I’ve been inspired by Michelle at Making Sense of Cents and Natalie Bacon over at Natalie Bacon to start publishing monthly goals and updates for my readers. I love reading these posts from my favorite bloggers, so I figured maybe a few of my readers would enjoy these as well, and they also keep me accountable and goal oriented.
I’ll be going over my monthly goals for my blog, health, and other areas of my life.
I’ve decided not to publish monthly income reports for various reasons because I feel like they do more negative than positive, but I might eventually change my mind on that. I feel that if I’m transparent with my money, I’ll feel too much pressure to surpass my income each month or else I’ll be a let down to myself and the reader. Maybe I’m afraid of failure, but I feel really good with where I’m at, and I don’t want to mess it up. (Just being honest). I’m also easy to compare myself, and reading other income reports make me feel inferior when I should feel grateful for being able to work at home doing something I love.
I’ve been blogging for 8 or so months and still can’t believe it. I get to work at home, work a flexible schedule, hang out with my dogs all day, and travel whenever I want to.
1. Put an extra $1000 into my savings. I was saving like crazy a few months ago, but got a little comfortable with my income and ended up spending more than I’d like. I want to start being more aggressive when it comes to my savings.
2. Start working on paying my student loans. I’m so dumbfounded when it comes to student loans. I read articles online that say you shouldn’t pay your student loans early, but invest your money instead, but then a huge part of me also wants the student loans to be gone.
3. Don’t buy any new clothes. I rarely buy clothes, but I went shopping this month (spent less than $70) but want to bring this down to zero.
4. Cook 1 new vegan recipe a week. I want to start cooking different recipes at home, especially since I’m used to eating the same meals every day.
5. Read 2 books. I just finished reading Pandemic and OMG. This book is perfect for the viral disease/epidemic lover. Supposedly it’s being turned into a movie! I’m currently reading Fasting and Eating for Health and Departure by the same author who wrote Pandemic. I started reading Departure when I was on a plane and it was such a surprise to read the first couple chapters since it’s about a plane crash. I’m also reading Broke Millenial by Erin Lowry and am amazed by how much I love it, only because most finance books I’ve read are written in a boring monotone written style. She makes learning about personal finance so much fun!
6. Sell my car. I don’t use my car anymore and have been putting off selling it. I know I could get a couple grand from it, but I’m just a lazy person when it comes to that kind of thing.
I’d really like to improve my followings across my social media platforms. I’m mostly interested in focusing on Facebook and Pinterest, but primarily Facebook.
1. Get to 3,000 followers on Facebook. I’ve been realizing that Facebook is not dead for businesses, and plan on sharing more recipes and videos of my own. You can follow me here.
2. Get to 4,000 followers on Twitter. Still deciding if Twitter is worth my time. You can follow me here.
3. Get to 13,000 followers on Pinterest. I’m still trying to figure out Pinterest. It seems like it’s constantly changing! You can follow me here.
4. Add 200 email subscribers. (currently at 2,043). I’m thinking about adding a library resource area with freebies to get more subscribers.
5. Get 2 months ahead on blog posts. I’m really bad at this. I want to get ahead by 2 months (at least).
6. Make more money with affiliate marketing. Affiliate marketing income is doing pretty good for it being the slower months for bloggers. My top affiliate programs are:
- Making Sense of Affiliate Marketing
- Global Test Market
- Nielson Computer
- Raw Til Whenever
Posts that were popular in June:
FITnancials had a slight dip in May, but blog views have again doubled even though it’s summer time (no one’s online).
- 15 College Student Jobs That Pay Up To $40 An Hour
- 10 Affordable Cities To Visit In The USA
- Healthiest Foods For A Tight Budget (updated version)
If you don’t know already, I eat a plant-based diet and therefore, live a vegan lifestyle.
1. Get 10,000 steps in every day of the week. I wear a Fitbit daily and compete in daily challenges with my sister. My Fitbit motivates me to walk more so I can win the challenges!
2. Only go out to eat once a week. We aren’t too bad about this, but still, I’d like to keep it to 1 time a week to save money and eat healthier foods.
3. Start Brazillian Jiu Jitsu. J.D. and I have been talking a lot about safety lately, and believe that it’s important for me to be skilled in self defense tactics in case anything were ever to happen to me. There’s a highly rated training studio here, so I’ll be starting at the gym soon.
4. Practice yoga twice a week. I would love to make yoga a habit because of how it makes me feel mentally when I’ve completed a session.
5. Get to sleep by midnight. This should be 9PM or 10PM, but I’m just not that kind of person…yet. J.D. gets home at 10PM, and we like to play video games and hangout for a few hours, but we need to find a way around this so I can get decent sleep.
I just got back from 2 and 1/2 weeks in Portland. I was pet-sitting my sister’s dogs while she was on a 10-day sailing trip. I conquered a huge fear of mine, which was going on a solo hike by myself. I did a few of them by myself actually and ended up really pushing myself out of my comfort zone, which I highly recommend.
I’ve been traveling so much the past 2 years and I’m completely burnt out on it. Earlier this year I started planning another backpacking trip to Europe, but I’m sick of being away from J.D. and my dogs (I’ve been gone for at least 1/4 of my relationship with J.D.) and I want to be around more. Besides that, my family is planning a Christmas trip in December, so that’s all I have planned for now. You can find out how I travel so much here.
J.D. and I just moved to San Marcos, TX. To be honest, I didn’t think I was going to like it. I’m used to living in or near big cities (St. Louis, Chicago, Austin). But Oh. My. Gosh. I have never been so happy in my entire life. We lived in Austin for a year before moving to San Marcos, and it was one of the worst years of my life. We had crappy neighbors from all angles (fighting, waking up to broken glass outside our door, cops showing up at 3 AM, band practice until midnight). I honestly don’t foresee how I’ll ever be able to live in a big city again.
We’re still dreaming of RV life, but J.D. still has a couple years of college left, so we have to hold off until then. Still, we’re both really happy with where our lives are currently at. Our dogs are healthy, happy, and we’re all excited for what’s to come, but also focusing on living in the present.
See you next month!
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