I woke up with a slightly panicky feeling. It could be that the clock radio was talking about stock market downturn which is never a good thing to wake up to. I also knew that this was my last day of holidays. After a busy bee enough but also smell-the-roses week, I am starting to feel a bit of lunch bag letdown because I have not accomplished much of the long to do list I envisioned making headway on during my one week vacation.
But since May reminded me that I love being a Libra with her post, If I Only had More Money (which is a worthwhile read, you should go check it out), because I crave balance, I’m going to reflect on the good and the not so good while I sip my coffee here and then figure out what I’m going to do next. Care to join me?
Let’s start by being kind to myself. Otherwise I might have to get slightly defensive due to my Type A personality as Prudence points out. Back in June, I had laid out a bunch of things I wanted to achieve. I previously did a quick review and thought I had done okay, but let’s double check by looking at the details:
- Create a spreadsheet of all my investments in my retirement portfolio and start tracking the stock prices, EPS and dividend payments daily. NOT DONE
- Add to the list potential other buys and track and understand their metrics to determine if and when I should acquire. NOT DONE
- Open a self-directed stock account and move all of the equities in my retirement portfolio there, making all future decisions myself. NOT DONE
- Figure out how to get my grocery budget down from $800 / month (for three people). NOT DONE
- Move my blog to a self-hosted site. DONE
- Take steps to monetize blog. DONE
- Cut the freakin’ cable and save $83.56/month minus the cost of a good quality digital antenna. DONE – cable canceled and service stops next week
- Fill out an application at Shopper’s Drug Mart for a job starting in September. NOT DONE
Whoopsy! Well I guess on paper I didn’t do as well as I thought. Truth is items 1 – 3 are related and item 1 was on my list to do this week. I think that may be one of the reasons I’m feeling kind of disappointed. I know it will be a lot of work but I really want to get going on it. It’s next on the list to address as soon as I can get some hours to start. #whenhellfreezesover
#4 is ongoing, but truth be told, I have not done much myself on this yet, other than
nag talk to The Irishman. I really want to get control over this. I think the first thing we need to address is the wasted food. As a son of a depression baby, The Irishman shops like we are on the brink of starvation, all-the-freakin-time. Not only does this not appeal to my new minimalist preferences, but it’s hard on the budget. I’m inspired by Will’s $75 / month spent on groceries. This will be my focus for the fall. If nothing else it will give me good blogging content. #snicker
#5 and #6 I’m really glad to have behind me, but #6 is ongoing. Actually, mea culpa, apparently #5 is ongoing too because I just discovered that I didn’t have an email account set up for debster<at>debtdebs<dot>com in my cpanel and I see there are some feedback messages in my blog I never noticed before. Apologies Kirsten and Keith (I’ll get back to you soon) and others who I don’t know yet but I’m hoping want to send me money for advertising or writing for them. #hee hee I’ve just now set up an email account and forwarded to my gmail. Regarding #6 advertising, Cashville Skyline wrote a great post on this and so I proceeded to ask her a bunch of questions because
I’m clueless I still have a bunch of learning to do on this. #snort
I’m really happy that #7 got done as it required mental work (researching the digital antenna to buy) and physical work (installing on the roof), although he reminded me that he still has to go back up there to do something once the cable is kaputz. It’s kind of exciting actually. Feels like we are going back to the sixties and I’m wondering what channels I’m going to get and how my TV watching may change based on what is available to us. #firstworldproblems
#8 well was partially in jest but not a totally ruled out option yet. If not for this year, it’s still a possibility at some point. Kayla at Shoeaholic No More continually inspires me with her energy and gumption. That girl’s going places and I want to
live vicariously through her see if I can do something similar with blogging and freelancing before I decide to go the paid employee part-time job route. #don’tquityourdayjob
Speaking of which, I’ve written three articles for Money Propeller, though none are published yet, they are scheduled for the future and I have another four in the hopper. I’ve got a few guest posts written or planned and looking forward to increasing my exposure through guest posts. #wavingarmsmadly
Likewise, I am also seeking guest posts for this blog. It’s nice to have others’ perspectives and despite some opinions to the contrary recently, my observation is that it still serves a need. You won’t see affiliate guest posts here, only ones that are in harmony with my values (because let’s face it, it’s nice to have supporters), or ones that contradict my opinions (I think it’s important to learn and grow by digesting conflicting views which then either modify or reinforce your own), or ones that fill a void that I cannot provide much valuable information or experience for. #guestposterswanted
So while I realize all of those photos of mine above are not true honey bees and in fact some of them look quite lazy instead of busy, I thought I would share a cool pic from a twit I follow with a cool fact but also a sad fact about the bees in Ontario being impacted by neonicotinoids pesticides used by farmers. I’m sure there are two views to this story too.
— Beekeeper Dan (@BeekeeperDan1) August 7, 2014
Have you been a busy bee this summer or a lazy or injured bee? What are your priorities you are getting done or not getting done? Any views on the honey bee industry?