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Goals Update #31


This website is becoming more and more fun as the weeks go by. I absolutely love providing articles to my loyal readers, and the interaction on each post is a riot! Thank you very much for reading and participating in this site. I thoroughly enjoy it!

This Past Week

Most of you know it by now, but my wife and I have recently purchased a house. It was built in the 1940s and it’s actually pretty solid, but it is severely out of date.

After much of your input last week, I think we have decided to let a professional refinish the floors. I think this is going to cost us almost $3,000, but it’s definitely going to be worth having some do it right. Plus, the house will be getting improved on during the day, while I am at my day job! This is really going to put our schedule back on track for our move-in date of August 31. However….

My wife was out of town yesterday, so my father-in-law and I were working on the house alone. Two men with a bunch of tools can often times be a very dangerous combination.

Our dining room was in decent shape when we bought it, but it was hideous! It had wood paneling and some kind of random ceiling tile that really was not our taste. So, we decided to rip these items off, which was fine until we realized how many nail holes were in the plaster.

Since it was seemingly impossible to patch up all the holes without being detected, my dad-in-law and I decided to strip all of the remaining plaster out of the room. This meant that we were taking everything out of the room except the studs (I’m not talking about us, although, we are some attractive beings).

So, the demolition has now been completed, and as you read this, we’re probably putting up the drywall. The room really is going to look great. It’s now much more open (oh yeah, I forget to mention that we tore out a wall too….) and will look incredibly clean once we paint it!

If you are wondering about my wife’s reaction to our naked room, she actually took it pretty well. She was shocked at first, but was excited about the improvement that it’s going to make to the room.

Non-House News

I’m sorry if you’re getting sick of me talking about my new house purchase,  but it really is consuming my life right now , and it’s so exciting too! I think most of you are enjoying the random house updates here and there, so I’ll keep the details coming! 🙂

The website is still doing quite well. My Alexa rank continues to fall and my visitor numbers are on the rise! Everything is going to plan!

Goals Update

I have accomplished many of my old goals, so I figure it’s time for some new ones! Here’s what I’m going to try to accomplish by the end of August.

1) Finish my eBook – arg… well, progress has been made here, but not as much as I’d like. I’m still going to push for a book release at the end of this month, but in reality, I’d rather produce a high-quality book than a half-thought out piece of garbage… This hole house thing is just kicking my but…

2) Continue to Write 4 Quality Posts Per Week – I have done this consistently since I first started this site, but I want to make sure it continues, so I always make it a monthly goal. Since I will be working on my eBook quite a lot this month, I do plan on mixing in some guest posts. But, you can be assured that these are high-quality posts from a like-minded writer.

Sorry that I’m not including the weekly reading as well. It’s just been a crazy busy day…. I think you’ll understand.



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. Don’t worry about the house updates. I enjoy reading about them. It sounds like a lot of work to rip out all that plaster and a wall.

    • I was a lot of work! It took about 12 hours (with a few breaks for eating)! And, my soft office hands are struggling to keep up….I have lines of blisters where my fingers meet my palms… 🙁

      It sure is going to look awesome though! 🙂

  2. Your house sounds like it needs major work, it is good you got a great deal! I am sure it will be worth it when it is done.

    • It didn’t REALLY need major work, but it made sense to take the plaster down and create a space that we both enjoyed. Since my dad-in-law is helping me out, the only additional cost is the insulation we needed to put in! Free labor sure is nice! 🙂

  3. HAHAHA! I just re-read the line about you and your dad-in-law ripping out the plaster. I did a double take! Way to be modest 🙂
    I didn’t realize that you guys wouldn’t be moving in yet. Hopefully things will be ready for you soon. Next order of business, christening the new house… lol

    • We’re hopefully moving in at the end of the month, and everything is pretty much going according to schedule. Yes, the wall is gone, but it’s going to look excellent! Hopefully the drywall will go up tomorrow evening! 🙂

  4. Congrats on getting a house! I’m in the process of purchasing one myself, and I’m excited for the DIY projects!
    It’s impressive that even with all the things you’ve got going on you still invest so much time and energy to this site. It’s been really great to see so many great articles cranked out on a regular basis. To be honest, I stumbled across your stie an dI didn’t know that I would actually follow it, but I have become a regular reader!
    Thanks also for posting your methods for making money and your income reports. It’s really inpsiring for a fledgling blogger like myself to see the income potential on the web. I’m excited that you’re achieving your goals, making money, and loving what you do! Keep up the good work and I’m excited for your next e-book! 🙂

    • The DIY project are fun aren’t they? I’ve been enjoying them, but at the same time, can’t wait for them to be done so that we can move in! 🙂

  5. I just moved to, into a new house. This weekend my wife and I designed a pulley system to hoist our canoe to the ceiling of our garage. I hope to put off any renos for awhile. Good luck to you on your renos, and I enjoy your posts.

  6. Love your house updates! I’m always excited to read about reno & refurbishments… looking fwd to more of such updates – random or otherwise.

    I wouldnt mind some pictures of the befored, during & after too! ;p

    • I’ve taken a few photos that I intend to post, but I’ll have to ask my wife for more since she took quite a few in the beginning. Can’t wait to post some freshly painted walls! 🙂

      • Great! Can’t wait…. Thanks!

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