After a fairly brief absence from the blog, I’m happy to report that I’m baaaaaaaaaaaack. It wasn’t that I don’t love you (I do), or that I don’t have time for this anymore, it’s just that I took a brief hiatus to catch up on stuff. Forgive me?

Anyway, I’m back in full force, party people. And you know what that means – I’m writing regular blog posts on Mondays and Wednesdays from now on. Isn’t that exciting? {Please, try to contain yourself.} Moving on….

Destroying My Bucket List – One Goal at a Time

Now that I’m living back in the real world and home from vacation, I’ve had some time to analyze our short-term and long-term goals. Fortunately, I’m happy to report that we’re absolutely killing it.

I reached this realization the other day when I found out I couldn’t go to an invite-only press tour in the Caribbean because the dates conflicted with our trip to Italy this fall. Now, that’s a first world problem if I have ever heard one.

Regardless, this unfortunate scheduling conflict made me realize something – that I’m basically living the dream life I have always wanted. I have a bangin’ career, I am location independent, I have an awesome marriage, I’m the mother of two amazing and healthy kids, and we are enjoying life and traveling with few cares or worries. I already know that, one day, I’ll look back and realize that these years were some of the best years of our lives. Our kids are still young, after all, and we’re still young. We have our health and our freedom, and I couldn’t ask for anything more.

Our Summer 2015 Bucket List

But, are we reaching our goals? Greg wrote about our 2015 summer bucket list earlier this year and I have to say that we killed it, although our goals were pretty easy to attain to begin with.

Goal #1: See the sun set on the west coast. Nailed it.

Earlier this month, we took a credit card rewards-fueled trip to Las Vegas and the West Coast. It was awesome.

Goal #2: Take our daughters fishing. Nailed it.

Friends of ours helped the kids fish in Canada this summer, then they fished again at their grandparent’s house in Minnesota.

Goal #3: Spend countless hours at the pool. Nailed it.

Oh yes, this happened. Even though we still have more than a month left before our neighborhood swimming pool closes, I’m happy to report that we’ve wasted countless hours there already.

Goal #4 Play in the World Series of Poker. Not quite.

Even though we didn’t play in the World Series of Poker this summer, we still had fun in Las Vegas. We ate a ton of free buffets thanks to myVEGAS rewards {Related: Use myVEGAS Slots to Earn Free Meals and Rooms}, saw lots of fun drunk people and weirdos, and managed to escape the city just a few hundred dollars poorer.

Our Goals for the Rest of 2015 and Beyond

Even though the year is most than half over, I still have plenty of plans in the works. In case you didn’t notice, my husband has been working on redesigning our website to make it more user-friendly. Further, a few business opportunities we have been considering are starting to make their way from the “idea phase” to reality. Here are some other goals I hope to hit in the next 9-12 months.

Income Goals

One of the most popular posts I have ever written is about how I forged a six-figure career in my pajamas. {You can read it here: How I Earn a Living On the Internet} Even though I was (and still am) thrilled with earning that amount, I have obviously been working to grow our income streams to greater heights. With Greg at home now, the sky is the limit. Through growing our traffic at our three websites, utilizing affiliate income, and boosting our profits in other areas of work, I hope to grow our online income to the point where it is ridonkadonk. We are consistently hitting $15,000 – $20,000 in monthly online income, and I want to see if we can take it further.

Travel Goals

For the remainder of the year, I have trips scheduled to Denver, Charlotte (for FinCon, obviously), Italy, and Marco Island. I am extremely excited about all of these trips, but even more excited about the fact that we may live abroad for a month next summer. We’re still trying to figure out the logistics, but we’re thinking about a month in the U.K. or perhaps in France. The main thing we need is wifi, but we also need to be close to public transportation or have the ability to rent a car. I’m still looking at places on AirBNB and trying to figure out how this could work, but it’s an exciting idea nonetheless.

Website Goals

Thanks to our efforts and enough time behind us, our website traffic has grown tremendously. I hope to grow it more over the next year, however, as I feel we are finally at a point where it could really take off. The fact that Greg left his job earlier this year to work at home with me has really helped since there are now two of us plugging away. If I have learned anything from blogging, it’s that consistency is key. I know that, with a comprehensive plan, we can accomplish anything if we continue to make the required sacrifices and put in the work.

Even though I’m motivated by our goals and always looking ahead, it’s important for me to remember how beautiful and precious today – and all of 2015 – has been. Still, the dreams we share today are vastly different than they were a year ago, and perhaps they will be even more different a year from now. It’s truly weird how the things we want in life can change so quickly. Years ago, I was happy to have 15 days of PTO and the weekend off, but now, I want so much more.

It’s hard to say where we’ll be a year from now, but I do know that I want to keep moving forward. With enough dedication and enough drive to succeed, I truly believe that anything is possible.

Did you achieve your bucket list goals this summer? What goals do you have for the rest of the year and 2016?

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