When I counted down to 2018, I was pretty excited to wave goodbye to a lot of things from the prior year. I don't know what was about this year's annual countdown - the neon sparks illuminating the sky, the music, the freezing cold jolt of water on my face from the rain - but something seemed new and refreshing and creative and promising. 2018 was going to be a great year, I just knew it.
By 12:01 am, it was a new year and a new me. Well, maybe just an updated me with better goals and direction. I had a plan.
Side note - to help me in this process, I completed the Year Compass booklet in December, which helped me close out 2017, and set realistic goals for 2018. I would recommend this workbook, as I think it really gave me a clear path for what I want to do and achieve. And, I do not think it's too late if you still want to set some goals!
I thought this weekend - since it's pouring down outside - would be a great weekend to check-in on all those personal resolutions. Just how am I doing with my goals?
My 2018 goals center around these six ideas, in this order:
- Financial Stability
- Health/ Personal Improvement
- House Projects
I've broken down these ideas into a quarterly Trello board - with deadlines - to help make these ideas and goals a little more manageable!
Results as of Feb 11:
- Set up autopayment to my savings account
- Completed taxes and will use refund to pay off debt
- Developed a personal monthly budget, that accurately reflects what I spend
- Read 4 books
- Completed one yoga session each weekend and worked out at least three times every week
- Consistently added 16 oz water to my daily intake
- Attended two social media webinars
- Spoke on traditional marketing at ER for PR conference
- Developed a plan for months leading up to DYW scholarship program (community project)
- Finalized two major goals for FPRA chapter: created a savings account that will cover three months of expense for the chapter and developed a travel expense policy for speakers and board members
- Took daily vitamins
- Attended church regularly
A few things that haven't quite happened yet:
- I'm still working on a better daily routine. I really want to be a morning person.
- I want to write more.
- I want to see more sunsets.
- I've used zero vacation days.
- I've seen zero of my niece/nephew's games or recitals.
- I still need to update my passport.
- I need to save more - either in personal savings account or contributing to my 401K.
I feel pretty accomplished so far, but I still have a long way to go. Time to get to it!