I hope everyone enjoyed their holiday weekend and that 2016 was a good year for you. 2016 was a  great year for my family and me – I have many things to be thankful for. In today’s post, I provide a year-end summary of things I am thankful for and of things that I am proud we accomplished. I also provide a quick year-end summary specifically for this blog. The second part of this post discusses goal setting.

Have a safe and happy holiday season 🙂

Year-end summary

At the top of the list – we were blessed with our daughter, Hattie. She is so sweet. We love watching her grow up!

We celebrated our third anniversary!

My wife and I decided that we would both tackle graduate school full-time while also working full-time. We started that journey two years ago, and in May of 2016 we graduated! My wife received a Master of Arts in Educational Leadership. My graduate degree was a Master of Science in Management of Technology – fancy wording for an MBA for engineers.

The townhome we purchased five years ago proved to be a little small when Hattie arrived; therefore, we decided to move into a “real” house. We sold our townhome in November, and we move into our new place in January. We are excited to start creating memories in our new home. Yes, we did take on some more debt, but it was the right decision for my family (read these two articles on buying a home – one and two).

We eliminated our “bad” debt, including three different student loans and two car payments, which totaled $97k. It is a huge relief to get rid of that debt…

Blog summary

For this website, I didn’t know what to expect. I am thankful for the number of people I have reached from this blog. Since I started this blog at the end of June 2016, I’ve had almost 1,000 unique users visit my website and close to 4,000 pageviews.

The first three months were challenging because I wasn’t getting many pageviews, but in the last three months, the number of pageviews has gone up significantly. This has been very motivating for me to continue writing! Below is a screenshot from my Google Analytics report that displays weekly pageviews and user data.

2016 Google Analytics

My main goal was and still is to write and share about experiences I have relating to personal finance. Hopefully, these experiences I share will reach people and help them achieve their financial goals. Each month, I try to grow the number of readers that visit my blog, the number of pageviews each month, and the number of subscribers for my monthly newsletter.

Goal setting

Writing this year-end summary and reflecting back made me realize the importance of setting goals. As 2017 quickly approaches, I urge everyone to take out a piece of paper or their computer and write out what goals you have for 2017. Then, you can check in throughout the year to monitor your progress. Finally, at the end of 2017, you can write your own year-end summary and reflect back on the progress you made in 2017 for obtaining the goals you set.

What really helps people achieve their goals is sharing them with someone. Sharing your goals with someone places more accountability on you to achieve them. Now, this is difficult for some people – for me, I share my goals with my wife.

Throughout the rest of this week, I will be finalizing my goals for this website, goals for our finances, and other personal goals that I have for 2017. I will share some of the goals in my post next week to kick off 2017 – I urge you to think about what you want to accomplish in 2017 and put them down on paper.


Do you set goals?

Please share some of your goals you set for 2017.