2011 Goal Update (October)

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

  • Read the Book of Mormon again. I’ve abandoned this goal because I’ve started taking a Book of Mormon class.
  • Earn as much from my side business as I was earning from my day job. October was another awesome month. Earnings are way up, and I’ve exceeded my October and November and December goals, which means I’ve met this goal! I’m now earning as much from my side business (which is now my only source of income) as I was earning from my day job before I resigned back in July. I’ve increased my home business income by over 30% since July and I’m very excited to take some time next year to branch out into new revenue streams.
  • Build a dining room table. Build a piano keyboard desk. Build something. Still nothing and I’m running out of time.
  • Launch twelve new websites. I’ve been wanting a recipe site for quite awhile now. I started a small recipe blog called Recipe Kabob. Still needs work (it will always need work) but I’m happy with the progress I’ve made.

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

  • Start an email newsletter. I don’t think this is going to happen.
  • Create a game for mobile phones. I’d like to play around with making a game using HTML 5, canvas, JS, etc. Should be fun.

Goals I’ve accomplished this year:

  • Go back to college. I’ve enrolled in a distance learning program with BYU-Idaho.
  • Max out my 401k and Roth IRA contributions. The 401k and Roth IRAs are maxed out. Yay!
  • 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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