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March 2014 Goals

03 - March Budget

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!

03 - March Budget

March 2014 Goals:

  • 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.

February 2014 Goals: Recap

02 - February Recap

Well this was an interesting month to say the least. :) I honestly didn’t think I’d be in the position I am today, but that’s life. And life would be pretty dull if everything went according to plan all the time, right? Anyway as you can see, I stayed under budget for the month because I really tried to hold back on my spending.

02 - February Recap

Over Budget:

  • Travel – I basically stayed on budget for this one, so carrying on…
  • Personal Care – I got a hair cut early on in the month for $49.10, which would have kept me on budget. But once I lost my job, I decided to renew a prescription one last time before my health care coverage ended.
  • Fitness – I added an engraving extra for my medal… but that might have been the wrong thing to do because I might not even be able to run in this race.

Net Worth Change+ $1,424 (1.49%)

Despite not putting much money into my RRSP and decreasing my mortgage contributions, I still saw a decent increase to my net worth. I don’t anticipate this happening again for a while, so I’ll take it. :)

February 2014 Goals:

  • Read 2 books. FAIL. I should be reading up a storm with all this free time on my hands, but I didn’t do much reading this month.
  • Try two new recipes. CHECK! I made a cauliflower and mushroom dish, and tried a roasted eggplant recipe.
  • Save $800 into my RRSP/TFSA. FAIL. I contributed $400.
  • Run 100+ km this month. FAIL. I ran zero kilometres this month. That’s right. I’m seriously considering pulling out of this race. My foot has been bothering me since September. I really want to let it heal so that I will be completely healthy for the summer (hiking!), but I also really want to be out there, running! Sigh. I guess if my foot still hurts me over 7 months later, it’s time to be an adult about this injury.
  • Get my taxes ready. CHECK! All of my paperwork is ready to go. All I need to do is set aside some time to file.
  • Connect with at least one old friend. FAIL. I had plans to meet up with an old friend, but they fell through.

Celebrating 7 years of blogging!

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photo (5)Last week I celebrated this blog’s 7th birthday. Can you believe it? It’s been seven years since I started GMBMFB, and it’s been a roller coaster for sure. Many of you have been with me through the ups and downs of both my personal and professional life. Over the years, I’ve e-mailed, talked on the phone, and met quite a few people through this blog. It’s been amazing, and GMBMFB has changed my life.  You’ve seen me through my twenties, and now that I’m in my thirties, I’m really looking forward to continuing this blog, and seeing what the future has to offer. :)

For long-time readers, you know that things have changed a lot since February 2007. In the past seven years, I’ve had 7 jobs, move 6 times, and went through 3 tough break-ups. In 2011, I bought my very first home. In 2012, I moved to Germany. Other notables over the past few years include getting adult braces, having LASIK eye surgery, and my big blogging break with the Toronto Star/Moneyville.ca.

And as I transition into the newest phase of my life, it’s been hard to think of things to write here. In fact, I’ve avoided everything to do with my blog and social media (for the most part) since getting laid off. I gave myself two weeks to do whatever it is I felt like doing (stretchy pants and Netflix), and now that my time is up, I’m excited for my next opportunity. It’s been difficult, and I know I still have a long way to go, but I’m staying positive. I’ve gotten interviews, good feedback on my resume, and have had wonderful support from family and friends. In fact, when BF found out that it was my 7 year blogoversary last week, he surprised me with cupcakes the very next day. :)

So, from the bottom of my heart – thanks for supporting me all these years, and thanks for reading my blog. I really appreciate it, and am looking forward to continuing my journey with GMBMFB. ♥

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