Goal Updates & Books I Read

It’s that time of the month! We all set big goals on January 1, and I’m here to update you on mine! This is how I plan on staying accountable and actually achieve my goals. I didn’t make every goal in January, but I did make plans and set them in motion to achieve some of the financial ones. Here’s my breakdown:


  • Pay off my student loans and car. I’m so excited about this one! My car will be paid off next month (!!!) and my student loans are on track to be gone by July!
  • Open a Roth IRA. Still on track to start this in August
  • Invest. We just sat down and figured out our 2017 budget after raises and will be investing $150-300 every month! I’ll update you every month as we continue doing it.
  • Create a ‘Domestic Travel Fund’ savings account. We have saved the money for a wedding we’re going to in Colorado (used an extra paycheck from December), but have not added any extra money.


  • Lose 5 lbs in January February. This is very important to me considering some health issues I’ve had over the last 2 months. I did start working out and eating a veggie every night. I have not, however, lost the 5 pounds I wanted to in January. Changed this one to February to continue the goal!
  • Drink 2 big cups of water while I’m at work. Still need to get better at this one.
  • Read 14 books. I read 3 books in January! I’ve included a summary below!
  • Improve and work on this blog. I wrote 5 posts last month, which is a big improvement!

Books Read In January 2017:

Talking As Fast As I Can by Lauren Graham – I’m a huge Gilmore Girls fan, so this book was one of my favorite Christmas gifts! It was a very entertaining, but short read. I’d suggest it f you’re a big GG fan, but if not, you probably won’t get much out of the book.

The Umbrian Thursday Night Supper Club by Marlena De Blasi – Easily my favorite book I read this month and might go on my list of favorites ever! It follows 4 rural Italian women and shares their dinner and life stories about love, betrayal, friendship, life, death, and more. I fell in love with the characters and with their lifestyle. I highly suggest this book!

Eating Rome by Elizabeth Minchilli – In case you can’t tell, I’m gearing up for our Roman honeymoon! This book lists some of the best places to eat in Rome along with recipes and anecdotes about the author’s life there. I’d recommend it to anyone planning a trip to Rome or interested in Italian cooking.

How are your goals coming along? Did you read any good books in January?

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