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November 2012 Goals

Time usually flies, but it seems like October was a long month. Maybe it was waiting for a renter or the buildup to Halloween. I think the next two months are going to fly. Then, holy guacamole, I will have sold my business and moved on to the next phase of my life. Wow, I have lots to do. I don’t know if I remember my goals, but let’s look back and see how I did.

Blog Goals

1. Publish content at least four times a week. Pass I think I can stick to this schedule without much trouble. I’ll just make this a given, not a goal. New goal will be to do at least one guest post or blog swap a month. If anyone has been dying to have one from yours truly, this is your time to speak up.

2.Comment on at least five blogs each day, with three new ones per week.PASS. Some days are harder than others, and we will be traveling at Thanksgiving, but I think this should be easy to maintain.

3.Learn at least one new thing on WordPress per week.PASS. This week I added a contact box. I still have lots to learn.

4.Get more stuff on Facebook and Google Plus. FAIL. Did nothing. I think November will be my Facebook month. I have 6 pitiful likes. I am going to make it a goal to have 25 by the end of the month. If you want to help me achieve this goal, you can like me right now! I did surpass my goal of 200 Twitter followers. I’m up to 307. Let’s shoot for 400 next month.

5.A new goal for October was to break 200,000 on Alexa. Pass. I have some great blogger friends who visit and helped me achieve this goal. Right now, I am at 123,334.  I am not sure where to go with this for now, 100,000? Does it really matter? With the giveaway I’m participating in (you can still enter) I’ve seen my RSS subscribers increase by over 100 to 143 as of this writing. I hope they don’t unsubscribe after the giveaway. Let’s set next month’s goal at getting  to 160 subscribers, and I promise to put out good content to keep you reading. From October 8-November 8, I had 6,279 pageviews. I don’t know what a good number would be, but let’s just hope it grows for next month.

Financial Goals

1.Write a budget and stick to it. Almost. I am working on one with Jacob at I Heart Budgets. I was going to submit anonymously, but decided to put it all our there, so be looking for it soon. I am still  playing the grocery game on Canadian Budget Binder.  For the first time ever, I was under my $350 grocery budget this month. I give all the credit to Mr. CBB. If you are struggling with something, there seems to always be a selfless blogger to help you out. I am going to be really ambitious this month and set the grocery, household, and dog food budget at $350. Previously, I only included the groceries. This may be setting myself up to fail, but I already did my cooking for the month, thanks to Mandy at Money Master Mom and her brilliant plan. You will be hearing more about that soon.

2.Add at least $2000 to our emergency/liquid savings account. Fail. We are trying to get our liquid savings back up to $15,000. Our fund got depleted with rental renovations.This one really isn’t my fault. I am blaming the government. My government contract always seems to get held up in October at the end of their fiscal year. I usually get paid about a week into a new month for the previous month’s work, but I have not been paid yet for September or October. Word is it should be coming any day now, and I should be able to put at least $4000 into savings as soon as I get paid. Do you think I can end my fiscal year in April and use that as an excuse  to not pay taxes?

3.Limit fountain soda to five per week. Almost. I’m close, but think I went over. If I can’t remember, I guess it’s a fail. This is just going to be my personal indulgence.

4. New goal. Max out my IRA before the end of the year. With selling my business, I don’t think we will qualify for Roth’s this year, so I am on track to max my IRA at work. It is already set on auto pilot, so unless some major catastrophe occurs, this should happen.

5. New goal. Finish Christmas shopping in November and try to buy everything with rewards points. We have over $1000 in rewards cash back and gift cards, so this should be no problem. We should also be able to pay for a big chunk of our holiday travels with this money.

 

Life Goals

1.Eat five servings of fruits and vegetables at least five days per week. Pass. Much easier this month. Ongoing goal.

2.Eat out once, either sit down or take out. Pass. We did Subway once this month when I had a meeting. With my freezer meals, we shouldn’t feel the need to eat out this month except when we travel for Thanksgiving. I’m going to sell some stuff on ebay to pay for eating out while we’re out of town.

3.Let my daughter pick one fun thing to do on the weekends. Pass. We went swimming, to the park a few times, had a playdate, carved pumpkins, and went to the Halloween parade.

4. New goal for this month was to add one extra hour of exercise per week. Pass I worked out seven days a week, except for one day. I had to go from work to a reception for my friend, who just got a novel published, to parent/teacher conferences. I just didn’t have any more energy, but 30 out of 31 days is pretty good. I’ll try to continue this, and my new goal is to not gain any weight through Thanksgiving.

5.New goal. Read a book this month. I read two last month after a few month’s hiatus. I need to something other than online things with my free time. I can also read while working out, so that’s a double bonus.!

I did pretty good with everything except financial goals. I’m not sure what that says for my attempt at being a personal finance blogger. Maybe that you can learn from my shortcomings?

How did you do this month?

 

 

 

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.

33 comments

  1. Looking GOOOOD Kim! It’s great to hear how the PF community helps each other out. Good work on the stats
    Savvy Scot recently posted..Have You Thought About Dying?My Profile

  2. Nice goals! My email subscribers increased as well, and I am over 200 likes on facebook which was my goal with my most recent giveaway. I expect about 1/3 to drop off once the giveaway is over, but that’s okay! You still gain some exposure to some new people and some will stick.

    Best of luck on getting under 100k on Alexa, I am sooo close. I’m a bit surprised since I don’t do any carnivals.
    DC @ Young Adult Money recently posted..5 things that are more important than moneyMy Profile

    • Carnivals are just something I always forget. They are really easy, but I just can’t get it done. I should put that in my goals. I bet you break 100K in the next couple of weeks.

  3. Mandy - Money Master Mom

    haha I love that drinking fountain only 5 times a week is in your financial goals :) Thanks for the mention, we’re currently working on other forms of freezer cooking including a man cook, and a couple cook. We’ll see how these approaches work out!

    My big goals is a blog redesign, but I’m not sure if I should use thesis or Genesis, so I’m kind of stuck there. I’m starting to feel like it’s debating Honda or Toyota, they’re both pretty quality rides!

    I’d love to swap blogs sometime. Let’s work something out!
    Mandy – Money Master Mom recently posted..Slaying the Grocery Bill DragonMy Profile

    • Those things add up, and I just can’t seem to quit. Maybe that’s why I dream about my teeth falling out! I will get in touch about the blog swap. I’d love to do one.

  4. Great job on the goals Kim! I am there with you on the social media. I am fine with Twitter, just starting to get more involved with FB. I have a page for Google Plus, but there’s only so much one can do right? :) We’ll see how I do for goals this month as I really did not have any for my first full month. Like Savvy Scot said, it’s always nice to see others in the PF community be so helpful.

    On a separate note, I’d love to have you guest post over at Frugal Rules. Just let me know when and we can go from there.
    John S @ Frugal Rules recently posted..Frugal Friday: Posts That Ruled This Week, the Election is Over Edition!My Profile

  5. Good job! I suck at Google plus and Facebook too, but not sure it is worth the extra trouble. There is an app on WordPress that will post automatically to your FB page when you publish a new post, if that helps.
    Pauline recently posted..Friday recap, plugged in, hammock hung!My Profile

  6. You killed it, Kim! I need to force myself to learn more about the blog as well, but I’m just not good with that stuff. I had to email Andrea about some W3 something or rather. I can do most things, but some of that back-end stuff is way over my head!

    I haven’t been setting monthly goals as of late; maybe that’s something I need to pick up?
    Jason @ WorkSaveLive recently posted..Go Green! Save Money!My Profile

  7. Great job on your goals!
    Michelle recently posted..Tips to Tackle Clutter Before ChristmasMy Profile

  8. I like how you split it up into categories, helps keep track of the different areas of your life. I have difficulty sticking to my commenting goals sometimes, but you always seem to see the return so I’m really making the effort to make it a priority!

    Have a great weekend!
    Brian recently posted..Considering a short term loanMy Profile

  9. I may need to borrow your soda goal. Sugary and bubbly are my kryptonite! One week into November, and I’m already overwhelmed with everything I wanted to accomplish in November!
    SWR recently posted..Our debt story, part 2: The post-college yearsMy Profile

  10. Looks like you met many of your goals this month, good job! Sadly, my only goal was to write 5 days a week because I don’t have much time for anything else.
    Veronica @ Pelican on Money recently posted..A Week of FirstsMy Profile

  11. Kim, I love how clearly and thoroughly you’ve defined your goals here. This is so inspiring. I can not wait to see how you progress with these. I am really neglecting a Facebook and guest posting and probably should get off my rear and initiate something, sigh.
    Jennifer Lynn @ Broke-Ass Mommy recently posted..Busy, Busy With a Focus Group and A Spattering of UpdatesMy Profile

  12. Wow Kim, I don’t even know where to begin you seem to be so in control of everything. Good to hear you are attempting to roll pets into your grocery budget and that Mandy and IHeart have helped out. Mandy is lovely, I’ve chatter to her many times. I’ve worked helping others using our personal budget and it is a lot of work but to see that you made a difference in someone’s life makes up for it. I can’t wait to see what this month brings for you. Keep up the great work. Cheers Mr.CBB
    Canadian Budget Binder recently posted..Make The Most Out Of Black Friday Deals Without Crossing the BorderMy Profile

    • Can you tell that I am a control freak! Honestly, I just barely get everything done, but it works somehow. Thanks for the kind words.

  13. You are doing awesome on your goals~! Great job!
    Holly@ClubThrifty recently posted..The VIP Club Roundup – 10th EditionMy Profile

  14. I’m also hoping that the new subscribers and likes don’t disappear post giveaway!
    I would say that you are doing fantastically on your goals, keep it up!
    Anne @ Unique Gifter recently posted..Engagement Gifts for Men – Part IIMy Profile

  15. Great job, Kim! The posting schedule is impressive. I struggle with 2 a week.
    Marissa @ Thirtysixmonths recently posted..What is the Fiscal Cliff and Why should Canada Care?My Profile

  16. Our budget goals are pretty boring – one of the reasons why I hardly ever write about it! I am impressed by your commenting goals. I know that I *should* comment more, but I find it hard to do daily. I usually go through giant bouts of massive commenting every few days.
    CF recently posted..Considering a short term loanMy Profile

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