The December 2014 goals update reflected the status of the goals at the end of the year. But in this post, I would like to highlight some of the other key achievements and milestones that I crossed during the year. Looking back at the past and documenting key successes is definitely a great motivator for continued success.
Here are some of the key achievements and milestones crossed during 2014.
- A huge achievement was starting this blog itself. I had been investing since 2009, but was doing it very sparingly. I was not focused and often went several months without investing. In fact, I had no purchases between mid-2011 and mid-2013. Considering what I have learnt this year, I realize what a big mistake that has been. But early this year, I came across several dividend growth investing focused blogs and that really inspired me to start a blog in order to document by journey as well as keep me focused. Since then I have made great progress and have invested regularly. I even started weekly purchases towards the end of the year.
- I have invested over $33,000 this year. This is the highest I have invested in any year yet. When i started 2014, I never imagined that I would invest so much money during the course of the year, but like I mentioned earlier, once I started following several blogs, I realized my mistake of not investing regularly and therefore invested aggressively in 2014. Hopefully I am able to maintain this pace for 2015 as well.
- Hitting $100 in dividends each month was a nice milestone. I had hit the $100 mark sometime last year, but that was just for 1 month of the quarter. It wasn’t until the 3rd quarter of 2014 that I was able to meet the $100 mark for all months of the quarter. This is a great feeling since I know for sure that I am going to be getting at least $100 each and every month going forward.
- Also, I hit the $200 mark for dividends received in a single month. Even though I hit the mark just 1 month, it was a great milestone. It will be a while before I can consistently hit the $200 mark each month, but nevertheless it still was great.