I am done with the resolutions! This year I am working on solutions. First and foremost, finding solutions to my money issues. This coming year will be all about debt reduction, saving and learning to live within my means. My first task will be working on having money between paydays. My current situation is that I tend to have all my alloted monies spent by the payday weekend. Through bills and discretionary monies…it’s all gone within days. Making the time very lean in between the paydays. January’s Monthly challenge will be to track every penny and establish an amount that I can set aside in cash. Then I can budget in my slush fund for when Kabuki calls, I don’t have to say “I’m broke”. I also usher in the New Year by paying off one of my largest bills. The SUV will be paid in full in January. Leaving a fairly nice size chunk of funds available to start paying down debts.
I think 2011 is going to be an awesome year. I am not dreading it like I did last year. Lots of personal growth and challenges have been meet and I have come out of it a better person. There is no where else to go but up!
Since I plan on writing a lot about the SCA, I decided that I would have the SCA website as my link of the week. Take a look at sca.org and learn a bit more about the hobbie that I can’t seem to step away from. Below are some photos of myself in garb and armor. I can not take any credit for the clothing. My heartfelt thanks to all who have given me or help me make such wonderful clothes.
It’s Money Monday. This is the day that I take care of all financial dealings in my life. It was my goal to work on paying down my debt in 2010. I really didn’t get very far on that goal. I did however take the time to review each bill and list it. I am two payments away from paying off the SUV and I am I feeling more confident that I will be able to get a jump start on the debt repayments next year. I have figured that with an average of 7.5 hours of OT a week, I could bring in about $400-$500 extra income to pay towards my bills.
Here is snapshot of my NetWorth, still in the red. And I am back to my weekly conference calls and writing down everything I spend. Found that if I keep my ATM card at home on days that I just don’t need it, I tend not to spend money on lattes, lunches or side trips home. It does seem to help a bit.
Among accountability each week, I would like to share a link. This week is It’s Your Money!, it is personal finance website with a whole bunch links to help with investing, spending, freedom accounts and debt trackers. Take a moment to look at what they have to offer.
It was probably the most productive weekend I have had in a long time. For weeks, I have let things come to a standstill as I dealt with some personal, emotional issues. The apartment was filthy, the pets barely being looked after and things began to stack up. I somehow was able to find my re-charge button and boy did I accomplish a lot. It was started Thanksgiving weekend but I was laid low by a nasty cold. I let a couple of obligations slide so I could concentrate on getting my apartment in order, organize my daily tasks and just get my life in perspective again.
Saturday, I cleaned and re-arranged my office. And today, I spent working on my Officer items for my SCA position. I completed all the action items for both the privy and waiver duties. Did some research for my Crown outfit and worked out some things for Estrella. It is amazing how quickly things can just pile up.
I feel accomplished this weekend. I need to be able to keep this feeling going for a while and not be sidetracked again. Something to work on.
As you readers can see, my blog has a new look. And a new purpose. I stumbled upon a great post from RowdyKittens today about 135 women bloggers. Granted, I didn’t add all 135 to my reading list but I did get a great selection of reads. Some about business, blogging, productivity and life balance. It made me want to make some changes to my own blog from this point on…I will have some new content and some exciting topics. For those who have been reading my blog you may notice some posts missing. I have chosen to put some posts as private as this will become a more public blog.
December’s Eco-Challenge is NO TV! so this new blogging gig will have a focus!
Hope you enjoy the new journey!
I have been super neglectful of my dear blog as of late. I seem to be in a funk and can’t shake it.
Since I am so busy with life, business, hobby and career I have found that I need to break my days of the week into manageable tasks. Monday, that is finance day. I have chosen to go through my mail, file papers, review my calendar…anything that has to do with my mundane life. Tuesday will be dedicated to A C N and attending the Business Meeting. Wednesday. It’s a free day of sorts. It will be used for errands and general pickup around the house (cleaning/laundry). Thursday is all about the hobby. This is for dealing with SCA projects, emails, officer duties etc. Friday is date nite…or watching tv by myself. Saturday and Sunday are open for me attending events and attending scrapbooking days.
This schedule has allowed me not to get overwhelmed with all I have going on.
November is without a goal though. Oh, I take that back. November is all about getting my electronic life together. Several of the blogs I read have great ideas for time management, storing photos, and dealing with copious amounts of emails. Sometimes, it is just worth hitting unsubscribe to Buy Me Now emails…less items to delete!
I am still working on some many things. When I am overwhelmed, I shut down and I am feeling the effects the last few weeks. Tonight, I am going to lazy and watch some tv as I have a pretty busy weekend planned.
Recently, one of the blogs I read gave some thoughts on creating or maintaining your vision for your blog. I don’t blog professionally so I never gave it much thought. Organize Your Way had a simply spreadsheet that you can use to center in on the focus. I figure that I need to have some kind of vision on this blog. So my October Challenge is to create my vision for this blog. I don’t expect many changes but this does give me a chance to funnel my thoughts.
I got a chance this weekend to work on some projects at home. Still uspet about work. Guess they have no worries of people leaving in droves. Just wish they would lighten up on the micro managing. I really love doing my job but being unable to preform the the tasks is just crazy. Time to dust up the resume and get it circulating again.
It’s has been a very long and exhausting week at work. As per company policy, not allowed to vent on my blog…but needless to say, things are getting rather rough. I work tomorrow, which I am not happy about but I am looking forward to a quiet rest of the weekend. Tonight, a group of us went to Second Friday in downtown Mesa. It was a really good time of catching up with people, meeting new people, and getting a chance to look at all the creative people. I got a lot of cards from local Steampunk artists that I am going to look up. And I will be going to a Steampunk event next March in Tucson. Yet another fun & exciting thing to look forward to…oh, wait…I think that is Crown weekend…dang it!
Got some supplies and such to start my Kingdom 12th Night garb. I purchase 2+ yards (60wide) dark blue Pendleton Wool for the Viking Apron. Found some great knotwork designs to incorporate my theme of time. It is my plan to get the embroidery designs started this weekend. I am going to do a practice piece to see how this stuff works. Estrella War Prep is about to commence too. I know I have repairs to make to my camping equipment and clothes to make. Always a very busy time of the year.
As for the perception, well that has to do with Mr. R. It was brought to my attention that am I giving those around me the “impression” that Mr. R and I are getting back together. Ummm…never were technically together. Yes, we were around each other a lot last weekend, but Mr. R and I are not dating. I have learned to set my boundaries with him and it is going rather well. Truth is, I will never be as important to him as he is to me. This is a reality. Until I become a priority to him, we will never be more than just friends. I find it a bit disheartening that people believe that he and I will be a couple. I admit I love the guy but all I can ever think about is the hurt and betrayal. I don’t think there will ever be a level of trust between us to heal that up. Then there is his asking me to be his consort for March Crown. This decision still needs a lot of thought. or maybe I just need a beer
There is always something going on in my little work.
I am totally not feeling it today. I am stressing about my money (the total lack of). Tired of trying to figure out how I am going to pay for gas and electricity this week. I already bounced two checks. I have got the learn to do things differently. This is stupid.
And the things with Mr. R are twisting me up again.
So, not a very good day.