New year, new me? Checking in on my 2018 Goals

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:

  1. Financial Stability
  2. Health/ Personal Improvement
  3. Travel
  4. Spirituality
  5. Community
  6. 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!