Phew, I’m tired. From the Super Bowl to Carnaval, February has been a tiring month. Did I get fitter, not really. Did I make more money, a bit yes. Did I get sh!t done? Fo sho. You literary Generati will be happy to know that the cover for a novella I’m releasing on Amazon in May got done. It’s called Mortimus Walker and the Secret of the White City. Also, I now have an editor for Leaving Spera, also due to be released this year. And lastly, the edits and reimaginings of the original Visions have been going on throughout February for a mid March release. Worry not, there are no changes in the content, just visuals for the new publication company, Black Rose.
So through all that and my day job, how did my finances stack up?
All of my savings funds went up as they’re supposed to, plus some interest. But the big plus this month was in my IRA! The market skyrocketed throughout February and I rode the roller coaster up with everyone else, to a lovely $1,200. It’s March now, so it’s time to start thinking about what to sell. More on that later this month.
And of course all of my loans went down significantly. I’m planning on paying off ALL of my Sallie Mae loans by the end of this year. I’ll give you a break down on that this month too.
This month has not been as great as other months. I had to do a lot of work on the house (fixing a fence, repainting a room, tenant moving out) and also paid $300 for some really nice cover art to my short story. So my real estate account and my checking account both took a beating.
I lost 1.6lbs but since I fluctuate about 5 lbs on a daily basis, that really doesn’t mean much except that I’ve officially plateaued with the last 3 months being about the same weight. DAMN YOU 200 POUNDS! WHY WON’T YOU DIE?!
And Leveling Up
I’m finally catching up on my days of work after the month off last November. Took long enough. I’m working extra days in March and April too just to make some extra cash. I’ve started an IT program online and will be getting my CCNA in a couple months, then my CCNP, then will start looking for a local job here in Austin. I’ve been working with the same company for NINE YEARS now! I’ve loved them and it’s been great, but I need to get serious about laying down roots somewhere. YIKES! Even typing that is scary and cagey to me, but hopefully, the months of commitment I give to this IT program will transition my brain nicely into wanting to start something new and making more money in the process. I feel comfortable posting this publicly because my boss supports people leveling up and she’s known I’ve been trying to travel less for quite some time. It’s just hard to leave such a good company and good position, which is why I’ve had the job for so long. :)
It has become clear to me that I don’t take fitness seriously. It’s something I do for fun, not to level up my body. If I’m going to stick with something, and get the chiseled abs I have promised myself by year’s end, I must start taking it seriously NOW! MyFitnessPal worked great for me on eating better, now I need to find a similar system for working out. I’m open to suggestions!
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