Another month has flown by! While I've been distracted by potential tornadoes in Tennessee, May has slowly crept in, taken a nervous look around, and decided to stay despite the high pollen count. I'm trying my best to enjoy spring, one of Nashville's loveliest seasons, knowing fully that the oppressive summer heat is slowly making its annual journey south.
The Budget Recap:
April was a bit more expensive than I was expecting, but life threw me a curveball that I hadn't planned on. I spent a lot of time socializing with friends, did an abundant amount of eating and drinking outside of the house, and barely considered that I was going way over my food & drink budget. I needed it.
My one time expenses included $30.04 (cupcakes for my office), $53.53 (funeral dress), $12.02 (funeral nylons), $38.92 (funeral shoes), $6.01 (future gift/succulent), $3.57 (tylenol), and $5.52 (matches/dish soap). I also included my $25 AmEx credit in this category.
April posts: 9 (March posts: 11 / February posts: 9)
Most popular post: When Your Parents' Finances Become Your Business
Alexa ranking: 167,367 as of 4/30 (March: 242,757 / February: 598,442)
Note: Since I've passed my first Alexa goal of 200,000, I'm now aiming for a ranking below 100,000!
twitter followers: 754 (March: 621 / February: 394)
Facebook likes: 6 (March: 3 / February: 1)
Adsense: I was approved for Google Adsense this month and I've earned .16 so far! I have so much to learn about this, but you gotta start somewhere, right? Aesthetics and reader experience are extremely important to me, so I'm moving extremely slowly with this.
There wasn't a ton a free time for education this month and May won't be any easier, however, I am starting to put together a self-directed summer digital marketing bootcamp that I plan to complete June through August. I'll be sharing the details soon!
I actually exercised five times this month via my trusty Insanity videos. Damn, I wish someone had reminded me how freakin' hard this workout is when you're out of shape. I stumbled through it last year after a four week bootcamp! Ouch.
My boss is in the process of evaluating our health insurance to see if it's possible to add behavioral coverage. If this doesn't happen, I am considering purchasing a plan on my own as I'm already paying $200 per month in premiums for my current plan. And I don't have dental or behavioral coverage.
1. Exercise at least three times per week. PASS.
2. Bike or ride the bus at least two times per week. FAIL!
3. Cut back on refined sugar in my diet. PASS.
4. Research and purchase dividend growth stocks for portfolio. SCORE!
1. Exercise at least three times per week.
2. Research and purchase another dividend growth stock for portfolio with $1,458.
May is shaping up to be my busiest month yet at work, so I'm hesitant to set the bar too high. I've made some progress with my health goals, and it's important to keep that momentum going.
Readers: How was your April? Any big plans for May?