It's been a surreal period of time, friends. This time last week I was carefully crafting a farewell email to my colleagues. Seven-and-a-half years is a long time to stay at any job, especially when you're only thirty. I'm still in the process of letting go.
Since last Friday, I've co-hosted a twelve hour long boozy brunch, exercised more than I did the entire month of July, cooked lunch every day, watched Dawson's Creek with my cat, and perused the East Nashville Farmers Market.
The Budget Recap:
Ouch. Another rough month for the budget. I actually had to cut into this month's savings to pay for the thermostat exploding, replacing our exterior lights, and my exorbitant food & drink budget.
Personal Care: deodorant ($5.12)
Household: $193.89 (outdoor lights), $108.71 (ladder), $136.02 (Nest thermostat)
Gifts: $60 (bachelorette weekend), $16.39 (thank you cards), $2 (postage), $5 (donation)
Other One Time Expenses: $2 (parking), $7.40 (flights), $20 (dermatology appointment), $34 (coffee)
July posts: 7 (June posts: 8 / May posts: 4)
Most popular post: Holding Myself Accountable: My Six Month Blogiversary
Alexa ranking: 206,731 as of 8/14 (June: 188,903 / May: 175,548)
twitter followers: 1,201 (June: 1,024 / May: 866)
Facebook likes: 12 (June: 10 / May: 10)
Cumulative Adsense earnings: $23.18 (+ $9.77 from last month)
I've made it almost all the way through the Google Analytics classes! It's a massive amount of information to digest, but I'd highly recommend it to any blogger. Bonus: it's free!
Also, I've downloaded and subscribed to Adobe's Creative Cloud for Photoshop. I'm looking forward to continuing to work on my graphic design skills with my newfound free time.
I've renewed my YMCA membership ($37.80/month) and renewed my Nashville b-cycle membership ($50/year).
Also, I've downloaded the Pact app. Have you heard of it? You can earn money for living healthy, paid by Pact members who don't. Pacts include working out, tracking food, or eating fruits and vegetables. I've currently set my Pact to exercising five days per week with a $5 fee for missed workouts. If that doesn't motivate me, I don't know what will.
1. Exercise at least three times per week. FAIL
2. Give up refined sugar and white flour. FAIL
3. Research and purchase another dividend growth stock for portfolio with $1,000. SCORE!
4. Complete at least one portion of the Digital Marketing Bootcamp. SCORE!
5. Continue moving forward with basement renovation project. IN PROGRESS
6. De-clutter and sell at least two things. IN PROGRESS
With only two weeks left of August, I've got two simple (but challenging) goals.
1. Don't get charged any money by Pact.
2. Don't dip into my savings to cover this month's expenses.
Readers: How's August treating you so far? Any improvements you're planning to make during the second half of the month?