Sunday Sagacity – Ups and Downs


Welcome to Sunday Sagacity, my twice-monthly reflection series that I created to chronicle my year-long goal to instill discipline in my life in some key areas. Each week, I’ll very briefly touch on each of those areas. I’ll talk about my victories and my failures, and hopefully gain the motivation and accountability I need to carry out my goals.

We’ve been hit with a bout of rainy, cold weather, driving me back inside and to the couch. Also, the search for a new library assistant continues to drag on, leaving me working a ton and consistently exhausted. But there are bright spots as well. I’ve hurdled my way through a ton of shorter books, novellas, and comics, relieving some unneeded stress on my reading goals and obligations. We’ve celebrated some birthdays. And April is just about over, ending one of the busiest months of the year, at least for me.

Anyway, on to the updates.

Money – I’m still consistently adding money to my savings account. I’m also developing really great habits that are helping me to view money differently. For instance, I’ve discovered that it’s great to go ahead and grab about $40 in cash at the beginning of each pay cycle to cover my gas needs for that cycle. This way, I don’t end up spending money in my checking account, running out of gas, and having no expendable money to spare. I also never use a full $40, so if I ever forget to grab lunch, I can run out and buy a quick, cheap fast food meal using the cash in my pocket. Although I’m still spending way too much on fast food, at least now it’s mostly expendable money instead of money I don’t really have.

Quiet Time – As always, very up and down for me. I’m struggling to find a rhythm, but I have taken some time out to at least read a chapter or two from my Bible. This is something I really need to work on.

Physical Health – When the weather has been nice and our schedules convenient, we have spent some time shooting hoops in the park. Also, for my roommate’s birthday, I got her a Skip-It, so we’ve done that at least once. And she wanted us to experience one of her favorite things ever, so we spent a Saturday playing disc golf at a local course. It was pretty fun and it got us moving.

Healthy Eating – This is a mixed bag. At home, we have our fast food consumption down to about once a week for a weekend lunch. In addition, we’ve also been trying to incorporate some fruits and veggies into our meals, and we don’t keep many snacks around. We cook just about every night, so I feel pretty good there, although we could still use some work on our meal planning. Work usually gets me though. If I don’t forget the lunch I packed, a coworker will want to go out. But I’m trying to restrain myself to only spend money I’ve dubbed expendable. Still a work in progress, but doing pretty okay generally.

Intentional Living – One weekend my aunt and grandma came up and we went to the home and garden show held at Rupp Arena. We also spent some time shopping, and of course we went to Ramsey’s to celebrate their birthdays. Then my roommate had a birthday, so we played disc golf, had lunch out, and marathoned Star Wars for her. My life group attendance has suffered, though. We didn’t have life group on Easter Sunday. The next Sunday, my roommate went to the ER. And last weekend, I just couldn’t handle going out to a restaurant across town and being social. I plan on going tonight though.

Hopefully I’ll get a new coworker soon, which will allow me a new, more regular schedule, free time in the evenings, and some Saturdays off again! At the point hopefully I can get rested up and continue to make progress on goals.


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