We made it halfway, folks! It still amazes me how time flies at warp speed. And with each minute, I hope I’m getting wiser, better and closer to my goals. Unlike other years, I locked my mind into this debt-free journey for the long haul. My 2017 goals reflect that decision. Check out what I’ve accomplished so far and read the BIG NEWS about what’s coming up in the fall.
How have I done with my 2017 goals so far?
The goals include:
- Saving $1,000
- Paying off my Chase credit card
- Paying off two of four parts of my undergrad student loan group
- Reading 12 books
- Visiting Thailand
- Visiting family and friends back in the U.S.
So far, I’ve checked off four out of six goals! Crazy! These were stretch goals in December because I wasn’t sure of my cash flow. I’ve got to think bigger next year.
- Saving $1,000. I completed this task shortly after getting my tax refund in February.
- Paying off my Chase credit card. I made four payments in May to wipe out the remaining $825.31 balance I had on May 1.
- Paying off two of four parts of my undergrad student loan group. These two small debts were knocked out in the first quarter.
- Reading 12 books. How about reading 16 books? Yeah. I devoured 16 books thanks to my long commute and my appetite for self-improvement. And my goodness, I’ve learned so much!
- Visiting Thailand. That’s still on the docket. Right now, I’m eyeing a Christmas getaway. I told myself, however, that I wouldn’t take an international trip until I’d paid off my credit card debt. I must pay off about $4,300 to stay true to myself.
- Visiting family and friends back in the U.S. This goal may be pushed back to February when I’ll have a month off for the Chinese New Year.
I also paid off two medical bills in the first half. Overall, I paid off $2,926 in debt. Not bad for a teacher on a low income! AND THERE’S MORE!