Things to Accomplish, December 2008

I know a lot of people have been saying this, but holy crap!  It’s December!  Where did the year go?  Soon it will be time for a year-end update… I’m set to meet my financial & educational goals, but sadly not some personal goals.

My exam last night went OK.  I didn’t have any of those terrifying moments where you don’t even remember learning about the subject of the question, so that’s good.  Two exams to go!

To Accomplish, December 2008

1. Bring my clothes to the Salvation Army.
If I don’t do it this month, that’s it for the year. And I’m not planning on itemizing deductions next year.

2. Study hard for my exams.
I was going to make this “Get A’s on my exams,” but sometimes that’s out of your control. I just want to know I worked hard & got the best grade I could. If I manage to do that (I am lazy & do not study as much as I should), the A’s should follow. Theoretically.

3. Donate the remainder of my charity budget to worthy charities.
I might donate part of next year’s budget too. I’m thinking an animal charity, a homeless shelter, and possibly the food bank I donated to before Thanksgiving. And maybe to Thon.

4. Work out at least 4 times per week.
I’m not going to lie, this is purely a vanity issue. My parents moved back to the town where I went to high school, and I want to be a little more toned in case I run into anyone. I mean, I want to healthier! Yep.

5. Buy the rest of my Christmas presents.
So last month I had lots of great ideas & got most of the money issues settled. Now I need to actually get that stuff done in time to not pay extra for shipping.

6. Take my picture for my USC ID.
I’ll get my ID right around graduation, if I keep this up!

7. Fill out my application for candidacy.
This is a fancy term for telling the school I’m going to graduate. I need to find out my grades first, but then the form needs to be SIGNED AND READY.

8. Break even on spending this month.
I met my savings goal for the year and I kind of shoved all of my spending requirements to this month so the other months would look good. I’d need another $350 to get to the next round number, but there doesn’t seem to be much point. I could conceivable save a little, but I want to be able to lavish gifts on others if the mood strikes.

9. Finish posting my organics series.
I’m going to be in my parents’ house, which is located in a cold, snowy region, for 2 weeks. I’ll have to entertain myself somehow, in a way that doesn’t involve exposing myself to the cold weather.

10. Set up goals & budget for 2009.
This is going to be hard! I have no idea what I’ll be doing next year. I bounce between finding a job here in LA, finding a job on the East Coast, applying to schools for a PhD, taking a few months off to travel before finding a new job/applying to grad schools, etc. And I have no idea what the wedding costs are going to look like. And I could get laid off. We’ll see.

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3 Responses

  1. December is a good month not to have a high savings goal. I don’t think I will be able to set 2009 goals right away either. Or, I’ll set them, but the specific #’s will be adjusted.

    Good luck!

  2. Wait, if you’re graduating in the spring, why do you need your ID at all? 🙂

  3. @SP: I was going to try to find the $350 to hit a new savings milestone, but it would involve dipping into my personal spending fund and not spending money when I am home for the holidays. I’d rather just say that I’ve done enough, and now it’s time for a break.

    I put together a really rough budget assuming nothing will change. It’s not supposed to be set in stone, and at least I’ll have something for the first few months.

    @ Revanche: You make a good point, but for some reason I want one! I think it will be more of a keepsake, like, I went to school and got my degree and lived in California. Here, I have a shiny piece of plastic to prove it!

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