2014 Goal Recap
Oh, I know…I haven’t posted in (according to my facebook data) 278 days. Yikes! But, I like being able to go back and see what my goals were and how I did, so here I am to check in and report on last year and list my goals for this year.
1. Find a long-term job.
This seems strikingly similar to last year’s goal, but with one exception. I have worked two temporary positions in 2013 and my work related goal in 2014 is to find a long-term position. YES! This totally happened. In February I accepted a position as an analyst for an electronic medical records software program at my local hospital. This job has been super challenging, outside of everything I have ever done before, and is a big piece of why I haven’t blogged much. Almost a year in, and I still am under the huge learning curve. The people and the organization are great, the work is a challenge.
2. Complete at least 2 fitness events.
I am already signed up for the Hot Chocolate 15k
in San Diego in March. Kelsey, who is awesome, is going with me and several other girlfriends have been invited. We’ll see who all shows up! I would like to do at least one more event, probably later in the year. Kelsey and I have talked about the Crater Lake Rim Run
so that is a possibility, but I am also keeping my eyes open for other events that might be fun. NO COLOR or MUD runs, thank you very much! YES! The Hot Chocolate 15k in March was brutal, and I was not in shape to do it, but I did it anyway. Kelsey and I did complete the Crater Lake Rim Run (approximately 7 miles) as well in August, so this goal was a success!
3. Read at least 24 books.
I liked this goal so much, and would really like to honestly achieve it, that I have decided to roll it over into 2014. 24 books. I am going to clarify that they can be audio or physically read and they will still count. I would like at least half of them to be physically read. You can keep up with how I’m doing over on Goodreads. YES! I read 25 books completely, and have started or partially read a handful of other books in 2014. Woohoo!
Going to school and not working depleted my savings account pretty substantially. Plus, by not working I haven’t been contributing to my retirement or saving. One of my big goals for 2014 is to increase my savings and contributions to my retirement. I do have some plans on how to make this happen. YES! Getting a long-term, well paying job, with an organization that has a retirement plan was a huge help. I took advantage of the increased income and have been socking away a significant percentage of my income into the retirement plan. I also began contributing to my ROTH IRA again, and was able to pump up my savings account again. I also made some other choices to decrease my expenses so I had additional dollars to put toward this goal.
5. Get to my feel great weight.
Yeah, so I did not lose weight last year. I gained weight overall, despite efforts at being active and watching what I ate. This year I am not focusing on a particular number of pounds, rather my focus is continuing to keep health, wellness, better food choices, and regular activity as a regular part of my life. In essence, my goal is to focus on living my mantra. My mantra: Don’t wait! Live the life you want right now! This has meaning for me because the life I want is one that is full of health and vitality, being comfortable in my own body and clothes, and making a meaningful contribution to my household and my community. Oh goodness. Here we are again. Another year, another weight loss goal that I totally failed to achieve. I don’t even have anything to say about it. It’s still a goal. Still something I need to do. I just need to figure out how to make it happen in my life. I need to regain that spark.
So that is the 2014 recap. 4 out of 5 ain’t too bad, but that 5th one is a big deal. I need to take some time to really think about what I want to achieve this year. Weight loss/health has got to be a priority, but what or how can I use goals to focus my actions? I’m not sure yet.
Do you have any goals for 2015? How are you planning on achieving them?