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Goals Update and Weekly Round-Up #37


Would you like to know how I’m doing on my goals for this month? Each month, I sit down and evaluate the progress I have made in the previous months. I check out my strengths and weaknesses and then develop some goals that will improve the soft areas of my site!

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

Typically, I make different goals every month, but this is really limiting my vision – plus, it seems like the months just go by so fast! So, I’d like to take a slightly different approach and tell you my goals for the next 3 months (to the end of December).

As each month goes by, I discover more and more income opportunities online and it excites me to think about what could be! Here is what I hope to capitalize on by the end of December, 2011.

1) Continue to Write 3-4 Posts Per Week – Like I have said in the past, this is an absolute must. In order to gain readership and continue to grow as a website, I must post regularly. Plus, I enjoy the interaction with my readers through the comments on each post. 🙂

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.

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

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

Each week, I read quite a few different financial sites and provide my readers with the links of what interested me! Take a look what caught my eye this past week!

Steve Jobs Has Died – by Buy Like Buffett

3 Secrets to an Early Retirement – by Sustainable Personal Finance

What You Can Learn About Investing From The 4-Hour Workweek – by Prairie Eco Thrifter

Is Lifestyle Inflation Unavoidable? – by Retire by 40

Saving Money as a College Student – by Yes, I Am Cheap

We’re Moving to – by FSYA – take note, they’re moving!

First Time Buyer Mistakes – by Squirrelers

Thrift Store Score: Kids clothes and baby furniture – by The Saved Quarter

Motivating Kids to Save Money – by Little House in the Valley

No Jobs, I’m Moving Overseas! – by Krantcents

A Very Un-Frugal Confession: We Rescued a Dog – by Frugal Confessions

Do You Need to Be Super Smart to Be Rich and Wealthy? – by The Extra Money Blog

Creating a Spending Journal: Tips for Budgeting – by Free Money Widsom

Starting a Business? Create and Exit Strategy – by Money Crush

6 Ways to Save Money with Car Rentals – by Faith and Finance



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. Thank you so much for the mention!

    I need to develop goals for my blog…I literally have none and never had:).

    • No problem!

      Goals really tend to get my butt in gear! Without them, I don’t think my blog would be anywhere near as successful as what it is today. Plus, it gives me a way to measure my success from month to month, rather than just guessing if I’m doing well or not.

      You must be pretty good at following through on your ideas though, because your site is quite successful! Congrats!

  2. Thanks for including us this week Derek. I personally get virtually no clicks on our resource page.

    • Well that’s not very encouraging for me is it? Do you often have people ask how you make your earnings? I feel like I have a lot of requests and can help my readers with a resource page. Thanks for letting me know though. I appreciate it.

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

    • No problem! Great article!

  4. It’s great you keep your goals in check. You look like you’re doing a great job.

    Thanks for including my guest post by Melissa in your round-up!

    • I do like to keep myself in check. I know what I want to accomplish in life, and without goals, those aspirations will most likely never be realized… I don’t want to let that happen.

  5. Thank you for including my post! The move is almost complete 🙂

    • No problem! Good luck on the move! That must have been a HUGE undertaking!

    • Thanks. I now realize that I did not include your site,! You’ve always got some great stuff too!

  6. Thanks for the inclusion. I’m right with you on the E-book, it’s always on my list and never seem to find time to finish it! Frustrating! Keep up the good work man.

    • It IS frustrating! It’ll get done though. Just need to spend a little bit of time here and there….

    • No problem! Nice article!

  7. I think the resources page is a great idea. Best of luck with it and I will be sure to use it once it is done.

    • I’ll let you know how it goes!

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