You may remember that at the beginning of the year I decided to focus my energies on three things: getting healthier, fixing my finances, and spending more quality time with my family. It's been a wild ride so far this year, but I realized today is the last day of the first quarter, so I thought I'd post an update.
The family time has definitely increased since Bro moved in. I see a lot more of my nephews, too. Walker, Bro, and I sit down to dinner together several times a week, which isn't easy considering we all have very different schedules. Walker and I had a week together in February, on vacation. I think we needed that. We've also managed to sneak in a few late lunch dates before I go to work. It's progress.
The finances are actually ahead of schedule. In the interest of full disclosure, I need to state that one factor in getting there is the contribution Bro makes to the household budget. I followed Gail Vaz-Oxlade's plan to set the budget up, but I based it just on income from Walker and me. When Bro moved in, I didn't adjust the numbers. So his contribution is "extra". I decided not to account for it since I know he'll be moving on soon. The biggest "Wahoo!" happened in February, when I paid a credit card balance, in full, after our vacation. I have one more to go, but that one is going away quickly since it's the only consumer debt I have. I've been working overtime, clipping coupons, and watching sales. Finances are doing well.
Then there's the "health" category. Can I get back to you on that one? Actually, while I don't have a regular exercise program, I've cut way back on my caffeine intake, I'm sleeping better, and we're eating a lot healthier since Bro moved in. He's a great cook, and he's committed to his wellness plan. He makes low fat, low carb meals that are awesome. We also have healthy snacks now. It's a start, but I do need to get going on the exercise. Now that spring is (almost) here, I think that'll get easier. I love to walk outside, bike ride, garden. In a couple months Diva and I will be swimming every day. I'll get there.
Over all, I guess I'd give myself about a B. Maybe a B-. Nah, a B. Can't get everything done at once. Considering the challenges I've had, I think a B will do just fine.