I do one of these progress reports every two months. I can’t believe it’s already May and I’m due for my 2nd report! I made big headway on a lot of these goals but I haven’t started on a couple of them. Oops.
Save $1,000 in the Gift Fund for my parents. Done! I focused on this financial goal first since it was the smallest goal. I put some of my Christmas gift money and a third of my tax refund into this account.
Make $3,000 outside from full-time job income. $474.78. 15.83% done. I’ve had this goal for three years now and have never achieved it. Last year I got somewhat close and my moonlighting as a food tour guide helped. That gig was short-lived after switching full time jobs because the new position is a much more challenging position. Previously my lab manager job was simple enough where I could do all my work and have time to pursue other endeavors.
Pay down $4,500 in principal of student loans. $1983.01. 44% done. Outside of the trip to Paris, this has been my biggest financial focus. I just want all of it paid off right away. I regret not feeling this way before 2013 when all I did was pay the minimum.
Open up a Roth IRA account with a new bank and deposit $2,000. No progress. I’m focusing on the student loans first.
Try 10 more Vietnamese recipes. 4/10. Since my last check in, I made one additional dish, cabbage and egg stir-fry. Bob helped.
Complete 10 sewing learning projects. 4/10. I made 4 sets of 4 napkins. It took me hours to press and sew the corners and then sewing the seams with my mom’s direction and sewing machine. I had brought home enough material to make 5 sets but ran out of time. I strongly recommend square simple projects! I believe in repetition when it comes to learning a new skill.
Finish transcribing dad’s journal. No progress yet. This will be difficult since I don’t read Vietnamese. I can guess his English words with his handwriting but it’s impossible to guess his Vietnamese proper nouns. I plan on transcribing everything that I can and then tagging the pages with blanks. I plan to take the journal to Houston when I visit to fill in the blanks.
SEE PARIS WITH KIM. We are flying out in 12 days! It’s going to happen! It’s all I can think and fret about lately. I’m also pretty much in awe that what seemed so financially daunting is happening! I was worried that with this goal and my other financial goals, I would fall short but I think I stand a strong chance so far. The Universe keeps throwing me bones!
Relationships and Well-Being
Work out 156 times for at least 30 minutes each session. 47/156. This goal was set to mean an average of 3 times a week. I’m only a one work out behind target.