Week 21 – Pre-Vacay Cray Cray

A lot went on this week but I’m through it and FINALLY ON VACATION.

General Health

I was down .2 and I’m amazed. I have been bad about logging and need to work on that shit.

I walked with my friend a few times this week and have not done a whole lot else.

GYM July 2016 – June 2017: 87(as of 5/22) /120 

Be Creative
Lots of struggle with knitting this week – I’m having a hard time with patterns! it’s only knit knit perl perl and I’m struggling. I think I get it for awhile and then I yarn over on accident and still have  a hard time fixing my mistakes.

I was gifted a circle loom and several more skeins of yarn by another friend. SO THANKFUL TO MY LADIES! This is a quick, easy way to make a loose-knit hat.

Financial Goals

Pay Down Some Mortgage
I literally put $10 just to say I did something.

Frugal AF
I worked an event on Wednesday that left me with 5 entrees and several desserts and that became lunch and dinner for a few days! Thus stretching our groceries just a bit more.

I also cleaned someone’s home for some spending cash for my weekend.

Did I mention my friends are amazing and I haven’t had to pay for any craft supplies recently?

Mortgage: $788.65/$1,000

Professional Goals

Continuing Education Credits for Health License
I didn’t do much this week because it was the last week BEFORE VACATION.

Learning About Annuities
We did another one this week!

Blog Goals

A cool article
I don’t have much to say so here’s a cool article I’m reading about how millennials are working with what they have and doing what they need to do to live. Check it out here.

Weekly Updates
I MADE IT TO VACATION SO I GUESS I’LL TELL YOU ABOUT THAT NEXT WEEK!

WEEK 20!

Anyone else trying REALLY hard not to turn on the A/C? We had to cave this week.

General Health

Down 1.8 this week! WHAAAT? WW is WORKING!

I’m really pumped at how well Weight Watchers is working again. I found a really good group and we’re getting into the summer where fruits and veggies are everywhere!

GYM July 2016 – June 2017: 86(as of 5/15) /120 

Be Creative
You may have noticed my cover picture today….I was gifted all of these knitting needles and some stash yarn from a friend who got them from a friend. I LOVE ACCEPTING OTHER PEOPLE’S CRAFT STUFF! I have a pretty good stash started and I haven’t spent any money on it! I finished the scarf and am excited!! After a few attempts at trying to start a hat and the legwarmers….I think I need more help!

Financial Goals

Pay Down Some Mortgage
I threw $50 on that bitch this week.

Frugal AF
I biked to and from work most days last week thus saving myself $14.40 in SEPTA bus fares.

Mortgage: $778.65/$1,000

Professional Goals

Continuing Education Credits for Health License
I breezed through some chapters at work this week but still have a ways to go.

Learning About Annuities
We did another training on Friday!  Woo!

Blog Goals

A new perspective on bloggery
I read an interesting thread on Reddit this week asking how much time people devote to side-hustles. A lot of people said “Zero” and spend the time one would use on side hustles to enrich their full-time careers instead. I think there’s something to be said about that.

Weekly Updates
20 down and I kind of can’t believe it! 32 weeks to go. 1 more week until VACATION.

Week 19 – Blehgh.

General Health

I still managed to lose weight this week – down .4. 5lbs total!

This week was kind of weird – I didn’t go to the gym once.

I lost the StepBet. I am a failure. I got sick and spent an entire day with a migraine and slept so much that I didn’t even hit 5k steps. I cashed out my money and will try again when I find some more cash in my health budget available.

I would really like to get in a StepBet with friends together – would anyone be interested in that?

GYM July 2016 – June 2017: 85(as of 5/5) /120 

Be Creative
I did forget to mention that last weekend I went to the Maryland Sheep and Wool Festival. I pet a lot of sheep and you can see some of the adventures on my instagram.

Financial Goals

Pay Down Some Mortgage
I put $28.65 down this week because that’s really all I had to spare.

Frugal AF
I was able to score some free meals after an event at work this week. I did my best not to spend on food throughout the week and ate a LOT of chicken wraps.

Mortgage: $728.65/$1,000

$271.35 by the end of June? Hmmmmm!!!

Professional Goals

Continuing Education Credits for Health License
I did work on this a little this week but am having a really hard time slogging through that chapter.

Learning About Annuities
We’re not getting far with these and it’s a little annoying. STILL.

Blog Goals

Murrrr….
It’s hard to post when I’m not feeling great or awesome.

Weekly Updates
Barely but I’m doing it

General Health

I was actually down 1.6 last week!! WHAAAT?

I started biking to work and walking home with a friend. Great exercise! The only issue is the dang fitbit doesn’t count as many steps for cycling so the StepBet is becoming a struggle.

This week was a close one for the StepBet – At 9:15pm on Thursday I realized I was still 5,000 away from my base goal so I jogged in place through 2 episodes of Hidden America. I don’t want to have to do this again.

GYM July 2016 – June 2017: 85(as of 5/5) /120 

Be Creative
Went to knitting circle AND A WHOLE DANG SHEEP AND WOOL FESTIVAL!

Financial Goals

Pay Down Some Mortgage
I was unable to do anything with this this week and hope to do something in week 19

Frugal AF
Biking and walking my commute has saved me a week of bus fare!

 

Mortgage: $700/$1,000

$300 by the end of June? Hmmmmm!!!

Professional Goals

Continuing Education Credits for Health License
I did work on this a little this week!

Learning About Annuities
We’re not getting far with these and it’s a little annoying. STILL.

Blog Goals

What Do You Like About This?
I know it needs more and that I have so many ideas…..but sitting down to actually write blog posts is rather exhausting.

Weekly Updates
Hey, we’re here. Woot woot. Remember when people said that? lol.

Week 17 and it’s gonna be….

justin-timberlake-90s
Courtesy of 90’s 411

Sorry…as a product of the 90’s I can’t NOT make this joke.

General Health

Man…when I’m down, I am DOWN. Week 17’s WW mantra was to be kind to yourself and treat yourself as you would a friend on the same journey. I’m hard on myself. I am mad when I don’t accomplish my goals and even more mad when it’s because I am getting in my own way.

I DONATED BLOOD ON WEDNESDAY. So I’ve stayed on track with that side goal holla. I always feel better doing things that are for the greater good even though I hate needles. I was stabbed a total of 6 times last week between birth control, allergy shots, and blood donation.

My diet was a battle as we managed to get 4 boxes of Insomnia Cookies for Administrative Professionals Day (aka my bosses like me more than your bosses like you day) and I have very little control around baked goods. I also ate a LOT of barbecue so I bet weigh in is going to be rough.

Handling this new StepBet well still. 2 weeks down, 4 more to go!

GYM July 2016 – June 2017: 82(as of 4/28) /120 

Well…..at this point I would have to go to the gym every day between now and July 1 so I think I may have to shift this from July 2016 – August 2017 :( I’m going to keep going and keep trucking to do the best I can but it’s not looking great.

Be Creative
I’ve been knitting AND journaling again. I always get to work early so I’ve just been jotting a few lines down before work hubbub starts. It feels good to try.

I’m still reading “The Subtle Art of Not Giving a Fuck” by Mark Manson and loving it.

I’ve also taken to listening to podcasts instead of music at work and I’m finding it helpful. Personal finance, comedy, and personal growth seem to be my podcast genres.

Financial Goals

Pay Down Some Mortgage
I threw $61.40 in there just to get myself up to an even $700 by the end of April.

Frugal AF
Man, I’m just trying. I slip up here and there on food but at least they’re small. I need to find new breakfast options as I am starting to loathe oatmeal (again) and have fallen prey to the breakfast buffet downstairs because bacon. My budget gets blown one bacon at a time.

I’ve been listening to some personal finance podcasts and find them helpful:

Bad with Money with Gaby Dunn

Radical Personal Finance with Joshua Sheats

Mortgage: $700/$1,000

$300 by the end of June? I hope I can make that work in 2 months!!

Professional Goals

Continuing Education Credits for Health License
I have one more free training with our insurance company and I have not been doing my license stuff. I told you when I’m down I’m DOWN

Learning About Annuities
We’re not getting far with these and it’s a little annoying.

Blog Goals

What Do You Like About This?
Got any feedback? Is there a particular thing you like about my weekly updates? Are they motivating or whiny? Lemme know

Weekly Updates
Doin’ the damn thing.