2013 Resolutions Progress Report

I do one of these progress reports every two months. I can’t believe it’s already July and I’m due for my third report! It was an overall slow two months. Writing this report really motivated me to get more serious about these goals.

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Personal Finance

  • Save $1,000 in the Gift Fund for my parents. Done! I focused on this financial goal first since it was the smallest goal. I put some of my Christmas gift money and a third of my tax refund into this account.
  • Make $3,000 outside from full-time job income. $480.28. 16% done. I’ve had this goal for three years now and have never achieved it. Last year I got somewhat close and my moonlighting as a food tour guide helped. That gig was short-lived after switching full time jobs because the new position is a much more challenging position. Previously my lab manager job was simple enough where I could do all my work and have time to pursue other endeavors.
  • Pay down $4,500 in principal of student loans. $3822.72. 85% done. Two months ago I was at 44%! I saved money for Paris and didn’t use it all so I dumped the leftovers into the student debt. I also am still trying to watch the budget so I can more than double my minimum payment each month. I am pretty close to completing this goal and though my original plan is to start tackling my Roth IRA, I’m so tempted to just ignore the Roth and continue to aggressively pay down the student debt.
  • Open up a Roth IRA account with a new bank and deposit $2,000. No progress. I’m focusing on the student loans first.


  • Try 10 more Vietnamese recipes. 4/10. No progress since the last check in. I am newly motivated to learn how to make this noodle soup after receiving this email.
  • Complete 10 sewing learning projects. 4/10. No progress since last report. I don’t know when I’ll be in Houston next which is where I borrow my mom’s sewing machine.
  • Finish transcribing dad’s journal. No progress yet. I’m terrible!
  • Read 50 books. 24/50.
  • Write 104 blog posts for my food blog. 27/104. The goal was set at 104 to mean an average of 2 blog posts a week.
  • Write 174 blog posts for this blog. 49/174. I set the goal at 174 to mean an average of 3 posts a week and a post a day in November. I’m failing this one, aren’t I?
  • Finish Sketchbook Project 2013 in time. I uploaded a copy of the entire book to my Google+ account.
  • Visit two new states. Going to World Domination Summit in Oregon in just 2 more days!.
  • SEE PARIS WITH KIM. Done! It was amazing.

Relationships and Well-Being

  • Work out 156 times for at least 30 minutes each session. 65/156. This goal was set to mean an average of 3 times a week. Lately, I’ve been pretty unmotivated. Below is a photo of the calendar I keep on the fridge to keep track of this goal.

  • Cook 24 vegetarian dinners. 10/24.
  • Send Thanksgiving and Valentine’s Day cards. I sent a few cards out to single gal friends and my parents for Valentine’s Day.

Question: What are you working towards?

  • You’re doing really well! You’ve also reminded me it’s time for a check in, but I’m scared. I know I haven’t done much :(

    • I’ll hold your hand!

  • Where did you get that don’t break the chain printout? I can’t believe the year is already half over. I can’t wait to hear about WDS!

  • lisasyarns

    You are doing really well with your goals. I bet it is so fulfilling to cross some of them off! Have so much fun in Portland!

    My biggest goal for 2013 was to pass the CFA and I am still waiting for my results. Right now I am just really trying to adjust and adapt to my new city. I have made some new friends and I have a crazy number of trips planned between now and November… one of which includes the city of lights!!!! :)

    • GASP. CITY OF LIGHTS?! You’re making this happen sooner than you thought you were going to!!!!!

      I had to get that reaction out of the way. Haha. Glad you’re making friends and getting adjusted in your new city. I’ve been thinking of you and worried about you!

      • lisasyarns

        I know! Kind of crazy that I was able to bump up the timeline. But I found a reasonable plane ticket and have enough vacation time so I decided to go for it!

  • I wish you could go on an Alaskan cruise with me this summer to knock that other state out.

    • Also, I would save paying on the IRA for later and focus on the student loan goal.

      • This is what I’m tempted to do! I just feel bad for constantly putting off retirement. But you may have just convinced me. :)

        • Theory: If you focus on one, then you complete a goal quicker. The accomplished feeling from completing a goal will invigorate you and drive you to slaughter the other monster.

    • I WISH SO TOO.
      How long is a typical Alaskan cruise? Perhaps I can drag Alan for our trip together. I want to take a trip with him since it’s been 2 years since our last one.

      • The one I’m planning to take is 7-nights but there are shorter ones depending on the time, destination, and port-of-call.

  • I really need to do an update on my goals but, ugh, I just don’t want to! Ha. I’m not feeling very connected to my yearly resolutions lately and really have no idea how I’m doing.

    You’re doing well with yours, though! Great job!

  • you’re such a go-getter, linda. ;-) but now i know why – i’m just an obligor… :P