Tag: Goals

Finish Year Update: May

Brennan and Lesa:

  • Finish one book a month (minimum)

Brennan:  Finished “Game Plan for Life” and “Date Your Wife“…and is reading “The Fourth Fisherman” currently.

Lesa: Finished “It Was Kitty’s Idea” by Joseph Brechbill, “Love Does” by Bob Goff, “My Big Bottom Blessing” by Teasi Cannon, “The Fourth Fisherman” by Joe Kissack, “By Faith, Not By Sight” by Scott MacIntyre, and “Winning Balance” by Shawn Johnson.

  • Finish paying off credit cards by December 2012

We have paid off 67% of our credit card debt!

  • Finish using all Groupons/gift certificates

make a list and schedule on calendar as “date nights”

We have 4 Groupons and 1 gift card left to use (just bought one). Making progress!

We started with 12 Groupons and 4 gift cards.

Lesa:

  • Finish losing 30 pounds and keep it off permanently

I have lost 8 lbs…still.

  • Finish YouVersion Bible reading plan

  • Send 30 thank you notes this year; finish sending wedding thank you notes

I have sent 12 thank you notes this year! I decided to adjust the goal down to 30 from 60.

  • Finish purchasing “secret sister” gifts

  • Finish organizing attic and put everything in plastic containers for protection from mice/temperatures

  • Finish protecting important documents by purchasing a “fire safe”
  • Finish funding emergency fund ($1,000)
    Open new savings account specifically for the emergency fund
  • Finish organizing clothes in bedroom (i.e. figure out solution with tiny closet)

Finish Year Update: March

March was a busy month for us, but we still managed to make progress on our goals!

Brennan and Lesa:

* Finish one book a month (minimum)

Brennan:  Finished “Drive” (Larry Byrd), “Never Again” (John Ashcroft), and “My Imaginary Jesus”

Lesa: Finished “Culture Shift” and “Stuff Christians Like”

* Finish paying off credit cards by December 2012

We have paid of 63.6% of our credit card debt!

* Finish using all Groupons/gift certificates

make a list and schedule on calendar as “date nights”

We have 7 Groupons and 1 gift card left to use, and two of those will be used on April 6th. Making progress!

Lesa:

* Finish losing 30 pounds and keep it off permanently

I have lost 7 lbs! We have been learning a lot lately about nutrition and are enjoying being healthy!

* Finish YouVersion Bible reading plan

* Send 60 thank you notes this year (average of 5 per month); finish sending wedding thank you notes

I have sent 12 thank you notes this year (none in March)…I’m behind!

* Finish purchasing “secret sister” gifts

* Finish organizing attic and put everything in plastic containers for protection from mice/temperatures

* Finish protecting important documents by purchasing a “fire safe”

* Finish funding emergency fund ($1,000)
Open new savings account specifically for the emergency fund

* Finish organizing clothes in bedroom (i.e. figure out solution with tiny closet)

 

Finish Year Update: February (updated)

We are doing really well with the reading books goal! Overall, we’re making progress in small steps–which is exactly what we’re supposed to be doing. It’s Finish YEAR, not Finish Month.

Life update: We were assigned a permanent placement at the Milton Hershey School, so we will be working (soon) every other weekend with middle-school boys! SO excited for this experience! The added benefit of doing this will be the extra income, which we plan to put entirely onto our debt, which will really speed up the process of being debt-free! Double blessing!

Here’s our Finish Year update:

Brennan and Lesa:

* Finish one book a month (minimum)

Brennan:  Finished “December 1941: 31 Days that Changed America and Saved the World” and “I Am Second”

Lesa: Finished “Bad Girls of the Bible“, “The Great Divorce“, “Untamed“, “Gazelles, Baby Steps, and 37 other things Dave Ramsey Taught Me About Debt“, and “My Imaginary Jesus“…

* Finish funding emergency fund ($1,000)
Open new savings account specifically for the emergency fund

* Finish paying off credit cards by December 2012

We have paid of 61% of our credit card debt! Because we owe a significant amount in taxes this year, we’ve had to save up to pay those which has slowed down our credit card payments, unfortunately. However, we’re almost ready to pay our taxes in full, so then we’ll get back to working hard at this goal!

* Finish using all Groupons/gift certificates
make a list and schedule on calendar as “date nights”

We had a date night out using a Groupon two weeks ago–SO nice! Looking forward to more date nights…

* Finish protecting important documents by purchasing a “fire safe”

 

Thanks to our generous friends, we will have one in a month!

Lesa:

* Finish losing 30 pounds and keep it off permanently

No comment… 🙂 We’ve been going to the gym consistently, at least!

* Finish organizing clothes in bedroom (i.e. figure out solution with tiny closet) and keep them organized
Not doing so well on the keeping things organized part…

* Finish YouVersion Bible reading plan

* Send 60 thank you notes this year (average of 5 per month); finish sending wedding thank you notes (30 left…terrible, I know!)

I sent 7 during the month of January…5 in February…

* Finish purchasing “secret sister” gifts so that I am always prepared

* Finish organizing attic and put everything in plastic containers for protection from mice/temperatures

Finish Year Update: Mid-February

Biggest update is that we have an emergency fund! This means that we’re officially on “Baby Step 2” (because we skipped #1 initially…sorry, Dave Ramsey!). I’ll post another update at the end of the month–I was just excited to have finished a goal!

Brennan and Lesa:
 
* Finish one book a month (minimum)

Brennan: Reading “1941”

Lesa: Finished “Bad Girls of the Bible“, “The Great Divorce“, and “Untamed” so far…

* Finish funding emergency fund ($1,000)
Open new savings account specifically for the emergency fund

* Finish paying off credit cards by December 2012

We made larger than normal payments on our two remaining credit cards.

* Finish using all Groupons/gift certificates
make a list and schedule on calendar as “date nights”

 * Finish protecting important documents by purchasing a “fire safe”

We have started to research safes, and we are saving up to purchase one.

 

Lesa:
 
* Finish losing 30 pounds and keep it off permanently

* Finish organizing clothes in bedroom (i.e. figure out solution with tiny closet) and keep them organized
Traveling so much lately has made keeping things organized a challenge, but we’re going to be home consistently for at least a while now…

* Finish YouVersion Bible reading plan

* Send 60 thank you notes this year (5 per month); finish sending wedding thank you notes (30 left…terrible, I know!)

I sent 7 during the month of January…1 in February so far…

* Finish purchasing “secret sister” gifts so that I am always prepared

I began making a plan for each month, including a budget, but have not purchased any gifts yet.

* Finish organizing attic and put everything in plastic containers for protection from mice/temperatures

This one might have to wait until Spring, because it’s REALLY cold in our attic…

“Finish Year” Goals…

In January 2011, I spent some time pondering what I wanted to accomplish during the coming year. I set a few goals that I successfully accomplished–being intentional about frugality, specific friendships, and a few other things. Intentional was the key word for 2011. And I believe that we succeeded.

Brennan and I were intentional about simplifying our lives in order to be less busy and more effective/efficient. We were fairly successful and found a great joy in living simply. The word “no” is an amazing thing! 🙂

So, for 2012, I wasn’t sure what I wanted to focus on at first…until Jon Acuff, a great author and speaker, issued a challenge to his readers called “Finish Year”. Essentially, he discovered that while he is great at starting things, he never finishes anything, and he challenged us to make a list of things that we want to finish this year. This really resonated with me, and I began thinking/praying through what I want to finish this year. Brennan and I have also set joint-goals of things that we want to finish together.

I am going to try to blog at least once a month with my/our progress for accountability purposes, and in hopes that this will encourage someone else to finish something.

So, here are the things that we are going to finish this year:

Brennan and Lesa:
 
* Finish one book a month minimum
* Finish emergency fund ($1,000)
      –Open new savings account specifically for the emergency fund
* Finish paying off credit cards by December 2012
* Finish using all Groupons/gift certificates
      –print them all out and schedule on calendar as “date nights”
 * Finish protecting important documents by purchasing a “fire safe”

Lesa:
 
* Finish losing 30 pounds and keep it off permanently
* Finish organizing clothes in bedroom (i.e. figure out solution with tiny closet) and keep them organized
* Finish YouVersion Bible reading plan
* Send 60 thank you notes this year (5 per month); finish sending wedding thank you notes (30 left…terrible, I know!)
* Finish purchasing “secret sister” gifts so that I am always prepared (this is a year-long church ministry)
* Finish organizing attic and put everything in plastic containers for protection from mice/temperatures

If I successfully accomplish these goals, I will add more throughout the year…but this is a good place to start. I have many more ideas that I can add!

2012 will be another year of living intentionally. We are going to be forced to become more disciplined in many areas of our lives once we are on a regular Milton Hershey School house-parenting schedule (every other weekend) due to the time commitment that ministry will involve, and I am looking forward to the challenge that will bring. Already, I know that this will mean less mystery shopping and (hopefully) a different work schedule to allow me time to take care of our home and various errands during the week more efficiently.

This year will be another year of continuing to live frugally, as our goal is to have no credit card debt by the end of this year. The task is daunting and will require great discipline, but the freedom that will come from being debt-free makes it all worthwhile! God has abundantly blessed us and continues to provide for all of our needs, and we can’t wait for the freedom to give even more to provide for the needs of others! Gazelle intensity!

I recently read that we can live with the pain of discipline or we can live with the pain of regret, and I’d much rather have the former. With discipline comes peace and joy, and that’s what my heart desires! As the Bible says, discipline isn’t always fun, but in the end it is fruitful.

Most importantly, we want to remain intentional about keeping God at the center of our marriage and our lives, because without Him, we will fail miserably on our own. He alone needs to be our focus and our purpose!

Let “Finish Year” begin! 🙂

Fundraising Update!

Thank you SO much to all who contributed to my 3-Day, 60 Mile walk fundraising! You helped me go from 18% to 44% in less than a week! AMAZING! I am only $94 away from hitting 50%, and my goal is to reach 50% by May 4th!

If you’d like to donate directly to the Susan G. Komen Foundation, you can do that here! http://www.the3day.org/site/TR?px=5639655&fr_id=1624&pg=personal

If you like Pampered Chef and would like to order this month, our consultant is giving us her ENTIRE commission, on top of what Pampered Chef will send to us! Great way to stock up on awesome kitchen tools AND join the fight against breast cancer! Click on the following link, click on shop online, then enter “Bucks for Boobs” as the organization. http://www.pamperedchef.biz/dorothyd

I am still selling Mary Kay products, and this month I will donate 30% of all purchases to my 3-Day Walk! If you would like to host a skin-care class, let me know! My website is always open: http://www.marykay.com/lesa.brackbill

Every dollar helps…what is keeping you from donating today to help find a cure for cancer?

Living with Intentionality…

2011 is our year of living with intentionality…

I have set many personal goals for the year (NOT “resolutions”), and many of them tie in with Proverbs 31. Yes, like many, I am also going to focus on being more in shape this year, but that’s because I’m walking 60 miles in three days in October, and must train in order to survive! More importantly, I am striving to be the best wife to Brennan that I can be…to love him like he deserves to be loved. 🙂 Because I’m an organized person, I needed to map out what that would look like in terms of goals. So, I made a list, and I am working hard to become more Christ-like in everything I do, especially when it comes to my husband.

As a couple, we also set a few goals…

We are being very intentional about spending time with certain friends and family members, recognizing that in the past year we often let months go by without seeing them. This also includes an intentionality of time together as a couple, because we recognize the need to continually invest in our marriage.

We are being very intentional about living frugally, in an effort to be debt-free. As of now, we will be debt-free as of September 2012 at the latest, and we are running toward that goal with “gazelle intensity”, as Dave Ramsey says. 🙂 This is playing out in our lives in different ways: budgeting every dollar (like Dave Ramsey says to do), seeking extra income, planning out meals and using programs such as the Angel Food Ministry to save on groceries (and COUPONS!), and making little sacrifices along the way (“Live like no one else so that later you can live like no one else!” –Dave Ramsey) because we recognize that being debt-free is a far better achievement than the things we might choose to spend money on now.  Once we are debt-free, we will hopefully buy a home and start a family. That’s our plan, but God may have other plans, and that’s okay, too!

We are being intentional about serving others and serving our community. I am still the “Community Project Coordinator” for our church(es), but that’s the only church responsibility I hold now (after stepping down from worship team for a MUCH needed break after doing it every Sunday for two years–plus practice every Saturday morning). This will allow me to spend more time seeking projects to benefit our neighbors and to demonstrate the Kingdom of God in Harrisburg, PA. We are still involved in a church plant (The Well at East Shore), and are praying about becoming involved in another one later this year. Wherever God leads…

We have really simplified our lives, cutting out things (even “good things”, like church activities) that were making us “busy”, and that were keeping us from clear ministry opportunities that God was putting in our lives. There are people in our lives that desperately need the love of Jesus, and we were too busy to notice until now. So, now we are being intentional (there’s that word again! 🙂 ) about investing in those people…

2011 is going to be a great year…and we are open to whatever God brings our way!

*Side note on the Angel Food Ministry program: they offer amazing deals on food that is perfectly good–not expired or bad quality, as some assume–and it’s open to anyone of any income! We ordered two boxes of food/fruits/vegetables for a total of $68, and one lady figured out that the $41 box is worth $120! I figured out that the fruit/veggie box ($23) is worth close to $50! Best part is that once I sat down and created a menu for the month of February using the food in the boxes, I was able to get 15 meals out of all that food (for two people), with only having to buy a few items at the store to supplement the meals. We are SO excited to be living frugally, supporting  a ministry, AND still eating good, healthy meals in the process!