This post contains affiliate links.  I forget how busy it gets at the end of the year! Life has been so full of good things. The girls are competing in a tech competition, so they’ve been busy working with teammates to make Rube Goldberg machines and build a cardboard boat. They’re learning so much, but building these things take many hours. Plus, we drove 6 hours to pick up their cousin so she could join them for prom last night. The girls had a great time.

I’m looking forward to getting through the next two weeks when life will be quite a bit quieter. So, I’ll be honest, very little progress was made on my goals. However, that’s the nice part of breaking my goals into small six-week stints. I may not achieve my goals this six-weeks, but there are many more six weeks to go in the year! Here’s my goals update for the week:

Path through a green forest. Overlayed is "My Goals for 2024: The Third 6 Weeks"


Health Goals

Eat My Meals 3 Hours Apart

Did not happen. Life’s been hectic, and that often means following my protocol takes a back seat. Ugh. Mom needs to put mom first. 😉


I have two goals for exercise:

Walk at Least One Mile a Day 5x a Week

No. I did something to my left knee, and it hurts all.the.time. Plus, it’s swollen. I went to the doctor, and she suggested wearing a knee brace, which I’ve been doing for about three days now, but so far, not much progress on feeling better and reducing the swelling.

Lift Weights Four Times a Week and Do Yoga Five Times a Week

Woman sitting cross-legged turned to one side doing yoga.
Photo by Dane Wetton on Unsplash

No. Knee situation.

Meal Prep 4 out of the Next 6 Weeks

No. We’ve been flying by the seat of our pants here when it comes to meals. We usually buy one Green Chef box a year as a treat, but recently, we’ve bought two in a three week period just so we have an easier time eating at home rather than going out to eat. 3/6 done.

Learning Japanese

PB & J Girl and I attempted to learn Japanese on our own this year using Japanese Pod 101 and watching videos on YouTube. My husband and I want to enroll her in an online Japanese II class next year, so we need to make sure she’s caught up with what the students learned in Japanese I. She’s in a good place with her learning, but we do need to amp these up from now until September. Here is my plan to amp up my own learning:

Listen to Japanese for 1,000 Minutes

Picture of Mt. Fuji and a temple in the foreground
Photo by Manuel Cosentino on Unsplash

No. This has been on the back burner for both of us while we try to get through their tech team work.

Like last time, I plan to listen to Japanese music in the background when I work, listen to Japanese practices, and watch the news and videos in Japanese.

Study Japanese for 30 Minutes 5x a Week

No. My goal is 150 minutes a week, and I have studied 402 minutes for this six weeks.

(We’re using Japanese Pod 101, watching videos on YouTube, and studying with PB & J Girl’s new textbook and workbook.)

Homeschool Goals

Last year I planned out all of PB & J Girl’s assignments in the summer so I didn’t have to do it during the school year. That’s what I plan to do this year, but I have less time since my hours increased at work, so I need to get started earlier.

Plan Out Her Entire Geography Course & Work

No progress. I’ve planned 15 weeks of her geography so far.

Complete the Girls’ Quarterly Reports & Submit

Accomplished! Now I don’t need to worry about this again until the end of June. (Four times a year I have to spend a few hours completing each girl’s quarterly report to submit to our local school district.)

Read 2 Books

1 Completed. I finished this book my husband got me for Christmas. Through most of the book, I didn’t know what to think, but in the last third of the book, it tied together nicely, and now I want to read it again!

Complete 5 Biology Labs

2 out of 5 completed. I spent 2.5 hours two weeks ago planning out all of the labs she missed earlier in the year and the labs still due in the upcoming weeks. I ordered all the supplies, and about half of them have come. She has done two labs so far, only about 16 more to go, lol.

Financial Goals

Only one financial goal for this six weeks:

Don’t Spend Any More than $2,000 on Groceries

Eating Healthy Gluten Free Dairy Free Food on a Budget

No idea. I haven’t had time to do the budget and figure out how much I’ve spent. My guess is too much, lol.

I need to make sure this goal happens this six weeks because we WAY overspent in March.

How are you doing on your goals for 2024?

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