Time to check in on my monthly goal progress! I am SOOO glad that Spring is finally here. Looking around at all of the new life - little green buds on flowers and trees, baby animals, college students groping each other at the local deli, etc. - makes it easy to understand why people used to sacrifice fatted calves and stuff just to make sure that Spring came back every year. Winter is a drag, man.
1) Stop Rewarding Myself with Shopping: There was definitely some shopping that took place last month, but it falls more into the “necessity” category rather than the “reward” category because I lost some weight. My skinny jeans were sagging in the butt, so I bought 2 pairs of Madewell skinnies, as well as 2 pairs of J.Crew chino shorts (all 25% off thanks to the recent sales) to get me by for Spring into Summer. The Georgia heat means that I prefer to wear dresses and skirts for much of the Spring/Summer/Fall, and it’s a lot easier to fudge the fit on those garments with belts and jackets so I won’t need to think about alterations unless I lose more weight, which I’m not planning to do. Other items that I purchased this month include the J.Crew Midnight Floral Tee, the Keeper Chambray shirt to replace my Selvedge Chambray shirt which finally started to look frayed and tired after 4 years of weekly washing/and wearing (will now be a painting/gardening/cleaning shirt), some cheap jewelry (seen HERE), and a personalized leather Madewell tote to use as my summer handbag. This week will be the week that I switch my wardrobe over – storing my woolens and bringing out my light cotton garments – so I’m going to try everything on and assess what goes, stays, or gets altered depending upon how it fits my body now.
2) Pay Off Half of My Personal Loan Before 2014: Still on track.
3) Fold/Iron Clothes As Soon As They Emerge From Dryer: I did really well with all of the foldable things, tucking them neatly into drawers and onto shelves as they tumbled out of the dryer in a warm little heap, but there are currently 6 dress shirts, one pair of chinos, and one pair of pajamas (yes, I iron them, don’t judge me) sitting in the purgatory chair. I was going to iron them yesterday, but the iron died and I had to go buy a new one. That totally sounds like a “dog ate my homework” style excuse, but I promise it really happened.
4) (Ongoing) Savings Account: Automatic deposit is the best thing ever when it comes to saving money. If I have it in my hot little hand, the frivolous side of my brain immediately comes up with things that I can spend it on besides THE FUTURE. However, if it goes directly into savings, the practical side of my brain nods and says, “Yes, that’s sensible, we shall leave it there to grow.” This setup is working out so well that I’m considering starting another savings account to set aside money specifically for my car. I own a 2006 vehicle that is fast approaching the 100,000 mile mark and I dread the day that it either won’t start or I’ll get a repair bill for more money than the entire car is worth.
5) Create Upholstered Headboard: No progress for March, but I’m definitely thinking that April will be the month that Project Headboard takes place! The dog got on our bed and ripped massive holes in the shirred fabric of the duvet, so I want to get new bedding (not shirred – I’ve learned my lesson that shirred bedding cannot co-exist in the same apartment as Bad Benny) and I want the headboard to be in place first.
6) Re-upholster Chair: Project Chair will be completed after Project Headboard.
7) Organize My E-mail Inbox: Last month, Cate (Hi Cate!) left the following comment regarding my inbox organization goal: “Create some new folders, put important mail into those going forward, boom you're done. I have 30,000+ unread emails in my inbox and live a happy life :) I just search when I need to find something, and anything that was vitally important I've already put into a separate folder when it first arrived.” This is a great idea, and I will probably follow Cate’s advice eventually, but I’m a worrier and I worry that there are vitally important things in my e-mail inbox that I have totally forgotten about and I have to see if they exist. Three years ago, my old e-mail account got hacked and a bunch of ads for penis enlargement products were sent to all of my contacts, including my 75-year-old male former boss, who replied to ask why I had sent him that advertisement. Yes, I wanted to die from embarrassment. I immediately closed that account and transferred all of my e-mails to a new one, but I didn’t have time to sort through the archives to make sure that I didn’t need to delete and/or save some things more than others. So…yeah, didn’t accomplish this goal in March.
8) Better Meal Management: I committed myself to this goal in March and it turned out to be a great success! I made sure to plan my meals in advance and construct my shopping list accordingly. I paid much closer attention to how much food I was cooking during dinner and cut down on both portion sizes and leftovers. I decided to buy meat for the BF at the expensive grocery store where I could talk to the deli attendant in person and buy single cut portions of organic grass-fed pastured beef and free-range chicken. The good stuff costs more initially, but buying single portions for the one meat-eater in the house (I’ve been an ovo-lacto vegetarian for 14 years) not only makes sense but cuts down on waste if I don’t get a chance to cook that entire 4-pack of cheap chicken breasts before the expiration date. I always try to buy eggs from field-raised chickens as well, since I feel better about my money going to farmers who care about the humane treatment of their livestock. Am really pleased with my progress on this goal and hope to keep it up!
9) Make More Art/Do More Designing: Didn’t do much with this goal in March, unfortunately, but April is looking better in terms of both inspiration and opportunity.
10) Stop Envying the Lives of Others: We took a mini-break weekend to Savannah, GA which totally ruined any progress that I might have made on this goal in March since I am now pea-green with envy over anyone who is lucky enough to live there. What a gorgeous town! Am planning a blog post for the near future that will detail all of our activities and recommendations from that trip, personally illustrated by moi since I had so much fun that I couldn’t be bothered to stop and take pictures!
I hope that the sun is shining where you live today :)