January Goals Recap

Here we are! One month into the year. I feel like this is where the year really starts to take off and speed by. I for one am excited to be done with January and eagerly anticipating the rest of the year and all its possibilities. Let’s take a look at how I did for my January goals.

  • Make more money online tutoring. I still tutored in person, but I didn’t take on any online tutoring. However, I was able to get three (THREE!!) new jobs on Upwork so that really helped make ends meet in January. I’m hoping to continue all these jobs in February as well. They all pay various amounts (some are great, some are just okay), but they all combine to be a decent income.
  • Sell things online. We made a little bit from Plato’s Closet, and sold one book on Amazon. I think we made around $10 selling things this month, and I’m waiting for a shipping label to sell about another $10 worth of books to Decluttr. Not too bad, but could have been better.
  • Add two items to my Teachers Pay Teachers store. Done! I’m hoping to do the same in February.
  • NOT go negative. With all the income I got from Upwork we actually had a much less stressful month and were able to rollover about $700 for February. This will be helpful since I don’t know how much money I’ll make from Upwork in February and we need to make sure we don’t go into further debt from our regular expenses.
  • Stay positive. I feel like this was my most successful goal of January. I am in a much better headspace than I was in December. We are facing an upcoming move (we don’t know where yet!), job loss, job searches, unemployment, and cash flowing a wedding. I could freak out over any one of those things, but it’s not worth it. It’s so much easier to remain calm and tackle each decision with a clear mind. I keep repeating to myself “Stress doesn’t pay the bills.” and I think it has really helped me focus on what I can control: applying for jobs, encouraging my fiancé in his job search, living frugally, etc.

All in all a pretty great start to the year! I’m looking forward to all that we have in store for the rest of the year.

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