Sunday, August 1, 2010

July Recap/August Goals

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. Dress is with seamstress, invitations are sent, ceremony is written, travel is booked, budget was discussed, have a call with the florist for tomorrow. Still need to book a rental car, make one tweak to the ceremony, and determine centerpieces. Also, I want to finalize all the little reception details -- do we want a card box? Scrapbook? Stuff for kids to do?

2. Be more present. Umm....I think I forgot about this. I really overbooked myself toward the end of the month and this last week has been exhausting.

3. Turn in thesis, get A, submit paperwork for tuition reimbursement. Done and done. I should get the reimbursement in August.

4. Try one new recipe each weekend. Pretty good. We'll do another one tonight.

5. Read and get rid of books. Doing well! I've been reading three or four books a week.

6. Bonus, since #3 is kind of a cheat -- have someone over for dinner. My brother came over for dinner on Friday. It's been mostly too hot--we don't have air conditioning in the common areas of the apartment.

7. Bonus #2, since I just thought of it -- get up a little earlier. Doing well! I'm not actually doing yoga in the mornings, but I have been getting up twenty minutes earlier which helps me feel less rushed.

August Goals

1. Put together a trip to the Renaissance Faire. This will require a lot of coordination and renting a vehicle, but I really want to do it. 
2. Research private student loan consolidation. Once again showing how little I know about student loans, I've been only looking at consolidating with the government program that originally made my loans. A friend told me yesterday that I should be looking at private banks like Chase and Bank of America -- she recently got a 2.8% interest rate on the same loans that I'm paying 6.8% for. 

3. Take it down a notch. I've been really social in July which was bad for my wallet and for my stamina. I need time to recover and I haven't taken it. We have a few things already planned (plus that Renn Faire trip) but other than that, I want to take it easy. 
4. Sun salutations. I can't seem to get it together enough to do a yoga video or anything in the mornings, but I could do a series that I already know without any excuses. 

5. Get the trivial wedding details out of the way. Centerpieces, the bits of the ceremony that need to be addressed, any last DIY stuff. I can't wait -- just a few more weeks and I won't have to care about weddings anymore!
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. I made my first payment of $4,000--not a bad start for a ~$20,000 debt.
3. Give to charity. I have a Goodwill donation pile that I STILL need to take in.
4. Finish graduate school while maintaining a 3.86 GPA and turn in my thesis early. Done--maybe! Now I need to change it to "Resolve stupid class situation with stupid school".
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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