It’s time for another update to our 2011 New Year’s resolutions. It had been a busy summer and we didn’t take a big trip or anything this year. It’s tough to go anywhere with a little baby since he needs so much attention and gear. We mostly stayed in town and enjoyed the long summer days. The weather has turned and it’s getting cold and rainy already. There are only 3 months left in 2011 and I need to step up some work to cross off the resolution list.
Financial Goal – Our only financial goal this year was to acquire another rental property. It took 7 months, but we finally did it. We acquired a 4plex in September. It was a short sale and had some deferred maintenance so we asked for a further price reduction of $25,000. That reduced our down payment enough to pay for roof maintenance, crawl space repair, and to have a bit of reserve. We won’t have positive cash flow for a few months, but I think 2012 will be more normal. You can read more about our 4plex investment here. Grade: A
The rest of the resolutions
Transfer to a new position – I don’t know if I’ll be able to complete this goal. The economy has gotten worse and external hiring is frozen again. An internal transfer is still an option, but that is also much more difficult than earlier this year. Grade: Incomplete
Stay Alive in 2011 – This goal is about what I can do to be as healthy as possible. Since I went back to work from my 3 month sabbatical, I’ve been going to the gym 4-5 times a week. My energy level is much lower than before we had baby RB40 though and I am always exhausted. I can only do 30 minutes on the elliptical machine and then a few dumbbell exercises. I joined the yoga class twice a week and that really helped me relax and improved my flexibility. My eating habits are not too bad. I usually bring lunch and that’s probably the best thing I can do to keep my diet balanced. Grade: B+
No New Electronics (unless it is a replacement) – I stopped keeping track, but I don’t think we purchased too many new electronics. We got new electric Oral-B toothbrushes and I loved mine! My teeth feel much cleaner than when I used my old toothbrush. I think that was the only electronic gadget we got in the past 3 months and it is a replacement. I want a new laptop though so the good grade won’t last. Oh yeah, a few electronic toys for baby RB40 made their way into our household. His saucer has a farm animal noise maker and his mat has a melody thing the needed batteries. Oh well… Grade: B-
Blog Goals – My blog goals were…
- Post 3 times per week – It was a lot of work, but I was able to post 3-4 times per week. Some weeks are more difficult than others, but we just have to push on.
- Participate in blog Carnival once a month – This dropped by the way side. I have way too many things to do. I probably should hire someone to help with this.
- Monetize Retire By 40 – Things are going well on this front. We got our first check from Google and in September, we made $94 from Google. It would be great to cross the $100 threshold every month and receive a regular check from Google.
- Blog Grade: A- due to dropping the ball on the carnivals.
All in all, things are going quite well except the transfer to a new job goal. I have serious doubts that I will be able to complete that goal. What about you? How are you doing with your 2011 resolutions? There are only 3 months left so we need to keep up the good work and make a big push to finish the incomplete goals.