1st Quarter Goal Report

Thursday, on my way home, I ran into an unwelcome foe—snow. It was isolated to a random backroad, but there was around an inch of snow on the grass around the road and the road itself had snow slush. Hopefully that was the last bite of winter and we can fully enjoy spring now!

Ask yourself if what you're doing today is getting you closer to where you want to be tomorrow. #quote

In error I forgot to post my 1st quarter success on my 2015 goals. For that reason I’m throwing in April and I’ll do a half year analysis come June 30th/July 1st. I’ve made decent progress on my goals across the board. The first quarter of the year was full of change too since I left my old school after almost three years and moved back home to start a new job (an hour away). I’m hoping this next quarter brings a big positive change and I’ll know for sure this coming week!

This playful Final Fantasy 7-inspired bookmark. | 24 Brilliant Bookmarks You Need In Your Life

Goal #1: Beat 15 video games (4/15)

Persona 4, New Super Mario Bros 2, Dragon Quest V: Hand of the Heavenly Bride, Alphadia Genesis

I have two games going currently-Final Fantasy V & Doctor Who Legacy. I’m close to finishing up Legacy and maybe ¼ of the way through Final Fantasy V. This girl needs to play more video games.

 

Goal #2: Read 150 books

Total read: 36

Reading has become one of my biggest hobbies lately so I’ve been reading 2-3+ books a week. I’m hoping to get in more reading this month since I finally have a few weekends without plans!

 Lucca helmet

Goal #3 Complete 10 craft or DIY projects

Total completed: 4

I went to a convention two months ago and made a three things for it. My crafting has slacked off due to moving, but hopefully I’ll jump back into it soon!

 

Goal #4 Pay off $10,000 of student loans, pay off two full loans

$2603.53/10,000

It’s lower than I’d like right now, but with my moving expenses, it’s sadly what it has to be. Luckily in the next few months I’ll be upping my monthly minimum and paying off two loans.

 

 

Goal #5 Watch 100 new movies

 I’ve watched 22 movies as of April 30th.

 

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Goal #6 Travel

3 conventions: Star City Anime (Roanoke, VA) Wizard World Raleigh (Raleigh, NC)

2 festivals : Matsuri,

1 out of state trip

Goal #7: Earn $2,000 in extra income

$145.68/2,000

Goal #8: Donate or volunteer for 12 causes/organizations

Art council (1/12)

Goal #9: Get rid of 200 items

300/200

This goal is done! It’s amazing how much you can get rid of by moving! Once I move again, this number is likely to increase 😉

 

Goal #10: Retirement saving goal

I added a bit to my retirement savings and while it’s not what some contribute, something now is going to equal more down the road!

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With two more months until we hit the halfway mark for the year, I think my goals have a decent start (and having one done already makes up for the lack of progress on certain goals). I’m excited for what the rest of the year will bring and I can’t wait to see these goals crossed off by the end of the year!

Do you set goals? How did you do on your goals during the first quarter?

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January reflections

Life updates

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Where do I begin when discussing January?  Well, it was an interesting month and start to the new year.  I kicked off the start of January with a couple friends, went to a second baby shower for my best friend and five friends announced they were pregnant.  Babys’r’us has become a pretty consistent shopping destination for me lately (another close friend has a baby shower in two weeks).  Outside of exciting news from friends, I made a couple travel plans including to a convention next week, a trip to New York and another one to Pennsylvania in June.  I’m also in the midst of deciding on where I want to be come next September (when my lease runs out since I really want to go elsewhere) and graduate school.  Having multiple coworkers pursuing their masters degrees at the moment has made me feel pressure to decide on something (I gave myself a two year window).  By then my student loans will be pretty much gone and I’ll be free to enroll in a program.

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Gaming and Entertainment

game case

I’ve been playing a lot of video games this past month and complete two this month.  Two weekends ago I beat Persona 4 (review) and last weekend I completed New Super Mario Bros 2 with everything done and unlocked.  Currently I’m making my way through Dragon Quest V: Hand of the Heavenly Bride and I’m in the last section of the game.  I anticipate beating it sometime in the next week (expect a review!)

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Movie wise, I did go to the theaters once to see Into the Woods.  I was in it in middle school and loved it (it’s one of my favorite musicals) and seeing the movie really took me back.  Even 12 years later, I still remembered all the words to the songs (which I mouthed along to).   I thought it was a good movie, though I’m still saddened that the baby wasn’t called Stormeggedon!

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I didn’t read as much this month and only completed three books (yikes).  Goodreads says I’m eight books behind already…but I anticipate reading more next month.  It was just a wonky month since I was going in early everyday (and staying late) to do VAAP stuff (Virginia Alternate Assessment Program) and lesson planning.  I’m almost done, which means more free-time, hurray!

 

Extra earnings

Persona 4

This was an interesting month in terms of earnings, most notably because it was a lot lower than its been in a year since I started taking side-hustling seriously.  There are two reasons for that. 1) The website I wrote for for the last year and a half has tanked and they can’t pay me what I was earning.  2) Sales are down because I don’t really have much else to sell.  In February I’ll be prioritizing this and getting back into the grove of side-hustling. Still I walked away from the month with an extra $92.55.  My earning breakdowns are;

Swagbucks & Mypoints: $35

Writing: $49

Sales: $8.55


 

That was my January in a nutshell.  It was a good month, but I’m looking forward to having a new month (and no more beginning of the year insurance bills!).  How was your month? 

Ten things I’m looking forward to in 2015

It’s hard to believe we’re already ten days into the new year, but here we are!  2015 has been fairly good so far and I’m working my way through my goals for the coming year.  As I work through my By 30 list and 2015 goals, I can’t help but think of all the things I’m looking forward to in 2015.  I went in this year knowing my 28th year was going to be pretty full, but what year isn’t?  It seems that more happens every year as you age.  2014 was probably one of my most filling years yet (happiness, events etc.) so I can only imagine what’s in store with the vibe I’m getting this year (good and bad).  At least some things are mostly guaranteed!

 

(Richmond Comic Con–Michael Rooker)

 

Conventions!

Last year I started attending conventions.  Yes, those woderful geeky ones you hear about such as San Diego Comic Con and Dragon*Con.  While I won’t be attending SDCC *darn difficult ticket* I will be attending a couple conventions with friends this year.  The first one I’m doing is in less than a month and I’ll be meeting one of my favorite voice actors.  I even went in this year with a list of 25…of which I’ll go to around 5.

 

Marvel movies

While I’m on the fence about Ant-Man (what was that first trailer?) I’m extremely excited about The Avengers 2: Age of Ultron.  Seriously, I made plans with a friend to see it as soon as the release day was given.  Finding out that Tom Hiddleston (Loki) has a cameo makes it even better.

 

Traveling to New York

One of my best friends got engaged last fall and her bridal shower will be in New York (where she’s from).  It’s in April and we’ll be journeying up there then for it.  I’m super excited to go since I’ve never been there (plus road trip!)

 

(Good) changes

I went in this year knowing there would be changes, albeit good ones.  I can’t say much more than that, except that I hope to be in a place (physically) where I’m happier.  Not that my current residence is bad or anything, I just need a change.

 

Paying off (more) debt

While this won’t be the year my student loans are completely gone, it’ll at least be another year of having more paid off.  Ideally I’m planning on getting a promotion before the end of the year which’ll mean more every month to pay them off.  I’m still working through my five year plan to have them gone and I anticipate hitting and exceeding my amount of the year!

 

Time with family and friends

Nothing means more to me (other than God) than the people I care about.  I’m looking forward to outings, good conversations, dinners and laughs with friends and family throughout the year.

 

Meeting Baby J & Baby S

My best friend is due next month and I can’t wait to meet Baby S!  Since she has a month to go, I’m anticipating getting the official call or text in a short few weeks!  Another best friend is due a month later and I can’t wait to meet Baby J.  They’re both already getting spoiled by me and will continue to get it well after they’re born!

 

(Cherry Blossom Festival in D.C. 2014)

Travels

I love traveling and count anything that takes at least an hour to get to as ‘traveling’.  I can anticipate a few because of conventions and trips to see friends, plus at least one out of state trip. Maybe this will also be the year I start planning a trip abroad!  A girl can hope!

 

Appearance

I’m in really good health, but I don’t workout regularly like I used to.  Two friends recently invited me to join gyms with them (for free!) and I plan on hitting them up on that offer.  Additionally I’ve been trying to make my wardrobe better and shopping more in the petites or stores like H&M.  I’m pretty tiny, but I should start navigating away from the juniors for the most part.

 

Having a new place to live

This falls partly under changes, but I’m also looking forward to moving from where I currently live by the end of the year. I love my place, don’t get me wrong and my landlord is fantastic.  It’s just that I’ve been here for over 2 years and I’m kind of tired of it and money reasons.

 

 

What are things you’re looking forward to in 2015?

A fresh start

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Originally I wasn’t sure how to begin writing this post.  My blog used to be over at Alexis lives, but after a lot of thinking I’ve moved to a new location.  I started it a while ago with no real purpose other than talking about goals.  As time went on, I realized that it never brought out my true writing intention and became a ‘quick post and run’ type of blog.  Not only that, it was too much of an outlet for me to worry further over my student loans. That wasn’t what I intended and knew I needed to start fresh, cue Scones and Books.

The idea came to me one Saturday morning late this summer when it was drizzling rain.  I was getting ready to head to the library after scrolling through a couple articles on feedly.  As I sat there, willing myself to head to one of my favorite places, the title of this blog hit me, Scones and Books!  At a later date I’ll go in depth on why it fits and maybe doesn’t fit at all.  There’s something quirky about a blog that doesn’t seem to make sense 😉

Onto the purpose of this blog, other than the fresh start.  This is where I’ll be writing about a multitude of topics including rambles about life, geekery and of course plenty of Doctor Who.  Speaking of which, did anyone else watch the Christmas special?  I thought it was very well done and that is was one of the best episodes of the new season (which I had very mixed feelings about).  Too bad it’ll be many months before  season 9!

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Since it’s a new year, I’ve started a fresh list of goals for the upcoming year, which I’ll update on my 2015 goal list (and do a blog about it ever quarter).  What goals did you set for this year?