Reviewing my 2014 Goals

I’ve been thinking about my new goals for 2015. Before doing so, though, I’d like to review my 2014 goals.

For 2014, I’ve set four different goals. 2014 was the year I reorganized my portfolio to a DG-portfolio. This I did in July. 2014 was also the year I started with my blog Polliesdividend. It was hard sometimes to find the time to write a post. But I enjoyed every second of it. It was also educational, because English is not my native language. During this year i learned new words and proverbs.

With my blog I started with 3 views per week. Now I have an average of 35 views per day and about 20 visitors per day. I’m proud of it. It is still very small compared to fellow bloggers. But it is a start!
And I’m grateful of al the comments visitors wrote on my site. Thank you for it! I really appreciated it!

My goals for 2014 were:

Receive € 1,200 in dividends during the year of 2014. Failed
At the end of 2014 I received € 1,114.94 in dividend income. I was a little bit more than € 85 short of my goal. I report all my dividends after taxes. So actually I received €1,311.70 in gross dividend. But I will continue to post all my dividends after taxes. My dividend income for 2014 showed an increase of more than 17% from previous year. And this I’m proud of! It is a great starting position for 2015.

Save 25% of my net income in 2014, averaged monthly. Achieved!
This year I set myself a goal to save a least 25% of my income from my day job. In 2014 I saved a little bit more than 28% of my income. So yes I achieved this goal!

At least € 15,000 in my saving account at the end of 2014. Achieved!
In October of 2014 I had € 15,000 on my saving accounts! So I achieved this goal!
In the last months of 2014 I sat down with my wife to discuss our finances. One of the subjects of our conversation was the amount of cash we need to have in all of our saving accounts. We had a good conversation (it is always good at least once a year to discuss the finances), and made up our cash book for 2015. We decided on the saving accounts that I only have to hold € 10,000 in my saving account.
Therefore I had € 5,000 to invest in my Vrijheid fonds. 😉

Invest a total of € 1.500 in new stocks. Achieved!
In 2014 I invested € 7,200 in new cash in my Vrijheid Fonds. So I exceeded my 2014 goal by far! As I wrote by my saving goal I had enough free cash to invest. See my different post on my purchases.

So I’m happy to report that I’ve reached three out of four goals. Now I’ve done my review of 2014, it is time to set new goals for 2015.

Thanks for reading. Did you reached your 2014 goals? If you didn’t set goals, are you planning on setting goals for 2015? Any feedback is greatly appreciated!





8 thoughts on “Reviewing my 2014 Goals

  1. KeithX

    Great job, Pollie. My goal is to retire at the end of March, and I am on track to do that. My wife and I had several goals that had to be met over the years in order to do that (such as pay off the mortgage for the house, save in the 401k and IRAs, pay off the girls college tuition, etc) and we have done all of them.
    Happy New Year!

    1. polliesdividend Post author

      Hello Keith,

      Thanks for stopping by. Your ultimate goal is getting real close. I’m glad to read that you are on track! But your life is not over when you retire. 😉 Do you have set new goals for after your retirement? Keep up the good work!
      Happy new Year!

    1. polliesdividend Post author

      Thanks for your kind words.
      I agree I was very close to achieving all my goals. But in my opinion goals need to be challenging. And my goal of dividend income was challenging. You are right. I’m proud of my work this year.
      Happy New Year!

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