It’s now July! The first half of the year has already passed. Time does fly so fast, doesn’t it? So many things have happened and I am still amazed at how this blog has grown steadily over the past 6 months. Before we welcome the next half of the year, I’d like to take this time to reflect and give you an update on my 3 financial goals for this year 2010.
Financial Goal #1 – Buy a House!
My first goal for 2010 is to Buy a House. The short update is…NO we have NOT bought a house yet. But maybe soon. 🙂
My wife and I actually invested in a house…but only for a private lending deal. Besides, we won’t actually own the house, so that doesn’t count. That deal, however, introduced us to great friends doing business in real-estate whom I am learning a lot from. In the next months I will also be spending some time to learn investing in real-estate myself.
We’ve also been looking at buying a nice 2-bedroom unit on a pre-selling mid-rise condo. But this one will NOT be ready for occupancy until April 2012. We actually paid the reservation already so hopefully, if everything is in order, my first goal for the year could actually be within reach (at least technically). :)
Financial Goal #2 – Invest 20% of my money
The second goal I have is to invest 20% of my money. I’ve started investing in the Philippine Stock Market. I’ve tried the cost-averaging method via CitisecOnline’s EIP and even Bo Sanchez’ SUPER EIP way! The experience has been an eye opener for me.
Apart from that, I also got into a private lending deal on real-estate. While I haven’t gotten my money back yet, I’m confident this will lead into more investing opportunities in the future.
Just last week, one of my friends also asked me to invest in her Travel Agency business. Normally, I don’t lend money unless I’m very sure I will get my money back. However, since I know her and the money (including interest) will be returned in just 7 days, I thought it was worth a try. If this deal goes well, I might be encouraged to invest again in the future and probably open it up also to dear readers of this site.
I’ve also been investing heavily on my personal development these past months. I’ve just attended the Money Summit and Wealth Expo last weekend to learn more about money, business and investing. The 2-day seminar was a blast! The energy from the speakers as well as the attendees was simply amazing! Up to now, I’m still digesting everything. I’m really excited to share the lessons I’ve learned from that seminar to our dear readers. So, watch out for that in the coming weeks.
Financial Goal #3 – Be Consciously Alive
The 3rd and last goal I have is to be consciously alive. This goal has more to do about my desire to live a healthier lifestyle than anything else. This is the reason why I think your health is more important than your money.
While I’m not sick at the moment, my health has not been ideal the past few months. It is not where it is supposed to be. My lifestyle is not very good. I still drink coffee a lot. I am also having a hard time getting enough sleep. As a result, I’ve easily gotten a cold every now and then.
I’m always in a hurry. Most of the time, I go for fast food. My weight has increased so much that my pants now hardly fit. Oh well, it’s a good thing fitted pants are the “in” thing these days. I don’t have to feel so out of place. 🙂
One good news is that I finally used our condo’s gym. Finally. Just today. And I liked it. I’ll probably go to the gym more often now.
Quite honestly, this goal is a little bit vague to measure and be actually effective. So, to make this goal more specific, measurable and make me accountable :-), I’m revising it to say “my goal is to weigh 80 kilograms by December 31, 2010”. I only have less than 6 months to go so I better get started right away! Wish me luck!
P.S. Dear Readers, what financial goals do you have for the year? How have you made progress on your goals now that the first half of the year has passed?