Top row, L-R: first drinks of our cruise; ocean in the Bahamas; five cruise ships in the port of Nassau
Middle row, L-R: mama selfie on Mother’s Day; dilated eyes; lunch with old coworkers
Bottom row, L-R: nephew baking cookies; brunch book club; and a selfie I took after getting my hair colored and cut
May was a fun month! I really enjoyed it. I went on a fabulous vacation, bought new eyeglasses, and had my book club girls over for a really fun brunch book club at my apartment pool. The weather was just beautiful this month, too!
The high point of my month was going on my sixth cruise with my mom. We had so much fun!
The low point of my month was when I got sick almost immediately after getting home from my vacation. I even had to take a half-day off work because I felt so bad! (My first actual sick day in years.)
The best thing I spent money on this month was new eyeglasses! They are the cutest. 🙂
The progress I made toward my obsessive goal for this year (losing 40 lbs) was ugh, nothing. Let’s move on. I am so disappointed in myself this month. (How vastly different than last month, eh? Sigh.)
The best recipe I made last month was this ground turkey mash recipe I found on Skinnytaste (my favorite recipe site!). It is straight-up comfort food, but also feels slightly healthy with the mix of veggies. I’m a fan and will definitely make it again!
I am looking forward to June because I am beginning a spending freeze. It may not sound like fun, but I know it will be a worthwhile challenge to help me get my focus back, with both my weight loss goals and money goals. Weight loss because it means I’ll be eating out less and cooking more wholesome meals, and money because I’ll hopefully have my $1,500 emergency fund completed* and have started paying off one school loan. I just really want to end the month feeling way more successful and accomplished than I did in May.
1. Get to a healthy BMI and lose at least 40 lbs.
I made no progress in May. I need to lose at least 5 lbs in June to keep me on track with this goal.
2. Pay off my credit cards, start an emergency fund (have at least $1,500 saved), and pay off one school loan.
Credit cards are paid off; emergency fund is at $320. May was not a good month for debt goals, so I’m hoping I can change that in June.
3. Read 75 books, including 10 off this list.
I read 8 books in May, putting me at 35 books read this year, and around 4 books ahead of schedule. Doing well, though I need to pick up the pace on reading the books I selected from the Rory Gilmore Reading Challenge. So far this year, I’ve read 1.5 books (in the midst of one of the novels on the list), so I am aiming to finish two more books off the list in June.
4. Get a tattoo.
No progress made yet.
5. Travel to Miami to attend a Miami Dolphins game.
No progress made yet. But my brother and I have been looking at ticket prices and discussing which game we want to attend. (I’m eyeing the season opener against the Patriots.) I am hoping to buy the tickets within the next month or so.
*Completed for this year, at least. I will continue to increase it until I reach a $10,000 emergency fund.
How was the month of May for you? What’s the best thing you spent money on in May?