august goals

Hello everyone! I haven’t forgotten about this little blog – but between my trip to Iceland (!!) and all the stress of getting back in to the groove of thing, blogging hasn’t been priority number one. However, it’s time for me to get back on track! Here are my (late) August goals!

1.)    Put all books that I am not interested in on the Amazon marketplace. This is a carryover from last month, but it is something that I really want to accomplish!

2.)    Try a weird, foreign food in Iceland. I’ve already come back from Iceland, so I already know if this has been fulfilled or not. But I won’t spoil it for you 😉

3.)    Run for 10 minutes without stopping. I’m working on it! I’m halfway there so far!  

4.)    Pay for wedding expenses out of savings. A coworker is getting married to his long-time sweetheart on September 1st. I have put a little bit of money aside for them, but my goal is to keep all of my wedding-related expenses within the money I already have saved! I tend to go a little crazy with gift-giving, and I am pretty tight with my coworker. I want to do something nice for him and his bride-to-be, but I also want to keep it within reason.

5.)    Decide on another trip to start planning. It may seem silly to start planning already, but if I don’t have a goal in front of me, I tend to get lazy with my savings! Having a goal in front of me makes it much easier to dedicate myself towards putting money away every month (instead of deciding that this month, my travel savings should go to something more frivolous!).

 

I can’t wait to catch up on what everyone else has been up to!

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july goals recap

How did I do in July?

July was a crazy, crazy, hectic, super fun/super stressful month. I feel like all things considered, I did a good job keeping it together  financially!

1.) Make it to Week 4 of the Couch to 5k program. SUCCESS! Made it through Week 4 just in time to leave for Iceland. We’ll see how I do once I come home after having had a 12 day break, but I did it! If I can keep up this pace, I will be ready for the 5k!

2.) Save another $150 for my trip before I leave. SUCCESS! I’m also really glad I did this one, because one of my travel buddies and I snagged a NYC hotel room on Groupon at a ridiculously discounted rate, and the extra that I saved covered it! Yay for savings!

3.) Go through my bookshelves and put any unused/unwanted books on Amazon to sell. FAIL. I wanted to make this happen so bad! I thought about it at multiple times during the month, but I never made time to do it. This one is carrying over until August, maybe September (fingers crossed! I have a busy season ahead of me!).

4.) Attend one free community event. SUCCESS! One Thursday a month, my town does a sidewalk arts stroll on the same night that they do the farmers market. This year for the first time ever, food trucks were allowed to come out. There were artists, musicians, farmers, and food trucks all in one night! It was awesome. My fella and I even ended up on the news for being one of the first people at the cupcake truck! What can I say, fat people problems 😉

5.) Make smarter produce choices! SUCCESS! I managed to reduce, although not eliminate most of my produce waste. This meant planning ahead and picking produce that was versatile enough that I could use it up, but still remain cost-effective. It was really difficult, because this time of the year our area gets AWESOME produce! Somehow, I resisted and only bought what I needed instead of getting crazy with it. Now if I can just make that a pattern and not get tempted  by local peaches…

Did you meet your goals in July?