Tuesday, July 23, 2013

Could this be progress?

A month or two has passed since I launched my three year plan, so I thought I'd let you know how its going so far.

Here are the goals I've been working towards:

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Take writing classes, work on improving my craft: I signed-on as a member at www.writersvillage.com.  I took a six week writing course and joined a flash fiction writing group. Being part of a flash fiction group requires me to create something new on a weekly basis, which is both challenging and rewarding. I'm considering taking a course on plot development next. All-in-all, I'd say I'm well on my way in this category.

Make Saving a Habit: I wish I could say this has been going as swimmingly as my writing has been, but I'd be lying if I did. Yes, technically I have made saving a habit. Each paycheck, I put something in my savings account, even if it isn't much. The problem is, each month a new disaster crops up and I end up tapping into it. The silver lining here is that when a disaster did strike, I was ready for it. And, because I made the commitment to replace the money I "borrowed" from my savings, I bounced back pretty quick. I've also been using MINT.com long enough to have several months worth of data to contrast. I have identified some areas where I think I can try to spend a little less and save a little more, which will be my next goal.

Find Daily Me Time: As anticipated, this is the hardest goal to reach and the one where I've made the least progress. Aside from the all the activity that goes on every day raising kids and working, a whole lot of other very stressful obligations cropped up this month that I really could have done without. I find I actually have less "me" time now than I did two months ago, which is not good. I have to find ways to do better with this, I just don't quite know how yet.

If you are a working mom and have time to comment I would love to hear how you carve "me" time out of your busy day. I need all the suggestions I can get!

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