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Goals Update #24


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.

We now have all 8 doors sanded and have 2 of them are completely painted and hung. It would be quite the accomplishment to get them all painted by next week, but I wouldn’t say it’s impossible.

I started the hunt for some register covers yesterday. As luck would have it, our registers are not at all standard. instead of having a regular 4″ x 12″ opening, our registers are 4.75″ x 11.75″. I did find some custom covers online, but they are $185 a piece! So, I’ve decided to buy the standard 4″ x 12″ registers for $4 and beating the openings with a hammer if I have to. Needless to say, this is taking me a little longer than I expected. Currently, I have about 3 of the 15 registers installed. Once these are installed though, we’ll be ready for baseboard trim! Exciting.

I’ve also been spending quite a lot of time on our front yard this past week. When we first moved in, there were a few areas that had no grass at all, and we really just ignored it as we took care of our indoor projects. Well, those bare spots have now been taken over by weeds and it looks terrible! So, it took me 3 days to rip out all of those weeds, till the soil, and plant some grass seed. I’m crossing my fingers this week – hopefully it grows in nice!!

And, as I said last week, we finished our entire porch area (which I use all the time). It only took a day, but we sure busted our hump to make it look amazing!

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.

Lol. This is a definite number 1 priority this week. There are just so many projects to work on in this house that my book editing gets tossed to the way-side. I love to see physical progress on this house, so naturally I tend to work on it instead of on this book. Today is the day for busting out some work – I’d be embarrassed if I had nothing to report next week.

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!

We’re currently on pace to make this payment, but we also need to save up some money because both my wife and I are headed back to school in August! I’m hoping to make a bit more money through my online ventures so we can make the extra payment and head off to school debt free.

Overall, I’m happy with the progress this week! Our yard will soon look a little more beautiful, and the house is slowly looking more like our dream home rather than an everlasting project house. Once we’re finished, I’ll have to show you a video of the before and after! 🙂



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. Congrats on the progress and keep it up. House work always takes longer than expected for sure. I am learning this first hand.

    • Thanks! It’s always a great feeling when progress is made. That’s why I love to report it to my readers as well! 🙂

  2. Great job on the house. Will this house eventually become a rental?

    I think the problem with the ebook is it takes a lot of time and it is in conflict with the house. After you finish the house, it will be easier to conquer the ebook.

    • Ha, I was thinking the other way around. After I finish the eBook, I’ll be able to kick butt on the house! 🙂

      As for you question about the house being a rental – it’s not our main goal right now. This house is where we live, and we plan to be here for quite a while. But, after 5 years or so (and the mortgage is paid off), I can see us moving into another house and renting this one out.

  3. Congratulations! I totally feel your pain on the home-improvement end of things. I feel like whenever I work on the house there is some little thing that goes wrong and takes at least twice as much time as I expected. We also have odd-sized registers; of course, in a house as old as ours, everything is an odd size.
    I think these goal posts are great, I need to start doing them myself. Maybe my readership could keep me accountable for all the things I need to get done!

    • Letting my readers in on ALL of my goals has really kept me accountable. The house project is still taking longer than expected, but there’s always progress! 🙂

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