For the months of January and February, I am throwing myself into my artistic life and passions. As such, I have very little time left to work at my Joe Jobs and I am making barely enough money to get by! So here are five things I'm trying to do to save money, fulfill myself artistically, and enjoy the benefits from having more free time.
1. Practice something every day
Because I am in rehearsals for my cabaret, a lot of my practicing is singing. Sometimes I'll work on other things like social media, or learning a new skill, but for the most part it's running through my songs, figuring out the specifics of my movements, and doing diction/articulation exercises.
2. Buy only fruits and vegetables
Not only is it much cheaper for me to only be buying fruits and vegetables, it encourages a healthier lifestyle! Let me clarify, though, I am not only eating fruits and vegetables. My goal is to empty my freezer and my cupboards before I go out and buy anything more! It's an interesting challenge- and don't worry, I have lots of frozen meats and such. I am also buying bread, milk, and eggs when I run out of them, but I'm trying not to! I've already run out of pasta, but I have meatballs that I will eventually prepare with something else! Living life recklessly!
I did have a bit of misfortune today when I added some protein powder to my smoothie and the powder turned out to be bad. I don't know if those things expire, but oh man did it taste just awful. I was very sad to have to pour all of that good fruit down the drain (and believe me, I tried. I added more fruit and more milk, trying to drown out the rancid powder taste. I choked down half a glass of it, but once I gagged on it I decided enough was enough and that smoothie was beyond saving. I have another protein powder to try- but I'll be trying it in a smaller portion I think!)
3. Get more sleep
Since my beloved Crouton (who I put in the thumbnail of this post because he is the cutest) went to another home on Monday (which I am still sad about and will continue to be sad about for many moons) I've been trying to get better and more sleep. Crouton, cute as he is, used to wake me up 2-5 times in a night because I wasn't around to play with him as much as he needed, so he would have a little nap and then be bursting with energy. Since he's been gone, I've been able to get 7-8 hours straight through, no problems! I'm hoping that next week I'll be back to going to bed at a usual time so that I can wake up earlier and get more accomplished in my days!
4. Spend more time doing things I enjoy
I swear puzzles are not the only thing I do in my spare time! I do love to do them though, and you can check out my Instagram to see them all. I am also trying to make time to read, write, watch tv, blog (here and on tumblr), see my friends, and see shows! Even though I only work for three to four hours a night, my week fills up very quickly! (And when I say work, that's my time spent physically not in my house doing something else- I do "work" rather a lot more than that and my life is far from leisurely)
5. Go to the gym five days a week
I haven't been able to meet this goal yet, but I'm still striving for it. It basically comes down to the fact that I've had to choose between meeting my sleep goal or meeting my gym goal. I do sometimes work out at home. I also make sure I do something every day, like kettle bell swings, a plank, squats, stretches, or anything else that I'm inspired to do. I like working out. It's the getting dressed for the gym, going, and coming back that I like less. I'm thinking of getting some workout DVDs- but it will have to wait until I am making money again!
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