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Reading inspiring posts from other personal finance bloggers who made big strides in 2011 has spurred me to do one of my own. I think it is a valuable exercise to write down what you plan to accomplish, as well as reflect on personal victories.

Doing this is also a good way to hold yourself accountable, as well as share your success with others.

So without further ado, here are my milestones for 2011 and goals for 2012.


  • Turned 30
  • Finally stopped thinking about starting a personal finance blog, and actually did it
  • Was voted one of the top new writers of 2011 at
  • Was interviewed for the official HubPages Weekly newsletter
  • Made out last car payment (both vehicles now paid off)
  • Told my boss that my family was more important than my career


2012 GOALS

  • Spend more time with my family
  • Get below 200k on Alexa ranking and earn a Yakezie Membership
  • Post here 2-4 times per week and build new connections
  • Earn $500/month from online writing by end of year
  • Become debt free (except house)
  • Take another European vacation
  • Exercise for 20 minutes a day, three times per week
  • Self-publish a book on Amazon KDP



Goals are simply dreams that have matured.

By giving myself definable and specific benchmarks (instead of “exercise more”), I’ve turned my dreams into plans. While the goals may be specific, the path to achieve them often is not.

Take for example my goal to earn $500 per month from online writing. I have no idea if that will come from HubPages, MW/Debt site, a combination of both, or a venture that I have not yet implemented (eBooks, etc).

Though I’m not sure if I will reach all of my goals, I have put myself ahead of the game by taking the time to define them and share them with you.

Rather than ask you what your goals are, I’d rather pick your brains for advice.

Do you have any suggestions that can help me reach my 2012 goals?



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