May Goals: “May”-nly Successful?!

Bye-bye, May, and Helloooooo, June!

We’re feeling hot, hot, hot! Someone cranked the thermostat Monday morning, and Waterloo is cooking! I am NOT complaining – heat and humidity make for a very contented Kiki. Let’s hope this is the beginning of Summer in the City!

It’s time to kiss () May 2011 good-bye by reviewing how we did with meeting our goals.

First Goal: Finish reading The Help.


Man, did this come down to the wire. When I put the book away at bedtime on Sunday, May 29th, I was on page 390/444. Two nights to complete 54 more pages. (This is not a book you want to skim read just to finish – it is way too intense and good for shabby treatment). Monday, May 30th: reached page 414 before my eyes closed. I’m surprised I fell asleep – I was at a critical juncture of the story, and my heart was in my throat.

Tuesday May 31st: after completing three loads of laundry, cleaning the house, visiting the dentist – no cavities! – and attending a meeting at the bank, I rewarded myself:

the x-word puzzle lounger turns into the reading chaise

6:15 p.m. – I set the book down, having reached The End. Wow. Happy I accomplished this book goal, but even more content with what a powerful read it was. [Ack! Just had a thought: I bet if i had not read Proverbs, I would have achieved my goal with more time to spare!!]

If you have not yet read The Help, do yourself a favour and please put it on your summer reading list. [The movie comes out in August; I doubt I will go see it. I do not enjoy going to movies after I’ve read the book. I’ll see a movie-cized version of a book if I have not read it, but then I also won’t read the book after that. I should have included this quirk on my movie-going rules ‘n’ regulations].

Second Goal: Knit up the rest of the current ball of yarn…

ball #3...

…for this blanket:

file photo from may 21st

No Problem-o! I ran out of yarn from that ball on May 22nd. And as I dithered about here, I DID start on ball #4. This will be the final ball for this blanket, I promise you. With the four balls knit up, the blanket will be the size I desire.

Third Goal: Compete in Complete the Great May Grocery Challenge

I was seriously freaking out at the beginning of the month – because by May 3rd, I think I had spent well over $100 on groceries. Yikes! I am happy to report that my outrageous spending purchasing madness levelled off quite nicely as the month rolled along (it was all that stashing that was skewing the numbers).

I achieved my goals of being a more informed consumer, of making use of coupons and scouting out sales, and of comparison shopping. When I added up my receipts last eve, the tally-finale was still more $ than I anticipated…I almost made the goal I had mentally set…but yesterday I replenished my stock of:

got my decaf; so sad - the "tribute" blend in the sachets has been discontinued already!

can't have coffee without the stevia!

and, of course…

all my faves - this better last a while

I liked this May grocery game – and that’s the key word: game. I’m going to continue to read the grocery store flyers, stock up when my favourite items are on sale, and be on the look out for coupons. But I’m not going to fanatically drive from store to store to save a couple bucks, nor deny myself what I enjoy just because it’s not on sale. Oh – and I will keep going to the market with Dad when it works out. At the market, there are great deals to be had on produce – grown locally, to boot!

Fourth Goal: Take inspiration from Lululemon and…

This was a super-top-secret goal for May. Each day, I tried to do one thing that would take me out of my comfort zone. I rocked this goal til May 20-something, then I lost a bit of my adventuresome spirit and zeal. I did hit quite a few realms of life, and there were no real disasters. The cool thing was that some days I planned out how I would challenge myself (no blog reading for 24 hours; deal with banking matters on my own), and other days the challenge came to me (deal successfully with an unexpected computer glitch at the store). It was a good experiment which I will not repeat and I’ll do it again never some time. The biggest way in which I can leap outside of my comfort zones is to forego planning, scheduling, writing To Do lists…it’s hard for me to fly by the seat of my pants, and just go with the flow. But I’ll keep working at it. I believe in personal evolution as we go through life; remaining static is boring. We can choose to jump in leaps and bounds or inch forward in small steps – it’s all good.


How’d you do with your own May goals? I can’t believe how fast this month sped by! And it had 31 days! Why does February always draaaggg so much, in comparison?

Tomorrow we look at June!

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Worth Three Minutes of Your Reading Time:

Mennonnite Women Turn Fast Growing Blog Into Successful Cookbook (article in the K-W Record, May 31.2011)

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  • Dorry  On June 1, 2011 at 9:51 pm

    You really rocked your goals in my opinion!I love that you took the Do One Thing A Day That Scares You challenge! It’s hard to get out of your comfort zone day after day. I am going to a Bikram yoga class tomorrow for the 1st time since last July. I’m definitely scared!

    • 1970kikiproject  On June 1, 2011 at 9:55 pm

      oh, thanks, dorry! you know, i was going to link to you because YOU inspired me to take the one thing a day/scary challenge…both because of lululemon and because of a post you wrote in late april-ish. so i thank you. have fun at bikram! i sooo want to try that – it MUST be one of my New Experiences this year, at some point!

  • Zo  On June 1, 2011 at 5:49 pm

    I really like your comfort zones goal and congratulations on all your success. I feel pretty happy with my May goals (and as usual, one was done at the end…but now I have a clean car for the first time since I bought it (almost 10 years ago!)

    • 1970kikiproject  On June 1, 2011 at 9:11 pm

      you just like to add a little drama to goal achievement, zo, by finishing up at the last minute! so funny that this is the FIRST time you’ve cleaned your car…thanks for the chuckle. although, i’ve had mine four years and i don’t think it’s ever seen a vacuum… 🙂

  • janetha @ meals & moves  On June 1, 2011 at 5:38 pm

    I should set some goals! I love hearing about other people’s goals and seeing how they do on them.. always so inspiring! Good May for you!!

  • Johanna B  On June 1, 2011 at 3:14 pm

    My goals aren’t as cut and dried as yours. They’re harder to measure and I tend to focus on one day at a time. I like the way you do it though. It’s what first attracted my to your blog. Looking forward to whatever June holds.

    Read the article. Will check out the blog. We have a large Mennonite community in Kansas.

    • 1970kikiproject  On June 1, 2011 at 3:27 pm

      one day at a time works, too – it’s nice to focus on small chunks of time sometimes. i’ve heard that kansas has a mennon community. i tell you, you can’t beat mennos when it comes to food/feeding a crowd/homemade cooking & baking! i’m excited to share about june tomorrow, too!

  • Averie (LoveVeggiesandYoga)  On June 1, 2011 at 12:21 pm

    thanks for sharing your may recap.

    and i love that you’re into coffee with stevia. me too 🙂

  • Jess  On June 1, 2011 at 11:37 am

    I recently finished The Help, too. It was great!

  • Holly  On June 1, 2011 at 9:16 am

    Cathy you did great on your goals! I agree with you about seeing movies after reading the books — they are never as good — but I see them anyway!

    I did ok with the grocery challenge even though I quit a week early — I’m happy with how we did, and if anything it helps me see that when I put in the time to plan meals and shopping trips, then we save money!

    Feb takes forever because it is sooooo cold 😦

    • 1970kikiproject  On June 1, 2011 at 9:30 am

      holly, it’s thanks to you that i tried my version of the grocery challenge – it’s so impressive that you made it as far as you did! planning ahead totally helps. thank goodness we don’t have to think about february for a while!

  • Gina Unger  On June 1, 2011 at 8:59 am

    Inspiring! Thanks for sharing all. Can’t wait to get my hands on that new cookbook! And here’s hoping that the weekend will still be hot for me when I come to visit! Cross fingers for good weather! 🙂

    • 1970kikiproject  On June 1, 2011 at 9:07 am

      well, the globe and mail weather forecast for the week showed NOTHING but sun for the next seven days so i DO hope it’s like this when you get here!! i thought of you right away when i saw that cookbook article (mostly because i think you could write a fab menno cookbook, too!)

  • Lisa  On June 1, 2011 at 8:54 am

    I just have so many things to say about your post!

    First, I think I’m going to have to jump on the goal setting wagon…you accomplish so much! I must read The Help. I want to—and with my summer schedule I have time! For some reason, all of my “wants” and “needs” for summer To Do list are swimming around stressing me out—-gotta get a hold on that!

    I’m also in love with titling anything in life a “game.” I have these convos with my mom about how perspective is everything…and what if we just saw everything as a game instead of a responsibility? I guess it’s easier when you don’t have crappy jobs and lots of bills to pay (which I don’t have…so what am I waiting for?!). I know you know what I’m saying—you have a job you want and a great life, and you made that happen! I think, specifically, I need to look at money as a game and release some pressure to “make more.”

    On the “do something that scares you” goal…I should work on that…although it scares me to!! haha. Sometimes I just wish I had a buddy to tackle some of those things with. And I also get a mental block about stupid things—like I need to call in my flight info for my disney vacay, and I need to figure out a weird rental car situation for my CA vacay…but I don’t like to talk to people on the phone. My sister always did those things for me (she loved it)! Maybe that’s my goal for today—it scares me 🙂 Thank you for inspiring me Cathy.

    I love the hot humid weather so much—I love sweating! Enjoy—I hope it stay!

    Plus…we have to figure a time for our meetup! Maybe sometime in the beginning-mid of july?

    • 1970kikiproject  On June 1, 2011 at 9:10 am

      thanks for sharing, lisa! yes – get The Help and do read it while you’re on summer schedule – i would love to have a book chat about it with you after! i agree – new challenges are easier if we have a buddy support system…so i’ll virtually stand by while you make phone calls today, ok?! (the phone is my least favourite form of communication, too). just think how good you’ll feel checking that task off the To Do list! early july – let’s look and plan!

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