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Goals Update and Weekly Round-Up #22


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.

So far this month, we have sanded 6 out of the 8 doors, completely painted 2 of them, and we’ve painted 2 door frames. Not too shabby of a start. Today, I hope to get the remaining 2 doors sanded, and then we’ll hopefully get some painting completed as well.

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 haven’t officially started tackling this yet, but I plan on getting the entire book laid out this 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!

Our financials look to be healthy enough to make this extra payment again, however, both my wife and I will be taking some college courses soon (which aren’t cheap), so we need to make sure we’re prepared for those expenses as well.

Overall, this past week has been moderately successful. We’ve done some work on the house and it looks like we’ll have the funds to make another extra payment. Hopefully I’ll have more to report next week!

Weekly Round-Up

With all of the work I’ve been doing on my sites and on the house, I haven’t spent a ton of time browsing the Internet for quality personal finance reads, but here’s a few that caught my eye amongst the madness. Enjoy!

How to Make Money With Google Adsense – by Online Money Bloggers

Janitor Turns Millionaire Because of Passive Income – by Creating a Passive Income

How to Retire Early and Never Have to Work Again – by Financial Samurai

8 Shortcuts to a Successful Early Retirement – by Free Money Wisdom



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. It’s fun to see the progress, even if it’s 11-13%. There’s no worse feeling than pouring money into something and having the balance go nowhere.

    I’m very interested to see this ebook. Best of luck with your productivity this week.

    • Very true AB. If we were making the regular payments, I think we would have only paid off $1,500 at this point, rather than $8,000. It’s much more fun to take this route. About the eBook – thanks for showing your interest! It gives me much more motivation to work on it! 🙂

  2. I’ve been working on replacing the doors in my house and have 5 cut and painted but they weren’t hung yet. Now I’ve hung two of them and have 3 more to go. When that is done I have 3 sets of closet doors to do and 2 more regular doors. It’ll take a while but we worth it in the long run!

    • Sounds like we have some similar projects! Keep up the good work. Hopefully I can report on some successes after this week.

  3. Keeping an eye on the target makes the job guaranteed half way done. That’s how important a goal is. I remember the works of Napoleon Hill. The first step in attaining success is identifying your purpose which is analogous to knowing your goals. Without purpose, success can be very elusive.

    I’m glad about your target progress. These little victories are like doses of inspiration.

    Best regards,

    • I’m glad you like my goal updates! They are very important to me and I’m always glad to share them. 🙂

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