February – the shortest month with the busiest schedule. Why does that always happen?
I’ll break my goals up into Financial, Professional, Personal. The financial section is pretty self-explanatory–it’s all about the money; the professional will encompass my writing, not my day job because that’s pretty same ole, same ole and so long as I show up between 8:15 to 4:45, we’re all good; and personal covers all the other stuff–self care, creative endeavours, relationship, etc.
Okay, let’s get down to business.
- Continue with the shopping moratorium. I spent a little more than I had planned last month and while I covered it with cash so it didn’t indent upon savings, I’d like to start stashing some of my bi-weekly spending allotment away each pay because Spring is coming and I have a feeling once I do my Spring Wardrobe Capsule, there will be a few things that will need to be purchased and/or replaced.
- Get my taxes done. I’ve already started this process with my accountant but I still have a few things that need rounding up for him to finish things up. I’m hoping for a small return. I paid my 2016 taxes in instalments over the past year based on my 2015 writing income. This year’s income was a couple of thousand less, so fingers crossed that has a positive impact, return-wise. The money will end up going into my Tax account to pay toward’s next year’s taxes.
- Save money for September trip. Now that we’ve paid the deposit on the bike tour of Slovenia, Austria and Italy we’re taking in September, I need to start stashing money away for the remainder of the trip. My husband and I are both kicking in half, so I need to come up with approximately (the trip is paid in USD so the actual amount will depend on the rates of exchange) $5,000 by end of June. For February, I am hoping between writing income and day job income to stash away $1900. I won’t be able to do this every month, but February will be a good royalty month so I’m taking advantage while I can.
- Pay off my line of credit. When I renewed my personal training, I put a portion of the amount on my line of credit with a plan to pay it off over a few months. I have $1300 left to go and I plan on using the February royalties to clear that off completely, a month earlier than planned.
- Complete the first draft of my current manuscript. This one is pretty straight forward. My book is due to my editor on March 4th, so all my writing energies will be going into writing 1,250 words a day, 7 days a week up to that date. It’ll be a nose to the grindstone kind of month and completing the book is all I will have time for on that front.
- Train/work out 4-5 days per week & revitalize clean-eating plan. This is how I spend my lunch hours during the workday. Two days a week I workout with my trainer, the other two days I weight train on my own, then not he 5th day I do either yoga and/or cardio. I got off my healthy eating plan in December/January, so now it is back on it hardcore and rid myself of the pounds that crept on while I was overindulging.
- Go to dinner. My boss gave me a $200 gift card for one of my favourite restaurants. That’s more than my husband and I can eat in one sitting so we have invited my sister and brother-in-law to come with us. It will be a fun night out with two of my favourite people without digging into the pocketbook. I can’t wait! (Granted this kind of flies in the face of the above goal, but hey, it’s just one meal and I’ll workout extra hard that week to make up!)
- Write 1-2 blog posts a week. I’m finding this blog a great creative outlet. My publishing schedule has been fairly arduous over the past 3-4 years to the point it has stopped being fun and feels more like work. That will change once my last book in my series (the one I’m writing now) is completed, but this blog is a bit of a saving grace until then where I can enjoy writing without having to worry about the plot or character development or deadlines.
- Finish purging and organizing the home office. I’ve been picking away at this bit by bit but I haven’t given it my all over the month of January like I had planned to. So February is the month it’s getting done come hell or high water, as my mom always says (although I’ve yet to fully grasp the meaning of that…)
- Finish one knitting project. There is a challenge prompt on Instagram that I really wanted to join this month tagged #yarnlovechallenge, but I decided in the end to live vicariously through the others who are doing it. My schedule felt heavy enough as is and I didn’t want to take on more than I could accomplish and start to feel inundated again. My blue funk is starting to wane and I don’t want to do anything to hinder it leaving completely. So I’ll dedicate myself to finishing one knitting project instead.
- Remain Facebook Silent. So far, my week without Facebook and the constant bad news cropping up all over my newsfeed has gone a long way into helping me shake the blue funk. I’m going to keep it up for the time being, checking in on my author page only and playing my regular lexulous game with a friend. I may ease my way back into Facebook on a limited basis later on in the month, but for now I’m going with what’s working and that is steering clear. I’ve instructed my husband that if Armageddon hits, he’s to let me know.
- Spring Wardrobe Capsule. Start planning this out and get a sense of what I have and what I’ll need so I can budget properly.
And that is the plan for February! What about you guys? Any big plans?