Oh! I’m four days late to post this but here are my January stats.
So, I mentioned in my one of posts at the beginning of the year was to try to new things. These things don’t have to be ambitious at all; they’re small and achievable (like trying out a new recipe to finishing a book) and if I log my progress, I can see how much I’ve accomplished over time. Very often I neglect to look at the small things I’ve done over the year. I want to remember what I did no matter how small they are. If I forget I have proof that they existed.
Obviously, there are my financial goals of tracking every cent I spend, pay down my debt and increase my net worth but there’s other goals that are equally important. To me, if I only focus on my debt, I can be completely blind from the small and great things in my life.
I’m happy to report that my penny pinching is going well. I’ve been able to account for every penny I spend and I can now see where exactly my money is going, which brings to my attention at how much I’ve been spending.
My monthly budget for coffees, groceries and bar visits were through the roof. My Mint.com profile showed me a lot of reds and it’s disturbing to see. So far, my detox is not allowing me to spend any money on booze which is good. I wonder if I can keep this going for longer than the 10 days I agreed to do. Let’s see how far I can take it.
Net worth: $1,385.
Reading: “Glittering Images” by Camille Paglia
Watching: “The Hour” from the BBC
Cooking: From one of my favourite food blogs, Smitten Kitchen, I made pear and chocolate chip scones; Pancetta, White Bean & Swiss Chard Pot Pies; and Spicy Squash Salad with Goat Cheese and Lentils. Of course, these recipes were made and enjoyed before my detox.
Art: I made a matchbox pinhole camera! My first prototype yielded no images – the film snapped when I tried to wind it. But I tried it again and now the winder isn’t working. I may need to salvage the roll and put into another camera and take photos. My quest to do pinhole photography will not end here. I will have to try something that’s a bit more stable than a matchbox.
I also developed 2 rolls out of 40 that are waiting to be processed in my fridge. It will take me some time to develop all of my rolls but I’m determined to do so and solve the inevitable question of “What the heck I shoot?” I hardly wrote anything on the label when I shot it. Bad me.
Crafts: I’ve started stitching and I’m hooked! I love doing this.