I do one of these progress reports every two months and I’m due for my fourth report for 2013. I managed to cross off a couple of goals and make some headway on a few others. There are a couple I still haven’t started!
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. $568.93. 18% done. I went up a whopping two percent. 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. I’ve actually paid 275 dollars over my goal. I threw all I had extra into this goal for a while and since meeting it I’ve decided to only pay my monthly minimum for the rest of the year.
Open up a Roth IRA account with a new bank and deposit $2,000. No progress. I should make the leap. I’m always really lax with myself regarding this goal since I have a 401K with my employer.
Try 10 more Vietnamese recipes. 5/10. I’ve learned one new Vietnamese dish since the last progress report. This is the third year I’ve had this goal so I now know how to make a grand total of 25 recipes. Maybe the weather will cool down soon and I can tackle the dish that is most intimidating to me. Pho! Last week I made shrimp toast for Anita and me.
Complete 10 sewing learning projects. 9/10. I was in Houston for Labor Day weekend and cranked out 5 more projects on my mom’s machine. I think I can almost fully thread a sewing machine without my mom’s help. Small victories, y’all. I have a birthday present ready to send this week! Next time I’m in Houston my mom will show me how to undo seams. Because I screwed up one of my projects (not counted). I’m being vague because they’re presents!
Finish transcribing dad’s journal. No progress yet. I’m terrible!
Visit two new states. 1/2 Oregon checked for World Domination Summit. I’m actually going to Miami in two weeks and Florida is not a new state. There is a possibility I’m going to fail my new state goal for the first time in three years!