July Goals

by Kaylah Stroup

June Goal Recap

  • Work hard to save money! I started investing! In June I began using both Stash + Acorns on top of Digit. That sounds like a whole mess of apps to be dealing with but honestly, I feel so much better spreading out my savings like this. While I can withdraw my money at any time if I need it, it’s nice that it’s not just one simple click away like moving money from savings to checkings is. I can’t tell you how many times I’ve just moved some money from savings to purchase something I didn’t truly need. Now that money gets invested instead so I’m not able to make those spur of the moment poor decisions.

Stash is an excellent way to start investing if you’re new to it (which I definitely am!) Jeff had been bugging me to sign up for months. He’s obsessed, and I’m starting to see why. It’s simple to understand, and makes getting started a breeze. Acorns rounds up your purchases and saves that money for you. For example, if you made a purchase for $4.76, it rounds it up to $5 and saves the twenty-four cents for you. It’s just small change but it quickly adds up!  FYI – both of those are referral links, you get five bucks to start investing and I get some too! Win/win! 

  • Build running stamina. While I’m sure I’ve built stamina, I don’t feel like my results are super noticeable which I find a little disappointing. I have not given up running though! With the exception of two days, I did some sort of work out (running, biking or yoga) every single day in the month of June. Y’all, I am proud of me! The biggest results I’ve seen so far are mental and that’s worth so much more than anything else.
  • Get The Dainty Squid’s shop running again. Yeah, buddy! Did you see the pouches? I have a little something else coming your way soon. …But in the meantime, definitely go look how cute the pouches are!
  • Bike 50 miles. Guess who absolutely slaughtered this goal? ME! I rode just over 150 miles in the month of June. There are a bunch of photos here if you wanna look at my beeeeautiful bike.

July Goals

  • Stay ahead! I’m not great at staying caught up on my work. I always manage to get it done in time but I really miss when I used to be a week ahead of my blog schedule. I felt so much happier and in control. This month I’d love to get back to that. I don’t know what happened that I can no longer seem to stay ahead but I’m determined to fix it.
  • Dye my hair. I’m leaving green. At least I’m trying. I know, I’ve definitely said that before but this time it’s happening. …Maybe. At the very least, I have the supplies for a color I’ve never done before, I’ve been working on fading my hair, and something needs to happen because these roots are out of control. Cross your fingers for me, I’m not feeling all that confident I’ll be able to get my hair as light as I want.
  • Keep on pedaling! Last year I met some people at Critical Mass who I immediately clicked with. We rode together for the evening and even went out to dinner afterward which for me, as a shy person, is a HUGE deal. We exchanged numbers, talking big game about how we’d have to ride together again soon but never did. Last month, one whole year later, we finally met up again and ended up hanging out three days in a row. I feel like making new friends can be just as awful as dating and making new friends who share a major interest of yours is like winning the lottery. This month I want to ride a ton with my new buds!

I’m the first to admit there’s nothing too exciting in this month’s goals. I don’t really have any big projects I want to work on right this second. My main thing I’d like to do is stay ahead of my work so that I can focus on the fun stuff like going out with friends, riding bikes, and photo adventures. Those are the things that make me happiest and therefore make me a more productive person. It’s basically a tornado of goodness once the ball gets rolling, ya know? After all the miles I put in last month on my bike, I feel like I’m on the upswing mentally. I’m even ahead on my blog schedule for once. July, you’re going to be one fine month!

How about you? What do you want to accomplish this month?



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Mindi July 4, 2017 - 9:04 am

Good luck on your goals for July! Amd holy smokes! 150 miles?! That’s amazing!!!

I’ve hinted at it in the past…this big life change I’ve been wanting to make happen…well it’s finally happening-I’m moving into my own place again and am going to spend some time finding myself. Soooo all my goals involve saving and getting approved for the apartment I want. As an extremely shy person, I’m terrified but I’m excited to be making such big changes for myself.

Kaylah July 10, 2017 - 9:28 pm

Go Mindi, go go! Rooting for ya, lady! 🙂

Sam July 4, 2017 - 3:43 pm

I have literally just posted my half years goal review and then I saw this! Spooky!
I love setting goals – the money saving thing sounds good to me and well done for working out every day in June! I’ve just started running again and it makes me feel so much better!
Can’t wait to see your new hair colour. You can do it!!!!!

Kaylah July 6, 2017 - 9:43 am

Woo! Proud of you for starting to run again! 😀

Bethwyn July 5, 2017 - 4:34 am

You have inspired me to write up a goals blog post of my own, so thank you for that. I was feeling a little bit lack-lustre, and your post really made me feel focused and excited to get onto doing some things!

One of my main goals is to start get my writing work out there and find ways to start getting published, so going to try and contact three different people/locations about that in July ^_^

Kaylah July 10, 2017 - 9:29 pm

Good luck! 🙂

Crystal July 5, 2017 - 11:21 am

You make some of the prettiest pictures!! Do you have a post about what camera you use? I’m hoping to buy a good DSLR soon.

I know what you mean on the new friends thing. I feel the same way! New, good friends are hard to come by. Good luck!

Kaylah July 7, 2017 - 11:15 am

Thank you so much! 🙂

I sure do, right here:

Kristina B July 9, 2017 - 8:46 am

I am excited to see your new color! I have been fading my hair for WEEEEEKS because the pink I use is so strong. I want to go lighter. Right now my hair looks like that pink and orange sherbet which is kind of rad but also kind of “sooooo when you gonna get your hair done?”

Kaylah July 10, 2017 - 9:23 pm

oOOOOoh! Orange and pink sherbet?! Sounds pretty!

You keeping it pink, just lighter pink? Or heading to another color?

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