With the weather finally heating up, I thought I’d take some time to slow down and set some summer goals. I’m notoriously bad at goal setting in that I make goals for myself all the time, I just never post the follow-up. While I can’t promise that there will be a companion piece at the end of the month, I did come up with five things for me to accomplish this month that will boost our bottom line.
Write for money.
I don’t monetize my blog in general. I have written a handful of sponsored posts, but I’m so particular that I don’t see it as a big money-making opportunity for me. I did a bit of ghostwriting last year, though, and like any overly enthusiastic mom, my mom shared this news with a cousin, who shared it with her daughter, who shared it with her boss. No, my mom still doesn’t know about this blog. And no, I’m not actually convinced she really understands what ghostwriting it. But she found my article on the first page of Google, and by golly, she’s going to tell everyone about it. And my cousin’s boss actually offered me an opportunity to ghostwrite for him. The pay isn’t fantastic because it’s a very small company, but I figure it’s something I can do on my own time. Now I just have to wait for the first check to come in.
Finish a grad class or two.
Both graduate classes that I’m currently enrolled in have end dates in July. But I’d like to try to work ahead in at least one of them. Not only will we have more important things to worry about next month, but I also can begin the process of submitting my transcripts for a lane change in my salary schedule. It won’t offset my leave this year by any stretch, but it will make for a nice bump the following year. Mr. P is also finishing up two summer classes of his own, and he is then going to try to do six more classes this fall. I’m not kidding when I say we’re more than a little competitive with each other. About everything.
Save at least 45% of our income.
We do this every month, so it’s really nothing to write home about. In fact, this is really the minimum amount of our income that we save. With side hustles and teaching stipends, we generally put aside half of our income for savings, investing, and extra mortgage payments. Still, we only have three more months where we will be a dual-income family, so I want to savor the moment and brag a bit. So sue me.
I surpassed the 100-item challenge the first weekend out the gate. While I’d like to take credit for having so much determination and tenacity, it’s simply because I still had too much stuff. As a result, I’d like to see if I can part with another 50 items by the end of the month. Perhaps, I’ll add a few more items to Poshmark. Likely, though, I’ll swing by a local resale shop and make a big donation to my favorite charity that resells items. Sometimes, Poshmark really pays off. But sometimes, it’s better to just let things go.
Get something from our garden.
Though June isn’t really a big month for gardening in terms of what comes out, I’m still hopeful that we’ll start to see the fruits (and vegetables) of our labor. In fact, if I could actually figure out what to do with green onions, I know we could harvest a bunch of them. It turns out that sometimes when you plant 100 bulbs and expect to get one or two to actually grow, you can, in fact, get 100 bulbs to grow. If nothing else, their fragrance is definitely helping to deter the critters.
So Tell Me…What are you goals for June?