Have you ever suffered from writer's block? Mine lasted for three weeks this month.
I went for long, contemplative walks, chatted with friends, gave money advice, and wondered what might be interesting enough to share. But nothing came.
What did I do instead? Three words: Friday Night Lights. And once I started watching, I couldn't focus on much else. Other than freelance writing (and my day job), I haven't done much I'd consider creative or productive over the past few weeks. But now that Tim Riggins is permanently out of my life, I'm feeling optimistic about things getting back to normal.
Have you heard the phrase “if you don't measure it, you can't improve it?” That's how I'm approaching both my blog and wellness this month. Because, let's be honest. July was kind of lame in both of these areas. But, hey! At least my budget was decent.
The July Monthly Budget
You know what's awesome about keeping a detailed budget every month? When you stop tracking for a bit, your habits take over.
Even without meticulously tracking every penny, I managed to save between 40-50% of my take-home pay over the past few months. I've finally reached a point where frugality is ingrained in my consciousness. I'm hoping that my diet can one day reach that point of discipline, too.
Gifts: $29.50 (vegan cupcakes), $4 (card), $50 (donation to a friend's Go Fund Me for medical expenses)
Other One Time Expenses: $280.70 (FinCon flight), $251.20 (Labor Day weekend flight to Boston), $47.21 (lawn treatment for beetle infestation)
July posts: 1
Twitter followers: 3,257
Facebook likes: 253
Google+ followers: 131
Pinterest followers: 268
Feedly subscribers: 77
Email subscribers: 69
MoM Traffic Change: Sessions: -6.10% / Users: +.35% / Pageviews: -2.10%
Cumulative Adsense earnings: $130.87
My boyfriend recently asked if I wanted to read Tim Ferriss' The 4-Hour Body with him. I thumbed through the diet chapters a couple of years ago, and I'll admit, I was pretty close-minded. But I agreed to read the whole book, and talk about it over this past weekend.
While I'm hesitant to try many of the crazy things Ferriss suggests, we've committed to experimenting with the slow-carb diet for the next month. The diet eliminates grains, sugar, dairy, and alcohol and focuses on eating green vegetables, meat, and legumes. Pretty intense, right?
I've had great success with similar diets in the past and I'm actually looking forward to giving it another spin. Ready for my starting numbers?
Body Fat: 43%
July Miles Run: 7.1 miles
July Steps: 214,545 / 93.2 miles
1. More Cashville Skyline content! Stronger traffic and engagement is the direct result of more regular posts.
2. Stick with the slow-carb diet for 30 days. Enough said.
3. Run three miles.
Oh, and in case you're wondering, the image above references East Nashville's Tomato Art Festival. It's a totally weird, but cool, annual neighborhood event. It's worth checking out this weekend if you're nearby.
Readers: How was your July? What are your goals for August?