As a combination money-saver, stress-reducer, and positive environmental impact I’ve sold my car! I’m attempting to utilize my bike, electric bikes/scooters, and ride-sharing more.
Do you have any other ideas I should consider to reduce my waste?
My goal this month was to follow the Blogilates Glutes challenge. I also followed the Blogilates abs and squats challenges as well. I did modify the challenges by taking Wednesdays off and towards the end of the month I took a few days off as well so that I have 5 more days of challenge to finish in the month of September to complete the three challenges.
Here are my fitness stats for the month:
- Biking: 74.6 miles
- Pole classes: 4
Turkish language progress:
I now have 1,299 Anki cards. I’ve done 5,771 reviews. I have spent 6:05:12 reviewing with an average of 52 reviews per day. My grade is 68% D. It appears some data was lost as my time and reviews has gone down since last month. I’ve also missed a few days’ reviews this month.
I fell behind in my Rosetta Stone and have to catch up to finish Unit 9 this week! I will also have to work extra diligently to complete Unit 10 this month since I will be “on vacation” for 10 days.
I purchased a yearly subscription to Memrise and will start incorporating daily practice with that app. I also have been utilizing the daily lesson in Mondly (free).
I tried out a Skype session with a live person from Turkey to see how personalized lessons would work. I wasn’t thrilled with the technology of Skype and it was difficult to understand the trainer at times. The sound quality left something to be desired as well. I don’t think continuing is worth the price at this time. Perhaps I will consider it again when I have finished all the Rosetta Stone units.
My main goal for the year was to save as much money as possible! I’m doing this by earning more money, spending less money, and investing the money that I do have. Here is my monthly budget spreadsheet:
|Categories||$$ to spend||19-Jan||19-Feb||19-Mar||19-Apr||19-May||19-June||19-July||19-Aug|
|Take home pay||***||***||***||***||***||***||***||***|
|Car||300||Over||Over||Under||under||under||under||over (paid for my 6-month insurance)||Over (timing belt replacement)|
|Travel||100||Under||0||0||90.05||99.42||196.58||over (paid for a trip to Disney)||32.40|
|Housing Supplies||25||0||Over||Under||105.52 (sharpened knives and got zero-waste supplies)||25.84||7.61||37.54||0|
|Health & Wellness||60||0||Over||Under||113||110.45||84.95||179.45||90.95|
|Food – eating out||100||179.98||96.00||185.03||251.16 (Travel to FL)||536.77 (family is in town)||458.99 (family is in town)||276.98||277.34|
|Food – groceries||400||575.47||324.88||444||608.48 (travel to FL)||226.03||256.95||563.30||355.78|
|Misc.||50||47.92||92.03||660 (put my tax prep and a present in this category)||1.60||348.50||14.34||220.02||166.07|
After getting my car in tip-top shape (replacing the timing belt), I sold it! Here are the final cost stats: $249.67 each month to legally own and drive my own car 🙂 – this is equivalent to paying $0.26/mile!
My writing goals!! I am considering self-publishing my middle grade fantasy that has been sitting for several years. I would want this to be published in time for the holidays and holiday sales. This would be my only middle grade book and I could then have an offering for younger readers. I also am in love with the cover art – I had it made by an artist whose work I adore = Donavon.
I nabbed three books from the library on plotting:
- 90 Days to your Novel
A Day-by-day Plan for Outlining & Writing your Book
by Domet, Sarah
- Fast Fiction
A Guide to Outlining and Writing A First Draft Novel in Thirty Days
by Jaden, Denise
- Take Off your Pants!
Outline your Books for Faster, Better Writing
by Hawker, Libbie
What are your goals and how are you meeting them this month?