The first day of the month seems like as good as any to write a Resolutions 2014 check-in post. I wanted to put this post up earlier in the week to coincide with an actual milestone, but it just didn’t happen. (More on that in a moment.)
Let me remind you of my goals/resolutions for the year of 2014:
pay off credit card debt by end of year
look into student loans
future planning with teaching–
check out options/other schools
drink more water (6 eight ounce glasses, per day.)
work out (3x’s per week. Cardio and weights)
lose 4 lbs. by 2/27/2014
Brush teeth/ remove makeup nightly before bed
blog- regular posting, organization, ad revenue
read 12 books
sew/make stuff (3 useable items by end of year)
First up, Finances/Work. This category is one that abides by the adage, “slow and steady wins the race.” Each month, I pour anywhere from $900-$1,000 into my debts of student loan, credit card, and car. That seems like a lot, but sometimes is barely seems like a drop in the bucket when I see that my debt owed is hovering around $40,000! Two months ago, I (kinda) started the 7 Baby Steps to Beat Debt and Build Wealth by Dave Ramsey. It was easy because I already had step 1 done. Step 2 is paying off debts starting with the smallest one first, regardless of interest rate. This is quite a departure from normal financial advice that tells you to tackle the highest interest rate debt first and then go from there.
But, Ramsey’s approach makes sense because sometimes you need a “WIN” to make it feel worthwhile. And, by going after the smallest debt first, that win comes quickly and helps to keep you committed. Plus, it eliminates one monthly payment which can make things feel more streamlined and less stressful. My first win won’t be my credit card, but will actually be my car payment. And, I’m o.k. with that. My credit card has a very low interest rate. Plus, after I payoff my car, it will be a very short time before that car payment amount + my normal payment on my c.c allow me to pay it off.
Because the Fall semester begins at the end of this month, I probably won’t be teaching at any other schools besides my current one. I didn’t really look into positions at other schools as much as I wanted to because the application process is pretty intense and I always get hung up on letters of recommendation. I need to cultivate a professional relationship with someone who can provide me a letter for my teaching/classroom abilities. What I do want to accomplish, is scheduling a meeting with my department chair to discuss the future opportunities for me at my current location. I think that could be very beneficial. Also, it will help give me some goals and items to work towards.
The goals for the Health/Well Being category always seem to be the same! But, that’s o.k. Some things happen over time, while others are one and done. On a daily basis, I do try to focus on drinking water. I do not count the glasses of water that I consume like I once did, but after a cup of coffee (or 2) in the morning I try to switch to water. Also, when I am out at a restaurant I always ask for a glass of water in addition to any cocktail or wine that I get. With meals at home, water is the primary drink. Sometimes there is wine, too. As long as I keep this as a goal and work towards drinking water, all goes well.
Since I last updated you here, I have been doing well with working out. From approximately, March-May (90 days) I had only worked out 18 times. But, I have dramatically improved upon that! From May 19-July 31 (75 days), I have worked out 44 times! Although, as I write this I haven’t worked out in the last 4 days. That is mostly due to my crazy work schedule and just needing a bit of a break from the gym. But, I haven’t given up! In addition to working out—cardio and weights, I have also been doing really well at watching what I eat and using myfitnesspal.com to log it and count my calories. I’ve been eating 1,400 calories per day for about 14 weeks. Earlier this week, I hit a 100 day streak of logging in and tracking what I eat. I’ve been watching my calories for a while now, but I just got real with my workout schedule and weight routine about 10 weeks ago. But, I’M DOING IT! Every day is a new challenge and there are lots of obstacles, but it has been working.
I’ve lost about 6 lbs. give or take, depending on what two days that you compare, and I’m extremely happy. Now, I am getting to the point where I am starting to work on toning my muscles and sculpting my body. I just want to continue to make this a lifestyle change and not something that I do for two months and then stop, then start again when I gain back a few pounds. I do want to re-vamp the weight routine that I was using, though. I’m going to shift focus away from cardio and towards weights. I may also raise my calories per day, but I’m a bit scared to do that since I’m going to cut cardio. I’ll have to play with it a bit to see what I need to still get results!
Lastly, is the idea of washing my face and brushing my teeth. I just can’t. I wish that I could, but I can’t. I guess that this will have to be something that I work up to.
In my Misc. category, I have been kind of hit or miss. I thought that I would spend the Summer doing a lot more things than I actually have! I did go to lunch with a co-worker/friend yesterday, so I feel pretty good about that and the idea of cultivating friendships.
We had the big trip to Vegas planned for the end of Summer, but that looks like it is officially off. There were a few times when it looked like it was going to be cancelled, but then it was o.k. And now, since the travel date is just a few weeks away and we haven’t made any arrangements for flight or hotel, it is most certainly off and I don’t want to talk about it. I will be traveling to Buffalo, NY for work– if that counts as “travel.”
I have been spending some time reading over the Summer, and I just posted in my Book Report my thoughts on my last read book. I am on par to make, and possibly exceed the goal of 12 books for 2014. We shall see. In addition to reading, I have also been spending time sewing. I hemmed another pair of jeans for work a few weeks ago, and I posted about completing my first project, a flowered skirt. I am in the process of making another skirt with the same pattern, using those adjustments that I mentioned. I’ve cut out the fabric and all I have left to do is stitch it up. But, I set up my sewing machine on the dining room table, so I need a few hours where I can work on it uninterrupted and that has been hard to come by lately.
Perhaps the greatest strides that I have made in this category have been with the blog, and my “brand.” You may have noticed, that I updated the Site Map in the left-hand navigation pane sometime last month. I had been posting some new categories and wanted the navigation to reflect that. Also, some old categories had become obsolete and I saw no reason to let them take up space. I also added buttons to help you find and contact Teach in Style on other social media sites like Facebook, Twitter, Google+, Pinterest, and e-mail. Lastly, there’s that little youtube channel that I created
to indulge my desire to play with hair and makeup tutorials. I hope that you are enjoying the changes and upgrades that I make to the site. If you want to help me continue to build my brand and add/upgrade the equipment that I use, please consider making a donation to me!
I think that about covers it! Here are my new goals as we slide into the final bit of 2014:
Pay off car by end of year
Work through Ramsey’s 7 Baby Steps
Future Planning–schedule meeting with Dept. Chair
Work out 3x’s per week (cardio/weights)
Keep off lost weight/tone and trim
Sew 2 of 3 items
Thanks for reading!