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And just like that, another 3 months have gone by in 2017 and we are now in the final quarter of the year.
With just 3 more months to go, I hope to stay focused and end the year better than I started it.
At the beginning of the year, I came up with a few goals that I had hoped to accomplish this year. However, after my health scare in July, I had no choice but to adjust my 2017 goals slightly so I can focus on getting more rest and living a healthier lifestyle.
Adjustments to My Initial 2017 Goals
When I came up with my goals at the beginning of the year, it was with much careful thought and consideration.
So when it became clear that I would not be able to meet my initial goals, I wanted to be sure my adjusted ones weren’t too far off from the original ones.
Here are the goals I made at the beginning of the year, the adjustments I made, and how I am tracking against each one:
1. Get down to a healthy weight of 180 lbs by the end of 2017
I certainly had the right intentions with this one in trying to get back down to a healthy weight.
Unfortunately, I was too focused on losing weight instead of trying to live an overall healthy lifestyle. Between not sleeping much, days of starving myself, and exercising with very little fuel, I started to run out of steam and simply burnt out.
So while I do still intend to get back down to a healthy weight at some point, I am simply just trying to get healthy. I am now less focused on the weight I see on the scale and more focused on sleeping more, eating right, and exercising at least 4 times a week.
My new approach to health seems to be working as I definitely feel better now compared to the first half of 2017. And so I plan to continue my new regimen and healthy lifestyle.
Who knows? Maybe I will get lucky and manage to drop down to 180 pounds or under by the end of the year and somehow end up meeting my original goal.
2. Read 4 books this year
I strongly believe that investing the time to improve yourself by reading and educating yourself on different topics is one of the best things you can ever do for yourself.
Unfortunately, this was one of the goals I needed to scrap in order to make more time for me to exercise and sleep more.
Hopefully, I will be able to pick this goal back up in the next few weeks and just miss my original target by one book.
3. Add 2 investment properties to the portfolio
I was actually able to make a significant amount of progress on this one in the last 3 months.
I definitely plan to share what I have learned with you, but it will probably need to be written as a series of posts since I learned quite a bit.
For the purpose of tracking my progress though, I will say that I am getting closer to picking up my first investment property. I have finalized the type of real estate property that I want to purchase (single family house), which location (the Dallas/Fort-Worth area in Texas), the price range (under $200k), my purchase plan (conventional mortgage – I have already been pre-approved!) and the purchase method (the use of a turnkey company – I am already getting property listings to review).
Since I only have 3 months to meet this goal, I adjusted my goal to just picking up one investment property by the end of this year or the beginning of next and to pick up the second one by the first half of 2018.
I prefer not to rush through the process just to say I was able to meet this goal.
4. Grow Penny Wise Dollar Wiser
This blog remains a priority for me. And though I needed to take a step back and had to reduce my posting schedule (from twice a week to just twice a month), I did spend the last 3 months focused on redesigning the site and have it better organized.
For the rest of the year, I plan to learn more about how to grow traffic for Penny Wise Dollar Wiser and marketing using social media channels. I also plan to slowly increase my posting schedule again and hopefully be able to start posting at least once a week by the New Year with the plan to get back to posting at least twice a week at some point.
Lastly, I am super excited that FinCon 2017 (an annual financial conference and expo for personal finance bloggers) is just around the corner. In fact I will be flying down to Dallas to attend this conference in just 3 weeks time. Can’t wait to surround myself with like-minded people and learn from everyone.
I am very happy with the progress I made in the last 3 months – especially with my health.
Although my goals needed to change slightly, I believe they still put me in a good position going into next year and towards my long term plans and ambitions.
Are you still tracking your 2017 goals? If so, how are you doing so far?