It's hard to believe that I'm already writing my second monthly recap. It really shows how quickly time passes and how easy it is to get distracted and let our goals quietly slip past us, regardless of how significant they once seemed.
I'm not ashamed to admit that I spent Valentine's Day weekend binge-watching House of Cards Season Two. Okay, I spent quite a few nights this month watching social dramas on Netflix, but it's been cold. And staying in can be
kind of very nice.
Was February good to you?
The Budget Recap:
Overall, I'm pretty pleased with February's budget, especially since I managed to save $2,708 (hello, tax return!) Once I noticed the IRS deposit in my account, I invested the extra money before I even had time to consider other ways that it could have been spent.
The gas overage was unavoidable due to one of the coldest winters in Tennessee's history! The hefty gifts expense was mostly due to last minute Valentine's Day gifts for my parents and my grandmother. Unfortunately, my procrastination in buying and sending the presents led to outrageous costs at the post office, but I wanted them to get there in time. It's the thought that counts, right?
My one time expenses were: TurboTax ($54.61), my annual eye exam ($20), Hootsuite University ($21), Bluehost ($123.38), Southwest Companion flight ($5), and shipping my Macbook charger from Canada ($43.71).
A few of these overages should really be filed under a “carelessness expense” sub-category. Sigh.
One day I'll learn from my mistakes. But let's be real: a lifelong habit of being a procrastinator will not be solved overnight. Nor will a tendency to be absent-minded.
February posts: 9
Most popular post: The Tiny House Movement: Where Do You Fit In?
Alexa ranking: 598,442
Twitter followers: 394
Facebook likes: 1 (and it's me, *insert sad face*)
I joined the Yakezie challenge, switched to self hosting, added some cool plugins, and started a Pinterest page! I've also been pairing my (limited) graphic design skills with some of my photography to create some shareable images, and I've edited a small amount of my theme's CSS.
I've completed Skillcrush 101, but I'm behind on my portfolio website project. Hopefully I can get that done in the next week or so. It's time consuming, but I know it will be worth it.
I epically failed on both of my health goals (cooking more lunches and exercising), but I'm ready to try again in March. I'm not sure why my health-related goals are always my lowest priority, but I need to better manage my time and commit to them.
Edit: I cooked big ol' pot of minestrone soup last night, so it looks like I'm already starting this goal off right. Score!
1. Keep up the momentum with budget and Cashville Skyline.
2. Complete Skillcrush 101 portfolio website project.
3. Cook lunches for at least two of the four weeks. One down, one to go!
4. Exercise at least three times per week.
5. Try to avoid driving. Bike or ride the bus whenever possible (more on this later!)
Thank you all again for the continued encouragement. I've loved receiving everyone's feedback on my birthday, health insurance, hosting, investing, tiny houses, are more. This blogging experience has been far cooler than I ever could have imagined!
Readers: How was your February? What are your March goals?