The end of the year came and went and now here we are – plopped a third of the way through January 2017 and I just now settled on my goals for the year. Unfortunately, I missed the opportunity to harness the powers of the new moon a few weeks back which is supposedly the best time to set intentions. Oops. Maybe one of my goals should be to stop procrastinating…
So anyways – I set my goals and they are so not sexy. This is the year of … wait for it… the budget! I mean it this time. Goals like “read 25 books” or “learn Spanish” are fabulous, but I am 30 years old and I think it’s time to get my shit together. #priorities, right? I desperately need a budget and a 401k and all the money-saving things.
I got into the finances talk with a friend over lunch the other day and about halfway through I blurted out, “I will NOT stop shopping at Whole Foods or eating out!” I am clearly defensive over my food spending even though no one is telling me what to do with my money. But I have my limits when it comes to this whole “budget” thing.
They say never give up on something you can’t go a day without thinking about. So the food stays, damn it.
Besides, going from shopping at Whole Foods to Food4Less is like trading a brand new BMW for a 99 Honda Accord. You won’t die but it’s so not ideal. It’s not like I do ALL my shopping at Whole Foods, but it is my happy place. For the record, I drive a Honda Civic. Cars aren’t important to me. Food is.
My love for eating out, trying trendy new restaurants and eating whatever it is I am craving in that moment is definitely a bad habit. But can I confess something? It is one of my greatest joys in life. Walking through the crowded aisles and filling my little plastic green basket with organic goods makes my heart sing.
I also happen to suck at cooking and there are plenty of healthy restaurants that do it much better, so why not take advantage of that? My definition of bliss is getting the salmon with a side of Brussels sprouts and butternut squash from Flower Child on my way home from work. Hello, heaven! Or hearing my name being called by our adorable office manager, Cecy, followed by “your postmate is here!” What did we do before food delivery apps?
So yeah, I’m not quite ready to change my eating habits and I will defend them to the death. One more quick argument in my favor before I ask for some money saving tips: I am a really, really busy person and I am rarely at home. It is much easier to grab something on the go (from whole foods or elsewhere) than to cook dinner when I get home at around 8:00pm. That is my one hour to spend with my girlfriend and I think she’d prefer I don’t spend it dirtying the kitchen.
In an effort to make my budgeting dreams come true, I downloaded the Mint app and borrowed my friend’s budgeting excel sheet. I tallied up all my expenses and income from various places and set some actual budgets. I have no idea what an appropriate budget is for food so I am basically taking a shot in the dark. It will be a process, my friends, but I’m committed to saving money by not getting so many massages and cutting down on lululemon and other unnecessary (but oh so wonderful) things. In the meantime – if you have any tips for me, I’m all ears. Just please, please, please don’t tell me to make all my meals at home. 😉
My other goals include growing professionally, writing more often, taking on more run clients (if time allows) and investing in a 4-day life changing workshop. More on that last one later. 🙂
before i go… join the challenge!
Today is Day 1 of the lululemon x strava 40 | 80 challenge. It’s a global two -week run challenge happening on Strava and it’s not too late to sign up! Register now and join almost 50,000 other runners across the globe. If you’re local to San Diego, join us for an in-person kick-off run at the Carlsbad store at 6pm this Wednesday. I’ll be there! Come say hi.
your turn. new year’s resolutions or intention setting?
yay or nay?