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Goals Update #23


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 for June, 2012

Here’s the goals for June. I would really love to accomplish every one of these!

1) Project “Our House” – If we really buckled down and focused on this house, I bet we could get almost all of the interior projects finished by the end of this month. This will entail sanding and painting about 8 doors, painting 4-5 door trims, and finding some registers covers (15 or so) that fit the current holes in our walls.

Last week I mentioned that we sanded 6 out of the 8 doors, completely painted 2 of them, and we’ve painted 2 door frames. That still remains the same, which means that we did not make any progress on the upstairs this past week. However, that does not mean that we did not make some progress on the house.

Sunday afternoon, my wife suddenly had the urge to work on the house – not on the upstairs, but on our main level porch… This is an area that we’ve really ignored since we moved in. In fact, it really became a catch-all for all of our odds and ends from the other rooms of the house. But, it’s a room that we could make some quick progress on and really feel accomplished.

So, at 3pm on Sunday, we started removing all the junk from the porch. Then we ripped up the laminate flooring, removed some rotten plywood and floor joists, replaced them with brand new lumber, vacuumed and cleaned the walls and ceiling, painted, installed a new light, cut the carpet to size, installed it, and voila! A new room! Check on some of the before and after photos below.

While we didn’t exactly work toward our goal of completing the upstairs, we did complete the entire porch project! I’d say that’s a pretty big accomplishment!

2) Yes, the eBook – This eBook has been a thorn in my side. Who would have thought that it would be so much work to complete an eBook? I desperately hope to finish everything this month, because I truly believe that this book could help millions of people in their quest for a degree.

I can’t believe that I’m falling behind on this goal again. I vow to start working on formatting the pages in Word today!

3) Make Another Additional Payment on the House – If we complete this goal, our loan will go from 11% paid off to 13%! I love to see progress; hopefully we can hit this goal once again this month!

Currently, we don’t have too much room in our account for this extra payment, but we still have 2 more paychecks coming our way this month. I think we’ll be able to make this extra payment, plus save a little bit toward our college expenses. Time will tell.

Overall, we’ve made a ton of progress on our house, but as for the eBook and the house payment, there’s still more work to do. Stay tuned for another update next week!

How are you doing on your goals? Please share!



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. The porch looks great. You got sidetracked a bit but at least you were still working on the house. Was the porch work expensive?

    • Very true Lance. We got sidetracked, but it is still progress, and I’ll take it! The cost of the porch update was extremely minimal. We bought a new light ($33), a replacement 2’x4′ plywood piece ($4), a 2″x8″ ($2), a light switch and plate ($1), an outlet and the plate ($1), and then the carpet ($59). That comes to a grand total of $100 on the dot! I’d say that that’s pretty reasonable, wouldn’t you? 🙂

  2. Porch looks great – now don’t clutter it up! I guess now it comes to the hanging doors and finishing upstairs! You “kids” are doing a great job along with you jobs. Keep up the good work

    • Thanks Grams! Yep. We’ll have to buckle down yet and work on those doors and paint that trim! Hopefully we’ll get re-motivated this week.

  3. I love the porch. Anywhere where one can sit with windows and enjoy the outside is my favourite place to be.

    Maybe when you are done working on your house, you can come and do mine. lol

    • Thanks Miss T! It is quickly becoming one of my favorite rooms.

  4. Looks good! There are a lot of things that we need to do around our house.

    • I’m loving it already! Do our projects motivate you to work on yours? I hope so! Then you can show us your progress and re-motivate us! 🙂

    • No problem Corey. Thanks for the compliment!

  5. I wish you lived closer to me, I could use your help. As far as my goals, I have delayed some thanks to my “pinched nerve” problem. My surgery is delayed too. It may be delayed, but not forgotten.

    • I would love to help too – well, after our house is completed anyway. I didn’t know about your pinched nerve. That sounds painful. I hope your surgery comes soon and helps a bunch!

  6. For the $100 budget you mentioned above, you did a good job!

    • Thanks! It was pretty fun whipping it up in a day too!

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