I read something online the other day. It boiled down to this: Don’t worry about other people online because those people never showcase their failures anyway.
Boy, do I have a blog for that person.
And you’re reading it.
Because I am nothing if not a perfectionist, I met the majority of my goals for this quarter.
But I failed spectacularly at one goal, and I’ve failed even more at making this The Year Of Me.
My goals for Q3 were straightforward enough. In terms of my health, I intended to do two things:
Goal 1 – 10,500 steps a day.
Goal 2 – Use the Calm app 2x a week.
I met my first goal generally speaking. There were two days where I was below the step goal, but most days I hovered around 13,000 steps. So I’m moving, and that’s a real positive.
When I’m teaching, it’s never an issue. In fact, I have one class that is so…spirited, let’s say…that I clocked 3,000 in under an hour last week. I will probably wear down the carpet by the end of the school year.
But now that I’ve upped my freelancing, I have to sit more. So I’m working hard–and succeeding–at balancing that.
However, I failed at using the Calm app. To be honest, I’m not even sure I opened it this quarter. Or that I even still have it installed on my phone.
Sometimes, I don’t even recognize myself. I have been obsessed with paying down our mortgage ever since I realized it was debt. (What a dope I was.) But I decided to focus on beefing up our investments instead.
Here were our goals:
Goal 1 – Work on my mortgage enough this quarter to ensure it’s under six figures by 2020.
Goal 2 – Increase our 529, 403b, and taxable contributions.
We absolutely increased our investments in HP’s 529, my 403b (my husband still hasn’t opened his…le sigh), and our joint taxable account. Plus, our Roths were maxed earlier this year. So, I wanted to throw my weight into our investments, and I did.
But more importantly, we dipped in five figure territory already on our mortgage. I know I wasn’t supposed to focus on it for Q3, but I’m so happy. I have to say it one more time: FIVE FIGURES!
We spent the second half of summer decluttering up a storm. I also got back into reselling. That’s good news considering what our goals were:
Goal 1 – Connect with a local organization that needs baby/toddler things.
Goal 2 – Earn at least $20 selling.
In terms of giving away baby and toddler things, I’ve been dragging my feet a bit. But I am still using Freecycle and OfferUp to give things away. I’m also not ready to write about it fully yet, but we’ve been spending 1-3 days a week visiting a nursing home these past few months. I quickly learned that it’s slim pickings for HP in their activity room. That means it’s equally lean for all little humans who visit. So we’ve been bringing extras of HP’s things to leave there: crayons, coloring books, books, balls, and a few toys. I would have never thought to do this otherwise, and it was really sweet to watch HP and another little baby bond over a ball. So I’m going to count this as a win for the first goal.
This quarter, we made over $100 reselling things. It didn’t make us rich, but it did fun our visit to the Walworth County Fair and our apple picking adventure.
Frugality and environmentalism go hand in hand. But we want to be more intentional about our choices, so we tease out environmental goals. For this quarter, we focused on two things:
Goal 1 – Swap out a routine plastic purchase.
Goal 2 – Use 5 or less disposable cups.
While I know glass is also a problem, especially in a world where it seems next to nothing is actually getting recycled, we’ve swapped plastic for glass with our peanut butter, salad dressing (when we don’t make it from scratch), and applesauce. I also only allow myself to purchase pop (fine, soda) in aluminum cans. The added benefit here is that I can’t visit the vending machine at work anymore.
I hit my disposable cup goal, mostly because the lovely ZJ met up with me and clued me into an amazing tea spot near #FinCon19. I got really delicious chai in a ceramic mug on several occasions. Otherwise, I would have gone over the 5 count because I didn’t get a reusable mug until the second day of the conference (and I forgot mine at home).
I want to be more selfish. Not like THAT. Just in a way where I think about myself and don’t feel the need to apologize over it. To help, I set two goals:
Goal 1 – Go out with a friend once a month or more sans kiddos.
Goal 2 – Freelance more.
I am definitely freelancing more. In fact, I landed an opportunity to do a bunch of curriculum work outside of my district. I absolutely loved it. Things are going well in all aspects of freelancing. I love my clients, and writing is a treat for me. Plus, feeling financially fit is a form of self care (my blog, my rules).
And I’ve been going out with friends a bit more. It’s still hard to balance wanting time with my son (there’s never enough!), my husband (ditto!), and needing to be myself too. I’m working on it, and I have good friends who are willing to help.
Final Thoughts on Recapping Q3 2019 Goals
I have a lot to be proud of. In a lot of ways, I can feel the finance puzzle finally coming together. For a long time, it felt like I had three corner pieces and the box and not much else. Now, I really feel like we are starting to really build some true momentum.
The fact that I couldn’t even tell you if the Calm app is still on my phone might seem like I flubbed one goal. In reality, it speaks to a much larger issue. Health is wealth, and I’m doing a terrible job of prioritizing my own health. Namely, I’ve been sacrificing sleep and really slacking at working out. My eating habits are OK, but my hydration habits are not (unless you count Diet Coke).
I don’t want to be the person that spends a hunk of their life chasing wealth only to have to spend all of that wealth trying to restore their health later on. But in a lot of ways, that’s how I feel right now.
I haven’t solidified my specific goals for Q4, but I can already tell you that they will be a lot less money driven. Building wealth needs to take a backseat to improving my health for a change.
So Tell Me…How did Q3 go? Do you know what you’re working on for Q4?