Holy cannoli, can you believe it – it’s March. 2013 is off to a very rapid start, let me tell you.
I am equally part excited and part terrified that it is March. Excited because it’s my birthday month (hooray!) and shocked because as of today, sequestration is going into effect and since I am technically working for the government, this will most likely have a direct monetary impact on me, too. Not what I was expecting as an early birthday present, to be quite honest. I don’t know what the actual consequences will be for me personally, but at this point, I am just really glad that most of BiSC is already paid off. One less worry.
I have a few things on my to-do list for this month.
Since I basically haven’t worked out since before Christmas (unless you want to call international travel – twice! – a workout, because it damn sure is quite physically exhausting), I set myself a deadline for March,1 to start and try to get back into a workout routine. So, I kicked it off this morning with my first workout at the gym and was quite pleased that I managed to do a 5k on the elliptical and I finished and didn’t
die do as bad as I thought. I can definitely build on that from here. Right now, I am shooting for 2-3 workouts a week.
I’ve been working on a few changes to my little corner of the Internet here. I am hoping to implement them over the course of the month. It’s nothing world-shattering, so don’t be alarmed, but every now and then, I like to do a little house-keeping. Call it the blog-spring-cleaning, if you will.
I decided to get back into the habit of taking more daily pictures and will participate in the Photo A Day Challenge again in March. I’ll be posting my pictures on Instagram and through Twitter.
Related to the above mention sequestration, I decided to track our spending this month, I mean, really track our spending. I’ve been using Mint.com for quite some time and it’s a nifty little tool to keep track of where your money is going and has great tools to visualize your spending. I have a basic idea of how much we spend monthly, however, I never really set up a real budget. I mean, it seemed like we were naturally living within our means (mostly) and there was no need to actually try a fixed budget approach. Now, with the yet unknown, but impending cuts to my salary, I would like to get a better idea on what we spend and in what areas we’re most likely able to save most easily if we have to cut back on purchases.
Wish me luck!