1. Significantly pay down my credit card debt. (More specific goals and action plans are for me to know.)
This is a work in progress and I have a long way to go. Working hard to save, I am becoming more and more budget-minded everyday. As of today, I only have two credit cards, when I started the year with four. I often went without to pay off those two prior to closing them. Unfortunately, the two I plan to keep carry the larger balances, so I cannot cross this resolution off.
I escaped! I finally found a job as a Leasing Consultant at an apartment community the first week of March. I've been there over 90 days now. I work there to hopefully take advantage of the discount on rent early on in 2012.
3. Pack my lunch the night before a workday.
Fail. Oh well... I still have six months to work on this one.
I truly have pared down and love it.
I am so happy that I made Italy happen this year. I truly had a fabulous time.
A Crystal Chandelier! This would make a fabulous housewarming gift!
With my debt manageable with new bills, enough money saved and an emergency fund established, I will move into a one bedroom apartment in my apartment community sometime in 2012!
I hope it will be early 2012! I tell myself January 1st to make myself feel better plus to work towards a more concrete goal. I simply cannot wait to have my own place again! This Miss Independent will be soo happy! I can hardly wait to... to decorate how I want and to entertain and to hostess out-of-town guests and to shop for my own food in a grocery store and cook how I want and for less than five people and not drive to work and walk to my beloved Target a block from property! With my own place, I will also sign up for match.com again; I've always been pretty successful with it. Even though no guy I've gone out with has thought it a problem (or voiced it anyway), I hate mentioning the fact that I live with my parents. So I'll probably also be dating next year, which is really fun. Always a daydreamer, I now think about living in an apartment all the time! What's more is that I'm even dreaming what my apartmentwarming party will be like! Italian antipasti and bottles of my new favorite red wine Valpolicella (to hopefully warm up a sooner winter day)??? (That's the local wine I enjoyed in Verona.) Or a bright festive New Year, New Home theme? Ooh or maybe Chinese New Year? It'll be the Year of the Dragon! ...if it'll be sometime during the month of January! I'm also taking volunteers to help me move! (Refer to resolution number 4 if you're having doubts!) There'll be plenty of pizza and bottles of beer for after! I hope to not have snowmaggedon this year!
My life hasn't been the most exciting ever when I'm not spending so much money, but I did have a fabulous time Friday night. A friend and I wined and dined over an Italian feast. Lots of food and lots of girl talk. It was nice to "get ready" and dress for dinner too. I wore my favorite sheer black top over a black camisole and a dark jean skirt. My friend looked great with a purple top (that I so want to borrow!) also paired with a jean skirt. Great minds think alike.