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Goal Progress – February

on February 6, 2017

What in the world happened to January!? It seemed to take forever while also being gone in the blink of an eye. Anyway, a new month means time to update my progress on my goals. Here goes:

Financial Goals:

Start a Side Hustle – January Fail – I kept telling myself that when I found time, I needed to dig through my closets and find a few things to list on Ebay. But of course, when I had time, I sat on my but in front of the TV. It truly is a time-sucker, isn’t it? My sister-in-law and I still have plans to work on some soaps, but we have to find a time when both of us aren’t busy.

Earn $100 extra each month – Pass-sort of– Through overtime, I was able to make about $75 extra on my post-tax post-benefits paychecks in January. I knew this goal wouldn’t be easy to hit and I hope that if I would have worked on a side hustle that I could have easily made up the $25 to bring this total up to $100.

Pay off at least 1 student loan this year – Pass-ish We are working away at chipping down our debt, payment by payment. I was only able to pay $20 more than our usual payment on this, but we will continue to work on this goal a little at a time. I am hoping to receive a bonus at work in April and I plan to use a portion of it for debts, so that will help, but it will probably not wipe it out completely.

Grow our Net Worth by $10,000 (20%) – Fail – We had done well and brought our net worth up by around 4%, mostly by paying down a few debts and the markets doing well in my 401k, but then we replaced a vehicle, which added a loan (which included being upside down on the previous vehicle, which I HATED but it had to be done), which then dropped our net worth down 7% where it had been in January (so a drop of 11% total from day before purchase to day after purchase). This definitely will hinder our efforts to raise our net worth by $10,000 this year, but I still hope to pay down on our debts as fast as possible to attain this goal. Plus, what’s the point of a goal that is easily attainable, it should take hard work to hit it our it wasn’t set high enough, right?

Personal Goals:

Read the Entire Bible – Fail – While I did read the Bible a little bit last month, I certainly didn’t keep up with a pace that would help me have it completed in a year.

Write at least two blogs post per month – Pass!!! – I posted my 2017 goals last month as well as a post about foster parenting. Feel free to check them out! I hope I can keep up the momentum this year.

Read 13 books – Pass – I read “Believing God” by Beth Moore (I strongly recommend this to everyone by the way), and I am half-way through a biography of C.S. Lewis.

Grow Deeper in my relationship with God – Pass – This isn’t exactly trackable, but I do feel that I’ve put more effort into my relationship with God in January. While I didn’t read much of the Bible, the book that I read, “Believing God,” helped push me into a deeper relationship with God and to trust that He is in control. I have been trying to pray every morning on the way to work as well, something that I didn’t do before. I am excited to see what God has planned for my life and excited to grow deeper this year!

Make a point to do something special for my husband once a month – Pass-ish – Again, these personal goals are a bit harder to track. I’m not going to get into details, but I worked on being more intentional in our relationship. I still have a ways to go, but a start is a start.

Keep Our House Tidy – Fail – While we make a conscious effort to keep things off of the floor and out of reach of our little foster guy, that doesn’t stop our kitchen from looking cluttered anyway. We are terrible about doing dishes the same day they get dirtied, and once there’s a sink full of dishes, they just pile up until one of us gets sick of it and does them. We actually ended up getting our annual surprise visit from our foster licensing case worker at the end of the month. Our house wasn’t terribly filthy, but those dishes make the kitchen look so cluttered every time. We still got a pass, but I am still aiming to get our house up to a standard of where I feel that it is clean, not just “good enough.”

Well, there you have it. Although we didn’t do that well on our goals last month, I won’t let that get me down, as there are 11 more months this year! Did you set any goals this year? Have you been tracking your progress? Are they any tips I can offer for your goals or do you just need a partner to keep you accountable? Let me know in the comments. If we work towards our goals as a community, encouraging each other, they seem much closer to reach.

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2 responses to “Goal Progress – February

  1. natashapapousek834277821 says:

    I failed a lot of my goals as well this month — esp. the tidy house one! But it’s a journey, right? And being aware is the first step to change. Here’s to more progress in February!!!!

    • becbier says:

      Keeping my house tidy is definitely my biggest issue that needs tackling right now. I just can’t stand how I can work so hard to get it clean and within a day or two, it looks terrible again. I’m trying to work on being more consistent each day so that it isn’t such a big thing to keep up on, but the struggle is real! Cheers to more progress this month! Thanks for reading!

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