2011 Goal Update (September)

This is my ninth 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. The difficulty is that I’ve started a Book of Mormon class which has me reading the Book of Mormon from the beginning.
  • Earn as much from my side business as I was earning from my day job. The beginning of the month was pretty depressing. Earnings were way down. The end of the month has shown an incredible turn around, culminating with my highest earning day ever. I’m very close to being back on track, which is awesome after falling way behind last month.
  • Build a dining room table. Build a piano keyboard desk. Build something. Still nothing.
  • Launch twelve new websites. I’m on a quest to put all my dormant domains to use. This month I took namegenerator.in, which I’ve had for quite a few months, and finally put something up on it. I’m very satisfied with the outcome. Check it out at namegenerator.in.

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

  • 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. 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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