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2014 Goals

New Year's GoalsAfter almost finishing the first full week of 2014, it’s time to look back and see how well I accomplished my goals for 2013 and what I hope to achieve in 2014. If you don’t have goals, you are very likely to find yourself at the end of the year wondering where the time went and how you really managed to do nothing you’d hoped. By putting your goals in writing and sharing, you are much more likely to achieve them. Even if you don’t at least you tried, and there is always room to do better in the future.

Look Back at 2013 Goals

Sell My Business– It almost didn’t happen. Literally 30 minutes before closing, I was sick of all the last minute back and forth, and wanted to pull the deal. My buyer is a chronic procrastinator, and came up with all kinds of things he questioned very late in the game. He sometimes reads my blog, so I want him to know I still want to wring his neck for going down to the wire, but in the end we both wanted the same thing, so we were able to compromise and work out our issues. Sold on December 23rd. How’s that for last minute!

Pay Off Student Loans– Done April 2013

Monetize This Blog and Complete a Redesign– I am hesitant to reveal total blog income, but 2013 brought me a little under the five figure mark. Since I am still not sure what I am doing on some days, I am very happy with this. Redesign was completed in October 2013.

Take a Two Week Vacation– Done July 2013

Take Time Every Day to Remember How Lucky I Am– I can’t say for sure if I did this every day, but I did it quite a bit.

This might have been the first year that I’ve ever completed all of my goals. I think the key was to have some big ones, but not too many.

Goals for 2014

1)Set Up a Solo 401k and contribute at least 25% of my income

2)Max out contributions to our family HSA plan

3)Run a half marathon

4)Contribute at least 5% of my income to charity, divided monthly, choosing a different cause each month. I picked Pauline’s school project for my January donation. She is trying to better the education and opportunities for school children, especially girls, who live in her new hometown in Guatemala. I would be nowhere without education, so this is a cause I fully support.

5)Increase blog income by 50%. Give up one of my contract jobs if I hit or surpass this mark. This one is a stretch, but it reach for the stars, right?

6)Continue to Remember How Lucky I am and, stealing from Sam at Financial Samurai, Smile More

How did you do with 2013, and how do you hope to improve this year?




About Kim Parr

Kim Parr is a private practice optometrist, freelance writer, and personal financial blogger. You can follow her journey to 20/20 financial vision at Eyes on the Dollar.


  1. Sounds like our blog income from last year was pretty similar. I actually had a goal of doubling my blog income, so I think I am the crazy one! Half-marathon is a great goal. Not sure I would do it again (I did one a couple Summers ago), but I definitely can applaud anyone who pursues it.

  2. Nice! Great job on your blog income! I hope to increase mine this year as well but it’s hard because, like you, I don’t always “know what I’m doing” and all that. Haha!

  3. I like goal #4 for the coming year, it would be cool to track that on the blog and encourage others to do the same!

  4. Great job! I wish I could say I completed all my 2013 goals, but I still haven’t rolled over that pesky pension. And unfortunately one of my 2013 goals was to get a full time job and yes, I achieved that, but then I got laid off. Doh! So I’m not sure if that counts.

  5. Nice job achieving all your goals this year! I sold my property on December 28th 2013 and it was really draining so I am glad it turned out ok for you too. Once again, thank you so much for your generous donation.

  6. Nice work Kim! I love #1 and the plan to max it out. That’s one of our big goals for this year with our SEPs. Nicole really wants to run a half marathon as well, she was going to this year but it conflicted with something else. I’ll be sharing my goals next week, so I leave it at that. 🙂

  7. Great job on your goals, both last year and this year, Kim! Awesome work on your blog income too! Our main goal, of course, is to kick that debt to the curb. The spending decreases we’ve put into place this year are working well so far, so we’re hoping we’ll be able to pay off a lot more debt this year.

  8. Good goals Kim and nice work on 2013! I will be sharing my goals for this year next week like John. My main goal is to earn more and buy a new house. The house is a big one, so I am focusing on that right now. Then I will be off to the races for increasing income!

  9. Not knowing what you’re doing but earning close to 5 figures is pretty awesome. I definitely need to post more consistently like you do. My goal for this year is to buy a place like Grayson…but we’ve hit a few snags.

  10. I started a jar this year where I write down what good thing happened that day and then at the end of the year I can pull out the little pieces of paper and read them. I bought the jar last year but never followed through with that task. Good luck with the rest of your goals. What did you decide on the 1/2? Today is my longest run before the taper. Eeek!

  11. Selling a business is always hard but it sounds like you got a nice Christmas present with the sale completed! 🙂 I love how you’re incorporating giving back and gratitude into your life. It’s really made a huge difference my life.

  12. Kim 2013 was a good year for us. i got one main goal and its to get healthy.

  13. Great job this year! I don’t even remember my original goals for 2013 (shows how important they must have been!), but I’m optimistic about 2014. Hopefully it will be a great year for all of us.

  14. Great job on getting your goals. I really like how you and Pauline are trying to mix income with charity work, plus I’m a big fan of ladies supporting young women in education so keep it up! 🙂 I’m sure you can increase your blog income over 2014.

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