A lot happens when school is out!
Already in June I’ve planned my grandmother’s birthday party, chose my courses for my second year at university, spent a day road tripping around eastern ontario/northern new york with one of my best friends, brought my father out to a lovely restaurant for fathers day and paid for it (!!), created a false half birthday for a fictional character in order to buy a DQ cake and celebrate with friends, had a movie marathon, brought my new kitten to the vet three times in one month for various things (not so grand) and borrowed the car from my mom for a week and had the responsibility of driving myself to work. Pretty much every weekend has been something time consuming and exciting so far! I can’t wait for the rest of June!
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A lot happens when school is out!
In the month of May…
1. I worked 5 days a week, every week for the past month since finishing my finals (except one day, which I spent in the hospital..) This is the first time in my life that I have worked so many consecutive days. So its new, and the paycheck is pretty fulfilling ;)
2. I’m paying more attention to my savings now more than ever before. How is this fulfilling? I’m finally understanding where my money is disappearing to AND have made sure that in the next two to three years, I will be able to study abroad for at least a semester!!
3. I really watched my spending. Sure, I shouldn’t have spent that $40.00 on movies when my Rogers video down the street was having a massive sale, but I wrote down exactly how much I spent there, and everywhere else this month. Its super hard to come to terms with spending sooo much money in a short amount of time, so I’m trying to cut back, watch what I dole out each week and then find less expensive alternatives.
4. I paid off my credit card! (its my first card with my first debt on it and it feels so great that its gone!!)
Since April, I did a whole lot of nothing. I worked a lot, I watched quite a bit television (to catch up on what I missed) and played with my cat. Overall, I probably ended up spending more time on my couch than I should… It took me a while to realize what I have accomplished this month, and how these things that I’ve done are really going to help me in my future.
Life is getting more and more expensive these days… and not just for students! Gas, food, hydro, housing, cars, transportation/travel, clothes, entertainment (did you hear the price of popcorn at movie theaters is going up because of the rise in corn/grain prices?) are all so much more than they used to cost and its become quite the difficult financial situation for tons of people worldwide. So this month, I thought of the bigger picture. “do you really need to order that pizza tonight, or do you maybe want to save that $20 for an awesome vacation with friends next spring?” Or a car, or school books, or a house, a one way plane ticket out of this town, or even Christmas presents for this year so I don’t have to shop in the $1 at my local gas station… So I didn’t travel, do any extreme sports, have a life changing epiphany or anything, but I did change my habits and build a nice little pile of cash for my future. :)
I wanted to wait to post my entry until I was actually done but.. I just finished my first semester of university! I just came back from my last exam – philosophy – and I know that I did great. It feels so amazing to accomplish something like this. I completely realize that there are quite a few semesters ahead of me, but just to know that I can get through one and I can keep up with everyone is amazing. No one in my family has done university level courses before. College and Trade-school level, yes. But never once has a member of my entire (rather large) extended family been in university and completed an entire semester without dropping out. It pretty much feels great.
As for May – I haven’t a clue what I’m going to do yet, but with all this free time, I hope it will be something exciting!
I hope everyone enjoys the last few days of April!
1. I really want to sew something with a pattern!
2. dinner party (not new, but exciting)
3. finish my first year at university! :)
btw: Thanks for the invite John!
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