Friday, April 2, 2010

March Recap/April Goals

March Goals 
1. Set up wedding budget, book location, finalize guest list. Ha ha ha ha ha! I'm so cute. Fail, but not for lack of trying and thinking about it.

2. Budget for trip to Costa Rica. Success!

3. Buy and send a card or gift for birthdays. Done!

4. Take it easy. Not so much. Wedding planning is stressful and I wigged out a couple of times.

5. Perform twice. I performed at a job but not the free performance. I just got too busy.

April Goals
1. Book venue for ceremony/reception. That's ALL I have to do this month in terms of wedding planning. I have a place pretty much picked out and they're holding it for me. I'm doing it all from a distance, so as soon as someone checks it out in real life, I'm putting down the deposit.

2. Keep optional expenses low. This means eating out, toiletries (I've got lots of sample-size stuff I can use up), books/entertainment, etc. I'm not sure yet if it includes skipping Spa Week. The wedding budget is an Issue, and I want to be prepared to pay for the whole thing ourselves, which means saving tons of money for the next six months. 

3. Chill the freak out. Wedding planning has stressed me out to a ridiculous degree (I promise, there's a post coming about this) and I want to focus on what's important and let go of a lot of the crap. That's part of the reason I haven't written off Spa Week--the wedding might benefit much more by me spending $50 on a massage than on centerpieces. In addition to wedding stuff, this goal also serves to warn me against  overcommitting my time.

4. Cook a new dish. My brother made us a delicious Indian potato dish, and Peanut and I discovered "doubles" at a street cart so we are determined to learn how to cook these amazing treats. 

5. Do some decluttering. Spring cleaning is in the air, so I want to get rid of some stuff. I have so many books, and I can probably find some clothes to take to Goodwill. We also have a gigantic spare television sitting in the bedroom (it's a long story) and I'm pretty sure I remember Peanut giving me permission to post it on Craigslist. 

New monthly feature: New Year's Resolution Recap
1. Max out a Roth IRA automatically. Underway!
2. Pay down at least half my student loan debt. I have paid off the unsubsidized loans and interest in full, and I'm putting $250 per month aside for this purpose, which, combined with the additional $5,000 in reimbursement from my job, puts me ahead of schedule. I'm in a grace period until July or so.
3. Give to charity. I didn't do this yet.
4. Finish graduate school while maintaining a 3.86 GPA and turn in my thesis early.  I have seven pages written and plan to do a few more this weekend. The final thesis is 25-30 pages long.
5. Read more than 100 books. Going well!
6. Cultivate a more positive attitude. I didn't do so well on this in March.
7. Take the stairs whenever possible. Pretty much fail.
8. Seven minutes of yoga per day. Last month I changed this to doing yoga at home a few nights a week in addition to going to a class (I decided I hated Dr. Oz's routine because of all the pushups). I don't think it went that well in March, since I'm not sure I remember doing yoga at home a single time. I did get some 5 pound hand weights and I even used them once!
9. Develop a regular posting schedule for my "real name" blog. Success! I've posted a few times on it, although I discovered that my ex-boyfriend (yes, the stalker) has been retweeting some of the posts, which is pretty creepy. I'm ignoring it for now. (I don't think he knows about this blog.)
10. Make less of an impact. I removed a corroded snorkeling mask and a fishhook from the ocean in Costa Rica, but later I lost my sunglasses when I got hit by a wave, so I guess I'm about even there. I'm making a point to recycle paper more at work.

1 comment:

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