A new year, finally. I feel hope for 2021, even though there’s still a global pandemic, injustice and racial inequality, and things will still fall apart no matter the decade. Yet turning over the New Year still felt like a much needed mental refresher, an opportunity to squish all the negative things in 2020 into a box of “Problems We Still Need To Solve” while still holding room to hope for the future. I have some big plans for 2021, and I used January as a month to establish the foundation for the year.
One More Month At Home
I spent the month of January with my folks, which included fostering two more kittens, watching International House Hunters, and continuing family routines like daily walks. I’ve been meditating every day using the app Headspace (currently have a streak of 44 days!) in an effort to be more mindful.
I also took advantage of being in Colorado to go skiing with my pops twice in January.
Spending in January
Note: This is the spending for just me. I report expenses when I pay them, so you may not see insurance or other bills until the month that I pay them.
|Rent||$0||I stayed with my folks for January and they graciously didn’t charge me rent to stay in my childhood bedroom. Due to a personal arrangement, I didn’t end up paying rent for my place in Santa Barbara either.|
|Therapy||$500||I’ve still been getting a lot out of every therapy session. I was worried we would go in circles, repeating advice, stories, or resources, but I always come away with a new perspective, technique, or book to read.|
|Kindle and Case||$125||My Kindle started having some battery issues, so I traded it in and bought the latest Paperwhite. In the past I’ve bought secondhand from Craigslist and had great luck with a $20 kindle that lasted a long time. I still think that’s a better way to go, but I won’t lie– I was excited about the waterproof feature of the new Kindles!|
|Charity||$100||I used Charity Navigator to find some causes to donate to this year. For January, I donated to Friends of the Earth to focus on environmental justice.|
|Restaurants||$200||I had a huge restaurant bill this month, to be expected as I ate out with friends multiple times and experimented with ordering exactly what I wanted, even if it included drinks, appetizers, or dessert. I’m lucky that eating at home was also a grand adventure, as my parents are really good cooks:|
|Amazon||$193||Bought a book and an electronic tool|
|Gifts||$42||A housewarming gift for a friend, and my dad’s birthday.|
|Travel||$37||Checked a bag and paid for parking.|
|Service charges||$12||HSA fee, investment admin fee, and fee for paying a ticket online.|
|Education||$10||Bought a course on Udemy, an online learning site, for GraphQL|
|Spending in January was lower because I didn’t pay rent, but is quite a lot considering I was staying at home and not buying groceries or other necessities. Therapy is definitely a large new expense, and I usually split meals when I go out to restaurants with my partner but this month I ordered solo. This meant a few significant line items!|
What about you?
What is your “word” for 2021?
What new hobbies do you plan to pick up this year?
Have you done any online courses to learn a new skill?
Share in the comments below!