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Tomorrow is the big 3-0.
Seven years ago, when my brother turned 30, this day seemed like a far off event which would never come. Now, it has arrived; after today, I’ll no longer be a 20-something.
Years ago, I thought I would probably be experiencing a mid-life type crisis right about now. I’m happy to report that all is well!
I am content with my life accomplishments, thus far. Mrs. Superhero and I have been blessed beyond what we deserve in nearly every way conceivable. We’ve learned from our mistakes, persevered through hardship, and enjoyed unimaginably great experiences together.
On the other hand, I am welcoming 30 because 29 was quite probably the worst year of my life, professionally-speaking. It is a shame that it took an entire year of my life to figure out what I don’t want to do, but I am glad to have figured this out when I did.
BACK TO BIRTHDAY TALK. . .
Mrs. Superhero and I are planning an early birthday celebration tonight and catching an early showing of Independence Day: Resurgence; if you haven’t seen the trailer yet, here you go.
Tomorrow, I will spend the day doing most of my favorite things: hanging out with my dogs and Mrs. Superhero, tweaking my landscaping, mowing the lawn, and dining on an aged ribeye steak.
Saturday, we will officially celebrate with 60+ of our closest friends here at the Superhero residence. Italian beef, cake, music, and a few adult beverages – that’s my kind of birthday celebration!
It seems fitting to use today’s post to chronicle 30 goals which I would like to accomplish during the upcoming year. Like most goals I set, some of these goals will be easily attainable, some significantly challenging, and others will be stretch goals.
30 GOALS FOR AGE 30
Without further delay, here are the goals:
1 – Max out both of our IRAs for 2016. $11,000 total investment.
2 – Invest a minimum of $2,000 with Fundrise.
3 – Grow my overall account value with Betterment.
4 – Increase our overall net worth by 50%.
5 – Set a target date for early retirement and formulate a plan to get there.
7- Lose 10 pounds by September 1, 2016.
8- Run at least four times per week.
9- Weight lift at least twice per week.
10- Implement Meatless Mondays on a regular basis. This will represent a health goal as well as a budgetary goal (decreasing our grocery budget).
11 – Run an unsanctioned half marathon in the month of July. This will help me to have a target for getting myself back in excellent running shape after a year of inconsistent training.
12 – Run a sanctioned or unsanctioned marathon in August.
13 – Run a sanctioned marathon in October.
14 – Begin training for and compete in the Artic Frog 50K scheduled for December 2016; definitely a stretch goal!
15 – Run a 5:30 mile. I haven’t been able to do this since I was 18; my best has been hovering around 6:05 for while now. Nothing like jumping in the time machine to prove I’ve still got it!
16 – Shoot hoops in the driveway at least three times per week. Mrs. Superhero surprised me by taking me out to pick out a basketball hoop for our driveway as my birthday gift a few weeks ago. I intend to put it to great use.
17 – Reach 15,000 Twitter followers prior to turning 31.
18 – Boost my Alexa ranking into the top 200,000 globally. This is part of the Yakezie Challenge.
19 – Break into the top 100 on the Modest Money Top Finance Blogs List prior to turning 31.
20 – Continue to publish 2-3 new articles per week while also pursuing additional guest posting opportunities.
21 – Decide what I want to do with the next chapter in my life.
22 – Join a real estate brokerage and close my first real estate transaction in 2016.
23 – Reach my commission goals for my current consulting role.
24 – Begin laying the groundwork for writing my first book.
25 – Reduce discretionary spending by 10%. We can learn to be happy with less. This will be a primary key to achieving our investment goals.
26 – Include Mrs. Superhero more in the formulation of our goals. To her credit, Mrs. Superhero is great at supporting my dreams when they are wise and shooting them down when they are stupid. I would like to be careful to involve her more when strategizing.
27 – Visit Nashville, TN for vacation and do our “Debt Free Scream” on the Dave Ramsey Show.
28 – Go on three vacations – one in the fall (hopefully Las Vegas), one in the spring of 2017 (see Goal 27), and one in the summer of 2017 – and plan them utilizing travel hacks and deal hunting techniques.
29 – Take Mrs. Superhero on one date each week. Sometimes this will be simple, and other times it will be more elaborate.
30 – Spend more quality time with my two nephews and new niece. Also, call my siblings to catch up on a monthly basis.
Any words of wisdom or advice for an old man? Are my goals too ambitious? Too simplistic? Share your thoughts in the comments section below.