I Trained with Kettlebells for 30 Days

As gyms have been closed and I'm sort of hesitant to go to the gym, I wanted to do some sort of exercise-related 30-day challenge. I just so happen to have won a kettlebell training book a few months ago, going over the benefits, uses, versatility, and all the different exercises you can do with …

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2022 Goal Progress – September

August has been pretty slow regarding finances. My initial goals/targets for wealth are slipping away quickly due to pretty high volatility throughout the year. My personal training business, Nathan's Mobile PT, is growing at a steady pace and I'm seeing more consistent monthly revenue. I'm currently working on some 30-day challenges and wanting to get …

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2022 Mid-Year Spending and Savings Update

I haven't been posting my spending each month as I have done previously. Primarily because I didn't have a savings rate goal in mind. However, I have still been tracking expenses every month so I thought it would be a good idea to really assess where my money is going and perhaps make a few …

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2022 Goal Progress – August

I didn't think much changed in July, but looking at my finances in early August it's great to see increases across the board! Most of my other goals are tracking along smoothly - and I now realise that some will be very difficult to achieve. It's great that I've achieved a number of goals I …

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FIRE Progress – July 2022

It's been a while since I've made a specific FIRE progress update. I have been tracking my net worth and investment portfolio monthly through my Monthly Goal Progress posts. But I thought it would be good to have some progress update specific to FIRE. In an overall sense, my main vehicle of reaching FIRE (my …

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2022 Goal Progress – July

Progress was a little slower in June. But now that it's the end of the financial year, it's great to see that I achieved my PT business goals and my target revenue! It's been really fun to work on this and watch it grow, and super excited to keep growing it and see where I …

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2022 Goal Progress – June

We bought a property in May! In the house I've been renting for 3 years in Canberra, everything aligned and while we were looking for somewhere to buy, the owners of our rental wanted to sell. Can't believe it. Other than that, I've achieved some of my major goals with my personal training business! May …

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2022 Goal Progress – May

April was pretty average regarding progress to goals. There weren't many changes compared to last month (there is a new goal though!). I'm very close to achieving my mid-year revenue goal for my personal training business, and I achieved my goal for disc golf ratings haha. The others didn't really move - but still confident …

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2022 Goal Progress – April

March was a huge month for Nathan's Mobile PT and a few other goals! I'm very close to reaching a few goals already and it's only April. There are a few areas that I haven't actively worked on, but there is so much time to get started. I'm expecting some pretty big changes coming up …

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2022 Goal Progress – March

There were a few large changes around my finances in February (transfer of funds from investment portfolio to house deposit). Everything else is progressing quite well, but there are a few areas that I can put a bit more focus towards. Given the move of money, I can say that my house deposit goal is …

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2022 Goal Progress – February

And just like that, we are already one month through 2022 with only 11 to go. Did you get around to writing out any goals, or thinking a bit about what you want to achieve this year? Just remember that actively writing down goals and reviewing them just increases the chance of them becoming a …

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Goals for 2022

New year, new opportunity to progress towards things we really want. I will of course be having goals this year, but I want to focus on fewer, more important goals rather than just setting some smaller goals that don't motivate/inspire me. While it's already mid-January 2022, this post will include my goals for 2022 along …

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2021 Goal Review

2021 is over just like that! It's been a pretty crazy and unique year. Overall, I'm really pleased with my progress towards my 2021 goals. I'm happy that I achieved a few key goals and made some decent progress towards some others. FYI: If you're a fan of graphs, tables, and numbers, I think you'll …

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2021 Goal Progress – December

One month before 2021 is over! It's been a strange year - it seems like it's gone by quickly and slowly at the same time 😛 Roughly during mid-November to December I started to ease off a few things and spend a bit more time relaxing, watching movies, playing games, and doing other things. I …

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2021 Goal Progress – November

In October, I achieved 2 major financial goals! I finally crossed the $100,000 mark for my investment portfolio and got my house deposit to $40,000. Feels so awesome to reach these milestones with still a few months of 2021 left. There was a lot of progress across my other goals and I'm in a good …

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2021 Goal Progress – October

September was a pretty slow month in terms of progress towards my goals. Not much to really report on here - slight increases to most of the goals which I'm happy about. A lot of work is needed to ensure I reach them by the end of 2021 though! If you want to see my …

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2021 Goal Progress – September

August was a pretty decent month in terms of goals. Increases across the board with finances, health/fitness has been pretty stable, and my other YouTube and personal development goals have all made progress. If you want to see my goals for 2021 and original starting points, with more explanation and background, check out my Goals …

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2021 Goal Progress – August

It was really valuable to complete my six month review of 2021 to evaluate where I am with all of my goals, the progress I've made, and most importantly to review where I need to direct more focus. I know what I need to do for the rest of 2021 and especially the key areas …

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2021 Goal Progress – July and 6 Month Review

Can't believe we are already half-way through 2021. It's gone so quickly! I've managed to achieve a lot in the first 6 months of 2021 and I've got a long way to go for a number of my goals for them to be achieved by the end of 2021. If you're a fan of numbers, …

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2021 Goal Progress – June

Just one month away from the half-way point for 2021! A lot has been happening this year, and creating these monthly goal reviews has really kept me on track and focused. May was interesting - quite a few changes with my finances, but I've been making really good progress with my PT business and a …

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2021 Goal Progress – May

It felt like April went very quickly. The biggest change during April was launching my mobile personal training business, Nathan's Mobile PT, and it somewhat surprisingly kicking off VERY quickly, now taking up all of my spare time in the mornings - time I wasn't doing anything anyway! Apart from that, some really good progress …

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FIRE Progress – April 2021

First FIRE progress update of 2021! Given my monthly updates towards my goals, which includes net worth, investing, and finances, I didn't think it was necessary to update my progress towards FIRE every month. Instead, I'm going to update my progress every 3-4 months and when I pass a large milestone. The first few months …

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2021 Goal Progress – February

Is it just me, or is 2021 already flying by? Either way, another month, another progress review. This is my first progress review for 2021. Throughout January, I recognised that I was going very well towards most of my goals, but also knew that I probably wouldn't hit some of them. If you want to …

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2020 Goal Progress – December

Can't believe it's almost mid-December 2020. What a year. I'm grateful and fortunate to live and work in an area that wasn't really influenced by COVID - allowing me to continue with work and make progress across my personal goals. I know it hasn't been easy for some. For me personally, it's been a great …

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FIRE Progress – November 2020

We are coming into the final months of 2020, and it's great to see some progress towards my FIRE goals and numbers. Still an incredibly long way to go, but as you can see from my net worth growth, it's all a matter of principles, dedication, and time. If you want to see my previous …

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FIRE Progress – October 2020

Over the month of September, there wasn't any major changes across my accounts. Everything is pretty much where it was last month, with a few things going up. If you want to see my previous posts on Financial Independence Retire Early, check it out here: https://nathanchallengeslife.com/fire/ Net Worth Throughout September, and at the start of …

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2020 Goal Progress – September

August has been a really good month for my goals! Saw some awesome improvements across all goal categories. Definitely a few things I need to focus on throughout September though. It's getting so close to the end of the year. How have you been finding your goal progress? Are you still thinking about your goals? …

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FIRE Progress – August 2020

Made some great progress with my net worth and other financial goals over July. If you want to see my previous posts on Financial Independence Retire Early, check it out here: https://nathanchallengeslife.com/fire/ During July, I saw increases in all my money accounts - which is always great to see. That meant that my net worth …

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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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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 – 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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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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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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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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