We’re already more than halfway through June and I’m just blogging now. Why you may ask? One word: Work. I still hate my current retail job with everything in me, and things seem to only be getting worse the more I continue to work there. Previously I mentioned how I was closing every weekend, all weekend, which hasn’t changed other than the fact that for the last 4 weeks I’ve requested one day or evening off due to an event of some sort. Then they had to cut back hours, which is understandable if sales are low, but mine were cut the most drastically, from 40-14 hours. All because I ‘booked a Saturday off’. After speaking with the owner about some concerns with these cuts, aka I live on my own and 14 hours doesn’t cut it or I will have to find other work, which is something they hate working around, she assured me I wouldn’t get less than 20 hours a week at the moment.
As April is very close to being upon us, I wanted to reflect on how I am doing with all my resolutions I stated at the beginning of the year (in a post that got deleted when my blog got hacked..), and remind myself of these goals
Here is a recap of what my goals were:
- Get fit-become more active and hopefully lose 5-10lbs
- Go back to school in 2015
- budget more and stay on track with my spending
- Be more organized and tidy
- read more
- get out of my comfort zone more
- pay off credit card
- get my nutrition in check-eat better
1) Getting Fit
Honestly, I feel like I’ve been doing really well since the beginning of the year with working out and not taking too many breaks in between weeks of going to the gym. Even like day’s like today, I did a quick leg workout while watching some of Charmed that I’ve been re-watching. It helps that my roommate has been going quite frequently so I’ll go with him. Usually I go 2-3 times a week and already have been noticing a difference, my arms are getting so much more toned (the fastest spot I must admit), my legs are getting definition, and my stomach doesn’t seem to bloat as much (as long as I’m drinking lots of water and eating decently). I may not have lost those 5-10 pesky pounds, yet, but I do seem to be losing some inches and gaining some muscle, which I’m getting proud of and feeling more confident.
2)Going back to school.
While I’m still begrudgingly waiting to hear back from law schools with their decisions, I have already accepted my Postgraduate option for Paralegal for a one year postgrad program, definitely on my way to going back to school regardless of the outcome of law school decisions or not, and I’m looking forward to it.
3)Budget and stay on track of finances.
In the last month I’ve made a personalized budget tracking sheet that meets my own needs more. I like to visualize and see where and when I’m exactly spending my money on to see how much of it is going to what. Although I’m finding some unexpected purchases happening as of late (like a pesky passport renewal putting me back around $150), I’m finding I’m noticing trends better with my spending habits and where I’m spending the most money, and I like it. Especially in the upcoming summer months with not as steady as an income since my job is ending, making rent less affordable at the moment.
4)Be more organized and tidy/5)declutter and stop being a pack rat
This I feel is just a constant struggle for me regardless. Since I’m always on a random schedule, I make more messes than I’m cleaning up as of late. I have been re-organizing and de-cluttering of sorts lately and going through some items of clothing that I know I haven’t worn in about a year to try and take them home to my mom to see if she wants them/my cousin wants them. Still hard for me, but am trying more and more lately.
Since the start of 2015, I’ve read quite a few books. I would say upwards to about 12-15 books at the moment have been read (and possibly have not tracked that I’ve read them..). I’m trying to find more novels that make me think again, since I miss that about school, thinking about what I’m reading and reading in between the lines of what the authors are trying to convey. One author lately I want to read more of is Jodi Picoult and Gillian Flynn. I have a huge to be read list, and I’m definitely going to be doing some re-reading of novels that are sitting in my parents basement once I go home next weekend to grab some books. I’m really trying to limit my spending on novels but it’s a hobby I will gladly fork some money into since I tend to re-read a lot of my novels.
7) Get out of my comfort zone more.
Two things I want to accomplish/try for 2015 is definitely Zip-lining (even though the ones around here aren’t ‘the best’ ones to try, so I’ve heard) and some yoga. I’ve been saying for months how I want to try it, blah blah blah, but I haven’t had the courage to actually go on my own and try a class by myself. I’m hoping one day soon I actually go.
8)Pay off my credit card.
I feel as though I’m not getting very far with this one ever. I had it down to about $600 but then we bought Shania Twain tickets in June as a make up thing for me since we missed out on a previous free concert we were supposed to attend but didn’t. As well, my parents used it and then that pesky passport renewal money has to go towards that instead of paying down more of my credit card. I can only hope I can keep it down and not use it when I go back to school so I can put even tiny amounts towards paying it down in the future, but it also depends on my jobs in the upcoming months.
9) Eat better.
I’ve been doing just okay at eating better. I notice I eat a lot of carbs, but I’m trying to focus on eating more veggies more consistently and I find that I’m starting to bounce back from my ‘cheat’ meals a lot better. I do have my cravings but I manage them better, and don’t go on binges that last weeks at a time lately. Slowly, but surely, I am starting to grasp my eating habits more.
How are your resolutions coming along? Do you need a reminder on what you’ve intended to accomplish for the year? Are you failing at any of them and have given up? Let me know!
Do you ever just get taken aback by how perceptive people are of others, especially of you, and what they notice that you overlook that you do? Lately I’ve been paying close attention to some of the people around me who notice certain things about myself due to them knowing me for quite a few years, or have been working closely lately to me. Two of these people happen to be my boyfriend (who I’ve known for 5 years now) and my boss (who’s known me the same length of time as my boyfriend). I’ve gotten a few comments that have really made me take a step back and think. A few of these are “you have quite a temper”, “You have an ego,” “you’re stubborn,” and then the one completely caught me off guard was “you’re looking for ways to be mad at X“. I admit, when people are lazy, have the same responsibilities and duties as me, I get annoyed and frustrated because I feel as though I’m being depended on more to pick up another persons slack. I find ways to see how they don’t do their job, or I guess, see how much better I am at my job than X. I don’t know if I’m just trying to give myself a confidence boost by trying to make myself wonder if I’m just overly critical because maybe I feel as though I have some issues with my own work, or what it is, but I have been trying lately to not be so critical and overly detailed in combing over said X person’s work.
As the other comments go, my temper could be seen as a temper since I get passionate about things that piss me off and I want to change, or if I’ve only told people so many times to do Y but they consistently do Z. I do know it may be something I need to work on a bit better, as goes my ‘ego’ and my stubbornness. I do appreciate the people who make these little jabs at me due to how they are as people, and I know they are not trying to be critical, but show me something about myself that may be I’m not looking at. Both my boss and my boyfriend are just trying to make me a better person and better at my job, both critical things I can take with me throughout my life.
In perspective to this, I have been noticing more little things about myself more and more lately. For example, I recently bought a new workout ‘outfit’ you could call it, and I seem to only like workout shorts with the built in underwear for that extra support while running, if you have a decent booty like mine, you know what I mean about the extra support. Or about how if I’ve made a mistake I tend to acknowledge it, tell someone, and fix it right away or attempt to state a solution to the issue right away to go about start to correct it.
Do any of you have people who notice these things about you? Do you see them as negative critiques, or does it depend on the person who is stating this to you?