June felt like a month that went at a moderate pace. For once, I didn’t feel like it breezed by faster than some months this year. I was glad for that since it meant I was able to balance my life at a slower pace. June itself was a good month and I had a week off from work, meaning I spent a week and a half traveling around to visit family and friends. I look forward to those 6-7 weeks throughout the year when I can do that. It’s hard being far away from family, especially since they’re getting older and from friends who mean a lot to me. I have plenty here, but I definitely get nostalgic to move closer to family sometimes…ok a lot.
Goal wise, June was a pretty good month. I think the only goal I was dissatisfied with was my extra earnings, but it happens. More on those below!
Extra earnings ($1247.13)
My freelance check has been taking two weeks to get to me, so that hurt my extra earnings for the month. Sales were great in the beginning of the month, and then basically stopped. I had three people in a row cancel their orders, which stunk.
Reading Goal (34/100)
Three Cups of Tea by Greg Mortsenon
The Winter King by Bernard Cornwell
Horrible Histories: The Awesome Egyptians by Terry Deary
Paper towns by John Green
Tales to Inspire by Bathroom Reader Institute
Will Grayson, Will Grayson by John Green
Boy Next Door by Betty Cavanna
I was a readaholic this month (when I had time) and I’m already well on my way to reading a lot more in July. I actually took one weekend to just read mostly and it was wonderful.
Beat 10 Video Games (6/10)
Bible Adventures (NES)
Final Fantasy IV & FFIV: Interlude (PSP)
I played a lot of video games this month and beat two. I’m currently making my way through Final Fantasy IV: The After Years and have no doubt I’ll have it beaten by the end of next week. After that, it’s time to reload either Shadow of the Colossus or Persona 4!
Complete 20 crafts (7/20)
The only one I finished this month was a Dalek piece for my Doctor Who bathroom. I started on Rose in the beginning of the month, but haven’t worked on it in two weeks. My goal in July is to get her finished and the tenth Doctor. Oh and I need to start on gift crafts in July.
Volunteering (5/10 opportunities)
I slacked off on this one with the exception of donating to service dogs of Virginia.
Pay off $10,000 of student loan debt ($4650.81/$10,000)
I was VERY happy to pay off over $2,000 worth of student loans this month. I only wish I could do this every month, but I don’t forsee this happening again until I get my next tax refund. I’m halfway through the year though and not halfway through, so I’ll need to up the payments…somehow.
Get rid of 365 items (233/365)
I only got rid of 27 things in June, but since I’m already ahead for the year, I’m not too bothered by this fact. I anticipate I’ll get rid of a lot more in July, mostly due to giving away things to friends and (hopefully) more sales.
Clothing goal (replace and add)
This is a weird goal because I don’t have a formal way of tracking it. I’ve been more adamant this year about recycling or donating clothes that I no longer need, but also getting better quality clothes and making my overall wardrobe better. By the end of the year I hope to have a couple more things in my wardrobe and get rid of the things I really don’t want.
I took my recycling twice this month and it felt so good to do it! I’ve learned a lot more this year about what things can be recycled and how, which has affected what I buy and even how I buy things.
I went to visit a close friend in Maryland in June, which was awesome. I also discovered why people complain about the beltway and why I’d not want to live there just because of the traffic! That being said, I DO want to move closer to the Northern Virginia area someday, only I’ll stick with the outskirts like Manassas.
Try out 40 new recipes (22/40)
I didn’t do a ton of new recipe experimenting this month (due to being out of town), but I did make some new Japanese recipes, one of which is a definite keeper, Miso soup. I’ve had it many times and it is a personal favorite, so I’m glad to have found one that tastes just as good as the ones I get in Japanese restaurants. The other three things I made didn’t get recipe cards made for them.
Filling bear bank to the top
I put money in it every week in June. I’m worried about it not getting to the top at this rate, but I do put what little spare coins I get in. I’m planning on investing in coin wrappers in July to prepare and I already have plans for when it’s full and ready to be banked!
Get out there more
I did a good job of this and found myself out and about more often. I went to Doctor Who: Rise of the Cybermen with two friends, went out exploring Rockville Maryland, went to places with friends and met my first online friend. We’ve been friends for 7 years and met this weekend. It was a lot of fun and we clicked super well!