Wednesday, June 5, 2013

The End of the Goals Challenge!

Today is June 5, 2013. 1001 days since I started this goals challenge. I have accomplished so much, expanded my family, started a business (Jennifer Shea Photography) if you haven't checked it out!) and most importantly, grown closer to the Lord.

This challenge was just that, challenging. Trying to get everything done was crazy. Some of the simplest goals I could not complete. The ones I failed on were:

3. Volunteer 4 times per year (1/11)
6. Read 50 books (27/50) 
15. Play golf at least 1 time every 6 months (0/5)
24. Take Ryan Camping 
26. Take Ryan to a baseball game 
27. Grow garlic (1/2 Done) (Failed - tornado ruined the crop)
32. Attend 2 Wine and Design classes (1/2)

54. Go to bed at 9pm every night for a week
55. Take a bubble bath once a week for a month. (1/4)
83. Make a sculpture 
89. Stick with my Day/Night devotional for a year 
100. Hang dry all laundry for 2 weeks 

Some of these I'm really disappointed that I could not complete. Namely volunteering, making time for myself to take bubble baths, and especially sticking with my devotional - every day. 

Some of these goals are going to be fulfilled this summer after the fact. We are going camping and to a baseball game soon. 

I want to challenge each person that reads my blog to set up your own goals list, even if it is only 10 or so goals. Try some things you would not do normally or you've been wanting to do but haven't taken that leap of faith to do. I did 101 Goals in 1001 days. That gives you time to actually complete every goal (even though I didn't finish some).

A special thanks to Jimmy for funding a lot of these goals. :)

I might start another blog for just family things and totally not goals related. I might just change this one up. Either way, my followers will be kept in the loop!

I had a blast doing this and even though some people asked "Why are you doing this?" because they thought I was crazy...try it. Accomplishment is a wonderful feeling.

My final goal:

101. Donate $5 to a charity for every goal not met or failed

Going to the Red Cross for the tornado victims in Oklahoma. 

Goal #93: Try Indian food

Last night I went to dinner at Taste of Himalayas with a few girlfriends. This was my first time trying Indian food.

We had vegetable samosas as an appetizer (not shown)

These sauces were wonderful! I especially liked whatever the green one was.

reshmi kabab (this was my favorite!)

chicken makhani and paneer makhani (paneer is a homemade cottage cheese but it's nothing like the American cottage cheese we eat)

Garlic and basil naan

Each dish was wonderful but I can't see myself eating this more than a few times a year. The food is very different but tasty!

Goal #7: Create a will

This was probably the most depressing goal to complete. Having to think about my death and where my assets and children will go after I'm gone. There's no question about where they will go but putting it on paper for someone to read in the future was kind of hard. I still need to get it signed but it's made and printed out. 

I wanted to make the process easy. I'm sure making things complicated after one is gone with dividing up assets, etc. makes it really hard on the executor of the will. I'm executor on three people's wills. I hope they are simple and straightforward. 

I think the most important part was the burial requests portion. Not to be any more morbid than needed but I requested to be cremated following an open casket funeral (if my CHILDREN wanted it open casket.) I don't think Jimmy would care either way but I want my kids to make that decision. They can decide what they are comfortable with. (I'm getting emotional typing this) so....The End.

Goal #56: Go on an alphabet walk. Find something that begins with each letter of the alphabet,take a photo, and put together a book.

I finally completed the photos for the alphabet book. This was harder than I thought it would be. I thought, oh, I'll just take the photos all in one day. Nope! Didn't happen like that. At all!! It's hard finding things that start with each letter of the alphabet. I did things the kids would recognize. And yes, I did take all of these photos! Except X, but I created that in Photoshop..







G-Geese (got hissed at taking this pic. Geese are mean, possessed little buggers!)


I-Ice, Ice, Baby


L- Lucas



O- Orange

J- Jolly


Q- Quiet (yeah right!)






W- Waterbottle


Z - Zipper

Thursday, May 30, 2013

Goal #90: Finish Ryan's 1st Year Scrapbook

I finally finished Ryan's scrapbook. I'm not a huge scrapbooker. I wanted to be but I really don't have the time or the supplies.

Ryan had a fun first year but man was it hard for me! He was a sweetie for sure but he had it rough. Colic, surgery, spitting up all the time (until he was 18 months old!)...on and on. But now we are through that and have other challenges. At lease we can communicate now. That makes it easier.

Ryan is so special to me. I am in awe of him.

After I finished I showed the book to Ryan and he wanted me to read through it 3 times. I never thought a boy would be that interested in a scrapbook. 

Wednesday, May 29, 2013

Goal #88: Memorize 5 bible verses

Throughout the bible studies I did over the winter I memorized other verses that corresponded with our study. These are a few other verses I liked and memorized.

Ecclesiastes 11:5
As you do not know the path of the wind or how the body is formed in the mother's womb, so you cannot understand the works of God, the maker of all things.

Joshua 1:9
Have I not commanded you? Be strong and courageous. Do not be afraid; do not get discouraged, for the Lord your God will be with you wherever you go.

Proverbs 31:30
Charm is deceptive and beauty if fleeting, but a woman who fears The Lord is to be praised.

2 Corinthians 3:17
Now The Lord is the spirit and wherever the spirit of The Lord is, there is freedom.

Philippians 4:13
I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me.

Friday, May 24, 2013

Goal #86: Send 10 "Just Because" cards (10/10)

12 days left of this challenge! I better get on the ball. I have 15 more goals to complete. Well, actually 14 because number 101 is the donation goal.

This weekend I will take the boys to a baseball game and finish the Alphabet photo walk. I'll see what else I can get done.

Today I sent the last of the 10 "Just Because" cards. I made it super cute and did some hand lettering on the front of the envelope. I hope each person that received these cards enjoyed getting something hand written in the mail. I love you all!