As busy as the holiday season is, I usually find myself retreating to a place of reflection. How did the past 11 months go? And what do I want the coming year to look like?
While reflection can be productive, I'm hesitant to send myself too much criticism. After all, it's been a year of transition. And I've totally changed careers.
My side jobs have been steadily growing, especially the social media consulting portion of my business. Looking for some help? Let's talk.
Speaking of social media, my company sent me to SocialPro in Las Vegas last month. And it was awesome to learn some new tactics! Plus, it's always fun to network with my fellow social media marketers.
In other news, my company is transitioning to 100% remote at the end of December. I'm really looking forward to saving 40+ minutes a day on commuting, having more control over my diet, and being able to exercise more easily (I hope!)
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The November Monthly Budget
Other than my food budget, I'm pretty satisfied with this month's expenses. Because, honestly, if I'm staying below $2,500 a month, I don't want to waste too much energy trying to become the next Extreme Cheapskate.
I don't expect my food budget to improve in December. But it should dramatically decrease once I'm working from home in January, right?
Note: mortgage, alarm system, internet, electric, water, gas, household, and coffee numbers reflect one-half of the total bill. I live with my boyfriend, so we split these expenses.
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Personal Care: $6.48 (hair gel), $1.99 (Tylenol), $6.54 (cough medicine)
Household: $4.07 (toothpaste), $11.79 (mouthwash & laundry detergent), $3.14 (freezer bags)
Gifts: $5.46 (card for Dad), $100 (gift for Dad)
Other One-Time Expenses: $44.47 (lawn treatment), $240.96 (Christmas flight), $4.00 (parking), $25 (Hayes Carll ticket), $49.72 (Facebook ads)
November posts: 1 (-2)
Twitter followers: 3,964 (+155)
Facebook likes: 415 (+101)
Google+ followers: 159 (+4)
Pinterest followers: 364 (+23)
Feedly subscribers: 100 (+1)
Email subscribers: 107 (+12)
Cumulative Adsense earnings: $165.68 (+$7.30)
When I got back from FinCon, I wrote about the importance of setting intentions. Because if you want to make progress, you have to be specific.
Two months ago, I set a goal of earning $10,000 side income before next year's FinCon. This income will come from a variety of sources including:
– Freelance writing
– Social media consulting
– Dividends from my taxable portfolio
– Selling stuff
– And more!
So how's my progress looking?
September – $350.72
October – $858.61
November – $738.71
Total – $1,948.04
I've got $8,051.96 more to go. So I need to earn $894.66 per month for the next 9 months to reach my goal.
Back-to-back weeks in Las Vegas and San Antonio really caught up with me. And I fell seriously behind on the slow-carb diet. But I was little relieved for the break, even if it meant gaining 2.5 pounds.
I'm seeing a nutritionist this week, though. And I'm really looking forward to some professional coaching to help meet my weight loss goals.
October Wellness Numbers
Weight: 162.2 (+2.4)
November Miles Run: 0 (no change)
1. Write at least one Cashville Skyline post per week. FAIL
2. Earn $879.06 side income. FAIL
3. Lose at least 2 pounds. Even with Thanksgiving and a work trip to Vegas. FAIL
1. Prepare for working from home by de-cluttering, establishing a dedicated workspace, and creating a new daily routine!
Readers: How was your November? What do you want to accomplish before the end of 2015?
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