Best of all... when I designed a monthly budget for this year, I cut our budget for food by $200. I was nervous about this decision and didn't know if we would really be able to make it work, even without eating meals out. As a result, I have made extreme efforts to be incredibly frugal with my food usage. I have become more aware of portion size and have tried to cook only what we will use, and I have also tried to be more aware of our leftovers to be sure not to let them go to waste. As a result, we are about 64% of the way through the month, but we have only used 39% of our food budget! Woo hoo! Go me. This extra money can go to pay off our debt faster.
I've spent much time in introspection. Recent events in my life have made me really question a lot about my life -- who I say I am, who I really am, what I really value in life, and what I want for my future and what I am doing to get there. It has opened my eyes to a lot. Some of it has been somewhat painful, but I think for the best. I am proud of myself for the personal progress that I have made.
I am nervous about going back to work and keeping the commitments that I have made to myself. I want to try to be mom first and teacher second, so that I can keep making homemade meals and packing Vinny healthy lunches. It's just hard to describe what happens to me when I am working. Teaching has a way of completely taking over your life. Even when I want to be mom first and teacher second, it is just really hard to do. Teaching is kind of all hands on deck.