2011 Goal Update (August)

This is my eighth monthly report on how I’m doing with my goals for 2011:

  • Read the Book of Mormon again. I’m still behind, but I’m making serious progress towards getting back on track.
  • Earn as much from my side business as I was earning from my day job. If you didn’t notice, the economy took a tank this month. Fortunately my earnings didn’t plummet, but they didn’t go up either. I’m no longer on track to hit this goal.
  • Build a dining room table. Build a piano keyboard desk. Build something. Still nothing.
  • Launch twelve new websites. I added significant new functionality to the Fake Name Generator. I’ve made it possible to log in and save your names, track your orders, and things like that. I also created 32-bit or 64-bit, which lets you easily determine if you are running a 32-bit or 64-bit OS.

I’ve also been working on a few goals that I didn’t originally blog about:

  • Max out my 401k and Roth IRA contributions. The 401k is maxed out. Yay! The stock market dropped. Boo!
  • Start an email newsletter. I’ve been planning on doing a dating tips newsletter to go along with The Awkward Turtle site, but I have a new site in mind that I’m pretty excited about and would work well with a newsletter, so maybe I’ll do that instead.
  • Create a game for mobile phones. Haven’t put any time into this yet. Maybe will be working on something with my brother.

Goals I’ve accomplished this year:

  • Quit my day job. I’m basically retired. I play with my daughter, work on hobbies, and sleep all day. Its a pretty good life.
  • Become a dad. I’m a dad! Yay! My daughter Anna was born in late May.
  • Publish my first book. I’ve published my first book (paperback, Kindle, and Nook). Took me a couple years, and I already found 2 typos (grr!) fixed the typos, but at least it is finally in print.
  • Paid my taxes. I make money from a lot of places which makes my taxes really complicated, so getting this finished was awesome. I also started paying quarterly taxes because my self-employed income has gotten pretty high. It is uber painful to write a big check every couple months to the IRS, but oh well, that is the cost of making money..
  • Get out of debt. We’ve paid off the last of Becca’s student loans which means we are now debt free! Yay!

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