It’s my very last summer money goal post. While I’m thrilled—and if I’m being honest, totally shocked¯that this means that I spent an entire summer setting goals and reflecting on them, I’m also really bummed at the idea of saying goodbye to yet another summer. Before I get too focused on fall, I thought I’d share how August went.
Make money & save HIT…sort of
I still haven’t been paid for the freelance work I did in July right before HP made his debut. After I finally sent a “Did you actually get my invoice?” follow-up email, I was told that the check will be cut on September 1. I’ll believe it when my bank account sees it. Meanwhile, I have made some headway making money online, especially thanks to Half.com and all the grad classes Mr. P and I are taking.
Prepare for my leave HIT
Funny story. I spent all summer pre-baby going into work for interview after interview to find a maternity leave sub. We finally found a wonderful woman who accepted the short-term position…and then there was a huge snag processing her paperwork. As a result, my students have had half a dozen teachers to start the year and my wonderful coworkers scrambled to fill in for me the best they could. I also spent way too much time for someone who isn’t getting paid setting up my online classes and doing as much behind the scenes work as I could, but I really want the transition back to go smoothly. Thankfully, her paperwork is now processed and work email is officially off my phone.
Focus on money less HIT
There are nights when I’m still consumed with thoughts of money. Namely the fact that I won’t be earning any for the next 10 weeks. But I’m also feeling good about our baby fund and know that I certainly wouldn’t trade this time for any amount of money. While I’m still working on a metric for this, the fact that two of my favorite posts this month had nothing to do with our personal finances. In one, I introduced HP, and in the other, I took on Dave Ramsey, trolls, and muscling through self-doubt. PS – Thanks for all the nice comments. I was blown away!
Continue decluttering HIT but…
I parted with two giant bags of stuff last week, even scrambling to add a few more things before the truck came to make the pickup. But I still feel like I’m spinning my wheels here. As a result, I’d like to set a more concrete goal for next month. Not only will it hold me more accountable, but it will hopefully give me more to celebrate. And it should make for some jaw-dropping numbers. I have A LOT of stuff. Still.
Spend more time with family and outdoors HIT/MISS
This entire month has been a nonstop queue of visitors. While I’m certainly spending time with them, I’d be lying if I said that HP wasn’t the main draw. In fact, most of the time, the only time family flags me down is to alert me to (yet another) dirty diaper. Thanks, guys, I smelled it anyway.
I’ve also been walking 2-3 miles a day with HP, which certainly counts as spending time outdoors. What I haven’t done much of, though, is work in our garden. In fact, I’m afraid most everything is going to be left to go to seed, fruits and veggies ripening and overripening, essentially ignored but not forgotten. Before I gave birth, I had a lot of cockamamie notions. I thought giving birth was the most painful part. Then, I learned what the euphemism postpartum recovery means. (Spoiler alert: hell. It means hell.) But the silliest notion of all was that I would have intermittent hours of free time each day to work on my blog, my grad classes, the garden, and other things. Oh, how naive I was. While I really struggled with coming to terms with the fact that I am just going to have to learn to let certain things go for the time being, it’s helped a ton to frame my maternity leave as a new job: HP’s mom. As far as jobs go, I can’t think of a better one.
- Reply to all blog comments (so sorry and thanks for sticking with me!)
- Declutter at least 50 items
- Share my tracked spending (Maternity Leave Money Diaries coming soon!)
- Make a decision about FinCon
- Revisit the idea of mortgage prepayments
Now, I realize I just wrote about how I was learning to let things go and then wrote the longest goal list I’ve ever come up with. As a result, I’m going to go easy on myself. If some of them have to extend into October and beyond, I’m OK with that.
So Tell Me…What are you working on this fall?