Calls after midnight are never good and raise blood pressure levels immediately. Calls between 11 p.m. and midnight still pose some high risk. So when the phone rang at 11:35 Monday night, I sprang from my sleep anticipating the worst.
Oh no…it’s my wife on the other end. She is at church youth camp (with my 12-year old daughter) serving as a chaperone. This can’t be good.
“Hello” I said nervously, dreading what’s coming next. Boating accident? Broken arm from falling out of a bunk bed? Food poisoning? My mind races, preparing for the bad news.
“Everything’s fine,” she says. (Phew. Exhale.) “I wanted to call and say I just received an email from the Georgia Secretary of State saying my CPA license has been approved.”
If it hadn’t been 11:35 I would have screamed for joy!
Someday we will write about this crazy three year journey we have been on. For right now, I’m just thankful to God that goal is behind us. Way to go dear…You Rock!
Here’s my goal update for July:
Goal #1: Read through the entire New Testament of the Bible and the book of Proverbs by May 31st. Finished.
New Goal #1A (for the second half of 2013): Read one book a month.
This month, I completed John Acuff’s new book Start. The theme of the book focuses on moving from average to awesome and the obstacles we must overcome at various stages of our life to do so. I thoroughly enjoyed this book and will have a full write up on it in a new book review feature I will be launching in August on Luke1428.
The new book I plan to read for August is Outliers: The Story of Success by Malcolm Gladwell.
Goal #2: Pay off our mortgage debt by the end of the year. Postponed. You can read about why here.
I spent some time this past month doing some recalculations on our mortgage payoff. I believe if no more unanticipated expenses occur through our rental real estate side business, we will be able to pay off our mortgage in the summer of 2014. That’s later than the original goal of this December but nothing to get worked up about.
Goal #3: To support Mrs. Luke1428 as she obtains her CPA license and MBA by December, 2013 Half-finished. (see above)
Now she has only four more classes to finish before December to earn her MBA. So close!
Goal #4: To run a half-marathon in under 2 hours, a full marathon in under 4 hours and run 1,000 miles for the year. Half Marathon-Finished.
Counting my final run later this morning, I will run 121 miles in July. I ran 19 out of 31 days, had 5 days of cross-training on the exercise bike, had 4 rest days and missed three days of running due to rain and fatigue. For the year, I have now run 557 miles.
August will be a real challenge as I start back to school. My morning run sessions will begin around 4:00 AM so I can complete them before I leave for work. I’m also running in the Area 13.1 Half-Marathon in Roswell, GA on Saturday, August 17th. And you guessed it…it’s an alien themed race, run at night. I ran it last year and it was lots of fun to see everyone dressed in their florescent green and yellow running wear.
Goal #5: Redo the Luke1428 blog design by August, 2013. Finished.
June and July have been the most heavily trafficked months in the one-year history of Luke1428. That’s probably due to my activity, as it was able to increase over the summer as I was out of school. School begins shortly though so I’ll have to adjust to my work schedule again. The writing should not be a problem. Where I will have to cut back is on the reading of other blogs. I’ve been tracking about 90 blogs a week this summer and commenting at many. I won’t be able to keep that level of interaction up once school begins.
In July, I also launched a new series on Sundays called “Hidden Nuggets.” These are short devotional type posts centered on what I am learning about life and finances through my faith. This series is very important to me, as I believe it keeps me grounded to the original intent of why I started this blog. I invite you to check it out and be encouraged over your Sunday morning cup of coffee.
Instead of resting in my accomplishments and slacking off, I’ve decided to keep pushing my blogging self in the second half of 2013. I have listed these new goals as items I want to accomplish through December:
New Goals #5A (for blog in the second half of 2013):
Lower my Alexa ranking below 150,000 (currently at 255,747)
Guest post at least once per month
Submit an article to a carnival twice a month
Comment on a Yakezie article or in the forums once a week
Goal #6: Join a local running club by March. Finished.
Finally, here are some of the odd search terms that have led people to Luke1428 in the past 30 days:
man sitting on a toilet drawing…second month in a row for this term. Why are people searching for this?
“this will be adjusted from next month’s budget”…sounds like someone who blew it this month.
confused arrows…just fly straight and hit the target.
this rich lady gets lessons in pool…hopefully swim lessons.
George McFly enchantment… “I’m your density. I mean, your destiny.”
I keep losing my money that’s invested…time for new plan.
Can 5 year olds geocache…Yes! You should see my boy get into it.
Have you ever received an awesome call after midnight?