Q1 Review: 2012 Goals
- Earn $70,000. I chose this as my only financial goal this year because it just made sense to me. As a full-time freelancer, all of my other financial goals hinge on how much money I can earn – so it just didn’t make sense to create anything more specific. At the end of Q1, I needed to be at the $17,500 mark, and I currently sit at just over $18,000. So I’m right there, but I need to keep working hard.
- Travel. By the end of the summer, we’ll have seen around 15 countries in Europe. Plus I’m starting to think about my trip to CPFC12 in September, and maybe heading down to NYC if possible. I’m most thrilled about securing sponsorship with HostelBookers.com though. It was something I never even considered as a possibility, but by the end of the summer, we will have saved thousands of dollars on accommodation costs.
- Go on a trip by myself. Right now, my thought is the Canary Islands for a 4 or 5 day working vacation. The cost of a roundtrip flight is only €98, so it’s pretty tempting. Has anyone been there before? I’m a little nervous to do this on my own, but I think it will be really exciting (even if I’ll be working a lot of the time). I was also thinking Budapest. Or even going on both trips.
- Learn basic German and French. I need to get over my fear and have my boyfriend teach me French. Although at this point, he thinks it would be hilarious to teach me French slang, instead of anything that might be useful to me the next time we go to Quebec. :) My German is also getting a bit better. I can usually understand the basics of what someone is asking me, but I can’t reply in German. Unless the reply is to say please, thank-you, or is a number between 1 and 5.
- Read 12 novels not related to marketing or personal finance. CHECK! I have been destroying books left and right lately, and if you can believe it, I’ve already read 13 books! Those long train rides gives me tons of time to read, and I’m one of those people who just can’t put a book down once they’ve started reading it. In fact, I’ve joined the website GoodReads. If you’re on that website too, feel free to add me!
- 2012 Canadian Personal Finance Conference. As of writing this post, there are only 6 tickets left to the conference! Everything is coming together, and I am so excited for this event, and all of the wonderful speakers, bloggers, and writers I’ll get to meet. To finally have all of Canada’s top personal finance names under one roof, sharing ideas … well, it’s going to be an incredible experience for sure.
- 2012 Financial Blogger Conference. FAIL. I’ve decided to skip out on FINCON12 in favour of a longer trip to Toronto for CPFC12.
- Write one guest post each month on another blog. I’ve only gotten around to writing one guest post, and that was really just in interview-style. I’ve already got so much on my plate at the moment, plus I’m trying to work on another website, which has priority over writing guest posts.
- Take all of my own photographs. So far I’ve been able to do this. It hasn’t been easy, but I plan on setting up a photo shoot sometime soon.
- Post a new photo every day while abroad via Tumblr. Because I didn’t think you guys would want to be bombarded by a million photos of Europe while I’m gone, I decided to create a Tumblr account instead. I’ve been posting new photos every day, although sometimes I get a little behind. I’m also posting pictures via my Pinterest account.
- Take on three steady freelance assignments. I think I’m on track with this. More opportunities are coming up. I’m steadily increasing my freelance income, and branching out into different areas.
Author: Krystal Yee
I’m a personal finance blogger and marketing professional based in Vancouver. I’m a former Toronto Star (Moneyville) columnist, author of The Beginner’s Guide to Saving and Investing, and co-founder of the Canadian Personal Finance Conference. When I’m not working, you can usually find me running, climbing, playing field hockey, or plotting my next adventure.