October challenge

There is a fine line between knowing your limits and your weaknesses, and sheer laziness. The former is why I don’t time or measure my runs in any way. I take different routes almost every time – I like mixing it up. For me, running has become enjoyable, and I don’t want to ruin it by making it a chore. I know if I started trying to, I don’t know, run 10k in an hour, all the fun would go out of it. That’s why I put my guitar down one summer and didn’t pick it up for more than three years. Practicing every day and turning it into some kind of competition with myself.

This year I’ve set myself a few small challenges to stretch myself – take more photos, get familiar with my guitar again, bake, use more of my wardrobe.

This month’s will be the hardest yet. I need a lot of sleep. I LOVE my sleep. But I’m going to set myself a goal of getting up an hour earlier from Wed-Fri – my work weekdays – and use them to get ahead on exercise, cooking and cleaning.

Spring has finally sprung two months late, daylight savings is in full swing, and I am LOVING life. Winters may be getting harder, but that just means the onset of summer is soooo much sweeter. There is no way I would’ve set myself this goal last month or the month before…but spring is such a hopeful time, a time for do-overs, even.

I’m also going to set myself a stretch goal of saving half my income this month. That’s going to be harder than usual, because taking leave (on weekends) means a big paycut. I get paid double time on Saturdays and Sundays. Therefore, not working on them and only getting paid my base, means a lot less in hand.

And while I’m at it, I’m going to be completely Type-A about my finances. I will keep track of exactly how much I save, and keep track of T’s money as well. At the end of the month, I’ll tally everything up and see just what our combined incomes are doing for us…and if anything needs changing.

2 thoughts on “October challenge

  • Reply FB @ FabulouslyBroke.com October 3, 2010 at 05:59

    I too am Type A on my money, but more flexible with my life. I don’t like being told what I have to do (even if it’s by my own self), so I just let things go as they may.

  • Reply Sandy L October 3, 2010 at 23:03

    I remember obsessing about net worth when I was first out of college. I remember feeling pretty darn good about myself when I hit $10,000. It seemed like such a big number at the time but seems tiny now.

    I’ve lost my desire to exercise this summer. It did feel like a chore. I have to make it fun again. Thanks for the reminder.

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