Wednesday, May 4, 2016

Currently : May 2016


April truly flew by. I spent 2 weeks exploring Europe...so maybe that's why. And seriously. Recap posts, starting tomorrow. I mean it. But May. I know Memorial Day is the "official" kick-off for summer, but when you're a grown-up that works full time, summer can kick off any time you like. And in my mind, that's just about the first full week of May. The weather is usually consistently warmer (watch Mother Nature decide to play a cruel joke on me...) & I'm itching to be outside as much as I can.

I'm joining up with Anne & Jenna to talk about a few things I'm up to this month.


{celebrating}
Half Marathon #8 is in the books. If you missed it, I posted my Pittsburgh Half Marathon race recap yesterday. I'm ready to diversify my summer workouts. Less running, more of everything else. If I can do it outside, I'm happy. Biking, hiking, walking, swimming. Anything goes.

{reading}
So after I managed to read .25 books in April, rather than my expected 3. I'm excited to read again. I finished an "eh" book yesterday during my lunch break & am starting 'Exposure to a Billionaire' next. I got myself a pre-release copy to read through Kristen's blogger book club. I'm excited to dive in.


{pondering}
Mutual funds, upping my 401K contribution percentage & maxing out my IRA. You're regretting that you asked now, aren't you. But seriously. We finally received our 2015 bonus' + a tax refund + a 3rd payday in April & my checking account has more $$$ than I'm used to right now. I'm trying my hardest to be a responsible adult & invest it before I can talk myself out of it. I know future Jessie will thank me. But I worked damn hard for that $$$ & it's hard to take a chance with it. I don't gamble at the casino, so it's not my first nature to invest in things like the stock market.

{sipping}
MARGARITAS! The BF makes a mean margarita. Actually, despite following a recipe it's literally different every time he makes me one. But, fresh squeezed lime juice, homemade simple syrup & shaken, not stirred? I'll take it any way I can get it. This past Sunday it was 70-ish degrees and it started raining. I got to sit out on the porch, sip my margarita & blog. It was pretty much the best.

{going}
Nowhere. I'm out of vacation days. But seriously. I'm painfully low on vacation days until 2017 rolls around. Shrugs. It happens. So, it's the weekend explorer life for me. I'm hoping this weekend will hold an overnight backpacking trip to some new PA trails. But we better get our butts in gear & start planning!

But, since 2017 is still a ways off, I plan to relive my trips with my travel recaps. My first post will be going up tomorrow, recapping my time in Venice, so be sure to stop back & check it out.



What are you reading right now?
What's your favorite summer activity?
Any advice on investing? Or mutual funds? Or maxing out my Roth IRA?

15 comments:

  1. I feel you on wanting to be an adult and invest. I want to do the same but I just have no idea where to start!

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    1. I'm working on some tips and tricks for newbies. I'm not a pro, but I feel like I have learned a thing or two along the way.

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  2. Yeah, Mike and I had some investing discussions earlier this year too. It wasn't fun but it feels good getting it done at least. I look forward to hearing about your travels!

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    1. Fun or not, they are good discussions to have. I don't mind talking about it. I know it's considered a taboo subject. But I'm strangely intrigued by it all.

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  3. I feel so fortunate that my dad is oneof those people that's always playing around with money and investing and experimenting, so I have him to ask that stuff. He's not rich or in any kind of finance field (he's a hot tub salesman, ha!) but he's just good with money and is willing to lose some in an effort to experiment. He actually saved all of the child support and, now, student loan payments I give him (he took out half of my loans in his name) and put them into an account for my brother and I to learn about stocks with. It's like adulting with training wheels, ha!

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    1. Wow. That's awesome. I'm so jealous. What a great way to learn. My dad is a CPA and would never steer me wrong. But we have different money philosophies so I don't always think the same way about investing.

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  4. I just downloaded that book yesterday too :)
    I'd panic if I was out of vacation days this early in the year - but its why I'm cramming in 10 days in December :) haha

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    1. My boss is a pretty understanding guy. I know if something truly came up we could work it out or I could take some unpaid days.

      And so far I'm really liking the book. :)

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  5. It's so hard investing our money... I hate seeing my hard earned money go into 401ks and such when really I just want to spend it. But you're right, our older selves will appreciate it later ;) I'm down to 2 vacation days for the rest of this year boo.

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    1. Yessss. To all of this. I figure I may be out of vacation days but I used them hard and well. So no regrets.

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  6. Wow, margarita! I feel like heading to the beach myself and enjoying myself a glass too.

    I'm halfway reading my 4th book too for my yearly reading challenge.

    And I'm also pondering on my stocks. I haven't started on mutual funds yet. But this is inspiring. :)

    Hope you're having a wonderful week!

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    1. Glad I've inspired you. I'm
      Hoping to do a tips and tricks post with all that I learn about investing.

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  7. Way to go for another half marathon, that is awesome! Considering I can't even run around the block, I'm impressed. It sounds like your vacation days were very well spent!
    Shea | www.shealennon.com

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    1. Thanks Shea. The half marathon training is a lot of work. But I love it, so most days I don't mind at all.

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  8. Oh my goodness. Your rainy day margarita story sounds so relaxing! Now I really want a marg...and a good rain. :)

    Thanks for linking up with us!

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