It has been FOR. EV. ER. since I have done a goals check in. But I am giving myself some leeway with all driving across the country, flying over an ocean, and squatting at two separate residences. It's been a couple hectic months around here. I am kind of excited to see where I stand.
1. Increase emergency fund to $13,000.00
This goal has lotsa splainin' to do. Bear with me.
Okay, so some of you may not know this about me, but I used to have a blog called Debt Free by Thirty where I chronicled my journey to get out $15,000 worth of consumer debt. I gave myself a year and a half to accomplish this, and with a lot of hard work and encouragement from the personal finance blogging community, I got rid of that debt within a year. YAY!
All right, with that little explanation, I might as well share with you that personal finance is near and dear to my heart and I 100% believe about living within your means and preparing for the future. But I also believe in enjoying life in the moment too. It's all about balance, which I have finally realized is the key.
So as for goal numero uno, I have completely smashed up this goal and then some. When I made this list in November of last year, I had no idea we would be moving to Hawaii. Wasn't even on my radar. So I didn't think that we would have to sell our house.
Before the sell of our house I was actually I only a couple hundred dollars away from our 2012 goal. But with the profits from the sell we are now sitting on a fully completed and ultimate goal emergency fund of $25,000+. We even started another account for our future house fund that will probably be part of next year's goal list.
With ALL that said, this goal is officially complete.
2. Save $3000 for a geek-tastic vacation to the Wizarding world of Harry Potter
This is done and done!
Such a fun little book I got for Christmas last year. This was going so well, until the move and I still haven't found it. Dang it, if I didn't forget to take this with me in the move. Not sure if I will try to complete it when I find it back or just leave it blank. It could always be a reminder of our move I suppose.
As for our furniture and household goods journey, they had a longer trip then we did. From Pennsylvania they headed south to Florida. From there they got put on a shipping crate where it went all the way to the tip of South America, near Patagonia (My dream destination BTW. Is it weird that I am jealous of my furniture?) Then back up to Hawaii.
4. Save $4000 in a Roth IRA
This goal is right on track to be completed at the end of the year.
5. Run 5 miles a week
I started off really great with this one, but in May I gave myself a stress fracture and hadn't run up until last month. Even though I have missed quite a bit of the year because of injury and moving, I am still really proud of myself on this one. And since we live where the weather is pretty cooperative I see myself continuing to run throughout the end of the year.
6. Watch ten classic films I have never seen
This goal I thought would be the one I finished the fastest. Not true. I have only watched two classics so far, One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest and Gentlemen Prefer Blondes. I need to get on this!!
7. Read 30 books
I am way behind on this one as well. I have only read eight books which is somewhat of a travesty. This goal will probably not even be attainable at this point, BUT I am still going to read as much as I can before the end of the year. You can see my reading list here.
8. Make 24 handwritten letters to family and friends
This is going really well and I have enjoyed this immensely. When I made this goal I also had no idea my husband was going to be gone for an entire year and then some. So it has worked out with him getting the bulk of my handwritten letters, but it's been nice getting in touch with family and friends too.
9. Research and save for an awesome camera
Done and done. I found my Nikon D3000 with an additional lens for $450 on Craigslist.
10. Make a thousand origami cranes
I have about 500 of these made. So, again, I am a bit behind. This might actually have to bleed into 2013. We'll see how the rest of the year plans out. I am definitely going to complete this project, it's just a matter of when.
11. Go to a concert
Man, the more I think about moving to Hawaii has really put a damper on a lot of my goals. Not a ton of concerts headed out thisaway, but instead of a concert I am going to see Cirque Du Soleil's Quidam this week. I am actually uber excited to see this. Love the Cirque!
12. Start a treat yo self fund!
Inspired by Parks and Recreation (Yay, it's back on TV) Treat Yo Self 2011. So I have been treating myself. We bought a new bedroom set and new living room furniture. Consider me treated out for 2012. Although mimosas and fine leather goods don't sound too bad either.
Okay, so this year is almost 50/50 but I still got some time to work on it. Not that I am making any excuses or anything, but I was homeless for two months this year and we made a pretty big move. I am still pretty proud of myself in my goals department.