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I've pledged to read 26 books via the official Goodreads challenge. The rest of my 3 million words will more than likely come via proofreading jobs and fan fiction. Everything will be listed on the other side of the blog and you can view the details and numbers here.

2015 Goals

  • do more crafts
  • self-publish a book
  • research degree programs
  • work on the yards
  • ramp up my proofreading business
  • clean up/clean out the house
  • get healthy and well
  • write 2500 words a week
  • read 3 million words
  • reach the 120lb. mark

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Monday, August 5, 2013

Yeah, it's Monday...


It's even Movie Monday, but I couldn't bring myself to watch a movie. Just had no desire to do so, so MM is taking a hiatus for however long I feel like it.

But Fort Worth Friday will return. Sonshine and I had our date yesterday morning and he wielded the camera, so who knows how the pics turned out. Kidding! I'm sure they're fine. I'll be sorting them this week and prepping for future posts.

I still have one last day of pics from Nashville, but I'm sorta tired of the topic, so I'll just post the link to the albums once they're up.

I spent a lot of time on research last week. Not for writing purposes, as I've shifted focus, but for life/financial and business purposes. First I decided I needed an accounting software package for my proofreading business so I Googled those. What I found, eventually, was budget software. Which, yes, I need for business, but actually caught my eye for our personal finances. Its philosophy is simple: Every dollar needs a job. It's easy to use once you get how it all works. It's a very short, barely there learning curve. It also offers a 34-day free trial.

So I downloaded the You Need a Budget software. Herein known as YNAB. All the features are available in the trial. It's not an online thing like Mint.com, though the files are saved into Dropbox and sync with any PCs and devices like smartphones you're gonna use. Very handy!

I added all my data. Figured out how to tweak it to account for all my buckets. That's a term hubby and I use to refer to a specific holding account for something. Like the grocery bucket. All funds designated for food, would be in the grocery bucket. It opened my eyes to how poorly I've managed our money this year. I was--I AM--very disappointed in myself.

I had big plans--as short a time ago as Thursday--for my proofreading earnings. But now I see that aside from the $100 per month I'm putting in a certain credit card bucket (on top of the regular payment plus the payment rolled over from the other CC I just paid off), everything else just needs to go into the main coffer to replenish the money that's been spent here and there on random incidentals over and above the budgeted allowable amount.Yikes!

So back to the drawing board. But now I have my own income that I earn outside of our other business. I feel so much more free and happy and in control of things than I did just a few short months ago. Amazing what a vacation and an attitude adjustment will do for you.

Hope you had a great weekend!!!

3 comments:

Regina Richards said...

Go Jen! The new budgeting software sounds good. :)

Jen FitzGerald said...

Thanks, Regina. You know I'll keep you posted. :)

Lara Lacombe said...

Sounds like you're getting things in order! :)

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  • DH = my husband
  • my Brown Eyed Girl = my oldest daughter
  • DD = my Darling Daughter (the younger one)
  • Sonshine or Marching Band Boy = my son
  • NT = the North Texas chapter of RWA
  • RWA = Romance Writers of America

Read in Aug 2015

  • The Seventeenth Page Affliction by EmmyAngua
  • The Adventure of the Bridegroom's Photograph by spacemutineer
  • Nowhere To Be by allonsys_girl
  • The Alphabet of Sherlock Holmes by SilentAuror
  • A Bleeding Heart in Longhand, ch. 89 by serpentynka
  • Silhouettes by allonsys_girl
  • The Rising Tide by allonsys_girl
  • Of Razors, Pipes, Red Notebooks and Rugby Jerseys by allonsys_girl
  • Positive Reinforcement by Mildredandbobbin
  • Of Course I Forgive You by allonsys_girl
  • Dirty Love by saziikins
  • A Bleeding Heart in Longhand, ch. 88 by serpentynka
  • Inexplicable by EmmaGrant
  • Eyes Up, Heels Down by Codename Meretricious
  • Tea by wendymarlowe
  • A Bleeding Heart in Longhand, ch. 87 by serpentynka
  • A Bleeding Heart in Longhand, ch. 86 by serpentynka
  • Dr John H Watson, Sexual Surrogate by smurff
  • Tigers Make Good Pets by tenderly_wicked
  • Just Staying by tenderly_wicked
  • However Improbable by earlybloomingparentheses
  • Help Us to Surive by solrosan
  • Heartbeat in the Brain by Indybaggins
  • Runaway Highlander by R.L. Syme
  • Collateral Damage by SilentAuror
  • A Bleeding Heart in Longhand, ch. 85 by serpentynka
  • The Mystery of the Olive Green Chair by allonsys_girl
  • Undressing by unovis
  • What Are You Going to Do About It? by brbsoulnomming
  • Yes and No by emungere
  • Shallow Grave by SilentAuror
  • A Study in Bees by daasgirl
  • A Bleeding Heart in Longhand, ch. 84 by serpentynka
  • How I Impregnated Your Mother by Mildredandbobbin
  • Disguise by kaalee
  • Sherlock Never Noticed the Cameras by wendymarlowe
  • The Lucky Few by saziikins
  • Conversdations With Idiots by scullyseviltwin
  • Reason Goes Before a Fall byLorelai_Lee
  • Breakable by MissDavis
  • Sharp Bits and Safe Paths by midgetnazgul
  • A Bleeding Heart in Longhand, ch. 83 by serpentynka
  • Boxing Up a Life Together by flawedamethyst
  • Barter System by brbsoulnomming
  • Phoenix by Lono
  • What You Really Want by type_40_consulting_detective
  • I Don't Speak French by Ricechex
  • A Bleeding Heart in Longhand, ch. 82 by serpentynka
  • Echoes Through Time by chellefic
  • A Negligible Accident by flawedamythyst
  • A Close Shave by poppyalexander
  • Grip and Release by PetraTodd
  • How to Be Brave by stillaseeker
  • Thrust Vigorously by Dlnnanzor
  • The Boys of Summer by mazarin221b
  • The First and Only Convention of the Scotland Yard Matchmaker Committee by ImpishTubist
  • Paper Hearts by testosterone_tea
  • Slip Out the Back Jack by yaycoffee
  • Smoke by poppyalexander
  • The Scent of Home by PetraTodd
  • Her Boy by saziikins
  • LHT-HNL by scullyseviltwin
  • Blande Barista Seeks Dashing Ballet Dancer: Inquire Within by prettysailorsoldier
  • I Fall Through the Cracks Until You Catch Me by sc010f
  • The Newlywed Game by patternofdefiance
  • Game Night by Random_Nexus
  • Gotta Have It by poppyalexander
  • Blank Canvas, Warm Bed by taylorpotato

Read in July 2015

  • A Bleeding Heart in Longhand, ch. 81 by serpentynka
  • Lighting Up by persiflager
  • Holmes is Where the Heart Is by earlgreytea68
  • TB&TC Red Sox Ficlets by earlgreytea68
  • The Commentary Experiment by earlgreytea68
  • The Bang and the Clatter by earlgreytea68
  • Level 65 Paladin Looking for Group by etothepii
  • Friend Request by rumpleghost
  • Charity by Spinning Place
  • I Know Places by Spinning Place
  • Doesn't Do Boyfriends by SamParker
  • Rupert Graves by SamParker
  • All of This Can Be Broken by Indybaggins
  • No World for the Penitent by AnInconvenientRuth
  • Vessels Sailing Prosperously by AnInconvenientRuth
  • Launch Yourself on Every Wave by AnInconvenientRuth
  • A Bleeding Heart in Longhand, ch. 80 by serpentynka
  • Principals of Morality series by nishizono
  • Poster Boys by peevee
  • Disregard the Danger by DestinationToast
  • The Right Question by violet_tinted_pencil
  • Things Unheard, Things Unsaid by jamlockk
  • Maybe This Christmas by feverishsea
  • Engaged by lifeonmars
  • Damage by lifeonmars
  • In My Heart Tonight by mazarin221b
  • Across the Sky by mazarin221b
  • In the Space Between Our Clothes by kingaofthewoods
  • A Bleeding Heart in Longhand, ch. 79 by serpentynka
  • Loyal in Adversity by JayEz
  • Nature and Nurture by earlgreytea68
  • A Bleeding Heart in Longhand, ch. 78 by serpentynka
  • Bunting by bobross
  • The Importance of a Second Serve by jupiter_ash
  • A Study in Doubles by jupiter_ash
  • The Great Git by jupiter_ash
  • Where I Cannot Find You by withoutawish
  • A Bleeding Heart in Longhand, ch. 77 by serpentynka
  • A Study in Winning by jupiter_ash
  • The Godfather by dietplainlite
  • Love Outside the Box by mylittlecornerofsherlock
  • Round by songlin
  • Whatever Remains, However Improbable by ivyblossom
  • Scars by SilentAuror
  • Dirty Liaisons by saziikins
  • A Bleeding Heart in Longhand, ch. 76 by serpentynka
  • Not Nice by Mildredandbobbin
  • Like a Snake Shedding its Skin by longhornletters
  • All the Pieces Falling Into Place by 221b_careful_what_you_wish_for
  • Nine Lives of the Human Heart by 221b_careful_what_you_wish_for
  • The Still and Lucky Miles by lbmisscharlie
  • Out of Lullabies by lbmisscharlie
  • A Child's Christmas in Baker Street by lbmisscharlie
  • Fill Our Mouths With Cinnamon Now - deleted scenes by lbmisscharlie
  • Fill Our Mouths With Cinnamon Now by lbmisscharlie
  • Luminosity by what_alchemy
  • A Bleeding Heart in Longhand, ch. 75 by serpentynka
  • Want by SilentAuror
  • Blind Spot by SilentAuror
  • Longer Than the Road that Stretches Out Ahead by sunken_standard
  • A Study in Reflexology by keelywolf
  • Alone on the Water by Mad_Lori
  • A Bleeding Heart in Longhand, ch. 74 by serpentynka
  • Betwixt and Between by ivywatcher
  • Dirty Politics by saziikins
  • Lab Book by copperbadge
  • Swoon by cathedral_carver
  • The Making Of by EmmaGrant
  • Saccharomyces Cerevisiae by yaycoffee
  • Opposition Party by mydwynter
  • Vena Cava by SilentAuror
  • The Devil's Workshop by Bashful Bunny
  • A Bleeding Heart in Longhand, ch. 73 by serpentynka
  • Horse and Carriage series by flawedamythyst
  • Intellectual Intercourse series by waketosleep
  • Consolation by Mildredandbobbin
  • The Important Bit by Solshine
  • A Bleeding Heart in Longhand, ch. 72 by serpentynka
  • Want by SilentAuror
  • Wherein There Is a Case... by parsnips
  • Come Aboard by corpsereviver2
  • Give Me the Keys by Mazarin221b
  • The Things You Can't Outwit by Speranza
  • Seaside Villa by 221b_careful_what_you_wish_for
  • Princess of the Pond by ShinySherlock
  • Up or Artistic Lush by Speranza
  • Orangina by EmmaGrant