June Update & July Goals

Rather than a yearly bucket list or New Years resolutions, I decided to pick one word to represent 2017 and set up mini goals for each month to help me reach my ultimate goals. The word I chose is STRIVE, and you can find out more behind my reasoning by reading this post.

June

I say it every month, but HOW is June over already? I’m trying to remember what all happened this month, but it just feels like a blur. Thank goodness for Instagram and Facebook to remind me! It was a good month though, our condo is up for sale, I’ve had a number of companies reach out to me about partnerships, Ian and I had our 4th anniversary, and of course a ton of great food! Let’s take a closer look at the month of June:

I will strive…to be healthy 

  • Workout 15+ times – NO. 13 times. I knew that this month would be lower since I had a week off to spend cleaning our condo to prepare for it to be listed for sale. I either went to the gym or ran outside 13 times, but I was also active throughout the month in other ways. I even mowed my friend’s yard, because why not!
  • Do weights every time I go to the gymYES. A lot of my workouts this month were outside runs, but every time I was at the gym I did include weights. I really enjoy adding that into my workouts and I always feel great after.
  • Exercise willpowerYES. It feels great to say yes to this. Snacking always is, and always will be, my biggest downfall. I’ve realized that if I can resist having ‘one’, then I’m good. As soon as I let myself eat one, it’s all downhill. I did super minimal snacking and I didn’t go overboard on treats. I even resisted having seconds during some pretty tasty suppers because I knew that I really didn’t need more.
  • Lose weight and/or inchesYES. I lost a few pounds, and approximately 2.5-3 inches in total!

I will strive..to spend less

  • Spend less than June 2016 ($1287.82)YES.  $1108.82. See below for more notes on this amount, and why I’m happy with it.
  • Spend less than $1000 – NO. Okay, technically I did. Here’s the deal, on my MasterCard (the spending that I factor in for this), I spent $995. BUT. In April I bought tickets for Ian and myself to go to Brad Paisley in August. I took this month from my savings, and I have factored that into my spending budget for June, July, and August, which is what caused me to go over the $1000.
  • Do not buy anything on a whimYES. This one could probably go either way depending on how you look at it. I bought a couple of clothing items, which were things that I had been eyeing for awhile and were put on 40% off. I also replaced a few pieces that desperately needed to be replaced. I hadn’t necessarily planned on these, but it was needed. I feel good about where my money went in June.

I will strive..to declutter

  • Get our condo officially listed for saleYes. So exciting! This will be the last time this section is included since our condo is down to the bare bones right now. The sign went up on June 28th, and within a day we had people wanting to view it. Hopefully, the interest continues and it sells fairly quick. Now, to start looking at houses!

I will strive..to experience more 

  • Try something newYES. I tried Taco Bell! It may not seem like a huge deal, but we haven’t had one here and there is a ton of hype around it. I had the Doritos Locos Taco. I have seen commercials for that FOREVER so it was nice to finally try it. It didn’t let me down!
  • Find more blogging opportunitiesYES. I think I’m going to add a blogging section back in for July. I was invited to the VIP Launch for Taco Bell and had my favorite grocery store, Sobeys, reach out to me about promoting a fundraiser of theirs and hosting a giveaway. I even (finally) made a media kit! Good things are happening here!
  • Raise some money for Easter Seals Drop Zone.YES. When I wrote this post I still had $200 to go, now I only have $135! Slowly but surely I am getting there. Please take a look at that post and consider donating!
  • Explore somewhere new – NO. I mean, unless you count Taco Bell. But I’m not going to.

July

July, month seven. Yikes.

I will strive…to be healthy 

  • Workout at least 10 times – Okay, it’s a pretty minimal amount. Ian and I both have the first week of July off work and we aren’t really planning on doing a whole lot. While I’m pretty sure we will walk to a few places and be somewhat active, I might not hit the gym or run too often. The second week I will be volunteering at the VBS program at church. This means that I will leave for work at 8 am and probably not get home until 8 pm at the earliest. If I add a workout into my morning I will be drained by the middle of the week. I might try to walk on my lunch break or between work and when VBS starts just to break up my day a bit.
  • Run my 5K in less than 40 minutes – I have my second of three official 5K’s on July 9th. I ran my previous one in 37 minutes, but I’m not sure what the route is for this one so I will be happy with anything less than 40 minutes.
  • No unplanned snacking – I want to really focus on this. I want to really stop and think before I snack on something. I want to know my WHY, am I hungry, bored, restless..why do I want to snack? I really want to see more changes before the cold weather hits again, I know this is the key.

I will strive..to spend less

  • Spend less than I did in July 2016 ($1212.56) – That is the only number I’m going to focus on this month. I’d love to stay under $1000, but I don’t want to feel tied to that.
  • Be mindful with my spending – The biggest reason I don’t want be tied to a specific (lower) number is that summer in Saskatoon is great. There are different festivals and events happening on a weekly basis, plus different activities that I want to take part in. I just don’t want to spend money on useless items or more clothes that I don’t really need. This summer is about experiencing. Which leads me to..

I will strive..to experience more 

  • Try something new – Summer is a great time to try something new!
  • Visit somewhere new – There are so many neat things that we could go look at in and around the Saskatoon area. I want to see some!
  • Raise some money for Easter Seals Drop Zone – As I mentioned above, $135 to go. I am SO close and I have 1.5 months to do it. Even if I have to put the rest in myself, I am reaching my goal. No doubts about that.

I will strive..to grow my blog

  • Grow my social media following: Facebook: 157 Instagram: 310 Twitter: 86
  • Tweet more – I really struggle to get into Twitter. I’ve started to tweet more though and I have gotten a great response, and it’s so great when companies re-tweet you. I really want to utilize this platform more.
  • Find two new blogging opportunities – I’ve already got some great things coming up for here. I will be partnering with a couple of companies and sharing some SUPER fun activities. These next few months are going to be great.
  • Assess my subscription boxes – I actually get very few right now. I really want to think about which I enjoy getting. I will still review them on my blog (since I’m getting them anyway) but they will be very minimal.
  • Update my “About Me” page – It is TIME! I don’t even like to look at it right now since I know it’s out of date. I also want to get some updated pictures for my sidebar, Facebook page etc. None are overly reflective to this current point in time and I want them to be uniform across the board.

Make sure you check back through the month to see all the great things that are coming, I can’t stress enough how excited I am about some of the opportunities I’ve been getting!

What goals are you setting up for yourself in July? Anything you are most looking forward to?

Like to post about your goals? Link up with any goal post in staygoldautumn.com’s linkup on the first day of the month!

I’m also linking up at Writes Like a Girl

  • Sounds like you pretty much killed it with your June goals! We just barely bought a house (our first), and the housing market seems to be HOT right now, so I bet your condo will sell in no time! Now the tricky part will just be finding your next place 🙂

    • Congrats on your first house! There are SO many condos for sale right now, a lot aren’t moving. Shockingly, ours is already conditionally sold! A lot is happening VERY fast!

  • I really like the way you categorize your goals to all fit your word of the year. Your June goals were great. Even if you didn’t meet each one perfectly, it looks like you met the intention behind the goals. That’s what matters most, right? Progress is still progress!

    Good luck on your July goals. I think being intentional about spending is always good, without being too limiting. Right now my husband and I are spending more than our usual budget, but that’s because we bought our first house, and we have projects that need to be done! We did have an overall house budget that we’re well under, but it’s still hard for me to see so much monthly spending above our normal amounts!

    • Thank you! I find that breaking big ‘ultimate’ goals into smaller achievable steps makes a huge difference in focus. Congrats on your first house! It seems to be the time for people to buy right now. That’s the good kind of spending, think of each project as an investment and then it might not seem as hard to have those higher expenses.

  • i LOVE how you categorize your goals! and i love the way you challenge yourself on your spending – i might have to set those kinds of goals for myself, too!! and so smart to be realistic on your upcoming financial goals.

    • It was shocking when I went back through my spending at the end of last year and realized just how much was wasted on material purchases that I didn’t need. It has felt SO great to make cuts and get money into savings.

  • I really like the way you structure your goals in alignment with your word of the year! SUCH a good idea!! My phrase of the year is “out of hiding,” so I love that you have “experience more” as one of your categories–I could definitely relate to that.

    • It’s so easy to just sit back and watch life happen around you, you miss out on so much though! Life sure does change when you look at every situation as something you can experience.

  • thetechchef

    It looks like you got a lot of your goals done in June. Good job. Especially the do not buy anything on a whim one, that can be soooo hard. It’s not a goal of mine, but I have been trying to be a more mindful spender. Especially when I purchase something online, I have to ask myself why I want it and if I’m really going to use it.

    If you want to take a look here’s my June Wrap Up and July Goals http://books.thetechchef.net/june-wrap-up-and-july-goals/