What have you done this week to help you achieve your goals?
1. Create a realistic plan to buy a house within the next year. We're not quite house hunting yet (as we're still trying to contribute to the fund a little), but we are house "browsing" pretty regularly. And by that, I mean that we have specific search criteria saved on Trulia and we check it pretty often. Not Facebook often, but pretty often. I think it's helping us explore the suburbs virtually, but more importantly, it's helping us to realize what we can afford. We're learning what upgrades unnecessarily drive the price up and what upgrades are priorities worth splurging on. It's an ongoing discussion, and I think we're making a lot of progress narrowing it down.
2. Maintain a minimal level of clutter. Our new vacuum is amazing. It almost makes cleaning up dog hair fun. Almost.
3. Act like newlyweds in order to feel like newlyweds. We were lazy together...a lot. But sometimes, those are the best days.
4. Make more good meals. We had a bunch of random things in the fridge, and I was procrastinating with grocery shopping. I threw it all in a casserole, it was edible, and it was pretty healthy. It's not worthy of a blog post and it wasn't the best original recipe I've ever created, but I was proud to come up with something that I didn't feel guilty eating!
5. Remember why you're building your family's roots in Atlanta. We attended the Atlanta Culinary Tour of Inman Park and the Old Fourth Ward. It. Was. Awesome. Even though we'll soon be living further away from this fun area, it's nice to know it's only a short drive away.
What did you do this past week to make you feel good about yourself?
We ordered some prints of our wedding photos, as well as some lovely frames to keep them in. The frames haven't arrived yet, but I would love to show you what we've got so far! Ladies and gentlemen, this week's positive picture(s)!
We put 3 1/2 x 5" bordered prints in this frame, which was formerly used as the memorial frame at our wedding ceremony:
I'm probably most excited about our canvas print, but we haven't decided on a place for it yet...which is why it's still in the plastic wrap:
How do you measure the success of your goals? I think I measure them just by how I feel. When I'm doing well, I just know it and my mood reflects that.
What is failure to you when it comes to your goals? I feel failure the most when I didn't give something my all. I felt like a failure last week when I didn't really work my hardest towards my goals, but I cut myself some slack since I had been sick. Sometimes the true success is in not being so hard on myself!
Fun Question: If you could hop on a plane right now, where would you go? Ever since we had that Neapolitan pizza at Fritti during the culinary tour, I've been really "Romesick." I studied abroad in Italy during college, and the right meal (or wine) can make me super nostalgic! I would go back in a heartbeat.
How are your spring goals coming along?