Thursday, July 1, 2010

June Recap/July Goals

June Goals
 1. Pick officiant, identify flowers I want, get final quote from baker, find place to alter dress (which also means picking shoes), order invitations, call state clerk's office to verify requirements and figure out if I need to make an extra trip there to apply for the license. Mostly done -- officiant is hired, I sent flower inspiration ideas to the florist, invitations are in and I verified what I need to do for the marriage license. I did not remotely get around to getting my dress altered.

2. Finish thesis. Woo hoo! I've sent my final draft to some friends in the publishing industry for review, and so far everything is positive. Nitpicky things to fix, which means that on the whole, it's really good. I'll spend this weekend polishing and submit next week. WOOOOOO HOOOOOOO!!!!!

3. Declutter! Yes! We sold almost everything we wanted to and made nearly $300 for junk that wasn't being used. Awesome.

4. Go shopping without spending any money. Registries are set up.

5. Try to chill out. Pretty good. I've gotten mostly caught up at work and am feeling more confident about staying caught up. It's rough having a job that's enough work for two people.

July Goals
1. Get dress altered, send invitations, finalize flowers and ceremony, start thinking about centerpieces, book travel for wedding, have budget discussion with mom. My mother indicated on the phone last night that she wants to pay for the wedding. Now, I've tried to have that conversation with her at least twice and she wouldn't talk to me about it. Also, her money can come with strings attached. I'm not sure how this is going to play out, but I'm very happy that she's willing to help, and it'll mean student loans get paid off that much faster.

2. Be more present. I've been trying to be more in the moment in everything I do -- at work, not checking email every five seconds; at home, paying attention to Peanut and not being distracted by the internet; at yoga or dance, focusing on breath and movement rather than what else is going on.

3. Turn in thesis, get A, submit paperwork for tuition reimbursement. So the first part of that is a gimmee, since it's due on Thursday, but the rest is something I've got control over, right?

4. Try one new recipe each weekend. Peanut and I have been having fun trying new one dish recipes, and I want to keep it up!

5. Read and get rid of books. In our decluttering last month, we identified over 150 books to get rid of, and it was easily less than a third of our collection. We sold a lot of them to someone who has an Amazon store, but there are still a lot left, and even more bookshelves full of books I need to READ before we get rid of. I'd like to start blowing through that To Read pile and fill up the Giveaway bookshelf again.

6. Bonus, since #3 is kind of a cheat -- have someone over for dinner. Peanut and I have been talking about inviting over the neighbors or some friends -- trying to be a little more social in our home. I feel awkward about that, like our place is not so nice or I'm not a good hostess or something. I want to get over it.

7. Bonus #2, since I just thought of it -- get up a little earlier. Peanut has been getting up early to go running. I would like to get up earlier and do a 20 minute yoga practice before facing the day. It's so hard...but I did it this morning and there's no doubt my day went better.

Not-so-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. My loans are currently at $19,568.48. My first payment is due in approximately one month.
3. Give to charity. I have a Goodwill donation pile that I need to take in.
4. Finish graduate school while maintaining a 3.86 GPA and turn in my thesis early.Final being turned in this week!
5. Read more than 100 books. Totally on schedule for this.
6. Cultivate a more positive attitude. Doing better this month...
7. Take the stairs whenever possible. ...but not so much on this.
8. Seven minutes of yoga per day. I quit this in February or March in favor of weekly yoga classes. I love them. If I get to getting up earlier and doing 20 minutes in the morning, I'd totally meet this goal.
9. Develop a regular posting schedule for my "real name" blog. Still not updating that one anymore. My stalker ex freaked me out too much by retweeting my posts. I'm debating canceling the domain name and getting a refund for now.
10. Make less of an impact. Taking cloth bags more often -- we actually started to get very low on plastic bags, which we use for garbage bags. I'm also making sure to wash my grocery bags now!

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