I wrote a post about my goals at the start of the year, but I thought since we're coming up to the middle of the year now, it would be a good time to take stock of where I’m at, and talk about what I’m working on for the rest of the year.
Get a Job
This one has very recently been ticked off my list, but I thought this was a good opportunity to talk about it a bit more even though it’s no longer a goal. Initially I started the role I’m in as a temp, but at the start of my third week they offered me the permanent role because they were happy with my work and didn’t see the need to continue the temp contract. It’s extremely busy and I’ve really had to hit the ground running, but I feel both valued, and that I’m being paid what I’m worth, which are important to me when looking for a job. I have to admit it's been a little tough getting back into a routine where I spend most of my week at work, I know most people have to do it but it really leaves so little time for anything else! But I was always going to return to full time work after the move, so it’s good to get back into it, and of course, to have money coming in the door again.
Evaluate My Wardrobe
Now that I’ve sorted out my work situation, I want to make sure my wardrobe is on track and I’m not hanging onto things I don’t wear. I have a relaxed-corporate dress code at work, meaning I can't get away with jeans (except on casual Fridays), but thankfully I don't have to wear anything resembling a suit.
These days my wardrobe is way better suited to this kind of dress code than it used to be, but I've still decided to split my clothes into work vs. weekend/casual. I find it really useful to physically separate my clothes because it means when I’m choosing what to wear on a workday, I’m not looking at anything I have to visually ignore. Similarly, when it’s the weekend, I’m not reaching for clothes that are already in heavy rotation and ignoring my more casual ones.
So far this has been working really well, however, being the analytical kind of person that I am, I’d like to take it a step further. Instead of glancing at my clothes and thinking “yep, I like everything,” I want to start tracking what I actually wear rather than relying on my memory. That way I’ll be able to see what I never reach for and I can either make a conscious effort to wear those clothes, or give them to someone who will. I’m thinking of doing a separate post all about this, so I’ll leave it here for now.
Plan my Bathroom Renovation
I’ve mentioned before that I own an apartment that's currently tenanted, but when they move out at the end of August, I want to renovate the bathroom before Mark and I move in. I don't need to completely start from scratch, but there a few things that could do with being improved. I really don't fancy that idea of living there during the renovation, so it seems like the best timing would be to do it before we move in. That means I need to start looking for design inspiration, and then start tracking down the actual pieces that are going to make it all come together. I've never renovated anything before, so this is completely new to me, but I'm looking forward to seeing the final product once all the work has been done. While we’re on the topic, does anyone have experience with matte black tapware? I like the look of it but I’m worried it’ll be high maintenance, and I’m not prepared to make cleaning the bathroom more of a pain than it already is, lol.
Plan Some Furniture Purchases
When we initially lived in my apartment before moving to Canada, some of our furniture was borrowed from my parents, who are now using it again. I also didn’t bother to invest in much furniture besides the necessities, because it wasn’t long before we knew we’d be moving out again. This means we need to buy a few key pieces of furniture, including a new bed and couch, and less urgently, bookshelves, bedside tables and a dining table (we have pieces I want to replace that will do in the meantime). I don’t want to rush into anything as I’d like to make very considered purchases so we don’t waste our money or end up with a bunch of furniture that isn’t quite right. Even though we’re not moving for a few months, I’d like to start looking around soon so when the time comes to buy everything I’ll have a pretty good idea of what we want and where to get it.
Organise My Recipes
I swear, coming up with lunch ideas that can be prepared in advance is the bane of my existence. I need food that is healthy, tastes good, keeps well, and doesn’t require any further cooking at work. I’ve got a few recipes/meals I’ve been using for the last year and a half, but what I’d really like to do is create some sort of database (including dinners as well). That way when Mark and I are planning out our meals for the week, instead of going with the same ones that sit at the front of our minds, we can have a quick look at our list and be reminded of our other options so we have a bit more variety. It’s so easy to get stuck in a rut and cook the same things over and over, but I think this will be a good way to get around it.
I’d also love to do more batch cooking beyond just lunches. Back in Toronto Mark was working from home so he could prepare his lunch fresh every day, while I would prep 5 meals on a Sunday and take them into work for the week. I don’t think I want to go back to this method, largely because having the same thing 5 days in a row wasn’t enjoyable, and now that Mark needs lunches too we kind of have to re-jig things. Ultimately what I’d like to do is cook more food less often. In an ideal world, this might even stretch to a point where we don’t even have to cook dinner every single night if we’ve got whole meals prepared and ready to go. I don’t know if we’ll get to that level anytime soon, but this is an area of my life I’d like to work on.
Start Looking for a Wedding Venue
Despite getting engaged a year ago, we’ve done absolutely nothing about planning our wedding. All we’ve done is put together a preliminary guest list, which we haven’t looked at since! However, having an idea of the number of guests means we can start thinking about venues, as the capacity will dictate whether a space is going to work for us or not. We’re definitely taking it slow as we’ve had a lot of other stuff on our plates this year, but I think we’re going to start by checking out a few restaurants that we think could work for the reception. Once we decide on a venue we’ll set a date, and that’ll be our first planning milestone.