I have a personal blog, though lately it hasn’t gotten much attention. For some reason, I’m a bit hesitant to show frugalportland to my friends and family, since I’m very transparent about my debt and my goals.
I’m not sure why, since I’m definitely not all that anonymous, and also not embarrassed about my financial situation, so perhaps, at some point, I’ll link the six people who read the personal blog here, and maybe just use the personal blog as a portfolio and resume.
Back to the topic at hand, I posted my resolutions late in 2011, and since we’re part of the way through 2012, I’d like to revisit those here. There’s some overlap on my personal blog and Frugal Portland’s goals (as you’ll see) since getting out of credit card debt was of paramount importance.
Here they are:
- Get completely, 100% out of credit card debt. This is going to happen in a few months, and there will be a happy dance all over the place. Diligence will pay off. Done! It still makes me happy to say that. It’s also kind of amusing that it makes me nervous to see that I owe like $400 on a card, even though I know it’s set to auto-pay the entire balance the day it’s due. I guess I’m in recovery.
- Do ten pull ups. I was going to write “do one pull up” but I figure, once I can do one, then I can do ten. And putting “do one pull up” on a goal list for the next twelve months is a bit wussy, even for me. No, not even close. I can do about 100 pounds on the pull-down machine, but unless I lose a fair percentage of my body weight, I’m still at least a month away.
- Participate in a triathlon. Gulp. My boss is doing the Portland Triathlon with his son and he’s trying to recruit the rest of the office. It’s a 1.5 mile swim in open water, a 25 mile bike ride, and a 10k run. All at once. This is a stretch goal. It’s on the other side of possible, but only just. It’ll be super challenging, and a bit expensive to get into (seeing as I don’t have a bike or swim gear!) but I think I can do it. Scratch that. I know I can do it. No, not even close. Not sure I want to do this, since it will cost a fair amount.
- Be more charitable. Give $100/month by the end of the year. I’m 20% of the way there. I’m at $45/month, and we’re 4.5 months through the year, so I’m on track. I’ll post more on this separately.
- Get caramel business off the ground. Any ideas on a name for this? Off the ground, on track! Next step: get ducks in a row, health department-wise and commercial kitchen-wise.
Yep, 2012 is going to be a fun one! So far this is SO true!
Well, looks like the fitness goals are slacking, which I guess makes me just a normal American, but I’m happy with my resolutions so far. Now, questions. Do the people you know in real life have any clue about your blog? Do you have a personal blog that you use for friends and family?