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

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If I Won a Million Dollars

From Little Miss Moneybags

No, I’m not writing about the song by the Barenaked Ladies (although it’s one of my favorites) I’m talking about what I would do if I actually won a million dollars: (after hiring an accountant/investment manager)

(If it was given in one lump sum.)

  1. Pay taxes (estimated at 40%): $400,000 (NYS is greedy, better figure high and go from there!)
  2. Invest $100,000 in a combination of IRAs, Mutual Funds, and Other.
  3. Give money to family, friends, others who need it more than I do. $100,000 invested and paid with proceeds $50,000 paid first  year.
  4. Start an Creative Kids foundation and give money to programs that promote and teach crafting/creativity to kids. $100,000
  5. Put a decent down payment on a  house. $50,000 and put $50,000 into a “House Trust” for taxes, upgrades etc. This would be the location for my own business to be run and part would be taxable to the business
  6. Take a series of kick ass trips to places I want to visit – Prague, Ireland, Israel, oh whatever strikes my fancy. $50,000
  7.  Purchase a newer car (I don’t believe in buying new cars, but a nice, newer to me car would be great…)$20,000
  8. $45,000 for a first year salary for my business
  9. $35,000 Play money for me to just play with.

If it was paid out over 20 years, I’d still have to work for a few years and then I’d bank a lot of that money and start my own thing after awhile.

What would you do with $1,000,000?

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

  • Bring lunch all but one day (Ladies Lunch!)
  • Take printer to get fixed (under warranty)
  • Make dinner at least 2 nights. (And not just sandwiches or cereal.)
  • Dinner out only two nights. (After dance class with Gia and maybe sushi or pizza one night.)
  • List clutch on Etsy.
  • 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.
  • Finish book I’m reading and choose another to read before bed.

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

#weeklygoals

Challenges for this week (May 16-22) Recap

Goals Challenges for this week (May 16-22, 2011):

  • Bring lunch all work week other than travel day. Eat out no more than 2x over the weekend.  Friday wasn’t a great day and I needed to get out of the office so I zipped over to Subway for half a sub. The rest of the weekend was fine. Lunch out on Saturday and coffee out on Sunday.
  • Take printer to get fixed (under warranty) No, I still haven’t done this. I HAVE to do it this week because I have stuff to print!
  • No groceries outside of fresh/frozen fruit, yogurt, milk, and a cake mix for a little friend’s birthday. And a skein of yarn for a specific Etsy project. This one to be exact. In the interest of full disclosure, I also picked up Worchestershire sauce. I put it on everything and I was out. And I picked up some lunches yesterday for the week.
  • Dinner out only one night. (After dance class with Gia!) YES!!
  • Sort books in to Keep, Maybe Keep, and Get the Hell Out of My House Donate. Donate the ones I don’t want. My book shelves look so empty. I haven’t taken the books to the Library yet, but I have some DVDs that I think will go too so that will wait a few more days.
  • Finish book I’m reading and choose another to read before bed. Still working on the one from last week. It’s not as good (yet) as the last one and it’s taking a little bit to get into it. 

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

Challenges for this week (May 16-22, 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 16-22, 2011):

  • Bring lunch all work week other than travel day. Eat out no more than 2x over the weekend.
  • Take printer to get fixed (under warranty)
  • No groceries outside of fresh/frozen fruit, yogurt, milk, and a cake mix for a little friend’s birthday. And a skein of yarn for a specific Etsy project. This one to be exact
  • Dinner out only one night. (After dance class with Gia!)
  • Sort books in to Keep, Maybe Keep, and Get the Hell Out of My House Donate. Donate the ones I don’t want.
  • Finish book I’m reading and choose another to read before bed.

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

#weeklygoals

Challenges for this week (May 9-15) Recap

Goals Challenges for this week (May 9-15):

  • Bring lunch all week  One day was provided by work, but I didn’t go out all week!
  • Take printer to get fixed (under warranty) No, the week got away from me
  • No spend week outside of gasoline until I get to Chicago and keep it to a minimum there. Mostly. Dinner with friends meant I bought garlic bread, laundry cost about $10 plus ice cream, but other than that it was pretty good. As for Chicago, I spent more than I planned, but whatever. It was a good weekend.
  • Keep food numbers under control
  • Go through pots and pans to give away Done on Tuesday, out of the house on Wednesday.
  • Clean out fridge Done on Monday!
  • Finish book I’m reading and choose another to read before bed. Done Tuesday! Reviewed here. Now reading the next one Broken

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

Challenges for this week (May 9-15, 2011)

It’s time to get back in the saddle with setting goals challenges for each week and following through with them! I’ve been sorely neglectful with this and need some more structure in my financial life and other parts too (not all are strictly financial)…

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 9-15):

  • Bring lunch all week
  • Take printer to get fixed (under warranty)
  • No spend week outside of gasoline until I get to Chicago and keep it to a minimum there.
  • Keep food numbers under control
  • Go through pots and pans to give away
  • Clean out fridge
  • Finish book I’m reading and choose another to read before bed.

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

#weeklygoals