It’s hard to believe that 2011 is half over. Sometimes the passage of time isn’t noticeable as we focus on making it through each day and week. With less than six months left to work the goals, it’s time to look at my progress.
Financial Goal 1: Pay off $24,000 in non-mortgage debt by December 31, 2011. The balance is now $15,000 so I’m behind in this goal. It is still possible that it will be met, but may have to be adjusted into early 2012.
Financial Goal 2: Prepare wills for both of us in the first quarter 2011. We still haven’t done this despite my belief it is very necessary. It just never seems the right time to sit down and do it. As a result of examining my goals, I’ve scheduled an appointment for Mr. Boomer and I to sit down and prepare the documents.
Financial Goal 3: Prepare monthly budgets and reconcile every weekend. The monthly budgets have been very helpful in assigning a job for every dollar that comes in. I haven’t reconciled spending every week but do most weeks.
Personal Goal 1: Lose 5 pounds a quarter. Weight loss is a continuing battle for me as I work on getting healthier and lighter. I rejoined Weight Watchers last month and have lost 5 pounds so far. So, I finish the half year 5 pounds behind.
Personal Goal 2: Take Alaskan cruise without accruing any debt. This goal is met. I’ve paid for the cruise, the expensive flightseeing excursion, airfare and have $800 in savings for the rest of the expenses.
Personal Goal 3: Walk for exercise 3 times a week and build up to half marathon in November. I haven’t even started my walking program yet so have to give up on walking a half marathon in November. Instead, I’m going to focus on walking three times a week with the goal of a 5K in the fall (I have to find a race).
Blog Goal 1: Increase subscriber count to 1,000. The lack of progress with this goal is frustrating. My subscriber count has increased from 315 to 550 and I appreciate every single one of you.
I should probably adjust it down, but I’ll wait until the end of the 3rd quarter to do that. To expose my blog to new readers, I plan to submit three guest posts outside the Yakezie network.
Blog Goal 2: Increase blog income to average of $1,000 a month. This is the biggest surprise to me, but it probably shouldn’t be. I thought this was a stretch when I set the goal but I’m averaging $1,300 a month so far this year. As a result I got a business license and opened a business bank account.
Blog Goal 3: Write 1/3 of the e-book each quarter and publish it in the fourth quarter. This goal is set aside for the year. Instead, I started a new blog with my sister aptly named Two Savvy Sisters. I’m diverting extra energy, time and resources to building a readership there where we share deals, coupons and freebies to stretch your budget.
Blog Goal 4: Send out first newsletter 2nd quarter 2011. If you signed up for the Bucksome Boomer newsletter, than you know it didn’t get out. However, I am building the list and will be working on this very soon!
As you can see, I’m not on track to complete all my goals and I’m okay with it for a couple of reasons. First, is that some of these goals were a stretch. The important thing is to set high goals and then strive to achieve them.
As days pass and the situation evolves, goals change. Instead of writing an e-book, I started a new site (three really but only one I’m ready to share). How are you doing on your 2011 plans and goals?