I 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!
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!
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.
I took a wonderful class at Fleisher that really opened up my creative paths.
A fun project with some of my thicker paintings
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!
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.
LOOKING FOR ALTERNATIVES
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!
CUTTING OTHER EXPENSES
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.
MAKING SOME EXTRA MONEY
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?
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.
A lot went on this week but I’m through it and FINALLY ON VACATION.
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.
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?
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!
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!
Anyone else trying REALLY hard not to turn on the A/C? We had to cave this week.
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!
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.
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!
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.
Sorry…as a product of the 90’s I can’t NOT make this joke.
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’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.
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:
6am. Monday morning. Trying desperately to get back on the gym game.
I was only down .2 this week but that’s still better than a gain and probably most certainly has nothing to do with the amount of pizza I ate. I’m not excited about weigh-in tonight because I was not good…including one day that I ate 100 points! Yikes!
I’m not gonna lie – I’m having a REALLY hard time getting back into the groove of my 6am workouts and normal life.
GYM July 2016 – June 2017: 78(as of 4/11) /120
Be Creative I did a lot of knitting when I went to my dad’s in Delaware this weekend.
Pay Down Some Mortgage I did not work toward this goal this week. I’ve been doing well but this week was a rough one financially so that didn’t happen and here’s why:
Frugal Fail of the Week I went for my allergy shot on Wednesday and tried to stop by a new local coffee shop to try them on the way…..they were cash only. I don’t carry cash. So I figure I’ll just go to Starbucks instead along the way. I’m out of money on the app so I have to reload….and the reload minimum is $25. I go stand in the first Starbucks and a barista looks in the eye but does not acknowledge me and keeps holding a conversation with another barista. I count to 30 and walk out because I HATE THAT SHIT. I try to go to the other Starbucks closer to my doctor and they are closed because they can’t make coffee.
I get to work and sitting on my desk is a coupon for free coffee and pastry from Au Bon Pain. What a freaking waste of $25. SHAME.
Continuing Education Credits for Health License This thing called “tax season” should finally be behind me for the year and I can get a little breathing room to do this.
Learning About Annuities Still waiting for that next session to come around
Shout out to David Carlson from Young Adult Money for taking the time to read last week’s post and comment! I read a lot of YAM and his comment reminded me that I need to be better about commenting [thoughtfully] on the blogs that I read more often.
Weekly Updates I’ve noticed that I’ve been getting bad again about actually updating each section of this update. Stop it, me! You’re better than that!
And with this I pose a random question to you:
Have you ever had someone help you with your cover letter, resume, or job hunt? Was it free help or paid? Tell me about it please!
Respect nutrition –I rejoined Weight Watchers this week and have been trying to get used to the new SmartPoints system as it’s different than the PointsPlus I did last time. The meal on the left is 10 SmartPoints…and I only get 30 per day. Luckily, the FitPoints are a lot easier to obtain so I’m able to eat almost double my points thanks to WW sycing with my FitBit!
Do one legitimate straight-leg pushup – I’m noticing that the first 3 on-knee pushups suck a lot less when I do pushups but I’m still not very good.
Beat last month’s 13 days at the gym –BOOM! I was at 15 as of 3/24
GYM July 2016 – June 2017: 65(as of 3/21) /120
Be Creative I learned how to frog and am back on track with my scarf! I also now have all the yarn I will need for my next project thanks to someone offloading a bunch from KnitPicks for $8
Pay Down Some Mortgage I was only able to put another $25 in this week but I still put it in! Telling you all about my weekly progress on this is keeping me motivated to suck it up and throw the money in.
Frugal as Fuck I feel like every day is a struggle not to spend! I put $149.95 down on Weight Watchers this week but it will eventually be reimbursed by my health insurance which is a win!
I spent $33 on WW-friendly foods at Aldi and have a good pack of fruits and veggies for work tomorrow!
Continuing Education Credits for Health License I’m officially the worst when it comes to working on my CE – work has been busy! It’s kind of a good thing!
Learning About Annuities This got pushed to the end of the month…..sigh.
Why The Fuck Are You Reading This?
I don’t know either! I hope to wade through my drafts at some point and pull some more sideposts weekly but who knows!
Well I’m posting at least once a week