25 Things Before 25: Week 4 Update


I am so excited to announce that this is my 50th blog post on Simply Sonja! I am 4 months back in the blogging world, and I am loving every minute of it!

Aside from reaching this milestone, this was such a great week of work! Sometimes, I get sucked into working longer hours or more days, but it really does pay off!

The Service Industry

So one thing that comes along with being a server/bartender is the unreliable income. Yes, we do get an hourly wage, but most of our income is based on tips. That being said, you want it to be busy because you literally work for the money you make. The more people that come through and the higher sales you have, the more money you make. Well, this week was a busy one and I appreciated every minute of it!

You do have to take the busy days as a make up for the slower days, though. There is actually a busy season, too. Winter weather and holidays have a huge effect on those in the service industry because, like I said, we are dependent on people coming in. Bad weather and road conditions keeps people at home, and the lull after the holidays where people are living their New Years Resolutions keeps people from going out.


It is so important to plan for the slower season and just save in general. So–one thing I didn’t mention–I have been saving separately from my usual savings plan. I thought it would be fun to add a savings challenge to my 25 Things Before 25 adventure. In an effort to start something new, I researched some other savings/investment opportunities and came across this app called Acorn.

I had actually heard about this app on the Ellen Show when Ashton Kutcher mentioned it. I just never looked into until it kind of fell into my lap and I knew I wanted to start an account right away. Well, like I said, I had a busy work week which provided me with the extra cash to begin an investment account with Acorn. I am just a happy customer now as my investments have already grown and they give you wonderful opportunities to have other companies invest in your accounts when you spend money on their products. I just think it is so awesome that they can make investing and saving money so easy and rewarding!

**I am not affiliated with this app in any way, I am just a very happy customer**

I do have other investment accounts that I have contributed to for years, I am just so pleased at everything you can get through this app! I truly believe that this will help me with my savings goals because it provides so many opportunities to earn what they call “Found Money.” I definitely recommend researching this app, and I will have a blog about this app and the importance of investing coming up this week!

What I Have Accomplished

Okay, so I have finally decided to give myself a break and just be proud of what I am able to accomplish each week, especially when I am working so much. This week I am celebrating accomplishing 12 tasks which brings my running total to 42 completed tasks. I spent a lot of time with my family, I worked so hard in the gym, I made time to get to the nail salon, and I found a great way to make my money grow! I think that is a lot to squeeze into a week with over 60 hours of work added into the mix. Here is what I accomplished this week:

  1. Wore a brand new outfit picked out by my mom (Number 5)
  2. Completed 8 of my routine workouts (Number 8)
  3. Got a new set of nails (Number 9)
  4. Had 2 firsts–created an Acorns investment account and signed up for the 60-Day Challenge at the gym (Number 16)

My Progress in Perspective

As I mentioned, I have a running total of 42 tasks completed in 4 weeks. According to my break down, I am 26 to 30 tasks behind. However, I am picking up the pace again! I am feeling so good about what I have accomplished and planned for myself this week.

I booked two round-trip flights to go to two different states that I have never been to before, and I planned another concert to attend. I, also, have done a bunch of research on things coming up that I really want to go to or participate in! Plus, there will be so many museums, concerts, and things that will be a part of this challenge that will be packed into my two trips!

Also, I can’t even begin to tell you how awesome it went being styled by my mom for the first time as an adult! Of course, we have had times shopping together where she’ll have a great find and it’ll be a great outfit, or she’ll gift me some clothes for Christmas that are always fashionable. But, head to toe, I have never let my mom pick out a whole outfit for me since I can remember. And, guys… she nailed it! I may not have had the confidence to choose this outfit on my own, but in the effort of sticking to the rules, I tried it on and it just worked. I did add in the camo fleece, but here is her pick (left) versus my added flare (right).

I loved it both ways, and we had such a wonderful mother-daughter-bonding date doing this. I wore this outfit to work, and I heard multiple compliments on my style from friends and strangers. I gave this one a 5 star rating! Good job, mom! Plus, these black booties are the greatest fall must-have!

Now, I know that, just as much as there are weeks where I have had less than 17 to 18 tasks completed, there will be weeks where I have many more than that! I just need to give myself some grace and trust that I can accomplish all of my goals. I know that I will get there, I am just working on getting into the groove.

Goals for October

Although I did not meet my 17 to 18 completed tasks, I did work my way towards my monthly goals this week! My October Goals are:

  1. Have at least one thing in each category completed by the end of the month.
  2. Post 2 or more blogs per week describing these adventures.
  3. Add videos of my experiences to Instagram!

This week I added to another category, posted 2 blogs, and added videos to my Instagram story! If you haven’t checked out my stories, you are missing out on some pretty funny anecdotes and outtakes of this journey.

I can truly say that I am having the time of my life with this journey. I know I can sound a little down-trodden at times, but the reason I started this whole challenge was to work on self-improvement in an adventurous way. A personal goal of my own is to be able to hold myself accountable without being too hard on myself.

Because of the challenges I faced soon after I got home from my birthday trip with my stingray sting and my virus, I had a little bit of a rocky start with 25 Things Before 25. Realistically, I don’t think I will have one thing in each category completed by the end of the month, but I will absolutely do the most I can.

The open categories I have after this week include States (Number 1), Mountains (Number 3), Donate (Number 6), Hairstyles (Number 10), Languages (Number 13), Shop Local (Number 14), Museums (Number 15), Pay it Forward (Number 19), Recipes (Number 21), Local Events (Number 23), 25 Blogs in One Month (Number 24), and Volunteer (Number 25). That is 12 categories that I haven’t touched… But who knows what this last week of October will bring!

We are down to the wire, and up for some amazing fun! I am not going to take it too hard if I do not complete one thing in each category because I have had to face adversities that kept me from doing a few things. I know there is plenty of time and many opportunities to complete the 900–now 858–tasks in the remaining 338 days of being 24!

I am slightly a numbers person if you couldn’t tell!

Can’t wait to see what Week 5/the last week of October holds!

Would you ever let your mom style you? Let me know in the comments!


Sonja Hoff

Published by Simply Sonja Blog

I'm making my way through my twenties trying to reach my goals all while having fun doing so! Join me in these adventures by commenting and subscribing! Cheers!

3 thoughts on “25 Things Before 25: Week 4 Update

  1. You will be so happy about the Acorns investment account. I worked in mutual funds in my early twenties and started an investment account at 22 years, no only has is save us over the years in financial situations, but it help my credit, and now we are sitting pretty for early retirement.

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