January 10, 2011

warriors week2

Life's Journey with a Smile

this week's questions:
  1. What have you done this past week to help you achieve your goals?
  2. Are any of your goals repeat offenders (i.e., have you made them before and not succeeded)? If so, what do you intend on doing this time to ensure you achieve them?
  3. Do you have a support system in place to help you achieve your goals?
  4. Are you a planner when it comes to meeting your goals, or do you tend to “wing it” and hope for the best?
  5. Fun Question of the Week: Who knows about your blog? Are you on blogger lockdown or do the “real” people in your life know about your blog/read your blog?
question 1: it was surprisingly quick to write the first letter, and i actually had things to say. of course it took me several days to start my second letter. i got them done and sent, which is all that matters right... blogged like i wanted to even though i had so little to say. i still need to work on jotting notes, if not writing entries, when i think of things. even if i don't post immediately, i should put the thoughts down while they're still fresh. otherwise, i end up in this quagmire of derailed trains... i've been reading blogs all week in an attempt to finally catch up with all of them. i've also been cleaning out the tivo. so jonathan strange was neglected. however, as i was thinking about these questions and prepping my post, i decided to get off the computer and get cozy with a couple of magicians instead. we didn't get far :( ... the budget may be a wee over because of the cooking extravaganza. i've already spent half my groceries budget in the first week of the month! either i'll have to adjust the food limit or rethink my cooking strategy. on the flipside, i discovered that i have more wiggle in my budget this year before my raise and bonus. i've already increased my monthly transfer to smartypig for my grad school goals :)

question 2: getting to work on time has been an unofficial goal for AGES. i slowly got off schedule because of grad school and my disdain for our company. getting back on schedule has been the hardest thing in the world it seems. i was successful only one day the entirety of last week. i've got my fingers crossed for three on time days this week... of course, the budget is also a continual goal. however, i rarely set out to increase my savings. mostly because i didn't really have savings to speak of until last year. now that i do, i want to keep siphoning money into it

question 3: my girls, my mom, jesse and neal are always there to congratulate me on good days and build me up on bad ones. silver lining bitches :p i love my little circle of awesome

question 4: lol you tell me ;) it's one of my issues with accomplishing goals. i spend more time worrying about the how and when that i never really get to the doing. this is especially apparent when i deal with grad school stuff, which is why it's on the list

question 5: all my important people know, but i don't think many of them are following. i was just thinking the other day how much i love that jesse reads my blogs. i referred to it as a mutual ego stroke. he gets to see all the nice things i say about him, and i know that at least one person is paying real attention to me. hahah cause i'm an attention whore and need the internets to love me ;)

{i did it! as of this very morning, i fulfilled my first SmartyPig savings goal. that right there is my tuition for the semester. to be paid next week :D}

my progress plus all the weekly questions on skinny (goals 1-4) and desultory (goals 5-10)


Hutch said...

I sometimes wish the people IRL didn't know about the blog. There's definitely times when I've held back because of it!

michelle said...

boo :( there are definitely things i haven't written, but more out of respect of my pre-blogging friends. some stuff is just not mine to share

S.I.F. said...

I have seriously issues getting to work on time, AND saving money actually... they are both a work in progress for me too! :)

michelle said...

hahah we're never alone in our goals :)

Ash said...

I hate my company, too, so most of the time, I almost do things to see if I get into trouble - but being late... Eh, my place of business relies solely on somebody getting there so the person before us can leave. Just because I hate the company doesn't mean I'd mess with the people who are unfortunate enough to work there. Most of the time. Lol.

And my gawd, I wish I was as good at saving as you are! ;) It may be one of my goals, but it certainly hasn't happened much. Congrats!

Also, it's a really good idea to track your progress on each goal like you are on your WWW tab... I may have to use that strategy m'self. =)

Carissa said...

Congrats on reaching your first savings goal!! That must feel really good!

michelle said...

@ash: oh thank god i don't have to worry about relieving someone else. i would probably hate things even more. good luck with your situation! and thanks :) my school savings is definitely the easiest because i get special aid from the govt. without that money it'd take me years to save that much for every semester. though it still feels awesome to knock one financial goal off after so many failed attempts

@carissa: thanks :) i definitely did a happy dance when i opened my account monday hahah

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