It’s September! What I’ve realized over the years is that the older you get, the faster time goes. You make plans that are a few months away, but then before you know it they’re here & gone. All that means is we have to soak up every moment we can & enjoy it because it all goes so fast.
First, I want to cover my goals for September. Right now, I’m focused on getting my budget together (thanks for the inspiration Jessie & Gretchen). I have always been terrible with my money & frivolously spend it like I have a million bucks of it. (Side note: I don’t). Recently, I printed out my transactions for the month of August & had a pretty big eye-opener on what exactly I spend my money on. I created a budget spreadsheet in Google Sheets & I plan to use it the entire month + the future, I hope. Which brings me to my financial goals of September. Please skip down to the normal “currently” post after segment if talking money makes you uncomfortable.
*cut my Dunkin’ Donuts/Starbucks spending amount in half. I spent over $100 last month in coffee, so I plan on making it myself/buying the much cheaper stuff at the grocery store. I know that Dunkin’ & Sbux runs will still happen, so instead of depriving myself completely (which is never realistic), I would like to just cut it in half for right now.
*NO FAST FOOD. This should not have even happened last month at all. But unfortunately when I get lazy & don’t go to the grocery store + I’m having a bad day or week, I tend to get back in touch with my inner fat girl & swing through the drive-thru. NOT COOL. There is no need for me to be eating this garbage.
*cut my fun budget to $150 for the month. I’m obviously playing around with numbers at this point, so I have no idea if this is a realistic number or not. Fun includes shopping, dinner out with friends, special events, etc. I spent an enormous amount of money on fun in August & it’s just not doable for my current income.
OKAY! So, there it is. I’m determined to get my spending under control. I am almost 28 years old, & there is no excuse for the kind of frivolous spending that I have been doing for as long as I’ve worked for my own money. I’ll report back how I did in my October “currently” post. Wish me luck!
Also – I have a few more goals for September! I’ve been getting frequent headaches & most likely it’s coming from dehydration, but I also stare at a computer screen all day then come home & stare at the TV screen. So, in an effort to cut down my lazy hours of TV watching in the evening & the whole staring at screens problem, I want to:
*Turn off the TV at 8:30pm.
*Read for 30-45 minutes
*Listen to relaxing playlists on Spotify
I’m hoping that doing all 3 of these things after 8:30 will wind me down for bed time. I also haven’t been sleeping very well so I’m hoping this helps too.
—– Back to regularly scheduled post —–
Planning: Anyone that knows me knows I’m a PLANNER. Even if the plans are months away, I’m usually researching fun things to do, checking out hotel rates, & finding the deals. Right now, I have a few things in my head. A girls weekend in the Finger Lakes for my birthday (6 months away), & (not as much) thinking about my trip to Raleigh, NC for the Rock ‘n Roll Raleigh Half Marathon (7 months away). FUN trips ahead 🙂
Listening to: Jake Owen’s newest album, American Love. So good.
Drinking: Water & TONS of it. It has been so unbelievably hot this summer & all I want to do is chug water.
Watching: Parenthood! After Stranger Things, I needed something new to binge watch. I had started out with Mad Men but realized how much of a commitment that was going to be. It’s super dialogue heavy. Classes start after Labor Day, & truthfully I was looking for something more light-hearted & funny. I’m loving Parenthood so far. I’m on the second season. Thoughts so far: I would like to be Lauren Graham. She is so witty & funny & just so cool. Also, I really want my future husband to be Joel. He is such a dedicated Dad & really seems to be a down to earth guy (errrr, character). Plus, he’s super hot.
Eating: Nothing crazy new but I really want to try my hand at cooking a few new things this month! Goal for September: cook 2 new recipes.
Looking forward to: FALL weather, orange & red leaves, jackets & a cool breeze. *Pleeeeease let fall weather start this month. Please.
Loving: That summer is almost over. Sorry, not sorry.