Well here we are one week into 2017 and I hope it’s going good for everyone. I can’t really complain and don’t have a ton of updates since you know, it’s only been a week but I figured I’d make a short update with how things are going, some thoughts I’ve had and progress made my 2017 goals/plans.

To begin with, this week I made a little headway over making sure where I could put my tiny house out on my parents land. I talked with the electric company to be sure I wasn’t too close to the right of way and that they could still run electric to me without any problem. I also reached out to the Health Dept. to go over what all needed to happen for me to get a septic permit or exemption. My brother thinks he can put it in without me having to get a permit or anything and since he worked for a guy who used to do them, I kind of believe him. However, I prefer to do things by the book most of the time when waste disposal and general environmental rules come into play so I’ll probably hire someone to do it. I also will be doing some clearing of the land where I’ll be putting it and have a friend who has offered to come out and bush-hog and do a little prep work for me so things are slowly coming together. I had hoped to be in the house around March but not real sure if that will happen right now. I may take some time off once I get things prepped and the house delivered to make it a little livable but we’ll see.

If you read my about me then you’ll have seen me mentioning the whole keto thing. I thought I was in the home stretch and building a good habit and close to kicking any sugar/carb addictions and withdrawals I may have had. Well then one day I grabbed a peanut cluster. Then a peanut cluster turned into a dinner at Chilis filled with poor decisions and then that turned into a week of really poor decisions and falling back into old ways. I didn’t go totally overboard but I definitely jumped off the boat in baby-shark infested waters. Are baby sharks as mean as regular sharks? They look adorable but looks can be deceiving….like them damn peanut clusters. So I’ll be prepping new meals and starting again fresh on the 8th when this is posted. I really enjoy this keto thing, I’ve tried several things before but feel deprived and give up and never get back on but doing this I feel great. I’m sure I’ll still make some errors and fall off and that’s okay, things happen but I started this and started 2017 with wanting to actually do more with whatever time I have and to make sure it’s spent wisely so I’ll get back on each time and keep going. A friend gave me a few ideas to reward myself once I hit a milestone so I’ll probably update my 2017 Goal page with those and maybe add or change a few when I think of something else.

As for my no Facebook thing, it’s been a great success. After day 2, I was no longer swiping through my screens trying to look for my Facebook and Messenger icons and honestly I’ve not really missed it. I’ve not stuck to minimizing my YouTube time because I found a few new bands and have been somewhat obsessed and gone down this rabbit hole of amazing-ness. I aint even mad. I did limit my time on Reddit so I don’t get caught looking at stuff all day. I’ll get on a couple times a day for 5 minutes at a time to read a post or two on things like FinancialIndepedence, PersonalFinance, Frugal, Minimalism, and of course TinyHomes then I’m off. I even removed the app from my phone so I’m not tempted. I even convinced my mom who is kind of addicted to Facebook that I’d buy and pay for someone to install a new door in their house since they’ve been wanting one. If she goes two weeks, we’ll split the cost, if she goes a full month then I’ll cover the entire cost of the door, hardware, and a professional to install it for them. She apparently only uses Facebook to keep up with my niece. I should have bet her to stop using FaceTime AND Facebook. I’d win for sure.

Well that about does it. One last thing, I don’t know if I’ll do this every week but sometimes I come across something that really resonates with me whether it be music or a quote or picture, I just become obsessed with it and it sticks with me for awhile. So this week I have a song and a quote that I hope you’ll enjoy.

Song – Mumford & Sons, Baaba Maal – There Will Be Time
Quote – “Raise your words, not your voice. It’s the rain that makes the flowers grow, not the thunder.”

Feel free to share this, several people signed up to get notifications, more than I was expecting honestly haha. I hope your first week was a success and if you made a resolution then hopefully you’ve not gave up and stopped, it’s only been a week :).

-Seth

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