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Goals Update and Weekly Round-Up #40


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. A few weeks ago, 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 – Took care of this goal once again this past week. I have some pretty awesome articles again too! Check them out! 🙂

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 created this page last week and have received quite a few positive responses from it already! Of course, I’ll be adding and tweaking it as the weeks go by, but as far as I’m concerned, this is a check in the box; DONE! 🙂

3) Write the eBookI can’t believe that this is still on my goals list…. I have had plans to write a new eBook that will help 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!

I give myself a C- for progessing on the eBook this week. I spent most of my time putting up the resource page. But, now that that’s done, I should be able to focus 100% on the eBook

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.

Weekly Round-Up

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

My Monthly Goal Reward Led to a Serious Talk – Crystal from Budgeting in the Fun Stuff has recently increased her income to over $10,000 a month (with spikes over $15,000), and it’s lead her to write this post about re-evaluating her future plans with her husband. I’d like to be having this talk soon! I’ll get there, I just have to keep working hard.

How Much Money Do The Top Income Earners Make? – by Financial Samurai. This is actually somewhat depressing since (as an individual), I’m barely in the upper 25% of America. But, since I’m only 26 years old, there’s still some time to claw my way up toward the top.

Less is More, But More of What? – by Frugal Confessions. I like the “Zero Sum Strategy” that’s discussed in this article. If you buy one item for your household, then you must, in turn, get rid of an item that you already own. This will keep your stuff from piling up, and I think it’s a great exercise to get used to!

How Often Do You Check Your Net Worth? – by Retire by 40. I check my net worth quite often actually, since I have the app on my phone (and it shows me the update on the home screen). But, it can be tough during this time of our house renovation. We’re definitely putting money into the house, but its value has definitely gone up since we’ve purchased it nearly 3 months ago.

How Age Affects Your Car Insurance Rate And What You Can Do About It – by Free From Broke. It’s what I expected. If you’re young, you’ll pay more; if you’re  a senior citizen, you’ll pay more; if you’re middle-aged, you get a break and pay less. But, if you’re currently paying more because of your age, it’s nice to know that there are other ways to reduce the cost of car insurance.

How to Ace Lunch Interviews – by Krantcents. Interviewing is always a good thing to brush up on, even if you’re not currently looking for a job. You never know when these skills might come in handy!

Learn The Lead Generation Online Business Model – by The Extra Money Blog. I once again have learned of a new way to make money online, and it’s one that I most likely wouldn’t have thought of myself. Thanks for the great read Sunil!

Living Like a Student – by Early Retirement Extreme. I don’t think it’s a bad thing to live like a student. In many ways, I’d like to live more simply these days. Life’s just more fun that way. What do you think?



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. Top 25% for only 26 is pretty damn good to me man!

    Pretty soon, you’ll be asking yourself when you will want to retire! 🙂

    • I guess I’m doing alright, but I’ve got bigger plans for the future! My wife and I are both intelligent and are very open to all mediums of income. Thanks for the comment.

  2. Thanks for the link, I am in good company.

    • Always a pleasure to put a link up for you krantcents.

  3. Goal setting is a must for everybody, if they want to progress in life. We just can’t live each day and wait on what is ahead of us. We should do something in our life. Good for you ma’am that you have your week goal settled and it really feels good when most or all of your goals for the week have been met. This time you will know how you progress with work and with your life. Me, I always have a stick on in front of the monitor to remind me always of the goal I set for myself that week. A goal oriented person will go a long long way.

    • I love to set goals, and I love acheiving them even more! Thanks for the comment! (P.S. I’m not a ma’am :))

  4. Thanks for the mention and yes, you will be right up there where I am right now in no time. 🙂

    • I sure hope so! Great work Crystal!

  5. Sounds like you are ready to spit out that book in one sitting. I know what it is like to be at the edge of your seat.

    • I really wish I could spit it out in one sitting. But, I know that it’s going to take some time.

    • Yep yep. Thanks Miss T. Someday I’ll send you an article too…I need to get back into a regular schedule…

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