1- Content creation. Okay wow — thanks for the love and I promise I have no plans to sell out. I had a moment of self-doubt while listening to someone else, I guess. It’s hard not to compare sometimes! Or to be jealous when some people have made their blogs into their main (well-paying!) job. But I already have one of those and it actually is pretty great most of the time. So, yeah. I will remember what my goals are and keep doing what I’m doing.
Notably, my favorite blogs are all ‘life story’ blogs too. The most raw and honest, the better! The less SEO, the better! And somehow I feel fine about blog/podcast ads (like you see in the sidebar) but true sponsored content gives me the creeps.
(THOUGH I have thought about becoming an affiliate for products that I already love/enjoy. Hobonichi unfortunately doesn’t have a program though!)
2- Books read in January:
Well, I’m late on this! But here you go:
The Lager Queen of Minnesota by Ryan Stradal – enjoyed this novel about multigenerational family and breweries/beer and women. There is something about this author’s midwestern vibe (and apparent love for the region) that I dig. Reminds me of Fredrik Bachman, but less serious.
Station Eleven by Emily St. John Mandel. I am still haunted by this dystopian book (read at a bad/good time because of the recent 2019 Novel Coronavirus outbreak). I enjoyed it very much. But I still am torn over whether I’m glad to have read it.
Celine by Peter Heller. Interestingly this book felt quieter as I read it, but in retrospect was probably my favorite of the 3! (Though honestly, ALL were good). Celine is an aging private investigator who is witty and charming, but with a troubled past. This book is filled with gorgeous natural scenes, a mystery, and very compelling characters. I like it even more in retrospect.
That’s it! Apparently I was much faster reading my novels than my non-fic in January. Likely 2 NF titles will appear in my Feb list, though.
3- January financial tidbits:
I started to make a pie graph, but that got to me more cumbersome than I have time for this morning! Perhaps that is something I will share in my newsletter.
Gross income saved: 15.6%. (About half of this pre-tax $, half of it post-tax $). This DOES NOT count 529 savings, emergency fund savings, or “savings for future purchases” types of things including boring things (disability insurance, camp or preschool tuition) or fun things (vacations).
Gross income outright SPENT and gone forever: 41%.
Fascinating! WHY HAVE I NEVER LOOKED AT THIS STUFF BEFORE!?!? I think Feb will be better and closer to the 20% goal because our 457 deductions will begin and I won’t be earmarking quite as much towards our emergency fund and other future purchases.
4- Podcast episode: Monday Hour One from The Life Coach School Podcast. Her planning methods sound a lot like mine.
5- Blog posts:
Ana’s Jan & Feb goals. Because I love reading other people’s goals and aspirational lists!
1500 Days to Freedom: Happiness isn’t about experiences either. I am not sure I entirely agree, but it was an interesting take.
Hours worked: 9:15 am – 7:00 pm – 40 min for lunch = 9 hours. The last 2 of that was running a residency recruitment event, not due to call. But it was still work! 0 new consults, 4 outpatients, 4 follow ups (2 that required long discussions w/ families).
Calls overnight: ZERO!!! OMG, what a great night! I feel rested.
Grade: B. I did fine but feel I did more complaining than was necessary about some things (mostly how our healthcare system works). WHY COMPLAIN SO DAMN MUCH? It doesn’t accomplish anything.