The Busy Giffs: 40 in 4 : A New Update

May 13, 2020

40 in 4 : A New Update

With the big changes in my life, I've been able to knock off a few more things!

4. Buy a bicycle.
I'm so excited about this one.  Not only did I buy a spin bike for my room (I miss the gym so much),  but I also going to pick up a simple cruiser bike from Walmart so I can ride down the driveway and up the street with the kids on theirs. 
14. Be debt free, minus student loans and mortgage.
This is so huge and so amazing! Thanks to selling the house, I was able to pay off all of our debts, minus my student loans and the car, but even those payments are more managable now that everythingelse has been paid!
15. Put away a 4 month emergency amount.
Again, thanks to the equity from selling the house, I've been able to tuck away an emergency fund greater than I've had in years.  It's amazing what financial stability can do for your mental health.
20a. Get family photos done with the kids.
With the quarantine, the #FrontPorchProject picked up traction and the kids and I got pictures done on our steps (6 feet apart of course).  I love how they came out!
33-34a. clean up the back yard of our new place.
We've been so so busy this last month, planting flowers and cleaning up the yard.  David has been so helpful coming over and cutting the grass and while we still need someone to come over and remove trees and grade the yard, it's a functioning outdoor space now, complete with a patio set and vegetable garden!
37. Create a real vegetable garden for an entire season/year.
Setting up a garden in the new place was a top priority for Emmalee, so of course it went in quickly! We have strawberries, tomoatoes, snap peas, dill, cilantro, celery, and butter lettuce currently but she wants to add potatoes and carrots soon!

1. Run a 5k
2. Have my palm read.
3. Weekend in the Vineyard with my family.
4. Buy a bicycle.
5. Wear a bikini to the beach, no cover up.
6. Put my toes into the Pacific Ocean.
7. Go back to Disney
8. Go to Universal Studio
9. Get a job in Higher Ed
10. See another Broadway play
11. Fit into a size 8.
12. Travel to Europe, ideally London or Rome.
13. Get another tattoo (or two).
14. Be debt free, minus student loans and mortgage.
15. Put away a 4 month emergency amount.

16. Begin working on an administrator's license or a PhD.
17. Take a photography class.
17. a. Got a nose piercing! I've been talking about it for years and finally did it as a gift to myself for my 33rd birthday!
18. Travel somewhere tropical.
19. Go camping.
20. * Get professional head shots for the blog.
20a. Get family photos done with the kids.
21. * Sew Emma a matching dress for her and her dolls
21. b. Buy a NEW new car! I've never owned a brand new vehicle but after having so many issues with our last car, we decided the extra money on a brand new car (under warranty) was smarter than any other option. 
22. * Consider selling the custom shirts I've been making for the kids...
22.
23. Take a cooking or baking class.
24. Take a cake decorating class.
25. Go to Ireland.
26. Find a local church to belong to/Baptize Tyler.
27. Get out of the minivan.
28. Take a calligraphy class.

29. Participate in Restaurant Week in Boston or Providence.
30. Go to Disney Land.
31. Work on our kitchen: backsplash, new desk, new table...
32. Buy a jacuzzi and redo the back deck.
33. Fence in our yard.
34. Landscape.

33-34a. clean up the back yard of our new place.
35. Finish the basement.
36. Attending the NYC Thanksgiving Day Parade
37. Create a real vegetable garden for an entire season/year.

38. Spend the day at the spa, getting pampered.

38. Take a day after the quarantine and do my hair, brows, nails, and get a tan!
39. Splurge on our 10 year anniversary.
39a. Take the kids on a great vacation.
40. Save $10 for each accomplished task and spend it on something extravagant.


If the world would just be safe enough fr adventures, I could get more done but until then, I'll keep dreaming about the next fun things!

xo, Heather

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