Rounding Up: March 2017

March was probably one of the craziest months of my life. But it was so good!

First off, I got married at the beginning of the month. Then we took a week off for our honeymoon in Sonoma, which was so relaxing. This was my first real vacation in 4 years, and I forgot how nice vacations are! We were excited though to get back into a routine.

Health:

    • I have no regrets in how much I splurged with eating on the honeymoon. Wine, cheese, and chocolate were a staple of every meal, and it was heavenly! But with that, I did come back feeling pretty sluggish. I’ve been hitting the gym most mornings before work. It’s becoming more habitual and enjoyable to me, so I’d like to keep it up! I’ll admit, the first few days were ROUGH. But now I feel more energized when I get up to workout.
    • I’m also continuing on my quest to *try* to eat more vegetables, even though I hate them. My husband does all of the cooking and we’ve had fun trying to make lighter versions of our favorite foods, like pad thai, curry, arepas, etc. He is an amazing cook.
    • I’ve rediscovered my love for avocados, which you can see on my Instagram 🙂

Social:

  • Seeing all of our friends and family at the wedding was worth the cost of having a big wedding. I hadn’t met a lot of my husband’s family before the wedding, and I hadn’t seen a lot of my family for years.
  • That being said, after a week full of visits with friends and family, I did go on full-blown introvert mode during the honeymoon 🙂
  • Once we got back, our social calendar was fairly full, but we had a ton of fun. We had a beach day with friends, a birthday party, a hockey night, and a St. Patty’s day party. We did manage to get one date night in there, too towards the end of the month.

Finances:

  • We both got decent tax returns, so with extra wedding funds, cash gifts from our wedding, bonuses, a closed life insurance policy, and taxes, we were able to sock away about 10K into our emergency fund, bringing it to around 14K. Because we have debt still, I don’t think we will stock it much more from here. We keep pretty minimal living expenses and both have stable jobs, so I feel comfortable with this number for now.
  • With the wedding paid off, we are excited to start tackling our student loans! Now that I am married, I am more indebted than ever 🙂 We have around 60K of combined student loans, which is our only debt. Obviously I want this debt gone, but it hasn’t been our #1 priority. We have definitely prioritized saving for retirement over paying back loans, because it mathematically makes sense. Our debt-to-income ratio is in a sustainable range, so we don’t want to ignore our other financial obligations to focus solely on debt repayment. It is what works for us 🙂
  • I will make my final car payment this month. I bought my car from my parents with 0% interest, so they wouldn’t let me pay it back any faster than our agreed upon monthly payment. I’m thankful for their help! But now both of our cars are getting up there in miles, and we know we will need to start saving for a different car. I plan to use the money I was paying to my parents to put into a savings account for a new car.
  • We are in the process of combining our bank accounts. We kind of go back and fourth about this. We both utilize credit card rewards and pay off our balance each month, so combining our bank accounts still wouldn’t matter that much, as we put most purchases on credit.

Blogging and Business:

  • I’m pretty much starting from scratch on Pinterest. I didn’t transfer a ton of content over from my old site to my new site, so I don’t feel the need to keep repinning old, nonexistent content. It always seems like as soon as I build up a consistent following on Pinterest, they change the algorithm and my page views drop drastically.
  • Because of that, I want to focus on a few other social media strategies as well, namely being Bloglovin and Twitter.
  • There is a ton of work I still have to do on this blog, but I’m trying to focus on a few small things at a time so I’m not overwhelmed.

Personal Development:

  • One goal of mine this year was to read 1 book a month. I used to read a ton, but the habit died off when I got to college. And I honestly haven’t read much ever since I got a smartphone, which is so sad. I read 2 leisure books this month, and just started reading Gone With the Wind. I’ve never read it or seen the movie so it’s enjoyable for me!
  • I’ve been trying to get better about listening to podcasts or sermons on my way to and from work. I enjoy them and know I should get better, but sometimes I just want to listen to some pump up music to get my brain moving!
  • Journaling and reading my Bible in the mornings has been going well, and is a pretty sacred part of my routine.
  • I’m a neat freak, but I find a spend a good portion of my weekends cleaning. I am really trying to let a little mess slide for the sake of time. In order to free up my weekends, I am also prioritizing doing at least one chore a night so that laundry, vacuuming, dusting, and the bathrooms are all clean come the weekend.

Goal Recap

  • Workout at least 5 times a week
  • Finalize my Pinterest strategy for the blog
  • Post every Monday and Friday
  • Clean out my guest bedroom closet
  • Journal daily

What are your monthly goals? 

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