2020 Goals

It’s that time again! Here are my 2020 Goals:


I spent a lot of this year cleaning up my own messes and not progressing on my debt snowballs. I’ve now saved up enough cash in my bank account that I should not need credit cards. I’ve got an emergency fund and a budget! There’s no need to give American Express anymore of my dollars. Also, I have Wells Fargo and the Way2Save program takes $1 out of my checking account and puts it into savings every time I make a debit card purchase – I like to think of this as generating my own rewards which feels safer.

2. $2,000 Citi Loan

I did a balance transfer that charges me 50 cents a month interest – way better than my American Express and student loans! But according to the snowball, this has to go so I can put that monthly payment towards the next debt!

3. $7,000 Student Loan #2 of #4

I’ve decided that I am no longer going to let these bitches rack up interest while waiting for America to do something about the student loan crisis. I’m also less and less confident that I will ever get forgiveness through the IDR program. I have 3 loans left totaling $109,000 and they started at $75,000. I’m sick and tired of paying these minimums and watching the interest stack so I’m going to attack these. I already paid off a $3,500 one a few years ago and now I’m going after the $8,500 one. I put some of my bonus towards this one so we’ve only got $7.000 to go in 2020!

4. Get Under 30% Body Fat

I’m at 32% right now so this should be feasible if I actually stick to eating and fitness guidelines. I ran a 10-miler this year and then injured my hip while adjusting to orthotics so I haven’t been very active since September. I signed up for a personal trainer and plan to do more classes and shit this year.

I’m also doing FWFG Kula’s HOME – 30 Days of Yoga in January….thankfully, it starts tomorrow!

5. Get Some Education

I have talked to my supervisor about some exams I’m interested in taking at work….we’ll see what they have to say. I’m at a good point in my life where I’d like to hunker down and do something difficult that will advance my career again.

6. Fill Some Sketchbooks

I love small sketchbooks and have been journaling in them more and need to continue this trend. It’s good for me! I also love doodling and collages so this should be an easy way to handle creativity.

I can’t promise I’ll update often but I do love going back and seeing how far I’ve come.

7. Do Good Shit

I almost forgot about this one! I just want to do more good shit this year. I want to donate more blood and help dogs and just give more to my community. Always looking for more opportunities!

Oh, Hello.

It is August 13th and a whole lot of things have changed since my last blog post on February 3rd. Holy fuck, a lot has changed.

I got married!


I ran the Broad Street Run! In 2:08. I would like to do it in 2020 in under 2 hours.


I got a promotion! I don’t have a great picture for that so enjoy this one:


I’m back on my health bullshit and back on my debt payoff bullshit. So that has been 2019 so far! Let’s see what the rest brings!

A Sick Week to End January

I ended up getting so ill Tuesday night that I was up all night and stayed home Wednesday with a terrible migraine situation. I’ve been struggling for the last 2 weeks and it finally came to a head. But here we are! Sunday and ready to go!

Things I’m working on right now…

  • Gritty Legwarmers for Running of the Grittys – Date TBD
  • Sockhead Slough Hat – I keep this project at work mainly but brought it home to do over the Super Bowl
  • Empowering the Painter – only weekly in class right now….I need to clean my creative space to do more.
  • Broad Street Run training – yeah….I am going to run 10 miles in May! I can already run 4 miles in about an hour in the beginning of February and my trainer is confident I can handle it (so far…we shall continue to see how my body does!

Also…recently I got a P.O. Box! Want to send mail? E-mail me at thetealappeal@gmail.com with the subject MAIL BUDDIES!! and I will send you my P.O. Box. If you give me your address I will send you a lil’ somethin’ :)


Empowering the Painter – Week 3

Yes – that is huge. But I enjoy enlarging these pictures and going into the nitty gritty and maybe you do too? If it’s annoying please let me know!!

This was my palate and at the end I just played with it and used most of my paint. I enjoy finishing out a class this way. So I glossed a few more canvas boards for tomorrow!

I even threw in a little texture this time. Sometimes I enjoy things that require a little more problem solving.


Empowering the Painter – Week 2

2019-01-16-21.08.48.jpgI was able to knock out a few interesting things this class! The middle piece is something that I started in the last round of Empowering the Painter and brought it back to continue to work through. Lots of problem solving!

My local craft group is having a round of art & craft supply swaps this weekend and I LOVE picking up canvases from these events!! I often get pieces that are half-painted already or even a full piece and I get to enhance on renew and I love that feeling. We’ll see how these go next week!


Empowering the Painter 2019 has Begun!

I’m taking another round of classes at Fleisher Art Memorial  and already excited about my first round!

My instructor told me to use canvas board or paper for my palette and I’m super into the results.

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And that’s just the palette – not even the paintings that I started. We shall see what comes next!

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What Did I Do in 2018?

I did a lot of creative stuff in 2018!


I did a few projects – several hats. 2 pairs of leg warmers, and some scarves and cowls. The one I created in the featured photo is a mix of handspun from a friend and a black speckled acrylic – all yarn and the needles were obtained at a free craft swap!

Yarn Dying

My bestied @snitchingonstitches and I did so much yarn dying this summer with so many friends all over the east coast! This isn’t even all of them.

Oil Painting

I took a wonderful class at Fleisher that really opened up my creative paths.

Card Stamping

A fun project  with some of my thicker paintings

Acrylic Painting

I took an abstract painting class and used acrylic paints for the first time! Once I blow through the rest of my oil paints I think I’m going to switch to acrylic and stay there. It’s more cost effective and safe.

So I had a jam-packed year! My personal and professional lives also had a lot of positive shifts. I hope everyone else had a fair 2018 and are ramping up for an awesome 2019!

It's hot.

When Huge Expenses Arrive

Okay….so as I mentioned in my last weekly update….my HVAC system took a huge poop last week. So. I have a Big Hairy Expense Goal coming up. I BHEG if you will instead of a BHAG for those familiar with business planning.

Estimated Cost: Between $6,000 – $10,000

Here is what I’m doing to make this as easy as possible:

My boyfriend freelances and has been available this week to have 4 different companies come to look at our system and quote replacing the gas furnace and A/C. He was also kind enough to do a BUNCH of research to help me understand what these dudes are talking about and what I’ll be paying for.

We’ve been taking two box fans back and forth between the living room and bedroom. Unfortunately, there’s also construction on our block so we can’t keep the front windows open. A friend is kindly lending us a window unit so we can wait out the 2+ weeks we may be waiting for installation. This will keep us comfortable at home and less likely to seek out other places that will make us spend money!

So far I’ve cancelled my Bennett compost service, Spotify, and Amazon Prime. My cell phone will be paid off in my next bill so that should go down. We aren’t running a 25 year old inefficient air conditioning unit so that is saving expenses….though I’m not sure that’s saving when we’re running box fans 24/7.

One expense I’m not cutting? The $15/month gym membership. I’ve been going more and showering there to conserve at the house and make it less hot.

I am paying $10 for a 10×10 space at the DiSilvestro Craft & Flea Market on Saturday from 11am through 4pm. I’ve got lots of sewing, quilting, and scrapbooking supplies that I’ve been carting around for way too long. Every night this week I’ve gone home and worked on pricing, staging options, and condensing for ease of travel. My only issue right now is when I signed up for this thing the weather was supposed to be sunny in the 80s and now they’re calling for rain. Anyone have a pop up tent I could borrow?

While pricing and organizing, I’ve been running Swagbucks and InboxDollars

That’s what I’m doing leading up to making a decision and saying goodbye to all of my money for a few months. What do you do when you’re suddenly strapped for cash?


Week 22 – #Staycation

Here’s something different – a play by play of my Staycation.

I hung out at the house all day! I used the circle loom and pumped out 2 hats and started a cowl. I also updated my Ravelry account and had a friend over to do some laundry and eat pizza.

I took a little road trip in the morning to Doylestown because Traditions Yarn Shop is going out of business and everything was 30% off. I scored 6 skeins of yarn I also stopped at the In Full Swing Thrift Shop and found some great pieces! I also picked up the perfect notions bag at Serendipity and a birthday gift for my boyfriend’s niece at the Doylestown Bookshop.

It felt really awesome to just take off for a mini day trip and support a lot of local businesses! After this, my boyfriend and I drove to Maryland for dinner in honor of the aforementioned niece’s birthday – I started a hat with my new yarn on the road and we came home with coffee and half a watermelon.

We took a road trip down to my dad’s house in Delaware for a few hours. We went to Jimmy’s Grille and feasted on fried chicken and then I grabbed a few more items from my dad’s attic – I’m working one box at a time to clear out the rest of my stuff.

I found a recipe my mom had saved for apricot jello and found a bunch of my old art shit from college.

I biked into the city this morning to get my shots…only to discover they don’t open until 11am today. Gr. So I ran a few errands in center city, biked home, then Rich and I continued more errands and went back into the city for my shots. We then at from the five dolla holla halal cart and went home.

I spent the afternoon cleaning up the house for guests and then biked to 10th and Pine for knitting circle – so glad to have my ladies to knit with! Friends arrived in the evening and we hung out around the house.

We went to Lil’ Java Philly for breakfast and off to PhillyAIDS Thrift and Loop yarn shop. I obtained 3 mason jars at 99cents each and two bags from Loop that came out to almost $20. We ordered in Circles for dinner then knit with friends for the rest of the night.

I got up early and worked on some home shit.
While it doesn’t look like I did much – I went through about 5 boxes of collage supplies/scraps and condensed them down 2. My mom had these amazing Creative Memories roller cases so I put some of my collage shit in there and condensed the rest to 1 box. I’m going to a collage party next week and will now be super portable and excited to share all of these supplies with some ladies.

I also did laundry and went through more donation bags gifted to me – I have quite the donation pile for Big Brothers Big Sisters next week!

Slowly pulled myself back to reality. Aldi run with my friend where I spent $75 on lots of awesome back-on-track groceries. Salmon, shrimp, chicken, yogurt, hummus, produce, and whole wheat hamburger buns that were only 50cents a pack! Our freezer is restocked and ready to go.

Gym bag packed. Crockpot Mexican Chicken made. Home kind of in order.


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.

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