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Mid-Year New Year’s Resolutions 2011 Update

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More than half the year has gone by, so I think it’s time to check-in on my New Year’s Resolutions for 2011:

1.  Lose 20 pounds by the end of the year – I am aiming to weigh 150 pounds by December 31st.

I am down 30 pounds so far thanks to Weight Watchers Online and am weighing in at 146!  I am now aiming for 140 by December 31st.

2.  Volunteer for a charity at least twice a month – I seemed to have replaced charity time with blogging in 2010, oops.

I have not started this yet but am still aiming to hit this goal.  My plan is to deliver lunches for Meals on Wheels at least once a week when I quit my day job, which looks to be around September.

3.  Build up the emergency fund to at least $15,000 – right now it is at about $8200.

It is at $12,050 right now, so we are on target.  We are trying to contribute at least $500 or more every month.

4.  Max-out 2 Roth IRA’s for 2011.

We have maxed out one already and are on target to max out the second one if we continue to automatically contribute $300 a month.

5.  Pay off at least $8,000 of our mortgage principal – that means it needs to be at $60,000 or less by the end of the year. 

We refinanced our loan this year, which has helped us pay off principal even faster.  We are down to $64,600, so this goal should be obtainable!

6.  Make AT LEAST $15,000 through blogging – my true target is $25,000.

I have hit the $15,000 mark and am closing in on the $25,000 mark by the end of August if I have a couple of really good months.  So far, I have brought in about $18,000 from January to June 2011.

How are your New Year’s Resolutions treating you?

FYI:  I worked at a dead end cubicle job from 2005-2011 for about $30,000 per year.  I went self-employed in July 2011 and make between $70,000-$90,000 through blogging, professional pet sitting, hubby's reffing, and our rental home.  If you’d like to start your own site (link to my free step-by-step guide), I highly suggest checking out Bluehost (my referral link with a nice discount for you, PLUS a free custom header banner from me!).  Please contact me any time at budgetingfunstuff*at*gmail*dot*com with questions or just to brainstorm! I’d love to help!
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19 thoughts on “Mid-Year New Year’s Resolutions 2011 Update

  1. Wow, this is outstanding! Good for you in all areas of your life. I think that list is pretty much a testament to the power of goal setting and your discipline. The idea of making over 2K a month blogging just astounds me. Keep up the great work, it motivates me to see someone earn such a high level of success.

  2. Good work meeting all of your goals (except the volunteering, which will come when you have a little more time). I am really impressed by the blogging income!

  3. Wow, that’s some serious cash accumulation. Outstanding work all around. I don’t see how you’d have time to volunteer when you’re essentially working around the clock at the moment.

  4. @My University Money, it astounds me too! I am thankful every day. 🙂 How are your goals coming?

    @Travis, thank you!

    @Melissa, thank you! I am totally surprised every time I make money, lol. I really hope this is long-term!

    @First Gen, thank you. Yeah, i really don’t have time to volunteer yet, but I will soon and it is one of my priorities.

  5. Congrats on being on track (or meeting!) so many of your goals! That’s awesome. I only made one new year’s resolution, to read more, and I’m totally bombing that one already.

  6. I admire your goal driven approach Crystal. You ahead of the game by simply committing to these in writing, and further ahead by reviewing and measuring your progress.

  7. @Melissa, reading more is a great goal! Maybe you can still hit it by the end of the year? Thanks for your congrats!

    @Hunter, I agree, publicizing my goals has been one heck of a motivator!

    @youngandthrifty, aww, thank you!

    @Evan, I don’t feel inspirational – I gained 3 pounds in Las Vegas, so I am back at 149 and working my way down, lol. I look forward to your update!

    @Jenna, me too!

  8. I like how you adjusted your weight goal instead of resting on your weight-loss laurels.

    I know I have a ways to go on my resolutions, or at least a few of them. Maybe I need a mid year resolution where I resolve to meet all my resolutions?

    Great job.

  9. So exciting to see how you have made progress on your goals already and set new micro goals. I think that it is a great idea to reassess your goals and adjust them as time goes on. I hope to do that with my next years resolutions… or I might not wait till the New Year so set some.

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