I hope everyone had an amazing week. Here’s my progress:
Creative/Career: The move to LA is kind of in a holding pattern till my managers can meet and figure out who will fill my spot in NY. In the meantime, I’ve been telling everyone that a) I will be moving to LA soon and b) I will run my own theatre company by the time I retire, “will” being the operative word in both cases.
Health: I went to yoga three times more than usual this week, which isn’t saying much as I usually don’t go at all. :) Also didn’t cheat on paleo, and discovered some awesome new recipes which I’ll share later.
Social: Not much to report this week, especially since I’ve been so paranoid about getting the flu that I’ve quarantined myself in my room when not at work! I did actually take the time to write thank you cards from the holidays, which I never do!
Financial: If you take away anything from this post, it should be to sign up for Impulse Save, an app that taps in to our bad spending habits and uses them for good. Basically, every time you want to spend on impulse, you open your phone and use the app to send the same amount (or similar - you can send as much or little as you want) from your checking to a savings account. The creators of the app attest that saving on impulse satisfies the same craving that impulse spending does.
While you do have to sign up for a savings account with Leader Bank to have a place to store your saved $$, the bank is FDIC-insured and there are zero fees, no minimum balance or withdrawal limits. I also love that they don’t issue a debit card, making it just that much less tempting for me to withdraw the money I’ve saved.
After signing up last week, I’ve become addicted. Literally I’ve wandered into stores twice this week, and each time I came out having saved $20-50 instead of spending. Definitely helps to make you more conscious about your money.
Goals for next week!
- Go to yoga 3x per week and add some treadmill time before class
- Continue to stick with Paleo
- Budget out my paycheck BEFORE it hits my checking account on Friday
- I also have told myself that I can’t buy any clothing till I reach a certain weight loss goal. Surprisingly, it’s actually been really effective in motivating me to save $ and work out!
I’ve been mulling this post over in my brain since Jan. 1 - it’s time I get it out into the world.
For some time now my life has gotten a little stagnant - creatively, physically, socially, financially, and in my overall well-being. I’ve become so engrossed in work that the other aspects of my life have fallen behind, and it’s time I get them under control. This leads me to this year’s resolution:
In 2013 I will master owning my ambition.
What the hell does this mean? A couple things:
- Creatively: Be assertive with myself and others about my life ambition - to introduce live theatre to new audiences through running my own theatre company. Not get sidetracked by my own fears or those who doubt my ability to achieve this. One step I will take this year is launching a YouTube channel that educates the masses about opera in a fun and accessible way.
- Physically: Stop dreaming/complaining about getting back to my college shape and take action to get there. Practice conscious eating habits and not self-sabotage my diet through “cheating.”
- Socially: Nurture the relationships I’ve built and take care to make my friends/loved ones know how much they matter. Repair some broken bridges. Take the time to network and enjoy it.
- Financially: Start being conscious about the money I spend/save and what my long-term savings goals are. Remember that caving into objects I covet provides only temporary satisfaction, while saving for the long term lasts. A huge part of this goal is moving to LA by mid-year. This will take a lot of time and financial resources, so I need to make this priority #1. Those new shoes can wait.
Recalling my life-coaching classes, the best takeaway was the visual of the life wheel, with the different spokes representing the different areas of our lives. If I were to draw that wheel today, all of my spokes would be out of whack - my wheel would not be able to move forward. I truly believe that if I concentrate on the four above areas, the rest of the spokes will grow as well.
I’ll be using this blog to recap my progress in these four areas on a weekly basis, as well as logging any tips, recipes, etc I find along the way. If you’ve read this far, bravo! I don’t expect you to read everything, but I do hope you’ll hold me accountable. I also would love to know how I can help you become a better you this year.
On that note, Happy 2013!