goals are for this week.

Wednesday, July 4, 2018

Day 4: Independence Day

Not much to say. No celebration here. Our country is in distress, and everyone in the world knows it. One reason I want to travel as a van dweller is to see this country before

Tuesday, July 3, 2018

Day 3 - Change the Plan, but Never the Goal

Making life changes is a journey, not a race. Even if you start out with the perfect plan, something will interfere with it. It is inevitable. You won't always be able to stick to your schedule, you won't meet

Sunday, July 1, 2018

Day 1 Just Happened to Fall On My Day Off, But....

I always take Sundays off. I've done this for a long, long time, ever since my kids were old enough to get themselves breakfast. I don't always do nothing, but I do what I want. Sometimes, I work in the

My New Facebook Page

So I started a new page for the blog on Facebook, for those of you who are members and would like to follow me there. I need 25 likes to be able to create the username @simplydeb, so I'd

Saturday, June 30, 2018

Day Zero of My New Life

Tomorrow is July 1, 2018, the day I start to change myself and my life forever. I've spent weeks thinking and planning how I'm going to do that, and the only way I could see was to change  the things I