Posts Tagged ‘Resolutions’

Adios, Jezebel

January 21, 2009

Reading through Anna’s post about commenting (or, commenters) this afternoon, I realized that I need to take a big step back from the site. It became evident to me, while reading through the comments, that I represent something that a lot of people don’t like; comments too often, talks about herself too much, too many “followers,” etc etc. When I stumbled upon a disemvoweled comment that, I believe, may have been in reference to me, I realized that my stomach had dropped. I have no interest in being That Person, or becoming overly-concerned with how Internet strangers may feel about me. So, I will find other ways to entertain myself while I’m bored out of my wits at work. I’m not trying to be over-dramatic; it’s just a website. But, it’s obviously morphed into a bit more for me, and I want to tow that in.

I will miss keeping up with news items and random stories and, of course, reading what others have to say. But, it’ll be worth it in the end, I think.

In the meantime, I can keep in touch with Jezebel friends through the blog and Facebook.

Charitable Giving – Do You Factor This Into Your Budget?

January 18, 2009

Charitable giving ranked at #8 on MSN Money’s 9 Financial Resolutions For 2009.

“It’s easy to forget those less fortunate when you’re feeling less fortunate yourself. Don’t, says Bernhardt, of Bernhardt Wealth Management. Not only do charitable donations help you save on your taxes, but helping others can have a positive impact on your psyche and, if enough people donate to domestic causes, the economy.

‘It is important in times like this to have a grateful heart and a thankful heart for what we have because there are a lot more people worse off than we are,’ Bernhardt says. ‘These charities all need volunteers, so it doesn’t have to be money. But if we can make that financial contribution, ultimately, we should.'”

– MSN Money

As I’ve mentioned before, I do make charitable contributions throughout the year, but I don’t worry about deducting them from my taxes.  At the moment, I have $20/month contributions going to both V-Day and Greenpeace, with plans to add a steady, monthly contribution to Planned Parenthood in 2009.

How about you?  Do you donate to any charities with time and/or money?  Is this something you factor into your budget or do you simply contribute lump sums when you have some extra cash?

Goodbye, 2008

December 31, 2008

I think we can all agree that 2008 was a tough year, with a few bright spots.  When you really think about it, the cross over into a new year is nothing much, but it’s easy to think of it as a Fresh Start.  Following are the highlights of my year, and my hopes for the next.

In 2008….

  1. I finally voted for a winner in a presidential election.
  2. I spent far too much time on Jezebel.
  3. Prop 8 passed, making me truly ashamed of my home state for the first time.
  4. I gained 10 pounds (likely directly correlated with No 2).
  5. The first baby was born into my circle of close friends.
  6. I went to Portland, Oregon three times and discovered Stumptown Coffee.
  7. I kicked off a budget.
  8. I started a blog about it so I would have at least some chance of succeeding.
  9. I spent a few months paying $400+ for gas.
  10. The economy went to shit.
  11. Nothing much improved in the Mid East.
  12. I landed in the hospital in the first week of the year and have not self-injured since.
  13. I managed to get to NYC to visit friends.
  14. My boyfriend and I hosted Thanksgiving.  For 20.
  15. I bought a Macbook that I couldn’t afford.
  16. We planted a garden.
  17. Our dog was attacked by a raccoon.  And a pit bull.
  18. I voted for HRC in the primaries.  And it made me happy.
  19. The Olympics happened.  And I didn’t watch them.
  20. Heath Ledger, Estelle Getty, Paul Newman, Tim Russert, George Carlin and Yves Saint Laurent died.

In 2009, I hope to….

  1. Pay off at least $10K in debt.
  2. Drink more water.
  3. Drink less alcohol.
  4. Spend less time online (specifically Jezebel).
  5. Get a raise.
  6. Work from home more.
  7. Start a travel fund with David.
  8. Exercise more and lose the weight I gained in 2008.
  9. Go to the farmer’s market more.
  10. Buy a used bike.
  11. Sell all of my discarded clothing on eBay.
  12. Maintain the Penny Plastic blog.
  13. Read more.
  14. Draw more.
  15. Try my best to get to the east coast to visit friends.
  16. Finally go to San Luis Obispo with David (he’s been asking me to go for years, he went to school there).
  17. See friends more often.
  18. Become more skilled in Illustrator and Photoshop.
  19. Plant a spring garden.
  20. Try and keep some perspective about things.

Wishing all of you a very happy, warm and safe New Years Eve.  See you in 2009.

xoxo

I Have Another Resolution….

December 29, 2008

Drink less.

Good God, I am hungover.  And also, I don’t do well pub quizing while heavily intoxicated.

Happy Monday?  Who has to work today?  I DO!  Also, I get to work on Valentine’s Day.

Jealous?

2009 Resolutions

December 28, 2008

I’ve never been much for New Year Resolutions. I know why they happen at the cusp of a new year, but it always seems so…..forced.

However, seeing as how I’ve bounded forward with an ambitious debt pay-off plan, I figured I might as well throw a couple additional goals into the pot.

Penny’s 2009 Goals

Exercise

Sleep More

Spend Less Time On The Internet

Start A Travel Fund With David

Simple enough, right?