Saturday, October 31, 2015

200th Entry...

Alright, yay for 200 entries.. Boo for not having posted an entry since July..

And honestly, I'm not sure where this entry is going to go..  So please bear with me..

I am coming up to my 32nd birthday..  Some people make New Year's Resolutions in January.. I make mine every November..

This past year, I've been feeling more and more like I am in the wrong place..  I keep trying to make things "stick" here, like a relationship, or other life choices, and they just don't..  Yes, I may self-sabotage a little every now and then, but I am starting to wonder if this is part of the universes way of telling me I'm meant to do something different, or be SOMEWHERE different..

My mind is so conflicted right now.. 

I've not been following my heart, but with my ADD, that's sometimes a good thing..

I think for my 32nd year, I'm going to focus on myself again, but this time for a totally different reason.. 

My main 2 goals for my 32nd year??

Competing in a figure competition, and 
getting everything in place to have a baby on my own for my 33rd year!!

There are several "sub-goals" to each of these, of course..  I can't be the only one who wants to try to get all their ducks in a row (or as much as possible) before embarking on such huge projects, right!?

So my November goal is to work on a budget and stick to it.. November is a NO SPEND NOVEMBER!!

No Spend November, for me, is:
* Budget out paycheck to ZERO
* Any birthday money is okay to blow
* Any outside income (Doll Baby Threadz income, eBay 
sales, etc) is to be budgeted
* Make at least $200 from outside income

For those that don't follow me on Instagram (what is WRONG with you?!?!), I am taking the next step in my WLS journey and getting a tummy tuck done on the 12th of November.. I will have kept my weight off for over 3 years at that point, so I figure I deserve to get rid of the excess skin..  And to see the abs I know are under there.. :)

So November will be all about recuperating, planning, and working from home.. No workouts (WHAT?!?!?), no full time job (YAY!!!) and no excuses to fail in December when I'm okayed to go back to the gym..  32 will be my year to make more of my dreams come true..

So be sure to stay tuned..

Wednesday, June 3, 2015

Well, geez..

I always wanted to turn this blog into a place people could come and learn something from.. Whether it be about ADD, life after VSG, or dating after 30 in a small town.. 

And yet, I can't seem to keep up with life AND blogging.. It always slips my mind.. Even though I have time, I just don't remember that this is here.. 

So, my promise to myself (and anyone who still reads this thing) is that I will make more of an effort.. Life is about to get interesting, as I have a huge project I'm about to undertake, and I can't wait to share it with you all.. 

Until I announce that, which will probably be next week, here is my plan:
* Money Monday's (money 'advice' I've found on the Internet, updates on my savings/bills, etc)..
* Tasty Tuesday's (meal prep, recipes I've loved/hated, etc)..
* Freeforall Friday's (whatever I get requests for, whatever I'm working on craft-wise, etc).. 

Hope y'all will tune in and see what I have in store for you all.. I'm really excited.. 😃

Sunday, February 15, 2015

January Wrap Up.. Just a Little Late..

Well, it's official.. This month went by WAY too fast..

Honestly, it feels like it was just Thanksgiving, doesn't it?!

Well, January has been a month that has been super busy, as you can tell by my lack of posts..  Sorry, if anyone has even noticed.. lol.. I've been reluctant to post while at work, because the tattle tales are always watching (I thought we were all adults here, but I guess I was wrong), so I can only post when I'm home..  Which hasn't been very often, honestly..

Work has been crazy, as you can see by my schedule below.. And sadly, it will not be getting any more sane in the coming months, as the other CNA on night shift has decided to leave.. Eh, good riddance.. More money for me..

Something exciting in my world right now is that I have decided to sell my doll clothes on Etsy!!  While it is a slow process, again because of the tattle tales at work making it impossible to sew on my breaks, I am excited to get more clothes made and start selling them.. I did have my first "official" custom order for a co-worker, and that is being delivered Tuesday.. Yippee!!

January, for me, was supposed to be a month to work a lot and pay off collection bills.. Well, I didn't really think about how much money I'd have to put into fabric for my clothes and such.. And me being me, I may have gotten a LOT of fabric for future projects..  What can I say, old habits die hard.. VERY HARD.. lol.. So while I did pay all of my current bills, plus some extra on my car payment, I did not get any old bills paid off..

February, however, is going to be a month about saving money..  I was going to make it a no spend month, but with my tax check coming, and my trip to VA at the end of the month, I know that will never stick.. And I'm trying to improve my consistency this year..  So, I've got everything budgeted for this month, and my goal for the month is to get 1/2 of a month's worth of bills put away in savings, if not a full month..

Here's my budget:

Tax time is always a favorite time of mine.. This year, thanks to an increase in income, I'm getting back a little extra than last year.. The plan??  To put $1,000 of it towards my car, to pay $436 to pay my car insurance in full (I've never done that before.. Eep!!), take $1,000 with me to VA, and the rest will go into savings for my trip to Nashville in March..  Sounds like a good plan, huh??  Let's hope I can stick with it.. Again, consistency..