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Hey, Hey, Hey: It’s May!

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It’s May!  I don’t know why I find that so exciting, but I do.  Perhaps it’s because I have a break on the horizon, the weather is mostly warm and mild, the flowers and trees are blooming, and things are going well.

The end of the Spring semester is both a boon and a curse.  It’s a blessing because who doesn’t love time off from work?  Especially in the Summer when there are books to read and pools to enjoy?  The flip side of that equation is that when I am not teaching I am not getting paid for teaching.  Funny how that works, isn’t it?  Luckily, I have my 2nd job– bartending to fall back on but it can introduce some stress over the cash flow.  I have to be very mindful of the budget and that means that I can’t just go out with my friends, see every new Summer blockbuster movie, attend endless concerts and festivals, so on and so forth.  I have the time just not the money!  And when I have the money, I don’t have the time.  Isn’t that the plot of The Gift of the Magi?

I digress.

Let’s talk about my progress (or lack of) on my New Year’s Resolutions for 2015. Here are the goals:

Health/Well Being

  • Lose 7 lbs. by 3/9/2015 (9 weeks) by following the South Beach Diet
  • workout (3x’s per week–cardio and weights)
  • Be more active
  • Brush and floss more often

I did not lose those 7 lbs and it might be because I also didn’t manage to start working out.  I am making a conscious effort to be more active, though.  Since my last update post on 4-3 I have hit my 10,000 step goal 23 of 28 days.  That’s a win in my book!  I am also making a re-commitment to brushing and flossing.  Now that I have a good thing going with the nightly brushing I want to add flossing into the mix.  Since the Spring semester is ending shortly I feel confident that I can start a workout program and get my weight back under control.

Finances/Work

  • Continue with debt reduction plan: eliminate credit card debt by 5/2015
  • Continue to pay on student loans
  • Retirement planning/savings

This is probably my best category as far as progress goes.  This month I will be making the last payment on my credit card.  I will continue to pay down my student loans and the retirement plan and savings is all set up to happen automatically which is great!

Misc.

  • Travel more/ Go skydiving
  • Blog– continue to improve– update theme, better back-end organization, ad revenue (equal or exceed ad revenue earnings for 2014)
  • Read 12 books
  • Improve sewing skills (attend a class at Jo Ann Fabric (?), make 3 useable/wearable items)
  • Continue to improve my Youtube channel and post more frequently– a minimum of 2 video’s per month, ideally 3-4

I have a weekend trip planned for this month so that takes care of the travel.  I am hoping that I can make some changes to the blog now that I will have more time to work on things, but I’ve said that in the past and nothing ever came of it!  Also, I am looking forward to reading more.  I am a book behind, so I need to catch up.  I also need to get started on the sewing goal because I haven’t touched my sewing machine once this year.  I am doing o.k. with Youtube.  I did manage to post 3 video’s this month which makes me happy.

Here are the new/revised goals:

Health/Well-Being

  • lose 6 lbs. by Father’s Day
  • fitness routine (something regimented)
  • hit 10,000 steps 5 of 7 days each week
  • brush AND floss nightly

Finances:

  • Pay off c.c. 5/2015
  • continue paying student loans
  • continue adding to retirement/savings

Misc:

  • Improve blog– faster loading, tagging pictures
  • read 12 books
  • sew
  • post 3 YouTube videos per month

I guess they are pretty much the same goals.  Just re-committing!

-Carla

 

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