Spring is here! Hurray! Although in these parts the only big difference between April and January is we now usually have evening high wind. I still don’t know why.
I had a big month, so let’s just get to it!
This month was really good financially speaking, mostly because we got paid three times (we get paid every other Wednesday)! My net worth increased by $9,666 this month. I use Personal Capital to track my net worth, which is a free and totally awesome tool I highly recommend! Part of that are my mid-term savings goals, which currently stand at:
- Emergency Fund: $14,547
- Digit (which is another amazing and free savings tool: $912
- Vacation: $451
- Sh*t is Getting Old Fund: $305
- Regular Savings: $680
This does NOT reflect my total savings, which includes retirement, my checking account, etc. As I pointed out in my yearly goals post, this year is a rebuilding year, and I’m pleased with the progress I’m making.
The other good news is I got a really big refund this year for taxes! Woot! I’m getting $3,450 from Fed and $855 from State.
After this post and hearing your opinions, I went ahead and bought a used bike. It’s the same model as my old road bike, which I really loved. It was on sale at a local bike shop for $439, but I got it from a guy on Craigslist for $340, including water bottle mount, Smartphone mount (although I don’t trust it), and bike pouch. With CA state tax I figure I saved between $150 – $200.
Although a “friend” on Instagram pointed out that 90% (where did he get that statistic??) of bikes sold on CL are stolen, I trusted my gut that this was not the case, after all, I’ve sold three bikes myself on CL, and I know I didn’t steal them.
The second day I had it I rode 18 miles with ease (yay gears!), and I’ve already tested the route to work, and it should take me aprox. 20 minutes to ride.
Warrior Dash & Weight
I did the Warrior Dash on March 19th with a couple friends, and it was a blast. But that was pretty much the last straw when it came to my weight. I’ve gained 5 pounds since I started my new job, and I felt really gross and hated the way I looked in the pictures, so since then I’ve kicked things into higher gear and feel so much better!
Work & Hustles
Work has been going great and I finally hit a groove. I also got my first new hire that started in early March, and it’s been amazingly helpful and I think we make a good team. It really is amazing to be working on videos where I love the subject matter, and I still do get to incorporate humor into my videos whenever possible:
I’ve also taken some leadership and time management courses that the company sponsored, which is always good training for work, and for life.
The one downside to being on camera a lot is getting my hair cut, which for me, means more often than usual. 🙁 I did work in a clothing budget for on-camera work, but I didn’t for hair. At least it’s a write off?
I’m also dropping all side hustles for now (save for the one-off ones I can do here and there). I just choose not to do it so I can maintain good health and balance. Some nights I have been coming home and not even turning on my computer at all! This will affect my budget somewhat, so I’ll have to do some re-calibrating.
The Big Freeze
Not all has gone so swimmingly this month. It seems my apartment is some kind of vortex for electronics freezing. Mainly my computer and Roku. The Roku isn’t a biggie since it takes only seconds to unplug and replug it in, but my computer is a different story. I think it has to do with upgrading to El Capitan, which I somewhat regret. But, since I don’t use the computer for work, I’m not doing anything about it really. Just trying to be patient when it freezes and I have to reboot, which takes forever!
This is another area which hasn’t gone well. I got a couple fillings replaced and one crown. I’ve had to go in 5 times for one reason or another (mainly pain), and since I got the permanent crown I’m still feeling pain and have to go in Monday. Needless to say, I won’t be going back to this place (which did have good Yelp reviews) after all is said and done. Luckily the office is less than 5 minutes away from work.
One of my goals for last month was to start journaling every night. I have to give myself a C for this one, so I want to continue making an effort to brain dump each night before bed.
I’ll also continue cleaning up my diet, adding good foods (and stop snacking on “bad” ones), working out, biking to work, and meditating (which slipped a little last month).
I also want to bike at least two times per week to work. Hopefully more, but I’m trying to be realistic.
I’m hoping next weekend will be the time to get the backyard ready and to start planting a garden. I feel like if I put this off much longer, it might never get done.
Spring Cleaning – Everything!
As soon as I get done typing this, I’m going to start a big spring cleaning project. Everything from a deep cleaning in my apartment, to decluttering more, to my finances.
I know a lot of people love and totally rock churning credit cards, but it feels like one more task I have to organize and manage, and it’s really proving not to be worth it for me. I did finish churning my Southwest card recently, but I think that’s going to be the last of it for a long time. I also need to redo the budget and get a little bit tighter of a grasp not only on spending, but also not wasting food, which I admit I did not do so well with last month.
I also might post just once per week. Again, this just comes down to minimizing the amount of time I’m sitting on my ass, plain and simple. 🙂
That about wraps it up! Time to get started with cleaning!
How was your month?