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Goals Update and Weekly Round-up #7


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 February

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

  1. 800 subscribers – I’m currently at 698 subscribers, so I have quite a ways to go… it might be time for a promotion soon….
  2. Earn $1,500 with – I’m actually doing quite well on this one so far. I think I’ve made $800 already this month. Hopefully my good fortune continues through the 29th!
  3. Begin building the new free resource on my site – I’ve put this project on hold for now. I’ve just been making myself too busy with all of my projects and I need to focus on spending time with those that are important to me. This project will happen, but maybe not by the end of the month.
  4. Pay an extra $1,200 on the mortgage at the end of February (actually on the first of March) – I think we’re still on track for this one! We haven’t had any major expenses and our paychecks are consistent each month. This extra payment sure is going to feel good!

All in all, I’m feeling pretty good about my goals this month. I have a few ad deals in the works, which should get me to my $1,500 goal pretty easily. The subscriber numbers will be tough, but I know that I have a lot of regular readers that haven’t subscribed yet. A promotion should spike my numbers pretty easily (I hope). This month is feeling good! Can’t wait to see if I hit all my goals. I think it might be possible!

Weekly Round-Up

3 Pronged Approach to Retirement – by Cash Flow Mantra

Maximizing the 3 Types of Income – by The Busy Executive Money Blog

I Want My Student Loans to Be Gone – by Making Sense of Cents

Invest Your Tax Refund or Send It to Me! – by Krantcents

A Frugal Date for Long Distance and Near Distance Couples – by Frugal Confessions

Passive Income With a Horse Ranch – by Creating a Passive Income



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. Let’s go Derek… I will be rooting for you on this one.

    • Thanks Jai! Always love your support!

  2. Thanks for the mention. Sounds like you are doing well with earnings this month. For me, it has been exceedingly slow.

    • I am doing well! Can’t wait to see what my total is this time around! 🙂

  3. Great going Derek! Nice to see you are so along for the month of February. It’s been a slow month for me. Atleast Valentine’s day is right around the corner:).

    • I think it’s been a slow month for a lot of people! I’m ready for Valentine’s Day too. Should be fun! 🙂

  4. Thanks for the links, I really appreciate it. Goals are tricky, you can only control so much. Keep it up!

    • I feel like I can control quite a bit. I’m still hoping to hit at least 3 out of the 4.

    • No problem! Keep up the awesome work on your site!

    • Thanks LaTisha! I think I’m going to make it! But, don’t quote me on that! 😉

  5. Thanks for the update and links. I like to hear how you’re doing. It’s fairly inspiring. And I like to see what others are writing on other blogs that I’m not familiar with.

    • I love to be completely transparent with my readers! It helps me to achieve more, and it inspires quite a few people at the same time! 🙂

  6. MayBe a full rss feed would encourage more subscribers

    • I feel like if I did that though, fewer people would actually visit my site…. and that’s not good either.

  7. Thanks for the update! It’s a race to 800 subscribers woo hoo!

    • A race huh? Let’s go! 🙂

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