2011 is almost over, can you believe it? The year practically flew by because we were so busy with work, blog, and baby RB40. This last quarter has been tough on the 2011 New Year’s resolutions – here is the recap.
2011 Financial Goal – The only financial goal this year was to acquire a 4-plex rental property. It took 7 months, but we finally got it done in September. The 4-plex was a short sale and had some deferred maintenance. Over the past few months, we have been fixing the place up and I’m quite sure we’ll turn the corner soon. You can read about all the gory details here – 4-plex first 3 months report. Grade: A
The rest of the resolutions
Transfer to a new position – Fail. My excuse is that I was too busy this year and the economy shut down hiring, but the truth is I didn’t try hard enough. I really need to work on this in 2012. Grade: F
Stay Alive in 2011 – Woohoo! I almost made it! Only a few days left until the end of the year and barring any falling meteors, I should be fine. The gym at work has been closed down for remodeling since November 1st so I haven’t worked out much. I’ve been taking walks instead, but I really miss going to the gym and I can’t wait until it opens up again. At least my weight remained stable during this period. I lived a pretty healthy lifestyle this year and I’m quite happy with being alive. Grade: A+
No New Electronics (unless it is a replacement) – Fail! This resolution was too difficult to keep. I guess I am an electronics junkie after all. We got a new fan, cell phone, space heater, electric toothbrushes, laptop, and more. I have no excuse for this behavior. 🙁 Grade: big fat F
- Post 3 times per week – mission accomplished!
- Participate in blog Carnival once a month – Fail. I gave up on this as I needed the weekend to rest.
- Monetize Retire By 40 – Excellent here! If you’ve been following our monthly cash flow updates, you can see that Retire By 40 is doing quite well.
- Blog Grade: B+ I’m very happy overall and will set new goals for 2012.
All in all, I think I’m pretty happy with the results. The #1 goal of staying alive went off without a hitch and it’s all that really counts. I can always work on the other goals in 2012. I’ll skip the no new electronics resolution though since I’m not strong enough to resist. 😉
How did you do on your 2011 resolutions? I’ll need to sit down and think about 2012 and see what goals I can set. Have you set your goals for 2012?
For 2018, Joe plans to diversify his passive income by investing in US heartland real estate through RealtyShares. He has 3 rental units in Portland and he believes the local market is getting overpriced.
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