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The LTNE Report -- August 2014

This month's highlights:

I'm waiting dissertation feedback from my committee and I've returned to work full-time.  I'm hoping to get whatever corrections done that come my way, get this thing defended, and be done with the PhD ASAP!

Our net worth is back on the increase, after I took an investment pause last month to give us some breathing room after some higher than normal expenses.  We've beat our goal for 2014 already, but we'll continue to push as much money as we can into our Vanguard funds.  (Note in the chart where we were when we began LTNE!).

We continue to draw down our P2P lending, but Prosper is simply clobbering Lending Club at this point.  I'm still happy with both as investment tools, though!

Once we are transitioned into our post-military career / lifestyle, we will likely make P2P lending a major income stream, as it continues to earn excellent passive income with even our lessening investments there.

We've earned very little income from LTNE and our niche site this month, as you would expect, given the dearth of our posting and our focus on investing and maximizing our active incomes (me through finishing my PhD and working my tail off in general; Jen has been working longer hours in her salaried job, as her staff has dwindled.  She has a pay raise in mind, as well as potentially working toward further increases in responsibility!).  

Our focus for September:

- Work on finishing the PhD

- Figure out Jen's way ahead at her current job

- Manage the kids' return to school and evening sports and activities

- Keep spending low, while investing $5,000 monthly in Vanguard funds

- I'm continuing my fitness efforts after losing 20 pounds (though my triathlon didn't happen due to a nagging injury that I'm trying to get healed!)

- Spend quality time with friends and family

Nobody wants to hear excuses about my not posting, so I won't bother.  I'll return to posting more regularly when I'm ready.  At some point, we'll announce future efforts here at LTNE or with other projects!  I'm still absolutely committed to building things (and potentially income!) online, but I want to do it on my terms and to my standards.  I'm done with silly Google games, I'm not going to hire article writers, I don't intend to be a lesser version of other blogs, etc.  

As always, thanks for stopping by!

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