Try and picture this — it's a cold, rainy Saturday morning at the Nashville Farmer's Market. And I'm relaxing at the counter of Bella Nashville, my favorite local wood-fired pizza place. I'm directly in front of the fire, watching my margarita pizza bake, sipping a fresh cup of English breakfast iced tea.
Then, as if the moment couldn't be any more perfect, Oasis' Don't Look Back in Anger starts playing from their radio above the oven.
So, I'm humming along with this massive grin, almost completely unaware of those sitting on either side of me. And I'm thinking about how happy I'd be if every Saturday were exactly like this.
Fall always seems to bring out this wild sense of gratitude in me. And it has absolutely nothing to do with my monthly budget. But it still seemed worthy of sharing.
The September Monthly Budget
Ready for it? Here's my worst monthly budget in recent memory.
Note: mortgage, alarm system, internet, electric, water, gas, household, coffee, and lawn treatment numbers reflect one-half of the total bill. I live with my boyfriend, so we split these expenses.
Gifts: $8.49 (wedding card), $100 (wedding gift), $20 (housewarming gift)
Other One-Time Expenses: $522.99 (Santa Fe flight), $201.16 (car repairs), $114.74 (business cards), $159.50 (lawn care treatment), $300 (logo redesign), $163.97 (FinCon16 ticket), $65 (weight loss challenge fee), $856.88 (FinCon), $439.64 (Massachusetts wedding & Maine trip)
What more can I say? It was a really expensive month. And I hate that my expenses exceeded my income. But, that's going to happen once in a while. Ugh, moving on…
September posts: 3 (-1)
Twitter followers: 3,565 (+186)
Facebook likes: 291 (+22)
Google+ followers: 148 (+12)
Pinterest followers: 308 (+10)
Feedly subscribers: 92 (+11)
Email subscribers: 94 (+12)
Cumulative Adsense earnings: $146.14 (+$7.18)
When I got back from FinCon, I wrote about the importance of setting intentions. Because if you want to reach a goal, you have to put the work in. No excuses. And no regrets.
I've realized that once I reached my goal of changing careers, I stopped prioritizing Cashville Skyline. But I'm ready to change that. And I'm prepared to hustle harder.
Between now and next year's FinCon, I want to earn at least $10,000 in side income. Where will that money come from? A combination of blogging, freelance writing, and social media consulting. It's modest. Especially compared to what a lot of bloggers are bringing in. But, it's the first side income goal I've ever set! And, most importantly, it's achievable.
Two months ago, I read Tim Ferriss' The 4-Hour Body and dove into the slow-carb diet. The slow-carb diet eliminates grains, sugar, dairy, and alcohol. The focus is green vegetables, meat, and legumes. One cheat day per week is required.
September Wellness Numbers
Weight: 161.9 (-2)
Body Fat: 40.1% (-1.7%)
September Miles Run: 0 (no change)
September Steps: 129,116 (+41,795)
Ignoring the advice of most reasonable people I know, I've been weighing myself nearly every day for the past two months. Why? The slow-carb diet is an ongoing experiment to see how my body reacts to certain foods.
Despite the emotional roller coaster of this month's weight fluctuations (partially due to, ahem, lady stuff) I've noticed some clear trends:
My body reacts more negatively to carbs than a little bit of sugar. How do I know? Well, I've consumed things like vegetable tofu stir-fry, beef jerky, dry red wine, and have still managed lose weight. However, even the smallest amount of carbs seem to spike my weight.
Here's one example: Friday morning, I hit a weight loss low of 161.3! And Friday evening, I enjoyed Chuy's Shiner Bock beer sauteed fajitas (without tortillas, cheese, or sour cream). The next morning, my weight had jumped back up to 162.1. Coincidence? I think not.
Overall, the trendline has moved downward. The weight may not be falling off quickly, but it's pretty hard to argue the diet is having no effect.
Also, I've barely been exercising. So, I probably need to add that into the mix. Anyone looking for a Fitbit friend? You can find me here!
1. Continue progress with Cashville Skyline. SCORE!
2. Continue progress with the slow-carb diet. My next goal is dropping below 160. SO CLOSE!
1. Continue Cashville Skyline progress. Post at least twice per week.
2. Exercise, damn it! And drop below 160 pounds.
Readers: How was your September? What are your goals for October?
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