Only few days before the new year comes, I wanted to reflect on what happened during this year. This year has been very significant to me since this is also the year when I decided to start my journey to financial freedom. This is when I discovered that learning how to take control of your finances would be important if we wanted to live our lives to the fullest. Early this year I focused on my career. I took certification exams and tried to excel on my role which I did successfully. I was able to get a good results for my first year with my current employer. But what makes the significance is that I was able to start my savings and investment. I was also able to venture out in a networking and a traditional business. And, at the age of 23, I am already insured. Now let's have a look at figures of all the things stated above. Employment. This is my main source of income and should be first on the list. Salary has gone a bit higher. At least higher than the rate of inflation. That's my rule when it comes to my salary - every year one should have an increase higher than the rate of inflation. Blogging. Yay! I was able to verify my Google Adsense since I passed on the 10 dollar mark. I am considering it a good start since I started this blog only three months ago and expecting that the return would be at least a year. Equity Mutual Funds. It's still very small at this time since I only commit to myself to add 2,000 pesos per month but at least I can see the fund growing. I don't plan to withdraw on this one at least for five years. Life Insurance. Paid and still never missed any due. Since this is also a Variable Unit Linked, I can also see the investment part growing. Networking Business. The results are not so good since I was not able to invite someone to be part of the business yet. But I was able to sell the products and still selling. I guess this is a good start. Pig-raising Venture. I called it Pigven. Of all the investment and business, this is what my focus is on. I started with five pigs and will be sold within March to April next year. I also had my first investors to help me with the expenses with a commitment of 30% annual return to them. Agricultural Farm Venture. A relative have pawned their land to me. A near 1 hectare with coconut trees and mango trees for 30,000 pesos. I am looking forward to the January harvest. They estimated that I might hold this for 3 to 4 years and I can use this as farm for the pigs if ever I am ready for expansion. Future Plans. Since I will be getting the money from the 'paluwagan' I joined this March, I plan to open a BPI Odyssey Bond UITF to be considered as my Emergency Fund. Once I paid all my credit card debt due to installment purchase, I will add that amount to this fund as well. I also plan to increase my business funds by 3,000 pesos after I finish my payment to the debt I used to pawn the agricultural land. So far these are my plans. Honestly I am having a hard time to do all these things plus the fact that I am also managing the computer shop that our family owns. On the contrary, I am excited on the results of these within the early months of 2012. Happy New Year! Save, Invest and continue to join me in my journey to financial freedom.