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…
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
Be Kind To Yourself- Serendipity’s Guide to Saving
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
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