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Goals Update and Weekly Round-Up #46


Do you set goals for yourself on a regular basis?

As many of you know, I enjoy setting goals for myself quite regularly and I actually share them with my readers as well! It’s pretty risky because occasionally, I have proven myself a failure, but at other times, the goals were met and I felt like I was on top of the world! Either way, the site improves and my readers have a great time coming along for the ride.

So, let’s check out what goals I set for myself by the end of this year, 2011.

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 – Yep, did it again! Plus, many of the articles received a record amount of comments! I’m glad that you all liked the content. πŸ™‚

2) Develop a β€œResources” Page – Done.Β It’s called, Start Your Own Blog.

3) Write the eBook – There wasn’t a ton of work that got done on the eBook this week (I have a reason why – details are coming in tomorrow’s post!), but I am pretty deep into Chapter 4 and will most definitely get it done this weekend. If I really push hard today, I think I get get through most of Chapter 5 as well! I’ll let you know how it’s going next week. By the way, would you like a sneak peak at one of the chapter? (This section is colored red because I’m in danger of missing my target goal)

New Projects

If you’ve been following my blog this week, you’ve noticed that I announced one of my big projects! The site is called Online Money Bloggers, and it’s all about bloggers trying to take their site to the next level, and posting about how they plan to do so! It’s a great motivator for those that are involved in the site’s 30k Challenge, but it’s also a great resource for those that want to read blog posts about how to make money online! It really should be a big hit (actually, it already is, and it didn’t even officially launch yet)!

I do have a couple more projects up my sleeve. But I think that I’m going to keep those a secret for now! πŸ˜‰

Weekly Round-Up

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

The Easiest Way to Get What You Want and Achieve What You Deserve – by Financial Samurai

Buying the Right Foreclosed Home in Today’s Market – by My Personal Finance Journey

How to Save Money With Coupons and Discount Codes – by Prairie Eco Thrifter

Why You Should Not Invest Using Leverage – by Buy Like Buffett

How to Make Extra Money – by FSYA

The Bank of Mom and Dad – by Not Made of Money

Debt Free Journey Update #6 – by Mom’s Plans

Investment Tips for College Students – by Beating Broke

One Extra Money Blog Reader’s First Paycheck – by The Extra Money Blog

The Bible and Finance: The Story of the Rich Young Man – by Free Money Wisdom

Til Debt Do Us Part Life Planner Review and Giveaway – by Money Crush

Frugal Decorating Ideas for the Holiday and For Holiday Parties – by Frugal Confessions



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! I know what some of your behind the scenes new projects are, but I will be interested in reading about the rest, when they are announced. πŸ™‚

    • I have quite a few online ventures going on in 2012. I look forward to sharing them all with you soon!

  2. Congrats on another solid week. I wish your Resources page would’ve been live when I started blogging. Very helpful.

    • Thanks funancials! I’m glad my resources page helped you out (I wish I would have had it earlier too), but what can you do…?

    • Thanks Corey. We’ll see how much gets done today. And yes, the competition IS already working. I’ve got to bump up my income if I’m going to make it to 30k!

  3. I love these goal posts you do, it reminds me to take a look at mine to see if I am on target still! LOL.

    Congrats on another productive week!

    • I’m glad my goals are inspiring you! What are some of the things you’re trying to stay on target with? (just out of curiousity)

      • Mostly right now I am using December to get a jump start for my 2012 Goals.

        However I am using this month to revise a book I wrote last year and it needs to be revised as I was not happy with the end results and want to drastically improve it.

        I also am working on a few business plans

        Increasing Income opportunities

        and a whole lot of researching at the moment πŸ™‚

        • Sounds awesome! You have quite a few projects for 2012! I’m challenging myself next year too – I can’t wait to start seeing the results of my labor! πŸ™‚

          • Your results will hit it out of the ball park beyond anything you could imagine Derek, you have that special inner drive that will make sure of it!

          • That’s what I’m hoping! I’ve got a lot of things in the works that could be very profitable next year!

    • The eBook is coming along! I just need to keep plugging away at it! πŸ˜‰

  4. I would love a sneak peek at the new chapter. What is you e-book about? Also–am super excited about the online money bloggers site. can’t wait to get some tips from there : )

    • The eBook is titled, “The Debt-Free Degree”. It’s a guide on how to graduate from college without an ounce of debt! I can’t stand to see all of these young professionals forced into a crappy job because they need to make their loan payments. Those that are debt free coming out of college often have the best opportunities because they can afford to wait for the perfect opportunity!

  5. Thanks for the mention and it’s an honor to be in the 30k challenge Derek!

    • Glad to have you Jon! I’m anxious to see what plans you have for making your 30k! πŸ™‚

    • I do feel like I’m making some pretty good progress! We’ll see how everything works out in 2012. It’s shaping up to be a big year already! πŸ™‚

    • No problem! Glad to do it!

  6. Excited to check out Online Money Bloggers!

    I just made a ‘resources’ page too … πŸ™‚ I get the feeling we both read Pat Flynn πŸ™‚

    • Online Money Bloggers is already a big hit. I can’t wait for it to really get under way! πŸ™‚

      And yes, I am a Pat Flynn fan for sure!

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