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Goals Update and Weekly Round-up #44


As many of you know, I enjoy setting goals for myself quite regularly and I actually share them with my readers as well! It’s pretty risky because occasionally, I have proven myself a failure, but at other times, the goals were met and I felt like I was on top of the world! Either way, the site improves and my readers have a great time coming along for the ride.

So, let’s check out what goals I set for myself by the end of this year, 2011.

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 matter how busy I get, I make sure to keep the new content coming, because who wants to read old, uninteresting stories? Nobody! So, this is another check in the box. 🙂

2) Develop a “Resources” Page – Done. 🙂

3) Write the eBook – I have the whole book mapped out, and have completed chapter 1, 2, and am almost done with chapter 3. There are really 3 chapters to go (but they are the fun ones), and yes, it’s a lot, but this book is really starting to move and I think the end of December could be a reality for this one. Can’t wait to tell you how much I have completed next week. Who knows? Maybe I’ll be done!

New Projects

I have really had some great business ideas lately, and I just can’t help but act on them! They are already in the works  and I can’t wait to tell you what they are! I should be able to let you in on the secrets in the next couple of weeks.

Weekly Round-Up

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

Warren Buffett, Intel, and Me – by Cashflow Mantra

How I Graduated With a Surplus – by Free Money Wisdom

My Financial Goals – by 20’s Finances

Money, Parents, and I – by Simple Rich Living

Democrats are Richer Than Republicans – by Funancials

Wordless Wednesday – by My Parenting Coach (this is just a picture, but I love it!)

How to Productively Use Failure – by Your Finances Simplified

Controlling Spending the Fun and Easy Way – by Yakezie

How to Be a Frugal Shopper – by Prairie Eco Thrifter

My Diet Can Beat Up Your Diet – by Budgeting in the Fun Stuff

Travelling Gets Better With Age – by Retire by 40

Baby: Bun in the Oven or Visit From the Stork? – by Buck Inspire

Can You Still Get Free Music Online, Legally? – by Frugal Confessions

Inheritances and Blended Families: Who’s the Priority? – by Squirrelers

Money Saving Holiday Tips – by Financial Success for Young Adults

What is the Difference Between Good Debt and Bad Debt? – by Money is the Root

Planning Your Next Career – by Krantcents

Did Getting Married Sacrifice Friendships? – by 20 and Engaged



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.


    • Thanks LaTisha! I did it without your “friendly reminders” too! Ha, I miss your nagging. 😉

  1. I agree with LaTisha. Thanks for including one of my articles from the past week. Awesome progress on the book. I had a feeling that once you were done with those initial remodeling projects, you would find a lot more time.

    • I don’t know about having “a lot more time”, but I’m squeezing in some work here and there. I plan to do more today! 🙂

  2. Thank you for including me in your round up! I hope your Thanksgiving was lovely.

    • My Thanksgiving was awesome! Love reading your stuff. Keep it up!

  3. I like the consistency Derek! Like you, I will keep pushing forward with new content!

    Best, Sam

    • Thanks FS! Consistency is huge, and I don’t think I’ll ever slow down with the posts!

  4. Thanks for the mention, keep working on those goals.

    • Thanks Krantcents! I love working online and I can’t wait until I have accomplished these goals and can move onto the next ones!

    • I’m still plugging away on it! It’s taking quite a bit of research, but it’s going to be awesome! 🙂

  5. Thanks for including me. You are a content machine! I wanted to write an ebook, but have only been able to create new blog posts. What’s your secret? Admire your drive and passion!

    • Ha! Thanks Buck. I won’t ever get tired of being called a “content machine”! An eBook is a huge untertaking, with no guarantee of results, so sometimes it can be tough. The secret is, you have to be extremely passionate about the topic. If you’re not, you’ll never finish.

  6. Thank you for the inclusion and I love the goals list. Let me know if you need any motivation on keeping up your writing. I’m pretty good at lighting fires under people 🙂

    • No problem YFS! I always could use some extra motivation if you’re willing to light the fire! 😉

  7. Goals or is this an Action List in progress? LOL I am a new reader here and just giving you a little BLOG LOVE! I think it is great you share even if some fail, it keeps you real and honest. Besides failure is part of success and each time you fail you are just moving the odds of probability more in your direction to succeed!

    Look forward to catching up and reading everything here along with all the links to articles posted here!

    • I guess it really doesn’t matter what we call them, just so long as they get done!! 🙂

      I’m always glad to have new readers. I hope you enjoy all the great posts I linked to as well!

  8. I love that you’re always thinking of the next thing to do. Constantly improving, constantly evolving.

    • Thanks funancials! l enjoy thinking about the next thing. It makes it tough to work on the “today” stuff though! 😉

  9. Same here, thank you for including me in your round up! It’s a huge motivator for me! Many people have lots of great ideas, it’s the ones who ACT on those great ideas become examples to others and we read about them! Thank you for continuously being an inspiration!

    • I’m glad that my site can be a motivator for you! You’re doing a great job too! Keep up the great work!

  10. Congrats on the ebook progress. This is awesome. I can’t wait to read it. Also, thanks for including my article on frugal shopping.

    • No problem Miss T. I hope to have the eBook done soon. Can’t wait till it’s published! 🙂

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