5 Books I Hope to Finish This Week + 2 Books I Read Last Week

Books I'm Reading This Week

Books I Read Last Week:

Mastering Evernote — I downloaded this book when it was available for free from Amazon. Why? Because people are always singing the praises of Evernote to me and I just can’t get into it. I figured I should read through this book to see if I could be otherwise convinced. Well, instead of convincing me to start using Evernote, it convinced me that my current system is working quite fine.

Nurturing the Soul of Your Family — I disagreed with quite a bit of the underlying beliefs of the author of this book, but was inspired by some of the contents. I especially appreciated the focus on making time to fill up your soul instead of just rushing through life and trying to make it through your to-do list.

Books I Hope to Finish This Week

I Thought It Was Just Me (But It Isn’t) — I’ve had this one started for quite awhile, and it’s good. It’s just deep and it’s taking me awhile to get through!

A Proper Pursuit — I’ve not started this book yet, but am really hoping to finally get this book read this week while we’re traveling!

Addicted to Busy — This was another book that I found when looking for another title and thought it looked like a good read. Have you read it?

You and Me Forever — Multiple readers have said that I MUST read this book, so I’m excited to dive into it!

Me Before You — My friend, Ginger, told me this was one of her very favorite books so I knew I had to read it.

What have you read recently? What are you planning to read this week? Any good book recommendations for me?

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6 Goals For This Week + An Update on Last Week’s Goals

10 Goals For This Week

I’m so thrilled that I actually get to cross a lot of things off my list this week — yay! We’re traveling back to Kansas this week, so I’m going to stick with six goals again to keep it simple and realistic.

Last week’s goals:

Marriage/Mothering/Homemaking Goals

1.  At least 3 days, read aloud with the kids and/or listen to Kathrynne read Sir Bentley.

2. Write a love note to Jesse.

Personal Goals

3. Work on reviewing and memorizing Romans 1 and Romans 2:1-3.

4. Finish at least two books.

5. Run or exercise at least 4 times.

Business Goals

6. Finish chapters 8 and 9 of my book manuscript, start on chapter 10.

This week’s goals:

Marriage/Mothering/Homemaking Goals

1.  Read aloud with the kids and/or listen to Kathrynne read Sir Bentley at least three days.

2. Write a love note to Jesse.

Personal Goals

3. Work on reviewing and memorizing Romans 1 and Romans 2:1-3.

4. Finish at least two books.

5. Run or exercise at least 4 times.

Business Goals

6. Review/do final edits for chapters 1-9 of my book. Work on chapter 10.

How did you do on last week’s goals? What are your goals for this week? I’d love to have you share your progress on last week’s goals and your goals for this coming week in the comments. Of, if you’ve blogged about it, leave your direct link below. Let’s cheer each other on to live purposeful and productive lives! You can download a free customizable weekly goal-planning sheet here.

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Our $2 Weekend Getaway

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Guest post from Asheritah of One Thing Alone

Are you looking for a cheap weekend getaway before the busyness of the holidays sets in? Here’s how my husband and I went on “vacation” for less than $2 and had a blast:

1. We Stayed Local to Save Time and Gas

Although our total vacation cost was less than $2, we originally started with a budget of $250 for a two-night vacation. Even with a $250 budget, we knew would would need to get creative and stay locally.

I asked friends for local recommendations and settled on a nearby national state park. Staying local meant we saved on transportation and maximized our limited time frame. And due to our fuel-efficient Corolla, we got great mileage on our short drive. It’s a win-win.

Total spent on fuel: $14.50 

2. We Searched For Amazing Lodging Deals

During my online search for local vacation destinations, I found a resort offering a free 3-day/2-night stay.

Though I was suspicious at first, I called the number provided and was greeted by a courteous customer service rep who confirmed the deal if I sat through a 2-hour, no-obligation presentation. I agreed!

Total spent on lodging = $0

3. We Packed Our Own Food

The cabin we stayed in had a fully-functional kitchen, complete with fridge, stove, microwave, pots, pans, and dishes.

Since I knew this ahead of time, I packed cold cuts, tomatoes, cereal, milk, and leftovers. We also enjoyed homemade brownies, my mom’s baklava (both of which I packed from home), and ice cream on the ranch as desserts.

Unfortunately, I forgot to pack water, so we ended up paying a premium for two gallons of water. Lesson learned.

Total spent on food = $13

4. We Enjoyed Simple Entertainment

Since we were saving on housing, transportation, and fuel, I wanted to splurge on activities we wouldn’t normally do.

We rented a canoe (which was a first for my husband) and we planned to go horseback riding, but the stable had to cancel for whatever reason. So instead, we hiked the trails, went mountain biking, played ping pong, table pool, Scrabble, watched America’s Ninja Warrior, went star-gazing, and swam in the pool and the lake.

We also had LOTS of good conversations about what we want our lives to look like after we pay off the house. Sometimes it’s good to remember what we’re aiming for so that we can stay on track.

Total spent on activities = $24 

5. We Asked for Extras

Remember earlier, when I call the resort’s customer service number to inquire about the free 3-day/2-night stay? Well, when I was on the phone with them, I asked if there were any additional perks.

They quickly offered to throw in an extra $50 gas card if we attended the presentation that weekend!! Done and done!

Total SAVINGS = $50

After we factored in the FREE $50 gas card, our vacation cost us less than $2!

While it wasn’t the most spectacular getaway we’ve experienced, it definitely was a lot of fun to spend time together without breaking the bank. And it brought us into the homestretch to fulfill our dream of financial independence.

Saving money doesn’t mean depriving yourself of fun experiences. With a little work and a lot of creativity, you can enjoy the best of both worlds: a tight budget AND a great vacation!

Asheritah is a writer, speaker, and blogger who helps overwhelmed women find joy in Jesus through her blog One Thing Alone. There she offers written encouragement, short video devotionals, and beautiful Scripture art. She’d love to share a streusel blueberry muffin and hear your story there.

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