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Weekly Round-Up and Goals Update #1

Sunday is a time for relaxation and reflection. Don’t worry about what happened this past week or what is soon to come. Simply take a minute to browse some interesting articles and if you find it entertaining, take a look at how I am doing on my goals for the year.

Weekly Round-Up

I read dozens (if not hundreds) or articles every week. Here are a few of the best ones I have read from this past week:

Make More Money, Save More Cash, Grow Your Net Worth Now – by Financial Samurai – This post outlines what you probably should be doing in this new year and also spells out some goals that Sam has made for himself. If you are quite far along in your personal finance journey, this post will likely be intriguing. If you are not, it is liable to make you sick (due to the number of zeros in his financial goals). Read at your own risk.

Biking in the Winter and Cold Weather – by Money Crashers – This post caught my eye because I am missing my bicycle these days. I rode nearly a thousand miles on my bike this past summer and would like to hop on it again soon. Apparently, I still can. I just need the right equipment. If you are thinking about biking this winter, take a look at this post. It might still be possible!

Have We Lost the Meaning of Frugality? – by Beating Broke – Today it seems like nobody is trying to live on less. Instead, they are trying to live on more, but at a reduced price. Is this really the way to happiness? This post explores this perspective and offers a unique outlook on life that many of us have so far ignored.

31 Productive Things to Do in January to Start the New Year Off Right – by Wisebread – Today is a fantastic day to sit back and take a look at your options for this January. Don’t think that you have to do all of these things, but some of them are certainly important and can help you bring in this new year right.

Don’t Be Emotional When It Comes to Your Mortgage – by Invest It Wisely – This was certainly an interesting read, especially since I dispensed of my mortgage just a month ago. I absolutely did get emotional about my mortgage and I’m glad I did. In one single month I got rid of $54,500 worth of debt. If I had invested in the market heavily, I probably would have only put $10,000 in there and blindly spent the rest. Which one do you think was the better choice? Anyway, rant over. Have a read and decide which option is best for you. 😉

Goal Actions So Far

My goals (from just to days ago) were to, by the end of the year:

Here is what I have done in the past two days to improve these metrics:

  1. Removed all unused plug-ins to increase my page load speed
  2. Enabled an image shrinking plug-in to reduce photos and increase page load speed
  3. Deleted unused, stale pages from my site
  4. Purchased a VPS server for the next two years which will severely improve my page speeds (this was a huge move for me, and more importantly for my readers – I have been thinking about doing it for a long time)
  5. Increased my Tweets to 2 or 3 a day instead of the simple automated ones every other day when a new post goes live on my site
  6. Started posting short thoughts about finance on my Facebook page (again, instead of just the automated ones)
  7. Updated my “About Me” page and my main page introduction paragraph (as you can see on the right)


Surprisingly, these actions have already produced results! In just two days I have already seen growth!

  • My Facebook fans have increased from 534 to 538
  • My Twitter followers have increased from 1,776 to 1,783
  • My subscribers have increased from 1,088 to 1,096
  • My monthly visitors went down to 7,827, but only because I had a huge day that dropped off the 30 day chart recently. In actuality, I just had one of my biggest Friday’s ever, so I am ecstatic about my progress. Another big day will likely come soon.

Booya! I hope to continue reporting my successes, but I know that there will be struggles along the way as well. I’ll just keep pushing for my goals and doing my best! Hopefully it will be good enough for a victorious celebration at the end of 2015.

Are you working on your goals already? Have you seen any successes?



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. Those are some good goals and an encouraging uptick in the numbers so far. I look forward to watching the results (mostly so that I can copy your methods!). Good luck!

    • Hi Vawt! Yes, the numbers certainly are encouraging so far! I am continuing to progress in my work and am excited to share my updated numbers again on Sunday. Hopefully they’ll blow you (and me) away! 🙂

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