If you’re new here, every month I share how I’m doing with my goals for the year. This includes personal, blogging/business, and of course financial goals. This post holds me accountable to the goals I set every year, but more importantly, it helps my readers to see that having financial goals in place are the key to succeeding with money. If you need help setting financial goals, make sure you read this post here on the steps to setting financial goals.
**If you’re on my email list, you already know about this – – I’ve decided that I will no longer be posting 3 times a week. I’m going to be posting on Mondays and Fridays for now or at least until my home life isn’t so crazy. 🙂
My big goal this year is to double my income from 2015. That will put me at a full-time blogger level, which will be an amazing feat if I accomplish it! 🙂
Contribute 25% of income to business emergency fund. (I use Capital One 360 for my business emergency fund) – (I struggled with this one this month. I need to find a way to automate this process…)
Attend 2 Conferences –
- FinCon16 – tickets already purchased.
- Mini retreat with one of my mastermind groups – Sooooo, this didn’t get to happen. My Mastermind Group still got to meet together but I was unable to attend due to a family emergency. :-/
- SheSpeaks – I really wanted to attend this conference but now that the dates have been announced I realized that I would be unable to attend because it’s happening the weekend my cousin is getting married. So, I’ll add this one to my list of conferences to attend in 2017.
Write and release self-published book – Okay, so I decided to scrap this one after reading Pat Flynn’s book, Will It Fly because honestly, my heart wasn’t in this book idea…soooo, I’ve decided to concentrate my efforts in developing a book to go along with the course I am planning but that will all depend on my readers. Email subscribers, be prepared because I’ll be picking y’all’s brains! 🙂
Have signed contract with literary agent by December 31st.
Release one eCourse by October 1st. (This will be a little different than originally planned but still keeping my target date of October 1st.)
Have an average of 500,000 PVS a month by December 31st.
- PVS for January 2016: 488,826
Make One Media Appearance – TV or Radio
Speak at at least one event
Increase Facebook followers to 10,000 by April 1st.
Increase email subscribers to 15,000 by August 1st.
- Current number: 10,557 (this will more than likely change by about 2,000 in the next week when I do a clean up of my email subscribers.)
Read at least 5 books on business/blogging
What I want to read:
- Lead with Humility: 12 Leadership Lessons from Pope Francis
- Ask: The Counterintuitive Online Formula to Discover Exactly What Your Customers Want to Buy…Create a Mass of Raving Fans…and Take Any Business to the Next Level
- Launch: An Internet Millionaire’s Secret Formula To Sell Almost Anything Online, Build A Business You Love, And Live The Life Of Your Dreams
- The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People: Powerful Lessons in Personal Change
- Platform: Get Noticed in a Noisy World
- See You at the Top
- The Checklist Manifesto: How to Get Things Right
- The Compound Effect
- Blog at Home Mom: Balancing Blogging and Motherhood
- Eat That Frog!: 21 Great Ways to Stop Procrastinating and Get More Done in Less Time
What I’ve read:
- Will it Fly by Pat Flynn – amazing, awesome, and hands down one of the best, in-depth, hold your hands business book I’ve read in a very long time.
Continue using the Tupler Techniques every day. (These are found in the book, Lose Your Mummy Tummy) – These are kicking my tail! Seriously, mamas if you’re struggling with the whole postpartum, my body feels out of whack stuff that happens after you have a baby, try these exercises. They’re hard but I can already feel a difference in my body. These aren’t really designed to make you skinny but they’re designed to correct your core after being stretched to accommodate a growing baby.
Complete P90X by December 31st – Haven’t started on this one yet….I want to get my body feeling more normal before I push it to it’s limit by starting the insanity that is P90X…
Read at least 2 books just for me.
- The Better Life: Small Things You Can Do Right Where You Are
- Simply Tuesday: Small-Moment Living in a Fast-Moving World
- The Slight Edge: Turning Simple Disciplines into Massive Success and Happiness
- My Other Ex: Women’s True Stories of Losing and Leaving Friends
Write one love note to Pat a month. (Done for this month)
Plan at least one date night every 6 months.
Read at least 3 books on Marriage:
- 52 Ways to Wow Your Husband
- 31 Days to a Happy Husband
- The 4 Seasons of Marriage: Secrets to a Lasting Marriage
- The 5 Love Languages: The Secret to Love that Lasts
- 100 Ways to Love Your Husband: A Life-Long Journey of Learning to Love
Spend at least 30 minutes every day playing with my children. (I struggled with this one this month…)
Write in Motherhood gratitude journal every day. (Done for this month)
Plan a date night with my boys once every 6 months.
Read one new book every month with boys. (Done – the boys’ preschool allows them to check out books from their library to take home. So we read The Princess and The Pig this month.)
Read at least 1 book on Parenting/Motherhood.
- The 5 Love Languages of Children
- Raising Your Spirited Child
- Making Children Mind without Losing Yours
- Love Rebel: Reclaiming Motherhood
Snow Day??? We only got a dusting. 🙂
Since the season of Lent is upon us and Catholics usually either give up something or add something to their daily lives as an offering for the sacrifice that Jesus Christ made for us, I’ve decided that for the season of Lent I’m adding praying the Rosary to my daily life. Which, this will be a challenge for me because I lack patience and it takes forever to pray the entire Rosary. :-/
Complete 1 Bible Study. (I’ll be completing the Lenten Study through Blessed is She.)
Volunteer once at our church. (I’m baking items for the bake sale…does that count??? 😉 )
Read Bible Daily through Blessed is She. (Done for this month)
Read at least 2 books on Christianity.
- 33 Days to Morning Glory: A Do-It-Yourself Retreat In Preparation for Marian Consecration
- How to Listen When God Is Speaking: A Guide for Modern-Day Catholics
- Shirt of Flame: A Year with St. Therese of Lisieux
- The Temperament God Gave You: The Classic Key to Knowing Yourself, Getting Along with Others, and Growing Closer to the Lord
- Cheerful Chats for Catholic Children: Short Stories for Catholic Children with a Moral and a Prayer following each Anecdote.
- The Hidden Power of Kindness: A Practical Handbook for Souls Who Dare to Transform the World, One Deed at a Time
- Catholic Family Handbook: Time-tested Techniques to Help You Strengthen Your Marriage and Raise Good Kids
- Chiara Corbella Petrillo
Okay, so many of y’all have been wondering what our budget changes for this year will be since I posted about it on Facebook. It’s not super exciting, in fact it’s not exciting at all…it’s about health insurance. My husband’s company has decided to go with an Affordable Care Act plan so our deductibles for this year are insane…thank the good Lord we had Charlotte last year under our amazing insurance with a reasonable deductible.
We were going back and forth on whether or not to join a Christian Healthcare Sharing Ministry but we ultimately decided against it. (I’ll write a post on Healthcare Sharing Ministries to share our research with y’all because they may be a great option for some and we may end up going with one eventually.) So our premium will be going up by about $20 a week but our deductibles have now tripled….ugh.
3- Month fully-fund emergency fund by December 31st – goal is $10,500.
- Current Balance: $6,684.43
Pay mortgage principal down by $10,000 by December 31st. (We didn’t pay much extra to our mortgage this month.)
- Owed on mortgage as of December 2015 is: $33,835.25
- Current Balance: $33,493.71 (our current payment hasn’t calculated in yet.)
Read at least 1 Financial book:
What I Want to Read:
- The Money Saving Mom’s Budget: Slash Your Spending, Pay Down Your Debt, Streamline Your Life, and Save Thousands a Year
- Slaying the Debt Dragon: How One Family Conquered Their Money Monster and Found an Inspired Happily Ever After
- The Two-Income Trap: Why Middle-Class Parents are Going Broke
- Debt-Free Living in a Debt-Filled World: A book to encourage, educate, inform, and inspire.
- Soldier of Finance: Take Charge of Your Money and Invest in Your Future
What I Have Read:
Retire Inspired by Chris Hogan – I’ve actually lent my copy of this one to my mama because it’s packed full of important information for everyone in regards to retirement. I love that Chris breaks it down for you if you’re in your 50’s or 60’s and you haven’t saved for retirement yet what you should do. It’s a great guide – so read it. You won’t be sorry. 🙂
Not as much progress as I had wanted but I’ll take any form of progress I can make! 🙂 How are you doing with your goals so far this year?
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