June 2013 Recap & July 2013 Goals

Time, stop going so fast. Please and thank you.


Where do I even begin? In June, I celebrated my 24th birthday, quit my very first “real job”, and took a slightly spontaneous weeklong vacation to North Carolina. ‘Twas a good month.

June 5th — MY BIRTHDAY! I turned 24 years old and made a list of 25 things I wanted to do before I turn 25. Check it out, I updated it for the month. Making progress. We kept the celebrations pretty low key with Mongolian BBQ & wine. It was a great day.

I also took advantage of a lot of birthday freebies. Eight, to be exact! A few freebies included free hibachi from Benihana, a free latte from Caribou Coffee, and a free sandwich from Au Bon Pain. If you want to hear more about birthday freebies, check out my girl Erin’s post HERE. (She’s half of the Fabulous-Brilliant-Awesome Erins who happen to be the Greatest in All the Land. Better recognize.)

June 6th — Mom calls and invites me to go with her to North Carolina on the 23rd, giving me exactly one day to decide whether or not I wanted to leave my job three weeks earlier than planned. HI, MOM!

June 7th — Put in my two weeks’ notice.

The last two weeks of work were pretty chill. Just wrapping things up and saying my goodbyes. It still hasn’t totally sunk in that I’m done. That’s crazy, right?

June 18th — Went to my uncle’s place for Father’s Day with my amazing Dad. HI, DAD!

June 23rd – June 30th — Vacation with Mom to North Carolina. We spent time in Elizabeth City, Duck, and Manteo and also went up to Norfolk, VA. It was a great vacation — I’ll post all about it when I do my budget recap.

Another note, I know the site has had problems lately (slow load times, being down for excessive amounts of time). Hopefully this will all be resolved soon. I will be changing hosts and then everything should be okay. Thanks for sticking with me.


Um, all my money was stolen this month. Stolen. And stuff was left in its place. That’s my story and I’m sticking to it…

So yeah, we spent a lot this month. Makes sense since we are almost unemployed, no? We bought a laptop out of necessity (previously had been using my work laptop) and a Kindle Fire for my birthday. I price matched it for a Father’s Day deal if that makes things any better. We also BOTH needed clothes. Steve picked up shoes, a tie, a belt, jeans, two dress shirts, and a pair of dress pants. I picked up four tops, two tanks, a dress, shoes, two pairs of shorts, a pair of jeans, and two pairs of sweats. Yes, we bought everything either on sale or with a coupon. No, it was not cheap. We don’t buy things full price as a general rule, but we don’t cheap out on clothes. #SorryNotSorry

I did a bit of shopping in NC as well, but I’ll talk about that later. I didn’t buy much and it was all beverage related.

I made $291.52 in freelance income this month and $808.00 from selling stuff — furniture payments and selling some books to Half Price. I also received $100 for my birthday.

I made $1,079.22 in debt payments this month. Lower than usual because of the upcoming move.


This month, I was obsessed with Goodreads (add me as a friend!) and “32” (parody of TSwift’s “22”).


I was all over the place this month.

Staff Writing:

Money After Graduation — Taking my emotions out on my wallet

L Bee and the Money Tree — How Sexy Does Debt Make You?, Finding Balance: Financial Responsibility vs. YOLO, and 5 Friends Who Affect Your Finances

Careful Cents — The Best Payment Options For Entrepreneurs to Save Time and Money

Guest Posts:

27 Good Things — my good things

Johnny Moneyseed — “I only spend like $200 a month on food!” and other money lies I tell myself


Reign in spending to a reasonable level. FAIL! *laughs hysterically* See above.

Go on vacation and have a great time. PASS! I thought I was going to Toronto this month (pushed back to next month), but instead I went to North Carolina. I had a blast!

Sell 10 things. PASS! I sold over 10 books. So pass, but in a lazy way.

Inquire about at least three freelance projects. PASS! And I got one of them…holla!

Have an amazing 24th birthday! PASS! Anyone else think I make my goals WAY too easy?


Honestly, July is going to be so ridiculously insane that I don’t want to get too crazy with the goals. So I’ll just do two REAL goals.

Secure another freelance gig. Anyone looking for a VA?

Lose 3 pounds. Just the tip of the iceberg (okay, well the entire iceberg is 15 pounds, but whatever) but it’s a start. This should be interesting considering I will be homeless half the month and eating out quite a bit. Portion control and physical activity, be my homeboys.

How was your June? What are your July goals?


  1. you did well selling stuff– I have a question regarding that. Have you or do you know of any folks who would buy things at outlet malls on steep discount to then sell on Ebay? I was at Woodbury Commons outlet mall yesterday (a higher end designer outlet mall) and after looking at prices I’d pay if I got something and then checking eBay at home, I realized I should have bought some purses to sell. Curious if you’ve ever heard stories of folks doing that and being successful.

    • My mom used to buy things online and resell them, but she didn’t keep records of her profit so I have no idea how much she made. I think a lot of people do that. If you have the eye for it, I say try it!

  2. You were on a lot of sites last month! I really need to work on guest posting. I’m horrible!

    • Um, judging from your extra income — whatever you’re doing is more effective than what I’m doing! You kick ass, Michelle :).

  3. I’m in Norfolk! What did you do while you were up here?

    Have you done freelance VA -ingin the past? If so, how did you get in to it?

    • We went to The Green Onion, Fair Grounds, and a mall in the area. Lots of walking around aimlessly :).

      I have a research/VA-like position that I got via Twitter. One Skype interview later and I had it!

  4. Grr, stupid typo *VA-ing

  5. When I read “lose three pounds” I instantly heard Regina George say “I wanna lose three pounds”.

    Anyway…. I think it’s awesome that you made a goal to sell ten things! I have so many items sitting at home that I’m planning on selling and just haven’t gotten around to yet. Also, I always forget you can sell books to Half Prices- I’m definitely adding that to my list of things to do!

    • Haha, I need to lose more than 3 (more like 15) but 3 would be great for a month where I’m constantly traveling and eating out, ya know?

      I have to kick my sales into gear considering I’m moving in 10 days (she says as she hangs out in a coffee house two hours away from home). I know I’m going to end up giving most of it to my mom because I’m a huge procrastinator. OOPS!

  6. P.S. I just saw that you’re moving to Portland, so I had to give a shout-out to the amazing PNW! I’m a Seattle girl, and this part of the country is the absolute best… I have never been anywhere else that even comes close (this may sound like a biased opinion, but in actuality, it’s fact). 🙂 Portland is awesome and amazing, and you’re going to love it!

    • I’m so excited, Rachel! Mostly for the food and coffee because that’s how I roll. What’s your opinion on the knee-jerk response that is “you know it always rains there right?”? Because according to my Weather app, it’s sunny every day in Portland this week and storming every day in Cleveland.

      • YES. The food and coffee in Portland is amazing!! I’m always happy to send recommendations if you want 🙂 (Also, you should definitely watch a few episodes of Portlandia to gear up for your move if you haven’t already.)

        Meh, the entire rest of the country seems more bothered by the rain then we do. 🙂 In actuality, it’s just grey a lot… so it depends how you do with overcast days, because there are a lot of them. The rain we get here (and I assume Portland is pretty similar) is more often than not a light drizzle – we don’t get many torrential downpours like the rest of the country does.

        The climate is amazing, though. It’s very mild – we don’t get ridiculous winters that burry you in snow where the temperature drops to below zero degrees. Our winter is overcast and rainy (again, the rain is light most of the time), and rarely gets in the low 30’s. And our summers are THE BEST! They hover around 75 to 80 degrees, and they’re just gorgeous. There really is no place like the PNW in the summer 🙂

        Once you’re settled, you should definitely plan a weekend trip to Seattle (it’s only a 3-hour drive) and I’ll give you amazing restaurants to try that will blow your mind! 🙂

        • Um, yes! Any food recs you have would be amazing :).

          I’m fine with overcast and light rain. And I’m definitely good with summer temps of 75-80, I’m not a fan of intense heat. Sounds great to me!

          We will definitely have to plan a trip to Seattle! We’re all about the mind-blowing food :).

  7. Looks like you had a pretty busy June there. Ours was pretty packed. We had my little guy’s first birthday where he totally destroyed his cupcake like he was supposed to do. Then we had my wife’s 30th Birthday Re-do (she turned 31 this year, but missed her 30th due to our little guy coming 6 weeks early last year) in Vegas which was predictibly epic and including someone getting kicked off the plane… before we had even left our departure gate.

    So I’m pretty sure my July is going to seem relatively low key in comparrison.

  8. Great summary — I love your 25 by 25 list =)

    Oh and your writing is pretty rad too 😉

  9. Happy belated birthday, Erin! Welcome to the “22 plus 2” club (suck it T. Swift) 😉

    Looks like you had quite the month! Reminds me that I need to schedule in a vacation or two before I go cray-cray up in this. But naturally, travel = money, so I guess I just need to wait for a little extra money to fly my way.

  10. Goal for you July 2013. Get in the pond at Wyandot Woods. It’s gross, slimy, filled with God knows what. C’mon, you know you want to!!

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