2012 Quarterly Goal Check-up
The first 3 months of the year were so exciting & exhausting! Marathon training took a huge chunk of my focus, but my finances held on, and my job/career stuff really started to shift in direction. I’ve spent the past 2 weekends doing low-key stuff and catching up on my life and my thoughts.
1. Track all Income and all Spending – on plan
YES, isn’t it beautiful? I’m really happy that I have everything all organized and we have a system that is working
2. Max out both T’s and my Roth IRAs ($5000 each) – on plan
We are on pace here with $400/month each. T also topped off his 2011 IRA with $1200 that didn’t make it in last calendar year.
3. Max out my 401k ($17,000) – ahead of plan
I am ahead of pace ($4,685 compared to $4250), so I reduced my weekly contributions such that I should hit $17k in December.
4. End year with 20k more in cash savings accounts – behind pace, but recoverable
We increased only by $4000 when we should be up $5000 to stay on pace.
I probably need to up the ante here, as I am already done with the first two. Or just focus on the last two I guess!
1. Train for and complete the L.A. Marathon – and PR! – complete!
Check! I finished in sub 4 hours, which I never thought I could do!
2. Run a sub 2 hour half marathon – complete!
I killed this goal!
3. Run 1000 miles – ahead of plan
I’m ahead of pace here at about 400 miles – but that’s because I trained for the marathon. I only need to average about 16 miles a week to meet this goal. This sounds trivial, but I started last year similarly ahead of pace and then took the summer off.
4. Incorporate more strength, core, and stretching work – behind pace, but recoverable (maybe…)
Yes – but not much. I did a lot more stretching than last year, but strength & core work could increase. But, I just joined a boot camp, so that should help a lot! My leg strength is great, but my arm strength is zilch.
Life and Adventure
1. Push myself professionally – on plan
Yes. We’ve ran into a large hiccups on my project in the past week, but I’m definitely pushing here, growing a lot, learning a lot. I was officially given the project lead/manager role (along with the technical work), then 2 days later it we found out that we weren’t getting a huge chunk of funding and we’re going to have to re-vector and change the whole schedule. I’m not sure what is going to happen next, but it isn’t going to be the same year I thought. I’m staying optimistic, at least until I have more information!
2. Read 25 books, including at least 5 from this list. – behind pace, but recoverable
Not counting the books I “read” on audiobook, I’m at 5. I haven’t ready ANY from that list yet. But I still think I’ll be fine on this goal – I should have more time coming up, and honestly, I was stuck on Anna Karenina for a long time. It was good, but very long! This quarter I read: Anna Karenina, Freedom, The Paris Wife, The Tiger’s Wife, Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close. I’m in the middle of Into the Wild and 1q84.
3. Backpack and Hike and try some new things – on plan
Not much of the backpacking & hiking, but so far I’ve tried snowboarding & snowshoeing, and I have a surf lesson Groupon with a friend!
4. Give more (minimum $500, plus some time) – behind pace, but recoverable
As predicted, I didn’t have much time for this in the first quarter. I have an organization I’d like to get involved in, but what I want to do is going to take a fairly big commitment (for volunteer work, at least). I’m not quite ready yet, and I need to find something else if I can’t do it.
I donated $0, but just set up an automatic paycheck contribution of $10/paycheck to a pooled fund to get this going. I have a couple other organizations in mind for the rest of the money.
5. Travel – on plan
So far all I’ve done is spend a long weekend in Tahoe – but I have a lot planned in May/June! It’s going to be a great travel year.