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Goals Update and Weekly Round-Up


Do you have goals for your life? You really should. Each week, I evaluate my website goals and my personal goals that I have set for myself. It helps keep me on track with what I want to accomplish both professionally and personally. If I did not, it would be very easy for me to let each day slip away without being focused. Then, before I know it, I would be 10 years down the road without any successes because I never made a plan! Let’s see how well I’m doing with my June goals.

June Goals

1) Bring My Alexa Rank Down to 78,000 – This goal is proving to be incredibly difficult. I was down to about 82k, but now my Alexa has been slowly climbing in the wrong direction. I’ve been trying to turn this around with high-quality articles, but they’re just not doing it. I’m going to have to attract more readers to my site in these next couple of weeks… no firm ideas on how to do this yet.

2) Make a Plan to Pay My Mortgage Down to $40,000 by the End of the Year – I haven’t yet sat down to formulate a plan, but I do know that I’m going to have to pay an additional $14,000 on the mortgage (above and beyond the typical payment) by the end of December, which is an additional $2,333 per month. Hmmmm, that’s pretty steep.

3) Increase My Subscribers to Over 1,000 – So far, the member’s only area has been a flop, but I’m not giving up on it quite yet. If you’d like access to this area and you’re already a subscriber, just email me at Derek [at] lifeandmyfinances [dot] com  to get access. As for attracting new subscribers, it might be back to the drawing board.

4) Write Every Sunday, Monday, Wednesday, and Friday – Accomplished.


Weekly Round-Up

Here are some great posts from others this past week!

Top 10 Reasons to Pay Off Your Student Loans ASAP at Student Debt Survivor

Are You Leading Your Finances at Beating Broke

Can I Really Afford to Save for Retirement at Narrow Bridge Finance

Are You in a Female-Breadwinner Couple at Don’t Quit Your Day Job

Teach Your Children This One Skill to Help Them Financially for Life at My Personal Finance Journey

How to Generate Passive Income so You Can Quit Working at One Smart Dollar

Immodest Money at Modest Money

12 Facts About Money Everyone Thinks are True at Eyes on the Dollar

Things to Know by the Time You’re 25 at Stocks and Cents

Do You Believe in Luck or Do You Make Your Own at Makin The Bacon

How to Interview at A Young Pro

Save Time and Do More at Luke1428

Making a Profit from Real Estate at Finance Inspired

The Importance of Financial Literacy at Fine Tune Finances



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.


    • No problem Jacob!

  1. I’m excited for the day I only have $40k left on my mortgage. You’re really killing it. Thanks for the mention, I appreciate it!

    • I can’t say I’m killing it yet, but hopefully I will be soon!

    • No problem Sean. Hope you have a good day as well!

    • No problem Thomas! Keep up the good work with your site too!

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