Friday night I rented the movie The Book Thief. Somewhere close to 9pm I started doing that head bob thing from dozing off. Yeah, that’s how I roll on a Friday night. A real party girl here! Anyway, suddenly it felt like my apartment was doing a little bounce, which certainly woke me up. I knew it was an earthquake, so I did what all Southern Californians seem to do…look up to the air with a quizzical look on our faces ala Joey Tribbiani and wonder how long we can get away with just sitting there before any serious action needs to be taken, aka, diving under my coffee table.
My apartment swayed back and forth a bit in a gentle rocking motion, but luckily no diving under furniture was necessary. You’d think by watching the breaking news on TV though, that part of California fell into the ocean. One reporter was in downtown LA in a news van and reported “violent shaking” of the news van. “REEEEEAAAALY?” C’mon! *
Although all of us living in Southern California do like to make post-earthquake jokes, I think we’d be lying if we said that it doesn’t make us think about having one that is more serious, although ironically, the worst earthquake I’ve ever been in was the 6.8 earthquake in Seattle in 2001. I was on the 4th floor of our office sitting at a desk when the quake hit. No one, including me, knew what to do, so after it was all over we practically trampled each other running out of the building. I was convinced the building would fall apart when it was happening. Video tapes were flying off the shelves and the lights went out and you could hear the building making cracking noises. Here is a video from Microsoft when it happened.
I have friends from Michigan who give me shit about earthquakes, but tornadoes are much worse if you consider the death toll in the US. And Michigan has tornadoes.
I think the point is no matter where you live you’re probably going to be faced with some kind of potential natural disaster. The best you can do is prepare yourself as much as possible, then go on living life.
So March is just about over and overall it was a good month. I made decent income, took a vacation, got plenty of exercise, made some business/work decisions, and was overall very frugal. I did finally order a new pair of Oakley sunglasses for $150 (not an affiliate link), but it was a well thought out decision and they are the best glasses for me for playing beach volleyball and doing other outside activities. I’m not too brand loyal when it comes to clothes/accessories, but Oakley is a great brand with great customer service.
I also splurged a little for my friend’s birthday Saturday night. But like my sunglasses, my purchases this month have all been well thought out and planned, so that’s good!
So other than the news of owing nearly $8,000 for taxes in April (includes 2013 taxes, my accountant fees, and April estimated taxes), this month was pretty good. Thank god for that emergency fund, eh?
March Goals Recap
1. Make 2k in side income. (FAIL, but made $1,477, so not too shabby).
2. Network/Job Search (need to start expanding my video clients, especially if I sense a slow down). (PASS!)
3. Pick up a new writing gig (anyone looking for a staff writer?). (FAIL)
4. Wake up at 5:30 each weekday and follow a set schedule for this blog and Healthy, Fit, & Frugal. (PASS-ish) I did this for awhile to test this out, but realized this wasn’t a realistic schedule for me, so I’ve adjusted a few priorities.
5. Sell two items on Craigslist. (FAIL, although not due to lack of trying)
This month I’m deciding on not setting any specific goals. I have one main priority that I will be focusing on from now until I accomplish it, and everything else will fall in line behind that. I’m also making sure I get in more social and relaxing time.
I think sometimes we get so focused on goals and productivity, that we often don’t take time to just be, and enjoy the outdoors, friends, family, etc. So I’m just trying to make sure that I stay healthy, relaxed, and feel as well-balanced as possible.
*I just had dinner with my cousin who was in town who said my Aunt & Uncle (who live in Fullerton, which was right next to the epicenter), had a lot of stuff fall over and created a huge mess in their house!
What big goals do you have this month?