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New Year’s Resolutions – Looking Back on 2012 and Making Goals for 2013

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I don’t know how it flew by, but 2012 is almost over!  It was really sneaky in my opinion.  Anyway, I figure now is as good time as any to take a look at the goals we had for 2012 and make some new ones for next year.

New Year’s Resolutions for 2012

1) Take at least 2 solid vacations with Mr. BFS with as little work as possible. – CHECK

Our plan was to go to Las Vegas again this summer or take a cruise, but we bought a house, lol.  That said, we did go to a 3 day curling tournament in Dallas early this year and attended Board Game Geek about a month ago.  Yay!

2) Take at least one solid trip with our inner circle of friends. – CHECK

A few of our close friends wanted to take a trip together. I agreed it would be a blast. We just had to make it happen.

In March, we all went to a friend’s family home in the country and had an awesome 3 day weekend.  Four of the nine of us went back last weekend.  🙂

3) Visit blogging buddies at least 3 times in 2012. – FAIL

I visited Suba in L.A. again early this year and had a blast. I will cheat and call FINCON12 a visit too.  But I wasn’t able to fit in a third blogger trip.

4) Stay healthy – Exercise 150 times. – FAIL

I wanted to stay healthy for as long as possible. With that in mind, I was aiming to exercise at least 3 times every week and get down to 135-140 pounds.  Well, I am around 166 and working towards 165, so oops.  But I am starting to get off my butt more.  I’m looking forward to a strong 2013!

New Year’s Resolutions 2013

Since Mr. BFS and I are getting used to the new house and the associated costs, we are keeping our goals for 2013 really simple.

  1. Pay off the rent house by December 31, 2013.  It has about $23,500 to go.
  2. Max out both Roth IRA’s for 2012 by April 2013.
  3. Max out both Roth IRA’s for 2013 by December 31, 2013.
  4. Budget appropriately for at least 3 vacations – a one week summer vacation, the Financial Blogger Conference again, and the Board Game Geek Board Gaming Conference again.
  5. Continue staying active.  My specific goal here is to get off my butt at least 3 times a week for at least 30 minutes all year long.  Since I don’t want to be able to fail by just having a bad week, I have decided that this means that I need to exercise a minimum of 12 times per month to stay on track (144 times or more over all of 2013).

Overall, I know that our New Year’s Resolutions didn’t work out exactly as I planned for this year, but I think we have a fantastic shot for all of our goals next year.  I honestly don’t think I’ll get sidetracked again and have another house built or anything like that (hehehe).  My plan is to attempt to repeat 2011…lots of energy, a great attitude, and staying on top of my income streams like a hawk.  😉  Fingers crossed!

How did you do with your goals for 2012?  Any new ones for 2013?

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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24 thoughts on “New Year’s Resolutions – Looking Back on 2012 and Making Goals for 2013

  1. 2012 was a pretty good year for us, and I’m hoping that 2013 is, too! I’d really like to get all of the debt that we took out for property investing paid off, without sacrificing any of our retirement savings plans. Those are my big missions. And to get some more PRs running. =)

  2. @Michelle, you are officially invited to Houston anytime. 🙂

    @Lance, our target income every month is $8000 or more to cover $2500 in taxes and $5000-$5500 a month in bills, savings goals, investment goals, and any random extras that pop up like Christmas presents. With rental income and hubby’s hobby jobs, that means we have to make at least $5500 online every month to stay self-employed. So that’s always our goal, lol.

    Honestly though, our lowest month of 2012 was around $6000, our highest was before the Google slap at around $18,000, and our norm seems to be between $7000-$8500. If I was going to make a target for 2013, it would be that we bring in at least $100,000 in online so that all of the rental income and hobby job money can be used for paying off mortgages and investing for retirement.

    @My Multiple Incomes, yes, I love lists. They do tend to keep me on track.

    @Mrs. Pop, good luck! That’s generally exactly what we are trying to pull off too, lol.

    @Budget & The Beach, good luck on both!

  3. I slacked on tracking (and probably achieving) a lot of my goals… Will set some new ones and recap in January I think! Super impressed with your self employment journey – keep it up and thanks you guys for being my blog rep 🙂 Here’s to a great 2013.

  4. Great goals, and over all great year… I had a few setbacks that prevented me from accomplishing all my goals too. The vertigo/dizziness symptoms really suck. I hope that problem disappears in 2013 or is as least manageable.

    I have a lot of financial goals in 2013, but they are all still spinning in my head…

    Here’s wishing you the best new year!

  5. I love the follow up to your goals. I am very good at creating plans and creating goals but they tend to drift off in to the mist never to be seen of heard from again.
    I found you on Wisebread and my goal for 2013 is to get on some/any blog ranking site.

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