Taking a step back from watercolors this month. How gorgeous is this gold texture though?!
For the next four months (May - August) my focus will be on PROGRESS. I got the ball rolling during the last four months and now that I know what I want and how to reach those goals, I've got to keep the momentum going and push myself to be even better. It's like leveling up.
So my strategy for this level is similar to the last four months, but upgraded. Here's how I'm playing it out.
Working out - This is one of my tough ones. I do it for a while then lose motivation, then find it again, then lose it again. Last week I cleared up my "gym" (which had been overtaken by barbies, legos and sports equipment) and turned it back into usable space for me to get my sweat on. I've made a schedule for myself to alternate HIIT workouts and yoga and will be doing a 30-day squat challenge with my sister as an added workout. Day 1 (50 squats) starts today so hopefully I'm not crying by tomorrow.
Painting - It has been really hard to find time to paint lately. With all the chaos going on around us every day (i.e. extended family members), having a full day alone to paint outside with my kids is almost impossible. Hopefully things calm down a bit so we can carve out some family time together. Or we can just set up an area to paint in the gym/toy room.
Budgeting - THIS. My main focus will be budgeting this month. Like real-deal, spending freeze. Trace's 6th birthday is coming up and we're planning on having a party this year since he wasn't able to have it last year due to his accident. I've been pretty good at not spending frivolously lately but I've still got to get a tighter grip on my money. This month will be only about paying bills and getting necessities so that we can save money to put towards his birthday. Once his birthday is over though, I still plan on sticking to the same budget, only being able to use $200/month for personal spending (clothes, shoes, makeup for personal use, excessive meals, gifts, etc.). I'm not too worried about my budgeting...it's Joey's budgeting that needs more monitoring. Haha.
Younique - I've slacked off during April, so I've got to get hustling again to make some more money to put towards that budget. I've really got to put myself back out there in order to make more sales. I was doing good in March and the beginning of April and I need to get that motivation back. I'll be posting more product reviews/tutorials/giveaways soon so be on the lookout for it!
Blogging - Trying to get back into this slowly. My goal is not to post everyday, but to visit and comment on at least 10 new blogs everyday to get back into the habit of interaction. Because what good is awesome daily posts when nobody reads/knows about it? I've also got plans to transition this little space more into a "Guam lifestyle" blog and incorporate more things that are unique to where I live. I don't want to make it a travel-type of blog, but I think it would be nice to show more of what Guam has to offer to the world and showcase the good/bad/beautiful/ugly things about life here in a non-touristy way. Also thinking of re-branding my logo and images once I decide on a design.
Business - I'm most excited about this one. After talking about my ideas and plans for years, finally having a finished product is an absolutely amazing feeling. I'm a hard-core procrastinator and a have a habit of getting too far ahead of myself when I'm excited about an idea. This leads to my failure every time. I'm great at coming up with brilliant ideas and concepts but not so great at actually putting those ideas to work. Basically, I came up with the whole business plan, marketing scheme, brand name, list of models to use, target audience, etc. before even getting started on an actual piece. During the past four months, I had to take myself down to base level and was able to get something done. I don't want to get ahead of myself again, so I'm going to continue focusing on producing more pieces and perfecting my designs. I'm almost certain that my $200/month personal spending budget will go towards fabric and other things which isn't such a bad investment.
School - Yup, that's right. After years of not having finished my degree, I'm finally determined to get it done. I've enrolled in the Penn Foster Paralegal Program and am hoping to kick ass and then use that progress to get back into my degree program at Kaplan. Apparently I have to appeal to the Dean at Kaplan that I'm serious about finishing my program and getting my degree so by showing my progress and determination through Penn Foster I'll have a better chance at acceptance. Word of advice: Just finish everything the first time around so you don't have to jump through hoops later! It's one of those "work at your own pace" kind of courses so I'm already headed into the 3rd unit, trying to finish as quickly as I can and I've already aced the exams I've taken so far. BOOM. Now I've just gotta keep on track with it all.
And that's about it - my upgrade strategy for the next four months. I'm pretty sure I'm going to seem like a hermit to some, being that most of my goals are set for indoors (working out, blogging, school, business, and budgeting is always easier when you're stuck at home) but I'm okay with that. Hopefully by the time September rolls around, I'll come out of my cave a better, more educated and productive human, ready to level up again.
So, what have you been up to? Have you leveled up in any areas that you've been working on? Have you done the 30-day squat challenge? Anyone ever enrolled at Penn Foster? Got any tips on budgeting?