2011 Goals Recap & Wrap-Up

Happy New Year everyone!!!!! I hope everyone had a fantastic new year :) I had a wonderful time with family and friends this past week, and I am so grateful I was able to spend a week at home for the holidays. First things first, we didn't get the condo but our real estate agent will be taking us to see more condos tomorrow. Someone put a higher offer and the bank was only able to counter offer the highest one. I was bummed but I know that everything happens for a reason and it wasn't meant to be so I will just be patient.

Last December I posted about my 2011 goals. Time to check in and see how I did!

2011 Financial Goals RECAP

1. Max out Roth IRA - still in progress
For 2011 I have contributed $3,450 to my Roth IRA so far. Hopefully I can get this $5,000 before May. Still working on it!

2. Finance a vacation in cash - FAIL
The BF and I never made it on a vacation in 2011 :( Well not by ourselves. The only vacation we had was the camping trip in the summer with my family but of course everyone chipped in. This year the BF and I are planning to do a weekend getaway somewhere and maybe just MAYBE a vacation to hawaii finally!

3. Buy my first property as an investment - FAIL
I really wanted to do this but the right place never popped up. We kept looking and we put in one offer just a few days ago, but we didn't get it. Oh well!

4. Contribute as much as possible to my 401K and force the BF to start one - DONE!
I have contributed 5% to my 401k which is what I am comfortable with for right now. BF got a new job this year in January and he was forced to have a 401k! :) Well he could have opted out but he's lazy and he didn't do it. So now he has a 401k and contributes 3%.

5. Never pay interest on my credit card again - DONE!
I believe I stopped doing this last year but thankfully I didn't fall into any consumer debt this year. I pay my credit cards off right away!

6. Save, save and save! - DONE!
I saved a lot in 2011 and I'm excited to save more for 2012. Here's a snapshot of how my year went - this includes all of my savings, 401k, Roths, and employee stocks. The reason for the huge increase from Nov-Dec is because I added my employee stocks to my mint account. I actually started contributing in July so the graph is kind of skewed. But you get the picture!

2011 Personal Goals RECAP

1. Start going to the gym again - DONE!
I am happy to say that I did start going to the gym hardcore in 2011 again. I've always loved working out and I took a lot of new classes. I also started going to a pilates studio. I fell off the wagon in the last few months of the year because I was so busy with studying but I will start up again this month and hope to keep it up!

2. Study for the LSAT and take the test - DONE!
This was a HUGE goal for me since I have been meaning to take the test since 2009. I finally did it on December 3rd as you guys know. I'm still waiting for my score but I am so happy that I finally took it. I was MIAing for a few months and was practically a vampire studying all day and night as well as a zombie with no sleep but it was so worth it!

Since I also forgot to post my 2011 Wrap-Up.... here it is! Read about my 2011 Wrap-Up here!

In a Nutshell: 2011 was Good to Me
  • Got a raise at work
  • No major expenses or emergencies happened
  • No injuries!
  • Found a cyst in my ovaries but it was benign
  • Didn't buy any expensive designer bags 
  • Went camping with my family
  • Became a godmother in May to my best friend's first baby 
  • Reached my emergency fund goal of $10,000 - it's almost at $20k now.
  • Reached my gift fund goal of $600. It was at $1,000.
  • Opened up a new credit card for better rewards and I love it!
  • Coordinated the annual alumni basketball/volleyball tournament
  • Paid for my LSAT class, took said LSAT class, and took LSAT
  • Received my first pair of diamond earrings from the BF for my 24th bday
  • Bought my first TV - a 51" Samsung plasma on Black Friday (in cash)
  • Bought a PS3 (in cash)
  • Finished law school applications
  • Reconnected with a lot of old friends
  • Spent as much time as I could with family
This year was a really great year for me financially and personally. I hope that this year will be just as amazing! Lastly, I kept blogging and I met a lot of PF bloggers this year. This community is awesome and I'm glad to be a part of it:) 


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It sounds like a very good year. I look forward to your future posts on your condo. Happy New Year!

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Good for you! Your graph of your overall savings/net worth is pretty impressive. Imagine how it's going to look five years from now.

Happy New Year! Look forward to reading about your progress in 2012.

Michelle P said...Best Blogger Tips[Reply to comment]Best Blogger Templates

Sounds like a lot of great things happened to you this year!

Niki said...Best Blogger Tips[Reply to comment]Best Blogger Templates

What a great year! You did so well with your goals.

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Happy New Year!

You have been truly awesome last year.

This year is going to be truly awesome for you. I hope you get through with you law applications and everything you are hoping for this year comes true.

I'll be following and rooting for you all the way.

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Congrats! Looks like you had a wonderful year!

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