100_3968I set some lofty goals this year that, in all honesty, I am not sure that we can accomplish.  However, I like to set the bar high because even if I don’t accomplish ALL of the goals, at least I have achieved more than if I had not stretched myself.

Also, these goals can’t be completed in a month or two.  Most of them will require all of 2013 to complete.

Here is how we did meeting our goals in January.


Save $3,300 for children to go to Japanese summer school by June 20th:  No progress.  While I have been making extra money, we have a long list of bills waiting to be paid including registration deposits for next school year, medical expenses, nearly $2,000 worth of car repairs needed including new tires, spark plugs changed, new brakes and brake fluid.  Thus far all of my extra money has gone to chipping away at these expenses.

Save $7,000 for girls to go to Japanese school in the fall by September 1st:  No progress.  Of all my goals, this is the one I most worry that we won’t be able to accomplish.

Pay off my student loan:  On target.  The current balance is approximately $3,950 .  Since my husband’s student loans are currently in deferment, I am only paying the accruing interest on those and the rest of what would be the remaining payment I am applying to my student loan.

Reduce our credit card balance to $5,000 (current balance is approximately $12,890):  No progress.  This goal has changed a bit.  Another credit card that I was not using and had a zero balance offered 0% interest on balance transfers.  I transferred the entire balance on this card because the card the balance was on was at 9.99% interest.   I had a fee of $384 for the transfer, so my balance has actually gone up.  The 0% APR expires in March, 2014, so I would like to have this paid off by then.

Maintain an emergency fund of $3,000:  Accomplished this month.

Complete our wills:  No progress.

Apply for another life insurance policy.  No progress.

Make several necessary car repairs (to the tune of $2,000 or so dollars):  No progress.


Read 24 books this year.  On target.  I am enjoying reading again so much!  This month I have read 4 books, but I have only written a review about one so far, Eat, Pray, Love.

Watch 24 movies this year. On target.  We watched two movies this month, but I have only reviewed one so far, The First Grader.

Lose 20% of my current body weight:  On target.  This month I lost an additional 4.4% of my body weight, so I only have 15.5% more to go!

Exercise at least 3 times a week:  On target.  However, now that I have lost so much weight, I think I need to also do some toning exercises.

Continue to follow my diet and heal my leaky gut.  On target.


Increase my freelance income by 50% over 2012:  No progress.  This month I earned exactly what I need to earn monthly to make what I made last year.

Check e-mail no more than 4 times a day:  No progress.  I am still failing miserably at this.  Those of you who are disciplined and only check e-mail a few times a day, what is your secret?

Treat my blog like a business:  On target.  I have been commenting more, but I still need to work on the behind the scenes work. (I blog because I enjoy it, but I do want to get more disciplined about my writing on this blog.  I also want to grow the number of visitors who come every month.)  To do this, I plan to do some behind the scenes work such as cleaning up old blog posts, making them more Pinterest friendly, replacing bad pictures, and fixing dead links.  I also plan to comment more on other blogs and reach out more to other bloggers.

Stick to a regular blog schedule:  On target.

Do you set goals?  If so, how are you doing on yours?

I shared this post at Money Saving Mom.

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