I can not fathom how we are already seven months into the year and only have five months until the next year. It is crazy to think where I was mentally, physically, and emotionally six months ago. I thought I share a mid-year review on where I am today:
At the start of the year, I was jobless. No, I do not count working for our family business as a "job" since those are businesses that put us through school, a roof over our heads, food on the table, etc. I wanted to get a "big girl job" on my own merits and not because my father handed it to me. It took me almost eight months after graduating from Texas Tech to find my current job. My managers, co-workers are amazing and, I know I'm very fortunate to get a job that treats me well, pays me well, and trains me to learn new things every week. Its been exciting so far to be "adulting."
2. The fittest The day I got a job was the day I committed to going to the gym at least three times a week if not four. I am so incredibly proud to say I have been and have only missed a week due to an international vacation. The reason why I have been so committed is because of OranageThoery Fitness. I live close to one and would always see it on my way to work. So I thought, why not give it a whirl for a month and a month turned into two and, now six months later I am still going. I enjoy the fact that I do not have to think about my workout. I go in, and they already have the whole hour planned and, I just do it. I book my classes at least two weeks out. They charge a no show fee and a fee to change classes if you are within 8 hours of your class time. So even on the days where I feel like crap, I go. I refuse to pay the $12. In doing so, I have been going consistently and have noticed a change in my mood, appetite, and habits.
Driving an hour to work and then home is the time that I have learned to use very wisely. I listen to podcasts every single weekday morning. In doing so, I have learned so much. I listen to mostly financial and real estate podcasts. The following are my absolute favorite:
How To Money
Bigger Pockets Podcast
Masters In Business
See the theme here?
I bought a kindle back in march, which has made it so much easier to read during my downtime such as, at a doctor's office, waiting in line to pick my sister up from school, etc. I've always enjoyed reading but know I have shifted gears and been reading mostly about stocks, investing, dividend, Roth IRAs, etc. etc. There is so much to know and, listening and reading about it has helped me tremendously to be more financially literate than I was six months ago.
I am excited to see what I can accomplish and maintain. If there is one lesson I have learned in these past couple of months, it is that it is easy to break a habit than to make one.