My biggest challenges in 2011

If you’ve been reading this blog for any amount of time, then the fact that I have issues with my weight will not be a surprise. In fact, saying that I have no willpower when it comes to food would probably be a very accurate statement.

This is one of my biggest challenges for this year, years past, and I expect for future years as well.

Of course, I would go so far as to say that, since I’m the heaviest I’ve ever been and I have been unable to stick to a diet for more than half a week at an time in the last two years… well, it’s a bigger problem this year than it has been in the past. Or, in other words, I’m the fattest I’ve ever been and show no signs of actually doing something about it.

The other ongoing challenge is the state of my finances. The truth is that, looking at my net worth, I haven’t improved one single bit in the two years I’ve lived in my current apartment. My savings are the same (it goes up, goes down, goes up, goes down), I don’t have a down payment for a house or condo, I haven’t started investing… well, you get the picture.

The only good news I can report is that my credit score has gone up significantly in the past two years. So that’s one thing I can count in the positive column. From a personal aspect, that may be the only one.

Professionally, the last two years have been good. I’m not going to say that I got a big promotion or a huge raise, but I get along well with my boss, the executive team is very happy with my work, my job is (fairly) secure, and I have had some decent raises. My biggest challenge there will be to get my “plan b” into place in case the reported furloughs become layoffs. But I should note that no one has said that word yet, except as gossip.

From a freelancing standpoint, I’ve had a really tough time. My regular customers have been “economied” and new projects have been scarce. And, honestly, I expect this to be my “plan b” so I need to start drumming up business.

Anyway, it’s mid-February and I’m finally taking a good look at the things I should have addressed at the end of December. Not a good sign.

Author: Paloma Cruz

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