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Wow. It’s been a little over 2 months since I last posted. And in just a few days, 2017 will be in the books.
This is actually one of my favorite times of the year – the week between Christmas and New Year. This is the time I use to reflect back on how I did for the year and come up with goals and a plan to absolutely crush the next year.
Let’s take a look at how I did with my 2017 goals.
1. Get down to a healthy weight of 180 lbs by the end of 2017
As of this morning, I weighed in at 193 lbs.
So I lost 10 pounds and not the 23 pounds I had originally set out to do. But I am totally okay with that.
When I set this goal the the beginning of 2017, I actually had a few health scares in 2016 and was hoping to improve my health by losing some weight. However, despite my losing weight, I was still not feeling any healthier – if anything, I was feeling moodier and more lethargic.
Due to another health scare in June, I decided to revisit my goals and make some adjustments. I decided to shift my goal of losing weight to just getting healthy. So instead of focusing on losing weight (which consisted mainly of starving myself and working out constantly), I shifted my focus to sleeping more, eating right, and staying active.
While I did not meet my weight goal, I actually feel healthier now and feel so much better than I have felt in the past 2 years.
2. Read 4 books this year
As of right now, I am short of my goal by just one book. However, I am on my fourth book now so I just might be able to make this one.
This was actually one of the goals that I thought I needed to scrap completely when I was looking for time to focus on my health, but I am glad I managed to find some time to read on a daily basis – even if it is only for a few minutes on certain days.
3. Add 2 investment properties to the portfolio
I fell a bit short on this goal. Instead of picking up 2 investment properties, I only acquired one.
At the end of Q3, I was hoping to purchase the first property by the end of this year (which I did) and pick up the second one by the first half of 2018.
However, given my experience with the first one (will definitely have a few posts about it next year), I may actually hold off on getting the second one for a bit.
I want to take some time to see how the first property does and reflect on the lessons learned so I can figure out how to approach my next investment property.
4. Grow Penny Wise Dollar Wiser
I went against the rules when I set this goal. It is hard to say if I actually met this goal or not since I wasn’t specific about how I was hoping to grow PWDW this year or how I would even measure my progress.
However, I am happy with what I have accomplished with the site since launching it in February. After numerous reworks and redesigns, I am content with the blog layout and overall design for now.
I am actually super excited with what’s the come next year. Though I didn’t get a chance to properly recap my experience from FinCon 2017, I must say it completely surpassed my expectations and totally blew me away. I met so many amazing people there and made several new friends. FinCon was actually what caused my 2 month hiatus from the site as I left FinCon with so many great ideas for PWDW (more details to come on a later post) and I needed to take some time to get reorganized and prepare for it.
How was your 2017? Did you accomplish everything you were hoping to this year?