My backpay came through this week, which now means I’m on a higher salary. It also means all my savings targets got a generous boost! 😀
$20k target by 22 Dec: On target to achieve
Mar 13: $13,003.17 (adjusted from March goals post to include interest of $53.11)
Apr 13: $14,522.79
12 in 2 Adventures: Ahead of target
Start of month $229.76
End of month: $797.56 + $89 paid for knife skills course
Generosity target of at least $100 per week not quite there
(weeks Mon thu Sun – and based on when things were withdrawn from my accounts):
week 1 – $45 + $70 (dad) + 12hrs volunteering (babysitting, flowers, Sunday school)
week 2 – $20 + $80 to the cause spoken about here
week 3 – $20 + 2 hrs volunteering (babysitting/cleaning)
week 4 – $35 + $50 for a swim-a-thon of a colleague
I don’t want to share too much of my 12 in 2 goal to read the bible, but let’s just say I’ve started, and in a year, I should have the whole thing licked. Why am I bringing it up here? Well I read about giving, but silently, so only God knows. Made me question publishing it on the blog. But then I realised, the blog is helping me do it – in the sense that it reminds me to give to those less fortunate. What are your thoughts? Should I just retire this segment from my goals update? It does feel a little… show-off-ish
Cook at home twice a week: achieved
Bold means I made it myself! March was a roaring success – and April on average wasn’t too bad. I had one week where I didn’t hit my target, but given I’d been sick in the stomach and then super busy, I’m not 100% worried. I’ve seen an increase in eating at home of late, so that’s a bonus. Most of my meals out seem to be homecooked too – either at a friend’s or my parents. I still buy lunch 2 days a week – Mondays and on the weekend at least once usually.
*can you imagine me coming home with EIGHT leeks – it was comical*
week 1 –
Chicken & Leek terrain with leek and potato bake leftovers (Mon)
Rocket salad with beef (Tue)
Apple sauce (sick!) (Wed)
Chicken soup – leftovers (Thu)
Ginger and Lemongrass stir fry (Fri)
Snack food at water polo presentation night (Sat)
Nothing 😦 still sick from WED! (Sun)
week 2 – let’s not talk about some of the nutritional decisions I made this week, shall we?
Chocolate cake (Tue)
Garlic pizza – inhaled pre concert (Thu)
Sushi – nearly made me sick (Fri)
Roast chicken at friend’s place (Sun)
week 3 –
Dosa with curried root veges – I used mustard when I couldn’t buy mustard seeds, it works (Mon)
Vegie pasta bake at a friend’s (Tue)
Lasange at my parent’s (Thu)
Italian out (Fri)
Coconut buns and chicken dim sum (Sat)
Leftover GF pizza (Sun)
week 4 –
Chickpea Salad (Mon)
Nachos at BF’s (Wed)
Curry at parents (Thu)
Roast lamb and potatos at BF’s (Sat)
Chicken Ceaser Salad at BF’s(Sun)
Sugar – out the window!
Train for polo – off season
– 2 films a month: achieved
Sunday night in week 1, my darling took me to Identity Thief I felt pretty rotten, which can be evidenced by the fact that the only Malteasers I consumed were those brought to my mouth! That’s unheard of! Funny funny film – even though BF is convinced I don’t like comedy. I also Die Hard – Die Another Day. Gosh I’m good to my bf! Next up, Warm Bodies I think.
– 2 books a month: achieved
Grotesque sort of straddled the months, but definitely in this month was A Tree Grows in Brooklyn which I thoroughly enjoyed – you can read my review. I tried to get into Blown with limited success (had it on the go for two weeks). I think picked up The Winter Garden by Laura Hillenbrand, and I’m really enjoying it!
Call/connect with an out of town friend – not achieved
Not going great with this – I did send some messages but really not enough.
– Certification: on target
Seems I missed two of the sixteen competencies when I was writing out the framework, so whilst i said LAST month I only had three to go, I really had five! So now I’ve done two more, I have three to go. Only four are at the proper length though, so more work is needed
– Looking for next role: making progress
After some scheduling difficulties, I’m had an information interview with a company this week. I’m not sure I’ll make the change, given it’d mean longer hours and a lower salary, and the only real carrot for me is that I could move to France (or somewhere else, but France is where I’d like to go, and their ‘home’). Nonetheless, I’ll make sure to look at their job ads monthly just in case.
I also now have a professional mentor, outside my company, thanks to the professional body that I’m doing my certification through. We meet in early May at an event, so it shall be interesting to see what I learn and how I grow.