January 18th: Create an Amazon Wishlist

Since buying my house I always seem to go to Target or Walmart or some other store where I can get home goods, plants and home necessities. Often, however, I forget what I actually need or would like to make my house complete.

So today, I sat in my house (still sick 🤢), and looked around, thinking of what I want or need. Slowly, I made a short list and found things on Amazon that I prefer.

I do not use Amazon often, usually just to buy gifts for others, but I do think this is a great way to get my thoughts together and maybe put a budget together to start getting some of this stuff.

You can check out my list here. If you have suggestions of things to add or things that are like the items I have but better or cheaper, I’m all ears.

My social media positivity today was:

“A creative man is motivated by the desire to achieve, not by the desire to beat others.”

Ayn Rand

January 8th: Make a Shopping List and ONLY Buy What is on It

This may not sound difficult to most people. Or maybe it sounds really hard. But making a plan and sticking to it can sometimes be had. I can attest to that with the failure of my 365 Things List in 2017. But let’s not talk about that right now, since today is day EIGHT and I am attempting to keep going strong!

So today, I researched some recipes I like, wrote down all the ingredients, thought about some other snacks I enjoy or typically eat, and made a grocery list! Then off to the store I went and wouldn’t you know… I just got what was on the list. Of course, I came across stuff every so often and thought, “well, I would like to have that”. But I stayed the course and made myself just get what was on the list.

Often with these tasks, I research the benefits and there are usually long lists or lengthy articles, like this one from the HuffPost: Grocery List, Supermarket discussing all aspects of the act. Pinterest even has a whole section of “Supermarket Lists” that you can download. So there are plenty of resources to help you long the way. All I have to say about this simple task is:

The benefits of making a grocery list and sticking to it:

  1. Saves you time.

  2. Saves you money.

  3. Keeps you on track for dietary goals.

It is that simple. And simple it was. What an easy, but beneficial thing to do!

P.S. I found the featured image on Google and that was by far my favorite… all the essentials, FRUIT-BREAD-MILK-WINE-SUGAR-BUTTER!

June 6th: Thrift Shop

Well, the mini-vacation is over and I am back to reality. My work week starts up again tomorrow and the rest is the week will be quite a doozie, with lots of work.

When I got back today I thought a relaxing way to spend the day would be to Thrift Shop. It doesn’t take that much effort, doesn’t cost anything (unless you buy things but never expensive), and it is relaxing.

I did in fact buy a couple things. I couldn’t  resist.

A new pot for plants, since I am no obsessed with plants. It was $2.99!


I also got this random book, which will hopefully inspire me to travel to some awesome places. It was $3.99!


A simple check off of the list today, but well deserved I think, after the last few days.

On a side note, I finally finished The Red Tent, the third book checked off my list from earlier this year. I highly recommend it to any and every woman. I started Big Little Lies, which already is a complete 180, but I think I will enjoy it in a very different way.

I also started my 4th (of 8) scarves for my nieces and nephews:


Hopefully, I can finish that one quickly because if I am going to have all of them done by Christmas, that is coming up quick!

May 6th: Go Shopping just to Shop

Ask any of my three sisters… my mom… my dad… even my brother… I don’t shop. When I do, it is to get something specific and get out.

So as part of my things to do for the year, I added Shop just to Shop.

It might seem like a strange thing. And the plan was to spend no money. And I didn’t. I just kept thinking… I could buy this, but if I really needed it I would have planned a shopping day and went and bought it.

I almost felt uncomfortable. Not something I particularly enjoyed… just not enough of a girl I guess…

April 22nd: Buy a New Outfit including Shoes and Accessories 

I am in no way a fashionista. And I don’t buy expensive things. But every once in a while you need some fresh new things to wear. So I bought new top, jeans, shoes, a bra, socks, earrings and even a new scent to wear. It will feel good to go into work one day soon feeling fresh and new.