September 2012 Goals

Molas Lake near Silverton, CO

September looks to be a very busy month. We are working like mad to get our rental property ready for by October 1. Vision Expo West is being held the same weekend as FinCon. It is the optometrist equivalent of the blogger conference, a bunch of nerdy professional eyeball people looking to possibly learn something and party like the age they think wish they still were. I also remembered that I have scheduled a yard sale later this month, mostly to sell old office furniture before the sale of my business.  I have a couple of other people joining me, so I can’t cancel. I usually do my best work when I’m severely overscheduled. We’ll see if I can keep all the plates spinning. Let’s take a look back at last month’s goals.

Blog Goals

1. Publish content at least four times a week until I have 30 posts done. Pass. I’ll keep this goal the same, but it will get harder because of the other things going on. Wish me luck.

2.Comment on at least five blogs each day, with three new ones per week. Blew it out of the water. I love doing this. I’ll also keep this one the same with the above caveats.

3.Learn at least one new thing on WordPress per week. I’d say I discovered some new things but am far from mastery. I need to learn how to do SEO.  There are great tips out there from Modest Money, Pelican on Money, and Curiosity Killed the Blog, but I just need more time to study. I’ll put it on hold for this month.

4.Get more stuff on Facebook and Google Plus. I’m figuring out Twitter, but the others need lots of work.

Financial Goals

1.Write a budget and stick to it. Fail. I probably won’t get one written out this month either, but I am trying to play the grocery game on Canadian Budget Binder. We’ll put the grocery/household/dog budget at $400 per month.

2.Continue to save as much money as possible for our first rental property. Deal closed. I will post updates on how the renovation is going. New goal is to get it rented by October 1.

3.Don’t buy any convenience store items. Fail. I have a confession. I am addicted to fountain sodas. I put 3/4 diet and 1/4 regular soda in there, and it is wonderful. I have tried to recreate this at home without success.  I don’t drink coffee, so I started this when my daughter was a baby and I never slept. I did cut back to about 3 times a week instead of 7. I’ll try for two times a week next month.

4.Keep Vegas spending to $400 or less. Lodging, food, and transportation will be covered by the business, so this is fun money. September 7th is our ten year anniversary.  We may see a show, go shopping, or gamble it away. I’m giving us this amount so we can enjoy ourselves. It is all from Ebay sales and credit card points, so it won’t affect savings. Agree or not, we need a break.

Life Goals

1.Limit myself to one diet soda per day, not from the convenience store. Fail, see above. I did limit to one a day.

2.Eat five servings of fruits and vegetables at least five days per week. Pass. I’d love to make this every day. There were some days I didn’t make it. On Wednesdays, I work in a satellite office with a long commute. I don’t have time to make my fruit smoothie on those days. If you don’t get one in the morning, it’s hard to  make five. I’ll keep this same goal for next month.

3.No eating out for the rest of the month. Fail. We got Domino’s on the day of our rental closing because we didn’t get done until after 5. We also ate lunch at Qdoba the day we spent 3 hours at Home Depot last weekend. I don’t regret either of those. I’ll set the goal at two times this month. We’ll have to be careful about planning because soccer starts this week, and that’s two late nights a week. It’s easy to go grab fast food if there is nothing cooked at home.

4.Let my daughter pick one fun thing to do on the weekends. We might get so caught up in this house we forget family time.

We’ll check back next month and see how I did.

Did you meet all your goals this month? Is it really possible?



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Sydney White is a Texas-born stay at home mom who enjoys spending time with her family, bargain hunting and, of course, writing. She is currently the editor-in-chief of


  1. I like your idea about learning one SEO trick every week. You should not write for the God Google, but ignoring almighty is not wise either. Over the time, your goal should be to get as much traffic from search engines — Google and Bing.

    I am impressed with your goals and commitment.

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