Three quarters are officially in the books! What does that mean for dividend investors and those pursuing financial independence? This represents a great opportunity to review your goals and progress that has been made. The year has come and gone in the blink of an eye, and with only three months remaining, we better make every minute count! Through this point in the year, I will be able to identify if I will or will not achieve my goals, for the most part. This also provides one last chance to change or alter my actions, in order to achieve the goals I set almost one year ago.
This quarter I want to try something different. Sure, I set my annual goals back in December. Those goals are the big goals that I want to make sure I can accomplish over the course of twelve mounts and they are supposed to take time to complete (which they definitely are). However, that doesn’t mean there aren’t a ton of other short-term goals that I want to accomplish along the way. During the fourth quarter, I want to create some shorter term personal finance and life goals that I also want to complete over the next three months. Some are large and some are small. But all will have a meaningful impact if I can accomplish them.
The first six months definitely have been fun, interesting, lessons have been learned, passions explored and a renewed focus has developed. I cannot wait to look at the half of the year coming up, sort of in a “the glass is half full” kind of way. Learning more about yourself/oneself in a much more rapid pace, but still focusing on the areas that make me happy, as well as the true goal of financial independence. This quarter marks another quarter closer to these goals and I’m excited to talk about what progress was made.
Summer is here BABY! Memorial weekend just came to a close and man, the sun is shining fricken bright! Cavs are in the finals and road-tripping is real. On top of that – the Cleveland Indians are starting to roll wins and Encarnacion is using his bat finally! Enough of sports and summer weather – dividends have fully come in for May, so let’s check out the dividend income summary!
As I was sitting at work over the last few weeks, days and hours – I couldn’t help but have a different perspective of defining the purpose of why I am there and what I can do to maximize the 24 hours in a day. 4 words came to mind – Just Go For It. When it comes to blogging and building our Dividend Diplomat Brand, the same topic of Just Go For It, comes to mind. Then, when I went on a run and deep in a workout the other day, low and behold – Just Go For It, again, popped in my head. Run hard and run fast, keep going. When I am talking to my sister on helping her figure out her career and interviews – Just Go For It, all day. We are spending time together, to show her guidance on how to prepare, question & answer scenarios, amidst other things, tackling it with everything we have. Why not, right? With investing, saving and experiencing life – we have to “Just Go For It” in each and every way, within each and every day. Why the heck not? Find out more with what I’m talking about, what it means and what can happen if you do.
My wife and I just purchased a house…it is still settling in. I can’t believe I am taking the plunge into home ownership. This is the largest asset we ever purchased, and it most likely will be the largest one for the remainder of our life. Last week, I tried to give an in depth account of the purchase in an article. Some of our frustrations, how we stumbled on our house, and the bidding/acceptance process. At the end of the article, I left a cliff hanger about some of the parts of being a first time homeowner that I am still struggling with.
Spring time is in the air and Easter has now been celebrated. Busy season is over, the snow is melted and the NBA playoffs have started. Baseball season is underway and the Cleveland Browns still have no idea what’s going on. I set my goals earlier on and it’s time to check back in after a rough few months to see how I am doing. Time to check in after 90 days of the pursuit of 2017’s goals, which is hopefully propelling and pushing 2018 soon-to-be goals to new levels. Continue reading