March madness is over! I’m sitting in my room watching YouTube natural hair videos while I reflect on how last month went. I am so happy that spring has finally sprung, well not really, it’s supposed to snow this Saturday. To me, spring means new music is on the horizon, training for spring and summer races, spring cleaning starts, and more outdoor activities! I don’t know about you, but spring is my version of a New Year. Flowers are blooming, the grass is being cut, and windows are opened, what more can a girl ask for! In today’s post, I’m going to tell you how I did in several life categories. I’d love to hear how you did with your goals also!
Why Am I Watching Natural Hair Videos, Again
I’ve been a naturally curly girl for several years. On March 6, 2018, I had my hair straightened for the first time in almost 8 years. After I washed it, I noticed that the curls were limp. The stylist used a deep conditioner called Nairobi. I’m not sure if that changed the curl pattern or if it was the heat. So, that led me back to the basics, YouTube research! The stylist suggested that I deep condition my hair every week and my hair should revert. I hope so. With that being said, I’m looking at product reviews.
I usually use Deva Curl shampoo and conditioner. I purchased more because my bottles were on “E”. I also purchased a Deva Curl deep conditioner, gel, and a microfiber towel. I received a ton of free stuff with my purchase! I’m not going to front, my products were expensive. Although I loved the results after my hair was straightened, I will not be doing that again. I will opt for a roller set the next time.
What’s Up with Your Money Goals?
Last month, my goal was to save about $300.00 in one of my savings accounts. I saved about $250.00. Unfortunately, my cat needed shots and she needed some blood tests run. Recently, I noticed a change in the amount of water she had been drinking and some weight loss. Initially, I thought she was just doing more cardio, however, that wasn’t the case. It turns out that her blood sugar levels were high. The doctor believes that she may be diabetic. Excuse me? She’s a cat. Apparently, if she is diabetic, she will need insulin. I had no idea that a cat could be a diabetic. I’m waiting for her test results. Thank God for an emergency fund because her visit costs about $336.00. How do alley cats survive without all of this medical treatment?
I also set out to pay an extra $100.00 on my car, and I did just that. I’m going to have to start adding more to that payment to accelerate the pay off! My friend discovered the Budgetnista, so now I am her financial accountability partner which also keeps me on point. Go and get you one of those!
Planning for the Future
I have started the process of collecting my parent’s documents such as wills, insurance paperwork, etc. for future planning. I have also retained a lawyer to begin the process of estate planning. We will meet in April. Sounds morbid, but it has to be done. Leave your family with the tools they need to make plans for you in the event that something happens. Leave your legacy behind, not your debt.
Nothing new in the world of fitness besides more strength training. I just found out about a new hashtag called #ScrewtheScale. I know the effects of weightlifting but I still get caught up on numbers sometimes. Even though my clothes look better, thanks to weightlifting, numbers mess with my mind. Because I was over 200 pounds, at some point in my life, it doesn’t matter how small I get, I still fear numbers. I am especially careful about what I eat now that I’m studying because that makes me hungry! So I keep healthy snacks at arm’s reach. I also go to the gym late at night on most days. I noticed that trying to study after exercising makes me sleepy. I am thankful for my fitness tribe for posting their workouts and keeping me motivated!
On a Personal Note
Learn to accept compliments. I have a tough time doing this because I don’t see what other people see. People see the potential and the beauty in you that you don’t see. When someone compliments you, just say thank you. Don’t find a reason to doubt what they said. A confident person accepts a compliment instead of rejecting it.
April Fools Goals
- Estate planning is back on the list!
- Save at least $200 in my emergency fund account.
- Help my S/O with planning meals for the week due to his busy work schedule.
- Add at least 4 additional hours a week to study sessions.
- Meet with my financial planner to discuss my plan and financial goals.
Well, that’s all folks! This wraps up my 50th post! How did the month of March go for you? Did you slay your goals? What’s on the agenda for April?