2020 Goal Progress – August

I made some really good progress with my financial goals throughout July. This includes my newer goal of saving towards a house deposit. If you want to see a run down of each of my goals, with details on how I plan to achieve them, check out my original blog post for my 2020 goals …

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FIRE Progress – July 2020

We are now 6 months into 2020! I've made some really good progress towards my net worth and investment portfolios. I've been able to really increase my portfolio value due to the market durntown for the few months before bouncing back to almost what it was. Net Worth For my net worth, it unfortunately dropped …

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Mid-Year Review 2020

Every year I always write my yearly review which goes over my goals, as well as anything interesting that I did during the year. It's great to determine what you did that made you happy (and do more of it) as well as a great way to recap the year and to review past accomplishments …

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Running 5km for 30 Days

I have been wanting to do a more physical challenge as my previous challenges have been focused more on mental aspects (stop complaining, wake up early, breaking a habit, and learning spanish). I've thought I would like to do something with running, and when a friend suggested they needed to get back into a running …

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How I Learnt to Juggle 5 Balls in 30 Days

I have always wanted to be able to juggle 5 balls! So I thought it was a perfect opportunity to make it into a 30-day challenge! I can juggle 3 balls easily given years of practice. I first learnt to juggle 3 balls when I was in a permaculture village in Queensland. There were these …

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2020 Goal Progress – June

Almost at the half-way point of the year and I've made a lot of progress. Next month, I'll be doing a mid-year review of all of my goals to examine my progress, and what I need to do to achieve them. May was a great month for my financial goals. I've been working really hard …

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FIRE Progress – June 2020

Throughout May, pretty much all of my money accounts (investments, savings, super) increased. At 1 June 2020, I was really happy to see that my total net worth crossed the $50,000 mark! It's really great to see this and to see how this has increased over time (and even this current year). While there was …

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2020 Goal Progress – May

Made some really good progress towards the more financial/wealth sides of things in April! Check out my post on my FIRE progress here. I've also made a lot of progress towards my Nathan Challenges Life YouTube channel - I'm now at 11 videos! It's been really fun delving into the realm of YouTube. I made …

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FIRE Progress – May 2020

From April to May, my networth increased by 29.3% to $44,166. It was quite a jump from April, but it probably jumped so much because my net worth actually decreased 14% throughout March to April - spurred on by the decreased amounts in investments due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Getting close to my goal of …

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Anytime Fitness 8 Week Challenge

I'll be competing in the Anytime Fitness 8 Week Challenge, which started on 3rd February 2020. For 2020, one of my goals is to reduce my body fat percentage to 15. And whilst I feel as though I could get there myself throughout the year, I thought that this challenge would be a great way …

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Zero to Busking with the Cajon in 30 Days

I have recently purchased a cajon! I love the sound it makes and the ability to just play along to essentially any music. I bought this cajon from Rodrigo Percussion - http://www.linktr.ee/rodrigo_percussion. They make really nice quality cajons and have been doing it for years! What is a Cajón? A cajón (Spanish: [kaˈxon]; "box", "crate" or "drawer") is …

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Learning Spanish for 30 Days

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cqFii1WPkTA A challenge that I found interesting which my partner recommended to me was to learn a language. I've chosen Spanish because it's a very common language and I would like to travel to South America in the future. I'll be learning Spanish every day for 30 days. I'll be completing this challenge with my …

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FIRE Progress – April 2020

From March to April, my net worth decreased by 14.1%, down to $31,222. My ASX portfolio, Super, as well as my other investments has taken a hit due to the market decline as a result of the coronavirus: At the start of April, my ASX portfolio is currently down a total of 14.09% since the …

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2020 Goal Progress – April

March was a very interesting month. My financial/wealth goals haven't really progressed due to the COVID-19 pandemic... well, that isn't entirely true. I am continuing to invest, and so while there is this market decline, it's great news for long-term investors (which includes myself). I made progress across a number of my other goals, some …

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30 Day No-Complaint Challenge

To watch my video on this challenge, check it out below! https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XIlrJIE1Hk8 I originally tried a 21-day no complaint challenge back in 2016. It was really fun. Every time I complained about something, I restarted the challenge. I failed 2 times very early, only getting a few days in each time. After the 2nd attempt, …

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2020 Goal Progress – March

February was a productive month across a number of my goals. For descriptive information for each of my goals, check out my Goals for 2020 post. Financial/Wealth Reach a net worth of $100,000Currently at $35,627, an increase of 1.5% from February. The current market drop hasn't helped my goal, as I explain in my financial …

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FIRE Progress – March 2020

ASX: $41,132.64Net Worth: $35,627.36 From February, my net worth only went up 1.5%. My ASX portfolio, as well as my other investments has taken a hit due to the market decline as a result of fears of the coronavirus. My ASX portfolio is currently down 7.66% since the start of February 2020, and down $4,705 …

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Waking Up at 5am Every Day for 30 Days

For 2020, I'll be waking up at 5am every day. For the first 30 days, I'll keep a daily record of my experience. I am ensuring that I get at least 7 hours of sleep, which will be achieved by being asleep by 10pm. There are many reasons why I'm doing this. Some of them …

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2020 Goal Progress – February

Progress was made across a lot of my goals. For descriptive information for each of my goals, check out my Goals for 2020 post. Financial/Wealth Reach a net worth of $100,000Currently at $35,099, up from $25,677 - an increase of 27% since the start of January!Grow my Australian investment portfolio to $70,000Currently at $42,167, up …

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FIRE Progress – February 2020

Net worth = $35,099ASX Portfolio = $42,167 Already a month into 2020! I've been able to invest more throughout January due to almost hitting my savings goal of 50% (I saved 47.4%). Investment growth/return has also been quite good for 2020 with my portfolio being up +3.68%. Breakdown of net worth as at 1 February …

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How I Stopped Biting My Nails in 30 Days

For a 30 day challenge, I thought it would be a good idea to try to break a habit. In this case, the habit that has stuck with me for longer than I can remember is biting my nails and fingers. I have tried multiple times to break it, and with many types of methods. …

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Goals for 2020

Super excited about my goals for this year! I will be writing a monthly review/summary at the start of each month to keep me on track. If you haven't written down any specific goals for this year, I would really recommend to do so. Just the act of thinking and writing your goals down can …

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2019 Goal Review

Throughout 2019, a group of friends and I participated in a monthly review of our goals. We would share progress, set backs, and any new ideas. I found this monthly review incredibly helpful to keep the goal at the forefront of my mind and to ensure that my actions worked towards acheiving them. Below is …

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Biphasic Sleep Pattern

As my first post, I thought I'd share my previous experience testing out a different sleep pattern. Years ago, I stumbled across an awesome website called High Existence. Through my daily reading, I discovered that there were different sleep patterns other than what everyone I knew did, particularly biphasic and polyphasic sleep. The typical person …

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