In August, three years will have passed since buying my domains for My Debt Marathon and for my art education website. I admit, I have fallen off the wagon for these online ventures. I wrote frequently for MDM during the first year, but I have yet to create the website for my art education consulting business goals. Every day, multiple times a day, I think about my goals of building my websites, and yet I have not taken action. This does not mean that I am not taking action in other parts of my life, for I definitely have. But I also recognize that I have to make these goals happen. It’s what I know I am suppose to do, so I need to just do it!
- Teaching with a team of educators for a project-based learning initiative at my school. We are about to start our second year! This program has the potential to be really groundbreaking for education in the state of New Hampshire. I am very excited to be a part of this program. The teaching methods require me to look at how I teach differently. In many ways, I am reaching my goals, but in many ways, I also have growth to still achieve.
- I moved! Last August, Mr. Tech and I took the plunge and moved into a two-bedroom townhouse with a garage! We are still renting, but we feel that this move is putting us closer to the goal of owning our own townhouse in the near future. We are signing a lease shortly to stay here for another year. We hope by next July to purchase a townhouse of our own. Not sure if buying will happen, but we have that as our goal.
- And the big one! Mr. Tech and I are getting married!! Woo hoo!! The wedding is 7 weeks away!! I still have a lot to do – phonecalls to make, decorations to create, and vows to write. It’s very overwhelming thinking about what I need to do. And also very exciting!!
Financially, we’ve been making progress. I am still in six-figure debt. Each month, I am making my payments. I try hard to make extra money to pay a little extra where I can. I sell books on Half.com and I’ve been selling some items on Craigslist and eBay. The other day I organized stuff in the garage and I now have dozens of items to list on eBay.
But the big thing financially is that we have moved, Mr. Tech’s business has grown, and we are getting married! We are paying for it ourselves, so that is a huge deal. I know we could be spending this money on debts, but getting married has been a huge goal for us, and we are finally achieving it!
So I decided to start blogging again because I realize the value writing had for helping me focus, take action, and be held accountable. I liked writing on my blog to help me set daily, weekly, and monthly goals. And I’d like to write on my little blog to help me tackle my current goals. I’ve got a lot going on, and being an anxious person, it’s easy for me to stress about what I need to do, instead of doing it.
I already feel like I accomplished a lot today! And I have my path of what else I need to do, so that way I can clear the energy and focus on the next tasks. So this what I have done and what I still need to do!
Action Steps – DONE!
1. Paid bills.
The only bill that still needs to be paid is Mr. Tech’s work van. This is another change in our financial picture. Mr. Tech got a work van to help him grow in his business, and I got a new leased Volkswagen, but my payment is $150 less than what it was. We also switched our car insurances, so that helped a lot too. I save over $1000 a year on my policy alone!
We also have a credit card bill accruing from our recent vacation to Tennessee. I’ll also be adding to that bill for some wedding purchases that have to be made.
2. Signed up for Yoga!
This is something I’ve wanted to do for a while. I recognize that I have to make some changes to reduce my stress. I used to do yoga a lot and I know how I felt when I practiced yoga, so I decided to try it and see if I like this studio. They have an introductory rate for new students. My first class is tonight!
Action Steps – TO DO!
1. Ride bike to the bank and to a store to check out Vera Bradley backpacks.
For my birthday, my grandmother gave me $100. I decided to use some of that money to pay for the yoga, and the other amount to get a new backpack. My goal is to limit driving in order to save money on gas. I’ll only do car trips that I absolutely have to. I foresee most of where I want to go is within biking distance from my house. That’s the other nice thing about moving; I’m geographically located where I do most of my shopping. So that works out nicely. I only now need to conquer my fear of riding my bike. It’s a silly thing. It’s more about conquering negative thoughts about not deserving happiness. I just need to do the things that I’ve been thinking about and know that I do deserve happiness.
2. Make Dinner & Go to Yoga!
I already have cooked chicken and salad fixings. It’s time to get back on to my Belly Fat Cure Diet. I was doing well during the months of May and June, but then with my birthday, I stopped tracking my sugar and carbohydrates. Time to get focused. All eyes will be on me very soon. Time to get healthier.
3. Work on Wedding
This is a larger task, of course. I need to make phonecalls about upcoming bridal events, rent a dancing tent, and schedule a photography appointment. Lots to do. So I’ve got to do it!
Till Next Time ~ Rachel