Sunday, April 30, 2017

2017 Goals (1st Quarter Update)

 2017 GOALS (1st Quarter Update)

Overall, whether the increases are big or small, the main goal is to keep move forward. I've been writing both annual and long-term goals since my early twenties. I can say with confidence that our family would not be were we are today without having accomplished the short term goals along the way. Sure, like everyone else, there were setbacks along the way.  But the goals have always helped us get back on track.  They keep us accountable and help ensure that we always progress.

2017 has been a great year so far.  Hope it has been the same for you and your family. With three full months behind us, below is where we stand with our goals as of March 31, 2017:

1.  Earn $3,550 in dividend income.

  • 1st quarter: $818.70
2.  Increase projected annual dividend income to $3,750.

  • 1st quarter: $3,133 
3.  Bring value of dividend stocks accounts to $90,000 total.

  • 1st quarter: $75,045.81

4.  Write at least 100 posts (8.33 posts/month).

  • 1st quarter: 22 posts
5   Reach 575,000 total hits by end of the year.

  • 1st quarter: 484,861 hits
6.  Reach 1,800 Twitter followers by end of the year.

  • 1st quarter: 1,631 followers
7.  Reach 400 all-time earnings from Google AdSense.

  • 1st quarter: $294.28

8.  Increase value of retirement accounts to $500,000.

  • 1st quarter: $468,092
9.  Increase Net Worth to $675,000 (excluding home equity).

  • 1st quarter: $647,754
10.Reduce mortgage balance to $270,000.

  • 1st quarter: $285,424

11.  Try out 12 "new" restaurants/dessert place.

  • 1st quarter: $5 new restaurants
12.  Go on 26 "new" hikes (1 every other week).

  • 1st quarter: 15 new hikes completed

13.  Visit 3 new parks.

  • 1st quarter: 1 new park visited

14.  Volunteer for two project/event (ex. beach clean up, clear hiking trail, race event, serve food, etc.)

  • 1st quarter: 0 volunteer project/event completed

15.  Get kids outside more - A total of 52 activities (run, walk, hike, etc.) as a family, with a minimum of 1 mile and 30 minutes each.

  • 1st quarter: 8 activities completed

Below is a landing page for our 2017 goals (with quarterly updates provided).  Please feel free to follow along and see our progress!!


  1. Fantastic loves the breakdowns. Seems you set your goals to low haha. You will hit them all. That traffic on your site is fantastic and great adsense revenue as well. Love you non financial goals. The hike one is awesome. I love going on hikes with the dog it's one of my favorite things to do. Keep it up

    1. Thank you. Glad you like the separate categories. Thanks to everyone of you, our blog has seen an uptick in traffic this year! As for hiking, that has easily become my favorite pastime so that goal will be my pleasure to complete.

      Thanks for stopping by and commenting. AFFJ


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  2. AFFJ -

    Seems like you, in fact, are having one HELLUVA year! Crushing through all those goals! Love that you are knocking out a big portion of that mortgage this year. Congrats thus far and push yourself further this quarter!


    1. Thanks Lanny. The mortgage is something I really want to knock out but with the APR at 2.875%, we've decided to instead build the retirement and dividend stocks account.

      Regards. AFFJ

  3. Some fantastic goals here. I really hope you can reach them. Looks like you're well on your way!

    1. Thank you BHL. Some decent progress in the first quarter but we still have a lot of work to do befor the end of the year. Thanks for the vote of confidence!

      Best wishes and success on your journey as well! AFFJ