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Goals Update and Weekly Round-Up #6


Do you have goals and dreams for your future? Do you have them written down? Every week, I remind myself of my goals for the month to make sure that I’m on track for hitting them. Sometimes I’m way behind the eight ball, and other times I really feel like I have a good handle on them. Either way though, my site improves and my readers have a better experience from the improvements.

Goals by the End of January

In alignment with my yearly goals, these were my goals for the end of January:

  1. 725 subscribers – FAIL – My subscribers only increased by 8 in the month of January. I’m now at 685. I’ve really got to step this up in February.
  2. Earn $1,250 with – SUCCESS!– My site earned $1,558 last month, and February is already looking solid!
  3. Brainstorm potential free resource ideas – SUCCESS! I have an idea for a great free resource for people to get out of debt, but now I need to find a way to implement it.
  4. Pay an extra $1,200 on the mortgage before the end of the month – FAIL– We made an extra payment of exactly $0 in January and February. We should easily hit this by the first of March though.

Goals by the End of February

Here are my goals for the end of this month:

  1. 800 subscribers
  2. Earn $1,500 with
  3. Begin building the new free resource on my site
  4. Pay an extra $1,200 on the mortgage at the end of February (actually on the first of March)

I can’t wait for this month of February! I made some tough goals for myself (like the subscriber numbers), but I bet if I really worked at it, I could hit every one of them!

Weekly Round-Up

Here’s some great reads I saw this week. I hope you enjoy them!

Google Page Rank Can Make or Break Your Website – by Online Money Bloggers

Stay at Home Men of the World Unite! – by Financial Samurai

Ever Hear of Money Illusion? – by Cash Flow Mantra

Successful Businesses Create Value – by Grand Per Month

January 2012 Blog Income – 20’s Finances

5 Reasons You Should Invest in Gold – by Prairie Eco Thrifter

Move Up That Corporate Ladder – by Bucksome Boomer

The Zero Sum Financial Game: Ideas to Help You Juggle the Month – by Frugal Confessions

How We Plan to Pay Off Our Mortgage Early (Feb. 2012) – by Passive Family Income

How Much of Your Financial Security Is Tied to Your Employer? – by Busy Executive Money Blog

How We’ve Cut Our Budget – by Making Sense of Cents



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. Still to hit half the goals, especially the earnings one, is not half bad; it’s half good! LOL!

    • Not terrible I guess, but I’m still going to hit it hard this month!

  2. Absolutely, hitting half of those goals is really impressive. Thanks for the mention! So very appreciated. I’m working hard on content now and have about 10 posts in various stages of development. Hope I put more worthy stuff.

    • No problem about the mention. Your site is looking good! Keep it up!

    • Ahhh! My team won! 🙂 That was a pretty good superbowl game wasn’t it?

  3. I am sure the extra missed payment hurt because that’s is a step that brings you closer to financial freedom. Derek you will get them next month.

    • It does hurt. I’m really going to enjoy making the extra payment on March 1. It better happen!!!

  4. Reading how other people are doing with their blogs really inspires me to step it up. So even if you didn’t reach your goals last month, you’re at least inspiring someone. That can’t be so bad.

    • Good to hear! I love being an inspiration to others, and will keep writing as long as someone out there is inspired by it! 🙂

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