Nine months into the year, and I’m finally starting to pull finger and get shiz done. Attempting this grown-up do things responsibly and timeously thing. Trying not to let everything overwhelm me all at once, by breaking it down, yo.
I am keeping a to-do list (a handwritten one) in a little notebook. It’s working for me. Even though I’ve tried a million online task managers, I’ve never found one that works for me. The downside to having an actual to-do list? The more things you tick off, the the longer the list seems to get, regardless.
My student debt is finally sorted out. I no longer have any tertiary-education-related debt hanging over my head. I no longer have reason to worry about being blacklisted. It took me nearly two years to pay it off. Plus interest.
For the moment, I seem to be handling the work/home balance rather well. Despite being alarmingly busy, I’ve not worked at night for nearly two weeks. When I get home, I leave my macbook in my work bag, and it stays there. Until I get to work the next day. This comes, somewhat, from not procrastinating as much.
I seem to have be managing my money better this month. All, of course, helped by the fact that my student debt is gone. I even have money to pay my R1400 traffic fines. Thanks to winning a Facebook competition** held by The Classifieds. I won R1500 for myself, and R1000 for my favourite charity. Which just happens to be C.R.O.W (Centre for the Rehabilitation of Wildlife) This is a definite bonus, as it’s The Boyfriend’s birthday in September, and it’s his 30th – so the budget for the gift will be rather large.
I seem to be better at this whole keeping-in-contact-with-distant-family thing. I phone my grandmother regularly, and have done so for the last few weeks. Previously if I spoke to my grandmother twice a year, it was a lot. I was a really, really bad grand-daughter. Now I just need to start phoning my Ouma more. In my defence: she’s really loud and getting her on the phone means a 45day long conversation – so I really am only sparing my phone bill here. Further in my defence: She stalks me on Facebook and comments on pictures of my Kid and Pokes me ALL THE TIME. I phone my father more as well, which he appreciates on account of how I am his only child and he’s far away in Durban. Speaking of fathers. He came up to Joburg yesterday and spent the night – The Boyfriend cooked his specialty f0r my dad (spaghetti bolognaise) and I made garlic bread and my dad got to spend some time with his grandson.
As to why all this is happening, I have no idea. Clearly my planets have aligned with my chakras and all the omens are lining up to give me a big kick in the pants. Regardless of whence it comes, it’s somewhat satisfying to be getting shiz done.
** Speaking of Facebook competitions - you too could be a winner:
STANDARD BANK **EMPOWERING WOMEN CAMPAIGN** MYCARD COMPETITIONS:
Let’s celebrate you for being you:
Categories you can enter under:
1. Travel: Your moment is your moment away. Taking time out to be you.
2. Lifestyle:Your moment is all about your unique tastes.
3. Career/Finance: Getting that promotion, starting your own business or investing in your future.
4. Health/Wellness: Loving yourself inside and out with spa treatments, makeovers and fitness.
5. Other: If none of the above categories describe your moment.
How do you enter?
1. Apply for a MyCard credit card (who doesn’t need more credit, right?) and if your application is successful, you could win the booty grand prize of R 50 000! All it takes is a successful credit card application and you could win. Fifty grand is a LOT of shoe money!
The MyCard grand prize competition runs from 19 July to 19 November 2010.
Share your MyCard moment and win:
2. Enter the weekly Facebook competition to win R500 gift cards when you share your MyCard moment, which will run until 12 November 2010.
To win here, all you need to do is decide how you’d use your cash-back to create a special moment for yourself. Why? Because, as women we tend to put everyone before ourselves. We’re selfless like that. This competition is about embracing the selfishness, celebrating YOU and doing something for yourself. Whether it be going on a shopping spree and splurging on only recipe books, having a pedicure or going for sundowners on the beach with your mom, your moment shared could get you winning one of 5 weekly gift cards worth R500!
The weekly competition cycle runs from 19 July to 12 November 2010.
Get started by joining and liking the Facebook page and enter the competition by sharing your moment here.
Note: as with everything in life – terms and conditions apply. Please be aware of these.