Hi everyone! It’s time for a 2021 goals update. June was a great month for us!
This month was filled with friends and family. We had a big family dinner with my extended family (aunts, uncles, cousins, grandparents) and it was wonderful to be all together again since the pandemic. I was so happy to see them that my eyes kept tearing up every time I gave each one of them a hug.
Before I used to not care much about our monthly family dinners, but now I am incredibly grateful. I am so blessed for my family and am looking forward to more dinners to come!
June was also filled with get togethers with friends we haven’t seen in awhile. We took mini road trips together, had dinners, and met up for poolside drinks.
Our weekends have been busy to say the least, but my heart sure is full of love!
Now on to my June Goals update…
June Goals Update
Save an additional $100,000.00 in 2021 – PASS. For the month of June, we were able to save an additional $5,000. This brings our year to date total saved to $42,710.00. If we want to save 100k for the year, we should be at $50,000 saved, so we are a bit short. However, December is a typically a big month income wise for us so I am not worried.
Stay consistent with our zero based budget – PASS. I was able to stay consistent with using the zero based budget. I logged every purchase. My favorite app to use it the EveryDollar app. It’s free and easy to use.
Pay all of our regular expenses with our rewards credit card to earn free miles for travel – PASS. My husband and I each signed up for the Chase Sapphire Preferred this month because they had a special where you receive 100k bonus miles if you spend $4,000 within three months. We’ve been putting all of our REGULAR expenses on our Chase Preferred.
Maintain our monthly expenses of $2,500 – FAIL. We made a large purchase this month of about $2,373. My husband has been wanting to get Invisalign for years and finally bit the bullet and made an appointment this month. He is really excited lol.
Walk 5,000 steps everyday – FAIL. I walked over 5k steps about half the month in June.
Don’t eat past 7pm – FAIL. This was mainly due to our trip in Austin. The food was SO good and it’s hard not to eat everything in sight. They had amazing local family owned eateries and food trucks on every corner.
Maintain a good skincare routine – PASS. Applying my skincare products has become a sacred ritual for me. It’s almost meditative.
6 Hour Intermittent Fasting – PASS. I typically don’t eat breakfast and eat my first meal around 1pm and eat dinner around 6-7pm.
Read one book a month – FAIL. This month I listened to a lot of podcasts, particularly the Choose FI podcast with Brad and Jonathan. Their podcast mainly focuses on personal finance and intentional living, with the goal of helping listeners earn more, spend less, and enjoy their journey towards FI (financial independence). I highly recommend you listen!
Turn our guest room into a home office – PASS. I sold everything in our guest room on OfferUp and used that money to buy a nice used desk for $60. I have my work computer and printer all set up in my office. I still have to buy two bookcases, a filing cabinet, rug, and some decor items, but I am so happy I can finally utilize that space!
Declutter closets– FAIL. I still haven’t gotten to decluttering our closets. I will get to this in July.
Finish decorating husbands office – I will add this goal for July 2021. I bought all of the main office furniture (desk, chair, shelves, etc) but I haven’t gotten around decorating the shelves and walls. I will tackle this in July.
Host dinner at least once a month – PASS. We had a few friends over for drinks and ice creams after dinner. It was wonderful having people over. It was simple, cost effective, and tons of fun!
Respond to phone calls and text messages right away – PASS. Success!
Call or text my parents every week – PASS. I swished this goal to once a week versus everyday because we were running out of things to say and I can tell my mom was avoiding my calls, haha.
Go on weekly date nights – PASS. Since the weather has gotten nicer, we’ve been going on a lot of mini road trips. My hubs took me to a winery, beautiful scenic drives, and a trip to a hiking trail with the view on top takes your breath away.
Practice giving positive commendation – PASS. My husbands love language is hearing positive words of encouragement so I definitely wanted to make this a goal. I think everything he does it amazing and inspiring, but sometimes it’s difficult for me to express my appreciation into words. This month I made sure to express my gratitude, even if it was for a simple cup of coffee.
Have dinner with no electronics – PASS. We’ve been doing so well! We used to always have our meals in the living room, but lately we’ve been eating dinner at the dining room table with no phones or tv. It’s been so nice to have a conversation with no distractions.
Read the daily scripture – PASS. I read my daily scripture every morning for the month of June.
Practice gratitude by writing down three things I am grateful for or three things that happened – PASS.
Be more present – PASS. I picked up this quick 3 minute meditation habit from Pick Up Limes from YouTube. She said that whenever she needs to be calm and present, she takes 3 minutes to sit down and answer the following:
- 5 things I see
- 4 things I feel
- 3 things I hear
- 2 things I smell
- 1 things I taste
This has been such a gift! It’s really fast, calms the mind, and relaxes the body. Whenever I want to be more present I put down my phone, turn the computer off, and answer the above 5 questions. Try it for yourself and let me know what you think!
Post a blog twice a week – PASS. I have successfully posted two blogs posts a week in June.
Get at least two months ahead on My Personal Finance Blog posts – FAIL. I am currently seven weeks ahead on blog posts! I am so happy! This will give me some cushion in case I can’t find the time to write an article.
Do $350k in billing at by day job – PASS. In order for me to hit the $350k goal, I have to do roughly $2,777 a day in billing. If I hit this goal, I will get a fat bonus a 12% raise in December. I have successfully don roughly $2,700 in billing every work day in June.
What are your 2021 goals? What’s your action plan for setting goals for 2021?