Challenges for October 2011 – Recap

October’s Challenges had a lot of ambition behind them and while I didn’t do as well as I’d like to have done, I can be comfortable with how it turned out – mostly.

Yes, I call them Challenges rather than Goals because I’m a competitive sort of person with myself and think it’ll make me more likely to get stuff done. It’s October which means that my quarterly items from my 101 in 1,001 need to be done too.

  • Complete weeks 1-4 of Couch to 5KNo. I hurt my knee, got sick and recovery has taken longer than I’d have liked.
  • Update resume – I looked at it and made some adjustments, but I think it needs a major overhaul and I didn’t have time for that this month.
  • Go through closet and dresser for tossing/donation/sell back – I threw some stuff away and have some more to go through but this didn’t get finished. Oh well.
  • Save 75% of swim pay and babysitting pay 
  • List 2 items on Etsy Nope. And no reason other than I didn’t.
  • Track spending and establish budget for November – I have an idea, but October was NOT the month to attempt this. I didn’t think clearly about the travel I’d be doing for work and other things which made October an anomaly in spending. Hopefully! I have a working budget that can be tweaked over the next few months. 
  • Start making lists for the holiday shopping seasonI’ve started the lists, hand made items getting started and planning baking.
  • Submit for reimbursement for LP tripDONE!
  • No shopping for me other than work related stuff for convention. No, I picked up a long sleeve workout shirt for dance class, but am back into a boys XL size! Also I found a yarn that I love for a scarf for ME!
  • Send out packages to D, The Bro, and BatGirl – The Bro’s base is no longer accepting packages and the others didn’t go.
  • Write for 4 of my JoyJuice prompts – I had every intention of doing this, but time just gets away from me and sometimes, the last thing I want to do is think.
  • Pick Sewing Sunday with friendsOctober didn’t work out, but November’s is scheduled!
  • Bring lunch 4 days a week and only 2 dinners out a week (one with Gia, one with Frank) Not counting convention days and birthdays, I think I did this!
  • Pack up winter hats to send home – I have a few more to do up and then I will. Due to what seems like an extended winter season back home, I’m fairly confidant that they’ll be well received no matter when they get there!
  • Make eye appointmentAppt made, and attended! Next I have to pick out new frames for my glasses.

I totally thought I could get more done than I did and although my reasons for much of what didn’t get accomplished are valid, I’m a little disappointed in myself. When I set my challenges for November, I will try to be more realistic.

How did you do this month?

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Challenges for October 2011

And I’m back. What better way to return than a post about what I’d like to accomplish this month? Some of it’s money, some of it’s fitness, all of it requires attention!

Yes, I call them Challenges rather than Goals because I’m a competitive sort of person with myself and think it’ll make me more likely to get stuff done. It’s October which means that my quarterly items from my 101 in 1,001 need to be done too.

  • Complete weeks 1-4 of Couch to 5K
  • Update resume
  • Go through closet and dresser for tossing/donation/sell back
  • Save 75% of swim pay and babysitting pay
  • List 2 items on Etsy
  • Track spending and establish budget for November
  • Start making lists for the holiday shopping season
  • Submit for reimbursement for LP trip
  • No shopping for me other than work related stuff for convention.
  • Send out packages to D, The Bro, and BatGirl
  • Write for 4 of my JoyJuice prompts
  • Pick Sewing Sunday with friends
  • Bring lunch 4 days a week and only 2 dinners out a week (one with Gia, one with Frank)
  • Pack up winter hats to send home
  • Make eye appointment

I think that’s good for now, I don’t want to get too ambitious. Ha.

What would you like to accomplish in October?

Challenges for this week (July 11-17, 2011)

I’ve decided that it’ll be more “fun” to call my goals challenges. I can be a fairly competitive person (with myself) so I think this will help more. Also, you should know that my weeks go Monday to Sunday.

Goals Challenges for this week (July 11-17, 2011): (easing back in…)

  • Bring lunch most days this week, eat at home when we don’t have to be out and keep food under control!
  • Set up crafting area including wall pockets.
  • Put away clothes.
  • Read before bed. I have no idea what book I was reading so I’ll just start one.
  • Keep this coming weekend relatively plan free

So that’s it for me. What are you working on or towards this week?

#weeklygoals

Gasp! It adds up quickly…

Have you ever sat down and looked at the numbers only to say, “Holy Shit.”? That was me today. Not to worry, I’m fine, it was just more than I thought. Bad Ella.

The last couple of months it seems like I’ve just been hemorrhaging money. Seriously, I don’t even want to get into what I’ve spent – but in my own defense, most of it was for the move and getting settled into the new place. I shouldn’t be surprised by how fast it adds up, but I always am.

That said, now that we are getting settled, I need to get back on track. I’m going to start setting my weekly goals challenges again and start saving again like it’s my job.

Time to refocus.

First up? No using my American Express unless I sit down and send the same amount to it as a payment for the next 30 days.

Challenges for this week (May 30-June5, 2011)

I’ve decided that it’ll be more “fun” to call my goals challenges. I can be a fairly competitive person (with myself) so I think this will help more. Also, you should know that my weeks go Monday to Sunday.

Goals Challenges for this week (May 30-June5, 2011):

  • Bring lunch all but one day
  • Do Laundry!
  • Work out schedule for this blog.  I have a new idea for “Helpful Hints”
  • Get posts that are almost ready for this blog posted! (Including a #missionsushitour post.)
  • Take and/or Edit 20 photos for this blog.
  • List clutch and other scarf on Etsy.
  • Sort through baking/cooking supplies and weed out more of what I don’t want/need.
  • Finish book I’m reading, review and choose another to read before bed.

So that’s it for me. What are you working on or towards this week?

#weeklygoals

And then I bought a new(er) car.

Me driving my new car :)I’ve been looking for a new car on and off for a bit now and about two weeks ago, I realized that I was more likely to get a loan approval with good terms if I did it before I moved than after. (I’ve lived in my current place for 3 years which looks good on paper for the credit scoring game.) This meant that I had a grand total of about 6 weeks to find a car I wanted, negotiate and secure financing…

(And pack and work and have some sort of life…no pressure.)

Here’s the thing: I hate car shopping. There’s too much “guessing” involved. I want to know how much I can spend and go from there. I want to know what they’ll give me upfront for my car and how much money I have to work with before I find a car I love. Too bad that’s not always how it works.

(See, I know that I’ll be sad if I had to “settle” on a car I liked when there was one I loved out there.)

So Wednesday, I called my credit union to talk about a car loan and see how much I could borrow with what I could afford to pay every month. This was a pretty painless process and I even got preapproval contingent on providing documentation that one of the items on my credit report was incorrect. (A topic for a different post.)

Now I had a number to work with and this considerably cut my anxiety level. I also had general parameters for what I wanted in my new(er) car. I wanted low mileage, good gas mileage and reviews, decently low maintenance costs, power windows and locks, and an AUX jack for my iPod.

I started poking around local car dealership web sites and found a few that I wanted to test drive.  An ’09 Ford Focus, an ’08 Nissan Sentra and an ’08 Toyota Corolla. Basically I was looking at the same car from different companies. It would come down to which dealership could work with me best.

First, (and it turned out only) I drove a ’08 Nissan Sentra – I’ve already owned 2 and loved both of them. When we got back to the dealership we talked numbers…And oddly, we found a number that we could agree on! (The whole time I was willing to walk away and I think that was helpful.)

To make a long story shorter, I finished the paperwork, picked up my car and was on my way on Saturday.

It still doesn’t feel real that I got approved for a loan, found and negotiated a price for a car all by my self. I was sure that with my credit score, they’d never say yes to a loan by my self, that the dealership would never offer me enough for a trade in to even try and that something would horribly go wrong.

But there I am, driving my new(er) car out of the lot.

I DID IT!!! I’m so flippin’ proud of myself, it’s not even funny…

What are you most proud of yourself for currently?

Challenges for this week (May 23-29) Recap

GoalsChallenges for this week (May 23-29, 2011):

  • Bring lunch all but one day (Ladies Lunch!) – Nope. I went out for lunch on Thursday because I had to get paperwork to the bank. And it was delicious!
  • Take printer to get fixed (under warranty) – Yes! Hopefully I’ll have it back this week.
  • Make dinner at least 2 nights. (And not just sandwiches or cereal.) No. Sadly, but in my own defense, I was sick and it was hot so I sort of skipped dinner a lot of nights.
  • Dinner out only two nights. (After dance class with Gia and maybe sushi or pizza one night.) See above. I really only ate a salad for dinner last night and dinner at a party Sunday.
  • List clutch on Etsy. – I’m working on the copy for it…sometimes it just doesn’t come together.
  • Sort and box up movies, spices, dresser and maybe my closet for the move. Closet doesn’t get boxed, but it can be sorted and purged. Extra spices packed, dresser and I started sorting and purging the closet and dresser. Also I started to box up other kitchen supplies, but am not even close to being done with that! (I still need some of it…)
  • Finish book I’m reading and choose another to read before bed. This one was a little slow getting started, but it’s definitely picked up! Hopefully, I’ll have it done tonight.

So that’s it for me. How did you do this week? If you blogged it, please feel free to leave the link in the comment section!

#weeklygoals