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July 2012 Goals: Recap

In a month where there was a lot of uncertainty – writing contracts potentially ending at the same time as deciding to stay in Germany for an extra 4+ months – I think I did fairly well. I billed out for an additional $1,400, and I received my first writing contract as a travel blogger.

I’d like to thank everyone for their support with Frugal Wanderer. I forgot how hard it is to start a new blog from scratch! While I still want it to be personal and keep within my style of writing, I’m trying new tactics with Frugal Wanderer – like actually trying to work on SEO and other types of marketing. It’s something I’ve never done with GMBMFB, so I’m excited to see how it all works out.

Over Budget:

  • Cell phone – I loaded my German phone with more credit than usual, because I plan on using it while we are traveling in August.
  • Household – I seem to never remember to budget in laundry expenses.

Net Worth Change+ $1,222 (+ 1.69 %)

It’s nice to see my net worth going in the right direction, because I have a feeling August will end up in the red.

July 2012 Goals:

  • Go running 6 times. FAIL. I’m just not going to bother listing running as a goal anymore.
  • Have all travel plans confirmed for August & September. CHECK! Everything is booked – even my plane ticket to Toronto for #CPFC12! :)
  • Find an orthodontist in Stuttgart. FAIL. Orthodontists are really expensive here. I’m going to wait until I’m back in Toronto.
  • Increase my net worth by $1,200. CHECK! I just barely squeaked by. It’s tough getting paid in a timely manner during the summer months, with so many people on vacation.
  • Contact my banks in Canada. CHECK!

Ongoing 2012 Goals:

  • Post a new photo every day on my Tumblr account, My Life In Pixels. FAIL. I really didn’t want to abandon this project, but it’s really hard to keep up with it, as well as Frugal Wanderer and GMBMFB. I know, excuses.
  • Only post my own photos on GMBMFB. CHECK!
  • Write one guest post for another blog or website. CHECK! I am writing a series of posts for a great website.

July 2012 Goals

July 2012 Goals:

  • Go running 6 times. I failed at this last month, so I’m bringing it back as a goal for July. Even though I get a lot of exercise bicycling and walking everywhere, I miss running. My goal is to run for 30 mins each time out.
  • Have all travel plans confirmed for August & September. This means booking accommodation (that isn’t included in my sponsorship), flights, and knowing how much train rides will cost. I would also like to do research for each place we will be visiting. It will be a crazy month, and I don’t want to miss seeing anything.
  • Find an orthodontist in Stuttgart. One of the reasons why I wanted to back to Vancouver in September was to see my orthodontist. I haven’t gotten an adjustment since January, and I need to get one done. I’m already behind in my treatment!
  • Increase my net worth by $1,200.
  • Contact my banks in Canada. I need to inform them that I’ll be staying in Europe until the end of the year. Also, I can’t seem to log into my TD Canada Trust online account anymore.

Ongoing 2012 Goals:

  • Post a new photo every day on my Tumblr account, My Life In Pixels. I’ve got to get better at posting things daily, instead of a uploading a bunch of pictures once a week. But as you know, I don’t have internet at the apartment, and I’m paranoid of going over my 500 mb data limit on my iPhone.
  • Only post my own photos on GMBMFB.
  • Write one guest post for another blog or website.

June 2012 Goals: Recap

Over Budget:

  • Household – Since we decided to stay in Germany until the end of the year, we decided to buy a few more things for the apartment – mostly cleaning supplies, as well as a couple of pillows. We are also on the lookout for bed sheets. The overage this month also includes 2 loads of laundry.
  • Clothing – I bought 4 cheap tank tops from H&M. Germany is a lot hotter than I thought it would be.
  • Travel – Actually I did come under budget for my Athens/Prague trips, squeaking in at $493.28. What put me over was purchasing a roundtrip flight to Budapest ($88.68), and a flight from Istanbul to Kayseri ($38.57) for the fall.
  • Personal Care – I bought shampoo, conditioner, and restocked my face cream supply.

Net Worth Change+ $584 (+ 0.81 %)

Back on track with a positive net worth for the month. :) There’s not much to say other than that, but I do need to work harder over the next few months … and I’m hoping that I can reveal my new website/blog project somewhat soon.

June 2012 Goals:

  • Go running 6 times. FAIL. Nope, I didn’t even run once.  Not once.
  • Read 5 books. CHECK! Add me on GoodReads and we can exchange book recommendations. :)
  • Have an empty e-mail inbox by the end of the month. CHECK! I can’t believe I actually accomplished this.
  • Attempt to sell 3 things online. FAIL. I’ve set aside items to sell, but haven’t gotten around to listing them online yet. I wanted to use Craigslist, but they don’t actually use that website here. Perhaps eBay is my best bet, or I can just ship it back to Vancouver and try to sell it all on Craigslist once I get home at the end of the year.

Ongoing 2012 Goals:

  • Only post my own photos on GMBMFB.CHECK!
  • Write one guest post for another blog or website. FAIL. I have been writing and writing on my new blog, and haven’t had time to slow down yet.

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