December Goals/Link Love 11/30/12

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Since today is the last day in November, I thought I’d just combine my December goals with link love today.

I would start with a review of my November goals, but I admit it didn’t go very well, so I’m just going to start fresh.

Two major things I did accomplish this month were to start a blog on my professional website (although I’m still trying to figure out what exactly to blog about), and of course finally move to self-hosted with this blog. Yay!

This has been an interesting and somewhat productive week. On the positive side, I had a random meeting on Tuesday which came about from a posting on Taskrabbit. Turns out the poster was Kim, a former trainer on The Biggest Loser, who wants a videographer, and now editor to help her on an ongoing basis to shoot some fitness and nutrition tips. We are shooting our first video next Thursday as a prototype.

I also had my first random inquiry with someone who saw a video on my website and wants a demo reel done for her. I have a phone call with her today.

And lastly my former boss set up a phone conversation with a guy who heads up a big post-production studio in Hollywood. We have a meeting on the 12th. I know not to get too excited about it because I’ve had many meetings like that, but I’m optimistic!

The other part of my week was roommate/apartment searching. I have one guy I know from volleyball who wants to look with me, but from previous history he has about a 99% flake record. The other thing I was doing was checking out “affordable” one-bedroom apartments. I looked at a couple of places, leaving sad and depressed and making me want to stay in my current place even more. One place which was a basic one bedroom was $935. I drove there and about two blocks from the apartment I saw really sketchy people walking down the street..needless to say I didn’t get out of the car and I just kept on driving.

The point is, I need to be sure about my living situation before I move, whether that’s a roommate or not. I spend so much time at home, that if I feel miserable and/or not safe, then it will be a terrible decision. My family said they would be there to back me up, so that’s nice to know. I’m pretty sure they don’t want me living in a bad situation either.

This weekend is going to be a really mellow one. It’s supposed to rain here, so I got in touch with my friend who is a writer/producer on a big NBC show, and gets all the Oscar movie screeners in the mail way ahead of time, and got copies of some pretty sweet movies. So I’m going to have a movie marathon weekend, including having some friends over for my homemade tofu lasagna Sunday night and  watch The Perks of Being a Wallflower.

Anyway, as you know I just posted my big action plan for December, but here are my smaller goals…

December Goals

1. Finish reading Think and Grow Rich.

2. Stay in budget-dare to dream.

3. Volunteer at my friend’s adopt a family Christmas wrapping party.

4. Finish reading How to Land a Job and implement changes to social media/resume/website, etc.

5. Meditate at least five minutes every day.

6. Keep my eye open for roommates/apartments

7. Lose 5 pounds by January 1st. Just weighed myself this morning and with the lack of volleyball I need to adjust my eating a little more. Back to tracking in myfitnesspal.

I think that’s enough. I still want to possibly download a monthly rental of Adobe Premier, but I want to make sure I don’t overwhelm myself with stuff to do.

Where I stand.

Retirement & Investments: $122,970

ING Emergency Savings: $5773

Bank Account: $1827

CC Debt: $1687.92

That’s about it for my goals, and now on to some posts I enjoyed from this past week:

To Gym or Not to Gym?- Blonde on a Budget

Surviving The Holidays On A Budget- Frugal Beautiful

Every Career Path is Different, and That’s Okay- Mo’ Money, Mo’ Houses

Minimalist Christmas Decorations- My Alternate Life

We Didn’t Win The Lottery….Thank God!- See Debt Run

Do You Need Luck to be Successful?- So Over This

Saving for Retirement: Don’t Make Excuses- Club Thrifty

Keyword Research to Optimize Your Blog Posts- Dumb Passive Income

I have a lot to write but don’t feel like writing it so I’m writing about Jehovah’s Witnesses…- Newlyweds On a Budget

The Last Bobby Pin Effect- Plunged into Debt

Who really hates their jobs?- The Budgeting Tool

Can’t Save? Write It Out, Bitches!-The Free Financial Advisor

5 Ways to Make Side Income- Young Adult Money

The truth about being single around the holidays- Frugal Portland


Tonya is a video editor/producer and writer living in Los Angeles who enjoys beach volleyball, playing ukulele, and running. To get the latest updates, be sure to subscribe. To support her fundraising efforts to produce more video for this site, please visit her crowdfunding page!

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  • Plunged in Debt

    Thanks so much for including me! Good luck on the job leads, they sound pretty promising!

    • Budget & the Beach

      Thanks, I’ll keep you posted!

  • Mochi & Macarons

    Hey! Thanks so much for the link inclusion. I found the survey results of who really hates their jobs interesting…

    • Budget & the Beach

      You’re welcome!

  • John S @ Frugal Rules

    Sounds like you have some good leads on the work front, good luck!

    • Budget & the Beach


  • Debt and the Girl

    I loved the Perks of Being a Wallflower. Its a great movie. Have you read the book? Its one of the best books I have ever read. Hope you enjoy it.

    • Budget & the Beach

      Haven’t read the book, but looking forward to the movie!

  • K.K. @ Living Debt Free Rocks!

    Do let us know how the work prospects turn out. Enjoy your movie watching week-end.

    • Budget & the Beach

      Thanks, just watched dark knight rises. Long but good,

  • Pauline

    Good luck on the job front! I would keep the nice house and put the add on craigslist, you should be flocked by potential roommies but with a little screening can find a gem, and that will be cheaper than the depressing 1 bed.

    • Budget & the Beach

      You mean put an ad in craigslist saying I want to find someone to look with right? I did that. Nothing yet. But this is a hard time of year as most people are on vacations and the holiday and such.

      • Pauline

        True. One of my tenants gave notice for Christmas and it is the first time that I am unable to find a replacement.

  • Mackenzie Randompath

    Your movie-watching weekend sounds fun!
    Good luck with your goals for December :)

    • Budget & the Beach

      Well you know, it’s rainy…:)

  • Savvy Scot

    Keep it up with the writing – looking forward to reading the book!

    • Budget & the Beach

      Will do!

  • SavvyFinancialLatina

    Keep on writing and hustling!

    • Budget & the Beach


  • Pelican on Money

    I’d like to help you with some tips if you care for them :)

    • Budget & the Beach

      For? Always open for suggestions! :)

  • Jordann

    Hey thanks for mentioning me! Looks like you an I are in the same boat when it comes to fitness, I’ve got a few pounds to shave off, hopefully the half marathon training will help that. Good luck this month!

  • Mo’ Money Mo’ Houses

    Thanks for the link love girl!

  • FrugalPortland

    Thanks for mentioning me — I love the way you write — your enthusiasm is infectious!

  • Christopher@ThisThatandtheMBA

    You save lots of money for your future purpose. i love the way you describe
    the each and every thing in a blog. Keep it up . And best of luck for this
    month . Always “love the way you work” . This quote encourages you
    always .