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 a year. I went self-employed in July 2011 and make between $80,000-$100,000 through blogging, a rental home, and professional pet sitting. 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). I even have all of my favorite tools on a resource page - I hope they help you too. This all gives me the time to be with my aging family members, the flexibility to stay close with my friends and family, and it should help if we finally get pregnant too! Please contact me any time at budgetingfunstuff*at*gmail*dot*com with questions or just to brainstorm! I’d love to help!