My Steps to Financial Freedom in 2017

When I originally created this blog, the intent was and still is to document my steps towards Financial Freedom and the ability to travel wherever/whenever I want.  Below is an outline of the steps I took in 2017 and a reflection on the progress I made.  Please do not read this and interpret it in a cocky, arrogant manner, I am simply explaining the things I did.

2017 was a year to remember!  I moved in with my fiance, visited more places in one single year than I have in the last 5, became a remote employee, started 2 businesses, and got closer to my goal of Financial Freedom.

In the beginning of the year, Taylor and I wrote down our goals for 2017.  We each created 7 goals and both completed 6 out of the 7.  The goal we fell short on was flying first/business class for next to nothing (yes – for as little money as possible).  However,  although we fell short this year, we did book a business class lie-flat seat from Newark, New Jersey to Phuket, Thailand for our honeymoon this October.  This is a $4,500 ticket that we got for 70,000 AA (American Airlines) miles and $30 each (not bad if you ask me).  Although I am not going to go into my goals specifically, some of the activities below are tailored towards accomplishing those goals.

2017 Steps Toward Financial Freedom

  1. Continue to Grow the Blog – 13 Blog Posts Published in 2017 (Not Including Travel Pages)

    • Although this blog doesn’t make me any money, rather costs me money and a hell of a lot of time, I still want to call this out.  Maybe one day this blog will generate some passive income as it continues to grow…my fingers will remain crossed for that day.
    • 2017 Metrics:
      • 1,519 unique visitors to the site
      • 2,396 visits
  2. Continue to Invest in the Stock Market

    • ‍Grew my Robinhood Portfolio roughly 20% in 2017

      • I did not trade actively during the year, I took more of a buy and hold approach.
      • 2017 was a year of record highs which helped contribute to that success.
    • Invested $6.75 every day into my Acorns account

      • This may seem like a little but it adds up quickly.  $6.75 * 365 = $2463.75, every year this grows and accumulates.
      • Roughly 18% growth (including dividends).
    • Contributed 9% to my 401k

      • Come March 2018 I will be at 10% contribution, I increase this 1% every year.
    • Continue to purchase company stock every 2 weeks

      • This comes directly out of my paycheck.
  3. Read 14 Books Related to Personal Finance and Personal Growth

  4. Started My First Company: KTM Holdings LLC

    • Kicked off a few Amazon products this year!
    • Created a social media curating account @EastCoastDiscovered.
  5. Started Richland’s Proudest LLC

    • Created a social media marketing agency with a partner.
  6. Obtained 7 Additional Travel Credit Cards Accumulating More Miles and Points

    • If you have not read so already, I encourage you to check out my post on travel hacking.  This post goes into detail on how Taylor and I both use credit cards to travel for free, or close to it.

Looking back on this year, I think there is more that I could have done to get closer to my dream of Financial Freedom.  The good news is that I have a handful of goals for 2018 to get me closer to my dream.

I hope this encourages you to start documenting your own steps to Financial Freedom.  If you’re further along then me leave a few comments below to share with everyone.

I wish you the best on your way to obtaining Financial Freedom!

About The Author

Kevin Mathers

A washed-up hockey player, surfer, and husband currently working towards financial freedom and showing you how we do it as a couple. I started this blog initially as a personal finance blog but after getting married, Taylor (my wife and best friend) and I decided to switch gears into the travel world sharing our experiences with you along the way.

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