This month I have a lot of short-term goals to accomplish, and a lot to think about in terms my long-term goals. For the first time since I moved back to Vancouver, I’ve gotten the urge to really tackle freelancing again. I’ve got a few great ideas half formulated in my head, and I really want to pursue them. Now I just have to figure out how to do that, and maintain my full-time job as well (which I still love). :)
As you can tell from my budget below, I plan on spending more than usual this month. I’ve increased almost every category, but most notably – entertainment (from $100 to $200), clothing (from $0 to $250), and travel – I’ll be going back to Victoria for about 5 days over the holidays, and will be taking my car with me.
December 2013 Goals:
- Run 100 km. Since field hockey season takes a break through December and most of January, I’m going to have to rely on running to get me through the holidays. :) I have committed to running a half marathon near the end of January – the Vancouver Chilly Chase – so I actually want to be prepared for that one.
- Save $700 into my Retirement Portfolio. I currently have $200 auto-deducted bi-weekly into my RRSP, so this means I’ll need to come up with an additional $300 to put into my TFSA.
- Take on a new freelance writing contract. I have been talking to a few magazines/newspapers/blogs, and it looks like I’ll be taking on at least one new position. It will be very part-time, and won’t bring in a ton of money, but it will help me in my quest to increase my income for 2014 (and save more).
- Earn $1,200 in freelance income. December is a slow month for the blog, and for assignments, so I’m going to count all paid and billed-out invoices for this goal.
- Clean out my closet and my storage area. I have a lot of clothing I no longer wear anymore. So it’s time to get rid of it all and donate to charity. Also my storage area is just a dumping ground for my stuff. It needs more organization.
- Make a list of home improvement projects that need to get done. Off the top of my head… painting my bedroom, buying a new bed (and mattress), insulating my floor, installing wooden blinds, getting my baseboard heaters to work. There’s a lot of stuff that I’d like to do. So I need to prioritize and price them out. Then see what’s practical to get done for 2014.