I’m a big fan of goal setting, and every year in January, I sit down and set five or six goals. These goals set the direction and tone of my year, and I take achieving them pretty seriously.
This year is no different, so let’s take a look at where I’m at with my goals for the year.
Accumulate $14,000 in My Retirement Fund
Saved: $9,810 (70%) Left To Go: $4,190 (30%)
$14,000 might seem like an arbitrary number for a retirement account, but it’s double the balance from January 2015. I wasn’t sure I could achieve this goal when I set it because my husband spent a few months unemployed this Spring and retirement contributions weren’t a sure thing.
Right now, I’m projecting to end the year with $13,949 in this account because the stock market has not been kind to me. I’ll have to use some freelance income to make up the difference, but I’m confident I’ll make this goal.
Save $5,000 in My “Future” Fund
Saved: $3,440 (69%) Left to Go: $1,560 (31%)
I’m on track for this goal, and I’m confident in my ability to achieve it. In fact, I’m pretty certain I’m going to overshoot it by a long shot, depending on how some windfall money I’m expecting works out. This money will either go towards a house down payment or replacing our car, whichever comes first.
Professional Development Goals
Become Hubspot Certified
Status: I’ve studied all of the materials, and now I just need to find 90 minutes of peace and quiet to take the test. I use Hubspot in my day job, so I feel confident I’ll pass the test.
Renew My Google Analytics Certification
Status: Once I get my Hubspot test out of the way, I’ll renew my Google Analytics certification. I already studied the material once, so this will be a review and shouldn’t take too much time to accomplish.
Get Google Adwords Certified
Status: This one will take a little more time, and I plan on tackling it in the fall.
Take Three Ladies Learning Code Workshops
Status: I attended two awesome LLC workshops this Spring, but there hasn’t been another one scheduled in my area yet. I like learning more about the back ends of websites, so I’m hoping another one is scheduled in my area soon.
Side Hustle Goals
Find An Additional Source of Side Hustle Income
Status: I threw around a lot of ideas for this one. I thought of getting completely out of the online world by offering dog walking (my speciality is troubled dogs), just to mix it up and try something different. People comment daily on how well behaved my dog is, and she used to be a bit of a hot mess. But dog walking would be a huge time commitment on top of my full-time job and freelancing, so I let that go.
In the end, I settled on designing two content packs to help you guys out on your debt repayment and saving journeys. They will contain everything I used to get out of debt and save money including my spreadsheets, checklists, goal setting guides and monthly check-in worksheets. If you love the idea or hate it, shoot me an email with your feedback. If you love the idea and want to be the first to hear when I release it, you can sign up for my newsletter.
All in all, I think I’m making good progress on my goals this year. I need to get my butt in gear with my professional development goals, but I should get them accomplished by year’s end. I also need to find time to work on my side hustle goal since I’d like to get that up and running by the end of the year.
How are your goals progressing this year? I want to now!