If this post shows you anything, it's that I tend to get over my head with goals. I try to accomplish too much in too little time. Maybe some of you can relate. 🙂
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 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.
This post is me being 100% real with myself and all of you.
I also posted my first income report this month, which you can check out here.
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1. Put an extra $1000 into my savings. Pass.
I spent more than I would have liked to, but I was still able to put $1000 in my emergency savings.
2. Start working on paying my student loans. Fail.
I haven't really figured out what's the smartest thing to pay off first. I've also read articles that it's not wise to start paying off loans while you're still in college. Any tips here?
3. Don't buy any new clothes. Fail.
I ended up buying 2 new T-shirt dresses since I have been wearing the same 2 outfits every day. I still don't really have clothes for the extremely hot summer weather here in Texas. However, I plan on selling a few clothes to make up for this.
4. Cook 1 new vegan recipe a week. Pass.
I started cooking Bahn Mi Tofu sandwiches and they are delicious! I'm the type of person who can eat the same thing for days and not get bored, so this new recipe has lasted me a couple weeks now. If you have any vegan recipes to recommend, please send them my way!
5. Read 2 books. Pass x7.
I've read so many books this month ever since I got my Kindle.
Here's a list of the books I've read:
- In Order To Live
- When Breath Becomes Air
- Say You're Sorry
- Saving April
- Salt to the Sea
- Silent Child
- Into Thin Air
6. Sell my car. Fail. Sort of.
I listed my car on Craigslist, but haven't gotten any hits back yet. This could be either be because I'm in a small town filled with college students or because I didn't market it correctly.
July was a big month for FITnancials. I opened my new resource library, fixed a ton of Pinterest images, started a couple new blogging courses, and started working with a few new brands. I also started working as my sisters virtual assistant, which has been a lot of fun as well! My income has increased again, and I'm hoping it keeps going up from here.
This week, I went through Pinterest Traffic Avalanche and I also started Six Figure Blogger by Create and Go. I've almost doubled my Pinterest reach from the tips in their course! My reach is around 2.3 million at the moment, and I'm hoping to double that by this winter.
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 4,000 followers on Facebook. Fail.
Currently working on a course that is teaching me the ins and outs of Facebook ads and how to boost my reach. Slowly but surely getting there!
2. Get to 4,000 followers on Twitter. Fail.
Still working on this, and just applied to get verified on Twitter.
3. Get to 13,000 followers on Pinterest. Fail.
4. Add 200 email subscribers. (currently at 2,043). Fail.
Haven't added 200 yet, but I am getting a lot of new subscribers every day because of my new resource library.
5. Get 2 months ahead on blog posts. Fail.
I have been figuring out how often I want to post each week, and for awhile I was down to 1 post a week but noticed a tank in views. I've been posting 3 times a week now, and my views have increased significantly.
6. Make more money with affiliate marketing. Pass.
I made a lot more in July than I did the previous month. I've also started adding a few more affiliate links and currently working on marketing it the links better.
Posts that were popular in July:
July was an amazing month for page views, as I hit the highest number ever!
- 10 Destinations for a Tight Budget
- 15 College Student Jobs That Pay Up To $40 An Hour
- 10 Free Things to do in Cancun
- Healthiest Foods For A Tight Budget
If you don't know already, I eat a plant-based diet and therefore, live a vegan lifestyle. I hit my 2-year mark in a couple months!
1. Get 10,000 steps in every day of the week. Fail.
I wear a Fitbit daily and haven't been hitting my walking goals. My excuse is that it has been sweltering hot outside in Texas.
2. Only go out to eat once a week. Fail.
J.D. and I rarely go out, but this past week we went to a vegan pizza joint and a new plant-based food truck here in San Marcos, Texas. I had the BEST burger of my life there!
3. Start Brazillian Jiu-Jitsu. Pass? Sort of.
Sadly, the Brazillian Jiu-Jitsu studio I was supposed to attend ended up moving locations the day before I was supposed to enroll. I did go for 1 session, but it was due to me not wanting to cancel my introductory appointment. When I got to the studio, there was a paper on the door saying they had moved locations. Once I got to the new location, I realized it was way too far for me to consistently go.
4. Practice yoga twice a week. Fail. (Sort of).
I totally forgot about this goal, however, I have been going to the gym in my neighborhood and have been weightlifting and running outside in the 105-degree weather.
5. Get to sleep by midnight. Fail.
I've been reading until 1AM-2AM, but I feel like this isn't such a bad idea since I'm doing something productive.
For those of you who don't know, I've spent the past 2 years traveling around the world. I'm taking a break from traveling, but you can learn more about my travels here.
My sister Michelle and I are starting to plan our Christmas vacation. It'll be a total of 15 or so of us and (hopefully) J.D. will be able to come as well. He's always working and in school full-time, so we are hoping he'll be able to get some time off. We just booked a huge house on the beach.
I'm also in the beginning stages of planning my Fincon trip to Dallas this year. Are you going to Fincon?
J.D. and I also often talk about our plans after he finishes school and what we plan to do. We seriously have so many ideas! RV life, move abroad to Europe or Asia, and several other ideas. All we know is that we plan on getting out of Texas once he graduates.
I got rid of my Facebook account in July and haven't been on it for over a month. It's been one of the best decisions I've ever made! I can't even believe all the time I was wasting on FB. I've been reading nonstop, watching lots of Grey's Anatomy (my latest new obsession), and working a ton on my blog.
I noticed a lot of you all loved my July Goals and Updates, and I really appreciate all of the kind feedback!
See you next month! 🙂
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