My buddy W serves as an inspiration to me. We met while working at the cab company and we’ve continued to be close friends even though he now works at another job.
Why is W inspiring? Well, he’s had a lifelong struggle with his weight and he’s been working his ass off (literally) to drop pounds from his frame. He does this with humor and with tenacity. He’s also one of those people who seems to find inspiration everywhere and I really appreciate the ideas that he comes up with to better himself and, quite frankly, the community around him (i.e. – he’s working on establishing a diversity group and networking resource for Latinos at his current job; he’s investigating setting up community clinics for immigrants in my community as part of research for graduate school …). I just genuinely like W and I like that he always prods me to think outside of the box and to try and better myself.
So W struggles with his weight, I struggle with my weight and finances … the other day we were volleying emails back and forth and hatched an idea … we both need to establish a plan of action and we need to hold ourselves accountable to our goals.
Here’s a rough draft of my Plan. I’m not entirely sure how it’s going to help me with my life overall, but I figure it’s easier to go on a journey if you have a roadmap.
1) Have first draft of most current writing project (working title: “Church”) done by 7/24/2009 (31st birthday).
2) Clean and organize my office which will someday become my non-existent child’s nursery. I think that the combination of weird relics from my newspaper career, combined with an Obama poster, baby mobiles and a soothing buttercream wall color will be good for child’s development.
3) Hold a garage sale in May. This will help pay down existing debt and rid my house of STUFF that I hang on to for no good reason.
4) Have bad credit card debt paid off entirely by December 31, 2009.
5) Do not get knocked up until credit card debt is paid off entirely. (I admit this is rather blunt, but Future Husband and I are very much looking forward to having kids. However, this is also contingent upon permanent employment and better health insurance on his part. I’m also very aware of how derailed my money progress has been because of the wedding – when I think of the “stuff” we would need to acquire to have a kid and buying that stuff while trying to pay down my debt … my eyes begin to cross in confusion. So we shall wait …)
6) Switch to working every other weekend at cab company, effective May 15, 2009.
7) Establish and follow a work-out schedule, effective March 23, 2009.
8) Eat more fruits and veg.
9) Fight less with Future Husband.
10) Work harder at pleasing cat.
W commented immediately about numbers 9 and 10 when I sent him a draft of my Plan. #9 – “that will happen” and for #10 – “really?” And since I have relatives who read this – FH and I don’t fight very often, but we had a Target parking lot skirmish the other day that had everything to do with me being tired, PMS-y and cranky and our overall financial situation (I’ll blog about that later … it was an argument that turned into a good conversation for both of us.)
In terms of number 10 – FH has taken over the litter box duty for Evil Cat. And I wonder why the cat prefers FH to me.
Feedback is welcome folks … does anyone else have a “plan” that they would like to share? How do they keep themselves accountable? What do they do if they stray from their Plan? How do they get back on track?
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