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Setting Goals

For the longest time, I’ve been setting goals and never achieving them. I’ve struggled for a long time with having the proper motivation to actually get things done. It doesn’t matter what it is… weight loss, writing a book, going to school, etc.

Recently, I was working on setting goals. A goal that could launch me into a better place in my life. I’m launching my 1st E-book on or around April 15th on Kindle Direct Publishing. I promise I’ll post a link to the book, so if anyone is interested that they can purchase it. I’m also going to promote it on Pinterest, Twitter, Instagram and Facebook.

Setting goals that have any chance of getting completed by me are normally worthless goals. But this goal is something I’ve wanted to do for a long time. It’s finally done and I’m just making sure all my ducks are in a row, in order for me to launch the book.

I’m going to be setting a new goal for this book. I want to earn $100 (after Kindle takes their cut) as my first goal. So how much is the book going to be? $2.99! I only have to sell 48 e-books in order to reach my goal of $100. Why am I setting goals for my sales? Well because I would like┬áto start earning an income with book sales. I have to give myself a goal in order to really push myself to promote the book. Plus, it’s good to know how many books you need to sell in order to reach a specific amount of money. I personally want to use this money earned to pay off the rest of our credit card bills, student loans, and the mortgage we’re about to get ourselves into.

Yes, I have high goals for paying off our debts. We’re obviously going to be putting money into our kids college funds. We still have about 6-7 years before our oldest goes to college. So we still have time to build up a large college fund. Once our credit cards bills and my student loans are paid off, we can dedicate all that money we were spending to our kids savings accounts. See we have extremely high goals. We’re going to reach them, all because we are responsible with our money.

I already have my 2nd book in the works. I just need to finally get my butt in gear and take the photos that need to go inside the book. All of my e-books will be priced accordingly, yet still be affordable. So between $2.99 and $9.99. This will allow me to earn decent money as long as my books are selling. Again, I will have to promote my books online. So we’ll have to see how well that goes. I know I’m not guaranteed to make any money, but I’m hoping that all my hard work, promoting and such will work itself out and allow me to reach my goal.

If you’ve got a goal that you’d like to achieve, then stop waiting and start working towards whatever your goal is. No matter how big or small, achieving your goals should be important and you shouldn’t let anyone hold you back.

Make sure you keep an eye out for the post with a link to my book.
I’m really excited about finally reaching this goal.

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Under Contract

I know that I shouldn’t jinx it, but we put in a contract on a house before Kevin left for Canada on March 28th. While he was still in Virginia, I found a phenomenal buyers agent, who just so happens to be a husband and wife team licensed in several states, Virginia being one of them. They met with him the same day I called to talk to them. So our house (which isn’t our dream home or our forever home) is UNDER CONTRACT! EKKKK!

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It was such a pain in the ass. I had to print, sign, scan and email back all the documents, then Kevin had to sign them. We were doing all this stuff over video chat. Kevin and the realtors took me on a tour of the house via Verizon’s HD Video Calling. I love how technology has evolved since I was a kid. So I got to see the whole house without being there. We had originally planned to have them go see two other houses, but one had a contract submitted earlier in the week, the listing just hadn’t updated online. So we were down to two houses to look at. While Kevin was with them discussing the other property we were interested in, they already had shown the property to someone recently and said that the house had a musty odor. Now those that don’t know, Kevin worked for a general construction company doing home remodeling. So he knows without even going to the house that there was potential mold issues with the 2nd property we were interested in. SO … they just went ahead and looked at our 1st choice in houses and we decided that it would be best for us to go with the first house. Great location, great schools, close to Kevin’s office (within his 30 mile travel allowance for work). We’ll be close enough to travel and see both of our families within 2 hours; depending upon traffic of course. Ugh, we just moved from the NoVA area almost 2 years ago and now we’re heading back there willingly. It seems like we can’t stay away from Virginia. Ha ha ha.

The house needs a little bit of work, nothing that Kevin, the kids and I can’t handle. Mostly some drywall work, some trim work, and could use some new appliances. We’ll have a yard. In fact we have enough land to have a small veggie and fruit “garden”, plus the property already has a flower garden near the front of the house. I think we’re going to have a raised fruit bed and a raised garden for potatoes. If anyone knows me, they know the way to my heart is potatoes. I love mashed, fries, hash browns, baked potatoes, au gratin potatoes, etc. Having my own potato garden will be nice. It will save us a little bit of money in the long run and we’ll have fun teaching the kids how to grow their own food.

Now obviously, nothing is set in stone yet as we haven’t gone to closing. Just putting this out there, that we have a house under contract it all makes me extremely anxious. Financially we are all good to go, just continuing to do what we’ve been doing. Paying off and/or down credit cards, our personal loan, my student loans and then putting money in savings. Every little bit helps.

Five years ago, I never would have thought our lives would have changed so much in such a short period of time. Kevin and I are about to celebrate our 5th Wedding Anniversary (most likely via Skype as he’ll still be in Canada) in TWO DAYS! Holy cow where has the last 5 years gone. It feels like yesterday when I married my best friend. In that 5 year time frame, we have had two kids together, his military career was cut short due to budget cuts and troop draw down, he took the first job he could get regardless of the fact that it paid 52% less than his military pay (including his BAH). Now Kevin’s got his dream job, we’re getting ready to close on a house this Spring/Summer. The kids finish up school here in May, so we plan on trying to close on the house before the next school year starts, just getting Kevin the time off to help me pack and move our things is going to be the hard part. We’ve just got to keep our fingers crossed and not do anything stupid…like go out and apply for new credit cards, car loans, or anything like that.

I’ve been so anxious about this house being under contract that when I got the email notification that the house we put in the contract for was now under contract, my heart sank. Ha ha ha. It took me a minute to realize that it was us. I was just so stressed out and it was a momentary lapse of mental clarity, or maybe I just needed more sleep. I found it funny and when I told Kevin, he laughed at me. So I guess it was a “blonde moment”.

I used to say that life was always good, even when things were bad. Why? Because I felt that if I continued to remain positive that things would get better. Life really has been good the last 5 months and it’s just getting better.

Please keep checking back for updates. I know that in the future we’ll (Kevin and I) will be posting some DIY videos or just vlogs on our vlog channel. It will obviously take a few months for us to get to that point. We scheduled closing for sometime in June to give us time to pack and move the things we have here with us, but that could change. We may try to move it up a little bit, especially since the kids are almost done with this school year.

Well I’ve got some cleaning to do. I’m also going to start purging kids clothes that don’t fit or we just don’t need. No need to keep things that aren’t useful for our family. Who knows maybe I can sell the items on eBay to make a few bucks to put towards credit card bills. Anything to put us in a better financial situation!

Please keep your fingers crossed for us, we’re finally moving forward with our lives. It took a little longer than expect to get back on our feet, but we’re thankful for the people who have helped us along the way.

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