March 2014 Goals
I’m optimistic for March. The weather is getting better, my cousin is visiting from Australia for the first time in over two years, and the job search is going well. I’m willing to wait for the perfect opportunity to come along, but I’m also realizing that that opportunity might not look exactly what I thought it would look like. So I’m also keeping an open mind; I’m applying for jobs a little outside of my comfort zone, with the understanding that I’m aiming for a career with a company – not just a job.
Nothing is out of ordinary with the budget below. I’ve trimmed back a few expenses – namely entertainment and car/transportation. BF and I have made a conscious decision to spend less money while together, and try to only go out for meals when we’re being social with others. Now that I’m not driving to work every day, I’m saving a lot on gas. I used to get gas every week – and now I can probably go 3 weeks without filling up. See, there’s always a bright side, eh? :)
As for Portland, one of my goals below is to stay on budget while we are there. Along with being our first weekend away together, I think this is going to be a great opportunity for me just to de-stress and take it easy. We’ve also been binge-watching Portlandia for the past few weeks, haha!
March 2014 Goals:
- Read 2 books. I’m already behind in my GoodReads challenge of trying to read 20 books this year.
- Try two new recipes. Vegetarian, obviously. Any suggestions?
- Stay on budget in Portland. I think BF and I are both on the same page in terms of spending while traveling. I’m not into splurging on too many things during this trip. I’d like to eat some good food, drink coffee, and wander around the city.
- Do my taxes. I’ve already done a preliminary run of my taxes, and everything looks good. Now I just have to tally up my receipts and file online.
- Focus on my foot. It’s been 7 months since I first injured my foot, and it still hurts. I really need to work on taking it easy. That means no running. If I’m not healthy by the summer because I didn’t listen to my body, I’ll be so disappointed in myself. Summer hiking is something I’m really looking forward to.
Author: Krystal Yee
I’m a personal finance blogger and marketing professional based in Vancouver. I’m a former Toronto Star (Moneyville) columnist, author of The Beginner’s Guide to Saving and Investing, and co-founder of the Canadian Personal Finance Conference. When I’m not working, you can usually find me running, climbing, playing field hockey, or plotting my next adventure.