Goal Planning Monday – Week 104

Welcome to Goal Planning Monday!

If you are new here be sure to check out the guidelines before you join in. We would love to have you! If you are returning, I hope you had a good week. Thank you for stopping in and sharing with us. Be sure to keep sharing with your friends as we all could use some accountability from time to time! I hope to see some new members this week. Keep spreading the word as we could all use some encouragement and support as we go about achieving our goals. If you have a moment get sure to hop over and see what others are doing.

Last week’s goals:

1. Stay sane. Done! I’m mostly sane, I’d say. Dealing with hormones that are slightly out of control and making me feel ill on top of the move has been somewhat challenging but it is better than I expected. Despite many more physical reactions to the hormones, my mood has been more stable. I did shed a few tears yesterday when we went in town on errands. I really DON’T want to move.

2. Move! NOT DONE! We’ve been delayed a day, but we are about to pick up the U-Haul and we’re about 95% packed in terms of house stuff.

This week’s goals:

1. Try to stay as calm about the move as possible. If I freak about the move it will not go over well with the kids. Liam is having an especially hard time.

2. Bring some semblance of home to the new place ASAP. I think the transition will go pretty smoothly once we actually make it out of here, but I still want to get things relatively set up at the new place.

3. Enjoy the adventure (and maybe take pictures). I’m a little ashamed to say that my man bought me a decent camera last summer and most of my pictures since then have been taken with my iPod. Opps. I should change that!

4. Figure out the internet at the new place. It is supposed to be from the dark ages. I hope that isn’t the case because I committed to reviewing for a group and I worry that I won’t be able to do a lot of the reviews.

Hopefully I’ll be back next week! I hope that you’ll join me and I’d love to see some of my new friends from Mosaic Reviews join in as well!

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The 5 Money Personalities ~ A Review and Giveaway

Screen Shot 2013-01-11 at 12.38.28 PMWe recently bought a house. Here’s how it went:

My husband knew we had to move. He knew that we had some money in the bank. He knew, when we went on our whirlwind trip that we’d come back with a house. He had no issues walking into a bank we the listing for the house we liked and saying that he needed the money so we could get it. He was fine with telling me to walk into my bank and take out all the savings we’d accumulated.

I, on the other hand, wanted to sell our current home first. I was finally comfortable with a bit of a cushion in the bank. I didn’t want to use it all. What if the van broke down? What is the house had hidden issues? I wanted to think and take our time and do things the “right” way.

This led to some tears and heated discussions over the course of the week.

When we came home after our whirlwind tour and house purchase, we found The 5 Money Personalities: Speaking the Same Love and Money Language sitting in our mailbox. No wonder our week had been difficult. My money personality is Saver/Security Seeker and my husband is a Spender/Risk Taker. While we knew we handled money differently, this book really highlighted it for us. We’ve gone over the most important sections together and hope that the next time there is a major (or maybe not so major) purchase, we’ll be able to understand each other a little better!

Here’s a little more about the book by the publisher:

About The 5 Money Personalities
The hidden key to a healthy relationship is not just managing money but understanding how the other approaches money.

Every couple argues about money. It doesn’t matter if you’ve been married for 40 years or dating for 4 months, money touches every decision you make as a couple—from the $5 cup of coffee to the $50,000 car. And when the two of you don’t see eye-to-eye on how much to spend or how much to save, that’s when arguments turn into ugly toxic fights that leave both persons feeling hurt and angry. It’s why money has become the #1 cause of divorce in the U.S. Obviously, something needs to change. The reason this crisis has not been addressed is because it has never been identified, defined, or given a name. Scott and Bethany Palmer, aka “The Money Couple,” have identified and defined this problem and offer concrete solutions to fix it.

Once you know your Money Personality, you can get to the root of money arguments and start really working together. You’ll discover what has an impact on your loved one’s money decisions, and you’ll learn how to talk about money in a way that’s actually fun! You’ll figure out how to put an end to money secrets and lies once and for all.

It’s not just about money management, and it’s definitely not just about overcoming debt. It is a whole new way of living that will change everything in your relationship. Tens of thousands have already been transformed. Are you ready?

About Scott & Bethany Palmer
“The Money Couple”, have dedicated their lives to helping others strengthen their relationships with the 5 Money Personalities. With 43 years of combined financial planning experience, they launched “The Money Couple” and are regulars on national TV and radio and speak internationally about love and money. Scott and Bethany enjoy an active lifestyle in Colorado with their two young sons, Cole and Cade.
Now here’s the good news! I have a copy of this book to give to one of my readers. All you have to do is comment and tell me that you would like to win a copy of the book (how easy is that?).
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Goal Planning Monday – Week 103

Welcome to Goal Planning Monday!

If you are new here be sure to check out the guidelines before you join in. We would love to have you! If you are returning, I hope you had a good week. Thank you for stopping in and sharing with us. Be sure to keep sharing with your friends as we all could use some accountability from time to time! I hope to see some new members this week. Keep spreading the word as we could all use some encouragement and support as we go about achieving our goals. If you have a moment get sure to hop over and see what others are doing.

Last week’s goals:

1. Post reminders to people that are supposed to be picking things up that they replied to on freecycle. DONE! Nothing got picked up, though, so it is all going to the Salvation Army next time we go into town.

2. Get three posts up here this week, in attempt to get back to posting four or five times a week. Not done. I only posted one thing that was not Goal Planning Monday. I have more just about ready, though.

3. Continue on the organizing and decluttering. DONE! As you now know, it wasn’t just cleaning and decluttering, but MOVING. I’m getting there, though. I see the light at the end of the tunnel and it is beginning to look like we are actually moving.

4. Do science with the kids.  Not done. I’m not into school right now. We haven’t done more than independent ready, school on the computer, and workbooks for the last month or so. When we get organized at the new place we’ll get back into it. We’ll have an AWESOME homeschooling area.

5. Reply to everyone that posts here this week. Not done. I didn’t even look. I’m sorry. I will do better.

6. Tweet out about Goal Planning Monday a few times. DONE!

7. Work on my facebook page for this blog as I haven’t been keeping up with it at all. DONE!

8. Take week 5 quiz on my “Think Again” coursera course. DONE! They gave us 4 quizzes to do and I did two. Only the highest score counts. It was really, really hard (because a lot of the material wasn’t covered in the lectures). Each quiz took about 4 hours and the second I did with my husband because he was interested. We only did one better than when I did it alone! Pretty good scores both times but A LOT of work. I’ll likely do the other two for practice at some point. The fun thing is that Liam heard my husband and I discussing so I was able to teach him a bit about categorical and proposition logic the next day. It’s fun for him to see that even his parents do “school” and keep on learning everyday.

This week’s goals:

1. Stay sane.

2. Move!

Goal Planning Monday will likely be late/not happen next week as we will be in the thick of our move and I doubt I’ll have good access to the internet unless we end up in a hotel. I’ll do my best, though.

If you have a moment, check in and let us know about your goals for the week.

Goal Planning Monday – Week 102

Welcome to Goal Planning Monday!

If you are new here be sure to check out the guidelines before you join in. We would love to have you! If you are returning, I hope you had a good week. Thank you for stopping in and sharing with us. Be sure to keep sharing with your friends as we all could use some accountability from time to time! I hope to see some new members this week. Keep spreading the word as we could all use some encouragement and support as we go about achieving our goals. If you have a moment get sure to hop over and see what others are doing.

Last week’s goals:

1. Sort through our books. DONE! The kids and I manage to get through ours, but Mike did not do his. I’d been hoping he’d get them done this weekend. Oh well, hopefully next.

2. Continue to post things on freecycle. DONE! Things are leaving the house. That is nice.

3. Find a couple items on freecycle. DONE! It was a good freecycle week. Found stools, a stove and clothes to help the kids make it through the next year, or two.

4. Take down Christmas. DONE! No signs that Christmas happened in this house.

5. Blog twice. Not done. It is crazy busy here and I’ve gotten insanely behind in own schoolwork but I’ve started two draft posts, as well as a review (with a giveaway), and they’ll all be posted this week.

6. Make some dietary changes. Partially done. At least we’ve added more veggies.

This week’s goals:

1. Post reminders to people that are supposed to be picking things up that they replied to on freecycle. 

2. Get three posts up here this week, in attempt to get back to posting four or five times a week.

3. Continue on the organizing and decluttering.

4. Do science with the kids. The program we are using is pretty complete and when we work together on it the children get math, writing, and history as well. If we do nothing else over the coming weeks, I’d like to do two science lessons a week.

5. Reply to everyone that posts here this week.

6.  Tweet out about Goal Planning Monday a few times. 

7. Work on my facebook page for this blog as I haven’t been keeping up with it at all.

8. Take week 5 quiz on my “Think Again” coursera course. I’m done the lectures but there are 4 quizes to do. Week 7 is starting this week but I’m getting closer to catching up.

If you have a moment, check in and let us know about your goals for the week.