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Goals Update and Weekly Round-Up #38


Would you like to know how I’m doing on my goals lately? Every week, I evaluate how I’m progressing toward the goals that I have set for myself. Last week I decided not set up goals for the month of October. Instead, I have set a few goals that I would like to hit before the end of this year. 

Sometimes I hit the goals, and sometimes I don’t, but either way I still end up improving my site which benefits both myself and my readers!

Over the past few months I have had goals such as: improving my subscriber numbers, keeping up with my postings (at least 3-4 per week), writing an eBook, improving my Twitter numbers, writing guest posts on other sites, and the list goes on and on.

Goals For The Rest of This Year, Through December 2011

I have set three major goals for myself and have them listed below. Take a look at my progress.

1) Continue to Write 3-4 Posts Per Week – No problem. I love to write and hear the response from my readers. It really seems like you’re enjoying my articles lately too! :)

2) Develop a “Resources” Page – There are quite a few readers that are interested in developing their own website, and I’d like to make it easy for them to acquire all of the information that I’ve learned over the past year. To accomplish this, I plan on creating a new page full of website resources that I use to facilitate Life And My Finances.

I have only begun to brainstorm this resource page in my mind. I think I’ll jot some ideas in my notebook tonight, just so I have something on paper.

3) Write the eBook – I can’t believe that this is still on my goals list…. I have had plans to write a new eBook that will help college students graduate from college with absolutely no debt, but it just isn’t completed yet. I will actually have to work on it a ton to get it complete by the end of December, 2011, but I still think it’s possible. I can’t wait to really sink my teeth into this!

For now, that’s all I’ll commit to because I know the eBook will be a tremendous hit. It’s just the matter of cutting out the distractions and actually doing it! I’ll keep you posted on my goals in the coming weeks.

I’m getting ahead with my posting schedule and I’ve started to employ a staff writer, so I should have a little more time this weekend and next week (in theory). I hope to tell you of my progress in the next update.

Weekly Round-Up

Here are the articles I enjoyed this week. I hope you enjoy them too!

Who Are the Top 1% Income Earners? – by Financial Samurai

How a Smart Meter Can Help You Reduce Energy Costs – by Faithful With a Few

What Are the Best and Worst Jobs in the World? – by My Personal Finance Journey

Put Your Money Where Your Values Are: Green Investing – by Sustainable Personal Finance

Fossil Fuel Alternatives: Biofuel vs. Electric – by Prairie Eco Thrifter

September Rental and Side Income Revisited – by Retire by 40

Would You Sell Your Wedding Rings to Pay For a Big Purchase? – by Frugal Confessions

Free Trips to Japan and $1.00 Houses: Too Good to be True? – by Squirrelers

Lessons Learned From Wall Street Protesters and the Movie 8 Miles – by Everyday Tips and Thoughts

Monster House – by The Centsible Life

Life Insurance Basics – by Money is the Root

Does Managing Your Expenses Get in Your Way? – by World of Finance

How to Ace That Interview – by Krantcents

Do You Need to Be Smart to Be Rich and Wealthy? – by The Extra Money Blog

Best Gift Ideas for Men Under $100 – by Free Money Widsom

9 Sources of Free and Inexpensive Artwork – by Family CEO

The Truth About High Frequency Trading – by Money Mamba



My name is Derek, and I have my Bachelors Degree in Finance from Grand Valley State University. After graduation, I was not able to find a job that fully utilized my degree, but I still had a passion for Finance! So, I decided to focus my passion in the stock market. I studied Cash Flows, Balance Sheets, and Income Statements, put some money into the market and saw a good return on my investment. As satisfying as this was, I still felt that something was missing. I have a passion for Finance, but I also have a passion for people. If you have a willingness to learn, I will continue to teach.


  1. Thanks for the link. Hint on ebook, start with a small dedicated amount of time each week. Good luck.

    • Yep, you’re right. I just need to devote a little time to my eBook each day. Thanks for the tip.

    • No problem. Nice article!

  2. Always enjoy your articles. I look forward to the new page.

    • Thanks Brenda. Thanks for the comment!

  3. Congrats on keeping your goal of 3-4 posts a week going. But, what’s keeping you from writing the e-book? It seems like it is desperately needed in this day and age. You could be passing up some huge income opportunities by waiting.

    • You know you’re right! I am incredibly busy with our new fixer upper house, but I really should devote as much time as possible to this eBook! It’s going to be huge (if I get it done soon)! Thanks for waking me up and getting my butt in gear on this.

  4. Thanks for including me in the roundup.

    Pat Flynn @ Smart Passive Income has some great info on resource pages.

    And we’re really big on debt-free educations here so I look forward to your ebook. Good luck!

    • I love Pat Flynn! And yes, his resource page is great. It’s what made me realize that I probably should have one.

      I’m excited to release the eBook. Stay tuned! I’ll keep everyone updated on my progress.

  5. Thanks a ton for the inclusion Derek. I really appreciate it. Sounds like you have started making some good progress towards your goals. That’s great. Also, congrats on maintaining your posting schedule. That can get hard, I know.

    PS: You do want to eventually staff write for me again right? I really enjoyed your posts.

    • I really do want to continue staff writing for you! I just need to work it into my schedule. I’ve really been dropping the ball on that lately… I’ll hopefully have one to you before the month is over.

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