November Recap & December Goals

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photo (2)I can’t believe we’re heading into the last month of 2013. November was an amazing month and having a long holiday weekend to end it was just what I needed. Thanksgiving was lovely, as always, and filled with family, fun, and little bit of shopping (just a little!).

Extra Income

I started exploring ways to make extra income in September. I never really expected to make much or for it to go anywhere. Well, I was pleasantly surprised. I made just under $400 in October, which I was already really happy with. November turned out to be a much better month though. This past month, I made a total of $785 in extra income. This is mostly made up of freelance writing. I also did an online focus group, which I made $75 from. I don’t really expect December to be better because of the holidays but I’m hoping to at least match what I did in November.

Life Updates

The BF and I are starting to plan our “big” trip of 2014. We try to have at least one big vacation every year. This year, we’re thinking Asia – a few places we’d really like to go to are Taiwan, Hong Kong. and Tokyo. We’re not sure exactly how many cities we’re going to be able to visit and we’re a little restricted by time since it’s not reasonable for him to take more than 2-3 weeks off work. Have you ever visited Asia? I would love to hear about it!

Blog Updates

I’d really like to get more serious about this blog as I head into 2014. I really love keeping a blog but I’ve been slacking off lately and not posting as consistently as I use to. That’s partially because I’ve had more freelancing work and I haven’t yet figured out how to have a good balance. In the past, I had a tendency to just throw posts up that weren’t so great. I’m trying to do less of that and focus more on content. I also haven’t changed my site design since I first started and it’s looking kind of stale. I’ve been thinking about hiring someone to do a full redesign. Any suggestions?

December Goals

I’m always so bad with reaching my goals every month but I’m going to try to end 2013 strong…

  1. Work out 2-3 times a week – I’ve been doing the Couch to 5K app and surprisingly, it isn’t as painful as I thought it would be!
  2. Make $800 in Extra Income – I hope to make somewhere close to what I made in November
  3. Cook dinner 5 days a week – I use to order in 4-5 days a week so this is a large improvement for me.
  4. Begin planning our 2014 vacationΒ – we need to figure out destinations and timing.
  5. Spend time with family and friends – I have a whole week off for the holidays so I’m hoping to catch up with as many people as possible.

How was your November? What are you goals for December?


  1. says

    You’re doing really well with the extra income! The Asia trip sounds exciting. I went to Hong Kong/Macau last summer. Did the touristy things…took the tram to see the Big Buddha, Ocean Park/Disney, Night Market for shopping, Victoria’s Peak, wanted to take the Ferry but didn’t get a chance. We went in the summer and it was HOT! Macau was cool too…also very hot…and very much like Vegas. I don’t know if you’re into travel hacking/credit card churning but I stayed at the Grand Hyatt in Macau…very nice hotel…using my points.

    • Connie @ Savvy With Saving says

      That sounds like a fun trip! We’d like to make stops in Taiwan, Hong Kong, and Macau, which seems reasonable in terms of distance but we’re just not sure if 2 weeks will be enough. How much time did you spend there?

      • says

        The total trip was like 2 weeks but only a week in Hong Kong and Macau…would have been nice to have a little more time, especially since the flight is so long! But I think it’s doable and I think we saw most of what we wanted to see.

  2. says

    You are doing amazing with extra income. Very impressed on how you were able to grow that so fast. You need to let us in on some of your tips πŸ™‚ It took me months to make it to the $800 mark. Good luck in December!!

  3. says

    I have been doing the couch to 5K as well, and it really isn’t all that painful. Getting myself out there is the hardest part, but once I complete a session, I don’t regret it. Nice work with the extra income as well! Good luck with everything this month.

  4. says

    Great job with the extra income! You should do a post detailing your extra income and how you got the gigs you have. Do you have the time to expand this if the demand is there?

  5. says

    Great job on your extra income goal (I’m sure you’ll hit your $800 goal!) A trip sounds fun, all the places you listed are on my travel bucket list.

  6. says


    Yeah – great job with the extra side income! I’d also be interested in a detailed post of what you did to get this. I’d be super interested in trying it myself.


  7. says

    Great job on earning the extra income! Freelance writing sounds like a pretty good side gig. How many hours would you say you need to put in to earn that?

    Best of luck in 2014! I’m also working on doing better with the blog updates, posts.


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