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.

Investing in My Community – the South Philly Food Co-op

Last night I went to a very informative happy hour for the South Philly Food Co-op – a local grocery store that is slated to open in 2017.  They have been working on this for several years and are up to over 700 member-owners.  I threw my cash down to be a part of this community.

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What is a Co-op?

The International Cooperative Alliance defines a co-op as “an autonomous association of persons united voluntarily to meet their common economic, social, and cultural needs and aspirations through a jointly-owned and democratically-controlled enterprise.” A co-op is not a charitable organization or social service agency.

Why did I join?

South Philly has had an interesting landscape over the last decade – particularly in the Easy Passyunk Avenue section.  When I first moved to the city in 2011 nobody went to East Passyunk as there was nothing there but a few local shops.  Now it’s a thriving food hub and up-and-coming neighborhood for the next generation to settle down and grow some roots.

I bought a house less than a mile from where this new grocery store would be.  I want to support my community and spend my time with like-minded people so it makes sense that I would buy into an all-natural organic market that gets its products from local sources.

I also do miss non-profit life and this would be a great way to volunteer and be proactive in my community without putting a lot of money forth.  You pay a one-time fee and you’re a member for life so now that they got my money (thanks, bonus!) I don’t have to worry about paying dues or anything.

How do you support your community?

 

Donate to Organizations and Causes YOU Believe In.

So unless you’re living under a rock in the middle of the woods with no cell phone reception or wifi….you have probably heard of the #icebucketchallenge for the ALS Association.  And while nobody can argue that it’s amazing that this marketing plan boomed larger than could have ever been anticipated….it raises many interesting questions.  How will the ALS Association handle such an increase?  How is the affecting the rest of the nonprofit sector?  How many of these people are personally touched by ALS in some way and how many just wanted to be cool (or cheap) on Facebook?

Mike Rowe (the dirty jobs guy) had a lot to say that just spoke to me.

I’d like to take a moment to list a few organizations that I personally believe in and have donated…and often more than just cash.  I’m not trying to gloat about that by any means….but more to let you know that you can support organizations that matter to you and if you are concerned of doing that financially…there are other ways to support.

American Red Cross – http://www.redcross.org/
This one is easy.  I have been really bad about keeping up since I moved to Philly, but when I lived in Maryland I was at the donation place everytime that I could.  I donated at ever drive at my college and I’m waiting patiently for a drive to come close enough to work.  Apparently my blood is special in some way which is why they hound me like they do….but I’m not so sure if that’s true or if that’s what they tell all the donors.

American Cancer Society – http://www.cancer.org/
My mother had Hodghkin’s lymphoma before I was born and passed away from lung cancer in 2011.  My dad suffered from bladder cancer when I was a kid.  ACS does not cater to a specific cancer and contributes to the well-being of patients and their families.  Not gonna lie – their Relay for Life fundraisers are a TOTAL BLAST.

Operation Ava No-Kill Shelter – http://operationava.org/
This one is fairly new to my repertoire but I kind of owe them right now.  This is where I adopted Wally, my new best friend last month.  Sadly, Wally was very sick with pneumonia when I got him and it has been a long month of recovery.  Unfortunately, I learned that people often get sick dogs from shelters because they just don’t have the means to take care of all of them.  I helped by making room for one more animal to wait for their forever home….and when I bounce back from these astronomical vet bills I hope to make monetary donations.