Bye 2016; Hello 2017

Written on January 3, 2017 at 7:20 pm
Filed under: Personal

It has been a really long time since I last blogged. Life and other things got in the way, but hopefully I’ll make this a regular habit again (maybe, sort of).

A recap of 2016:

  • I bought my very first car (a 2016 Mazda3 Sport/hatchback) – in March
  • I got a full-time permanent position, complete with benefits and pension – in June
  • I moved out of my parents home for the very first time – in July
  • I got better at budgeting (I’ve been using YNAB4 since 2015)
  • I told my parents about Clay (loooooong overdue) – in November
  • They seem to like him! – still accurate

Goals for 2017:

  • Read more and craft more – I focused a lot on work/my career in 2016. It’s time to spend some time on me on my days off.
  • Eat better – I’ve decided to cut out fast food for the most part. I tend to go through the drive thru on my way home from work at the end of a set of shifts. I’ve decided to eliminate that, as well as solo fast food eating. I’m hoping to cut my restaurant/eating out monthly budget/limit to $100/month. In 2016, I averaged $150-200/month in this category. I’m getting more into meal prepping/planning, so I’m hoping to continue this trend.
  • Exercise??? The development that I moved into has great amenities – it includes a yoga studio and a fitness room with equipment. I’m hoping to utilize these amenities since I already contribute to it (via strata).
  • Save with purpose – I have a trip planned for October this year that’s to NYC and will be quite expensive. I also have other vacation days booked off already, but I’m not 100% sure if I will be going anywhere or just enjoying time off work.
  • Save more generally – my financial goals this year are to finish squirreling away money for my emergency fund (4-6 months of expenses) and to start saving for a future house down payment for down the line (most likely by 2019).
  • Blog more – this goes for blogging here, as well as on BlytheLife.com and OneMoreSteep.com (my Blythe/doll blog, and my tea review blog).

Twenty-seven

Written on November 7, 2016 at 12:05 am
Filed under: Personal with tags: ,

I wrote this a couple a days ago, as I wanted to reflect a little bit on the whole turning “twenty-seven” thing. That and I have to work a day shift on my actual birthday – which means waking up early and then going to sleep early because I’ve got a day shift the next day too (lame).

This will be the first year that I have a permanent full time job, which is pretty exciting. A lot has changed in the last year. I changed jobs (casual to full time, different hospitals), I bought a car (and now have a lovely monthly car payment), I moved out of my parents’ house, and I’m doing okay. It’s weird having a job and an income now because it means that I have money that I can use to buy things, and can afford (in theory) to go places. Or something like that.

Over the next year, I’d love to do a few things:

  • Continue with the saving for what I’m very generically referring to as The Future. This is primarily Future Home/Real Estate Purchasing. Because apparently that costs money $$.
  • Finish funding my emergency fund. I started this earlier this year, my goal is to reach 6mos of expenses and I’m currently halfway there.
  • Go on vacation. I have one trip planned (not booked) for New York City next October, and I want to include seeing a Broadway play in that as well.

Still have some growing up to do (although apparently I’m an adult now, who knew?), but we’ll see what the future holds. I do have some goals/things that I would like to do before I turn thirty, but I think I’ll save that for another post.

That Work-Life Balance

Written on September 19, 2016 at 2:36 pm
Filed under: Personal

Gone are the days of balancing school-clinicals-life – now it’s the work-life balance and striving to be an adult (or something like it). I have a fairly regular schedule as I typically do four days on, four days off. Occasionally I have anywhere from 5-7 days off between sets of shifts (and I’m a-okay with that!).

  • Day 1 off from work: I get home, shower, eat, do laundry, sleep until noon, throw my clothes into the dryer, sleep some more, wake up to fold clothes, and relax.
  • Day 2 off from work: grocery shopping, regular shopping, hang out with friends/family/boyfriend, and relax.
  • Day 3 off from work: same as day 2 (mostly, maybe less shopping or no shopping at all), and relax.
  • Day 4 off from work: prep/cook for all of my meals for my days at work, portion them all out accordingly, relax, and go to sleep early because 6am wake-up calls always come early.

Most days, I love my job. Being a nurse is awesome, and I generally like my patients. Some days, I question why I spent 3 years of my life going through nursing school. It’s a mixed bag of feelings on some days, but I think my general feelings on it is that I love being a registered nurse. I’m not 100% sure how long I’ll stay at my current position and what paths I’ll want to take to further my education (but the goal is to further my education). For now, the unit that I’m on is a good ‘stepping stone’. I get to practice a lot of skills, I get to do a lot of things, I get exposed to a lot of different disease processes. And I get to make a difference in peoples’ lives, whether they realize it or not.

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