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Goals Update and Weekly Round-Up #39


Would you like to know how I’m doing on my goals lately? Every week, I evaluate how I’m progressing toward the goals that I have set for myself. A few weeks ago, I decided not set up goals for the month of October. Instead, I have set a few goals that I would like to hit before the end of this year. 

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

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 problem. I love to write and hear the responses from my readers. It really seems like you’re enjoying my articles lately too! P.S. Is it time for another house update? Are you curious how we’re doing? :)

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.

I have jotted some ideas down for what I would like to see on my resources page, but haven’t yet started the design. This will most likely happen next month.

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!

I have done a good job of sitting down with my eBook last week. I have added a few pages and now need to perform some more research. I expect to get quite a bit more done this week and am excited to tell you how I’m doing with it next week! 

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

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

Autumn Home Maintenance – by Sustainable Personal Finance

Are You A Cell Phone Tech-No? – by Prairie Eco Thrifter

My Two Cents – by Frugal Confessions

Baby Expense #3 – $440 Baby Gate and Weekend Round-Up – by Retire by 40

How to Retire With Tax-Free Money – by Young Adult Finances

Unlimited Food Plus College Students = Financial Mess – by Squirrelers

How I Almost Threw Away $50 And How I Will Make Sure it Won’t Happen Again – by Everyday Tips and Thoughts

How I Really, Really Screwed Up – by So Over Debt

Is The American Dream Dead? – by Krantcents

Is Your Local Retailer Out to Get You? – by Free Money Wisdom

Let’s All Go To The Movies…Cheaply! – by Couple Money

A Minimum Wage Scenario – by Money Crush

Laid Off No More? – by 20 And Engaged

Mortgages Compared – by Money Mamba

How to Land That Job: Playing Hard-to-Get? – by 20s Finances

Career Tip #13 – Bring Pen and Paper – by 101 Centavos

Finally Getting Smart…About Cell Phones – by Financial Excellence

Selling the American Dream – by Little House in the Valley

College Education Equals Big Student Loan – by Ultimate Smart Money

Personal Financial Ratios You Should Know – by The Frugal Toad

Financial Stress and Weight Management – by Broke and Fat



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 links, I am in very good company.

    • No problem krantcents! You had a pretty awesome article!

  2. Massive roundup, Derek. Thanks for the mention.

    • Lol! Thanks for the motivation to get back to my eBook!

    • No problem! Keep writing those great posts!

  3. I can’t wait to read more about the house… 🙂 Thanks for the mention too.

    • Awesome! I’ll try to write another article about our house improvements! 🙂

  4. Wow, I was very surprised to see my first ever mention. Thanks Derek, when I get on GMA for my amazing weight loss and debt reduction strategies you will get a mention.

    • No problem David! I love mentioning the new sites. I bet yours will be one of the greats soon!

  5. Thanks for the inclusion! I’m excited for another update on the house!

    • Awesome! We’ll pull some pictures together and show you our progress!

  6. Thanks a ton for the inclusion Derek. I really appreciate it. I too am looking forward to the house update. I bet it is looking awesome.

    • No problem Miss T! The house update is coming soon! 🙂

  7. I’m little slow but thank you so much for the mention! You don’t know how much I appreciate it. I admire your goals this year and good luck with ebook. I’m sure it will be difficult to accomplish but looks like you are pretty much professional with blogging.

    • No problem. Keep that awesome blog going! 🙂

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