August Goals and Life Update – We Sold The Camaro

August Goals and Life Update - We Sold The CamaroHello everyone and happy August! I haven’t done a life update since last month’s goal’s update, so I am happy to publish this today.

July was another great month. We went on a long cruise, went to a few state parks, enjoyed the great weather, and overall had a great month.

We had one big change for the month of July though…

 

We got rid of the Camaro.

Yes, I said it. After owning the Camaro for about 1.5 years, we decided to get rid of it. We loved it, but we decided that right now was just not the time to have it.

It was not practical when it came to gas mileage (we want to start going on more road trips), the dogs couldn’t go in the car (not with leather seats!), and the car had drag tires so it couldn’t be driven in temperatures less than 45 degrees or if it was raining. I also couldn’t drive it because it was a manual and had too much power (I could literally only do burnouts in it), so we were practically sharing one car which got difficult even though I worked from home.

Yes, so there were plenty of reasons to get rid of it!

Instead, we sold it and bought a car that gets 36 miles to the gallon. Much better than what we had before! This car has all wheel drive, four doors, and can be driven whenever.

I won’t lie though, I was sad to get rid of it. I know, I know, being attached to a car is pathetic, especially in the personal finance blogging world. I loved the car though and it was a lot of fun. Also, my dad had a Camaro that he bought in 1984 brand new and he had it until he got sick, and it was his favorite thing ever.

He was waiting for the new style to come out but passed away shortly before they released it, so I had an attachment to the Camaro we bought.

I know he would have loved it!

 

Our cruise honeymoon.

We went on a cruise last month. It was a 7 night Caribbean cruise. It was a lot of fun and it was our first cruise.

Cruising is definitely the best way to have a relaxing vacation. Each day we ordered room service breakfast (pictured above), we would walk around the ship, leave the ship whenever we were at port, and then my favorite part was dressing up each night. I loved seeing everyone in their nice evening gowns, tuxes, and suits.

I must not be very fancy because I think this was my very first dinner where people wore tuxes and evening gowns!

 

July Goals Update

  1. Make $13,000 in business income. PASS. I did well last month!
  2. Get back to my workout routine. FAIL. We did a 3.5 mile hike that was pretty tough, but that’s the only workout I’ve done in the past month.
  3. Eat out no more than 5 times. PASS. We hardly ate out this past month. The times that we did eat out, our bill was always less than $20.
  4. Create a giveaway for my 3 year blogiversary. FAIL. Haven’t really thought about this yet. I think I plan on giving out a large amount of cash. Can’t wait!
  5. Declutter my closet. FAIL. Haven’t done this yet. I do have a lot of items in bags that are ready to get rid of but they are still just sitting in my closet taking up a large amount of room.

 

 

August Goals

  1. Make $13,000 in business income. I’m keeping my goal the same as last month. August usually isn’t the best for me, so I don’t want to create an unrealistic goal. $13,000 is still great though, of course!
  2. Work out 2 times a week. I’m trying to start this slowly. Obviously working out a crazy amount doesn’t work for my because I get unmotivated pretty quickly.
  3. Walk 10 miles on a trail once a week. We are gradually trying to get to doing this multiple times a week, but there is only so much time out there for us. We would like to hike the whole Colorado trail within the next year and I want to be in better shape for that. Have any of you completed the Colorado Trail?

 

How did you do in July? What is your main goal for August?

 

$12,787 in June – Site Redesign and More Motivation

$12,747 in May - Beginning to Break Out My Business Income

At the beginning of every month, I publish my monthly business income report.

This all started out as my “extra income” report because before October of 2013, I still had my day job. In those extra income reports, I included all income that I made except for income from my day job.

However, in September of 2013, I turned in my notice at my day job, and my last day was in October of 2013. Now, my income reports consist of the main way that I make an income each month, which is through my freelancing business.

I publish my income reports each month for many reasons.

The main reason why I started side hustling is because I was reading other bloggers’ (Smart Passive Income, Budgeting In The Fun Stuff, Newlyweds on a Budget) monthly income reports and they got me really interested and motivated.

It was interesting and motivating to see how others were making money online. And these are REAL people. I didn’t even know about any of this before I started blogging.

If it weren’t for others posting their monthly online income reports, I don’t know if I would have really gotten into side hustling.

Also, I like to publish my income reports each month because it’s a way for me to look back, learn from my mistakes and see what I need to change or improve the following month. Just sitting here and typing up this income report is a great way to keep in touch with my business goals.

I know I say this every month, but it is the truth. Life is just so great now that I am doing what I want to do. I look forward to each and every day and it’s a wonderful thing.

I started my blog just as an outlet. I never thought it would turn into a side income or into my full-time career. If you would have told me this a few years ago, I never would have believed you – I probably would have just laughed it off.

 

How was June?

June was a great month. Yes, I made only $40 more than the previous month, but I still call that a win.

I also got married last month, and I can already tell that a ton of time has been freed up now that wedding planning is over with. I am working like crazy right now because I have so many ideas for my business and what I want to do over the next few months.

Working is great when you are motivated to succeed. Also, I can already tell that July will shape up to be a good month if this first week is any indicator!

In June of 2014, I made $13,787 in business income, before expenses. It was another good month!

 

$12,787 in June - Site Redesign and Motivation

This is for the month of June and before fees and expenses (fees and expenses that lower the amount above total around $1,000, which includes VAs for my other websites, technical assistance on my websites, PayPal fees, etc.) being taken out.

After all expenses and fees, I made approximately $12,747. In the amount above, I do not include the amount that I bring in to websites that I provide services to, I only include the amounts that are my actual earnings from my services. So, if a website I manage makes an income of $2,000, I only include my payment for my services- not the full $2,000.

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June Goals and Life Update – 4 Days Until the Wedding

June Goals and Life Update - 4 Days Until the WeddingHello everyone and happy June! May was a good month for me. I hope it was for all of you as well.

In May, I had my bachelorette party in Vegas, and Wes also had his bachelor party in Vegas, but we didn’t go on the same days. We also took a ton of fun bike rides and finished up a lot of wedding to-dos on our wedding list.

It is now June, which means that it’s probably the craziest month of my life.

Our wedding is just a few days away (June 7th), and I must be a crazy person for planning an over 200 person outdoor wedding on private property all by myself.  WHAT WAS I THINKING?

Oh well, I’m sure it will be a great time. I can’t wait! I’m hoping the weather will be great for us, please keep your fingers crossed.

Do you want to hear a funny/scary story as well? Yesterday, the wedding event rental company came out to the property where we are having our wedding, and they followed the wrong directions. I told them not to take the back way because it is impassable, even though GPS says that it is.

Well, they went the wrong way (the way I told them not to go), their truck got stuck in water and rocks, and they popped a tire. 3 hours later, a tow truck finally came to save the day thankfully though! It took the tow truck 3 hours to get him out though, as the back tire was popped on the truck and stuck in water. Before we used that tow truck company though, we did call one tow truck company and they told us “Good luck” and that they would not help us because it would be too much work…

I was really afraid that the rentals were going to get damaged (the driver told me he was in water so of course I believed him and freaked out!) and that I would be out of luck because the event company said that they were completely out of everything. GAH what kind of wedding would it be without tables, chairs, a tent, linens, and a dance floor?

Luckily it all worked out well and everything is now safe and sound on the property.

 

May Goals Update

  1. Make $13,000 in business income. FAIL. I was slightly under this goal at $12,747 for May business income. I did make over $13,000, but I had a lot of expenses this month that I had to pay for.
  2. Decide on our honeymoon. FAIL. We are thinking of going to Miami for a few days then going on a Caribbean cruise. What do you think? I mainly just want to go somewhere and relax because of all the craziness lately. We are also thinking about after Miami/the Caribbean, that we would go on a Florida road trip to see if we want to eventually move to Florida. If you live in Florida, where do you recommend?
  3. Run/walk 4 miles (4 days a week), and do some lifting/ab work. PASS. I have been doing really well with this, but I haven’t really seen any changes :( Stinks because I’ve been at it for 6 or 7 months and nothing has changed. Oh well, I will have to figure something out!
  4. Have a great bachelorette party! PASS. We have a blast! Read my Las Vegas recap here. I spent less than $300 altogether on this trip!

 

June Goals

  1. Make $13,000 in business income. I am keeping my same income goal from last month. I don’t know if I will reach it because of the craziness of the wedding, but I’m going to try.
  2. Go on a honeymoon. Even though it’s not fully planned, I do still want to go somewhere this month. ANYWHERE with a beach and yummy food will do!
  3. Run/walk 4 miles (4 days a week), and do some lifting/ab work. I still want to keep this up. I do want to add in a few bike rides each week as well. Last week we did nearly 20 miles just in one day and it felt great!
  4. Have a fun wedding! The wedding is in a few days so I just need to relax and have some fun.

 

How did you do in May? What is your main goal for June?

Have you been doing well with your income, spending and being healthy?