Somehow I blinked and now July is staring back at me when I look at the end of this week. While I took a break from a lot of my summer side hustles this year, it’s not been all quiet on the money front this June. Without further ado, here’s the often-promised, never-delivered goal recap post for the first part of summer.
Write for money. MISS
I did zero things to attempt to monetize my blog this month. In fact, while I have visions of being months ahead in posts, I’m still writing most of them the night before. But not all hope is lost considering my intention was never to get paid for this blog. After a lot of back and forth and round and round–⸺okay, fine, it was two emails, but it was still obnoxious–⸺I got everything squared away to get a check for my new, possibly one-time, ghostwriting gig. I’m still not willing to count it a win until the money is sitting in my bank account, though.
Finish a grad class or two. HIT
I actually finished both of the grad classes that I had to double up on this summer. I’m hoping now that I won’t be spending all of my free time reading and writing for those classes, I can go back to
blogging reading, commenting on, and sharing other blogs. The real excitement here, though, is the fact that I no longer run the risk of having to drop the classes and pay the $1,000 penalty to retake them at a later date. Oh, and I’ll get a pay bump in the fall. More on that–and the $14,000 we’re spending over the next year on graduate work–⸺in a future post.
Save at least 45% of our income. HIT
I haven’t calculated the exact savings percentage for the month because it’s not spreadsheet day yet. You say Friday, I say spreadsheet. Tomato, tomahto. But I do know from tracking our spending that we’re right on point with our expenses for the month, and we’ve had some extra income trickle in. As a result, we’ll pass the 45% marker for sure.
Keep decluttering. HIT
I realize I’ve let myself off far too easy when I talk about decluttering. Now that essentially nothing fits, I’m so much more motivated to ditch everything. My 100-item challenge was way too easy, so now I’ve got a new challenge in the works for July.
Get something from our garden. HIT
This year, I experimented with growing onions. Which basically means I followed the directions on the bulbs and watched some YouTube videos. Then, this happened.
I am now considering opening a subscription box company a la Birchbox for dried green onions. We’ve also been getting all of our lettuce from the garden. It’s delicious, and it’s actually growing at a pace that we can keep up with.
- Write for money.
- Save at least 45% of our income.
- Touch everything in my house. More on that soon. It’s not as creepy as it sounds.
- Check in with all my credit cards and gift cards.
While these goal posts (all two of them) clearly have a financial focus, I want to push the bulk of my energy and focus onto other things and people. So even if I miss all of July’s goals, I’m not going to sweat it. But I will own up to it. Oh, and if I don’t get 97,000 new followers and a book deal out of actually writing this post, you are dead to me, goals. Do you hear me? Dead to me.
So Tell Me…What are your goals for July?