Every person has financial goals. Any financial blogger worth their salt generally shares these goals and their progress with an audience. This glimpse into where you are with your money/how you want it to grow is extremely personal, and if there is one thing I have learned in my short time blogging, it is that the more personal the writing, the more your heart is in it-the more people will want to read. So I am going to set a few personal goals.
I began really focusing on this blog in May, and in the few short months the response has been incredible. It is constantly a work in progress and since I am NOT a patient person this has been a tough lesson to learn, but I am getting better. Still, my life has been in flux for the past few months which kept me from setting any concrete, tangible goals. In May I moved home from New York after living there for almost two years and since then my to-do list has been this:
1.) Find a JOB.
2.) Be happier than I was in New York.
I am proud to say I accomplished these personal goals, but they’re still kinda lame. They’re lame because they aren’t specific. I was so focused on drafting what I wanted the next chapter of my life to be that I forgot to put pen to paper and start to write the actual story. If you read my guest post at Canadian Budget Binder (which you should, if you haven’t already) you already know that I went to private school for middle/high (we called it “upper school”, how Harry Potter of us.)
My first experience with setting personal goals
One of the first classes I took in sixth grade was “Goal Setting”. Seriously, sixth period I went to a class called “Goal Setting”. I was twelve.
The teacher, Mr. Gelfand was a hunky ex-fireman from New York. He was funny and spent half of the time goofing off. I remember him lecturing maybe three times the whole term, and the rest of the time was spent cracking jokes while we filled out worksheets on our goals and feelings. Although I doubt the class merited a full semester (1 hour a day, five days a week for twelve weeks) it is actually a useful skill and mentality that was probably lost on my pre-teen brain. I think the only goals I had at the time were trying not to get my period until seventh grade and spending less time on AIM. Still, Mr. Gelfand taught us all a great thing: a goal doesn’t become real until you write it down. Kinda like relationships not being real until you put them on facebook. You have to acknowledge that shit.
“You can’t get anywhere without a map–goals are the map.” He’d said. I haven’t set any goals lately, and subsequently I haven’t been handling my finances (or my life….) as well as I normally do.
So here are my personal goals for August, and if you’re feeling curious you can check my “Goals” page for details and progress on some of my “bigger picture” financial goals for the year.
Goals for August
1.) Run 5x per week.
2.) Get my self hosted website up and running- This was supposed to happen today-I even set up a cute graphic and tweeted “pardon my dust” like a nerd, but because I haven’t owned my domain for sixty days I can’t transfer it to my hosting service until August 12th. Look for some downtime/shiny new website next week.
3.) Keep expenses under 1000.0o for the month-I’m pretty sure this got shot-to-shit today when I had to take Murray to the Vet. He’s feeling better, but my wallet is hungry and sad. Dogs are expensive- you know this, I know this, but I just wanted to complain about it here.
4.) Get health insurance- Yeah, this another thing I haven’t been so great about, but hopefully I will have it soon!
5.) Have 10 No Spend Days-While I was partying like a rockstar in NYC my friend, Jordan, who is all kinds of awesome looks at me with her trademark eyebrow up in the air and says “So…that no spend challenge…..it didn’t go so well.” Ha. No. It definitely didn’t, but I’m taking baby steps. 10 NSD’s is a lofty goal, 1/3 of the month actually, but I feel confident I can do it.
6.) Have 175 Twitter followers and 50 facebook likes- The facebook page is lame, I know it is, but hopefully I will have more info to put on it once the actual self-hosted site is live and I discontinue publicizing new posts on my personal facebook site. In the meantime if you could like me I would really appreciate it. I promise not to spam you with updates and invitations. Even though stats for my site have slowed a bit this week I am encouraged because most days when I post I get 4-5 new twitter followers which, I’m not kidding, lights up my life.
That’s all! Happy Hump Day!
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