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Goals Update and Weekly Round-Up #23


This past week has been incredibly busy. I came back from a long weekend vacation on Monday and started playing catch-up for the work that didn’t get done while I was gone. On top of that, my wife and I are starting to look pretty seriously at purchasing a house. So, needless to say, the weekend came in a hurry!

Luckily, I have simplified my goals and narrowed my focus in order to make life a little bit easier.

My goals for June:

  1. Raise my subscriber numbers to 200 – My subscriber numbers are currently at 168, so I think I have a real chance of getting to 200 by the end of this month.
  2. Complete the 1st draft of my new eBook – regarding staying out of debt (vague I know, but I’d rather not give away the title before its release! – this project isn’t moving quickly.I really need to block some time in my calendar and bust out some real work. I have done a few things here and there, but at the rate I’m going, this eBook won’t even be done by Christmas!
  3. Continually post 3-4 new articles every week for my wonderful readers – this is something I never miss. My readers are definitely the most important people in relation to this site. I will not dissapoint them.

Weekly Round-Up

I did have some time to read some good posts this week, and of course, I wrote a few as well. Here are some reads you might like:

Articles I wrote

Articles Written by Others



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 mention; unfortunately those vacations never seem to last long enough. 😉

    • Haha! Yep. I’ll have to plan ahead a little more for the 4th of July!

  2. Thanks for the link, looking for a house is an adventure and I hope you share it with us.

    • Sounds like a request from both you and LaTisha! Maybe I should write a post about it huh? I’ll work on that. 🙂

  3. Thank you for the mention Derek. Short weeks are sometimes the most difficult…seems like you just have to do the same amount of work in less time.

    • No problem about the mention. Nice article! Yep, short weeks can be tough, but we all get through them! 🙂

    • Haha. Yes! The houses have been interesting! Especially since we’re looking at sub $100,000 houses.

  4. Thank you for including my post!

    I hear you on being busy–we are renovating both our master bathroom and our small bathroom downstairs–wowza! We are doing all the work ourselves except for the shower work (we know our limits as DIY’ers). It seems there are just not enough hours in the day:).

    • My wife and I are thinking about buying a fixer-upper, so we would have quite a few of those DIY projects! I can’t imagine how to manage my time if I were doing all that as well!

  5. Thanks for the mention! Congrats on “seriously thinking” about buying a house. Yay! How fun. Looking forward to updates about that.

    • Thanks! We are getting pretty excited about one particular house! I’m writing about it tomorrow. 🙂

  6. Buying a house! How exciting! I am looking forward to posts on this. Are lenders still requiring 20%?

    • Ideally, we should put 20% down on a property (to avoid PMI), but the bank is not requiring it. We plan on putting 10% down and keeping the rest of our cash for fixing up the property. I think it’s better to have more cash on hand in events such as this, especially since it’s our first house purchase and we are uncertain what surprises this house may bring. We’ll be paying down the mortgage very soon, so this 20% equity should happen in no-time.

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