2010 Goals – 1st Quarter Update

by Kay Lynn

Since my primary motivation for starting this blog was to keep me accountable and motivated I’m going to be reporting my progress on 2010 goals each quarter.  So without further ado, let’s take a look at progress during the first quarter.

Personal Goals

1. Weight Loss. I wanted to lose 25 pounds this year and have made no progress.  Take that back, I made negative progress as that number’s up a pound or two.  This also means I haven’t gone back to get my triglycerides checked because I know it won’t be good news.

Adjustment: I will be starting to work on this after our vacation later this month.  I don’t want to disrupt my momentum on a cruise ship so will start in earnest after our return.

2. Home Decor. I know many people wouldn’t have to make it a goal but decorating is really not my forte.  The good news is that we made progress and actually bought a piece of metal art for our living room.  My son and daughter-in-law were pleasantly surprised when they came to Easter dinner.

Adjustment:  My goal is to get the living room art/pictures up this second quarter.  That leaves the kitchen window coverings for the second half of the year.

Financial Goals

1. Debt Snowball.  I’m doing well on this and am on track still to be debt free by the end of 2011. 

Adjustment: No adjustment needed.

2. Estate Planning. We haven’t started with this and still need to get our wills in place.

Adjustment: Schedule for 3rd quarter.

Blog Goals

1. Visitors. Although I haven’t met this goal yet, I’m on target to have 100 subscribers by the end of the year.  Participating in blog networks such as the Yakezie Challenge bring new readers and help me grow as a blogger.

Adjustment: Continue working on producing good content and participating in the personal finance blog community.

2. Design. I’ve installed the Thesis theme, but really don’t know yet how to improve the design and SEO capability.  Another blogger is helping me with a header which I hope to have installed soon.

Adjustment: Spend time learning how to maximize capabilities in the theme.

That’s how I measure up to these six goals so far.  How are you doing on your 2010 resolutions and/or goals?

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Jersey Mom April 12, 2010 at 10:08 am

Reviewing and adjusting goals several times a year is a great way to stay on target! =) I’m doing well staying on budget, saving, and investing for kids’ college tuitiona and our retirement. I’m working on my reading list… currently reading Buy-Ology, the science behind why we buy.
.-= Jersey Mom´s last blog ..A Disorder I Live With =-.

Bucksome April 12, 2010 at 1:36 pm

Next year, I’ll add reading goals to my list. I wanted to start off small to make sure I was successful. If you’re only goal you’re behind is reading, I’m very impressed!

The Saved Quarter April 12, 2010 at 10:15 am

Congratulations on sticking to your financial goal. It can certainly be difficult to stay on track.

I’ve subscribed – hopefully that helps your subscriber goal! 🙂

Thanks for stopping by and commenting at my blog. I look forward to reading more of your blog.

Bucksome April 12, 2010 at 1:34 pm

Thanks for subscribing. Every person helps!

Jeff @DeliverAwayDebt April 12, 2010 at 11:03 am

Thanks for the reminder. I need to review my goals too. Good job on the debt.

.-= Jeff @DeliverAwayDebt´s last blog ..Blogging Bliss Winners | DeliverAwayDebt =-.

Bucksome April 12, 2010 at 1:35 pm

Thanks, Jeff. I can’t say I’m intense as you are, but it’s always a big part of my budget each month.

Money Reasons April 12, 2010 at 4:38 pm

I had the same weight loss goals, and while I started out decently… I added a few extra pounds too! Now that taxes are done, I’ll try to tackle it again!

Have a great vacation (later this month) 🙂
.-= Money Reasons´s last blog ..Are You Tracking Your Cash Flow? You’d Better Be! =-.

Bucksome April 13, 2010 at 5:59 am

Money Reasons, maybe we can check in with each other to stay motivated? Enemy of Debt had a good post about he’ll lose weight when he’s sick of being fat last month.

Kristia@Family Balance Sheet April 13, 2010 at 5:03 am

Great news on your debt…2011, here you come.

There is no reason why you can’t have 100 subscribers by the end of THIS quarter. I read your blog and you offer quality, personable content. I am still a small blog, but 2 things that have helped me attract subscribers: 1 – At the end of each post, add a link where they can subsribe. Not just the characters, but write something out, like, “If you would like to receive FREE updates of BB, click here.” I think I learned that from Frugal Dad. 2 – participate in linky/carnivals that many deal/frugal/thrifty bloggers have weekly.
The Yakezie challenge will help too.

I should post my goal update too. Good Luck!!
.-= Kristia@Family Balance Sheet´s last blog ..Red Pepper and Feta Turkey Burgers =-.

Bucksome April 13, 2010 at 6:01 am

Thanks, Kristia for the encouragement and great advice.

I will start adding the subscribe information at the bottom of each post. I use a template so that should be easy to add in there. The Yakezie Challenge has already helped and I’m enjoying getting to know other bloggers.

Len Penzo April 14, 2010 at 11:55 am

I love this post. I lack the home decorating gene too. Lucky for me the Honeybee has a friend who has terrific taste and an eye for interior decor.
It is a gift.

The visitors will come – stay patient. Quality writing is tough to ignore – and Kristia is correct – you are a quality writer!

All the best,

Len Penzo dot Com
.-= Len Penzo´s last blog ..Expedia, Orbitz, Priceline and Others: What’s the Best Travel Search Engine? =-.

Bucksome April 15, 2010 at 5:44 am

Len, the decorating thing IS definitely a gift. Thankfully we have other talents (right?).

Thanks for the support and compliment. I’m over that six month blogging depression. Getting into a community of bloggers and building one with readers has been very rewarding.

Barb Friedberg April 16, 2010 at 12:51 pm

Hi bucksome; I love reading about your goals- Cool blog and really interesting background. Loved living in san diego from 83-92: it’s beautiful, but EXPENSIVE. Thanks for following me on twitter!
.-= Barb Friedberg´s last blog ..DO YOU NEED A ROLEX WATCH? =-.

Bucksome April 17, 2010 at 1:59 pm

Yes, San Diego can be expensive. Outside of housing, I understand that our electric rates are among the highest in the country. Thankfully, we don’t have to use as much as most people due to having moderate temps most of the year.

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