August 2012 Budget & A Time Out

August 2, 2012

august 2012 budget

August is a three paycheque month for me and, with two conferences to save for next month, the timing couldn’t be better. #FinCon12 in Denver is already almost 100% paid for but I still need to book my flight to Toronto for #CPFC12. I haven’t put that extra spending in this monthly budget but I expect the flight / week away to cost me $750+.

I took some of what last month’s actual budget showed me into consideration and gave myself a little extra cash for summer fun and maybe even a few new items of clothing. While I’ve only lost 18.2 lbs. so far, I can already feel that a lot of my clothes are too big for me. And it’d be nice to own a few things that fit properly, especially for when I get to meet all of you next month!

Other goals for this month:

  • Track all of my spending
  • Continue counting calories on Lose It!
  • Workout at least 5x per week
  • Read a couple books
  • Take a mini hiatus from blogging

Wait, what? Yes, you read that last one right. I’ve been really struggling with my writing lately… So much has happened in the last few weeks and I’d be lying if I said I didn’t feel totally lost right now. The spare time that was once used for homework is now completely available and I don’t know what I want to do with it. Things I thought I would do, I’m not going to. Directions I saw myself going in have now changed. And I don’t want this blog to become a mess, while I try to figure out what’s next.

I’ll still be on Twitter (although even that has seen less of me, recently). And I can’t imagine I’ll be gone longer than a week or two. I have big plans for where I see this blog heading but I think I just need some time to myself, to decompress and get into the groove of life without school, before I can start any new projects. I want to come back inspired, ready for whatever my next move is. So, this isn’t goodbye… I’ll be back soon.

Don’t be a stranger, xo

  • Rob August 2, 2012 at 4:18 am

    Taking a break from blogging is perfectly understandable. Just like in working, studying, saving, spending and all other activities in life (sex included – lol), one must always learn to pace oneself otherwise burnout is a risk. Enjoy your trip to see us here in Toronto and hope you enjoy your visit.

  • Michelle August 2, 2012 at 5:01 am

    I hope your hiatus isn’t too long! But I completely understand. I have been slacking with blogging lately and it has actually felt great.

  • bogofdebt August 2, 2012 at 6:00 am

    I can’t wait to read what you write when you get back! And I’m still jealous of you getting to go to Fincon12. Maybe next year (okay most likely the year after that…) I’ll get to meet you! Enjoy your blog vacation!

  • Jordann @ My Alternate Life August 2, 2012 at 7:05 am

    Everyone needs a break once and awhile, in fact right now I’m at home because I needed a “mental health day” away from work. Enjoy yourself and make sure you don’t come back until you’re completely ready, we’ll all be waiting for you.

  • fromshoppingtosaving August 2, 2012 at 7:28 am

    I totally need a break too, but I have a lot I want to write! I am glad you aren’t going away for too long, I’d miss your posts =) Enjoy your mini blogging break!

    I’m thinking about changing my blog to more of a personal blog too. I don’t think I have time to write regularly anymore :(

  • Budget & the Beach August 2, 2012 at 7:51 am

    I think well all need a time out from time to time. Man I still really want to go to fincon!!! I need something like that!

  • Money After Graduation August 2, 2012 at 8:36 am

    aww we’ll miss you but breaks can be so nice… that’s like what I do when I schedule posts for 4 weeks ahead and then just chill haha

  • Pamela @ August 2, 2012 at 8:41 am

    Completely understandable – sometimes you just have to give your brain a little rest :) I’m sure after your conference you’ll be all fired up & ready to get back to it!

  • Canadianbudgetbinder August 2, 2012 at 1:43 pm

    Way to go with the weight loss!! It all takes time so be motivated every step of the way and you will reach your goals. It is a great feeling when something that didn’t fit now falls off of you. Keep at it..! Mr.CBB

  • Cassie August 2, 2012 at 9:10 pm

    I know exactly how you feel; taking a hiatus from blogging was really helpful for myself personally. I had time to adjust my focus, do things I didn’t have time to do before, and think more clearly about what I actually wanted to do. I’m really happy to be back, and I look forward to when you’re done your hiatus. I’ll still be here reading :)

  • belowhermeans August 2, 2012 at 9:14 pm

    I’ll miss your posts but see you on Twitter!

  • Mike August 5, 2012 at 2:57 pm

    Enjoy the hiatus. Come back fired up and ready to write! Awesome job on the weight loss too.