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Mid-Year New Year’s Resolutions 2011 Update

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!
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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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