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Checking in on my 2013 goals.

So we’re basically at or around the halfway point of 2013, and I wanted to do a follow up to my New Year goals and see where I’m at.  Hopefully, this will help keep me on track a little more, and perhaps even revise some of my goals from earlier in the year….provided that they need tweaking.

Goal #1 – Blog more.

Status – Check.  However, I did say that I wanted to blog at least once a week, and I’ve definitely fallen off that pace in the last two months or so.  I was pretty good about it straight through April, and then it just kind of got away from me a bit.  So I’ve got some work cut out for me if I want to continue this one.

 

Goal #2 – I want to move up from within Best Buy.

Status – Check.  Beginning last month, I’ve been working as a Supervisor in the Pasadena store, managing the Lifestyles Department (which covers Cameras, Mobile Electronics, Car Fi, Appliances and Gaming.  It’s been a really fun ride thus far, and despite the commute, I’m glad that I got the position.  I really think that it’s a much better fit for me as far as my abilities go, and I am happier going to work each day.  The only drawback has been the sheer amount of time that I’ve spent away from the home.  I miss being able to come home on my lunch breaks to check on the family, and the hours are definitely longer.  But the financial benefits help offset those to a great degree, which means that this summer I’ll have much more opportunity to hang with the family on the off days, and actually do stuff that doesn’t involve looking at the four walls of our house.

 

Goal #3 – I want to go on a vaction.

Status – Pending, but will be marked off with a Check this Saturday.  We’re leaving for Park City, UT on the 15th and come back on the 22nd.  So this one will be marked off the list in just a few days.  I’m totally looking forward to it as well.

 

Goal #4 – I want to find a hobby.

Status – Fail.  You could say that date day’s with Traci down at the Happiest Place on Earth is a hobby…but really not so much. I was REALLY vague on this one in my original blog post, and I said that I’d have to work on this through writing on PablosPlace.  But I’ve spent NO effort in developing something.  If anything, I think that I’ve really retreated a little bit more in this category in that I don’t really have much of anything going on with me outside of my work or my family.  I’m looking to find something that I enjoy doing, and simply do it.  But I definitely need to work on this one to accomplish something by the end of the year.

 

Goal #5 – I want to be a better husband and a better father.

I’m not really sure how to quantify this one, but I’d say that I’m doing the best job that I can.  During the times that I’m free to hang with the kids and the Mrs., I’d say that I’m actively involved and engaged.  I made a point to be there for everyone’s graduations and big events thus far in the year, and the family vacation is coming where I’ll have a lot of undivided time with everyone.  But I still need to pull myself out of our bedroom with the video games, which I’ve played too many of.  It’s still great to have the system, but I don’t really need to be on it as much as I am when everyone else is here in the house.  I want to be more involved in the lives of the kids than that.

 

Long Term Goal Check

Long Term Goal # 1 – I want to start down the path of becoming financially budgeted.

Status – SO CLOSE.  With the income tax refund we got this year, we were able to play catchup on all of our bills.  And with only one check having come through with this new job, it’s hard to say that we’ve finally balanced our budgets.  But I CAN say that since the first of the year, we’re caught up on all of our bills, and we’re getting through month after month…just with a smallish amount left over every month, and a worry that we won’t make it till the next paycheck with regularity.  But the good news is, we always seem to get there, and things should be trending towards a much more balanced budget.  Something to think about for 2014 is dealing with a Credit Improvement company of some sort to help us with our credit scores.  I think that’s an absolute must starting with our tax returns next year.

 

Long Term Goal # 2 – I want to buy a house.

Status – Not even close.  Given that we’re still making our finances balanced, and we’re talking about credit repair, I think we’ve got years to go before this becomes a possibility.  But I want to leave this goal on here simply because it’s something that I want at some point, and I think it’s important that I focus on working toward that goal.  Even if it is a long way off.

 

Long Term Goal # 3 – I want to take the family to see 3 things, Washington D.C., Disneyworld in Orlando, and a North East trip that involves visiting with my sister in Philadelphia.

Status – Nope, Nope, and Nope.  Cheryl may end up moving here by the first of the year, but she also may not.  I chatted with her last week and her plan is to move from Philly back to Southern California, but they’re a long way away from making that one a reality.  But it may be something that they accomplish.  If they do, then that doesn’t leave me with a great deal of need to visit Philly anymore.  I mean, I could still take the kids to see the Liberty Bell and Independence Hall and stuff, but that would probably all change if Cheryl moves here.  We may revise this to New York or Boston, which I’ve always wanted to see, and never have.  Regarding D.C. and Orlando….we’ll see where we’re at in 2014.  But it certainly isn’t a reality this year.

 

So far, not so bad.  I know what areas I need to work on, and what areas I need to continue to improve upon.  I may need to set down and create a whole new set of “second half of the year” goals at this point because honestly, I’ve accomplished more this year than I’ve given myself credit for.  Hopefully that trend continues.

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