My six goals for 2018:
- Start a Blog: If you are reading this, then I have successfully completed my first goal of 2018. I have been following along with the finance community and other FI bloggers for the past year. I really enjoy reading about the experiences and accomplishments they share. Hell, sometimes I even find myself fist pumping or slapping a table with excitement like he/she was my best friend. Now, it’s my turn to join in on the fun. I hope that by sharing my story, I will be able to encourage others the way current bloggers have motivated me to take action.
- Make $4,000 in Dividend income: This should be a stretch as I have made $2,500 in dividends in 2017. I hope that by living below my means, saving aggressively, flexing my side hustle muscle, and following my motto: Invest no matter what; that I will be able to be able to check this goal off the list in 2018.
- Diversify My Portfolio: In 2017, I purchased stocks I believed were at a good evaluation. Most of these stocks included purchases in Telecoms, Healthcare and Consumer Goods. In 2018, I plan to spend more time diversifying my portfolio by adding exposure in different sectors such as Energy and Finance.
- Finish my Options Course: One way that my Dad and I bond is through discussing the stock market. It’s always fascinating to hear his thoughts and opinions on the market and what he thinks will happen next. (We don’t know. Nobody does. But it’s fun to speculate.) He recently finished an Options Course and wants me to learn as well. I’ve been making excuses all year, but now is the time.
- Take a trip with the Wife: All work and no play can make Ben a dull boy. Yes, it is important to remember why we are striving for financial independence. Part of my reason is for a peace of mind. I want to make sure my wife and I are both taken care of financially. I practice this by doing what I know best: saving and investing. With that said, life is also about creating memories with the ones we love. Sometimes I need to take a step back and loosen my financial belt. A nice week long vacation to unplug and focus on beautiful scenery and an even more beautiful person sounds like a perfect treat for 2018.
- Stay Hungry!!! Last, but certainly not least: Wake up every day trying to better myself. Tim Tebow said it best, “When you stay put in your comfort zone, you don’t grow. You don’t stretch. You’re not challenged. You stay the same. Stagnant.” Push yourself to do things that are physically and mentally outside of your comfort zone. A stronger person will emerge. Stay Freakin Hungry!!! Bring it on 2018!!!