Time is moving so fast for me these days – I can’t believe it’s May already. In less than two months we will be packing up half our stuff and moving it to a new house! With that in mind, my goals for May will be related to getting ready for the move, or building on my goals from April. Speaking of them, I’ll start by looking back to see how I did on last month’s goals.
Start running again. A. I’ve been running a couple of times a week, and the Superhero 5K is tomorrow morning! My Phoenix costume is ready to go. Josiah will be Spider-Man (of course) and my mom is dressing up as Wonder Woman! Follow me on twitter or instagram to see photos on race day.
Plant the garden. Incomplete. I haven’t touched the garden, and even though the last week has been cold, we had enough warm days in April that I could have gotten this done. Hopefully I’ll recruit my parents into helping out with this when they visit this weekend.
My closet reorg
has been a big success, since we’ve managed to maintain it and not start piling stuff on the floor again. I love that I can tell my son to hang up his coat and he can actually reach the hooks to do it! I got the winter clothes packed away (too soon apparently… it is May, can I turn the heat off yet?) and got out size- & season-appropriate clothes for the kids. (I love hand-me-downs. A big thanks to my friend Kristy for passing on her son’s clothes and keeping J in preschooler-approved t-shirts!)
April Wallet Watch. A-. We didn’t necessarily cut spending this month (April is a big birthday month in our family, and my husband was traveling so we had higher gas & restaurant spending than normal), but I did start budgeting/tracking our money using You Need A Budget (you can save 10% by using that affiliate link) which has totally changed the way I view our money. It’s a little embarrassing to admit, but I’ve always just sized up the current bank balance to see if we could afford something, which often leaves us short at the end of the pay period since it doesn’t really account for upcoming bills. YNAB forces you to spend out of what you’ve earned (no more going into debt on accident when you buy using the credit card or incurring “overdraft protection” fees) and ideally to spend out of the money you’ve budgeted in each category. Since we’ve not really budgeted in the past, I made a lot of adjustments to make the budget match our spending this month, but it’s giving me a much better picture of how to budget for upcoming months.
Wardrobe refresh. I plan to set aside a little extra money this month to update my spring/summer wardrobe. I want to do a little thinking about what my personal style is, and try to buy things that fit in with that rather than just a bunch of stuff that I don’t really like (which happens about half the time when I try to go clothes shopping!)
Keep working on the budget. The “wallet watch” is officially over, but I am geekishly excited about this whole budgeting thing, so I want to keep working on that. We’ve got a mini-vacation coming up towards the end of the month and I’d love not to have to “charge it” without knowing how we’re going to pay for it. I’ve always been a saver, but it makes no sense to put money into savings and carry a credit card balance at the same time. Gotta get that straightened out.
Plan my workouts. With my running/workout buddy on the disabled list, and no big races on the horizon, I’ve been really haphazard about my workouts lately. I want to make a plan to keep myself on track until my drill sergeant is back in action! Ideally that would be 2-3 days of running and 2-3 days of strength training per week. I’m really focusing on my core right now, too, so I need to figure out a way to get those exercises in every day.
Moving planning. I need to figure out what we need for the new house, and see if someone is willing to give or loan it to us before going out to buy anything. Local facebook friends, consider yourselves warned: I will be asking for stuff soon!
How would you define your personal style? Do you follow a workout plan or just go with how you’re feeling on any particular day?