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As the second quarter of 2018 ends, I thought it would be wise to check on the progress of my yearly goals. Unfortunately, lots of “fails”. Take a read, and help keep me accountable!
GROW NET-WORTH (EXCLUDING MY HOME AND 529 PLANS) BY 25%.
Through the first six months of this year, I have increased my net-worth by 5.01%. By this time of the year, I had hoped to increase my net-worth by at least 12.5% in order to stay on track. However unfortunately, that hasn’t happened.
I do realize that a lot of that has to do with the choppiness of the stock market, as it’s up a measly 1% year-to-date. However, I was hoping that some of my side hustles, like my Reaching FIRE course, would offset some of the volatility of the stock market. Enrollment for the course is steady, but it definitely has not offset the difference thus far.
Hopefully, the market will take off soon so that we have a better second half than we did in the first half.
SAVE 70% OF OUR TAKE-HOME PAY.
We slipped down to 58% for the year as we prepaid for a couple of vacations that we will take later this year. Because of that, I’m hoping that the second half of the year will be less expensive than the first half. But, we all know how that normally doesn’t happen. It also probably doesn’t help that I really haven’t made any changes to my budget from last year.
I know that if I stopped going out to eat lunch during the work week that I could get over the 65% hump, but as I have mentioned before, I use that time to unplug from the office and enjoy a tasty meal. It’s a splurge, and a costly one at times.
INCREASE PARTICIPANTS OF THE COURSE.
As many of you know, I created a course last year called Reaching FIRE. I put a tremendous amount of effort into creating this course from scratch. I piloted the class this past fall and spring and received really encouraging feedback.
Right now, I am in talks to potentially hold it church-wide this upcoming fall and have even been approached about having others teach it at their churches. If you’re also interested in teaching, let me know, and I can give you some additional material.
MAINTAIN VIEWERSHIP OF 100,000 PAGE VIEWS.
I have only achieved 100,000 page views once in six months. However, I am continuing to hover around the 70,000 page view mark so far this year. Seems like in the summertime, people are more interested in vacation and relaxation rather instead of reading finance blogs. I totally understand. 🙂
Firstly, I want to thank all of those who read and comment on the blog regularly. I love reading your comments and appreciate you taking the time to read my thoughts.
Finally, 70,000 page views is really amazing, but I am hoping to utilize some more tricks of the trade this upcoming year, like SEO and some other tips, in order to drive traffic. We’ll see how it goes.
MAKE $1,000 A MONTH THROUGH THE WEBSITE.
I’m making about $400 a month through the website at this point, which is less than the $500 I was making per month during the first three months. As I mentioned before, people haven’t been reading as much this summer season, so less views = less revenue.
I’m hoping to do some more advertising with my Reaching FIRE course to help make up some of the difference, in addition to doing more paid one-on-one coaching sessions.
WORK OUT 4X A WEEK AND GET A SIX-PACK.
This is probably my biggest fail. In the past, I was pretty dedicated to regularly going to the gym and working out.
I’ve been reading Tim Ferriss’ book, Tools of Titans. As a result, I have been inspired to incorporate one exercise move a day, even if I’m not able to work out for an hour. One of his tips was doing one push up before you go to bed.
I’m thinking that if I can do one, then I can do two, and then, I could compound that number such that I have a nice little bedtime workout routine.
However, I still haven’t started that yet.
Hopefully, I have a better update in October.
TRY TO OBTAIN AN OVERSEAS POSITION.
As many of you know, I have been a bit wishy-washy these past few months. There were some days that I was totally gung-ho on going overseas. Then on other days, I had no desire because I would miss my family too much.
Right now, I am leaning towards staying close to all of our family, which may make this a goal that I need to remove at some point.
For the record though, I was setting myself up nicely to go overseas, so I was hopeful to succeed.
MAKE A DIFFERENCE IN 12 LIVES.
I think I have accomplished this so far. I taught the Reaching FIRE course this past spring. The feedback that I received was encouraging and led me to believe that I made some impact on their lives. So halfway through the year, I am definitely reaching this goal.
PRAY WITH MY FAMILY EVERYDAY.
This is a borderline pass. My wife and I pray every night with our oldest son, who is two years old. While that’s a pass, my wife and I are normally so exhausted that most nights that it’s a miracle if we have time to talk before we pass out.
However, with that said, we have been making a concerted effort to pray together (sans kids) before bed these past few weeks. Hopefully we can keep it up.